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Honda Thanks Motorcyclist for Saving Kitten


Getting off a motorcycle in the middle of a busy intersection is never a smart choice. However, one biker threw caution to the wind to save a little orange kitten, a bold move that was captured by the rider's helmet camera. 

According to the footage, the orange kitten was hiding in the suspension of the maroon-colored sedan that is seen driving perpendicular of the bike, until it plopped onto the concrete. It is quite common, especially has the temperatures begin to dip, for small strays and wild animals to wiggle their way into engine blocks and small spaces under cars to find warmth.

The video has since garnered quite a lot of attention, climbing to over 3 million views in just a few days. Taking notice as well was the mega manufacturer, Honda. Their YouTube account expressed their pride and gratitude for the rider and, of course, remembered to compliment her choice in bike. 

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The kitten, appropriately named Skidmark, has taken a liking to his new home with the biker that saved him. "His name, Skidmark, is a little bit of dark humor, but we thought it was appropriate considering that's exactly what he could've been," she told ABC news

Got a soft spot for things with two wheels? Check out when Wayne found the holy grail of motorcycle collections.

Getting to Know You: Garage Squad's Joe Zolper


Catch an all new episode of Garage Squad Tuesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.

When did your passion for cars begin?
Joe: It began as a young child going to car shows with my father and my family and tearing apart my toys trying to make them faster and figure out how they worked.
How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their projects?
Joe: It makes me feel real good! There's nothing better than taking our knowledge and being able to teach the owner how to finish his car, work on it, and see him get to drive away in it. Months later they're still sending me pictures with the car and their families. It's awesome.

How do you balance working on the show and Prison City Customs?
Joe: Usually I'm burning the candle at both ends. All day on set, late hours in the shop at night. But luckily I have a lot of good customers that I consider my friends. They are doing what they have to do to help me take on the challenges of Garage Squad. They are very understanding and are willing to wait for me to work on their cars and bikes.
34025_ep210_023How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?
Joe: I love working with my guys. I think that there is nothing that we can't tackle and be able to put our hearts into and do what it takes to get a job done.

Describe the worst car you ever had to repair?
Joe: Well it wasn't a car-- it was in R model Mack Truck. I just can't stand doing transmissions and  clutch jobs in those things.
Whats usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?
Joe: Getting parts fast enough or on time and keeping my guys busy and trying to plan two or three days in advance. And of course anyone who has built a car will tell you that the parts don't always fit! It makes for a real adventure.


What’s your go-to song while driving?
Joe: AC/DC Hells Bells or something with Dr. Dre.
When did you learn to change a tire?  
Joe: When I was about seven years old. 
What's on your key ring?
Joe: Believe it or not I have spare keys from cars I've owned 10 years ago, still on my key ring. I have no idea why!
What's your favorite food?
Joe: Cheeseburgers and fries!
If you have a custom license plate what would it be?
Joe: Blew by u'

Why 38?


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 

Flip flops, I hate flip flops.  Now let me tell you why.  The other day I'm stopped at a light by the Damascus High School minding my own business.  I just happen to glance at my rear view mirror and I get a glimpse of headlights.  

Lady behind me was wearing flip flops.  They get tangled up in the pedals and she hits the gas.  No braking involved, so she hits me square on the bumper, which translates the energy through me into the trailer hitch attached to the Explorer in front of me.  

Needless to say, my car takes the double whammy and off to the Damascus Motors autobody for repair we go. With that, I get a rental-- a Dodge Charger.  I look like a cop in this thing!  After driving it for a few days, I took notice that the volume highest setting is 38.  

Thirty-eight?  What corporate group think study group came up with that number?  

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So 38. Not 11 for you Spinal Tap folks.  Or 42 for you Hitch Hikers Guide the To The Universe fans. But 38.  I would have loved to listen to that bureaucratic debate.  "Well our survey shows that our male demographic is looking for something more impressive.  I say 57."  "Well Biff, too much in my mind.  I think a gentler scale 0 to 10."  "William the third, the boys at Ford have higher numbers on their cars.  We're talking 0 to 77."  "We must not lose the MVN (Maximum Volume Number) race.  Let's have another 3 studies"

Let's see what the MVN is in your car.  Looking forward to documenting what other manufacturers are doing out there.Now for your further entertainment, since we are looking at radios, let's look at what holds them, the dashboard.  Here are a couple I picked from my archives.

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Quad Backflipping into History


This may be the coolest thing done on two wheels in years. New Zealand BMX rider Jed Mildon recently became the very first BMX rider to complete a quad backflip. The 29-year-old adrenaline junkie is a member of Nitro Circus, a "crew full of action sports enthusiasts in search of the biggest, baddest, and craziest stunts" according to the group's YouTube page.

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After nine months of working on the rotation technique and landing on a giant airbag, Mildon took to a 21 foot ramp and let it fly. Million is no stranger to taking things to the next level- he was the first to land the triple flip in 2011- but this jaw-dropping trick surpasses that on every level. Check out the video of the incredible feat (and a few gruesome attempts) below. 

To read the complete interview with Mildon click here.

Want more crazy things you can do on a set of wheels? Well, how about turning four of them into an unconventional ice cream truck... 

Dramatic Motorcycle Wreck Captured on Video


Jesse Lopez was riding along Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest when his life almost came to a screeching halt. After taking a wide turn and hitting a patch of uneven pavement, the 24-year-old and his motorcycle collided violently with a Los Angeles County Fire Department crew transport bus. The entire accident was caught on video thanks to a rugged GoPro camera. 

WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.  

According to reports, though Lopez survived, he suffered a broken femur, tibia, fibula, ulna and humerus at the elbow. It's been three months since the incident and Lopez is still working towards a complete recovery.

"I don't remember what happened due to memory loss, but I might have panicked when I saw the truck," Lopez told NBC News. "So I applied the front brake, which straightened me out and I went straight toward the truck, which was also moving probably about 35 mph."

Thankfully, Lopez was wearing a helmet. According to research conducted by the NHTSA, helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries from motorcycle accidents. California law states that "any driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle". California is one of 19 states that requires such helmet use. The state is one of a handful trying to lower the statistics-- over 4,300 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2013.

Do you prefer two wheels to four? Check out when Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars ditched the cars and entered a garage stuffed to the brim with badass bikes ready for auction.

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