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Meanwhile, in Wienermobile News ….

February 16, 2015

Meanwhile, in Wienermobile News ....
An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crashed into a pole in central Pennsylvania on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The self-propelled 27-foot hot dog on wheels slid off a road and into a utility pole in Enola PA, near Harrisburg. We suggest that accident investigators look for drips of slippery mustard.

The front of the weenie roll crumbled in this pole-ish sausage mishap, but no injuries were reported, and there’s no evidence the driver was hot-dogging. The crash snarled local traffic, since rubberneckers relish this sort of thing.

Oscar Mayer has several Wienermobiles, used to promote and advertise tubesteak products. Probably 10 wieners and 8 rolls, right?

Here in DC an NTSB spokesman was unavailable, and we could not reach former Wienermobile driver Paul Ryan for comment.

More:

“What happens when a giant hot dog on wheels slams into a pole?” CBS News

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Driving Home for Christmas

December 23, 2014

“Driving Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Chris Rea. Another version is here. Despite 24 albums and 72 hit singles in the UK, the British artist is not well-known in the USA.

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Tom Magliozzi, 1937 — 2014

November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, 1937-2014

Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk” brother act, died on Monday at the age of 77. Besides joking and giving car repair advice, he and brother Ray ran a garage and a self-help car repair facility in Cambridge MRA, their hometown. A graduate of MIT, Tom also taught, worked in industry, and played bass in a Bluegrass band.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi put their weekly Car Talk radio program up on blocks in September 2012, and NPR has been recycling the good parts each week since then. The program ran for 10 years as a local feature on Boston’s WBUR-FM before being picked up by NPR stations nationwide 27 years ago.

Tom and Ray received a Peabody Award in 1992 and have been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. More importantly, they have been honored by the Martin Guitar Company with a special edition Click and Clack Martin Guitar (great muffler inlay on the fifth fret).

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Hell’s Parking Lot is Full of Corvettes

February 15, 2014

Hell's Parking Lot is Full of Corvettes
Early last Wednesday morning a 40-foot sinkhole opened under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, and 8 vintage sports cars plunged underground fast as Hell on wheels. Satan may be especially partial to one of the cars, a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors.

Western Kentucky is prone to this kind of thing. The Corvette Museum is only 30 miles from Mammoth Cave, just 10 minutes away for a Corvette Z06.

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Fiat Buys Chrysler

January 5, 2014

Fiat Buys Chrysler

Fiat will buy the 41 percent of Chrysler stock it doesn’t already own from the UAW Trust for $4.35 Billion. Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne has been Chrysler’s CEO too since his Italian company bought into Detroit during the 2009 recession. This means the ‘Fix It Again Tony‘ car company now owns the one that built the Dodge Charger.

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Driving Home For Christmas

December 19, 2013

“Driving Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Chris Rea.  Another version is here. Despite 24 albums and 72 hit singles in the UK, the British artist is not well-known in the USA.

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Rusty Chevrolet

December 15, 2013

“Rust Cheverolet,” lyrics by Jim DeCaire & Joe Potila, performed by Da Yoopers.

A “Yooper” is an inhabitant of Michigan’s “U.P.” or Upper Peninsula, where it has been known to snow. The term also applies to the variety of American English spoken in the U.P.

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US sells GM

December 10, 2013

US Sells GM

1953: GM President Charles Erwin Wilson tells the Senate Armed Services Committee “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.”

2009: The United States Government takes 60 percent ownership of General Motors, 912 million shares.

2012: GM buys back 200 million shares of its own stock from the government for $5.5 billion; company execs are now allowed to use corporate jets again.

June 2013: The U.S. Treasury sells off 30 million shares in GM.

December 2013: The Federal government sells off its remaining shares in General Motors, leaving taxpayers with a net $10.5 billion loss on the total $49.5 billion bailout.  The Canadian government still owns $4.2 billion in GM preferred shares and the United Auto Workers union owns $5.4 billion in GM stock.

Related:

“With The Government Gone, GM Can Now Start Paying Its Execs Big Bucks,” Aaron Foley, Jalopnik

“New study estimates the effect on the U.S. economy of successful restructuring of General Motors” (press release), Center for Automotive Research

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Romney Takes a Ride

December 3, 2012

Romney Takes a Ride

Ex-Financier Mitt Romney, failed Republican presidential candidate and son of American Motors president George Romney, has moved to his beach house in La Jolla, California, the one with the elevator for his cars.

“The son of Detroit — who boasted of the Cadillacs he owned as a sign of support for the U.S. auto industry during the campaign — was spotted driving a new black Audi Q7, a luxury sport-utility vehicle manufactured in Slovakia.”

— “A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid,”  Philip Rucker, Washington Post

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Vehicular Venison

November 5, 2012

Vehicular Venison

It’s that time again. The leaves are turning bright autumn colors, and lovesick deer on the road to romance are finding it crowded with motor vehicles. There are more deer and cars in the U.S. than ever before, so the situation isn’t as amusing as it might initially seem. Deer cause car crashes that kill about 200 people in the US each year, twice as many as Hurricane Sandy. State Farm Insurance says deer collided with 1.23 million vehicles between July 2011 and June 2012, 7.7 percent more than last year. The company’s claims from deer collisions rose almost 8 percent while those for other collisions fell 8.5 percent.

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