Talking About Rat Rods

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Then, couple those 500 hp specs with the niche’s bare essentials styling, and the power-to-weight ratio of some of these cars is excellent. They’re also not easy to drive. In fact, the idea is that the harder it is to drive, the better the rat rod.

These are some of the aforementioned rat rods built by the crew of the show ‘Vegas Rat Rods‘, premiering April 17 on Discovery Canada.

And this is Twiggy, the female star of the show, whom I interviewed for the column, and great Canadian girl.




The Fuel Economy Ratings are Changing

Moving from 2 cycles of tests to 5 cycles.

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Or read it counter-clockwise.

It’s good this is happening, because these laboratory, perfect-enviroment tests are unattainable for the average driver.

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The air conditioning is switched off, as are all the features and aids, the car is kept as light as possible, and the professional driver is using a very fuel-conscious driving style, which requires deep focus and concentration, and a style I’m not convinced we always drive with.

This also means that in a dealership, a 2014 model could be beside an almost identical 2015, but with a big discrepancy in ratings, like this:



The Mystery of the Checkered Flag

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One of my best columns in a while. Gets a * on the index page.

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Guys I found a hole in the internet. Why does such a pervasive recognized pattern have such a small footprint? 

Also haha, that’s my scarf that got printed.



A reader emailed me his theory, it’s really good; Bruce might be onto something…

As all cameras in the early years were in black and white, the chequered flag really stood out. Solid colors were hard to differentiate in pictures and T.V.

The same reason referees in football and hockey wear striped black and white. In the days of b/w T.V.’s the patterns stood out and you could tell who was who, and what was going on.



All New Cars now have a “Black Box”

All new 2014 vehicles now ship with a an EDR – Event Data Recorder, or, “black box”. It constantly records information while the car is in motion, but only saves it in the event of a crash, a few seconds in total.

The EDR records: vehicle speed and acceleration, throttle and brake positions, ignition cycles, seat belt usage, velocity changes throughout a collision, and airbag deployment.

More sophisticated EDRs are arriving, also recording GPS data, seat position, steering, and continuously saving the information.

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My Prediction – EDRs & Car Insurance -  2nd last paragraph

“I predict insurance companies will start to use the data, something like, “connect your EDR to our system, and reduce your monthly cost by paying for insurance only when you drive!”

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Here comes the “Connected Car”. It’s going to be huge guys.