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Waymo inks deal for Avis to manage self-driving car fleet

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Waymo has reached an agreement for Avis to manage its fleet of autonomous vehicles. It’s the first such deal in a field that’s still fledgling but exploding with partnerships.
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Next-gen BMW X3 to be lighter, offer M Performance trim

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The redesigned 2018 BMW X3 will go on sale at U.S. dealerships in November underpinned by a new architecture and with a new M Performance model.
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GALLERY: Wisconsin Challenge Series at Dells Raceway Park

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Wisconsin Dells, WI- Andrew Morrissey was victorious in the second race of the Wisconsin Challenge Series Saturday night at Dells Raceway Park.  Morrissey made a late pass on Bobby Kendall to collect the win.

Teams and fans were forced to wait out two substantial rain delays throughout the day.  The first put a halt to qualifying, while the second delayed the start of the race program by almost two hours.  However, the wait was well worth while for Morrissey, who patiently picked his way through the field before making the pass on Kendall.  Fast qualifier Dalton Zehr followed Morrissey to the front to finish Second.  Kendall was Third.

Other feature winners on the night included Dave Trute (Sportsman), George Sparkman (Outlaw Bandits), and Riley Stenjem (Legends).

The Wisconsin Challenge Series is a four-race series sanctioned by the United Motorsports Association (UMA).  UMA was formed to unify rules at four central Wisconsin race tracks.  Each track hosts one Challenge Series event.  Dalton Zehr won the first at State Park Speedway.  The next two will take place at Golden Sands Speedway and Marshfield Motor Speedway.





































































































































































































































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Back To The 50’s 2017—A ’64 Falcon With Sixties Personality Wins Best Ford In A Ford

Uncategorized June 25, 2017

Nostalgia is the driving force behind every hot rod build. Whether it’s nostalgia for a long lost car that continues to generate great memories after half a century, or nostalgia for a period of time when life seemed simpler and more fun, this hobby is our way of keeping the good old days alive. For Bill Estridge of Oakdale, Minnesota, those good old days go all the way back to the Sixties when hot rodding made its first impression on him.

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Bill has bought and built a variety of specialty cars since those days. This 1964 Ford Falcon is his most recent. One look at the car is a ticket back in time for anyone old enough to remember those days.

“I was looking for a nice Sixties hot rod,” Bill explained to us when we met him here at Back To The 50’s in St. Paul. His search took place online and ended when Bill found this Falcon Futura two-door hardtop on eBay Motors. He says he purchased the car sight unseen. It was originally from Philadelphia, but had ended up at a dealership in Chicago and in February of 2016, it was shipped to Oakdale. It arrived on an open car hauler in the middle of a snowstorm, covered in road salt, and in dire need of a clean-up, which began immediately.

When the snow melted and the show season came around, Bill was ready. He took the Futura to the Falcon Nationals in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and came home with a trophy for the Modified class. Those judges in Wisonsin may have been impressed by the same thing we were: that Sixties personality that Bill wanted the Falcon to have. Except for a few details like radial tires, a modern Kenwood stereo, and maybe the paint job, Bill’s ’64 was built to looks like a car that could have been found in the driveway of a young gearhead 50 years ago. The car rides on the original suspension and rolls on period-appropriate 15-inch Cragars five spokes. On the inside, the factory instruments are supplemented by a column-mounted tach and an under-dash panel of Sun Pro gauges—with a B&M shifter for shifting the C6. The paint is an attention-getting combination of Orange Burst and Polished Metal.

When Bill started continually chasing oil leaks, he decided to replace the engine. “I wanted a better-built engine for the car and the Ford Performance 302 was my first choice,” he said. Tim Dohm of Lindstrom, Minnesota, built the four-barrel-fed Ford engine for the Falcon. Other upgrades include the Ford 8-inch banjo rearend with a locker and 3.55 gears. Bill says the car is as fast as it looks and he is very happy with the conbimation. In addition to Back To The 50’s where the car was our pick for the STREET RODDER Best Ford In A Ford award, presented by Ford Racing, Bill takes the Falcon to as many smaller local shows around Minnesota and Wisconsin, keeping the old days alive.

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Can Volvo's Polestar performance unit capture that Tesla magic?

Uncategorized June 25, 2017

The spinoff of Polestar could help the new performance brand escape Volvo’s reputation for practicality.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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How Ford turned around its J.D. Power quality ranking

Uncategorized June 25, 2017

The Ford brand achieved its highest initial-quality mark since the J.D. Power study started 30 years ago. Joe Hinrichs credits the turnaround to a series of moves begun in early 2013.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Back To The 50’s 2017—First Report From The Land Of 10,000 Street Rods

Uncategorized June 24, 2017

Forty-four years and counting. That’s a pretty proud run for Back To The 50’s hosted by the Minnesota Street Rod Association, and judging from the event’s continuing success, this is a run that could continue for another 44 without breaking a sweat.

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When the MSRA organized it’s first Back To The 50’s car show in 1974, they were pretty excited about attracting about 150 cars to the Midway Shopping Center in St. Paul. Do you suppose that any of the club members in those days could have anticipated that their event would some day pack to enormous Minnesota State Fairgrounds with three-day performance party that includes some of the country’s best-known builders and aftermarket vendors, worldwide coverage in print and online, and attract 12,000 street rods, customs, sports cars, classic trucks, and and more. Today, Back To The 50’s has earned a reputation as the biggest car show in the world—and continues to be organized and hosted by the dedicated members of the MSRA.

For the last several years, Street Rodder has made it part of our summer tradition to travel to St. Paul to attend Back To The 50’s. The event is a popular stop on our ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tour as well as an important site for the Painless Performance/STREET RODDER Top 100 program. While we’re here, we’ll be picking 10 participant vehicles from this event to add to the list of 2017 Top 100 winners. Check back throughout the weekend to see which 10 cars, earned our award. In addition, we’ll be awarding one car as the Best Ford In A Ford sponsored by Ford Performance—you’ll find that car featured right here as well. But as MSRA has proven, Back To The 50’s isn’t about winning stuff—it’s about having fun and showing off your street rod. We started the weekend on Friday photographing a few of the huge selection of vehicle. This sample is a drop in the bucket compared to what you’d see if you were here in person, but it gives you a taste of the quantity, quality, and diversity that makes up Back To The 50’s. We’ll be posting more throughout the weekend—so check back regularly for updates on all the action from St. Paul.

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MSRA Back to the Fifties Week Road Tour Kick-Off

Uncategorized June 24, 2017

The 2017 ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tour season is out of the gate as the MSRA Back to the Fifties week begins in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Back to the Fifties event, without a doubt, is one of the biggest and most popular rod runs in the nation. Each year over 12,000 pre-1964 vehicles converge on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for some fun, fun, fun … with cars.

For the last few years the Minnesota Street Rod Association has sponsored the ARP/STREET RODDER Back to the Fifties Week Road Tour and it has become one of the most popular tours of the season. Again this year we started on Saturday with a visit to the Antique Motorcycle Club of America show and swap meet at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. After a look at the cool motorcycles on display we found the area that will be the location of our Road Tour hospitality tent and our special parking area. Saturday evening we all got together for a cookout with brats, burgers, and some tasty sides. It was a chance for everyone to get acquainted. There are 28 vehicles registered and everyone in attendance was ready to begin the week.

Sunday we made a return trip south along the Mississippi River to Fountain City, Wisconsin. Our destination was the home and amazing collection of Elmer and Bernadette Duellman at Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum. With seven buildings filled to overflowing with pedal cars, toys, muscle cars, and hot rods, it is something that must be seen in person. It was requested that no photos be taken inside the buildings but we were able to take a few outside. Their view of the Mississippi River is amazing. Thanks to Elmer and Bernadette for welcoming us to see their treasures.

Monday we headed south on a two-hour drive to Clear Lake, Iowa. Our destination was the historic Surf Ballroom where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper played their last concert in February of 1959. Later that night the tragic plane crash took their lives. The Surf Ballroom has been restored and rock ’n’ roll music still fills the air from the historic stage. After our visit at the Surf Ballroom we had a great lunch at the nearby Surf District Bar and Grille. After lunch some folks visited the site of the plane crash and others visited the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Park Inn Hotel in nearby Mason City.

We have a great week planned. Check back here for updates throughout the week. Also, watch for our Facebook Live broadcasts to follow along with the many visits we have planned as the excitements builds to the Back to the Fifties Weekend event.

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Senators' cybersecurity push may tie up autonomous-car legislation

Uncategorized June 24, 2017

Two senators are pushing for mandatory federal standards to defend vehicles against hackers. Automakers want a more flexible approach.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Fiat Chrysler tweaks trim levels on 300, Charger and Cherokee

Uncategorized June 24, 2017

The changes come as FCA seeks to keep consumers interested in what is the oldest product lineup of any major automaker.
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