Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Help KMRL raise funds for wounded veterans!

I know I've been out of the loop for a long time guys. And I hate to put up a shameless plug here, but this isn't for me, it's for wounded veterans. My friends at KMRL MojoRadioLive are taking part in Blogothon 2007 raising money for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, if you can go ove to and pledge a couple of bucks?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Highlights from SEMA Show 2006.

By Brian Vermette,

Wow, for a lot of car enthusiants and beyond, this week marks one of the biggest shows for the aftermarket, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. I am always amazed with just what some of these manufacturers, designers, and builders can come up with in how to transform a stock vehicle or plain sheet metal into something of a work of art. Some of the vehicles photos that I saw on alot of blogs and websites that covered this huge event were out there and for the most part I was impressed.

The two of these vehicles that most impressed me was Chip Foose's Hemisfear, a hotrod that Chip has been working on for years and what a combination of colors - black and what looks to be gray/carbin fiber look and the other, oldly enough, its the Edelbrock 1932 Ford Roadster, simply put, the TV Show "RIDES" had an episode dedicated to the building and unveiling of this read and if you look really close on the photo, under the hood is an image of the american flag and I believe it says the words "Made in America".

Photo Gallary:
Click on photos for a bigger image.

Chip Foose's Hemisfear

Edelbrock's 1932 Ford Roadster, this roadster "Made in America" was featured on TLC's show "RIDES".

A diesel-powered 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

2006 Cadillac EcoJet Concept - Jay Leno, GM Advanced Design Studio Create a Bio-Diesel Supercar.

(Credit: Cardomain Blog)
A deep metallic green 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback with a ROUSH 427 IR crate engine putting out 552 horsepower. Previous Post with Press Release.

(Credit: Autoblog)
Inspiration by Dale Earnhardt Jr's own "Big Red", all-new "Big Red Silverado with an off-road package, an #8 in the front grill and Dale Jr. signature on the both sides of the truck.

Here are a couple of blogs and sites that are covering this years SEMA Show with posting photos, check them out.
- CarDomain Blog

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Shifting Gears: Auto Manufacturers Warranties & Commerical Breakdown of Chevy 400

By Brian from

Shifting Gears for a monent, if you are a Motorsports and Car Enthusiant like I am, than both of these articles will caught your eye in one way or another.

On CarsCarsCars blog, they have compiled a list of the Current Warranties From Auto Manufacturers for the 2007 models after some recent talk among the big 3 that they might increase there warrenties.

My Take: Interesting numbers, the big 3 are basically the same with 3 yrs each, while Hyundai has the best warranty with basic at 5 yrs/60,000 mi and powertrain 10yrs/100,000 miles. One of the first things that I look in buying a new or pre-owned vehicle besides the price and make/model is a good regular or extended warranty, I will walk from a deal if theres no real warrenty. I have seen warrenties work great and others that don't, but now I will only buy a warrenty from the Auto Manufacturers themselves. Simply put, warrenty is the 3rd most important item in buying a vehicle, Most people I know keep there vehicle at least 5 yrs.

On, they have created a very detailed summary of the Commerical Breakdown of NASCARs Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond last Saturday Night.

Chevy Rock & Roll Race and Commercial Breakdown of 09-09-06:
Total number of commercials: 119
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 78
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 17
Total number of companies or entities advertised in brief promos during the broadcast: 13
Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 2 min., 5 seconds
Restarts missed due to being away at commercial: 2

Start time to record race/commercial periods: 7:36 P.M.
End time to record race/commercial periods: 10:50 P.M.
Total minutes: 194
Minutes of race broadcast: 135
Minutes of commercials: 59

My Take: 30% of the TV Broadcast was commericals, 1 full hour of commericals, wow and that doesn't include during race promos and a company logo on the top ticker.

This brings up the topic more about what Marty Smith's Last Lap column on entitled, "Making sponsors, fans happy at the same time" Marty brings up the idea of -- a scrolling information ticker that remained atop the screen during commercial breaks.

On the other hand, My father suggested clear commericals -- see throught, fans can watch the race through the commericals,

Nevertheless, fans need something during commericals to keep us informed and tuned to that station of what is going on on track & during the race. Any suggestion? I like either idea, fans need something other than just commericals, theres alway changing the channel to another show or even the NFL. Get the picture, if ABC's side-by-side coverage type is out, then try something different, test it on fans and see what they think, you will hear its the chase thats on.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Question: What is the future of this blog

Hay everyone, this is Brian from, just wanted to know what is the future of this blog (The Blog for Autoblogger), What are we doing?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Read fine print on Chrysler's 30-day guarantee...fees

This is straight from Cars!Cars!Cars! blog on Chrysler's 30-day guarantee...this is a must read.

We're glad someone took the time to look into this 30-day guarantee that Chrysler is touting: The Detroit News reports: Chrysler's '30-day, money back guarantee: What's the catch.

Check out this arithmetic: Let's start with a restocking fee of 5 percent of the stickerprice (ouch!), add in the 50-cents per mile usage fee (yikes!), all the sales tax (what!?) plus finance fees, title, tag and registration (grrr!). Total it up on a premium ride like a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, and returning a car you just purchased for about $34,000 could easily cost about 14 percent of the total purchase price -- more than $4,600.

My Opinion: The fact is that most people don't return a new or used car, because everything is fine, but for that person or two who purchased a vehicle and for one reason or another need to return their recent purchased car, they should not have to pay up to 14% of the all in price to return the vehicle. To me, this is more expenive then renting a car for a month - one rental car company is $239 per week, thats $1000 give or take with insurance, compared to $2,300 on a $17,000 vehicle (Dodge Caliber pricing). This includes Chrysler's, Dodge's, and Jeep's...

Read the fine print on any new or pre-owned before you buy that next car including the return policy and onething, extended warrenty - look at that too. Check a buying guide for tips on that.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Dave Finds a New Home

I wanted to thank a lot of you guys who expressed well wishes after the downfall of MPH. It was nice to know the car blogging community found the magazine so interesting, even if the website never really lived up to its potential. We were working on a redesign when all the stuff went down too. Oh well.

So where am I now? I’m heading up blogging operations at a little site called

I’ll also be contributing reviews to the main page but my main focus will be the blog called KickingTires. This is a non-enthusiast site aimed at car buyers and shoppers. Expect lots of incentive news, recall notices, new model announcements, price changes etc. We’ll also highlight a lot of original content from the editorial staff here. There is actually a pretty large staff and we blogged live from the Chrysler Sebring event last week.

Stylistically I’m going for wide images often and thinning them out while trying to fit the entire car into the shot. It’s a clean look. All the photos are also left justified which I don’t love but its growing on me. Do you guys notice it at all?

If you have suggestions about the blog let me know. Also feel free to comment in the posts on KickingTires.

Also I want to apologize for not posting here as much but as you can imagine the last two months have been crazy busy. Although I somehow managed to launch two other personal sites recently and

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Should all major American racing series make the transition to alternative fuels?

By Brian from

I have been thinking about this question for a month or so now since a WindTunnel on SPEED question of the week caught my interest, it was put "Should all major American racing series make the transition to ethanol?", because of the IRL Indy Car Series will be running ethanol in 2007, but I think that this question should go alot further then just ethanol.

With Audi's impressive and history making victories at both the 12 hours of Sebring and the historical and one of the toughtest races in the world, the 24 hours of LeMans in there two Audi R10 TDI 5.5L twin-turbo diesels becoming the first diesel car in the world to win a major sports car race, the idea of using alternative fuel in all major American racing series such as Diesel which gets better fuel economy and more horsepower/torque, ethanol which does give basically the same amount of power compared to gasoline and is renewable is a great idea instead of using gasoline, plan and simple.

There is a couple of things to remember, whatever fuel that is used in Motorsports, is trucked or piped in to the speedway a head of time and is held in tanks until needed. Motorsports has the technology to use alternative fuels because everything is there, unlike street use.

Thinking about it, this option is a good idea because it free's up a large amount of gasoline for consumers to use in there cars, face it, for the next 10-20 years or so until a better fuel can be found and developed including hydrogen, gasoline is the main fuel for street use all over the United States and beyond.

One that note, I will say one thing, diesel vehicles are starting to make a come back, but with stricter government standards, automakers still have to continue finding a cleaner way to run these vehicles and in 2007, Jeep will introduce one new cleaner diesel in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but stop making the Jeep Liberty CRD (Diesel), that still leaves gasoline.

That's my thoughts - simply put, alternative fuels (Diesel, ethanol, Hydrogen and etc.) should be used in all major American racing series and gasoline should be used for consumers to drive there cars everyday on the street for now.

What's your thoughts?

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