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Ferrari Owner Parks Car in Living Room.

Posted in European Rides, Ferrari, General, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | June 10th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Ferrari 355 Spider

I’ll be honest, if I could park my 1968 Dodge Charger in my living room I absolutely would. You see I love my car to no end, which is why it doesn’t surprise me that Jon Ryder of Sheffield, England did just that. John is the proud owner of a yellow Ferrari 355 Spider and it was his goal to enjoy his baby 24 hours a day. For car guys our rides are pretty much an extension of our personalities, so it seems only right that we’d want to take care of them in the same way we take care of all of our prized possessions. Ryder, a steel worker by trade, gains entrance into his living room by means of a specially designed garage door that’s hidden from view with a few curtains.

“I’ve owned the Ferrari for more than three years and the novelty still hasn’t worn off. I still smile every day at owning my ultimate dream car. It’s my favorite piece of Italian art and it takes pride of place in the house.”
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Brain Driver: Controlling A Car With Your Mind

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, Educational, General, News, Newsworthy, Videos by MrAngry | June 7th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Brain Driver Autonomos Labs

Maybe it’s me, but I always thought that the majority of us used our brains to drive our beloved automobiles. According to Autonomos Labs though it appears I was wrong. By utilizing drive by wire technology and a host of EEG (Electroencephalography) sensors fitted to a head piece, a computer is able to interpret multiple brain patterns in regards to direction and acceleration. Autonomos Labs did this experiment as a proof of concept to showcase this technology so I wouldn’t expect anything like this in the near future. What this technology does do however is show us what is, and what may in fact be possible in the future. This is all pretty cool stuff if you ask me…
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Drunk driver runs through house!

Posted in Best of, FAIL / Funny, Newsworthy by MrAngry | June 1st, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Crystal Leija Arrested for DUI

It’s actually quite amazing that some people are able to function at all. This is Crystal Leija, the DUI degenerate that drove through the home of one John Rauchbauer at 2 a.m. this past Saturday morning. Leija had apparently left the bowling ally where she’d been drinking in St. Petersburg, FL and while in transit managed to hit a parked car, two fences and mailboxes before plowing through Rauchbauer’s house. The car had gone straight through the homes front wall, through the living room, dining room and then to Rauchbauer’s horror, the room where his two sons, ages 4 and 10 slept before coming to a stop in the back yard. One of the boys, 10 year old Taylor, was found hidden beneath the rubble inside the home by Rauchbauer’s brother-in-law who was nearly killed in the incident. 4 year old son Hayden was luckily found outside amongst the rubble as he had thankfully been carried on his bed into the back yard as the car passed through the house.
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C7 Corvette May Get Turbocharged V8

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Chevrolet, Corvette, Domestic Rides, News, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | May 27th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon

When the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was released with its supercharged LS9 V8, the masses stood up and cheered. It pumped out 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque and took the big Vette onto a top speed of 205 mph. When I think of superchargers my brain instantly conjures up images of blown big block drag cars or wild eyed street cars like the Last Interceptor from the Mad Max movies or Vin Diesels 1970 Dodge Charger from The Fast and the Furious. Turbocharged cars remind me of small displacement front wheel drive imports with massive fart can mufflers and pillar mounted gauge clusters that in the end, are more show than go. I suppose this is why I was a bit taken back a bit when The Detroit Bureau reported that the next generation C7 Corvette was going to feature a small displacement turbo charged V8. I thought turbos didn’t go on fire breathing American muscle cars… or do they?
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Automotive Black Boxes: Big Brother IS Watching

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, General, News, Newsworthy by MrAngry | May 23rd, 2011 | 8 Responses |

Automotive Black Box

No one likes being watched 24/7, but in a society where our lives are being publicized day-in and day-out, it’s kind of hard to escape big brother looking over our shoulder. It’s inevitable I supposed that one of our last true forms of expression and freedom is now being monitored in such a way that it can be used against us if things go array. Since he early 1990’s many cars have had event data recorders (EDR’s) installed in them which are basically the equivalent of the “black boxes” that are found in aircraft. These EDR’s record everything from your speed, to crash data, to whether or not your seat belt was buckled during the time of an impact. This information can be viewed by insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and or your local dealer and used to collect information about your driving habits.
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Crazy Kiwi Spends $2.8 million on Aston Martin One-77

Posted in Aston Martin, European Rides, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | May 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Aston Martin One-77

When the Bugatti released the Veyron back in 2003 for the lofty sum of $1 million, automotive enthusiasts the world over thought that the company had gone insane. It was one of the most expensive cars ever produced and market watchers weren’t sure if the company would move even one from the factory. Since the Veyron’s release other obscenely expensive hyper-cars like the Lamborghini Reventon, SSC Ultimate Aero, and Gumpert Apollo have come to fruition, and with that, a whole new type of consumer was created. The gentleman in the above photo is Neil Graham, co-founder of Mainfreight, a global logistics provider based out of Auckland, New Zealand. He’s worth about $60 million and aside from his other achievements, will now be known as the owner of the most expensive car ever ordered by a Kiwi. The car in question is the limited production Aston Martin One-77 that cost Graham a paltry $2.8 million. The One-77 is powered by a 760 hp 7.3-liter V12 that enables the car to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and then onto a top speed of 220 mph. Hopefully Mr. Graham will flog the snot out of the One-77 especially considering that New Zealand has some of the best driving roads on the planet.

Source: BornRich.com

Porsche Owners Save Car From Flood

Posted in European Rides, General, Newsworthy, Porsche, Rides by MrAngry | May 15th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The Southern portion of the United States has recently been getting ravaged by tornado’s, rain and mass flooding. States like Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky have been getting pounded with property damage and loss thought to be over 1.5 billion dollars. It’s a tragedy no doubt, but there was at least one car enthusiast out there who refused to let Mother Nature toss him a beating. This photo was taken down by Louisville, Kentucky and shows how the owner of this yellow Porsche 962 Cabriolet did a little outside the box thinking to save his car. Taking what looks to be a an inflatable industrial airbag, the owner placed it under their beloved Porsche, inflated it, and then tethered it to their severely flooded home, thus saving the car from sure destruction. I don’t know if there is a “Car Guy of the Year” award, but if there is then this guy really needs to be nominated.
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F1 Turkish Grand Prix Is The Sebastian Vettel Show

Posted in Formula 1, Newsworthy, Racing Coverage by Kurt Ernst | May 9th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Image: Morio

Sebastian Vettel put his Red Bull Renault on the pole for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, then proceeded to spank the competition once the red lights went out. In any other season, that would have made for a pretty boring race, but this is 2011: in case you’re not watching it, F1 now has passing, wheel to wheel racing and enough contact to remind you of a Saturday night figure eight race at the county fair. In Istanbul, there were epic duels between McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Jenson Button, and also among Renault teammates Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov. The Michael Schumacher of old appeared to be back, and Schumi’s battle with Petrov cost him a pit stop for a new nose. Read More…

Rumor Mill: Land Rover Thinking of New Defender

Posted in Best of, European Rides, General, Land Rover, News, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | April 30th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Land Rover Defender Concept
*Photo Credit: Autocar.co.uk

The Land Rover Defender is considered by some to be the ultimate vehicle for use in off-road travel. It’s been around since 1948 and even though they’re a rare site here in the United States, these vehicles still draw a crowd wherever they go. Think of the Defender at Britain’s version of the Jeep Wrangler. It’s uncomfortable, brash and rough riding on dry paved roads. However, it’s when the roads disappear that the old brute really comes into it’s own. Right now rumors are swirling that Land Rover is going to develop an entirely new Defender that is said to go into production by 2015. The problem is we have no real idea on what the specifications of the vehicle will be. What we do know is that, according to Autocar.co.uk, that Land Rover is currently working on how the new Defender will be marketed once it is produced. Stay tuned as we’ll be posting more information as soon as we hear anything.

Source: Autocar.co.uk

New York to Los Angeles… BY TAXI!?!

Posted in Best of, Funny, General, News, Newsworthy, Videos by MrAngry | April 28th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

NY to LA by Taxi Cab

For some, taking a trip from New York to Los Angeles is as simple as booking a flight, heading to the airport and then arriving safely at LAX a mere 5 hours later. For others like John Belitsky of Leonia, N.J. though, taking the simple route is simply no fun. You see Belitsky and friend Dan Wuebben decided to do this trip on a whim, but in order to do it, there was one little catch… they had to find a New York City cab driver to take them. At first, most NYC cabbies just laughed them off when they were presented with the idea of driving 3000 miles straight, however one driver, cabby Mohammed Alam, agreed to take them for the sum of $5,000.00. Belitsky who is an investment banker got the idea to run across the country in a cab to pay tribute to his father, a former cab driver, but neither he, nor driver Mohammed Alam was prepared for what turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime. Click through for the video.
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