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A British woman is planning to drive across the United States in a 109-year-old car! We’ll run down the list of the top vehicles the world’s richest people drive AND we’ll play a brand-new game called “ENHANCE!” It’s better than opossum stew at granny’s house!
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With additional research and assistance from: Mark Malonzo
Would You Drive A 109 Year Old Oldsmobile Across The United States?
Would you drive across the United States -- I mean from coast to coast? Do you have the patience, the determination, the iron ass to sit in the saddle for hour upon hour? Now, let me ask, would you do it in an old car? No, I don’t mean you grandma’s ‘96 Buick Roadmaster, I’m talking really old. How about a 109-year-old Oldsmobile? According to an article on MotorAuthority.com that’s just what one woman plans to do starting next year. Joy Rainey is a motorsports driver from the UK. She’s competed in all kinds of different races from marathon runs to hill-climb events. She even has a few records to her name, and she’s even a little person. In 2013 she’ll set out from Los Angeles and head toward Daytona Beach, Florida, nearly 3,000 miles away, and she’ll make the cross-country trek in her 1904 Olds. She’s making the journey to raise money for cancer research after her co-driver died of the disease in 2010. Will an axle-twisting, tire-smoking seven horsepower be enough to make the trip?
What Do The 1% Drive? The Top 10 Cars In Wealthy ZIP Codes
At the top of the list, we find 10274 -- lower Manhattan -- with an average income of $5.7 million. That's followed by Fisher Island, Florida (33109); downtown Chicago (60604); Atherton and Century City, California (94027 and 90067); New Vernon, New Jersey (07976); Greenwich, Connecticut (06831); Palm Beach, Florida (33480); Medina, Washington (98039); and finally, Ross, California (94957), boasting an average income of $497,000
10. BMW X5
9. Toyota Camry
8. Honda Accord
7. Honda CR-V
6. Volkswagen Jetta
5. Toyota Prius
4. Lexus RX
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2. BMW 328
1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Perhaps the reason these people have money is because they don’t spend it frivolously on items that depreciate in value rapidly.
Guess What's Dressed Up As A Ferrari F430
We’ve all seen them: the cheap bodykit on your favorite Japanese hatchback designed to make it look like an Italian exotic. In the latest addition to the often-sickening world of supercar replicas, eBay has yielded a frightening a Ferrari F430 body - built on top of a Peugeot 406 Coupe. Complete with all the usual marks of a bodykit replica, including plastic misfit panels, excessive chrome trim, and cheesy lighting, the seller of this monstrosity started the bidding at £7,500.00. Shockingly (or perhaps not), somebody has actually bid. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this car is that it’s not based on a Honda Civic.
Las Vegas police pursue red-light-blowing car, find driver dead
Talk about unintended acceleration! According to the Los Angeles Times a police officer in Las Vegas witnessed a car blow through a red light. In hot pursuit he followed the out-of-control Nissan Maxima as it jumped a median, drove through some landscaping and made a beeline for oncoming traffic. When the vehicle finally came to a rest and the constable caught up he discovered the driver in question was actually deceased, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds! Police have arrested the man on charges of driving under the influence of death. He’s being held in the county morgue on $1,200 bail. Finally a ridiculous story that’s NOT from Florida!
See, manual transmissions ARE safer!
Auto Screen Overload: Is There Too Much Tech in Cars?
If you’ve driven a car new to production in the last two or three years you know that one of the big pushes have been to drop as much technology as the can onto a video screen ranging in size for 5 up to 13 inches.
The rise in infotainment systems from the OEM’s have coincided with the rise in sales coming out of the carpocolypse, now, if you want proof that figures lie, and liers figure, some marketing VP’s have come to the conclusion that everyone doesn’t just want technology in their cars they NEED the technology in their cars. Well that and it has become THE largest profit item for the OEM’s
The question is, as you observe people driving do you think people need MORE to be thinking about or trying to adjust than they already do?
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