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Toronto driver freaks out over her traffic ticket, hilarity ensues

Posted Apr 17th 2014 11:59AM



Last week, we brought you a guide on the best ways to get out of your traffic ticket, and earlier this week, we published a guide to the worst things you could possibly do at a police stop. Clearly, the driver of the BMW in the video below obviously hasn't read either of those two articles.

The short but hilarious clip all starts with dashcam footage recorded while sitting in typical Toronto traffic during an evening rush hour. No big deal, right? Wrong. All of a sudden, we see a 3 Series BMW barrel over a median on the left with York Regional Police in hot pursuit. The driver then decides to cut across all lanes of traffic and hop another curb before landing into the grassy on-ramp area of no-mans-land... But wait, it gets worse.

She proceeds to fling the torn up traffic ticket out of her sunroof into the 'air like she just don't care'. We won't spoil the rest of the hilarious video for you, but the combination of the soundtrack and the ridiculousness of this police chase will have you chuckling well through your lunch break. Ultimate road rage at its finest.

We had to watch the video a couple of times to get the full effect and it just got funnier and funnier every time we watched. While we don't condone this type of wild driving behaviour, it's undeniably entertaining! Click here to check out the video below and make sure to share the laughs with all your co-workers and friends for some fun-karma points.

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News Source: Andrei Glotov via YouTube

TOPP Drift Season Opener 2014 [w/galleries]

Posted Apr 14th 2014 3:59PM



The Topp Drift 2014 season opener at Shannoville Motorsports Park this past weekend brought some much needed tire burning warmth to Ontario's drifting scene as we bid farewell to the long and impossibly cold winter. With the weatherman forecasting rain all day, it was a pleasant surprise to show up at the track to a mix of sun and cloud. The majority of the track dried up bright and early, leaving the drift drivers with a few rather large puddles to keep things interesting.

Topp Drift (for those unfamiliar with the organization) puts on a number of events throughout the season at Shannonville. Anyone at all who is interested in drifting (whether to drive or to spectate) can go enjoy an entire day filled with tire smoke, rev-limiter action and good people. Whether you have extensive drifting experience or not, all are welcome. For you beginners, there are plenty of seasoned veterans who show up to the events who are more than willing to show you the ropes and get you comfortable on-track... READ FULL STORY

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Best ways of getting out of a traffic ticket

Posted Apr 4th 2014 12:59PM

In this image taken Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Seattle police officer Jim Ritter stands behind a 1970 Plymouth Satellite he drives while on patrol in Seattle's Westlake Park. Ritter uses the vintage car as his everyday car and for community outreach for the Seattle Police Department. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

If you're on this site, chances are that as a driver you've had to wonder at least once or twice about the best ways to get out of a traffic ticket. Ever wish you could fast-talk your way out of a speeding ticket or a pesky court summons?

While a good excuse can be tough to come up with in the short time it takes for an officer to walk up to your window, fear not, as your new guide featuring the best ways to get out of a traffic ticket is right here in the gallery above.

The hard fact of it is that no matter how proficient or safe you are at driving, if you're caught even one kilometre-per-hour over the posted speed limit, it's illegal. Cleverly placed speed traps (ahem... tax grab), poorly timed left-lane-hog passing manoeuvres, or an unexpected officer waiting at the end of your favourite deserted roadway can result in the pesky fine of a traffic ticket.

While there are only a few things in life that feel as good as an open road, a fast car and wide open throttle, the good times can quickly come to an end when the sinking sight of a Ford Crown Vic appears with those flashing lights in your rearview.

Now, we're not lawyers or cops, so it's up to you to determine which of these steps you want to take. Some of these may work, but if you're still confused, consider Chris Rock's ultimate guide of what or what not to do when pulled over.

Click here to check out the 20 steps to possibly getting out of a traffic ticket, and check back next week for our guide to the worst ways to get out of a traffic ticket.

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Fallon picks Ford F-150 King Ranch, launches dealership contest

Posted Apr 2nd 2014 10:00AM

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New truck! Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show has been searching for the perfect new truck for a few weeks now, soliciting help from all corners in the process. A couple of nights ago, Fallon made the announcement that the Ford F-150 King Ranch – in all of its cowboy glory – had been picked as his big winner.

To add some more spice to a storyline that now dips deeply into the realm of the advertorial, Fallon also announced a contest to see which Ford dealership would get the privilege of selling him the King Ranch. Dubbed "Fingers on a 4x4" The Tonight Show has invited 10 dealer reps from around the country to keep their hands on Jimmy's F-150 for as long as possible. Last salesperson standing wins.

Watch Fallon make his pick and introduce the dealer reps below, and be sure to click on the second video for a live-streaming feed of Fingers on a 4x4 in action (the contest seems to be going strong).

News Source: The Tonight Show

Investigators blame speed in Paul Walker's deadly crash, but what else did they find?

Posted Mar 26th 2014 10:58AM

Mechanical Issues Not The Cause Of Paul Walker's Death
Porsche engineers and law enforcement agencies sent to investigate the deadly crash that claimed the lives of actor Paul Walker and race car driver Roger Rodas last November have concluded that the crash was in fact caused by speed and unsafe driving -- not mechanical failure.

According to a statement released by the LACSD, "Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions". The investigation into the November, 2013 crash determined that Walker's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT had been driven by his business partner and racer, Roger Rodas, at speeds between 80 and 93 mph (130 and 151 km/h) – less than the 100+ mph (160 km/h) initially suspected, but still far too fast for the road on which they were travelling, which carried a posted limit of 45 mph (72 km/h).

Porsche engineers sent to California to inspect the car wreckage following reports that there were no known mechanical problems with the car or any road debris that may have caused the crash, found no problems with the with the car's electrical systems, brakes, throttle, fuel system, steering, suspension or any other control systems.

But what investigators did find, however, is that the speeding Porsche Carrera's exhaust had been switched out to an aftermarket performance system and the left rear brake rotor was worn out below manufacturer spec. Perhaps most importantly, the tires were the original 9-year-old tires that had originally shipped with the car. As most of you know, tires have a shelf life of only several years. A 9-year-old tire will be dry, possibly cracked in some places and will certainly not have nearly the same level of grip that is needed for a $450,000 Carerra GT to be driven hard... READ FULL STORY


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POV video of Isle of Man TT is the most intense thing you'll see all week

Posted Mar 21st 2014 1:00PM



The Isle of Man TT is a motorcycle race like none else... Essentially, pure insanity. With 61 kilometres (38 miles) of winding narrow roads, the Isle of Man TT race runs through residential, small-town areas and along the dangerous Snaefell Mountain section that twists its way through the tiny island nestled in the Irish Sea. With treacherous cliff drop-offs, curbs, manhole covers, painted lines, oil spills and inclines enabling two-wheeled superbikes to catch air at 200+ km/h, racers face basically every type of danger imaginable... all the while, rubbing elbows versus fellow motorcycle racers.

If you've never seen footage of the insane Isle of Man TT race, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the race in this one-hour documentary, then watch legendary Guy Martin outrun even the chase helicopters. As purists here at Autoblog Canada, there's nothing we appreciate more than a video without any music or fancy editing. Just straight, raw, intensity with howling exhaust notes! The video below captures the essence of this insane race in a one-lap POV style with current record holder, Michael Dunlop--nephew to World Champion, Joey Dunlop.

The video starts on lap 3 of the 2013 Monster Energy Supersport Race 2. While we won't spoil it for you, be sure to watch as Dunlop goes on a nail-biting rampage on his record holding Honda CBR 600RR to chase down John McGuiness and Cameron Donald at an average speed of 207 km/h... on two wheels! Since it's Friday, grab a coffee and start your weekend early and prepare yourself for 18 minutes of the most intense safe-for-work video you'll see all week.

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Girls of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Posted Mar 6th 2014 9:00PM



As we wind down our live 2014 Geneva Motor Show coverage after a blistering two days of Swiss goodness, we thought we'd throw in some more heat for the fire. So we present to you a gallery of 40-plus pictures, plus a quick video below showing some of the beautiful women we spotted alongside the beautiful (and not so beautiful) new cars being debuted.

Click here to check out the full photo gallery and hit the play button to watch the video below to see what we mean.

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Drifters Vaughn Gittin, Forsberg and Tuerck tear up backyard hoonigan playground

Posted Mar 6th 2014 8:00PM



As far as careers for car enthusiasts go, it doesn't get much better than what Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chris Forsberg or Ryan Tuerck do for a living... and for fun. When you can seamlessly combine competing in the Formula Drift series and ripping up your own private property for a living, you've done well for yourself. The video below is just one more addition to the famed Drift Alliance saga.

What started as a bunch of guys with a passion for burning rubber at their local track has turned into a multi-million dollar franchise in just a few short years. This awesome stunt video starts off with VGJr. taking us on a short tour of his personal garage. Highlights include the first ever 2011 RTR Ford Mustang, a very muddy Ford Fiesta ST, his personal drift missile Fox body Ford Mustang (which he touts as one of the most under rated drift cars out there... pay attention you Mustang haters), plus his two-stroke toy R/C truck and a Polaris RZR.

Vaughn Gittin's personal backyard playground is the ideal setting for this off-road hooning video. Get ready to watch Forsberg and company climb into a Toyota Corolla AE86, Nissan 240SX and Gittin's old Ford Mustang to proceed taking us on a wild ride with jumps, off-camber slides with cameos by a Subaru WRX STI and a massive burnout session with a Ford Fiesta?! WHAT!

Click here to check it out below and take a closer look in the gallery of stills above.

Pregnant mom drives van full of children into ocean

Posted Mar 6th 2014 12:00PM


Pregnant Woman Drives Van, 3 Kids Into Ocean

A 31-year-old pregnant woman from South Carolina drove her minivan and her 3 children into the ocean in Daytona, Florida on Tuesday afternoon in an alleged failed murder-suicide attempt. While this event is shocking in itself, what's worse is that Florida police interviewed the mother on Tuesday morning and later released her without question after a concerned call was made to police from the the woman's family.

Ebony Wilkerson, 31, was pulled over by Florida police just hours before the terrifying incident and was interviewed after a call from Wilkerson's sister to police saying "She's talking about Jesus, that there's demons in the house. She's got the kids in the car with her." Wilkerson's sister told police she didn't think her sister would harm her children, but that she was "acting odd."

Police pulled Wilkerson over to do a well-being check, but say she did not behave in anyway that would have allowed law enforcement to take her into custody. Two hours later, Wilkerson drove her and her three children, aged 3, 9, and 10 into the ocean!

The video above (taken by Canadian tourist Simon Besner), captures the insanity of the moment and the rescue of her and her three children... READ FULL STORY.

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