Could This Be the End of DUIs?


Earlier this month, the US Department of Transportation unveiled prototypes of new technology developed to prevent vehicles from being driven by anyone with a BAC over the legal limit. The research program behind the technology, Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, is a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety Administration. Because of DADSS (pronounced "dads" of course) drunk driving may be eradicated within the next 10 years. 

Officials unveiled an automobile installed with touch pads that measure a driver's blood alcohol concentration immediately upon contact. The goal is to inconspicuously place these pads on steering wheels or starter buttons of vehicles. The program also created a system which analyzes the breath of a driver prior to starting. The technology is similar to current breathalyzers, but more accurate and requires less severe of an exhale. 

The implications of drinking and driving are immensely serious, yet intoxicated drivers still get behind the wheel.The FBI reports that each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest. In 2013, one alcohol-impaired driving death occurred every 52 minutes, according to the NHTSA.

However, the fight against unsafe driving is not over! Velocity has joined forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Toyota TeenDrive365 in an effort to end drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. Make YOUR pledge to Drive Smart here and we will make donation to MADD in your honor.

Father's Day Blunder Goes Viral


Father's Day marks a day in which in the social media explodes with well-wishes and heartfelt tributes to the best dads out there. One post, in particular, went viral almost immediately and it's easy to see why.

What is the best gift you have ever given your dad for father's day? Happy Fathers Day! Disclaimer: no paint was harmed in this awesome social media post 󾌯 ⚠️ #fathersday #meguiars #happyfathersday

Posted by Meguiar's on Sunday, June 21, 2015

A picture's worth a thousand words and all 1,000 make our eyes widen in fear looking at this picture. If one thing's for certain, this little girl sure knows how to get her dad's attention. Can you imagine walking out and seeing your car terrorized by a tyke with a screwdriver? It is a nice gesture, though. Everyone likes to know they're loved.

Within hours, the image could be seen across the internet. Musician Shaggy ("It Wasn't Me") posted it on his Facebook page where it gathered over 1 million shares and 2 million likes. Personal trainer and TV personality, Jillian Michaels posted it for her 2.6 million Facebook fans to see with the caption "The joys of parenthood :) HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!". Jordan Hamilton of the LA Clippers shared the image with his 38,000 followers and as one would assume, the picture went wild on Reddit.

Fortunately for the car, the viral image is just a brilliant marketing ploy courtesy of the creative folks at Meguiar's. According to the Meguiar's Facebook page, the image originated with them as their logo occupies the lower left-hand corner of the original post. The marketing stunt comes with a disclaimer stating that "no paint was harmed in this awesome social media post". Just make sure your kids don't get a hold of the image and try to replicate it for the next holiday.

It's always nice to pay respect where respect is due, especially around Father's Day. Check out this clip of Overhaulin's Chip Foose gush about his car-lovin' old man.

Disclosure: Meguiar’s is a Velocity sponsor

Sideswiped by a rock? No, THE Rock.


As Augie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. crossed the street to assess the new damage to his left side view mirror, he immediately came face to face with the culprit. Bridges’s mirror had been smashed a rock. It wasn’t just any rock, however. International superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accidentally caused the damage while driving to a movie set nearby. The San Andreas and Furious 7 star claimed via an Instagram post that he was distracted behind the wheel due to blasting music and his subsequent “one man dance party”.
Johnson, channeling his action-movie macho, whipped his truck around and rushed back to the scene. He attempted to present his registration and insurance information, but Bridges was too starstruck by the shear size of the former professional wrestler to engage. After a breath of silence, Bridges broke out laughing.
“Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story,” said Bridges to Johnson, who stands at hulking 6’5''. The two, according to Johnson, stood in the street “laughing like two ol’ crazy buddies”. 
The Rock & Augie
Instagram: therock

In the days following the incident, Johnson checked in on his unlikely pal. Bridges refused to accept any payment from the megastar and fixed the mirror himself. Johnson called out Bridges on his Instagram account for being “so cool about the whole thing”. The post has over 500,000 likes and 6,500 comments. For Bridges, the story of a lifetime set in the small Boston suburb is enough compensation.
As a star in the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnson has had the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of some of the world's most drool-worthy vehicles. Check out Rick Hendrick gush over his favorite iconic movie car the "Mello Yellow" from Days of Thunder on Velocity's AmeriCarna. 


Classic Car Comeback?


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A bill introduced to the House of Representatives looks to allow small auto manufacturers to produce, market and sell drivable replicas of classic cars. The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 will allow companies that sell less than 5,000 vehicles annually worldwide to assemble and sell exact visual replicas of the classics. Current legislation requires companies to sell classic cars as kits that owners must assemble themselves or through third-party auto shop.

H.R. 2675 defines a classic car as one built a minimum of 25 years ago. According to the text of the legislation, the vehicle must be "manufactured under a license for the product configuration, trade dress, trademark or patent for the motor vehicle that is intended to be replicated from the original manufacturer, its successors or assignees, or current owner of such rights".

Backing the bill are Reps. Gene Green of Texas and Mark Mullin of Oklahoma and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

"The bill introduced by Reps. Mullin and Green will allow US companies to produce turn-key replicas of older vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under today's restrictive one-size-fits-all regulatory framework," said SEMA chief Chris Kersting in a press release.

Though the designs will be blasts from the past, the engines must meet modern emission and equipment standards. Companies that produce such cars will only be permitted to sell up to 500 vehicles per year nationally. Each vehicle would be issued a federal Vehicle Identification Number.

On the list of excited gear heads backing the bill is Lance Stander, who told Fox News his company Superformance would likely grow from 20 to 100 employees if the bill passes. Stander's company sells replicas of the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40 amongst others- all without engines and transmissions. 

Find out how Stander's crew builds the Shelby Cobra replica, the MKIII, on Saturday's How It's Made: Dream Cars. Tune in on June 20 at 8/7c.

View the full bill proposal here.


Great-Grandfather Turns Into Epic Stunt Driver


Age is just a number and a garage door was just a hunk disposable materials for 91-year-old Walter “Wally" Thomas. Thomas, an adrenaline junkie who calls Illinois home, crossed one epic thing off his lifetime bucket list in early June. Under the supervision of his excited yet nervous family, Thomas revved the engine of his car and reversed through a closed garage door. 
Thomas’s mundane daily routine spurred the idea. “It’s over a period of years getting in the car, opening the garage door with the opener and thinking ‘boy, wouldn’t it be fun to back right into the thing?’”, Thomas said with a shrug.
Upon impact, debris scattered and tires screeched, but Thomas remained unscathed thanks to a shiny blue helmet reminiscent of Speed Racer. The wreck, ripped right from any big-budget action movie, went viral, immediately skyrocketing the great-grandfather to internet superstardom. But have no fear gearheads- the 1998 Isuzu Rodeo sacrificed for the event was not a family-owned auto. It was donated by a local junkyard dead set on helping their longtime friend and customer achieve a lifelong dream.
Watch the season premiere of Fantomworks airing June 24 at 9/8c to see another lifelong dream realized as 1954 Oldsmobile owner Steve enlists the help of Dan Short.

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