Friday, July 16, 2010

Great news, Arizona Speed cameras turned off

Arizona turns off speed cameras

Arizona has turned off every speed camera on its highways after complaints that they violated privacy and were designed to generate revenue rather than promote road safety.

A spokesman for Jan Brewer, the state's Republican governor, said she "was uncomfortable with the intrusive nature of the system", which was inherited from her Democratic predecessor.

Opening in October 2008, the scheme was first in the United States to use speed cameras across a whole state. Amid objections of Big Brother-ism, numerous cameras were vandalised, while the operator of a van carrying a mobile camera was shot dead in a lay-by in April 2009

The 76 cameras took 2.7 million photographs, but only 16 per cent of drivers who received a speeding ticket paid up.

The scheme generated $76 million (£50 million) for a state which has struggled to balance its budget, while the Department of Public safety reported a 19 per cent drop in fatal collisions on highways. But campaigners argued that safety could be improved by more police patrols.

Speed cameras introduced by the authorities in several Arizonan cities are unaffected by the decision.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7895310/Arizona-turns-off-speed-cameras.html

Good news!



3 events added to the car show calendar


Also:
Fast and Furious 5 is being filmed, and I found the warehouse the cars are getting customized for the film stunts.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

King of Clubs 2010 drag racing trophys








How can ordinary non drag racing people find the following aural symphony irratating? The sight, sound, and smell of drag racing... wonderful stuff!

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I don't know why the image doesn't appear, but the video works

" The Devil's Grocery Getter " what a cool name for a dragster



Great looking Harley, terrific pinstriping by Cisneros


These two guys are good friends and were racing each other all afternoon


Notice who is smiling?
And looking back at his friend?

That's because this guy isn't ready to race. Killed it at the start line after getting a little squirrely with the burn out.

And the smiling guy was frequently seen looking back over his shoulder to mock his slow freind. When in front by a long shot at the finish line, it's customary to look back disparagingly and mock the slow poke.. just a little.

Video and photos of a slingshot from Barona's drag racing this past weekend

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Encinitas needs more Cobras and T-birds, the cruise is tonight!

Thansk for the reminder Doug!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

No Clue II at Barona






video Whoops. You never know what you'll get on film,





For the first post I did when I first found this cool wagon at the Over The Hill Gang streak at Campland on the Bay: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2007/05/with-your-chrome-heart-shining-in-sun.html

Monday, July 12, 2010

slammedsixty.blogspot.com is finding some cool unusual stuff out there!


Above is a custom hot rodded '46 Crosley and below are SAAB rv's.


check out the variety of cool stuff with a heavy emphasis on VW's and Kombis mostly at http://slammedsixty.blogspot.com/

This is about as cool as your trailer will get

via: http://slammedsixty.blogspot.com/

Isn't the internet cool, some people (Wired) rip me off and can't credit where they find stuff, but Norcalminis does... regardless, the yield-stop

http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/03/heres-good-idea-why-not-yield-and-take.html

I posted in March and just last month http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/06/gary-lauder-stop-yield-sign-mashup/ which was found by http://www.norcalminis.com/2010/06/proposed-alternative-to-stop-sign.html

Good ideas get around! Spread the good ideas... but have a bit of respect and give credit to where you find them.

Who owns what... the nameplate on the cars don't have much meaning anymore


2010 above vs 2005 below


BMW currently owns BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce.

Bentley is currently owned by Volkswagen.

Daimler AG owns Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart.

The Fiat Group now owns: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati. They also own Chrysler and Dodge plus a 20% share in Jeep.

Ford Motor Company now owns Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and a 13.4% share of Mazda.

General Motors Corporation owns Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. They also have a controlling interest in Daewoo whose cars are currently only available in Viet Nam and South Korea. GM also owns Opel and Vauxhall in Europe, and Holden in Australia. Pontiac is said to be discontinued for now.

Honda owns Honda, and their upmarket brand Acura.

Hyundai owns Hyundai and the fellow Korean marque, Kia.

Hummer is still owned by GM and they are considering offers to sell the brand.

Koenigsegg is a Swedish super car manufacturer.

Lotus is currently owned by Malaysian car company Proton.

Mazda owns 86.6% of itself with Ford owning the other 13.4%.

Mitsubishi is responsible for 100% of their own company, a rarity these days!

Pagani is an Italian car company who makes the Zonda supercar.

Peugot the French car maker also owns Citroen.

Porsche owns their own brand as well as a majority stake in Volkswagen.

French company Renault owns Nissan who also makes their upscale brand Infiniti.

Saab is now owned by the Dutch car company Spyker.

Saturn is owned by GM, but production has stopped and assets are being liquidated.

Suzuki took over Daewoo jointly with GM but now only uses their manufacturing facilities. They have now gone to engineering completely new cars rather than rebadging Daewoo's with cars like the new Suzuki Kizashi.

Tata Motors is an Indian car company who currently owns Jaguar and Land Rover.

Tesla is an American electric car company based in the Silicon Valley area of California.

Toyota Motor Company owns Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Daihatsu and Hino Motors, plus a share of Isuzu, and a majority stake in Subaru.

Volkswagen currently owns Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT and Skoda.
from http://www.examiner.com/sports-car-in-national/who-owns-who-the-automotive-industry

Movie poster for "Munster Go Home" with Herman and the Dragula ... way cool!

From http://nostalgiaonwheels.blogspot.com/2010/06/hermans-dragula-from-munster-go-home.html via: http://chromjuwelen.tumblr.com