John Dillinger’s car at BWI

Saturday morning I was at BWI in the Southwest terminal.  While I was checking in, I noticed an interesting old red car on display. Naturally I walked up to see what the car was.  To my surprise, it was one of John Dillinger's getaway cars!  To be more precise it was a 1933 Essex Terraplane.   Dillinger was a famous bank robber during the depression.  He was considered a hero for robbing banks, since the majority of Americans were so poor in those days.  The car on display was used in several bank robberies by Dillinger and his posse.  Fairly recently there was a feature film, Public Enemies, about his life and crime spree.  Johnny Deep played Dillinger and it was an interesting movie.

Next time you are flying out of BWI and flying Southwest, definitely take a minute to check out the car.  It was very cool.  Take a look at some of my pictures below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tire Rack Street Survival School: It might just save your Life!

If anyone missed signing up for Driver's Edge, your in luck!  There is another great driving course for 15-21 year olds, the Tire Rack Street Survival School.  It's a a 1-day hands on course to truly prepare a novice driver for the difficulties, surprises, and sudden maneuvers you might need to make out on the road.  It is taught by race-car drivers and gives adequate time behind the wheel.  (Driver's Edge, a great program, is extremely limited in how much time you actually get to drive.)  Additionally you use your own vehicle to do the course, which enables you to know the limit of the vehicle you are most likely to drive.

There is a class happening tomorrow (Saturday, May 21st) at Delaware Park Race Track, but I do not know if it is too late to sign-up.  You can check the class schedule to see if there are any other classes that are possible for you or your teen to sign-up for.

These classes are $75, but that's probably some of the best money you could every spend!  From what I have heard, it's well worth it and people have a great time attending.

http://www.streetsurvival.org/

 

The closet class is happening tomorrow (Saturday, May 21st) at Delaware Park Race Track, but I do not know if it is to late to signup.  You can check the class schedule to see if there are any other classes that are possible for you or your teen to signup for.

Driver’s Edge: Real driving Education for Teens

Driver's Edge is a great organization with a very important mission. To save the lives of young drivers! The aim of Driver's Edge is to bring European driver education (which is more stringent and advanced) to US teenagers. The biggest killer of teenagers is not guns, drugs, or alcohol….. but car accidents. Bringing better driving education to this age group, Driver's Edge is trying to get those car accident deaths of young drivers down.

When you go out for the day to one of the Driver's Edge programs, it's a lot of fun. They will run a you through several different emergency maneuvering techniques. (In a BMW!) You'll get to experience what is like to take a car to it's limit in a controlled situation. You also get some Free goodies. I got a T-Shirt and emergency roadside kit, that I still have in my car.

I had a great time doing it and I highly recommend any teenagers sign-up or parents with teenagers sign-up and go. Best part about Driver's Edge? It's completely Free!

Driver's Edge will be conducting a program in Washington D.C. The program will be the weekend of June 18 & 19, 2011 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. You must register for the program, if you are interested. It's done on a first come, first serve basis! Registration will open Thursday, May 12 AT 6:00pm (Eastern Daylight Time). Spots are expected to fill quickly, so please sign-up asap if you want a spot or a spot for your teenager. Driver's Edge is open to anyone age 21, or younger, with a valid learner's permit or driver's license.

4 Time Slots are Available, See below for instructions. Only register for one class. Students must stay for the full duration of the class.

  • Saturday, June 18, 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Sunday, June 19, 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Sunday, June 19, 1:00pm – 5:30pm

On Thursday, May 12 at 6:00pm (Eastern Time), you will see that WASHINGTON D.C. will become available for registration on our Tour Schedule & Registration page (link below). Click on “register now” to sign up. **IMPORTANT NOTE** Submitting Registration – When completing your registration, there will be a submit button after you fill out the student's information: “Sign Me Up”. PLEASE CLICK THE “SIGN ME UP” BUTTON ONLY ONCE. After clicking “sign me up”, the next page will take SEVERAL MINUTES TO LOAD. Every time “sign me up” is pushed, a registration is submitted. Please be patient. Thank you. *We are working on resolving this technical issue and appreciate your patience in the process. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE SESSION. All registrants will receive an e-mail with class details approximately 7 days PRIOR to the program date. THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 AT 6:00P.M. (Eastern Time)

To register visit: www.driversedge.org/events/currentevents.aspx

For more info visit: http://www.driversedge.org/

Steven Udvar-Hazy Center: National Air & Space Museum

About a week ago I went down to the Steven Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the National Air & Space Museum.  It's another building separate from the Museum located on the National Mall.  It's a fairly new addition to the National Air & Space Museum located in Chantilly, VA near Dulles Airport.  It was well worth the day I spent down there.  They have some interesting and famous planes there, most notably the Enola Gay.  There is also a Space Wing that has a lot of interesting things on display from the early days of the space program.  If you don't like any of that, they did film part of Transformers 2 there!  They also have an IMAX theater, tours, and flight simulators.  I'm not a huge aviation person, but I found it quite an interesting, informative, and fun experience.  I took pictures you can look through in the gallery below.

If you are interested in going I would recommend going early and leaving early.  I l left around 2, mainly to avoid any traffic down there.  Also I would pack a lunch or bring some sort of snack.  There is a restaurant there, but it's a McDonalds.  I personally try not to eat there, but if you like McD's you will be happy.  It's a Smithsonian Museum so admission is Free.  Parking is $15 though, so the best thing to do is get a minivan or large SUV and find a bunch of people who want to go!

For more information visit: http://www.nasm.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy/?hp=m

 

Bumper Guard

Would you put this on your car?

I was walking my dogs the other day, and noticed something interesting on a Mini Cooper. As I looked closer I noticed it was a Bumper Guard. Basically it does what you think it does….Protects your bumper!

I thought it was an interesting product.  I think it looks bit funny though, and for suburban drivers I'm not sure if it makes sense.  For city driving though, it's a great idea!

Do you think the Bumper Guard would work well?  How would it work parallel parking it in downtown Baltimore or another city?  The really important question… would you put this on your car?

http://www.bumperguard.org/