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August 2013 RPM - Automotive News

Posted in News on June 28, 2013
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Is It True
You can get a Shelby Raptor, as in Carroll Shelby and Ford Raptor, from Shelby American? And for $18,000 above the actual truck price?

Toledo is going to build a Jeep museum and an off-road park?

You can sell a vehicle via FaceTime? Through a car-buying company called CarBuyCo?

People aren’t replacing their wipers? Safelite AutoGlass found that 23 percent of those surveyed replace every 2-3 years? Did they survey our staff to learn it would have been 100 percent?

There will be a luxo Chevy Silverado High Country and GMC Sierra Denali?

Colin McLemore, owner of Mac’s Custom Tie Downs, decided to put his tie-downs to the test in Moab and tied down his personal custom Jeep JK to a trailer with a wheel net setup, then lifted the trailer by crane, hanging 20 feet high from Mac’s straps for five consecutive days? And we saw that craziness with our own eyes?

Random Photo We Dug
Chevy sponsors the Detroit Tigers, and every spring since 2010, its vehicles take their spot on center stage (aka centerfield platform in the Chevrolet Fountain at Comerica Park). Here’s a ’14 taking said position.

Gee, That Press Release Sounds Naughty:
“Save Time with Cool Seal Butt Connectors at Del City.”

What’s Happening In The Industry
Yokohama is a sponsor of the new Robby Gordon Stadium Super Trucks (SST) series. Drivers will run the Geolandar rubber.

Edelbrock is turning 75 years old. (And there’s a giveaway Ford Mustang—go to for details.)

August 22-25 is Ocean City Jeep Week in Maryland. It’s the fourth year for this event—learn more at

Mickey Thompson has been honored with the Shav Glick Award, which is given to those who have notable contributions within California. Other nominees were George Follower, Tom McEwen, and Chris Pook.

GM is investing around $332 million in different manufacturing sites in order to make more engines and transmissions. Come on down, Flint and Bay City, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Bedford, Indiana. The automaker also broke ground on a new paint shop in Kansas.

Chevy and Myspace (hey, what year is this again?) recently teamed up on a music project.

Free Jeep: Falken Tire is behind the ’13 Wrangler you could win during the ’13 Jeep Jamboree USA season. It’s an Unlimited Rubicon that’s been modified up the wazoo, and all you have to do is head over to Falken Tire’s Facebook page ( It’s going on through November 13.

Speaking of Falken, it’s the official tire of Tread Lightly!.

New Four Wheeler Newsletter
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Outstanding Off-Road Trails for 2013
BFGoodrich (working with Tread Lightly! and United Four Wheel Drive Associations) has named winners of the ’13 Outstanding Trails program. In return for winning, the clubs that maintain the trails each get a $4,000 grant to help with preservation of trail access.

Dutch John Trail: Located in the Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, North Carolina, it’s a 2.1-mile trail maintained by Carolina Trail Blazers 4WD club.

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park: The Brush Beater Jeep Club maintains this park.

Truckhaven: You know this best as home to the annual Tierra del Sol Desert Safari.

Silverado Pricing
This just in—pricing for the ’14 Chevy Silverado regular cab will start at $24,585. That’s unchanged from the ’13 model, even with the new 5.3L EcoTec3 engine, six-speed auto trans, and other goods.

Raptor Special Edition
For 2014, Ford has unveiled a high-end F-150 SVT Raptor. The Special Edition is based off the current Luxury Package, adding things like Ruby Red Metallic paint, body graphics, and interior accents. It’ll go on sale in the fall.

That’s Interesting
Our sister, Motor Trend, has a super cool YouTube Channel (, and within it you can check out “Dirt Every Day,” starring Fred Williams from our other sister, 4-Wheel & Off-Road. A new episode airs every other Thursday, and it’s like watching TV—but on your computer TV. New vehicles are tested, events are covered, and how-tos are how-to’d. There’s loads of other original programming there too, including from our other sibling, Hot Rod.

Ford is holding a $50,000 Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge—software developers are being challenged to create mobile or web-based apps to allow customers to easily access their mpg data.

A study by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association in collaboration with IHS found that the auto parts manufacturers’ industry is the largest employer of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.—or 2.3 percent of the total U.S. GDP. The top state is Michigan, followed by Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

A survey by Luxury Institute (?), called Luxury Customer Experience Index (?), put Audi in the top spot when affluent customers were asked to evaluate different elements of ownership and customer experience of luxo auto brands.

The Big Project Giveaway sweepstakes is happening through November 30 at Prizes will include all sorts of stuff in three different phases; goods include a four-post lift. You can also go to

Your Government At Work
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for national Collector Car Appreciation Day, July 12. Go to to find events near you. Also not near you.

What’s the Best Car Movie?
What’s your favorite auto-themed movie? Come on over to Four Wheeler’s Facebook page ( and tell us! These are our faves:

Brubaker: For me it’s a tie between Smokey and the Bandit and The Blues Brothers. Mansour nailed it when he said that the Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit became a character in the movie. I was 15 years old when I first saw that movie, and the black T/A was as much a star as Bandit, Snowman, and Buford T. Justice. Watching that car run blocker for the Kenworth was awesome. Similarly, the car in The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood’s 440ci-powered ’72 Dodge Monaco ex-cop car, known as the “Bluesmobile” (cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension...), was a blast to watch blowing through that mall and flying over stuff. Oh, and it wasn’t a movie, but I have to give props to The Fall Guy TV series for the incredible jumps and general abuse it dumped on those poor GM pickups. Colt Seavers sure was hard on trucks.

Cappa: Oh man! I can’t just have one! There are so many! Most movie snob car enthusiasts will point out some cult classic like Bullitt with Steve McQueen, but my tastes are far more low-brow. Here they are, in no particular order:

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior: I loved the cool and kooky cars and trucks. And what the hell is The Humongous driving? A convertible, nitrous-fed, forklift thing with a couple ramps to strap bodies on the front? Gross.

Take This Job and Shove It: The best parts involve the presumed daily-driver monster truck (Bigfoot) crushing stuff, and of course the race scene is great.

Used Cars: How could you go wrong with a movie about shady used car salesmen? “We’re blowing the s#!t outta high prices!” Trust me, it’s way better than you might think.

The Cannonball Run: Just unbelievably hilarious casting, all in one movie.

Mansour: Oh, this is too easy. Smokey and the Bandit! That movie is a classic for so many reasons. I can’t think of a more iconic movie car. Unlike modern car movies where they try and shove down your throat how fast and cool the car they are driving is, Smokey and the Bandit let the Trans Am simply work as a character. Maybe it’s because I am from the south, but I don’t know anyone in my sweet tea-sipping state who wouldn’t love to own an original Bandit Trans Am. That movie makes me proud to be an American—and it makes me want to grow a mustache.

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