Archives For October 2012

The Range Rover, a luxury SUV.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Don’t think your SUV is less of a target because you’ve removed loose valuables from the interior.

Some thieves aren’t looking for your electronics devices or your briefcase or what have you. No, they want your third row seat!

ABC News is reporting that “third seat theft” is on the rise in Texas and California.

That’s right, crooks are taking the seats and selling them for as much as $1,000. That’s a lot of loot especially for something that can be stolen so easily.

Police recommend you engrave your vehicle’s VIN number on the seat structure or using a bike lock to make it more difficult to unhinge. But frankly the latter will not slow them down much.

And they omit the most obvious solution: a superior car alarm!

Watch the video and see how quickly the robbers are able to access the truck through the back. In less than a minute they’ve accomplished their task while drawing no attention to themselves.

In our opinion, the time to thwart a thief is before they gain entry into your ride. Being able to recover the seats is all well and good, but we’d rather not have to go through that hassle.

Considering how much it costs to replace the third row at the dealership, a wise investment in protecting your vehicle is a must.

The P4/5
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We love the automotive aftermarket, but compared to James Glickenhaus we’re pretty lame with our little mods and custom touches.

If you’ve been following his exploits on his website or his Facebook page, then you know about his project to improve upon Ferrari with his P4/5 Competizione (which at one point had an approved Ferrari badge that was later removed upon request).

This one-of-a-kind “Ferrari” finished first in its class at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and could’ve been the most expensive car on the planet if Glickenhaus had taken the $40-million offer to sell it to a Saudi royal family member.

Watch the Bloomberg profile about a true car guy. Amazing what you can do with unparalleled passion and a very large bank account.

Boy, we wish we had his bank account!

The rough ridin’ 15-minute spot also follows Glickenhaus’ transformation from film director to money manager — and eventually to Ferrari collector and the great mind behind the P4/5.

Read more full coverage from Bloomberg below:

Bloomberg Takes a Ride With James Glickenhaus in the P4/5

Ever since we saw James Bond’s submarining Lotus, we’ve wanted a vehicle that can really get off-road!

Well, just in time for Daniel Craig’s new Bond movie Skyfall set to hit screens Nov. 9, here’s this little nugget.

If you’re like us, you’re probably pleased to hear that the Quadski will soon be on sale in the U.S. This is the first commercially available amphibious vehicle available here.

OK, it’s not cheap, but somewhat in the realm of realistic possibilities with a price tag of $40,000.

The all-terrain “boat” has a BMW-supplied engine, has a top speed of 45 mph on land and at the touch of a button, within five seconds, the four wheels fold and tuck into the sides for travel on water at the same speed as on dirt.

An ATV may be cheaper, but man, this could be a lot more fun!

Check out a full report on the new amphibious vehicle from the San Fransisco Chronicle below here:

Amphibious Vehicle to Go On Sale Soon in the U.S.

Hey Viper fans, did you see this cool little feature in your Viper SmartStart app?

Halloween isn’t all that comes along with October, it’s also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — and Viper is on the front lines of the fight.

For the past year, Viper has donated the proceeds from downloads of its special-edition pink User Interface for the award-winning Viper SmartStart mobile app to benefit breast cancer research.

“Breast cancer kills tens of thousands of women every year in the United States alone,” Mike Simmons, president of Directed, which manufactures Viper products, said. “Viper is proud to help the campaign to increase awareness and fight on the front lines against this horrible disease.”

For every 99-cent download, Viper has donated 100 percent of the net proceeds to groups dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

You know what to do … join the fight!! To find the pink UI, just press the “More” tab in the app, hit the “Customize” icon and take it from there.

Not only is this pink User Interface rockin’ in a stylish color, you’re helping a wonderful cause. Check it out (pictured left) — there are even little hearts on the home screen in place of the “lock” and “unlock” icons.

Keep in mind the pink User Interface is exclusively available for the iPhone.

It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week — and with good reason!

Car crashes are the main cause of teenage deaths every year. AAA has analyzed data on fatal car crashes and found that 16- and 17-year-old drivers are involved in seven times as many crashes as motorists 40 and over.

Even MORE alarming is that teenagers drive worse when they’re with other teens.

For instance, they are far more likely to speed when with their peers. And as you might expect, many of the fatal crashes that occurred took place at night between 11pm and 5am.

Of course, you have to wonder if any parent would allow their teens to drive during those hours!

The report also shows that drinking and driving is on the decline — but of the young teens involved in traffic fatalities from 2005 to 2010, 13 percent were driving alone while under the influence. The number was 18 percent when there were three or more teens on board.

Guess where teens learn their driving habits? Their parents!

Read the full article here and get the scoop on AAA’s graduated licensing program.

For more on teen driver safety programs, like the one sponsored by Bridgestone, click here.