Winter's here and, like clockwork, everyone's started driving like idiots.
If you recently bought a vehicle with part-time four wheel drive, four wheel drive, all wheel drive or anything else in between, this might be a good time to brush up on what your ride's good for and what you should avoid. Look no further than this video. Unless you really want to. If so, you'd do well to spend some time reading this story by Jalopnik. Read the rest “All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive explained”
Fox News 4 in Dallas reports that a man crashed his truck into the side of its building at least twice "then got out and started ranting."
Read the rest “Man in truck rams Dallas TV station then starts ranting at it”
FOX 4 Reporter Brandon Todd heard what happened and went to investigate. He saw the man through a window.
“You could see the man’s pickup truck, the front of it clearly smashed. One of our employees told me he ran into the side of the building, backed up and then ran into it a second time. When we went into the office we saw him and he was in the bed of his truck and he was throwing boxes into the street and then just grabbing handfuls of paper and throwing handfuls of paper into the street as well,” he said.
Brandon took out his cellphone and started recording the man. When he realized he had an audience he grabbed a few pieces of paper, slammed them up against the window and started pleading his case.
“Originally when he was in the bed of the truck he was yelling out ‘High treason! High treason!’ As he got over to the window he was trying to explain something that involved the Denton County Sheriff’s Department,” Brandon said.
This video of radio-controlled model trucks look like an autonomous Ford Bronco off-roading at the beach. It's actually a Traxxas TRX4 Sport radio-controlled truck that's just 21" in length. Excellent smartphone video shot on a Samsung Galaxy S9+.
(Another RC Channel via Uncrate)
Read the rest “Video of small radio-controlled truck looks surprisingly like real 4x4 off-roading”
The Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors' Kei Truck Garden Contest challenges people to transform the beds of their miniature pickup trucks into lovely mobile gardens. From Spoon & Tamago:
Other than using the kei truck there are very few limitations and landscapers have incorporated everything from benches and aquariums to elements of lighting into their designs. Judges then rank the entries based on planning, expression, design, execution and environment.
See more here.
Read the rest “Beautiful gardens in the back of Japanese mini pickup trucks”
Some models of Russian GAZelle Next commercial vans and trucks have Tetris integrated into the instrument cluster as an Easter egg. Here's the Google translation of the YouTube poster's instructions of how to bring up the game:
1) Turning the ignition on
2) Start a car
3) Three times the right turn signal
4) Two times distant
5) Five times on the clutch
6) raise the speed to 2000
and at that moment we light the arrow to the left
Read the rest “Russian van comes with Tetris built into the dashboard”
This is dekotora (デコトラ), the Japanese maker culture that started in the 1970s of tricking out large trucks with garish lights, Gundam-inspired chrome mods, and eyeball-spanking paint jobs. Read the rest “Disco trucks of Japan”
This summer, BB pal Adam Savage of MythBusters and Tested modified a pick-up truck into a mobile movie theater!
Read the rest “Adam Savage's portable movie theater”
In what feels as tense as Wages of Fear in places, teams of drivers transport wind turbine blades up a steep switchback mountain road.
According to Wind Power Monthly:
The route to the government-sponsored Baoding Mountain Wind Farm is 5.5 km long, and includes 212 turns and slopes as steep as 30 degrees. The journey with each blade took five hours, and the drivers had to negotiate the load through villages with buildings on either side of the road, and high voltage power lines. The blades are 52.4 metres long, and weigh over 12 tons.
• C&C trucks carrying wind turbine blades to the mountaintop (via Wind Power Monthly) Read the rest “Watch trucks drive massive wind turbine blades up a mountain”
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1984 Chevy shorted in great shape with a perfect camouflaged paintjob. 4 wheel drive like new interior, very clean windows. low miles.
Read the rest “Incredible camouflage truck for sale”
Ah, to know that the driver is oblivious to his or her impending doom. This video, said to be of an unfortunate trucker in Saudi Arabia, is almost as good as the legendary truck-scalping bridge of Durham.
Read the rest “A particularly good tall-truck-hits-overhead-sign video”
In this video a semi jumps through the air, over half the length of a football field. Nobody dies. Read the rest “Watch this semi truck jump 160 feet, setting new record”
This is the Gibbs Humdinga, a truck that truly goes off-road, right into the water. Read the rest “Amphibious truck goes off-road, and off-land”
Every Car Listed published some interesting maps about America's gas-guzzling habits. In 42 of 50 states, the most popular vehicle is a pickup truck or SUV. Read the rest “Pickups, SUVs dominate map of most popular vehicles by state”