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Amazing Footage Captures Lightning Striking Commercial Airplane

08/20/2015

According to Air and Space Magazine, nearly every active commercial airliner gets struck by lightning each year. It may be a frequent occurrence, but rarely is it felt or observed by passengers-- until now. According to YouTube, a Delta 737 was struck by a bolt of lightning while sitting on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on August 8.

The YouTube video comes from user Jack Perkins who appears to have joined YouTube for the purpose of disseminating this incredible video-- his account was activated the same day of the flight.  Check out the insane footage below.

Thankfully, there were no injuries or damages reported as a result of the strike. Most aircrafts consist primarily of aluminum, which is known to effectively conduct electricity, and keeps the dangerous electric current on the exterior of the plane. Lighting, however, remains a serious concern for aeronautical engineers as the increased magnetization can cause glitches in a plane's electrical system. The last confirmed crash of an American commercial plane due to lighting occurred in 1967, as reported by Scientific American.

Electrical problems can be caused by lightning, but what happens when there is no one or nothing to blame but a careless car owner?

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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Car Collection Sets Record-High Sale Price

08/14/2015

It's no surprise that the first major news story to come out of this week's Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach is about money-- lots and lots of money. A collection of twenty-five vehicles, owned by a single anonymous Floridian car collector tipped the scale at a cool $67 million, surpassing the previous record of $65 million. The collection lived up to its name-- "Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction".

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The top car in the collection- '64 Ferrari 250 LM- hammered at $17.6 million. According to the auction's website it is considered "one of the very best in existence" and is the 23rd of only 32 ever produced.

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Bringing in the second heftiest sale price car a '98 McLaren F1 LM, which should for $13.75 million. The speedster was the 63rd and second-to-last road-specification F1 ever built. It now stands as the highest-selling McLaren ever at auction.

Check out the Pinnacle Portfolio cars in the video here and read more about the individual models and their respective documentation here.

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Click the image above to watch a video that teaches you how to win at the Concours. 

Getting to Know You: Garage Squad's Heather Storm

08/10/2015

Catch an all new season of Garage Squad starting Aug 11th at 10/9c only on Velocity.

34025_ep205_026When did your passion for cars begin?

Heather: I inherited the passion for cars from my dad. He made cars fun. He enjoyed driving fast and I loved to ride with him. My father was also very practical and wanted me to have an understanding of how cars worked. He always did basic work on our vehicles at home and my brother and I often helped. I have a lot appreciation for cars because of my father. 

How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?

Heather: I am so grateful that I am able to help so many people and bring happiness into their lives.  Everyone has a unique story and memories associated with their car and it feels really good to help them achieve something so important to them.  

What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?

Heather: I don’t think the owners are making any specific mistakes other than thinking they can get the car done on their own. Restoring a car is a very large project and often way too expensive for the owner to outsource. They usually quickly realize that the project is much more complicated than they anticipated and the car just sits unfinished collecting dust. It becomes a daunting task; luckily Garage Squad comes to the rescue. 

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What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?

Heather: We really stepped up the game by taking on vehicles that needed a lot more work done than last season. There is a lot of sweat and long hours that goes into rebuilding each and every one and I know the viewers will appreciate it. 

How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?

Heather: Working with the Garage Squad guys is like being in 6th grade all over again.  A lot of joking around, but we learn a lot too. I have a lot of respect for the guys, how hard they work and how much knowledge they have about all types of cars.  Everyone brings their own expertise to each project and we couldn’t get the job don’t without all hands on deck.

Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.

Heather: I would say the worst car this season is the 442 Olds. That car just had a stench that wouldn’t quit even when we painted the stripped interior. There’s something to be said for a plethora of decaying rodents in an area with limited ventilation. I think everyone in there would agree that was nasty!

What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?

Heather: We have a limited amount of time to assess the car, order parts and get the car running again. As life goes, a lot of unforeseen problems pop up and take us off track. Often we have to source parts at the last minute and have to hold out on making progress on other areas of the car until that part comes in --- that can be stressful. 

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RAPID FIRE WITH HEATHER

What’s your go-to song while driving?
Heather: If I'm on a mission then Gold Guns Girls by Metric.

When did you learn to change a tire?
Heather: My dad taught me as soon as I got my driver’s license at 15. He didn’t want me to be stranded.

What’s on your key ring?
Heather: Just the essential keys, I like to keep it simple and compact.

What is your favorite food?
Heather: I love to cook healthy cuisine; fresh vegetables and steamed fish is my go to meal. 

If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Heather: No vanity plate for me, I prefer to be discrete like a bat mobile.


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