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The 1,000HP Gen III Hemi 1970 Dodge Challenger Dream Car

For some, Super Stock and "Super Stalk" might as well be one in the same. For others however, both are distinctly different, yet equally heroic endeavors. In NHRA Super Stock, the Big Three dumped ludicrous stacks of money to build factory ringers for bragging rights and bragging rights alone. This results in cool stuff like 9,000-rpm hydraulic roller small-blocks that run 9-second e.t.'s. By contrast, "super stalk" describes one man's quest…
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When should you consider synthetic oil?

Many automakers require owners to use synthetic motor oil in their cars' engines. This is because synthetic oil has some advantages over conventional motor oil. It's designed to be more effective at:

Resisting break-down, and thus lasts longer than mineral oil

Withstanding high temperatures

Flowing in cold temperatures, thus reducing engine wear during frigid startups.

However, synthetic motor oil can cost two to four times as much as regular oil. So unless your owner's manual specifies synthetic, you don't need it. But Consumer Reports' chief mechanic says there are some situations where synthetic oil's resistance to…
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The 6 Worst Towing Mistakes

Summer is in full swing and that means roads full of vacationers towing their homes-away-from-home behind them. If you plan to be one of them, make sure to avoid these common towing mistakes -- you'll enjoy your trip much more and so will the people driving behind you.

1. Not knowing your ratings

Your tow vehicle (the vehicle doing the towing) can only carry and haul so much weight. Overloading your tow vehicle, trailer, or both can cause a whole host of problems like failing brakes, broken suspensions, overheated transmissions, or blown-out tires. None of these things make for happy…
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12 Pickups That Revolutionized Truck Design

Trucks are thought of by many as being crude, primitive, agricultural implements with a bouncy ride and poor fuel economy--and they're considered by the hybrid-driving elites as being generally inferior transportation implements. But if you live in a wood-frame house, have had plumbing or electrical work done, or have filled your tank with gasoline--among many other modern-day conveniences--you can thank pickups for facilitating the "American way of life."

Whether from a standpoint of head-turning good looks, historical significance, or impressive engineering, we've picked out 12 pickups from the past century that changed the pickup game for the better…
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2016 Nissan Maxima First Test Review

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is NOT a four-door Miata, so join me in ignoring the car's 4DSC (four-door sports car) marketing references straight away. Once you do, you're left with a damned good SPMS?a semi-premium midsize sedan. For a front-drive car with a $30,000-$40,000 price range, the quick 2016 Maxima is a high-quality package that should find favor with drivers who prioritize fun over the superior rear-seat and trunk space of Nissan's competitors. The CVT helps the Maxima stand out in a good way, an interesting turnaround considering we deemed the CVT in…
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V10 Dodge Challenger revealed: 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak

The much-rumored race-only V-10 powered rear-wheel drive 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak was unveiled on October 1, featuring an 8.4-liter, 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission, launched at the Dodge Viper Owner?s Invitational in Salt Lake City, with later appearances scheduled for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-5, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando from Dec. 9-11.Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, said: ?With the introduction of our new 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, Mopar will be the only place to get a factory-built…
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AAA travel and safety tips for the 4th of July weekend

Since gas prices this Independence Day are about a dollar cheaper than last year, many people are planning to travel out of state.

"We're going to see 35.5 million people hitting the road to drive to their destination, which is an increase from last year. 41 million people will be traveling in total, so there is going to be a lot of people on the road." said Crissy Gray, the AAA District Office Supervisor in Charleston, WV.

If you plan on traveling our of town for the 4th of July, it's important to remember to check your…
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Veterans can take advantage of Fireworks-Free Fourth of July at 12 Michigan State Parks

LANSING ? For veterans looking for a quieter Fourth of July celebration, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making 12 state parks fireworks free this year.

"While fireworks are a traditional Fourth of July festivity, some veterans and others prefer a calmer celebration with a little less excitement," said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. "We are pleased to honor our veterans and offer that opportunity in several of our beautiful state parks." ?

Taking place from July 3 through July 5, the Fireworks-Free Fourth of July is a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the DNR…
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Cars & Pet Safety: How To Keep Dogs Safe In The Heat

Dogs are beloved pets that frequently travel with their owners on outings and everyday errands. But when the temperatures climb during the summer and early autumn months, exiting the car and leaving Fido behind can quickly become a deadly situation for the dog.

How bad could it get? Here are some examples of outside/inside closed automobile temperatures from Red Rover, citing a study by the Animal Protection Institute.

Outside, the temperature may be 82 degrees Fahrenheit at 9:00 a.m., but inside the car the reading could be 109 degrees. At noon, the outside temperature in summer could…
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