Saturday, April 28, 2007

800hp biodiesel 65 Chevy Impala on Pimp My Ride..



Last night on a special episode of Pimp My Ride, viewers and fans saw a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS go from a normal classic into a custom 800hp Biodiesel street car as part of MTV's Break the Addiction program.

This was on the first cars in a while that I liked on this show, so much so that I would want something like it as my daily driver or classic. I like the concept, the technology, the look, the entire package and the fact that this impala can go 0 to 60 in around 3.5 seconds, plus get 25 mpg to boot (according to the show). All I can say is, you will see more cars like this either with Biodiesel, Natural gas, ethanol, a hybrid and etc. and that's cool.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Days later after NASCAR race in Phoenix...thoughts

Sometimes it helps to think about a subject for a couple of days after I wrote this piece on Wednesday and yet I have still come to the same conclusion. Here’s where I am, on last Saturday night, NASCAR fans saw a good race in Phoenix with COT’s between Gordon, Stewart and Hamlin which also showed Gordon moving Stewart out of the way and going on to victory, no surprise there and he even said it in victory lane.

Now I had no idea that Jeff Gordon had tied Earnhardt’s record and then I saw Gordon driving around with a #3 Earnhardt flag including fans throwing beer cans and etc at him and I was shocked, of course once I heard that Gordon had tied Earnhardt’s record, well I understood it a little more.., but like I said before, I had took it in and then moved on by Sunday morning. Since the Earnhardt family including Dale Jr. was cool with it, so was I and that it…Now I would have rather seen a tribute to the great Dale Earnhardt this Sunday at Talladega before the race and if Gordon is in it, that’s ok too. That would have been a lot better and fans would have known why. That’s my thoughts.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A few words on NASCAR under the lights in Phoenix and What’s up with Gordon’s post victory lap.

It always seems to be something that over shadows the race whether it happened before, during or after and for the Nextel Cup series last Saturday night, this race no expection.

Before I get to one of the most talked about subjects regarding of course Jeff Gordon, what about the race itself. Looking back at the Subway 500..k, finally NASCAR fans get to see just what the Car of Tomorrow can do on a mile racetrack. Before, the COT was on two tracks that really didn’t make a difference namely Bristol, where you can race just about anything on wheels and get a good race and Martinsville, a short paper clip on the same effects, but for Phoenix, it does take a little more to put on a good show.

The racing under the light is a bonus for this race, but the COT does continue to impress me race after race with producing good racing, namely side-by-side racing and real passing for not only the lead, but all the way back in the pack despite the fact that its still ugly. I have gotten use to the rear wing because I watch both the Grand American Series and the American LeMans Series with the Chevrolet Corvette Racecar that features the very same, but the front end, forget it.

Despite the number of cautions, although I have to say that FOX is really trying to find the debris, the final battle was good, it would have been better if the one of the final cautions didn’t trap a bunch of cars a lap down or on the tail end of the lead lap, nevertheless, Gordon vs Stewart and Hamlin was a classic but for this time around, it would be Jeff Gordon taking the win.

This is where the story begins with Jeff Gordon’s victory lap, Gordon picked up a black #3 flag in honor of the late great Dale Earnhardt as Gordon had just tied Earnhardt in the number of wins column at 76. To many at the track and at home, mainly Dale Sr. fans, it was not a tribute but opposite and the response including yet again throwing beer, cans and anything else at Gordon as he drove around the track..

Here’s my thoughts on it, I have to first say that I am a huge Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr fan along with Rusty Wallace and I am NOT a fan at all of Jeff Gordon, with that said..
I was shocked on Saturday night, but seens Dale Jr was cool with it, I somewhat was too and had forgotten about it by Sunday morning.

Here’s the thing, it was just the wrong place& wrong time, it would have been better…a tribute for Dale Earnhardt would be great on Sunday at Talladega before the race as it would have been his birthday, that’s all and will leave this story at that., but I will not applaud Jeff Gordon.

Finally on the COT, like I said before I am getting use to it, but the pace car (2007 Chevy Impala with body kit and rear wing) does look better then racecar, but the COT does have better safety, nevertheless, we all have to just say this is the next Nextel Cup Series racecar and we all have to get use to it, its not going away., so how do we make it look better…See Yeah!

Three Days later…

Sometimes it helps to think about a subject for a couple of days after I wrote this piece on Wednesday and yet I have still come to the same conclusion. Here’s where I am, on last Saturday night, NASCAR fans saw a good race in Phoenix with COT’s between Gordon, Stewart and Hamlin which also showed Gordon moving Stewart out of the way and going on to victory, no surprise there and he even said it in victory lane.

Now I had no idea that Jeff Gordon had tied Earnhardt’s record and then I saw Gordon driving around with a #3 Earnhardt flag including fans throwing beer cans and etc at him and I was shocked, of course once I heard that Gordon had tied Earnhardt’s record, well I understood it a little more.., but like I said before, I had took it in and then moved on by Sunday morning. Since the Earnhardt family including Dale Jr. was cool with it, so was I and that it…Now I would have rather seen a tribute to the great Dale Earnhardt this Sunday at Talladega before the race and if Gordon is in it, that’s ok too. That would have been a lot better and fans would have known why. That’s my thoughts.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

TV Spotlight: American Chopper's Go Fast Chopper


(Image and article credit: Go Fast Energy Drink Website)

On this latest episode, this was the second of a double built basically designed & built on by Paul Sr. with his crew, its the Go Fast Energy Drink Chopper that features a little something different, a gas tank that looks like the jet pack the owner flies around with.

In fact at the unveiling in Las Vegas, the owner fluw-in with his jet pack and had the chopper helicoptered in on top of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Interesting site, I would have loved to see that in person.

This chopper is alont different and the way it was shown on the show, it was designed in less than 1 hour by Paul Sr., good looking, its more geared towards Paul Sr's Old School look bikes.

See Yeah!

TV Spotlight: American Chopper's Peavy-themed chopper


NAMM 2007
Originally uploaded by Tristen.Pelton.
I always enjoy blogging about one of my favorite television show, American Chopper. On this latest episode, this was the first of a double built, the Peavy-themed chopper that OCC built with a special OCC guitar built by Peavy.

Interesting chopper, you can hookup the attached guitar to controls on the otherside mounted on the oil tank and play on with the amp that looks like a rear taillight.

I was thinking something different for the design of this chopper, more like the miller welder chopper with the trailer, put a big amp with attached guitar on the trailerm, but like I said interesting.

See Yeah!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A breakdown of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Spring Texas Race.


Burton win Spring Texas race in great fashion. (Image Credit: Motorsport.com)

What an interesting race, for what looked like was going to be a long and drawn out 500 mile race with a couple of lead changes with big leads, this race sure had a change in fortunes not even counting the lap 1-2 air born crash on the front strength and it all happened with Stewart and Montoya racing hard for position.

On lap 240, the first of a huge change in fortunes took place just after racing hard for position, Montoya drove down deep into turn 3 on the inside of Stewart, got loose and slipped up into the #20 car and Stewart spun out which collected Jimmie Johnson (which was already having engine problems) sending them both to the pits, Johnson was out and Stewart repaired and came back out.

Don’t see Tony Stewart at fault here, you can either mark this as Montoya’s fault or like am, a racing deal. Two drivers racing hard for position and take in to account the bottom car gets tight off, its what it is.

Fast forward 13 laps later to Lap 253, Tony Stewart can up on Kurt Busch and had to slow and ended up spinning out, but here’s where it gets interesting, Dale Jr. who was in second, slows for Stewart and smoke and gets run into by Kyle Busch.

Despite the many Dale Jr. fans at the track booing, this wasn’t Tony Stewarts fault, Dale Jr. did the right thing and slowed down for the spin, smoke and caution (100 mph) and Busch going 145 mph nailed Dale Jr. from behind. The #5 spotter said caution, put your hand up, but I didn’t hear anything out #8 Red Budweiser in front of you, slowdown, I don’t know what Busch was thinking or if he even say Dale Jr..

While the battle for the lead on the racetrack was heating up, in the garage, Busch’s Car was ready to make laps and Kyle Busch was MIA, so…the #5 crew asked Dale Jr. to drive the #5 car and (as reported NASCAR Now) after asking his crew chief (Tony Jr.), he drove the final 9 laps as gained 3 championship owner points for the #5 sending the #48 down one spot.

Simple relief role here and nothing more.

Finally, hats off to Jeff Burton in a great victory, what a battle with Matt Kenseth, great hard racing it proves that you don’t have to wreck someone to win a Cup race.,

That’s it for me here, See Yeah!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

My Take on the IRL Indy Car Series and Champ Car World Series – 2007 Season Edition

A couple of weeks ago, the IRL Indy Car Series kicked its 2007 season first in Homestead and then on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Basically despite all of the off season movement including Danica Patrick going to AGR, the season is vertically the same as the 2006 season that includes back to back victories with first Dan Wheldon winning in Homestead in dominating fashion as he did in 06 and Castroneves winning in St. Petersburg as he did in 06 as well.

The 2007 season looks to be a complete model of last season. The same four drivers are going for the victories and making a run at the championship while the rest of field watches and wonders from behind as a cloud of smoke blows by them.

I would say predictions would be a little bit pointless, but here we go…

For race to race victories with the expection of three-four races, it will come down to Penske Racing with Sam Hornish Jr. (last years champion after a tie breaker) and Helio Castroneves, vs. the boys at Ganassi Racing with Dan Wheldon (or Danny Wheldon, which ever you prefer) and Scott Dixon.

As for the champion, it will be close as last year was, but I would say Penske Racing will win with Helio Castroneves, what about Ganassi Racing, well they will fight as hard as they did in 2006, but will come up short, reason being they can’t stop beating themselves. General mistakes will haunt them all season long as last year did. Like I said, vertically the same as the 2006 season.

As for me, I am going to keep doing what I do all along, watch select races including the Indianapolis 500 (no way I am missing that race), new races to the schedule and a couple others if I have time. LOL.

For the Champ Car World Series, that is a completely different ball game, at least in the IRL Indy Car Seies, I know or heard of the drivers, most of these drivers I have never heard of.

The season opener on the Streets of Las Vegas was surprising interesting, the race had its moments and the new car made its impact, but refueling problems haunted drivers all race long. The track was not bad with wide straights and room to pass.

The only downside to the Vegas Grand Prix race was one thing…NBC’s coverage, there was three people in the booth, one knows Champ Car racing somewhat and that one wouldn’t stop talking and the other two are NASCAR broadcasters that I can’t stand in a NASCAR booth let along in an Open wheel booth. You have to put knowledgeable people of Champ Car racing or Open Wheel racing in the booth, not just anyone. Put a Champ car fan in the booth, that would have been better, of course they will mostly talk about there favorite driver.

Bottom line, good race on a unknown street course, but bad NBC coverage, well at least if you turn off the sound and watch the race, its good. (The bad NBC coverage has to do with the announcers, not the pictures, the pictures were good.)

As for the rest season, I will do the same as the IRL Indy Car Series, select races including new ones. I can’t do predictions here, to many drivers I don’t know and a total unknown racecar. Its Champ Car, its IROC, stop your both right in turns of exactly the same cars, well at least its in the drivers hand as well as the crew with setup and pitstops.

See Yeah!… looking forward to this coming weekends Champ Car – Long Beach Grand Prix including the American LeMans Series race.

Friday, April 6, 2007

TV Spotlight: American Chopper's HP Bike


OCC HP bike
Originally uploaded by mhamoran.
This is a picture of Orange County Chopper's lastest bike, the HP Chopper that features (the first that I know of) an HP GPS system on top of the gas tank, OCC's new headlight and cool paint job with blue pinstripping.

Now thats technology.

See Yeah!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

TV Spotlight: So what shows are on the block to be cancelled – The CW Edition plus CBS’s Jericho

So here we are, its that time again at the end of another television season where some season finales yet to air and the talk of what shows will be cancelled has already began. The rumor mill is flying with buzz, so what’s up on block.

In this edition, let’s start with the network that aims just to get rid of all my favorite’s, the newly merged/made The CW. This info is from The CW Source. We already found out the fait of Reba and that went…

So next up is 7th Heaven. Let's be honest here, as much as I was a big fan of 7th Heaven, the CW should have either never have brought it back or just did a three-four part mini series ending it all correctly, either way would have been better than just bring it back just to cut it up and dump it. Hopefully this time for the series finale take two, they will have a huge two-three hour finale with it ending with everyone together one more time around the dinner table. I’d be surprised to see a 12th season and if the send off it not good, I will consider 7th Heaven 10 seasons long with a good fair well.

Next, One Tree Hill, I have heard rumors that OTH might fast forward a couple years ahead to get closer to the casts real age and so far this season, its been interesting and I would like to see what happens next this that idea. It should be renewed. On the opposite side is Gilmore Girls, a popular show that’s unknown and that’s most likely due to this current season’s writing, the story lines are off. I’ve watched the early years and they were better, get this cast back to years past were they were happy and entertaining to have the fan following and the ratings should be good.

Finally for the CW, Veronica Mars, Its still good all around, but this was the story last year too. I have to say, if all of these shows are cancelled, there’s really nothing left for me to watch on The CW, then good bye CW.

There are a couple more networks, but I am more waiting to here from other sources first. The only other show that come to mind is on CBS with Jericho. Jericho is a story because CBS thought that they could take a three-four month (December 2006 to Feb or March 2007) hiatus with the show and it would come back strong, but it backfired and now the show is on block, if they didn’t I don’t think it would be on the block.

Well that’s it for this edition, See Yeah!

Monday, April 2, 2007

A few words on NASCAR in Martinsville


Caption: Johnson beats Gordon for victory in all out short track fight. (Image Credit: Motorsport.com)

While Saturday’s Truck race was just plain boring with Mike Skinner dominating the entire race and winning, the same can’t be said for the Nextel Cup race. Racing in Martinsville is like what drivers say it is entertainment and it was.

Most Cup races do have that time when everything is long and drawn out and this race was no expectation, but after the rain delay, this race turned into a 150 lap sprint race on who had a better tires. This race is always know for its bumping and banging with just trying to pass someone that proved itself on the last 10 laps with Jeff Gordon fighting to pass the leader Jimmie Johnson for the victory, but despite trying everything including hitting from behind, even knocking Johnson into the wall and just plain roughing him up, Johnson still would not let his boss by and picked up the victory once again and all Gordon could do was get out of his Impala SS COT and be pissed off.

All I could say is after the checkered was thank god I don’t have to listen to Gordon’s victory lane interview.

Oh yeah, in answer to one person’s question, yes I am a Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. fan, plus since I began watching NASCAR in the early 90’s, I am also a Rusty Wallace fan too. Think about that in context to Jeff Gordon and last lap passes at Bristol and Martinsville. And in answer to a person on WindTunnel, Gordon didn’t let Johnson win, he did try to wreck him to win.