eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

Trigger Happy Hero May Finally Face Charges

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Hero Cop Patrick Feaster shot and (eventually) killed Andrew Thomas after a DUI crash on Thanksgiving. Feaster was following a vehicle he witnessed drive from a tavern with its headlights off. Before Feaster could conduct the stop the car crashed into the median and wrecked. The passenger, Thomas’s wife, was ejected and died at the scene. Feaster,…

Take Your Pick of the “Isms”

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Is this con really going to sell… again? The neo-con intellectual Francis Fukuyama claimed the “end of history” after the fall of the Soviet Union. The ascendance – in perpetuity – of authoritarian democracy (there can be no other kind) as the new order of the ages. But based on last night’s political happenings, it appears…

Manual Transmissions: Tomorrow’s 8-Tracks?

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There are two things pushing the manual transmission off the stage – or at least, off to the sidelines: First, there is government pressure – lots of it – that’s got the car companies sweating nights to figure out ways to make what they make use less gas while still delivering what car buyers (most of…

2016 Nissan Maxima

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Toyota’s got the Avalon … for people who want a larger, nicer Camry. That’s more or less the role the Maxima has played lately in Nissan’s lineup. In theory, it’s the car for people who want something a bit more than the Altima offers, especially performance and style-wise … but not quite as much as…

Help Me Gimp “Restoration Pro”

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This Restoration Pro dude continues to steal every article I write – without permission, without even using my byline. It is infuriating. I have tried without success to contact the dick who owns Restoration Pro – some dick named Sean O. This dick apparently created or had someone create a web site – Restoration Pro –…

Cheap Gas… Big Problems

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Some happy news: Gas is officially cheaper than it’s ever been. In my area – southwest Virginia – it is about $1.59 per gallon as of Feb. 7. Of this, about 60 cents (18.4 cents federal, 36 cents state)  is taxes, so the actual gas costs about $1 right now. Back in 1967, the low water…

Hey, Restoration Pro!

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Your thieving – your stealing other people’s work – has been reported far and wide. I just contacted Salon to let them know you’ve been stealing their articles, too. Maybe you’d like some more porn? MInd, I haven’t posted these delightful images on your site. I posted them on mine – and you/your bot stole them and reprinted them on…

Crippled For Life By Hero Cyclist Gets Damage Award

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On Wednesday, a federal jury awarded $23.1 million to Dontrell Stephens – an unarmed man shot in the back by a Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff’s deputy back in 2013. Dash-cam video of the incident emerged in April of last year showing Sgt. Adams Lin shooting Stephens four times after he was followed while riding his bicycle in West Palm Beach.…

Yet Another Air Bag Recall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Continental Automotive Systems said it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and three other manufacturers built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an airbag safety crisis. Continental Automotive, a unit of Germany-based Continental AG, told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that…