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Ducati Rider Carlin Dunne Dead After Pikes Peak Hill Climb Crash

Everything was smiles in the Ducati pit on Sunday morning. The newly unveiled Streetfighter V4 motorcycle was wheeled out of its pit stall and greeted to cheers as it lined up at the start line. Carlin Dunne had qualified the pre-production bike on pole, and being that the PPIHC motorcycle class runs from slowest to…Read […]

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Arlen Ness, Legendary Custom Motorcycle Builder, Dies At 79

Arlen Ness was a prolific figure in the world of American cruiser motorcycle customization, dating back to 1970 when he began tweaking his own Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in his California garage. Since then he’s become one of the best known custom builders in the scene, known to some as The King of Custom…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Charlie Whiting, Formula One Race Director, Dies At 66

A statement from the FIA this evening has confirmed that Formula One race director Charlie Whiting has passed away just days before he was scheduled to direct the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, as result of a pulmonary embolism. Whiting has been race director for the sport for 22 years, literally the entire time…Read more… […]

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Last week Junichi Tanaka, founder of Jun Auto Mechanic, died as a result of complications from cance

Last week Junichi Tanaka, founder of Jun Auto Mechanic, died as a result of complications from cancer at 76 years old. Tanaka was at the forefront of Japanese performance for years, first as a Nissan L-series engine ace and later expanded to building any number of engines into four-digit horsepower monsters. Jun…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Man Who Convinced Porsche To Save The 911 Died This Weekend

The fact that you can still buy a brand-new, rear-engine, opposed-piston Porsche 911 today is just about entirely due to one man: Peter Schutz. Schutz was Porsche’s first American CEO, and arguably saved the company in the 1980s from their own misguided decisions that would have destroyed their iconic cars and…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The United States Has Lost One of Its Greatest Astronauts

Veteran astronaut Paul J. Weitz has died at the age of 85. Among his many accomplishments, Weitz served as a pilot aboard the Skylab space station, commanded the first flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and logged nearly 800 total hours in space. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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You Too Could Have a Self-Cleaning Home, If You Give Up Everything You Love

A belated New York Times obituary pays tribute to inventor Frances Gabe, who designed, built, and lived in “the world’s only self-cleaning home.” Gabe comes across as a delightful and ingenious crank in a home full of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” contraptions. Her big idea: Turn the average home into a giant dishwasher.Read more… […]

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I’m Sorry To Report That Roger Ailes Ever Lived

Inevitably, in the torrent of obituaries to come, someone will recite a list of Roger Ailes’s personal failings, repugnant views, and malignant actions, but then be sure to credit him with having been a brilliant provocateur or a visionary broadcaster or some shit. “For better or worse,” they will preface it.…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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