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Hype Democracy: Sign A Petition To Help Repeal The “25 Year” Car Import Ban Law

Posted on 08.08.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Any hardcore car person who lives in the good ol’ USA is probably aware more than one awesome car that for one reason or another is not and was never available for sale in America.  It really sucks when that happens!  These days regulations are pretty much the same when it comes to safety, compliance, and emissions, yet our government is so nit-picky that many OEMs rather just avoid the fight and sell their awesome cars elsewhere.  Technically, we can import some of those cars into the states…after 25 years!  How ridiculous is that?! This law didn’t make much sense back in 1988 when it was passed and it makes pretty much no sense now.

However, our government can sometimes be slow to move.  To help speed things up and enact change the guys at Petrolicious have started an official online petition to reduce the DOT/EPA ban from 25 years to 15 and allow the importation of “non-conforming” vehicles (Like the R34 GT-R for example).

Petrolicious makes the intelligent argument that a 15 year old car is not much different safety and emissions wise to pose any real threat and that tax revenue from importing cars can be put to good use. This petition needs 100,000 signatures to be brought before the Obama Administration.  As I am writing this post it currently sits at 30,487 (counting my signature) which means it needs an additional 69,513 signatures by September 5th 2014 to reach its goal.  If you believe in this cause then I encourage you to sign it.  It only takes a few moments and could lead to some real change!  If you do not believe in this cause then by all means disregard this post no harm, no foul.

Click HERE for the online petition!

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Hype News: Two A-Holes May Get 180 Days In Jail For Stealing Parts Of The Porsche From Paul Walker’s Crash Because Justice

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It was last year that the world learned of the tragic death of Paul Walker.  His death meant the loss of a son, a brother, and a father to his family, the world losing a great humanitarian, and not to mention the car community losing one of its nicest members.  Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died in an accident last November when Rodas lost control of a Porsche Carrera GT and hit a light pole.  The car, burned and mangled from the impact was towed away from the scene of the crash and was possibly on its way to local law enforcement for the purposes of investigation.

However, the very night of the accident two idiots: Jameson Brooks Witty (18) and Anthony Edward Janow (26) came across said tow truck and stole one of the removable roof panels from the car.  Then, in a blinding display of miraculous stupidity Jason Witty posted a picture of the panel on his Instagram account saying “Piece of Paul Walker’s car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light” and actually used the hashtag “#ComeUp”!  Naturally he got flamed hardcore for doing something so insensitive and stupid so he posted again claiming that he was going to use the panel as part of a memorial (yeah, sure buddy).

Naturally with all the evidence needed provided by the culprit themselves law enforcement eventually caught the two and booked them.  This past Tuesday was their day in court and they both pleaded no contest.  As a result they could both possibly get up to 180 days in jail.  Hopefully they learn a thing or two about respect while they are in there…. You know, in between the times they are trying to avoid becoming human currency for hardened inmates.

[Source: LA Times]

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Hype News: LA Auto Show Expecting To Host 25 Global Debuts. Lets Guess What They Are!

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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November is one of my favorite months and for good reason.  There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show.  The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  That is a pretty long list, no?  What will all those brands debut?  Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.

However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation?  I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

Acura:

Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)

Audi:

Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights

BMW:

A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)

Chrysler:

We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)

General Motors:

I dunno a truck or somethin’?

Hyundai:

The official successor to the Genesis coupe

Lexus:

Production RC and RC-F coupes

Mazda:

New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us.  I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker!  Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!

Mercedes-Benz:

The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..

Scion:

The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S

Toyota:

The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe

Volvo:

A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video

Volkswagen:

Baja bug!

 

 

 

 

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What To Do This Weekend: Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day 8-2-14

Posted on 07.29.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Webster’s defines an “enthusiast” as someone “who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest”.  Some people might read a definition like that and come away with a negative connotation.  However, people like me and you (our readers) see things differently.  We love that we have something in our lives that we are passionate about and through our “ardent interest” we make new friends and have cool experiences.  Which is why being an enthusiast is something that should be celebrated!  That is exactly what Nitto Tire is doing this weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for their annual “Auto Enthusiast Day.”

Nitto Tire is basically footing the bill to get their own huge section of the Angel Stadium to host just about everything that auto enthusiasts love.  There will be a car show featuring all types of rides, vendors selling the parts we love, a raffle, and a drift demo.  The best part is ..err well second best part is that admission is free!  The very best part is that they will also be taking donations for new, unwrapped toys for the “CHiPs For Kids” program.  So, not only do you get to spend a whole day doing cool car stuff but you can also help out a great cause!

Its all happening this Saturday!  All the need to know facts are below!  If you are looking for even more info (like how to register) visit AutoEnthusiastDay.com

Who: Nitto Tire

What: Auto Enthusiast Day

When: Saturday August 2nd 11am-4pm

Where: Angel Stadium 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

Why: Because CHiPS For Kids is awesome and because we love cars

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Gaming Hype: First 100 Cars In Forza Horizon 2 Revealed! (OFFICIAL)

Posted on 07.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of the most commonly asked questions when Forza Horizon 2 was announced, and then debuted at E3 2014 was “how many cars will there be?”  Despite my best efforts I was unable to get an exact number out of Ralph Fulton, the game director.  However, it looks like today the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 are ready to spill the beans!  Well, most of them anyway.  They have officially released a list of the first 100 cars that will be in Forza Horizon 2, some of which are completely new to a Horizon game as you will see below.  If you look closely at the “poster” above (click on the thumbnail of it below for an HD sized version) you can see that there is room for at least another 85 cars or so.  Chances are as we get closer to Horizon 2′s release those cars will be revealed as well!

In the meantime check out the list of the first 100 rides!  You can also click on the thumbnails for larger pics.

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Never before seen cars:

-1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
-2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
-1945 Jeep Willys MB
-1962 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe (23 window!!)
-1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

Full 100 car list:

1.       2002 Acura RSX Type-S

2.       2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

3.       2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

4.       1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde

5.       1964 Aston Martin DB5

6.       2010 Aston Martin One-77

7.       2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

8.       2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro

9.       1995 Audi RS 2 Avant

10.   2006 Audi RS 4

11.   2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé

12.   2013 Audi S4

13.   1997 BMW M3

14.   1991 BMW M3

15.   2012 BMW M5

16.   2011 BMW X5 M

17.   1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

18.   1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

19.   2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

20.   1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454

21.   2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

22.   2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

23.   1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

24.   1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

25.   1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

26.   2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

27.   1957 Ferrari 250 California

28.   1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

29.   1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

30.   2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta

31.   2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

32.   2013 Ferrari LaFerrari

33.   1980 Abarth Fiat 131

34.   2010 Abarth 500 esseesse

35.   2013 Abarth Punto Supersport

36.   2009 Ford Focus RS

37.   1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

38.   2000 Ford SVT Cobra R

39.   1993 Ford SVT Cobra R

40.   1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

41.   2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan

42.   1997 Honda Civic Type R

43.   2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha

44.   2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

45.   1956 Jaguar D-Type

46.   1961 Jaguar E-type S1

47.   1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

48.   1945 Jeep Willys MB

49.   2011 Koenigsegg Agera

50.   1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

51.   2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

52.   1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

53.   2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport

54.   2010 Lexus LFA

55.   1956 Lotus Eleven

56.   2012 Lotus Exige S

57.   2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S

58.   1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

59.   2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

60.   2013 McLaren P1

61.   2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG

62.   2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

63.   2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

64.   2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

65.   2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

66.   1965 MINI Cooper S

67.   1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR

68.   2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR

69.   2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

70.   2010 Nissan 370Z

71.   1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

72.   1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo

73.   2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R

74.   1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

75.   1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec

76.   2012 Pagani Huayra

77.   2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

78.   1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

79.   1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455

80.   1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

81.   1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S

82.   2003 Renault Sport Clio V6

83.   2010 Renault Megane RS 250

84.   2011 RUF Rt 12 S

85.   1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

86.   1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi

87.   2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

88.   2011 Subaru WRX STI

89.   1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205

90.   2013 Toyota GT86

91.   1995 Toyota MR2 GT

92.   2005 TVR Sagaris

93.   2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

94.   2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR

95.   2013 SRT Viper GTS

96.   1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2

97.   2010 Volkswagen Golf R

98.   1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

99.   2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R

100.   1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe

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Formula Drift: Darren McNamara Wins Round 5 In Seattle!

Posted on 07.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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At the same time the Indy Cars were in the great north, Formula Drift returned to Evergreen Speedway for round 5 of the 2014 championship season.  It was one heck of a round which all ended in an Irish vs Irish battle with Darren McNamara going up against his fellow countryman Dean “Karnage” Karney who was driving like a man possessed all weekend!  Although in the end it was Darren who came out with the win.  What about third place?  I am glad  you asked!  Third place was occupied by none other than Chris Forsberg which makes him 5 for 5 in podium appearances this season.  If he keeps this up he will all but clench his second Formula Drift Championship!  If Fredric Aasbo or Vaughn Gittin Jr want to stop Forsberg they need to act fast as there are only two rounds remaining.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out!

Once again here is the final podium:

1st: Darren McNamara
2nd: Dean Karney
3rd: Chris Forsberg

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Indy Car: Hondy Indy Toronto Double Header Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 07.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There was (kind of) a double header in the great land of Canada over the weekend but if you are reading this post you probably missed it.  There was supposed to be one race Saturday and another on Sunday but quickly after the first race started it began to rain…hard.  In fact it rained so hard they had to call the race and move it to Sunday!  That’s right, two races in one day!  Crazy right?  Scroll down if you want to see the results from each race as well as highlights.

 

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Results:

1st: Sebastian Bourdais
2nd: Helio Castroneves
3rd: Tony Kanaan

Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 Results:

1st: Mike Conway
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Will Power

Race 1 Highlights:

Race 2 Highlights:

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Hype News: Formula Drift Announces Venue Contract Extensions

Posted on 07.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A big part of the fun of Formula Drift is their locations.  The competition and fandom are great but it can easily be argued that part of the experience is visiting the cool venues that Formula Drift stops at along their season.  Given the fact that currently Formula Drift only makes 7 stops in the US, any changes of venue are a pretty big deal.  Some locations get swapped out for others for various reasons and such things typically have a pretty polarizing effect on the fan base.  Today, rather than announcing any controversial changes Formula Drift assured us that some of the favorite stops on the calendar will remain for at least the near future.

Long Beach will be for 2015, while another fan favorite Road Atlanta is on board through 2016.  Evergreen Speedway (which coincidentally is coming up this weekend) is also signed up through 2016 as well.  While this is pretty good news for the fans of those venues, we are still not sure what other venues will or won’t re-up with Formula Drift; notably Irwindale Speedway AKA “The House Of Drift”.  However, in the release it states that more venues “are expected to sign contracts soon” so hopefully we will know the fates of other stops like Wall Speedway in NJ, Texas, Miami, and the rest.

As soon as we know we will let you know!  For the minute details of this announcement check out the official press release below!

[Source: Formula Drift]

Press Release:

Formula DRIFT Announces Contract Extensions for Venues

Long Beach, Calif. – July 17, 2014 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro has extended contracts with Road Atlanta and Evergreen Speedway through the 2016 season. The Streets of Long Beach venue partnership will continue in 2015. “

The growth of Drift Atlanta over the past 11 years has been phenomenal,” stated Road Atlanta President and General Manager Geoff Lee. “We are pleased to extend our relationship with Formula DRIFT through 2016, and continue to build on the momentum that has made Drift Atlanta one of the largest and most renowned drifting events in North America.”

In an effort to plan for the future of the Series with established long running relationships with venues, Formula DRIFT has committed to the following tracks for the 2015 – 2016 season, Road Atlanta, Evergreen Speedway and the Streets of Long Beach for 2015. More venues are expected to sign contracts soon. “

“Eleven years ago we were the last on the list to get dates locked in for some of the venues,”” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.“  “Now here we are eleven years later and are towards the top of the list for venues across the country. We are proud of the growth of the sport and it couldn’t have been done without the relationships that we have with these top venues and we look forward to continuing the relationships for years to come.”

”Formula DRIFT is mid-way through the 2014 Pro Championship season and returns to Evergreen Speedway this weekend. This will mark the ninth year consecutive year of competition at this venue for the Series. “

“Evergreen Speedway is excited and proud to announce a three year contract extension with Formula DRIFT through to the 2016 season”,” said Doug Hobbs, president and CEO.“  “Formula DRIFT is by far, the most exciting and single largest motorsport event each and every year at Evergreen Speedway. Having such a marquee world stage series in the Seattle market is also a boost to tourism with a major economic impact. The best part for me is seeing thousands of fans smiling and having fun watching some of the most talented drivers in the world wow the crowd.””

The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway on July 18-19. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.

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Indy Car Hype: Iowa Corn Indy 300 Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 07.14.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Here we are again.  Its Monday and in your whirlwind of a weekend you spaced on the Indy Car race and have no idea what happened, who won, who crashed, who got out of their car in the middle of the race to pee, nothing!  Tsk tsk!  Oh well, I will fill you in on the winners and even show you some highlights from the race.  Its all below!

 

WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!!

 

1st: Ryan Hunter-Reay
2nd: Josef Newgarden
3rd: Tony Kanaan

 

Race highlights:

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Indy Car Hype: Pocono 500 Race Results (With Video)

Posted on 07.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the race at the great triangle of Pocono?  Figures! Its ok though I won’t get upset but I will tell you that you missed one heck of a race!  There was plenty of slicing, dicing, and drama but you can see all of that in the highlight video below.  If you just want a quick rundown of the podium scroll down!

 

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

1st: Juan Pablo Montoya
2nd: Helio Castroneves
3rd: Carlos Munoz

Race Highlights:

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