If police enforced this the same way they did speeding I bet it would change, but until then there's no incentive for these people to change their ways.

    I agree with the message, and really wish people would listen, but throwing some 3 point tickets and $200 fines at these people would get their shit in shape more effectively.


    My new to me 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo (930)

    I've recently picked up a '85 930 Turbo with around 140,000km in fantastic condition considering its age. Everything is as it came from factory and still runs well aside from a few very minor issues (e.g. oil level gauge doesn't work). This is my first turbocharged sports car, as well as it being my first air-cooled Porsche.

    Every time the turbo kicks in, it never fails to make me grin. After getting my GT4 and becoming obsessed with Porsches the next step was to buy an air-cooled 911, and which better one to have than the original widowmaker!

    Pics:

    Edit: Updated album

    I have always wanted one of these.

    Until I noticed that the really good ones come with $80-100k in maintenance records. The cheaper cars do not come with these maintenance records...which means that you may soon learn the hard way what $80-100k in maintenance looks like on paper.

    Either way: gorgeous car. I love it.


    I love the comment on "employing turbo charging for the first time." That is the exact sentence that I called bullshit on the validity of this article.



    Everything Wrong with Cars & Coffee Culture

    I have been a member of /sub/cars for at least five years now, I got to watch us hit 100k subscribers and keep growing. I love this subreddit, I love cars and car people.

    I've also been attending local C&C and other events since I was in high school, and in that time I feel like I've witnessed a negative shift in overall C&C culture as the events have gotten more popular.

    I'm not trolling for reactions or trying to flame anyone, I feel compelled to make this post for the opposite reason, because I care deeply about the car community.

    1.) This has to stop.

    It just does. We as a community need to come together to discourage this behavior. If you leave a car show like this, you are a reckless asshole who endangers members of the general public to stroke your own ego. If you stand on the corner with your phone out, shouting at drivers to do a burnout, you are part of the problem. "It's their responsibility, not mine" you say, or "I live six states away from a track and meets are the only place I can hear performance cars getting driven hard." Whatever logic you use to justify it, you cannot deny that behavior leads to injuries and accidents.

    We as a culture cannot cheer people on and goad them into reckless behavior and then condemn them if/when they fuck up and someone gets hurt. No matter the driver's skill level, there are simply too many variables on public roads for that behavior to be acceptable. I shouldn't have to explain what can go wrong, the fact that the Mustang meme exists explains it for me.

    At the very least, if you don't care about potentially hurting or killing innocent people, then you should at least realize that cops and local residents will watch for that sort of behavior and use it to shut down the event, which has happened a couple of times in my area.

    2.) Situational awareness. The whole country freaked out two weeks ago when a woman who wasn't paying attention backed her Mercedes over a Ferrari.

    I saw that exact same thing happen at a show about 8 years ago, except it wasn't a Ferrari that got backed over, it was a 10 year old girl. It took like 20 of us to lift the car off of her and she spent weeks in the hospital with dozens of broken bones, including her pelvis. All because someone got caught up in conversation, hopped in their car and started backing up without looking.

    Never, ever drive through a C&C faster than walking speed, it's so easy for a kid to get tripped or something and fall in front of your car. Always check behind your spot if you're about to back out. Be patient. Give pedestrians the right of way even if you have to sit there for a while. If you can avoid it, maybe don't promenade your car down the main row of the meet with 1500 people, dogs and children milling around, just find a spot on the end.

    3.) Drive to and from events as quietly and legally as possible. Every C&C meet I go to takes place in a mixed residential/shopping area. Surprise surprise, many "normal" business owners and patrons aren't fans of their parking lots being clogged full of car nerds making it more difficult for them to get to work. They are likely looking for any excuse to complain to the police in an effort to have the event shut down.

    So in the interest of keeping the peace, keep it in your pants when arriving at, driving through and leaving the show. We can still hear how nice your exhaust is when you burble through the lot just off idle. You don't have to stab at the gas pedal seventeen times while you back into a space.

    4.) Clean up after yourself. Sometimes I'll get caught up in conversation and stay until after the meet is over. Seeing the coffee cups and litter we leave behind is just embarrassing. Throw out your trash. Keep the area clean. Keep people happy. Keep the shows going for years to come.

    Addendum: Assume the globally accepted posture of checking out a stranger's car. Hands behind back, a clear indication of one's intention not to touch a god damn thing, and a slightly oblique stance that requires one to lean slightly so that your face itself is the part of the body closest to the car.

    EDIT: Holy shit, thanks for the gold!


    PSA: Please use jackstands...

    I know it seems like a given, but please use jack stands or a lift when working on your car. I received word from a good friend of mine, that his step father was killed after working on his car. Don't know the whole story, but the cinder block he was using in replace of a jack stand crumbled and caused the car to slam down crushing his skull. Sitting there with his mom holding his hand takes a toll on a person. Please be smart and safe, so one of your best friends/family doesn't have to experience this. Thank you!

    Jack stand at the pinch weld, jack on the subframe, wheel under the unreinforced pinch weld, chocks behind and in front of the wheels, transmission in park, e-brake on.

    ...or...

    Two post lift. Push button.


    Went to buy a car from a guy, he ended up reversing the car into a wall after i said no.

    So i live in the UK and just sold my 2012 corsa because i bought a motorbike and hated driving that car. I got a job starting on thursday so i decided i'll spend about 1000£ on a car (inc. insurance increase).

    So i started looking and found this renault megane 2004, he wanted £550 so i thought I'd take a look and this could be a great bargain. It looked perfect on the outside and inside and was told there were no MOT advisories.

    Anyway so i organise an appointment, drive an hour to the car. I get there take a look inside the car, and its just horrendous. The guy had kids and they had abviously run rampant in it, crumbs everywhere and smarties, mould on the carpet and handbrake. I look at it and think i could clean it up, and ill get some money off. I ask to see the v5. He brings it over and theres a bit missing from it, the part which traders use and apparently this guy hadn't sent off for a new one yet. This is where alarm bells started ringing, it could be stolen or something. but i ask for a test drive seeing as i've driven all this way. This is when things got stupipd.

    i start to reverse the car out of his drive, i hear this really loud scraping noise. I check it out and the exhaust is wobbling about bouncing around under the car. It just the rubber bracket, easy to replace and fix. I then get the car onto the road, it doesnt have a third gear, and the alignment on the car is so bad that when i let go of the wheel to check, the car veared off to the left and i nearly hit a parked car.

    The 3rd gear might just be the linkage and the alignment isn't expensive. so i go back to the guy and said "i'll speak to my SO's father as he owns a garage i'll get a price within the hour and ill probably take it off you for £400". This really upsets the guy, he starts to full on rage. he says "you expect to get a car for £500 just f*k off to a showroom and get yourself a new car" i replied calmly saying "i don't want a new car i just want a car that isn't falling apart." he then rips the key card out of my hand, slams the car seat back to his position, then slams the door shut, revs the hell out of it burning some rubber on the pavement, then slams it into reverse and full throttle reverses into his drive. except he misses his drive, and hits his wall knocking over the whole wall. He then gets out and starts screaming at me saying it was all my fault. I just get in my dads car and drive away thinking that was the end of it. This guy then takes it to eBay calling me cnt and a F*ckwit and all that and just sat there laughing.

    tl;dr went to buy a car said no guy gets mad a reverses his car into his wall then starts abusing me over ebay

    Ah...the old "look what you made me do!"


    New Kia Soul Owners sub

    /sub/kiasoulclub is now open! If you're a Soul owner, no matter what year or trim, come subscribe and contribute! We plan to have a lot of useful information and discussions in the future.

    I up voted you because people suck. Not a soul owner, but if you love your car, that's awesome! Good luck with the new sub.


    Size comparison of all well known race tracks in one picture.Stumbled across this. Pretty neat to see them like this.   http://wordpress.carthrottle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/race-tracks-to-scale-2.jpg
    Size comparison of all well known race tracks in one picture.

    Stumbled across this. Pretty neat to see them like this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9_CUpdMKeI

    It's an abbreviation that stands for "Automobil Verkehrs- und Übungsstrasse", roughly "Automobile traffic and training road". So it was intended as a test track, but used as a race track as well. Problem is that it is located in the middle of Berlin, so it was only a matter of time until it got shut down for all sorts of reasons.

    They did put some tire chicanes on those ridiculous straights (as well as shortening them a bit seemingly every year) and raced DTM touring cars on there until the late nineties.

    http://www.circuitsofthepast.nl/en-US/avus

    Childhood flashbacks for me watching this:


    My roommate and fellow gearhead passed away on Saturday. This is his pride and joy.I'm thinking this may be cathartic, or something, to write out.   While many, many people were ogling the Mercedes SL that backed over the Ferrari at Katie's Cars & Coffee last Saturday, my roommate didn't get the chance. He lost control of his S2000 while on the way to Katie's, and lost his life in the crash that ensued.  His pride and joy was not the Honda, but rather, his 1991 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG. It was driven for two reasons - going to Katie's, and going on date nights with his girlfriend. The mileage is incredibly low and that's how he kept it from climbing too fast.  It was appreciated by many at Katie's, and the car, combined with his constantly friendly, happy-go-lucky personality, led to him meeting so many close friends over the years - myself included.  He loved to show the car, keep it (incredibly) clean, and hear comments from people who appreciated it in whatever capacity. I figured a little /r/cars reminiscing could be kind of fun.  From what I know, it's a somewhat rare and pretty cool car, built before AMG was part of Mercedes. This car was originally owned by Stacey King of the Chicago Bulls, came with a fancypants Sony XES audio system (long since removed), and only has 28,800 miles as of last night.  His dad and brother came by last night. On the way out, his dad asked me to take the AMG out, put some miles on it, and give him an impression of how well it drove and what work it'd soon need. So, off I went.  Two friends met me for burgers - I only parked so close for the photo, I promise - and then I went on to DC by myself to recreate a night we had after I had a shitty breakup a few years ago, in which he called me and said "meet at my place, we're taking the Benz, let's go into DC with it."  It was a quick drive and I wasn't out long. Just a brief stop at the Washington Monument and another over on U Street to see a few friends for a minute. One needed a ride home so he rode shotgun for the trip out of the city.  We were at the light where U changes to Florida - windows down, sunroof open, throwback music turned up a bit - and an older black guy frantically rolls down the passenger side hand-crank window of his Ranger. "Yooooo, dat Benz! What year is it? Maaaaaan!" I tell him it's a '91, he goes "daaaamn, take care of that" and the light turns green. We shared a laugh as we pulled away, and that comment made my night.  I dropped my friend off in Ballston, taking some side streets, and hopped on I-395 South to head home. As I took the on-ramp from Washington Boulevard to 395, Whitesnake came on whatever playlist I had playing. I cranked it up, buried the throttle into the thick gray carpet and let the big V8 play me the song of its people as I merged.  And as it slipped into 4th gear, settling into "cruising" mode on the highway, I wondered if he would have approved of my little trip. Where I went, where I parked, what I played, how I drove. I'm pretty sure the answer is "absolutely."
    My roommate and fellow gearhead passed away on Saturday. This is his pride and joy.

    I'm thinking this may be cathartic, or something, to write out.

    While many, many people were ogling the Mercedes SL that backed over the Ferrari at Katie's Cars & Coffee last Saturday, my roommate didn't get the chance. He lost control of his S2000 while on the way to Katie's, and lost his life in the crash that ensued.

    His pride and joy was not the Honda, but rather, his 1991 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG. It was driven for two reasons - going to Katie's, and going on date nights with his girlfriend. The mileage is incredibly low and that's how he kept it from climbing too fast.

    It was appreciated by many at Katie's, and the car, combined with his constantly friendly, happy-go-lucky personality, led to him meeting so many close friends over the years - myself included.

    He loved to show the car, keep it (incredibly) clean, and hear comments from people who appreciated it in whatever capacity. I figured a little /sub/cars reminiscing could be kind of fun.

    From what I know, it's a somewhat rare and pretty cool car, built before AMG was part of Mercedes. This car was originally owned by Stacey King of the Chicago Bulls, came with a fancypants Sony XES audio system (long since removed), and only has 28,800 miles as of last night.

    His dad and brother came by last night. On the way out, his dad asked me to take the AMG out, put some miles on it, and give him an impression of how well it drove and what work it'd soon need.

    Two friends met me for burgers - I only parked so close for the photo, I promise - and then I went on to DC by myself to recreate a night we had after I had a shitty breakup a few years ago, in which he called me and said "meet at my place, we're taking the Benz, let's go into DC with it."

    It was a quick drive and I wasn't out long. Just a brief stop at the Washington Monument and another over on U Street to see a few friends for a minute. One needed a ride home so he rode shotgun for the trip out of the city.

    We were at the light where U changes to Florida - windows down, sunroof open, throwback music turned up a bit - and an older black guy frantically rolls down the passenger side hand-crank window of his Ranger. "Yooooo, dat Benz! What year is it? Maaaaaan!" I tell him it's a '91, he goes "daaaamn, take care of that" and the light turns green. We shared a laugh as we pulled away, and that comment made my night.

    I dropped my friend off in Ballston, taking some side streets, and hopped on I-395 South to head home. As I took the on-ramp from Washington Boulevard to 395, Whitesnake came on whatever playlist I had playing. I cranked it up, buried the throttle into the thick gray carpet and let the big V8 play me the song of its people as I merged.

    And as it slipped into 4th gear, settling into "cruising" mode on the highway, I wondered if he would have approved of my little trip. Where I went, where I parked, what I played, how I drove. I'm pretty sure the answer is "absolutely."

    I'M NOT CRYING YOURE CRYING


    How big is /r/Cars? Well, last month on 7/19 we became the largest online automotive community (For a day).Out of all the automotive discussion communities, VWVortex.com (61,285 Unique Visitors per day) has always been the largest. Not including us,  bimmerforums.com (46,284) came in second and nasioc.com (33,407) in third, nicoclub.com (15,832) in fourth. Well, it may have only lasted a day but when we hit the front page on 7/19/16 with this Post we became the largest online automotive community. Our unique visitors hit 65,860 putting us in the top spot. Normally our average daily unique visitors puts us in third and sometime second during winter months. Just figured I would share.   Stats provided by http://stats.webmaster.net/    Edit: I'm basing this off sites that only deal really in community interactions. Sure there are bigger sites but they also deal in Classifieds, News, Reviews and more. Team-BHP.com for instance.
    How big is /r/Cars? Well, last month on 7/19 we became the largest online automotive community (For a day).

    Out of all the automotive discussion communities, VWVortex.com (61,285 Unique Visitors per day) has always been the largest. Not including us, bimmerforums.com (46,284) came in second and nasioc.com (33,407) in third, nicoclub.com (15,832) in fourth. Well, it may have only lasted a day but when we hit the front page on 7/19/16 with this Post we became the largest online automotive community. putting us in the top spot. Normally our average daily unique visitors puts us in third and sometime second during winter months. Just figured I would share.

    Stats provided by http://stats.webmaster.net/

    Edit: I'm basing this off sites that only deal really in community interactions. Sure there are bigger sites but they also deal in Classifieds, News, Reviews and more. Team-BHP.com for instance.

    Wow this sub is much larger than I thought. Must be why I check it at least once per hour every single day.



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