Hybrids Aren’t For Everyone

Thinking of getting a hybrid car? Well maybe you should think twice. Hybrid cars aren’t for everyone you know.
Ideally, everyone would have one, but realistically, that just can’t happen. Hybrid cars are just wonderful cars in general, but for those of you who are not right for the hybrid car, there are other good cars on the market. These are three types of people who should not buy a hybrid car.

The Wasteful Type

This person doesn’t care about wasted air, wasted gas, or wasted money. He or she would rather just drive around and let their conventional cars be a detriment to the atmosphere. Wasteful people only care about themselves, and they aren’t interested in learning anything different. They want to drive on. That’s all. The hybrid car isn’t for these types.

The Here and Now Type

These people only care about the present. If conventional cars are dominating the roads now, a conventional car is what they want. It’s all about what’s going on today. Who cares if a shiny new, futuristic hybrid car pulls up next to them at a stoplight? The point is, they don’t need to turn heads. They need to just blend in. That’s how they get by. So hybrid cars aren’t for these types at all. Anyone driving a hybrid car is sure to turn a head or two because there are thousands and even millions of people driving conventional cars. So of course when a person drives a hybrid car, people notice.

The I-Don’t-Need-A-Budget Type

This type is totally unaware of where their money is going. They figure that if they get paid more money than what they need each month; they don’t really need to care. Who cares how you spend it if you are going to have money left over anyway? These types of people just don’t know what it’s like to possibly save money. They just can’t conceive it. But the hybrid car saves people more than a little change. It may even save them money on break pads because hybrid cars have a breaking system that just keeps on renewing itself.

The Cars-Shouldn’t-Run-On-Batteries Type

These types of people may be so set in their ways that they believe hybrid cars are completely electric. Well, these people can just keep on thinking that. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Hybrid cars are more than just electric. In fact, to call hybrid cars electric cars wouldn’t do them a bit of justice. These cars don’t get their kicks from wall sockets or anything like that. Hybrid cars differ greatly from electric cars. But you have to drive a hybrid car and get a good look under the hood to find out just how much better hybrid cars are than electric cars.

So, have you figured out if a hybrid car is for you yet? Well, even if it isn’t, don’t worry, you can still buy one. There’s no need to wait either. I’m sure you could be doing better than the conventional car you have.

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Classic Car Show Power Voting

I received a call from a very nice lady after our last event. She was concerned and confused. She was concerned with the number of trophies won by Clubs. She was also confused as to how club members seemed to win a majority of the trophies. I then explained Power Voting to her. Here’s what I said.

Power Voting is when all the group & club members vote for all the other club members in the show. This almost guarantees the club will have lots of winners. The reason that this small group of 10 to 30 club members can sway the results is the same reason we end up with lousy politicians Apathy!

Not casting your vote puts the results in the hands of a few rather than the many. Power Voting would be ineffective at Car Shows if a majority of the attendees would take the time to check out the cars and vote for their favorites. If the General Public would just do that, then Power Voting would be of little consequence. But if the General Public doesn’t want to be bothered with casting their votes, then Power Voting can absolutely affect the outcome of the trophies awarded.

I know some of you are thinking, “Why not have trophy classes? Won’t that help?” We tried having trophy classes for years. It just didn’t work and was really unfair to some. One time we would have dozens of cars in the Street Rod Class, then the next time only a few. This was true for almost every event where we had classes. One class would be overloaded and another under represented. Then when we changed things, the problem still existed only in different classes. We felt like a dog chasing its tail trying to keep the classes balanced. It just didn’t work. So now we do a People’s Choice Award system: if the people like your ride AND they vote for it, you win! The best ideas are always the simplest: get the most votes, and you get Best of Show. This has resulted in the usual outcome, like the Low Rider Bike winning Best of Show in January. The people loved his bike, and he got the most votes so he Won! It’s that simple.

For our part, we will continue to ask people to take a ballot and vote for their top 10 favorite vehicles. If they don’t, then groups & clubs will control the outcome of the People’s Choice Awards at any Car Show. Please do your part, come out on Monday, Memorial Day, May 28 to the next San Diego Car & Cycle Show & Swap at the Q and VOTE!.

See Ya There!

Ray Taylor

Owner of the San Diego Classic Car & Cycle-Show & Swap –

How To Find Genuine Jvc Car Audio Parts

Surfing through the internet will find you multiple Jvc car audio parts and accessories. From DVD players to display screens, every part is available for you to choose. The stores that stock Jvc car audio parts are many both online and off line. You need to put in mind the kind of Jvc part you want and when you have the idea, go out and start searching. You are looking for the functions that will suit you and you are also looking for new features that may inspire you. Take time to study the various specifications and if the terms are difficult to understand, ask the store staff or any attendant. It is therefore necessary to shop in a place where you have known well the kind of service they offer and how they offer that service.

If they are first and foremost registered, you should be able to tell. You also want to shop in a store where they are authorized to sell Jvc car audio parts. Those details determine whether you get the right kind of of Jvc car audio part. Other things are terms and conditions, the warranty and the company policies. The price cannot escape from the minds of customers. You need to buy affordable products and this means that you have to search from all sources to get the two most important aspects in any product which is the quality and the low price. Jvc car audio parts come in a high quality and you should be able to find them without any major hassles.

There are car audio parts specially made to withstand bad whether. This products are speakers and others. They are designed in a durable material and they can withstand rain, high humidity and heat. They have in built grilles and rain guards to help perform their function properly. There are many other enhanced Jvc parts for car audio and all you need is available for you to purchase. Online purchases might prove cheaper depending on your location. They are certainly more convenient and time saving. The online stores should be credible and there should be nothing suspicious about them. They should have some experience in the business and they should have proof of that.

Jvc car parts have made their name thanks to their years of experience in the business. The Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan was founded in 1927 as a subsidiary of the U.S based company Talking Machine Company limited. Over the years the company has outdone itself winning an Emmy award for outstanding achievement in technological advancement in October of 2001. It was probably known for its support for football since 1982 having sponsored the Arsenal team. They also have a strategic capital alliance with Kenwood. Therefore this proves that when you are getting your Jvc parts, you can be sure that all you want in the product will be delivered in the brand name. Enjoy your products as you make your car audio even better.

Chrysler Joins Paris Motor Show With New Wrangler And Avenge

The Paris Motor Show is soon going to open and all people interested in meeting the best of the best vehicles there is would sure be running towards that mentioned grand event. And the manufacturer of superb Chrysler parts has announced its own share of vehicles that would be gracing the mentioned auto show.

According to the Chrysler Group, they would be sending out two new vehicles for the Paris Motor Show. One would be the all new Jeep Wrangler while the other one would be the Dodge Avenger. And as per the latter, Chrysler even further says that this new vehicle actually is soon going to be marketed as a brand new saloon vehicle and it would be coming to the United Kingdom?s market come the middle of 2007.

During the mentioned auto show that will be held in the European region, it would also be the very first time that the newly revamped and upgraded Jeep Wrangler would be shown in the continent. According to Chrysler, they would be showing off the Jeep Wrangler in two versions. One would be the one that holds two doors while the other one would be the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Edition and this would be holding four doors. Come the month of April next year, the United Kingdom auto maker would be able to purchase the vehicle. And as per the kind of power this vehicle has? Well, let us simply say that the new Jeep Wrangler would be sold mounted with the new 2.8 liter engine that runs on diesel fuel. But Chrysler further informs that there would be a couple of units that would be coming in with a 3.8 liter engine that would be running on petrol fuel.

The Dodge Avenger, on the other hand, is a vehicle that sure would be holding the interest of many of the auto show?s goers. It sure does look like a muscle car and with that you would also know that it would be holding a really good amount of power. Chrysler also informed the public that this vehicle would be really friendly to the family and it also has got a good fuel economy and would be a very efficient vehicle at that.

Michelle Mouton Reunites With Her 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb Winning Audi Sport Quattro

Michelle Mouton, one of the most successful and best-known female rally drivers of all time, will open Race Retro at the International Historic Motorsports Show at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry on Saturday, March 24, 2007 and will make a rare visit to Britain next weekend to be reunited with her 1985 Pikes Peak Hillclimb winning Audi Sport Quattro.

The 55 year-old French lady driver still remains to be the only woman to win a round of the World Rally Championship, sweeping the Audi to a record time of 11 minutes 25.39 seconds in Colorado. The World Rally held in Colorado was a 12.42 mile course that featured over 150 corners and climbed almost 5,000 ft. in elevation.

According to Michelle Mouton, ?I was very pleased to win the race for myself?it was the first outright victory ever scored by a woman ? and proud for Audi as it was the first time a European manufacturer?s rally car had won?it was something very special to beat the Americans on their home ?soil?.?

The famous 1985 Pikes Peak near 500 bhp Audi Sport Quattro after 22 years was restored to its original glory not really by following the Volkswagen repair manuals that goes with the Quattro but through the relentless effort of the rally Quattro specialist John Hanlon. According to Hanlon, ?The car has been stripped back to a bare metal body shell and fully rebuilt over the last nine weeks. Every component has been re-furbished to Audi Sport specification and we have imported the original BBS split rim wheels which the car competed on at Pikes Peak in 1985. The car will be in its authentic livery and technical specification at Stoneleigh. The fact that this actual car competed in the very last Group B WRC round (1986 Olympus Rally) is a huge factor of its appeal.?

Mouton said, ?I was used to driving this Audi but the problem was the altitude. It starts at almost 9,500 ft above sea level ands we had to make adjustments to the electronic gearbox and turbocharger. The Hillclimb itself was very difficult as it?s very fast and quite narrow with no markers and sheer drops off the side?the event?s ?Race to the Clouds? title is very true?and I think it was probably the toughest challenge in my career.?

She also added, ?There had been problems in testing which meant I wasn?t allowed to drive my car to the start, mechanics instead pushing me to the line, which made me mad and very determined. I really wanted to win, so I pushed very hard?sometimes almost too hard.?

It was in the year 1981 in Sweden that Hannu Mikkola scored Audi?s first World Rally Championship while Mouton won the San Remo Rally later that year and claim the first World Rally Championship for a lady driver. The Audi Quattro was also the first car with the four-wheel-drive and turbocharged engine to compete in the World Rally Championship.

A year after, in 1982, Mouton achieved an outright WRC wins in Portugal, Greece— wherein the Acropolis Rally was held– and also in Brazil where she was able to win a second place in the Driver?s WRC and contested 50 WRCs between 1974 to 1986. Audi won the Manufacturers? World Championship in 1982 and 1984. Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist both win the Drivers? titles with Audi for years 1983 and 1984 respectively.

John Hanlon purchased the Audi last March from a private collector in America, aside from Mouton the Audi Sport Quattro was also driven by Walter Rohrl for the 1985 Corsica WRC and afterwards was taken hold by John Buffum who has successfully campaigned in North America.

At present Audi is leading the way in creating the technology in diesel-engined sportscars in endurance racing and made history last year when it won the Le Mans 24 Hours with its diesel Audi R10 TDI.

7 Incredible Advantages Of Water-powered Car Technology For You

No doubts about it, it’s now possible to power your car on water as well as gas, instead of 100% gas. Apart from the many advantages that this technology have on the planet, it also has many widespread advantages to many individuals around the world, including YOU.

Below are 7 of these incredible advantages of the water for gas to YOU:

1- Improves your gas mileage by up to 35%. This includes both city and highway driving conditions. Imagine how much money this would save you at the end of the month and at the end of the year. It is estimated that this could save you as much as $897.40 per year. If you are two, three or four drivers in the family, this yearly savings increases dramatically. And what if you have a fleet of 50 drivers in your company? Then your yearly savings will multiply to $44,870. More if you have more drivers.

2- Eliminates harmful exhaust emission that pollute the environment and contribute to global warming. Your engine will ADD oxygen to the environment instead of polluting it. How about doing something good to help the environment for a change?

3- Greatly enhance engine power and performance. The more gas you use on your car, the more the engine gets battered- thus reducing the performance. But by using water as an alternative, this enhances your engine power instead and improves performance.

4- Remove carbon deposits and prevent future carbon build up.

5- Reduce the operating temperature of the engine and waste heat into the environment.

6- You will notice a calmer, quieter and much smoother engine operation and smoother gearshifts. This is due to the effect water has on the combustion cycle inside your engine.

7- Enjoy a longer life expectancy of your engine, especially the pistons, rings and valves.

These are just some of the many advantages of water for gas technology to YOU. Remember, even YOU can build the device needed to make this technology work for YOU, from the comfort of your home.

How To Replace Lawn Mower Tires

– Lawn Mower Tires, The Essential Difference

The essential difference in replacing a car tire and flat tire of a lawn mower is,

* You do not carry a spare tire with you all the time when you move along with your lawn mower

* Your equipments for replacing the tire like jack, spanners etc. are not with you, they are in your basement workshop

* Your house is nearby so you can summon help from your family members

* You may not be in a hurry to change the tire and you are not putting anyone to difficulty by leaving a vehicle with a flat tire on your premises, as you would if you leave your vehicle on a public road.

* You can change the tire at a more convenient time

* Depending upon the size of tire, you may require some external help

– Changing the tire

A lawn mower works on an undulating surface too. Therefore if your tire has gone flat where not all the tires are on a level surface, do not try to change a flat tire at that place. Depending upon where the tire has gone flat, you can change the following procedure slightly, but ensure that the spirit of safety precautions is not violated.

If you have a portable air compressor with you, (even a foot operated one will do), try to inflate the tires and then shift your lawn tractor to a flat and level surface, it will be best for the tractor. If you do not have an air compressor and the flat area is nearby, take your tractor in, as is condition, to the flat surface. The lawn mower tires are a rugged lot. The tire will take this punishment without a murmur.

The procedure for changing the tire is as follows.

* You have already brought the tractor on a flat and level surface. Park it there. Shut off the engine. Pull the hand brake and remove the tractor keys in order to prevent accidental re-starting.

* Clean the tire to be replaced and the area around the tire with water. This will take away any dirt from the nuts holding the tires and reduce the work load on you while taking out the tire

* Loosen the nuts holding the tire slightly. Make it a point to ensure that all the nuts are loosened slightly. Any one remaining to be loosened might give you a problem later on. Do not back off completely. Just loosen them and that is all. If you are not in a position to back off even a single nut, do not proceed further. Retighten the loosened nuts and ask for professional help.

* Fix up other wheels with a wheel lock or slip a wooden plank or a stone so that the wheel may not move. Do this to two wheels at least.

* Next slip a hydraulic jack or a crew jack at a convenient place on the chassis, (This place is usually indicated in the maintenance manual) and raise the wheel to be replaced)

* Back off all the nuts holding the wheel and take out the wheel. You may require some help in this as the lawn wheels are slightly larger than car wheels.

* After taking out the wheel, clean the brake drum (if you have one) and wash off all the dirt that has collected, remove anything lodged in there.

* Put a new wheel and get the other one repaired.

– Safety Precautions

1. Wear hand gloves all the time. This will prevent injuries to your hand

2. When loosening the nuts, give particular attention to slippage of spanners. They can cause serious injuries to hand or head as you will not be able to control your movement when spanner slips

3. NEVER EVER change a tire on an undulating surface. There are many cases when the jacks have slipped from their position due to this and deaths have resulted from persons being crushed beneath lawn mower.

Bugatti Veyron: The Fastest Car On Course

By the end of last month, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, a Volkswagen AG subsidiary, has delivered 60 Bugatti Veyron 16.4s. The deliveries are deemed in excess of the intended production volume of the company.

In December 2003, the burden of managing Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. went to Dr. Thomas Bscher, the new president of the company. Additionally, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber was appointed as the technical director and manager of the Bugatti Engineering department. With such changes, the entire Bugatti project was then totally reassessed and a new schedule for the completion date of the Veyron was fixed. The objectives established have all been achieved since then.

The delivery of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 started in March last year after its production in Alsatian Molsheim at the end of 2005. For the first production year, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. has reached the planned 50 units.

Production of the super sports car has been limited to a maximum of 300 units. The number of Veyron units for the first production year has amounted to 50 vehicles, as previously set. At present, the automaker is already able to increase the annual production volume and thus is able to lessen the waiting time for customers.

?In 2007 we are planning to increase the production of the Bugatti Veyron,? said Bscher at the International Geneva Motor Show, ?because the order entry for the Veyron is getting close to a 140 and we wouldn?t want our customers to have to wait longer for their Bugatti.?

Bscher continued, ?It is not unexpected that most of the orders come from the US; traditionally the most important market for luxury vehicles. Thirty percent of the 140 contracts received up to now with a down payment of EUR 300,000, which is the condition for the production of the vehicle to start, come from the United States. This means that that is where ? on a country basis ? up to now most of the Bugatti Veyron have been delivered.?

In Europe, majority of the demand for the super sports car come from Germany and England and these countries are two of the most important markets for luxury cars outside the United States. Other European countries that showed interest in purchasing the Veyron include France, Monaco, Benelux, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The Bugatti Veyron has also wowed the Middle East countries. Deliveries have also been made to the Arab countries.

Within a year, a network of Bugatti sales and service partners has been developed. So far, the network covers 26 locations. Consistent with the sales figures, the United States is also top in this area with nine contact points. Other points include five on the west coast, one in Florida and the traditional areas in the east with three partners sharing the responsibility.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is currently the fastest car in the world with a top speed of over 400 km/h. The Veyron is also the most powerful and expensive street-legal production car. The Veyron is equipped with a W16 engine, which is composed of 16 cylinders in four banks of four cylinders. It is the equivalent of two narrow-angle V8 engines mated in a “W” configuration. Each cylinder has four valves, for a total of 64. However, the narrow V8 configuration allows two camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only four camshafts are required. The engine of the Veyron is supported by four turbochargers.

How much does a Veyron cost? The base price of the car is a ?1,127,210 that when converted equals ?757,359 or $1,440,800! The price could drill a hole in the pocket even to some well-offs.

The Bugatti Veyron comes with a fabulous appeal, a distinctive bumper, an ulta-powerful engine, and other remarkable auto parts accessories. The Veyron is made an international car to let other aficionados savor its impressive performance, sophisticated parts and extraordinary drive feel. It imbibes Bugatti?s philosophy – nothing is too expensive, nothing is too beautiful.

AE86 for Sale – A Classical Car in High Demand

As far as cars go, the AE86 is regarded as one of the best performers. Created in numerous body models, buyers consider it to be a worth it investment decision because they get to choose precisely what captures their fancy. Because of the positive aspects it includes, shopping for a new model are usually somewhat highly-priced and it is for this reason it is considered ideally suited in order to go with AE86 for sale.

Finding an AE86 for sale is not a straightforward job to attain and that is since this classical car is in high demand. It is for this reason that it is considered ideal to weigh some of the aspects that need to be taken into consideration in order to find the best deal.

A few of these are as featured listed below:

Online Sites

You will find numerous websites that are known to have AE86 for Sale. If you use the search tool, you will find many of these web sites and they will offer you a various options to choose from. However, prior to proceeding to achieve this, you will find a couple of things you must do in an effort to enhance the probability of making an informed decision. Some of these include the following.

The web site you decide to utilize needs to be reputable. This is important because it is the only way to ensure you get authentic deals. In order to meet this end, it is advisable to read reviews from people who have used the services before you. This will give you an idea and help you determine whether the AE86 for sale is worth your money.

For making certain you look for the car with no trouble, you have to settle with a website that features a user-friendly web site. It should supply a clear list of the designs they have for sale. Settle for a website that has tool bar for search in order to guarantee you receive the model you would like with more convenience.

The web site need to give assurance to the effect that the AE86 for sale they have is in superb condition and you may not be subjected to any sort of unpleasant surprises.

Forums

An additional excellent means of discovering AE86 for sale is by way of forums. These are often comprised of AE86 enthusiasts and as such, it is easy to find information about where to find these cars for sale. You should take advantage of such forums to learn more about different types of models available as well. In addition, in such forums, you get to learn about the prices of AE86 for sale and this ensures that you do not end up paying more than you ought to.

You might like to look at the achievable of to family, friends and co-workers that have already purchased AE86 for sale. They can provide you with recommendations and concepts on how you can find all of these cars and as such, make the process easier on your part. With these considerations, it should be easy for you to find quality AE86 for sale.

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How To Find A Dream Used Car

The purchase of a car, even a used car, requires a good amount of money. Unless you have the cash to buy a car up front, you probably have to save for one. Don’t wait until you find a car you want before you start putting away cash. If you want to buy a car in the future, save now. That way, should you find your dream car one of these days, you’ll be ready with enough money to actually drive it home. Here are practical ways on how you can start saving for your dream used car today:

Find your figure
Before you begin putting away money for the purchase of your dream used car, find out how much it will actually cost. A good way to find out is to determine available makes, models, year and brands. Compare units for sale at your local used car lot. There are also several online sites you can use that allow you to search used cars based on certain categories you set. The results will also produce prices for these cars so you have a good idea about how much money you need to save.

Take note that when buying your dream used car, the price offered by the dealer are inclusive of the warranties. Other stuff, such as service contracts, are charged extra so make room for other expenses such as these.

Have a plan
The point of making a plan is to know exactly the time it would take for you to save up the amount you need. Let’s say you prefer to pay cash and the price range for your dream car is from $12,000 to $16,000. If you can save $300 a month, you’ll be able to save about 30% of the total amount you need by the end of the year.

Find other sources of income
You could save as much money as you can from your regular job but it would be a good idea to find an extra source of income. If you want to save for your dream used car, put away all the money you earn from other jobs or income sources. Remember that an extra $50 will still be $50 less than what you’ll need at the end of the year. By putting away as much money as you can spare, you should be able to get the used car of your dreams within only a short span of time.

Pay cash
When the time comes to buy your dream used car, consider paying cash. You can take advantage of discounts the seller may be offering and avoid paying extra for interests.