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This is Marguerite Engle. She is the new South Dakota record holder for the highest ever blood-alcohol level ever recorded in the State. Ms. Engle was found passed out behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle. She posted a blood alcohol level of .708 percent - nearly nine times South Dakota’s legal limit of .08 percent. The previous record was .56 percent. A blood alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for 50% of the population.
Gearheads won't want to miss autoblog's Gallery of The Top 100 Photographs of 2009.
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autobloggreen reports Fiat is in talks to buy Serbian carmaker Zastava as part of a plan to re-introduce the Topolino mini and build ir in Serbia. It will seat two and is expected to use the 900cc twin-cylinder Multiair powerplant with about 65 horsepower in naturally aspirated form. Rumors are that an electric version of the new Topolino is also likely.
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To quote newspress.co.uk:
According to a Whatcar.com survey, only 37% of motorists polled would definitely confess to damaging a parked car, 18% would hit the accelerator and drive away quickly, with the remaining 45% in two minds – depending on how much damage they caused.
A factory built 1967 Mini Marcos GT. It was designed by Marcos Cars (UK) in the mid-1960s as a special 2-seat sports car body and chassis for Austin or Morris Mini and Cooper S drivetrain and suspension components. The chassis is a two-seat fiberglass right-hand drive monocoque with Mini Mk1 subframes front and rear.
Here are the specs -
The engine is an Austin 1275GT bored to 1380cc (73.5mm bore); Horsepower: ~100; Twin SU H4 (not HS4) carbs on MOWOG 12A661 inlet manifold; Derrington formula junior intake trumpets / velocity stacks (homologated for side draft weber); SPQR throttle cable and quadrant; M.E.D. (UK) Rally spec cylinder head with ported, unleaded fuel valve seats; Derrington alloy rocker / valve cover; Engine block is a 1275GT BMC A-series (not later A+ block); 1275GT crankshaft and connecting rods; Hepolite pistons; Piper 270 camshaft; M.E.D. full roller rocker valve train with oversized valves; Long Center Branch (LCB) works type header and stainless steel single-box exhaust from Mini Mania.
Oil/Water System: Custom aluminum radiator with expansion tank, front mounted (original side-mount radiator goes with car); Austin Mini water pump; Aluminum Oil Cooler.
Electrical System: Aldon modified Lucas distributor; 1960s Champion WCX600 spark plug caps (now off because they did not work well); Lucas generator / dynamo with 1960s Lucas gold sports coil; 12-volt battery; Lucas 4FJ fuse box and Lucas RB106 voltage regulator; SEV Marchal Amplilux headlamps; BMC Mini Traveller van rear lamps; Clear glass Lucas indicator / turn signal lamps.
Transmission / Gearbox: Four-speed Austin A-series remote Type 12G288 and 3.4 final drive (rebuilt with less than ten miles).
Body and Chassis: Fiberglass monocoque body construction, painted in red enamel over gel-coat. Monocoque / unibody Right Hand Drive (RHD) chassis built by Marcos Cars Ltd. UK in fiberglass with reinforced stress areas.
Front Suspension: Mk 1 Mini with recent (2004) Dunlop rubber cones; fully adjustable Rip-Speed Hi-Lo units; Spherical-joint (rose-joint) adjustable lower arms; Spherical-joint tie rods; SPAX adjustable shocks / dampers.
Rear Suspension: Mk 1 Mini with recent Dunlop rubber cones; Fully adjustable Rip-Speed Hi-Lo; SPAX shocks / dampers .
Brakes: 1960s Mk1 Cooper S disc front brakes; Super Mini Fin alloy drum rear brakes; MkI Mini servo mounted in engine compartment.
Steering: Mini Mk 1 steering column and rack; Minilite magnesium 5.5 inches x 10 inch wheels; Yokohama A008 tires.
Interior: Black/red color scheme; Original Marcos seats, recently restored with leather facing surfaces, vinyl backs and Recaro-type black cord centers and with adjustable fore-aft sliders; Marcos original carpeting; Original Triplex windows except side windows; Britax 3-point rally harness (later style) seat belts; 1960s Jaeger gauges / instruments (8K electric tach, cable-driven speedo with gear box, oil pressure, oil temp, water temp, fuel gauges); Twin Heuer stop watches mounted with a 12-hour mechanical clock in aluminum navigator panel; Lucas switches + Wipac rally high/lo beam long arm flasher; Speedwell switch grip extensions; oil pressure and high beam warning lamps; Neiman ignition switch with steering column lock; 1960s Moto-lita 13.5 inch diameter leather-rimmed steering wheel with tulip mounting boss.
Accessories: Factory installed original roll bar with additional crossbar fitted using 1960s John Aley cast alloy clamps; Les Leston shift knob on Speedwell 3 inch gear shift extension; Fire extinguisher; Barnacle rear view mirror; Talbot Green Dot Berlin side mirrors; 1960s S.P.Q.R. Adjusta-Throttle accelerator pedal; Mini heater with fresh air intake modification; Enots chrome Aston flip filler petrol cap.
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Well, at least they used a Mini!
Carsite.co.uk reminds us that it could take up to 25% longer to stop a fully laden vehicle. Please allow for reduced braking performance of a car stuffed with passengers, luggage, packages and/or presents on icy or wet road surfaces. So slow down and enjoy the Holiday Season.
Jan of Revolution MINI Works will be at Left Coast Diesel, 1905 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, CA 94520 on Saturday, January 23, 2010 to tune MINIs. A tune costs $350.00 cash for a R53 and $600.00 cash for a R56. Prices are $75.00 per hour for the dyno time.
To sign up for tune session in Concord, here is the current thread on NAM: RMW Tune in Bay Area!
A big thank you from Children's Hospital (and Larry) for all of the toys that were donated during our Holiday Toy Drive. Bags of fun were delivered to the kids today!
Montreal artists Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano are known for their pothole artwork in Montreal and New York. They are in Los Angeles this month and their LA pothole artwork includes the pothole baptism, a BBQ, bubble bath, diver, dog wash, laundry, fishing hole, doughnut fryer, garden, duck blind, pedicure, pet cemetery, Santa Claus, scuba diver, spaghetti & meatballs and winemaking. You can check them all out in this LA Weekly slideshow.
BMW has recalled 205 2010 MINI Coopers and MINI Cooper S due to a sticker mix-up. Affected vehicles were equipped with 17-inch wheels, but their label states that they were equipped with 16-inch wheels and the tire pressure stated on the label for the Cooper S is incorrect. Incorrect tire information could affect the durability of the tires and the stability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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