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The Classic Cars of Glacier National Park

08/25/2015

Today marks the 99th birthday of the National Park Service and believe it or not, they don't just preserve nature, they preserve the nostalgia of classic cars. Well, mainly one in particular. 

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Meet the Red Buses of Glacier National Park, made by the White Motor Company in 1914. The classic 17-passenger vehicles were designed by Count Alexis de Sakhoffsky, an industrial stylist who collaborated with the White Motor Company and the Bender Body Company, in order to transport sightseers along the mountainous glaciers. To this day, tourists flock to Glacier National Park for a ride back in time. 

 

Here are some fast facts about the vehicles:
(provided by Glacier National Park Lodges)

  • The color of the Red Buses comes from the Ripe Mountain Ash Berry found within the park.
  • Of the 33 buses on the road today, 17 are from 1936, 11 are from 1937, 4 are from 1938 and 1 is from 1939.
  • The Red Buses have oak frames.
  • The drivers are called “Jammers” because they could be heard “Jamming” the gears of the red buses going up Going-to-the-Sun Road when the buses had standard transmissions
  • There were over 500 White Model 706’s made for different national parks in the US.
  • Women were discouraged from riding in front because they distracted the male drivers.
  • No tours were offered in Glacier between 1943 and 1946 due to fuel rationing caused by the second World War.
  • The Red Buses received their first automatic transmissions in 1989.
  • On the bottom of the grill of the Red Buses, you can still see the area were the crank start used to be.
  • The Red Buses, on average, transport 60,000 tourist each summer through the park.
  • Ford Motor Company donated over $6 Million to restore 33 buses to keep them in operation.
  • The fleet of 33 buses in Glacier are widely considered to be the oldest touring fleet of vehicles anywhere in the world.
  • Each red bus is estimated to be worth $250,000. The Red Buses originally cost $5000 each back in 1936. 

Yearning for more vintage vehicles from the early 1900s? Look no further than this 1903 Ford.

American Dream Cars

08/20/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stars in Hilarious Viral Video

08/19/2015

When he's not on the zooming on the racetrack or working hard to help underprivileged youth, NASCAR god Dale Earnhardt Jr. is helping the legendary YouTube stars of Dude Perfect depict driving stereotypes. The hilarious video has over one million views since it graced the internet with its presence on Monday.

From the "Dad Inspector" to the "Rage Monster" and "Bumper Sticker Steve", no one is safe from the jokes and jabs. If those jokes aren't up your alley, the video is worth the watch because Dale Jr. rocks out and lip-synchs to Shania Twain and the Spice Girls while riding in the passenger seat. 

Check out when another NASCAR legend was surprised with by Ray on AmeriCARna belowl.

Highway Patrol Officer Delivers Life-Saving CPR

08/17/2015

A dash-cam caught incredible footage of an Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer reviving a 53-year-old truck driver from Michigan. John Depue was losing consciousness while belted in the driver's seat of his truck, which had fallen approximately 60-feet down an embankment off of I-75 Northbound just south of Sidney, according to authorities.

Trooper Eric Devers was directed to the crash site by dispatch and spent 12 minutes performing CPR until the medics arrived to take over. Though Devers is out of frame in the video, his voice is perfectly clear-- and it's quite powerful. 

The accident occurred in April, but the video has only recently been released on the internet. The video, originally posted here, has over nine million views. Last week, Devers was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Piqua Post for his quick-thinking and perseverance.

Fox and Friends Weekend picked up the incredible story on Saturday and decided to reunite Officer Devers and Depue on live tv via satellite. Check it out below.

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Long for a day where car accidents are few and far between? Take the Velocity Drive Smart pledge here. 

Epic Party Foul Litters Florida Highway

08/12/2015

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Hernando County smelled like a college fraternity house yesterday after an 18-wheeler overturned, spilling thousands of cans of Natural Light ("Natty") into the highway's shoulder. 

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According to Highway Patrol, Florida resident Malcolm Jamal Wilcox was in the outside lane passing over Florida State Road 50 on I-75 when a dog traveling in the truck distracted him. As a result, the rig drifted across lanes of traffic. Reportedly, Wilcox reacted by turning too hard in the opposite direction. Unable to maintain control of the vehicle, the truck crashed into the center guard rail which kickstarted an avalanche of cans of Natty.

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The 23-year-old driver was ticketed for careless driving, according to the FHP. Traffic was delayed for three hours during the clean-up. No injuries were reported. There is no word if there will be a shortage of beer on Florida's west coast because of this tragic accident.

You know what goes well with beer? Hotdogs. 


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