John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 3:40 p.m. UTC Jun 10, 2018 THE UPPER PENINSULA – Randy Kluck liked to drink. If he wasn’t drinking wine on his front porch at his house he was drinking liquor on a barstool at some dive bar in Sault Ste. Marie, where he moved to be close to his son Kevin, who came here to attend college. The two were such buddies that Kevin refers to his dad by his first name. “He really was always my best friend,” said Kevin, 36. “So I just think of him as ‘Randy.’ ” Six years ago, they were drinking on the porch, and Randy came up with an idea — how about they spend the summer together on an epic road trip through the Upper Peninsula and write a book about all the amazing bars they’d stop at along the way? There would be so many nights they’d get to spend side-by-side on barstools, so many long drives along the empty highways, so much to tell each other, so much … [Read more...] about Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluations in response to complaints that Smart ForTwo engines are catching fire before quickly engulfing the car in flames. Eight complaints have found their way to NHTSA about fires in 2008-2009 Four Twos, with six of the incidents occurring while the cars were being driven. According to the agency, the incidents began with the illumination of the vehicles’ check-engine light, followed by smoke and odd noises. In every occurrence, owners claim the fires quickly spread to the entire car. In one complaint, the owner of a 2008 Fortwo told NHTSA that he heard a deafening pop behind his head, emanating from the tiny car’s engine compartment. Alarmed, the man pulled over to investigate, only to see flames shooting from the back of the Smart. “Had I not pulled off to the shoulder when I did, my story would not be coming directly from me but from my obituary,” reads the … [Read more...] about NHTSA Wants to Know why Smart Fortwos are Busting Into Flames
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Rats can't resist wiring in newer cars: Here's why Rodents, such as rats, can get under the hood of vehicles and chew on wire coatings, causing problems with everything from headlights to fuel sensors. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 9 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press Published 11:58 a.m. ET May 7, 2018 | Updated 8:14 p.m. ET May 7, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 9 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Janice Perzigian has a unique evening routine. But this one doesn't include drinking a glass of wine, taking a long soak in the bath and applying a facial mask. It has to do with her car. Every evening, the Royal … [Read more...] about Rats can’t resist wiring in newer cars: Here’s why
When it comes to purchasing a new car, fuel economy is always important. Manufacturers are required to test their vehicles in line with a mandated procedure (which is detailed under the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 81/02 Fuel Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles). We get a number of e-mails from readers each week complaining about their vehicle's fuel consumption and we thought we would answer the question posed by reader Tanya. Tanya asked how the fuel consumption figure on the vehicle's label is determined and why her car uses more fuel than the figure on the label.This article was first published in September, 2015Q: I bought a Toyota LandCruiser Sahara a few months ago and I'm finding that I can never get close to the fuel consumption figure listed on the windscreen sticker. Is there something wrong with my car? Why can Toyota claim the car is using less fuel than it actually does? How do they come up with these figures?A: Great question, Tanya. The figures listed … [Read more...] about How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?
When Jack Gallivan was a boy in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the middle of the last century, he and his brothers played a game. Their father was the publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune, the local newspaper of record, and in order to prove the Trib’s classified section worked, they would buy used cars out of the paper.“We’d look through the Sunday listings, whittle it down, make calls, go visit, and take the finalists to the mechanic to check them out,” Gallivan says. “Of course, the sellers didn’t realize that we were kids making the [initial] calls.”In the early ’60s, one of the vehicles they came across was a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. Gallivan’s father wasn’t a car connoisseur, but he responded to vehicles he found beautiful—classic dual-cowl Lincolns such as those driven by the Trib’s owner, an automotive editor’s MG TC, and the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and Jaguar XK140 he purchased. The Gullwing was one of … [Read more...] about Extended Family: The Incredible Story of the Kircher Special and Its Long-Lost 300 SL Relative