Hot Wheels? Fun. Car chases? Fun. Treadmills? Decidedly *not* fun.
Well, except when you combine them with those first two things. Because we’re not sure anything is more whimsical and fun than four tiny whips jostling for pole position on a speeding treadmill belt.
Here’s a cool find, that may come in handy…Alphabetical Glossary of Automotive Terms.
Rather than replicate it here, let’s just link to it and then provide you with a funny picture to look at.
Here is some common auto mechanic slang:
It’s unfortunate when someone’s temper ends in death, but we can’t really blame the road as much as the temper. The story below makes it clear that we can’t let our rage out without paying a price. For tips on keeping out of this sort of situation, we’ve posted this article on avoiding road rage.
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In what one sheriff in Florida is calling a “classic stand-your-ground case,” a man arguing with his girlfriend over text messages was shot dead after he was captured on dash cam video threatening an Uber driver, who he thought was driving the woman home.
“This is a justifiable homicide all day long. You have a right to protect yourself. … This was the intent of the law,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a news conference Wednesday detailing Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Jason Boek, 34, of Winter Haven, Florida.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, a woman named Jasmine Meazel had too much to drink at a bar in Dundee, and called an Uber car to take her home. When it arrived, another woman, named Jessica Mazzarella, helped Meazel out of the bar and put her into the car. The two woman did not know each other.
Uber driver Robert Westlake, 38, then set out to take Meazel to her destination.
Police said that in the meantime, Mazzarella, who stayed at the bar, was having an ongoing text conversation with Boek, an “on-again, off-again boyfriend” whom Judd described Wednesday as “explosive.”
Judd said that the two had a “rocky” relationship and that Boek thought Mazzarella had gotten into the Uber car. In text messages released by authorities, it appears that Boek and Mazzarella were at the bar together, and then he left.
Although Mazzarella thought he’d left, he tells her via texts that he’s been outside the bar the whole time, saw her get into the Uber and was now going to do the Uber driver harm.
“You know I’m watching every move right now,” Boek said in text messages. “I’ve been watching you the whole time. … I see y’all. … I’m going to f— both of y’all up.”
Boek located the Uber car on the road and started to tailgate Westlake, according to authorities. Boek rode alongside Westlake for a couple of seconds before finally pulling his truck in front of the Uber and hitting the brakes around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.
In Westlake’s Uber dash cam video, Boek can be seen exiting the truck with something dark in his right hand. The dash cam video shows Boek pointing the object toward Westlake’s vehicle as Westlake asks: “I say somethin’?”
Boek responded, “You know I got a pistol? You want me to f—— shoot you?”
Westlake, who is a concealed weapon permit holder and previously worked as a security guard in Orlando, took out a gun and shot Boek once in the chest, according to police.
“Oh my God,” both Westlake and the passenger can be heard saying on the dash cam video after the shooting.
In a 911 call, Westlake told the dispatcher that he fired one shot from his pistol and was now applying pressure to Boek’s wound.
“He ran me off road. Jumped out of his vehicle. I couldn’t get away. He came towards me shouting he’s got a pistol, reached for his waistband. I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped his cell phone. I kicked it away. I didn’t realize it was a cell phone at first,” Westlake told the 911 operator.
It’s time for our second installment in our newest series–
Sponsored by Sir Bunch Writing. Of course, The Kicker Blog is always sponsored by Tire Kickers, where an expert can travel to the car you want to buy and establish the safety and value of the vehicle before you decide to pay for it.
(Editors Note: Tomorrow is Juneteenth in many States. The Kicker would like to honor everyone who’s free at last. Let us never take our liberty for granted and may we all march forward toward peace and a bright, unified future.)
Here’s a just-for-fun post we found at a site called Brittish Car Terminology.
|British term||American term|
|actuator||switch or servo|
|Artic||‘artic’ulated lorry=semi tractor-trailer|
|baulk ring||synchro ring (transmission synchromesh)|
|choke tube||venturi (carb)|
|core plug||freeze plug|
|crocodile clip||alligator clip|
|crosshead screw||Phillips head screw|
|crown wheel||ring gear(gear in differential)|
|cubby box||glove box or glove compartment|
|drive shaft||half shaft or axle shaft to wheel|
|drop-head coupe||convertible (version of 2 door coupe, see roadster)|
|dumpy screwdriver||short screwdriver|
|fixed-head coupe||2 door coupe|
|Gallon (Imperial)||4.5 US Quarts|
|gudgeon pin||wrist pin|
|jointing compound||gasket sealant|
|mole wrench||Vice grips|
|Ministry of Transport||Department of Transportation|
|MOT (see above)||DOT (see above)|
|near side||left side.|
|nose||front of car|
|off side||right side.|
|pinking||knocking or pinging|
|prop shaft||drive shaft|
|prise||pry(apply force with a lever, pry-bar, crow-bar, screwdriver)|
|proud||raised, stands above surrounding surface.|
|quarterlight||vent window – small, usually ‘triangular’ side window|
|reversing lights||back-up lights|
|ring gear||flywheel gear, or starter gear (shrink fit onto the flywheel)|
|roadster||convertible (car that comes only with a soft-top, usually a minimalist, manual, Erector-Set top*|
|roundabout||rotary, traffic circle|
|RoStyle||type of steel wheel (as opposed to wire)|
|saloon||‘sedan’,2 or 4 door|
|side curtains||removable side windows, usually flexible plastic.|
|shooting brake||station wagon|
|split pin||cotter pin|
|spring washer||split lock washer (as opposed to star washer)|
|squab||part of seat|
|suction advance||vacuum advance|
|thrust bearing||throwout bearing|
|top gear||high gear|
|trunnion||sliding or rotating joint (suspension) (pin in bore)|
|wanker||someone who hacks on their car — usually clueless|
|wheel nut||lug nut|
|Whitworth||British thread standard (size denotes hex head size)|
We gave Andy the day off to celebrate and decided to post a bonus cool car video for your entertainment. Enjoy!
There are two dates that matter, the date range when studded tires are allowed and the date when they are prohibited. The idea is that bad weather can last later in some years than others. Some states do choose to make a special provision, like Georgia, which only allows studs some years but generally prohibits them.
Most states that allow studs provide a little flexibility by having a second date after the allowed date range that represents when it’s actually prohibited. That’s the date when they’re going to start handing out fines.
States that prohibit Studded Tires entirely (obviously not needed):
Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, and Texas.
States that prohibit Studded Tires entirely (that surprised us):
Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
Below is the best information we could find about studded tires by state. This information comes from Washington State Department of Transportation–be sure to look up your local state Department of Transportation. Also, some cities have statutes that are different than the state. According to AAA.com most states begin passing out fines for driving with studded tires on April 2nd.