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We were honored when Honda Tuning Magazine asked us to review their “Reader’s Rides” page. While we aren’t really into the “rice” scene as much as we used to be, one of our site owners, Jason, decided it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane…
To start with, here’s a pic of Jason’s old Acura:
Cool right? Lightning bolts and chrome NEVER go out of style!!
But seriously, that was a fun car for Jason. It was a 94 Acura Integra GS-R, with the VTEC B18C 4cyl. Sure, it was only 1.8L, but it had almost 180 hp. Says Jason “that car was sneaky fast — from idle, it would race to 8300 RPM in first gear in about 5 seconds. The hardest part of racing that car was shifting from 1st to 2nd as fast as you could, which you almost always had to do to win a street race because first topped out at about 45 I think. Anyways, it was fun until somebody screwed up the driver’s door trying to break into it.”
So, needless to say, Jason helped us with this review.
To start with, we don’t like the pop-up that loads when you hit the Reader’s Rides page. We’re not sure what the pop-up says (it was blocked), but we think pop-ups are SO 1997. Anyways, the site loads fast, looks good, and has quite a few pics on it. While there aren’t a lot of vehicles on it right now, it seems to be growing quickly. Our favorite car was Jale’s 2000 Honda S2000 nicknamed “Chuck Norris“. Sharp car, seems fairly stock, but the comments had us laughing out loud. Here’s a taste:
- “Chuck” is my daily driver. When I hit bumps on the road, it feels like a roundhouse kick to the back of my head.
- Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
- Chuck Norris cannot love, he can only kill.
Here’s a glimpse of “Chuck”:
We like the Honda Tuning Magazine Reader’s Ride section, and we encourage anyone with a Honda family product to put it up on the board.
This was a paid post. Thank you Honda Tuning Magazine!
Recently, we wrote about the fact that Toyota will be releasing a hybrid version of the Tundra and the Sequoia in 2009 as a 2010 model. Amazingly, in spite of all of our evidence, many people still don’t believe.
Check out these comments by Jim Press, president of Toyota USA “everything will be a hybrid…you don’t buy a car for image any longer that’s a big gas guzzler.” (Source Chicago Tribune) Clearly, these comments are directed at the belief that many people purchase large trucks and SUVs for the image they connote, as well as their utility. Perhaps because image is a concern for the buyers that Toyota is referencing, does that mean that a Lexus hybrid SUV will be available too?
Of course it does. Toyota is racing to bring these hybrids to market because it will give them a competitive advantage for years to come. When the Prius debuted, it was slow, kind of ugly, and a little pricey. Amazingly, it was estimated that Toyota was losing anywhere from $2k – $5k on each Prius sold because the costs of the technology were higher than the cost of the vehicle. At the time, many executives at other automakers (GM comes to mind) were talking about how they weren’t going to bring a new technology to market until it was profitable (consider the EV-1, GM’s electric car that died a miserable death).
Yet look at today — because Toyota made the leap to develop and sell a hybrid FIRST, they own the market. Why not do the same thing with trucks and SUV’s? Toyota is going to sell a hybrid Tundra soon — count on it.
During one of our internet scouting missions, we encountered a page on the University Of Colorado’s website that we thought was kind of interesting.
It turns out that the geeks at CU have installed a Tundra Camera atop Niwot Ridge (about 20 miles outside of Boulder, Colorado). The camera sits at about 11,600′ (about 3,500m for all you metroids), and is part of a “Biosphere Preserve” of alpine Tundra.
While we hesitate to call it fun, you can visit the site right now and control the camera from your home computer. It’s pretty dry up there right now — during the winter time it’s nothing but white-out.
Here’s a picture of a Hawk checking out the camera:
Anyone know what kind of Hawk that is?