Bruce MacInnes, the swashbuckling former racer and current Skip Barber instructor notorious in certain circles for stunts like landing a private plane on the main straight of a certain well-respected East Coast road course, has a helpful little tactic he uses to calm drivers who are nervous before a race. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "I say to them, 'do you remember who the 1970 F1 World Champion was?' Almost nobody does. So if people don’t even remember the best driver at the peak of the sport, who’s gonna remember what happens in a club race, or even a pro race?""Wait," I replied, "was it Alan Jones?""Nope,” he laughs. "It was Jochen Rindt." Alan Jones, of course, was the 1980 World Champion. Maybe you remembered both, and if so you have my respect. Can you name the 1970 NASCAR champ? It was Bobby Isaac. How about the 1971 IMSA GTO winner? It was Dave Heinz, who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. You can be an awfully successful racer and go to … [Read more...] about Outspoken Racers Have Better Careers, So Why Are Today’s Drivers So Bland?
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Autonomous vehicles that will outperform buses, cost less than Uber and travel faster than cars stuck in traffic today are two years away. Or 10. Or 30. But visions of the future they’ll bring have already crept into City Council meetings, political campaigns, state legislation and decisions about what cities should build today. That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars — and how soon they’ll get here — could lead cities to mortgage the present for something better they haven’t seen. “They have imbued autonomous vehicles with the possibility to solve every problem that was ever created in transportation since the beginning of time,” said Beth Osborne, a senior policy adviser with the advocacy group Transportation for America. “That might be a tad bit unrealistic.” In Indianapolis, Detroit and Nashville, Tennessee, opponents of major transit investments have … [Read more...] about Pave over the subway? Cities face tough bets on driverless cars
Many motorcycle aficionados of our country love long distance touring on their beloved motorcycles. Today, there are a handful of really accomplished long-distance touring machines in the mainstream segment of the Indian bike market. Here is a list of 10 such affordable long-distance tourers. Bajaj Dominar The flagship motorcycle from Bajaj Auto Ltd has been rather quick with establishing itself in the bike market. The Dominar is a feature-laden offering that offers some excellent features like the full-LED headlamp. It’s powered by a 373.3cc motor that finds its roots in the KTM Duke 390’s powerplant. However, the motor has been re-tuned to offer 35 PS of max power and 35 Nm of peak torque. The Dominar offers a very comfortable riding position that is just correct for ‘sports touring’. It’s easily among the best long-distance touring motorcycles that you can buy for roughly Rs 1.5 lakh. Royal Enfield Himalayan The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the least … [Read more...] about 10 brilliant motorcycles for LONG rides: Royal Enfield Thunderbird to Bajaj Dominar
After more than a year of doing these Meh Car Mondays, I’m starting to realize some things. Things like the most meh decade for cars seems to be the 1990s. At some point we’ll evaluate why this is, but for today I just want to talk about a fiercely meh car that’s very much a product of the 1990s: the Plymouth Breeze, a car you probably haven’t thought about in years unless you’re trapped in the trunk of one right now. Chrysler put the same amount of effort and interest into the Plymouth Breeze that your average 11-year old kid puts into the process of bed-making: the absolute minimum needed for mom to say it’s fine. Only here, “mom” is the car’s target market, people too broke to afford a Chrysler Cirrus and either too disinterested or anesthetized to seek out a better, more interesting car. See, the Plymouth Breeze was the entry-level sibling car to the Chrysler Cirrus, one of Chrysler’s mid-’90s “cloud … [Read more...] about Meh Car Monday: The Plymouth Breeze, The Car Named For A Slight Movement Of Empty Air
Fans will wager nearly $5 billion on Sunday's Super Bowl. But for Maryland's booming casinos, a federal ban on most sports betting means the growing market remains tantalizingly out of reach.While gambling on football and other sports is legal in Nevada and three other states, the 1992 ban prevents casinos here and in the rest of the country from offering wagers on games.The industry says the prohibition has done little to stem the public's appetite — it just sends fans to offshore operators, or bookies. The American Gaming Association, a casino industry group, estimates that 97 percent of the $4.7 billion expected to be bet on the NFL championship between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons "will be placed illegally."For casinos that are left out, the Super Bowl is an unpleasant annual reminder that they're missing an opportunity to connect with potential customers who passionately follow America's most popular professional sports league.Now operators in Maryland and … [Read more...] about As Super Bowl looms, Md. casinos seek share of sports betting market