Road Trips

Which States Have The Highest Speed Limits?

Posted in driving, Lists, Road Trips, Traffic, Travel by Kurt Ernst | September 5th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Image: Pat Hawks

From 1974 though 1987, 55 miles per hour was the national speed limit. In the early days, the limit almost made sense, since those were the dark times between our first and second gas crisises. Back then, most cars on the road weren’t getting 30 miles per gallon, so restricting speed in the name of fuel savings became the logical thing to do. Somewhere along the line, groups embraced the 55 mile per hour speed limit since it was “safer” than the old 70 mile per hour limit. When the double-nickel fell in 1987, those opposed to raising the national speed limit predicted carnage, death and highways flowing red with blood. Read More…

Moving to California: Day 3 & 4

Posted in Best of, General, Rants & Raves, Road Trips by MrAngry | September 2nd, 2011 | 1 Response |

Bonneville Salt Flats

Well it’s been 2,353 miles so far and I’m happy to report that the big International is running strong. So we blasted through Illinois, Nebraska and Iowa which were boring as hell from our view on Interstate 80 heading westbound. Wyoming, Utah and Nevada however are a totally different story as the terrain had finally begun to change and we were able to ditch over 1,500 miles of pure corn. We are now residing at the start of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Nevada and truth be told, it’s epic. I’ve been here before, but I’m always amazed just how overwhelming it is when you see it in person. Its expanse is mind boggling and the fact that it is the home of the land speed record is like hitting the holy grail for a car guy.
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Moving to California: Day 2

Posted in Best of, Rants & Raves, Road Trips, Roads by MrAngry | August 31st, 2011 | 3 Responses |

World's Largest Truck Stop
*The world’s largest truck stop…

Well it’s day 2 of my cross country move to Cali and let me say that when I said yesterday that stuff doesn’t get exciting until you hit Colorado, what I meant was that I-80 Westbound is one of the most boring stretches of road in existence. For example, I just drove through the rest of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and landed in Iowa, and let me tell you… if I see any more roadside corn I’m going to vomit. Yes, there are wonderful automotive attractions in some of these states, but for shear visceral stimulation you might as well be staring at plywood. Tomorrow’s drive should be better, at least the second half anyway as I still have to muscle through more corn in the remainder of Iowa and Nebraska. After that though I hit Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and then finally, California, states where the landscape is a bit more pleasing to the eye.
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It’s Time… I’m Moving to California

Posted in Best of, General, Rants & Raves, Road Trips, Travel by MrAngry | August 30th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

Heading to California

It’s true… I’m moving to sunny California. In fact I’m currently 625 miles into my journey as I type this from my hotel room from someplace in Ohio. Understand that moving 3,000 miles away from the Motherland (New York City) for me is a big deal. You see I’ve lived my entire life in and around the boroughs of Manhattan. In fact I was born in NYC proper at the now defunct St. Vincents Hospital down in Greenwich Village. I’ve lived in 5th floor walk-ups, battled giant rats one-on-one that would kill a normal man, and had all manner of guns, knives and pipes pulled on me on the subway. I was also right there in the mix on 9/11, a day that will forever be burned into my psyche as one of the worst days of my existence. In some ways being a New Yorker has made me hard and mean with a short fuse that can be ignited at a moments notice, but it’s also made me sharp as a f*ckin’ razor when it comes to people who try to get one over on me. New York is a blessing and a curse, but in the end, it will always be who I am.
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Gotham Dream Cars: Dreams Do Come True!

Posted in Best of, Educational, European Rides, Featured, Lamborghini, Rants & Raves, Rides, Road Trips, Roads, Videos by MrAngry | August 1st, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Valentino Balboni

“Body by Lamborghini, High Fidelity By Alpine” – those were the words written on the poster of the red Lamborghini Countach that I had on my wall when I was a kid. I stared at that image day after day for years hoping that one day I’d have one of those iconic machines in my garage. It was a lofty goal for sure, but hell, if one doesn’t have aspirations then what’s the point of living right? I also had a poster of a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, a car, that in my opinion, is the most beautiful automobile ever produced. You see for me Lamborghini wasn’t just a car company, it was THE car company. Their body designs were impractically sexy, their power plants were wonderment’s of engineering and their exhaust notes… well, let’s just say that those were conjured up by the Gods above.
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Road Testament: The Best Driving Roads

Posted in Best of, General, Rants & Raves, Road Trips, Roads, Videos by MrAngry | July 3rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Road Trip

A few weeks ago on Road Testament I had the opportunity to haul my 1969 Dodge Daytona replica out of storage, grab a good buddy and a few cameras and head out on an afternoon road trip. We didn’t really have a plan per say, only that at some point we’d need to eat, and at another we’d need to put fuel in the old beast. Other than that it was just grab a map and go. We started off at a central point on Long Island, NY and decided to head due east until we came to New York’s eastern most tip, Montauk Point. In total we ran about 250 miles, not a huge trip by any means, but for a nice sunny afternoon all those miles seemed to work out just fine. Click through for the video and enjoy.
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Ten Road Trip Songs I Never Need To Hear Again

Posted in Lists, Road Trips by Kurt Ernst | June 8th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

Image: Bruce Berrien, Creative Commons 2.0

When it comes to road trip music, we all have different tastes, and one size certainly doesn’t fit all. If classical is your thing, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” may be perfect for driving at first light on a spring morning, but it’s way too relaxing for a midnight to three a.m. hammer-down turn at the wheel. Rammstein’s “Sehnsucht” may be just the ticket for late night listening while Five-Hour-Energy works its magic on your brain cells, but I sure as hell don’t want to hear that before my first morning cup of coffee. In case you can’t tell, I’ve got eclectic taste in music, and you’re equally likely to find punk, classic rock, jazz, blues or classical on one of my playlists. You won’t find opera and you won’t find country, because both styles of music grate on my nerves like a fiberglass splinter. Read More…

A Nissan Leaf, 779 Miles And 24 Hours

Posted in driving, Electric Cars, Road Trips, Videos by Kurt Ernst | June 6th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Seeking to prove that electric cars can be practical for long distance road trips, a trio of Dutch friends set out to drive 779 miles in 24 hours. Picking a route that provided ample Level III chargers (which will replenish the Leaf’s batteries to 80% of capacity in around 20 minutes), the group achieved their goal. What does it prove? Not a lot, really, except that you can take the Leaf on road trips as long as you have access to Level III chargers after the initial 73 mile full battery range is depleted, and then every 58.4 miles (accounting for an 80% charge from a Level III station) thereafter. Don’t plan on speeding, either, since the best range is achieved by speeds between 62 and 74 miles per hour. You’d best like coffee (or have a weak bladder), because every 59 miles of forward progress demands a 20 minute recharging stop. Win or fail; you decide after watching the video below. Read More…

1,000 Miles in a Blown Big Block Camaro.

Posted in Best of, Rants & Raves, Road Trips, Roads, Videos by MrAngry | May 12th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Muscle cars have been the bane of my existence since 2003. They’ve taken my money, left me stranded on the side of the road and have given me more sleepless nights then I care to remember. For some reason though I still love them and gravitate to them more then any other type of automobile out there. Maybe it’s because they’re simple machines, or maybe it’s their styling or raw power. Whatever the reason though I have a feeling that there will always be one in my garage. Unlike so many other owners out there I actually drive my cars… a lot. In fact I’ve driven them across the country no less than six times in the last 8 years. Some of my trips go off without a hitch, while others have pushed both myself and my cars to the limit. Hot Rod Magazines David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan recently took a little 1,000 mile road trip from Los Angeles to Arizona and back in a blown 650 hp big block 1967 Camaro. Saying they had a couple of problems would be an understatement, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have a great time. Click through for the 17 minute video and enjoy!
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10 Must Have Road Trip Items

Posted in Best of, Featured, General, Rants & Raves, Road Trips, Roads by MrAngry | May 10th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

10 Must Have Road Trip Items

Some people love the beach, others love to travel abroad, for me though a great vacation consists of thousands of miles of open road, a good radar detector and road side dives that serve greasy food. You see I feel the most at home cruising down America’s super-slabs and over the past 5 years have logged more than 35,000 road-trippin’ miles. Some people would call this a sickness, I however see it as pure nirvana. At this point in my life I can safely say that I am a professional in the art of the road trip as I’ve pretty much been there and done that. From breaking down on the Blackfoot Indian reservation in Montana, to running over an 8-foot gator in Georgia, to blasting down the open roads of Nevada at over 130 mph. Road trips are a way of life for me and over the years I’ve amassed a pretty good list of what to bring along for the ride. The following is a list of 10 road trip items that are in my cars at all times. Over the years these babies have not only gotten me out of trouble, but have helped me avoid it as well. Click through for the full list and then get ready to hit the open road.
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