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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

Behind the scenes at Formula Drift Canada

Posted Sep 25th 2014 7:00PM



It's been a month since the very first Formula Drift Canada round at Autodrome St. Eustache, Quebec. It was the inaugural round of what we hope to be a continuing franchise in Canada, and we can say it was a roaring success. Brought to us by Scion Canada, you can bet they'll be getting ready for an even bigger event next year.

The copious amount of smoke has settled, the winners have been crowned, the fans were given everything they hoped for and more. Old fans were appeased, new fans were won over and drifting in Canada has undoubtedly attracted more attention than ever before.

You've probably read our coverage on the two-day drift competition here and seen all the photos from the amazing track action. The beauty of Formula Drift is not only the balls-to-the-wall opposite-lock sideways drag racing, but the automotive culture associated with the fans and drivers alike.

Check out our behind the scenes coverage of Formula Drift Canada and a video ride-along with Pat Cyr taking the Scion Canada Drift Demo contest winners out for some hot laps in a FR-S, below.

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News Source: Ronnie Fung via AOL ON, YouTube

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Ronnie Fung / AOL ON, Jordan Hamelin / Autodrome St. Eustache

2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Review [w/video]

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 12:00PM

The New Steed For The New Breed

Amidst the great oil crisis of the early '80s, Ford unleashed the 1984 SVO Mustang upon the world as an alternative to the gas-guzzling 5.0. The SVO arrived on the scene with with a more advanced 2.3-litre 4-cylinder, intercooled and turbocharged motor boasting an underrated 175 bhp and 210 lb-ft. That 175 hp figure was more often than not proven to be on the low side once the car hit the dyno. For that model year, the V8 GT 5.0L was also pushing out 175 hp but with a slightly higher 245 lb-ft of torque available.

Along with the advanced fuel-injected turbo motor, the SVO shipped with 4-wheel disc brakes, a Ford Traktion-Lok Differential (LSD), a quicker ratio steering rack, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a modified front suspension geometry setup and a complete Koni suspension system featuring tuned adjustable shocks and struts. The resulting cost of the SVO was thousands more than the V8 GT model and as awesome as it was, this was the sports car no Mustang owner wanted to pay for and as such, the SVO saw underwhelming sales and Ford axed it in 1986.

Now fast forward to 30 years later-it's 2014 and Ford have just unbridled the all-new 2015 Mustang-yet again offering up an advanced 2.3 L turbocharged motor, this time, in the form of the already proven Ecoboost series.

We spent the morning driving the GT around the canyons and streets of Los Angeles and we couldn't say enough good things about the new car. Since the Ecoboost and the GT models share the same chassis and running gear (minus 4 cylinders and plus one turbo), check out the first drive review of the GT here, then come back and get the breakdown on the Ecoboost variant.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Ronnie Fung / Drew Phillips / AOL

WATCH: Drag racing driver cheats death during incredible crash, then walks away

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 11:00AM



It's not uncommon for cars to lose traction and get sideways at the drag strip; especially when you're dealing with purpose built, go-fast, muscle cars. The incredible video below starts off like so many other drag races. We see a good looking Chevrolet Bel Air facing off with a sinister looking Camaro of the "badass generation" at what looks like a temporary 1/4 mile setup in pit lane on a road course. If that's the case, the impromptu drag strip will have far less traction available than a prepped permanent facility.

The idea behind getting the best time possible in any 1/4 mile drag race is to launch your car from a dead stop as hard as you can with the minimal amount of wheel spin. People often think of drag racing as boring and easy. It's not uncommon for people to say things like "all you have to do is floor it and go." Anyone with any experience with a powerful car knows it's not that easy to trap a good time.

The most important part of drag racing is the launch. You don't want to launch so hard that you run into excessive wheel spin as that results in slower trap times and added danger of losing control of your vehicle. You don't want to launch too low in the RPM range as that results in bogging your engine and that also results in slower trap times.

The trick to it is finding that sweet spot in the RPM range to launch off the line with just a touch of wheel spin and as much of your motor's power available to you as possible.

The video below shows the Camaro launching in a cloud of smoke with excessive wheel spin. You can see the driver struggling to put the power down and regain control of his car; which he does. The driver of the classic Chevy Bel Air seemed to get a better launch, but lost traction at what looks to be just past the 60 foot mark.

He struggles to regain control but doesn't quite ever make it and the resulting crash and rollover is pretty intense. The driver somehow manages to end up through the windshield and onto the hood of his car by the time the Bel Air stops rolling.

He later admits to the seat belts not being anchored correctly when he was restoring the car. Click here to check out the automotive carnage below.

News Source: about that, ABC News via YouTube, Facebook

Biker girl throws trash back into the cars of litterbugs caught in the act

Posted Sep 17th 2014 11:00AM


Revenge is a tricky thing. On one hand, it can be childish or just plain pointless. On the other hand, it can be very satisfying. Each and every case is different and of course, taking revenge on someone or something often leads to more negativity and more trouble. Whatever your stance on it, the video below will be somewhat satisfying to you.

It's 2014, no one likes a litterbug. It's lazy, gross, bad for the environment around us (we all live in it!), expensive to clean, potentially hazardous, and just outright disrespectful. It's interesting how anyone in their right mind in a large city would probably agree with those statements but yet, littering is still a large problem in many large cities.

Anti-littering campaigns and fines only go so far, the rest is up to us, the public. In the video below, we see a motorcycle rider (on a gorgeous Triumph Thruxton, no less) that's fed up with the littering in her city. The video begins with the words "I want to live in clean city" in Russian.

The video goes on to show her facing off against various motorists that deem it ok to just pitch their waste out onto the public roads and lots. There are many who feel the video is staged, we're on the fence, and frankly, it doesn't really matter. It's satisfying and also makes a great point, nonetheless.

Check it out below, we won't ruin it for you but the last scene involving a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is particularly satisfying as the driver is also parked in a disabled driver spot before pulling out and littering.

News Source: Huffington Post via YouTube

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Drift Mania Canadian Championship

Posted Sep 16th 2014 10:58AM



The 2014 Final Round of the Drift Mania Championship Canada (DMCC) took place at Sanair Raceway in Quebec this past weekend. This was to be the 6th and final round of 2014 season for the hugely popular pro drifting series in Canada.

The weather for the day looked to be "iffy" at best. Cold, grey, and with rain in the forecast, it was anyone's guess as to what the weather gods would bring. Fortunately the morning practice went off smoothly with the rain holding off and the cold temps boosting power and power delivery for all the cars. Click here for highlights and the full recap.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Jeremy Alan Glover / AOL

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Canada's most prestigious auto event

Posted Sep 15th 2014 6:00PM



Before we had the automobile, we had horse-drawn carriages; and where there is an opportunity to travel in personalized vehicles, there will be people competing for top honours in the beauty, design and style department. It's said that in 17th century France, the aristocracy was so enamoured with how stylish, grand and beautiful their carriages were, they decided to begin showing them off on weekends and holidays... Thus, the Concours d'Elegance was born. This year's prestigious event in Cobble Beach continues in that same automotive tradition, celebrating the finest and rarest antique, vintage and classic cars right here in Canada.

The 2nd Annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance was held over this past weekend by the stunning Cobble Beach Resort on Georgian Bay, and it was undoubtedly a roaring success. Similar to the infamous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a gorgeous golf course played home to some of the most desirable, interesting, and rare cars in existence.

Click here for our full photo gallery and highlights from the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

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Top 10 new cars that we wish were sold in Canada, but aren't

Posted Sep 12th 2014 11:00AM



We're not exactly starved for cool car choices here in Canada or North America, but as human nature dictates - we're always going to lust over the things we can't have. Throughout the years, we've lusted after countless classic forbidden fruit machines like the Nissan Skyline, Ford Escort Cosworth, Peugeot 306 GTI, Utes from down under, Toyota Altezza, Honda Civic Type-R, Holden Commodore, and the Ford Falcon just to name a few.

If we were to compile a complete list of all the cars we can look at but can't touch, we'd be here longer than it took Frodo to make it to Mount Doom from the Shire. Instead, we've put together a list of 10 new cars that you can buy in Europe or Australia right now, but can't hope to own here in Canada.

There are plenty more that we would love to have but these 10 are the ones that make the list for today.

Check out the list below or in gallery form here.

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