Rico Abreu, the Chili Bowl, and Unbridled Enthusiasm

A year ago we wrote of how enthusiastic the spectators were when Rico Abreu won the Chili Bowl, the uniquely American indoor dirt track race that draws over 300 participants.

This year, Abreu became only the second driver in the 30-year history of the Chili Bowl to win it a second consecutive time,

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5 Car Ads That History’s Proven Wrong

There are some instances where the car companies might not even have known they were lying – some cars where only the test of time can truly highlight just how ridiculous the claims are.

Check out some of history’s funniest attempts at selling cars, with all the knowledge of what actually happened to them.

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Black Noon, a Somewhat Personal Book Review

I approached the reading of Black Noon with both anticipation and apprehension. It would be, after all, a story about a double fatality in a sport where many non-fans of racing think death is both expected and dismissed. As it turned out, my anticipation was rewarded and my apprehension was unfounded.

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The Race of Gentlemen goes Bi-Coastal

The Race of Gentlemen, affectionately known as TROG, first run in 2012 not far from the CarShowSafari.com headquarters in New Jersey, has from the start proven immensely popular – so much so that a second event, on the California coast, is being planned for this year.

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McLaren’s Tyler Alexander

The passing this week of Tyler Alexander, at age 75, is significant on many levels.

First, he had been an influential figure in worldwide racing for half a century.

Second, he was one of the founders of the McLaren racing organization.

And third, he was an American in Formula One, a sport where American participation is rare.

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Remembering Bob Carini

Robert Carini, co-founder of the Model A Restorers Club and father of CarShowSafari.com’s good friend Wayne Carini, died this week at the age of 93.

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Your First Car Should Be a Beater

I know transmission problems. I know transmission problems, and brake problems, and shifting problems and heating problems, and water pump problems.

And, while I may not be the expert at actually fixing the source of concern, there is no doubt in my mind that, having experienced shifting problems, heating problems, smoking problems, and braking problems, I am a better driver than someone who has not.

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Heating Up Winter with the Chili Bowl

43 cars start the Daytona 500 each year. Typically, no more than 50 show up to try to earn a starting spot.

33 cars in 11 rows of three is a tradition at the Indy 500. In recent years, 33 has also been the number of cars trying to qualify.

But at the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, just 24 cars will line up for the Saturday night finale on January 16, yet more than 335 entries will be competing for one of those two dozen spots.

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    In the early 1980s, one of those cutting their teeth in auto racing at Dorney Park was John Andretti, nephew of Mario, who would go on to a winning career in both CART Indy cars and NASCAR Cup cars. Also in the early 1980s, Ray Evernham, who went on to become a Daytona 500-winning crew chief and an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, broke his sternum in a Dorney Park TQ Midget crash.
  • Nissan Is Named
    On June 1, 1934, the Japanese based automobile manufacturer Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha changed its name to Nissan Motor Company.
  • Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Daimler and Maybach
    On March 17, 1834, Gottlieb Daimler was born in Germany. Had he been born 100 years later, he would have seen an automotive industry the likes of which early automakers could hardly dare dream, and yet, had he been born 100 years later, that very auto industry might never have come to pass.
  • The Drivin’ ‘O the Green
    This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate both Irish pride and the arrival of Spring by taking a drive in your 1959 Shamrock.



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