Articles by: Gary Thompson

Auto Care Association alerts Congress to anti-competitive impact of vehicle cybersecurity draft bill

Auto Care Association alerts Congress to anti-competitive impact of vehicle cybersecurity draft bill

on October 30, 2015, 6:42 AM / in National News

By: MOTOR AGE Wire Reports In a letter sent this week to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, the Auto Care Association warned that provisions in draft vehicle cybersecurity legislation could allow car companies to take “full control over who has access to key vehicle systems, many of which are needed for repair purposes.” The letter further stated that, “such action […]

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Trio Earn Berths to IHRA World Finals

Trio Earn Berths to IHRA World Finals

on October 5, 2015, 9:34 AM / in NASCAR, Sports

Steven Ferrow of Chattanooga, Tenn., Travis Snoden of Mt. Sterling, Ky. and Christopher Marcum of Springfield, Mo., all punched their tickets to next week’s IHRA World Finals featuring Nitro Jam on Saturday by winning their classes in the Summit SuperSeries race as part of the IHRA Team Finals at Memphis International Raceway (MIR). Ferrow won Box, Snoden won No Box […]

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THE OLD PHONE

THE OLD PHONE

on September 8, 2015, 5:30 AM / in Bedtime Stories

This is one of our most popular stories that we have ever published. We annually reprint it for our readers. Thank you, the readers, for letting us know how much you appreciate this timeless piece. When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the […]

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Cars vulnerable to remote hacking

Cars vulnerable to remote hacking

on August 11, 2015, 10:46 AM / in National News

Cyber security legislation for cars is introduced as Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to patch dangerous vulnerability By: Brian Albright In what may be an industry first, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled 1.4 million vehicles to protect them from cyber security attacks. The recall came after Wired magazine ran an article detailing how hackers could compromise a Jeep Cherokee remotely. […]

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Updated: Hood begins inquiry into possible ‘steering’ practices by insurance companies

Updated: Hood begins inquiry into possible ‘steering’ practices by insurance companies

on August 11, 2015, 9:56 AM / in State News

By JACK WEATHERLY  / Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has begun an investigation of insurers that may be involved in “steering” policyholders to certain body shops. The practice, which is illegal, coerces body shops to conduct repairs with inferior aftermarket or remanufactured parts to reduce costs in favor of the insurer. Hood sent identical letters to 12 […]

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Prominent Entry List Fills the Largest Pro Modified Field at the US 131 Motorsports Park Northern Nationals

Prominent Entry List Fills the Largest Pro Modified Field at the US 131 Motorsports Park Northern Nationals

on August 6, 2015, 8:55 AM / in NASCAR

The wildly popular Crower Pro Modified category has returned home to its rightful birthplace at the 2015 International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam series. The roster of entrants for the US 131 Motorsports Park Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive (August 7-8) is growing to be the largest field for the season and filled with very notable entries. “Pro Modified […]

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Foam Glow Discount Deadline Nears

Foam Glow Discount Deadline Nears

on July 8, 2015, 7:57 AM / in NASCAR

There are just a couple of days left to register for the Saturday, July 11 Foam Glow Run at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) for just $20. From now until Wednesday July 8, runners can purchase a standard registration for $20 or a VIP registration for $45. After the 8th, the registration fee goes up to $40 and $75, respectively. “I’m […]

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TOP 5 VEHICLE CHECKS FOR A WORRY-FREE ROAD TRIP

on July 3, 2015, 9:09 AM / in National News

The 4th of July is almost here—the warm weather, long weekend and the road are calling. Before you hit the road for a 4th of July weekend trip, make sure these 5 things are as ready to go as you are: 1. Oil When the oil level gets too low or dirty, the engine is not lubricated properly and will […]

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Congrats – Dale Earnhardt Jr.

on June 18, 2015, 7:13 AM / in NASCAR

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced on twitter that he and girlfriendAmy Reimann are engaged. No date or details mentioned. While vacationing in Germany learning about his ancestors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off-week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. proposed to long-time girlfriend Amy Reimann. And she said “yes.”(HMS)(6-17-2015) Looking forward to the rest of my life with this amazing girl. https://t.co/EuGZbCVynM — Dale Earnhardt Jr. […]

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Virginia opens up 70 miles of highway for driverless car testing

Virginia opens up 70 miles of highway for driverless car testing

on June 9, 2015, 7:44 AM / in National News

by Mariella Moon  / engadget.com Google and other companies developing self-driving vehicles now have another state to consider for public road testing: Virginia. It has earmarked 70 miles of highway in the northern part of the state — now called the “Virginia Automated Corridors” — for the project, which will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Any […]

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A WELL PLANNED LIFE?

A WELL PLANNED LIFE?

on June 4, 2015, 6:06 AM / in Bedtime Stories

Two women met for the first time since their graduating from high school. One asked the other, “You were always so organized in school, Did you manage to live a well planned life? “Oh yes,” said her friend. “First, I married a millionaire, then to an actor. My third marriage was to a preacher and now I’m married to an […]

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Dominator Spreading Love of Cars

Dominator Spreading Love of Cars

on June 3, 2015, 6:01 AM / in NASCAR

The thing that brings the most pride to Joe “Dominator” Woods about being a part of the show “Street Outlaws” has nothing to do with win lights or where he ranks in the Oklahoma City Top 10 and has everything to do with providing automotive inspiration. “My whole goal with the show wasn’t about the street racing part of it,” […]

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Safeco Insurance Co. Fined $95,000 for Shortchanging Montana Auto Accident Victims

Safeco Insurance Co. Fined $95,000 for Shortchanging Montana Auto Accident Victims

on June 2, 2015, 8:19 AM / in National News

by BodyShop Business Staff Writers / bodyshopbusiness.com The office of Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen announced that Safeco Insurance Co. has agreed to pay a $95,000 fine and rebate dozens of Montanans to resolve a dispute in which the company was allegedly shortchanging Montana auto accident victims. Safeco was accused of paying its own insurance customers – and the […]

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Do you Remember The 1963 Pontiac Tempest

Do you Remember The 1963 Pontiac Tempest

on June 2, 2015, 8:15 AM / in News

By John Gunnell  / Speedville.com H/T to Gary…. The all-new ’63 Pontiac Tempest was one of GM’s “senior compacts,” alongside the Chevy II, Buick Special and Olds F-85. The other cars were more conventional than the Tempest, which retained the “rope” drive shaft and transaxle arrangement used in 1961-’62. The Tempest also offered a unique Indy Four – essentially half of a […]

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Gambler’s Races Added to Outlaw Event

Gambler’s Races Added to Outlaw Event

on May 30, 2015, 7:39 AM / in NASCAR

Memphis International Raceway (MIR) has added a new wrinkle to the Catch the Outlaws weekend on June 5-6. In addition for the chance to see the stars of the show “Street Outlaws” – Doc, Dominator, Derek and Monza – for two nights, on Saturday, June 6, Box and No Box Gambler’s Races have been added with a total purse of […]

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Automaker claims to digital copyright laws could affect aftermarket and DIY repairs

Automaker claims to digital copyright laws could affect aftermarket and DIY repairs

on April 28, 2015, 8:24 AM / in National News

Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Automakers trying to use copyright law to prevent vehicle owners, aftermarket suppliers and independent mechanics from tinkering with electronic control units should be careful what they wish for. Lobbying group Auto Alliance wants to do just that as the U.S. Copyright Office holds triennial hearings on exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s technological provisions, Autoblog […]

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New Car Pays Off for Reed

New Car Pays Off for Reed

on April 28, 2015, 8:18 AM / in NASCAR

From Memphis International Speedway While most people try their best to maintain that new car smell, Mitch Reed would be tickled if he’s able keep his new car performance going as long as possible. Reed won both ends of the 2nd Hand Power Stock/SS combo doubleheader at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) on Saturday making him the only driver to double […]

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Miss. Attorney General Files Suit Against State Farm

Miss. Attorney General Files Suit Against State Farm

on April 25, 2015, 9:34 AM / in National News

Attorney General Jim Hood, who recently implored U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate auto insurers and steering practices, has filed suit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company in the Circuit Court of Hinds County. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for losses that the State of Mississippi suffered as a result of an alleged scheme by State Farm […]

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Richmond Dragway: April 19 Summit Racing Pro-AM Tour Presented By AMSOIL

Richmond Dragway: April 19 Summit Racing Pro-AM Tour Presented By AMSOIL

on April 21, 2015, 8:42 AM / in NASCAR

IHRA Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL competitors patiently waited out the bad weather at Richmond Dragway in Sandston, Virginia, in order to complete one race of a weekend doubleheader. Anthony Walton of Jacksonville, North Carolina, cut a perfect light — .0000 reaction time – to defeat Thomas Fletcher of upstate New York in the Stock final. 1/8-MILE FINAL ELIMINATION […]

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Jet Cars Add Fire to Super Chevy Show

Jet Cars Add Fire to Super Chevy Show

on April 9, 2015, 7:19 AM / in NASCAR

Posted by Gary Thompson via Memphis International Raceway MILLINGTON, Tenn. (April 8) – It’s hard not to be the center of attention when you drive a car that belches smoke and spits fire. Of all the ways to excite the crowd at the Super Chevy Show the jet cars that are part of the Pro Show do the best job […]

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