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Top Gear Series 22 teaser done with Legos

Posted Jan 26th 2015 8:00PM



Top Gear is coming back, and rather than the same blend of controversy and tire-smoking trailers, the British trio have opted for a more humorous approach.

Jeremy, Richard and James have been rendered in Lego for TG's latest spot, and things are not going at all well. In fact, the only host that seems to have things remotely together would be Mr. Clarkson. Hammond has an unpleasant encounter with a number Lego, while May's shaggy hair seems to have run off. The Stig, meanwhile, is literally in pieces as the show prepares to roll.

Take a look at the entire vid. And of course, as soon as an official date is given for the first airing of Top Gear's 22nd season (or series, if you drive on the wrong side of the road and enjoy black pudding), we'll be sure to let you know.

News Source: Top Gear via YouTube

One man's love of vintage Honda motorcycles spawns new museum

Posted Jan 26th 2015 7:00PM



In 1977, David Silver got a Honda SS50 moped - it was the last year of unrestricted mopeds for riders just 16 years of age in the UK. That two-wheeler made him a fan, and starting his Honda parts business in 1986 made him a part of the Honda family.

He started collecting, with the idea that he'd eventually open a museum. During a visit to another amateur collector's trove in Pennsylvania, the Brit got the chance to purchase the 125 bikes the American collector had gathered, and his museum aspirations hit the fast-forward button.

He's in the process of building a proper home for the bikes in Suffolk, it should open later this year. There will be everything from the first Cub F engine that people could attach to bicycles in 1952, to two examples of the CB92 Benly Super Sport that showed how fast and how good a 125cc bike could be, to the first Fireblade that dropped in 1992 - our CBR 900RR, to the original Honda Dream. Honda says it could be one of the finest collections outside the company's museum in Japan.

You can watch Silver tell his story in the video below, and there's more on what's he'll have in an article in Honda's Dream magazine.

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News Source: Honda Video, Dream magazine via YouTube

Volkswagen scores dominant 1-2-3 finish at Monte Carlo Rally

Posted Jan 26th 2015 6:00PM



Racing calendars change from year to year, but most series have that one race they just couldn't do without: the Monaco Grand Prix for F1, Le Mans for endurance racing, Dakar for rally raid, the Indianapolis 500 for Indy, the Daytona 500 for NASCAR... and for the World Rally Championship, it's the Monte Carlo Rally. Winning the Monte brings with it its own measure of bragging rights, but locking out the podium is another story altogether. And that's just what Volkswagen did this weekend on the Côte d'Azur.

The hard-fought season-opener saw nine-time world champion (and seven-time Monte Carlo Rally winner) Sébastien Loeb return with Citroën, but ultimately it was the VW team that won – and won big, taking a commanding 1-2-3 finish. Sébastien Ogier (with Julien Ingrassia) finished first, followed by Jari-Matti Latvala (with Miika Anttila) in second and Andreas Mikkelsen (with Ola Floene) in third, all of them in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC that was just updated in time for the start of the season. The rally passed right through the Forest Saint Julien where Ogier was born, and at the end of it all, Mikkelsen walked little more than 50 steps from the Volkswagen garage to his condo at Quai Antoine 1er in Monte Carlo.

It was only the second time VW has locked out the podium since hitting the scene two years ago, following the German team's 1-2-3 finish in Australia last season en route to its second consecutive world championship. This also marked the second year in a row that Ogier and VW have won the Monte, after narrowly losing out to Loeb in '03.

The achievement in Monaco this weekend made VW only the fifth manufacturer to take the top three spots in the Monegasque capital: Renault-Alpine became the first in 1973, followed by Lancia (with the Stratos) in '76 and then again (with the Delta Integrale) in '89, Audi sandwiched between in '84 and Citroën with the "dream team" of Loeb, Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz in 2003. (Peugeot achieved the same in 2009, but that was when the Monte Carlo Rally had left the WRC and was run as part of the less prominent and lower-spec Intercontinental Rally Challenge.) Not even Subaru, Mitsubishi, Toyota or Ford - all dominant forces in their time - can claim that feat.

The victory secures the Polo R WRC's place as the most dominant car in the championship, winning over 85 per cent of the rallies in which it has been entered since its debut in 2003.

News Source: Volkswagen

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Women aren't allowed to drive in New York over belief 'driving harms their modesty'

Posted Jan 26th 2015 5:00PM



There's a village in New York where you are unlikely to find any female drivers on the roads, at least not ones that live there. While there are obviously no legal boundaries, the predominantly Hasidic Jewish community of Kiryas Joel, NY, shuns women for getting behind the wheel out of a belief that it harms their modesty.

As part of Public Radio International's Across Women's Lives series, Frimet Goldberger tells her story of leaving the town with her husband and eventually getting her license when she was 23, including one of her harrowing early driving experiences.

Watch the video for more, as this New York woman tells her story of earning her driver's license at 23 after leaving the village of Kiryas Joel where women are shunned for getting behind the wheel.

News Source: AOL On, Public Radio International

CCTV footage shows Red Bull trophy heist going down

Posted Jan 26th 2015 4:00PM



Any Formula One team knows the deal: you train, you prepare, you make the best car possible and put it in the hands of the best people you can get. But then out of nowhere another driver crashes into one of yours and your race is over. That's just the way it goes sometimes, but even that didn't prepare Red Bull Racing for the crash that happened at its headquarters last month.

That's when some bandits drove a silver Subaru Legacy wagon backwards through the front door of the team's headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK, and made off with a bunch of the trophies displayed in the lobby. Now video footage from a closed-circuit television camera has surfaced, showing the crime go down in a brief twelve-second clip.

It was a senseless crime since most of the trophies don't have much intrinsic value, and it's not exactly like they could sell them to someone else. All it accomplished was to damage the team's facility and demoralize the men and women who worked so hard to win those trophies – many of which ended up dumped in a nearby lake.

News Source: BBC via AOL On, World Car Fans

Just the right Camaro can change your life

Posted Jan 26th 2015 3:00PM



Not many people can say that their car directly motivated them into a career, but that's exactly the case for Adam Martin and his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro that he calls Lucy. Martin bought the pony car in primer when he was just 16, and it helped foster his profession in restoring classic cars.

Beyond just being a very cool ride for a teenager, every change to Lucy was an opportunity to hone a new automotive skill for Martin. Whether figuring out how to paint a car or building the 454-cubic-inch (7.4-litre) big block V8, the Camaro offered a platform for experimentation.

This latest episode of Petrolicious gets personal about the bond between man and machine for this 18-year ongoing project. And even if the story doesn't immediately grab you, Lucy has a great voice and can do a mean burnout.

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News Source: Petrolicious via YouTube

2015 Ford Shelby GT350R sets 7:32.19 Nurburgring lap time

Posted Jan 26th 2015 2:00PM



It was over a year ago that the Chevy Camaro Z/28 clocked a Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 37.47 seconds, propelling itself up the leader boards as the fastest American muscle car to lap the infamous Nordschleife. But now word has it that another piece of Detroit iron has clocked an even faster time.

According to Evo, the new Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang has lapped the Green Hell in a blitzkrieg 7:32.19. That's more than five seconds faster than the Z/28, and propels the GT350R into proper supercar territory: incrementally quicker than the Ferrari 458 Italia and in league with lap times posted by the Nissan GT-R (though not the fastest Godzilla has clocked over the years).

With output quoted at "more than 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque," and no 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h), quarter-mile or top end figures revealed to date, this marks the first genuine measure of performance we've seen for the track-focused pony car - though the numbers have yet to be officially confirmed.

The GT350R packs a 5.2-litre V8 unburdened by 130 pounds of excess weight – helped along by carbon-fibre wheels coated in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.

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News Source: Evo

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Reporter fails to understand how car ice scraper works

Posted Jan 26th 2015 1:00PM



We know exactly why this newscaster does not speak the language of ice scrapers – why the implement is so alien to her, in fact, that she doesn't even know where to use it. It's because she grew up in San Francisco and Sacramento, CA, where mention of an ice scraper is liable to make someone say, "I love fancy cocktails." This is just a theory, but it's possible she's never even seen an ice scraper in the wild, much less needed to demonstrate one.

This reporter moved from a reporting job in Los Angeles to KREM 2 News in Spokane, WA just last summer, making these months right now her first real winter. And that is how she got an on-air lesson in the esoteric mysteries the plastic stick with a brush at one end and a... thing... at the other. Check out the video below for another example of what happens when Californians discover weather.

News Source: Tripping Over Funny via YouTube

Car Club Spotlight: Moab Jeep Jamboree

Posted Jan 26th 2015 12:00PM



Today Autoblog is excited to premiere its latest original video series, Car Club Spotlight. Our debut Car Club episode features the Just Jeeps club of Omaha, including a father-son duo traveling to Moab, Utah to brave the treacherous trails of the Red Desert. Brian is behind the wheel, as his father guides him through the most dangerous geographical features Moab has to offer.

Joining them are Gene and Jean, an older married couple from Minnesota whose modified Jeep Wrangler – like its owners – knows no bounds. "We're in our seventies now," explained Jean. "We could be sitting at home in a rocking chair watching TV, but we'd rather do this."

Also hitting the trails is Matt, a Californian who looks to pay homage to his father by exploring southern Utah in a World War II-era Jeep Willys. "This was our stomping ground," said Matt. "That's why I chose to come to Utah for my big vacation this year, in his memory, to see some of the places we used to go together, and have fun and do some Jeeping."

Each Car Club Spotlight episode features a different car club or event, where passionate owner communities gather to share automotive experiences and embark on incredible adventures. From Main Street cruises to off-road trails, catch all the latest car club activity on Autoblog.

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