Getting to Know You: Dallas Car Sharks' Frank Cortese


33065_ep212_008Dallas Car Sharks returns with an all new season Wednesday at 10/9c only on Velocity.
Frank Cortese is a new face on Dallas Car Sharks and he's giving the veteran crew a run for their money. Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
What’s the number one thing you look for when purchasing a car?
Frank: The structure of the car. If the body and frame is nice it's a good canvas to start on.
What’s one modification a new owner can make that can really revamp their new used car?
Frank: If they have fuel injection adding a cold air intake!

What sets you apart from the other sharks? 
Frank: I think it's the quality of my cars and passion of my builds.
Is there a car you’ve bought that you’ve immediately regretted? 
Frank: Too many to list! That's how you learn.
What’s your best piece of advice for the average car buyer looking to purchase a used vehicle? 
Frank: Take your time, do your research, if you don't know cars well, take someone with you that does!
What’s your favorite aspect of an auction? 
Frank: The thrill of the buy!
What occupies your schedule when you’re not working on Dallas Car Sharks? 
Frank: Working my butt off at Earth Motorcars buying and selling more cars!!!!!
What’s your go-to song while driving? 
Frank: Back in Black by AC/DC.
What’s your favorite car? 
Frank: 1963 Split Window LS7 
When did you learn to change a tire? 
Frank: To long ago to remember! Maybe at 7.
What’s on your key ring? 
Frank: A key to my Truck!
What is your favorite food? 
Frank: Anything Italian
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be? 
Frank: I have one! It's Earth2.


An all new #DallasCarSharks season is just around the corner!

Posted by Velocity on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Man Jumps from Burning Vehicle


What do you do to celebrate the end of the summer in Alabama? The answer, according to a group of six 21-year old dudes is simple-- light a car on fire, launch it off of a hill and perform one of the most insane amateur vehicle jumps to ever circulate the internet. 

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The video, uploaded on Sept 8 by aguyfromalabama has already accumulated over 750,000 views. The entire thing looks like something out of a summer blockbuster action flick. However, Jed Huie, the "brave soul" who can be seen flying out of the vehicle, did hold his nose upon hitting the water. YouTube commenters are less than impressed by that rookie mistake. Check out the full stunt below.

Huie is still active on social media, so it's safe to assume that he did in fact survive the jump. Got a thing for flames? Here's a hot Overhaulin' deception for ya! 

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'

Where Transportation Meets Technology


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The next big technological breakthrough is always around the corner. What starts in a think-tank as a mere "what if" moves to production then eventually into to the market. Each time, the envelope is pushed a little bit further and others fight to uncover something more efficient, more intelligent, more exciting. 

To keep track of all the changes and to help explain it all is Translogic, a web series from The show, hosted by Aussie Jonathon Buckley, navigates the latest in transportation technology and explores where mass transit, concept cars, electric vehicles and new transportation converge. It's everything you need to stay on top of what's trending.

Take for instance, when Buckley hopped on a Lightning LS-218. This revolutionary bike boasts a top speed of 218 mph -- keep in mind the Hennessey Venom GT maxes out at 270 mph. The model enlists a 150 kW electric motor to supply 200 horsepower and some serious torque. 

If you like what you see, you're in luck! Translogic is branching out from the internet and joining Velocity's Wednesday night programming. Tune in and get an exclusive look at the coolest technology invading the industry.

Read the full press release here.

This is the Only List You Need

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A simple web search of "Bucket-List" accumulates scores of links to articles telling you that you must travel to the world, you must skydive, and you must learn a foreign language before you pass away. However, there is only one list you need to be concerned about if you have a need for speed, a love for the open road, or a sense of adventure. Forget kissing in the rain and try driving on two wheels.

The List, a digital series created by the folks at Autoblog, is out to check off 1001 car things to do before you die. So far, they've conquered tasks like visiting the birthplace of the Ferrari to escaping a vehicle as it sinks to the bottom of a body of water. To top it all off, there's a familiar face on the show! Former All Girls Garage star Jessi Combs joins host Patrick McIntyre. 

Check out the highlights from when The List conquered off-road racing for a glimpse at what the excitement is all about.

After seeing how much fun The List was having, Velocity wanted to join in the bucket-list trend. Our first quest? Getting The List on our team. 

This week, we can finally check off our first bucket-list item as we welcome The List to our programming on Wednesday nights.

Read the full press release here

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