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August 28, 2013

2014 Toyota Tundra Review: A New American Pickup

2014-Toyota-Tundra-beauty-shot-1358Pickup trucks are more in vogue than ever! As the U.S. economy comes back and auto sales have soared once again, truck makers are seeing double-digit increases as pickups are being put to work in the housing market, on ranches and farms, and for couples and families that appreciate the multiple-use practicality of today’s trucks.

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August 26, 2013

Erin Evernham asks, “What Would they Say, If These Cars Could Talk?”

Female-race-car-driver-erin-evernhamBy Erin Evernham

Having spent most of my life around race cars and collector cars, I often wonder about the stories behind each car. Yeah I know they are inanimate objects but I still like to use my imagination now and again... or maybe I just watched movies like “Cars” and “Christine” one too many times.

Old-race-carTake an old race car for instance... Wouldn’t it be neat to hear the stories about when it was in its heyday?  About the characters who drove the car, about its “injuries and burns,” about its “surgeries,” about its arch rivalries on the track, about getting soaked in champagne in Victory Lane, about the day its owner moved on to a newer and younger model… And what about the rest of the story? Did it end up getting refurbished and reincarnated for a museum or did it head to the graveyard like most? Or even worse: did it end up in the crusher?

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August 23, 2013

"Naked Paddock" Book Review: Drawing from life as a race car driver's wife

Naked-Paddock-Book-CoverArt mimics life in Kristin (MK) Ducote’s newly released book "Naked Paddock." In this novel Ducote’s main character and the events surrounding the lead's life are very similar to what Ducote herself has experienced. Throughout "Naked Paddock" there are many ‘true tales’ regarding a woman’s insights (and juicy behind-the-scenes drama) that occur within the fast and flashy world of motorsports, and nobody can tell it better than the wife of Le Mans driver Chapman Ducote.

Although Kristin Ducote grew up riding horses on a little farm in Florida, her humble (and very grounded) childhood and later adulthood helped to train and prepare her to be the amazingly successful 30-year-old she is today.

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August 21, 2013

How to Eat Carefully While on a Road Trip

Healthy-Eating-Road-Trip_Thinkstock-105671811-sAs students prepare to return to school across the country, is your family planning a last-chance road trip? In addition to watching the road, are you also watching what you eat? For all the education we do about distracted driving awareness, this feature is going in a different direction: in this article we are sharing healthy eating tips while in the car, especially if you’re taking a family road trip!

My friend Amy Culver, also known as “The Queen of Lean” has shared the following tips on healthy, calorie-conscious choices you can make while in the car, so that with a little planning, you can save money, eat nutritiously, and create some nice family memories on your end-of-summer road trip.

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August 19, 2013

Do You Know What To Do If Your Car Is Stolen?

Stolen-car_car-theft-thinkstock-144338639It happened to me, and I remember the feeling: “I could swear this is where I parked it, but it’s not here… Uh, oh! That broken glass can only mean one thing….”


According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s theft rate data, more than 9 million model year 2010 vehicles were produced in calendar year 2010—and 10,568 were stolen. Of those stolen, 8,736 were passenger cars, 1,689 were multipurpose passenger vehicles, and 143 were light-duty trucks.

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August 16, 2013

Obvious Tip: Lock Your Doors To Help Prevent Auto Theft

Car-theft-prevention-tips-thinkstock-155251967It might seem obvious, but locking your car doors and taking your keys with you when you leave your vehicle are the first two tips offered by the Department of Transportation to help reduce your chances of vehicle theft.

Every 44 seconds a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States, and more than 40% of those thefts involve mistakes made by the drivers. With agency trend data showing that July and August are the worst months for vehicle thefts, the Department of Transportation is offering the following tips to help avoid thefts and increase the chance that vehicles are recovered:

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August 14, 2013

Toby Keith Puts the Hammer Down, Gives Fans a Chance to Win a Ford F-150

Toby-Keith_Hammer-Down-Tour_Win-a-Ford-F-150Which do you want more? A 2014-model-year Ford F-150 with EcoBoost that has an actual retail value of up to $50,000? Or backstage access before a concert with a private barbecue for four hosted by Toby Keith? Well, thanks to Ford Trucks and Toby Keith’s “Hammer Down” Tour Sweepstakes, you can have a chance to win them both!

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August 12, 2013

2013 Ford Escape From A BMW X5 Owner's Perspective

Ford Escape 2014
2014 Ford Escape

When you put a friend whose main ride is a fully loaded 2010 BMW X5 into the driver’s seat of a 2013 Ford Escape, you kind of hold your breath.

Then again, this Escape was all new: a delightful ginger metallic color with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and silver roof rails. The charcoal black interior had leather-trimmed seats and a Sync activated voice system that Kathy quickly figured out. All in all, it was a pretty snazzy ride.

Kathy settled in and murmured,  “Nice seats, much more comfortable than my car.” Hmmmm…

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August 09, 2013

Honda Treats Southern California Drivers to Ice Cream

SoCal-Helpful-Honda-Dealers-Free-Ice-Cream-promotion-frontviewThere's no need to scream!  If you see this truck, Honda will give you free ice cream!

This summer, the SoCal Honda Dealers are helping SoCal residents in a fun, summer-themed way: by treating them to free ice cream! All weekend, from Friday August 9 through Sunday August 11th, 2013, the friendly blue Helpful Honda Ice Cream truck will be out at community events in SoCal treating folks to free ice cream (first come, first served). And unlike other ice cream trucks, you won’t hear the familiar jingle as the truck approaches, because Honda will be posting its location on our Facebook and Twitter pages instead!


SoCal-Helpful-Honda-Dealers-Free-Ice-Cream-promotion-rearviewHonda sent us photos of the truck so you can keep an eye out for it. Also, stay tuned at and for more summer-themed giveaways (and many other helpful events)! In fact, if you pay attention, you might even discover a chance to win some great premiums like LA Dodgers and Galaxy gear as well as SoCal Honda polo shirts!


Winners Announced in Bridgestone’s “Teens Drive Smart” Video Contest


More than 8000 votes have been tallied, the judges conferred, and thanks to Bridgestone, college just got a little cheaper (okay, not just a little cheaper, thousands cheaper) for three students. Did you vote for your favorite “Teens Drive Smart” video? Be sure to check out the following winners.

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