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Top 10 most useful apps for drivers

Posted Oct 21st 2014 3:00PM



While police are cracking down on distracted driving and texting behind the wheel, most drivers (us included) still can't remember the last time they left the house or office without a mobile device handy in their car. Living an app-centric life may have seemed unheard of even a decade ago, but for better or for worse, the phrase "there's an app for that" is here to stay.

With new apps being launched by the hundreds on a daily basis, it's sometimes hard to know which ones are worthy of the storage space on your device; so we've compiled a list of the top 10 best car-centric or auto related mobile apps for your device.

There are a wide range of different must-have auto apps ranging from real-time traffic and route planners, plus fuel mileage trackers, high tech/performance apps and in-car entertainment.

Click here to find out the top 10 best and most useful car and auto related apps.

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Sexy ad campaign causes 517 car crashes in one day

Posted Oct 16th 2014 6:59PM



A sexy mobile advertisement featuring a woman's breasts is being blamed for causing over 500 car crashes in one day... In Russia, where else?! Talk about distracted driving! The larger-than-life ads, which were plastered on no fewer than 30 trucks spread across Moscow's roads proved too hot to handle.

The specific purpose of this ad campaign – designed by an advertising agency specializing in mobile ads – was to draw attention to the mobile billboards. The sparse text in the ad translates from Russian to "They Attract". They certainly do!

Russian motorist Ildar Yuriev, says "I was on my way to a business meeting when I saw this truck with a huge photo of breasts on its side go by. Then I was hit by the car behind who said he had been distracted by the truck. It made me late and left my car in the garage, and although I am insured I am still out of pocket."

Drivers across Moscow were quick in their outrage and have reportedly unleashed their anger on AdvTruck.ru, the agency responsible for the stunt. A spokesperson for AdvTruck says "'We are planning to bring a new advertising format onto the market, encouraging companies to place their ads on the sides of trucks, as we thought this would be a good alternative to putting them on the sides of public transport. We wanted to draw attention to this new format with this campaign" he explained.

He then added "In all cases of accidents, the car owners will receive compensation costs from us that aren't covered by their insurance."

The ad campaign, however tacky, obviously did the job it set out to do. They left a city full of carnage in their wake as no less than 517 collisions were officially reported.

We'll keep you abreast of the situation, as more reports flood in. Check out the full video report below.

News Source: AOL via Daily Mail

Image Credit: EuroPics CEN

Man reveals he's had sex with over 700 cars... On live TV!

Posted Oct 16th 2014 3:00PM



We're not exactly strangers to people professing their undying love to an automobile. We're not even strangers to people manifesting their automotive passion physically. You know, perhaps dedicating an entire day to polishing your car with a 3-stage wax, or taking your car for a ride along your favourite stretch of roads, or even spending far too much money on it and spoiling your car with lavish gifts (add-on parts or upgrades). Edward Smith of Yelm, Thurston County, Washington, takes his love of cars to a whole other level of crazy!

Interviewed on This Morning - a British family TV show - Smith admits he's sexually attracted to machines - a self titled "Mechaphile". Not only has he admitted to being sexually attracted to cars, he admits to having had sex with over 700 vehicles, including a Ford Mustang, several Jaguars, and even an attack helicopter!

He tells This Morning "It has to do with the body itself. I've not been attached to any sort of penetration, but petting and hugging and feeling the body. I like feeling the satisfaction-masturbation-that's done with the car, next to it. When I hold them in my arms, I feel an energy that comes from them. There's a very deep love."

While on the show, Smith says he had difficulties forming relationships with women and has had only one girlfriend (surprised?!). He also claims to now have a long-term sex partner - a Volkswagen Beetle he bought in 1982, named Vanilla, of course.

Click here to watch the interview with him below or head on over to Dangerous Minds for the full article with more of Smith's strange quotes.

News Source: Dangerous Minds, This Morning via YouTube, YouTube

Image Credit: This Morning

Artist draws all over husband's Nissan GT-R with a sharpie... and it's awesome

Posted Oct 15th 2014 7:00PM



In a sea of carbon copy rear-wheel-drive tuner cars with identical aftermarket esthetic modifications, NicoClub forum member Collen Kelton, aka 'GroundForceOne'' set out to do something a little different. Thus, the Time Attack "Sharpie Edition" Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R was born; created by none other than his artist then-girlfriend (now wife), Allison LaValley.

The Sharpie BCNR33 began its new life with some pretty standard modifications - a manual boost controller, coilover suspension, aftermarket forged wheels, intake, a Nismo 400R bodykit, and a few other bolt-on modifications. Kelton bought the car used with the bolt-on upgrades, in the hopes of turning it into a Time Attack car. He started by standard weight reduction, the best of all "free" mods.

According to his post on NicoClub, Kelton was originally looking for an R33 GT-R in Nissan's highly sought after 'Midnight Purple' colour scheme, but since he couldn't find the right car, he settled on a silver example with the idea of repainting the car to his own spec later on.

As the GT-R was a used car, it also came with its own existing scratches on the front bumper, so that's when his partner LaValley (with his blessing, after all, it's his car) started drawing over the scratches with a Sharpie marker... resulting in a pretty darn cool looking car.

Click here for more pics and more information on this awesome build.

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News Source: Nico Club, Bored Panda via GroundForceOne

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HIGHLIGHTS: TOPP Drift 2014 Final - Shannonville Motorsports Park

Posted Oct 14th 2014 5:00PM



This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada and while much of the country spent Sunday and Monday with their families and loved ones, perhaps gathered around a dinner table or by the water in cottage country; we spent it drifting at TOPP Drift's final event of the 2014 season - a two-day drifting bash at Shannonville Motorsports Park. What better way to give thanks than shredding tires and offering up a sacrifice of open wastegate emmissions, tires smoke, and maximum attack?!

While it was a two-day event with many of the drifters camping overnight on Sunday, we only managed to make it out on the holiday Monday, and man, are we ever glad we did... Click here for more pics and a brief recap of the day.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Santiago Gomez / AOL

Man reveals he's had sex with over 700 cars... on live TV

Posted Oct 14th 2014 3:00PM



We're not exactly strangers to people professing their undying love to an automobile. We're not even strangers to people manifesting that love physically. You know, perhaps dedicating an entire day to the machine with a 3-stage wax, or taking the cover off and taking the machine for a ride on your favourite roads, or even spending far too much money on it and spoiling it with lavish gifts (add-on parts or updated parts). Edward Smith of Yelm, Thurston County, Washington, takes this to a whole other level.

Interviewed on This Morning - a British family TV show - Smith admits he's sexually attracted to machines - a self titled "Mechaphile". Not only has he admitted to being sexually attracted to machines, he admits to having had sex with over 700 machines, including a Ford Mustang, Jaguars, even an attack helicopter.

He tells This Morning "It has to do with the body itself. I've not been attached to any sort of penetration, but petting and hugging and feeling the body. I like feeling the satisfaction-masturbation-that's done with the car, next to it. When I hold them in my arms, I feel an energy that comes from them. There's a very deep love."

While on the show, Smith says he had difficulties forming relationships with women and has had only one girlfriend. He also claims to now have a long-term sex partner - a Volkswagen Beetle he bought in 1982, named Vanilla, of course.

Check out the video below or head on over to Dangerous Minds for the full article with more quotes.

News Source: Dangerous Minds via This Morning, YouTube

Image Credit: This Morning

Your 2015 NYC taxi driver pinup calendar has arrived [w/video]

Posted Oct 6th 2014 11:00AM



Last year we brought you the 2014 New York City Taxi Cab Driver Beefcake Calendar. And since all of our readers couldn't get enough of the dashing drivers of NY's finest taxi drivers, we had to bring you this year's perky pinups of NYC's most well-humoured road warriors.

If these preview pics are anything to go by, you can expect a barrel of laughs and some more well-shot tongue-in-cheek portraits of the drivers in their home setting. The calendar features 10 new taxi cab drivers, including a husband and wife team, plus three returning "Beefcake Calendar" Alumni.

Brought to you by the same creators of last year's calendar, Philip Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin, the calendars can be ordered directly from them at NYC Taxi Calendar.

Kirkman and McLaughlin write: "Back for year two, we hit the streets of New York to photograph some of the city's best-humored taxi drivers. These drivers put a face to one of the most dedicated workforces in NYC, driving day and night to transport New Yorkers and our guests alike. This year's calendar features three returning All-Stars and 10 new drivers, and debuts our first ever husband and wife driving duo. The drivers are shown in a playful mix of work and leisure, including a playdate with nine adorable puppies from Animal Haven shelter in Manhattan and some sensuous cookie consumption at New York's favorite bakery, Levain."

The website also states: "A portion of each calendar sale will go to University Settlement, America's oldest settlement house (1886), based on New York City's Lower East Side and serving over 30,000 immigrant and working individuals and families every year with basic services like quality education, housing, and literacy programs."

Last year's calendar raised over US$40,000 for University Settlement (though, we were told that 100 per cent of the net sales proceeds were donated last year). To learn more about the University Settlement and to place your order, visit the site here, they would make a perfect holiday gag gift for yourself or your loved ones. We're definitely hanging one up in the office. After all, Winter is Coming.

Click here to check out the preview photo gallery and video report below. In case you can't get enough of "hilarious hunks" and machines, check out what a Ducati dealer did a couple of years ago in the same vein.

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Parking fail revenge pranks teach bad drivers a lesson

Posted Sep 29th 2014 4:00PM



We've always wondered what goes on in a person's head when they decide to poorly park their car without any consideration of others. We wonder if such failed parking jobs are the result of simply not caring, or if the person in question just has no idea they've committed the offense. Although, neither one of these options excuse poor manners.

We're sure you can recall the feeling of frustration as you circle a crowded parking lot, when suddenly, you see a spot in the distance ahead. Hallelujah, right? Nope, because when you get to said spot, you discover the individual occupying the parking space next to it decided their car is more important than anyone else.

Most people would just shake their heads or perhaps utter a few choice four-letter words; I prefer the good ol' fist shake at the sky. While plotting vigilante-like revenge wouldn't occur to most of us, it certainly did to these witty champions of the frustrated public, as we've gathered this bad parking karma photo gallery to prove it.

We don't ever advocate vandalism or physical revenge, but we can certainly laugh at harmless fun that's sure to send a clear message to these bad parking jobs and possibly, cause such drivers to think about where and how they park next time.

Check out the hilarious photo gallery of "revenge parking" above and let us know what you think in the Comments, below. You may have seen some of these before but some may be new. The gallery is sure to bring a chuckle or two and a "I wish I had thought of that!" to one or two of them.

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Parking Fail Goes Viral

News Source: Distractify

Image Credit: Reddit, Imgur

$900K Porsche 918 Spyder catches fire at Toronto gas station [w/video]

Posted Sep 29th 2014 10:15AM




Brand new Porsche 918 Spyders aren't exactly a dime a dozen and as far as we know, there are were only two confirmed 918 Spyders in Toronto, Canada as of last night. Now, there is only one. The inflamed $900,000 hybrid supercar (pictured above), was spotted roasting itself into a useless lump of carbon-fibre and 'unobtanium' at a gas station near Toronto... meeting its fiery death late last night.

There is no confirmation on what caused the fire yet, but unconfirmed witness reports say the supercar caught on fire when fuel overflowed from the pump and met the hot exhaust tubes on the mid-engined Porsche. Fact is, we don't know the official cause at this time, so we'll wait for confirmation before pinning it down to any one thing.

The exhaust system on the Porsche 918 is like no other. It's pure design magic. In order to reduce heat in the hybrid, Porsche designed the entire exhaust system to exit directly out the top the motor. This theoretically reduces the heat surrounding the lithium-ion battery and makes for some cool-ass design esthetics and we're sure, exotic performance.

The photos captured by Twitter user David Perry shows the gorgeous exotic just moments after it burst into flames. The burnt Spyder is rumoured to be owned by Michael Wekerle. Wekerle or "Wek" is well-known to Canadians as he's a bonafide member of the CBC mega hit show, Dragons' Den. Wek is also notorious for earning the title of the "Bay Street Oracle" during his time as a hotshot Bay street rock n' roll prima donna. He's a man described as "Mick Jagger meets Warren Buffett".

If it does indeed belong to Wek, you have our utmost condolences. We wouldn't wish this upon anyone, even someone notorious for foolish drunken escapades. Luckily, no injuries were reported and the damage was localized to 'just' the one 918 Spyder.

Check out the gallery above (we've included some pics of the 918's exhaust system to give you an idea of just how complex it is) and the eyewitness video of the burning Spyder, below. We'll be sure to update you all as soon as we have more information.
Seeing any cars burned to the ground and seeing these photos reminds of how upset we were when this entire trailer full of supercars burned to the ground last year. R.I.P., all of you gorgeous machines.

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News Source: David Perry (davidandperry) via Twitter

Image Credit: David Perry (davidandperry), Matt Tesluk

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