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Tuatara Supercar Breaks Land-Speed Record! (And the driver’s psyche.)

Oliver Webb, race car driver and current trauma victim, was shaking in front of the Tuatara supercar. With the help of SSC CEO Jerod Shelby, Webb had just broken the land speed record with an entry of 316.11 mph. Not that that was the upsetting part. The upsetting part was nearly being knocked over by a gust of wind coming in at 331 mph. The car only shifted a lane but it still was too rough for Webb. The driver was so emotional, he muttered to Shelby “I’m done. I can do no more.” True, Webb may have bested Koenigsegg and Bugatti alike but at what cost if the whole event has seemingly shellshocked the driver?

SSC Tuatara had been driven on a seven-mile spread of asphalt on State Route 160. This happened on Saturday, almost a year after it was originally meant to take place. And no, it wasn’t because of corona virus. Not only because the pandemic hadn’t impacted the states yet, but really because the Department of Transportation were shutting down SR 160. For anticipation of paving new areas of the highway.

Skip to today, Webb, a 29-year old Brit, was about to take on the challenge of beating the land speed record with the Tuatara. He did so in three passes. The first pass, he made it to 287 mph. The second pass, he hit 301 mph. Thirdly, that pass would be his most treacherous as a gust of wind nearly knocked him over.

Even with the maintenance checks and the temp checks and the satellite tracking, no one on the team could’ve predicted. Still, there it was. The proof in the pudding. The devil in the details.

The Tuatara supercar had broken the land-speed record at 316 miles.

Finally, we aren’t driven by Oliver Webb, but we can certainly ship your car in an expedited speed, as a rival only to the Tuatara. Call us or visit our site for a free quote!

Ex-United Auto Workers President Pleads Guilty in Embezzlement Scheme

Dennis Williams, the former president of the United Auto Workers, has pleaded guilty Wednesday, September 30th to an embezzlement scheme. So much for being known “for his good company reputation.” What can we learn from the cautionary tale? Karma is your reward for “dirty deeds hardly done cheaply at expense of others!”

Williams said he suspicions the union dues were being used for golf, lodging, and fancy meals. But he “deliberately looked away” and enjoyed the “spoils” of bounty.

The big takeaway that Mr. Williams not the first person in this esteemed position to abuse his power. In fact, Dennis Williams is the latest senior leader at the UAW to plead guilty in the government’s investigation of corruption in the union’s upper ranks.

As it turns out, his successor as president, Gary Jones, pleaded guilty in June. The United Auto Workers suffers from the plague afflicted by self-entitled fat cats nibbling at the capitalist catnip.

Hard-Working Men and Women of The UAW

“As I have often said, the hard-working men and women of the UAW deserve so much better,” said Steven D’Antuono, head of the FBI in Detroit. We all know how hard the “little people” at the bottom work.

Dennis Williams Started at the United Auto Workers as a Welder and Became President

Initially, Williams joined the United Auto Workers as a welder in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1977. From there, he rose to become secretary-treasurer and eventually became president from 2014 until he retired in 2018.

Dennis Williams, 67, was accused of conspiring with others to cover up the source of cash which included for boozy meals, premium cigars, golf and lodging in Palm Springs, California.

The union’s Region 5 leadership, which was based in Missouri and headed by Jones, would hold weeklong retreats in Palm Springs. Jones would invite Williams along. He said he stayed beyond “what my union business required.”

Not so innocent? Williams told a judge he would wonder if there was a misuse of money. Yet, Jones told him “everything was above board.”

Fatal Mistake, No Conscience, Catholics Appear like Saints to Next This “Guy”

“I made the deliberate and conscious decision not to press the matter. Instead, I could have investigated the source of these funds or directed my staff to do so,” Williams said, appearing in court by video conference from California.

“It was within my power and duty as a UAW officer to do so. But I deliberately looked away.” That is beyond unfortunate and very stupid.

More than $53,000 in union money went to rent a villa for Williams for monthslong stays in 2015-18, according to a court filing. Williams faces a likely prison sentence of 18 to 24 months. Palm Springs is no vacation when you are spending time in a penitentiary.

“I want to close by apologizing to this court, to my family, and to each and every hard-working UAW member paying dues,” Williams said. Dennis, it’s a little too late, my friend.

The Detroit-based United Auto Works has about 400,000 members. It represents workers at Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford Motor.

The union said Williams has repaid $55,000 in inappropriate travel expenses. In addition, the United Auto Workers is selling a lakefront house built for him at a union conference center in northern Michigan. So much for the high life, Dennis…

Williams put “self-interest above that of our members and this union,” the UAW said Wednesday.

More United Auto Workers Officials Plead Guilty

Eleven union officials and a late official’s spouse have pleaded guilty since 2017, although not all the crimes were in connection. The first wave of convictions, which included some Fiat Chrysler employees, involved taking money from a Fiat Chrysler-UAW training center in Detroit.

GMC: EV Hummer Moves Sideways!

The GMC Hummer EV is about to be revealed on October 20th. Just in time for the spooky season!

By reading the title, you probably can take a guess as to why we mentioned spooky season. The new Hummer has the capability of moving sideways! This spectacular feature is respectfully called ‘crab mode.’

Crab mode basically uses all four wheels. They all move in the same direction by utilizing the rear-wheel-steering function.

This is something that people only think of in their minds. Yet, GMC is delivering this weird feature. The image of a car moving side-to-side can’t really form in our minds, however.

According to GMC, the feature is for off-road driving to help maneuverability. Much like the Rivian R1T’s “tank turn” feature, GMC better deliver something smooth.

GMC originally wanted to reveal this vehicle in May but was delayed. The actual deliveries of the GMC Hummer EV will begin in the fall of next year. HUMMER BUMMER!

But we understand with the pandemic that’s going on. At least they make it up with this feature we can’t stop thinking about.

Although we can’t really think of a reason for a car to operate diagonally. But then we must ask ourselves, why not?

Maybe it can help get out of mud with more ease? Or actually be able to drive on rougher grounds like sand? Interesting!

Speaking of sand, the new teaser video shows the electric truck driving on a beach. Sweet move. That answers some more questions.

On top of the reveal, you’ll be able to make a reservation for the Hummer pickup on the same date. GMC is also expecting to make an SUV version that may have these functions as the Hummer EV.

Definitely stay tuned with GMC for more updates!

Vert-A-Pack: How Car Shipping Optimized Space

Vert-A-Pack is a phrase that doesn’t get enough credit. There are a number of reasons why you haven’t heard of it, but it changed car shipping forever.

Back in the 70’s Chevy was trying to figure out a way to ship cars more effectively. While the traditional methods would work so long as production was lower, higher productions vehicles such as the doomed Chevy Vega would need to get to showrooms and auto sellers at a quicker pace.

The traditional route would be able to ship 12-18 cars depending on the size of the vehicle. The price of shipping vehicles is high. The company decided to revolutionize how cars are shipped via railways.

The traditional methods such as utilizing truck transports and open car carriers left a lot of cars under the threat of thievery and damage. It was up to the engineers at Chevy and GM to develop a safer, more effective and cost-efficient way to get cars to the dealerships.

Vert-A-Pack Becomes The New Standard

Where the traditional method was able to ship up to 18 cars (for compact cars) the new method could ship up to 24. The process was also an absolute shift. Instead of loading the vehicles on and having them stationary, the new methods introduce shipping the vehicles from the nose-down.

Now, many people would look at this and say that it might not be good for the cars to sit nose-down for long periods of time, and for the most part, they would be right, but then again, cars are durable – especially during the 70’s.

While the debut of these shipping methods were in dawning at the same time as the Vega, the car did not live up to the hype and quickly became known as one of the worst cars in history. Still, the methods used to ship reshaped auto shipping for years to come.

NASCAR Drivers: 4 of the All-Time Greatest

Can you name some of the most accomplished NASCAR Drivers of all time? Go ahead and pick the four names you think rank at the top of the list. Then compare below to see some crazy stats! These guys just win, win, win.

Top 4 NASCAR Drivers and Their Victories

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson hails from El Cajon, California. He fell in love with racing at the age of four. Thus began a lifelong passion and successful career. He won Rookie of the Year in several racing series before he eventually switched over to NASCAR. Jimmie Johnson was the first racer to collect five consecutive championship titles. In the other four races of his first nine seasons with NASCAR, he placed in the top five point standings. He is the only driver to qualify for every Chase for the Sprint Cup. In total, he has 55 career wins and 25 poles. And he’s still driving!

Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Racing ran in his family, as his father was one of the best short-track drivers in the states. Despite winning a NASCAR Championship in 1956, Ralph Earnhardt did not like the idea of his son pursuing a similar career. Still, nothing could keep Dale away. He amassed seven titles and 76 Cup wins throughout his career. Sadly, he died in a last-lap crash during the Daytona 500 in February of 2001. He lives on in the NASCAR Hall of Fame as of 2010. You may know him as “Ironhead”, “The Intimidator,” or “The Man in Black.”

David Pearson

David Pearson lived the first part of his life in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Many of his contemporaries considered him the be a “model of efficiency.” Friends and fellow drivers described him as being not-too-flashy but very, very fast. When Pearson showed up, he won. He totaled 105 victories throughout his career. Even running a partial schedule, he took home three Cup titles (’66, ’68, ’69). He came out with 113 pole positions, second only to one other man. Of the man that beat him in this regard, Pearson said: “I always felt that if I beat him I beat the best, and I heard he said the same thing about me.”

Richard Petty

Maybe you already knew Pearson was talking about Richard Petty. Petty had similarly kind things to say about Pearson. “It didn’t hurt as bad to lose to Pearson as it did to some of the others, because I knew how good he was.”

Rick Petty was born in Level Cross, North Carolina, to a NASCAR legacy family. His father, Lee Petty, won the very first Daytona 500. Richard Petty’s son, grandson, and brother all drove as well. Being so surrounded by the NASCAR bug, is it any wonder that he was such a pro? Petty took home seven Cup championships, 200 Cup wins, and 123 Cup poles. He has the most wins in a season (27), most career starts of all time (1,027), the most consecutive wins (10), and the most Daytona 500 wins (seven).

So if you were wondering why so many fans call him “The King”, now you know.

Mustang Car Club of Omaha Excited For September Show

The Mustang Car Club of Omaha (or MCCO) looks forward to getting back to business after pushing its 2019 show for a full year. Last September, bad weather delayed the event. Will Covid-19 postpone the 40th Annual Show yet again?

September 22, 2019 vowed to be a fun-filled day for Omaha families. Local Mustang fans planned to gather for MCCO’s 40th Annual Show in the Hy-Vee Parking Lot. The organization had offered 39 classes and kid-friendly events for locals to enjoy. For eight hours, enthusiasts planned to “ooh and aah” over classic cars while enjoying each other’s company. Weather put a damper on plans that year, though. And so MCCO rescheduled the show for September of 2020.

But big events are up against a new obstacle this year: the coronavirus. Covid-19 has hampered large gatherings all across the globe. Thankfully, Douglas County’s statistics show there is room for optimism. Though the region saw a spike in Mid-May, active cases have since been declining. But can Omaha keep their numbers down? And can the MCCO find a safe way to host their event?

Mustang Car Club Celebrations

The MCCO hosts events throughout the year for its members. Most of their parties and shows are open to children and reasonably priced. If we judge based off of last year’s schedule for the 40th Annual Show, this year’s comeback promises to be a hit.

The 2019 event was meant to feature a car show judged by popular vote. Voters could award “Best of show”, “interior”, “paint/exterior”, and “engine compartment” awards based on their favorites. The show hoped to celebrate 69/70 Mustangs in particular. It would have offered 39 classes for Mustangs and Classic Fords. Children had Hot Wheels races to look forward to.

But hope is not lost. And often, the anticipation leading up to something makes us want it more. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. So when everyone reconvenes this fall, the joy will be all the greater.

Nissan GTR 50 Is Now A Reality

The Nissan GTR is one of the most iconic and rare muscle cars ever. Previous iterations of the car were not permitted within the US due to the design and emissions, but the new GTR 50 looks absolutely stunning.

A Complete Redesign For 50 Years

The new design comes in light of the vehicles 50th birthday. To date, the Nissan GTR as well as the Skyline have been one of Japans most prominent racing vehicles.

The Nissan GTR Hokosuka

The Hokosuka is one of the most prominent Skyline models. Back in the early 60’s this was for the Japanese market as Fords Mustang was for America. This vehicle proved that not only could Japan manufacture and produce high-performance racing vehicles, but that they could do it better.

1970s Nissan Skyline GT-R

The 70s saw the GT-R restyled and delivering far more power. Its new look was to compete with American powerhouses such as Ford, Chevy, and Dodge. The redesign took the aspect of muscle cars of the day and reforged them to produce a far greater extent of power as well as performance in both handling and braking.

The Nissan GT-R R34

The R34 took the latter half of the ’90s. Especially when it was driven by Paul Walker in the opening race of 2 Fast 2 Furious. This was the car that sparked the interest in Americans looking at what the Japanese markets could do. Once the pre-teens that are now car guys realized this car wasn’t available in America, it quickly became one of the most sought after for conversions.

The Skyline GTR 50

The new Skyline features not only just a complete redesign, but it also boasts a 711 hp engine. It has some of the best possible engineerings that the company could put into a vehicle. Not a bad looking (and performing) car for turning 50 years old.

NASA Chopper Has New Name

NASA has been in the works on developing an aircraft to fly in the atmosphere of Mars. The project follows up with the rover project where robotic cars have been evaluating the surface for signs of life.

NASA’s Copter Is Named “Ingenuity”

The helicopter’s purpose is to travel in the thin amount of air of Mars. The name was selected thanks to 17-year-old Vaneeza Rupani. The young space enthusiast had her name chosen out of 28,000 entries.

NASA had this to say:

“The ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome the challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us all to experience the wonders of space exploration,” Rupani wrote in her essay, according to a news release by NASA. “Ingenuity is what allows people to accomplish amazing things, and it allows us to expand our horizons to the edges of the universe,”.

NASA Ingenuities Intention

The small helicopter is in development to give aerial support to future explorations. An examination from both the ground and the sky means that NASA can examine a whole spectrum that could not be accessed before. From wind speeds to higher levels of altitude, the copter will shed more insights into the inner workings of Mars.

From science-fiction to reality, technology has been able to achieve the impossible. Men walk on the Moon, rovers roam the lands. Now, the first-ever helicopter provides information as to the living conditions of the red planet.

For enthusiastic bird watchers, they might feel disappointment. For those who seek to expand their knowledge on Mars, the information can be unlimited. Space exploration is taking another huge step in delivering the adequate readings to further mankind.

May the new helicopter deliver us into a new age of information regarding our very own solar system. The possibilities are here to provide endless speculation…until its proven.

Japan: Robots Replace Graduates

Japan has had to make some dramatic changes to how it goes about continuing with traditional procedures. Take, for instance, graduating. Across the country, graduation ceremonies have been canceled. The typical ceremony for those who have worked hard to graduate and further their education has been put to the side due to COVID-19. For other schools, they have found a way to work around this: Robots.

Japan Uses “NewMe” Robots To Give Students Their Ceremony

The “NewMe” robot is a specialized robot that many businesses utilize for work conferences. Now, they have found a new use: Providing students with their hard-earned respect from their teachers and administrations.

The robots are of a simple design. Consisting of few battery operated wheels with a pole attached to the top for a tablet or iPad. Students call into each tablet by Skype, Google Hangouts or many other options which allows them to see their teachers and staff give them praise for their accomplishments.

Adoption Into Other School Programs

For many students, the thought of finally achieving what they have so long sought after in their education is one of the most important part of their lives. Due to current events stemming from the global pandemic, many schools have opted to introduce this method in order to give students the praise and respect that they deserve.

Working hard and dedicating your future to the success of your education is what many hope to achieve when they start school. When they finish, they have achieved something not many others have. The ability to acknowledge and show praise for those completing this goal is important. This shows that bright young students receive the right acknowledgment of their self-discipline and determination.

Although this is temporary, this method has been able to provide a sense of hope and accomplishment to those who are under self-isolation practices. It shows that everyday, things can shine a little brighter.

How Trucking Fights COVID-19

The trucking industry has seen its fair share of hits over the past couple of years. The current trucking crisis on top of current events has been a hard hit for many. Still, the trucking industry acts as a lifeline for shipped goods to make it to shelves across the country. Without trucks transporting across the country, many citizens will not be able to obtain the necessary goods for their homes in this time of self-isolation.

Trucking Provides Necessity

As healthcare workers, police, fire departments, and many other public service members do their part to ensure the betterment of everyone, so do truckers.

While many can end the day with their families, truckers are often away for long periods of time. The cause for concern is thus both an added concern for many truckers and a staple in why they are important.

Filling shelves in order to provide the public with masks, hand sanitizer, other cleaning materials and, of course, food is important for the day to day lives of many under self-isolation.

No matter if you are in a crowded city or a rural town, the impact of the Coronavirus has hit all forms of life. Many small companies are relying on truckers to deliver the essentials for them to stay open. No matter how things are handled, the world still requires skilled truck drivers to navigate the roads and deliver supplies to families.

To The Folks In The Industry: Thank You

Truck drivers do not receive the same admiration as many others in this time of emergency. This is the big shout out to you guys. We understand that you might have families back home that depend on your safe arrival. We also understand that, due to the current concerns, it may present even more challenges. Your skills and ability are deeply appreciated across the country. Our staff here asks that all truck drivers and their families be safe and secure while on the road and at home.

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