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GM and Ford working together?

So, GM and Ford – the classic Detroit rivals – have announced that they will work together, on of all things transmissions. This in itself is interesting but hardly earth shaking; unless you read between the lines. This news release said that they would jointly build 9 and 10-speed

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Arctic Drive - Day 3

Funny thing about driving on ice is that after a few hundred klicks you get used to it. In fact as the temperature fluctuates you learn that the colder it is the more grip ice has. The most dangerous ice is at higher temperatures; when its a bit wet - then it really slips.  So what you say? Wel

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Arctic Drive - Day 2

Coldfoot Alaska is not a town; it's really just a truck stop - one that owes its existence to the fact that its halfway between Fairbanks and Deadhorse Alaska. That's the oil boom town at the end of the Dalton Highway right on the Arctic Ocean; from there the next stop is Russia.  We made it to

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Arctic Drive - Day 1

Day 1 - Anchorage Alaska to Fairbanks Alaska I hear people toss around the pharse "40 below" from time to time - for describing cold I suppose it justs sounds good.  Today though I dare say that anyone who has flippantly described their winter experience saying "it was 40 be

Should Google just stick to the internet and not cars?

The whole concept of Google being involved in the automotive industry seems........well weird to be honest! Howard gives us his thoughts on Google's latest car with all its fancy gizmos!!! For more info:        

Dalton Highway Trip

 Howard took a road trip on the James W. Dalton highway. This is no ordinary highway, it includes steep hills and slopes, quick tight turns and even better... it's all ice. 

Winter tires, now that summer is here

 Winter’s over; so why am I thinking about snow tires? May 2, 2011  Howard J Elmer   I’ve been on two tire related events this past winter and I learned more about the chemistry of snow tires than I care to know – or relate to you.  Suffice it to say that rubber