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Massachusetts State Police vs. Altered Ride Height

The Massachusetts State Police recently posted on their page they’re enforcing the state law which prohibits vehicle ride height modification. It said that the pictured Miata’s “height had been altered (among other violations), far below what is safe” and it “should be considered “show use” only and are not safe to be driven on the public way, in violation of Massachusetts General Laws”

Now many of us here think that the whole stance thing is kind of dumb, but to each his own. In the end, the guy who owns and drives the car is another enthusiast but with different tastes. The state law, posted after the jump, limits the vehicle ride height alternations to or minus two inches from stock. Is this really a problem that the police should be spending time and resources on, never mind bragging about it on Facebook?

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS is coming summer 2016

The new LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3, Lego model number 42056, is officially coming this summer! …And it looks a little weird. As someone who was obsessed with LEGO as a child, an obsession that has been picked up by my own kids, I should love this Technic GT3 RS, but I don’t know if I do. Something is off in the gaps near the headlights and A-pillar for me. It looked better the first time we saw in . No word if it will be in only in Lava Orange or in black camo, too. But the rest of is seem pretty cool!

Edit: Added a video

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Track-N-Go changes your SUV into a snowmobile

This comes from the why-the-hell-didn’t-I-think-of-this file. It is basically an track add-on kit for that will work on many SUVs and pickup trucks. It is made by. Other videos . Pretty cool.

Thanks for the tip, Mike! 

Japanese Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 3

Going back to the communist times, the few cars that were available to the people of Poland were of Eastern Bloc production: Polish Fiats, Ladas, Skodas, Wartburgs, and many others that we have covered here before. They had a few traits in common, specifically that all were poorly made, were very small, inefficient, and frequently unreliable. But most Japanese cars were the exact opposite of that, with a bonus of a reasonable price. Buying a Japanese car in communist Poland was not an easy task, but once the Wall came down, the flood-gates of car importation have opened.

This is our third, and last, time looking at what older Japanese cars are currently living and dying in Poland. As always, all pictures have been provided by the faithful readers of  (thank you), a page which has since undergone a complete makeover. Grab a beverage and enjoy!

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Craigslist: Bentley Continental R Replica Might Fool Many

Each February I go to Palm Beach, that’s in Florida for you Geographically-challenged, with my wife and kids to thaw out from the northeast winter. While my in-laws take the kids to the beach, my wife and I go for a run around the island. We usually split up because a) I can’t keep up with her, and b) I stop every ten feet to take a picture of some car. One of the cars I saw this year was a with Washington D.C. plates of the “taxation without representation” kind. Cute.

The plate was cute, but not the car. The car was huge, even by modern day huge car standards. It was also handsome, graceful, and not exotic car flashy. It was confident, rich, and it was telling others that it doesn’t give a fuck. It wasn’t a veedub with lipstick like the current run of Bentley Continentals. It was the kind of a car that we will see at concours shows in thirty years or so, and will spend a few minutes absorbing it.

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Beverly Hills Car Club’s Google Map Tour Revaels Treasures

Kamil Kaluski April 15, 2016 For Sale

Yesterday, Tim showed some potentially interesting, if slightly overpriced, project candidates from the Beverly Hills Car Club. The BHCC is not exactly a car club, like say the Manhattan Classic Car Club, but rather a Wheel-Dealer-type reseller of classics. What was really interesting in Tim’s post was a link to location of BHCC.

Zoom in closer and you will see that  allows almost full access to Beverly Hill Car Club’s warehouse where many interesting cars are stored. In addition to that, Google Maps can take inside of a classic Bentley that is parked out front. I think that is a first inside-the-car-view for Google Maps. Now, let’s explore and see the goodies inside.

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Injecting More Life into a 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo (997.1) is an amazing automobile right off the showroom floor. Its 480hp twin-turbo engine coupled to an all-wheel-drive system allowed it to get to 60mph in less than 3.5 seconds and kill the quarter mile in less than 11.5. Cornering and stopping are equally impressive. Along with awesome performance are somewhat understated, by exotic car standards, looks.

But time waits for no one, certainly not cars. The vehicle pictured here came into my friend’s shop, , because at 30,000 miles the clutch was on life support. Like many things on a 911, the clutch job required removal of the engine, so while there you might as well…

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Of Subprime Loans, Cars, Money, and Lawyers

I am not sure how it got onto my iPad browser, but there it was, at 3:03am, as I was waiting for kid #2 to fall back asleep, a Mother Jones article on the for a ridiculous amount of money. It features the story of Detroit car dealer Don Foss. Allow me to say that I don’t know much about this Mother Jones website, their political views, or reputation, so please don’t hold that against me. What I do know is that this is an interesting article.

Automotive media typically looks at monthly and annual auto sales. You see how each company has had the best month/quarter/year ever selling the most boring cars to the dealerships, and how everyone is happy about that. But what you don’t see is the dirty truth, which in the past, and currently, has bubbled up, of dealers selling to the public. It’s not just cheap used cars but new, even pricey cars, that are getting sold to people who clearly cannot afford them. It’s a huge sum of money, so naturally it gets political. Lies, deceit, and manipulation, everything but a sex scandal is present. If you think the days of scummy car sales are over, you’re wrong.

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Review: 2016 Volkswagen Golf R

We a year ago I drove a VW GTI. Based on everything I have read about it, I should have been in love. But there I was, on the twisty Merritt Parkway, in the middle of the night, feeling rather indifferent. I wanted to love it, but just kind of liked it. It’s was a great little hatch, but until this day I don’t know what I did not like about it. I guess this is what modern dating must be like; high expectations based on a biased written description and an eventual disappointment during the real-life encounter.

But now I have a date with the Golf R, a GTI on steroids, if you will, with more power and all-wheel-drive. The question is how much better, or different, can vehicle be with some extra power, a little chassis tuning, and two more driven wheels really be?

Quite a lot, actually…

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Craigslist: This Yugo tank can be your next racer

Are you looking for a solid class C 24 Hours of Lemons racecar? Look no more!

Everyone knows that if you want to really dominate Lemons, you must win the . Everyone knows that it is pretty much to impossible to win IOE without being in class C – cars with no prayer of finishing. And what better cars to dominate class C are there than something horrible produced in Eastern Europe!?*

Bozi, formerly of Redusernab, presently of , and whoever else takes his shit, found this amazing Yugo which has been converted into a paintball tank. This, my friends, is what Lemons racers call a win-win – a pre-themed Class C car!

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