Contributing Writer for TorqueNews

I have a new writing gig now.  I am a Contributing Writer for TorqueNews.  It's a great automotive news website that generates a ton of traffic.  There are some veteran automotive journalists, like Hawke Fracassa, which will enable me to learn a lot.  I should be able to keep up my writing duties with this blog and The College Driver.  This is just a new writing venture for me.  Check out my 2 stories from today!

Tesla Opens New Dealership Showroom and Service Center in Netherlands

Volvo Demonstrates what Cars go Through before Arriving at Dealerships

 

Purolator Garage-A-Thon Contest, Win a 68′ Mustang

Win a 68' Mustang

Have you always dreamed of owning a American Muscle Car?  What about a Ford Mustang?  How about a classic 1968 Mustang?  Well here is your chance to win a '68 Mustang to put in your garage in the Purolator Garage-A-Thon Contest.  It's simple if you want to enter.  You just need to “Like” Purolator on Facebook, take a picture of your garage, and upload it.  Don't have a garage?  Well the rules state, “If you do not have a standard garage, it is up to you to show your creativity of what your “garage” is”  So those of you who are apartment dwellers or find yourself without a garge do not need to fret.  You must also state the name of your garage in 50 words or less.  I would try to choose something catchy!  Also in a 160 characters or less describe why your garage deserves the Purely Awesome '68 Mustang.  I am sure this won't be a hard task.  Hurry as the contest ends on October 9th, 2011.

Click here to enter!

 

I was on WYPR with John Davis of MotorWeek!

Yesterday I called into WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks because John Davis of MotorWeek was on the program.  I got to ask John Davis a question which was, “What advice would you have for a young automotive journalist like myself?”  His advice was to get into doing other forms of media like podcasting and making videos of myself talking about cars.  He said automotive websites are always on the lookout for new versatile talent and that's what they like to see.  He thought I was on the right track with what I was doing though.  That felt good.  He feels I was on the right track with my blogging and writing.  I am glad I got the opportunity to talk with him.  Someday I hope to be on MotorWeek!

 

 

TeensDriveSmart.com Road Show Rally Contest

Have you been trying to raise awareness at your school about safe driving habits?  Well then you might be interested in TeensDriveSmart.com Road Show Rally Contest.  What is the Road Show Rally?  The Rally is Teen's Drive Smart spin on a driving safety event.  It will include a road safety quiz game for the whole school, special guests, tire checks, and a $5000 grant for your school.

To enter you must create a video between 30 seconds – 2 minutes.  The videos do not need to be flashy, cinematic masterpieces but should show why your school deserves or is need of a driving safety event.  Maybe talk about some project your school has been working on to improve awareness or something you have been trying to get together yourself.  If your school has been unable to find a viable way to host an event themselves, explain why.  Express the desire and interest you or your school has for hosting the event.

Any students between the ages of 16-21 that attend a high school, college, university, community college, or trade school are eligible to enter.  Multiple entries from students from the same school are allowed!  Videos will be judged on a basis of three factors: creativity, poignancy, and need.  Once videos are uploaded they will be posted on Teens Drive Smart website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Even if you don't win the Grand Prize Road Show Rally and $5,000 grant for your school, two runners up will receive $2,500.  So a total of $10,000 is up for grabs!  The money is for promoting and educating students on safe driving habits at those students respective schools.

The contest ends on October 7th, 2011 and the Winners will be announced on October 11th.  Get out those video cameras and make a video!

Gypsy Jack Racing

On Sunday I went to visit my friend Jack's house or as I like to call him Gypsy Jack.  I showed him some of my blogging skills since he wants to start a blog.  He showed me some of his awesome motorcycles.  He's got a Yamaha R1 that has 175 Horsepower  Does it go fast?… Jack's gotten it up to 192mph!  If someone lighter rode it he said it could go over 200mph.  Also in the stable is a Aprilla Mille R with carbon fiber bodywork and a Yamaha R6.  Each bike has a lot of special details and features.  Like the handmade windscreen on the R1 and all the graphics on the bikes.  You can really tell the time and effort Jack puts into building them.  He's put thousands of dollars into each and it shows.  For a small sum he will even build you one, if you are game.  He won't build a bike for posers, idiots, or douches though.  Of course if you are one with tons of money… maybe that will make a difference.  🙂

Including his motorcycle collection Jack also has an impressive toy collection in his basement.  My favorite part of the collection is his RC cars, which he used to race competitively.  Some of the cars have immense detail, just like the motorcycles, and are tuned to perfection.  He used to lap most people in races and usually won in every racing class that he participated in.  Also in his collection is a Patton Replica, Star Wars Legos, and a Valentino Rossi replica made by hand.  That isn't all as you can see from the photos.

If you have any questions pertaining to riding, sportbikes, motorcycling racing, building a bike, RC cars, or toys Jack is the man to ask.

Check out website:  http://www.gypsyjackracing.com/