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Illustrating a clear example of how "one bad apple spoils the bunch," some morons over in the UK have decided it would be a good idea to steal a car and flip it over on its side. Now, the owner of the Reliant is pointing the finger at our very own, Jeremy Clarkson.

Barry Cloughton has driven a Reliant Robin for over 40 years and his latest Reliant was one of the last ones to roll off of the production line when the company decided to stop making them. Apparently, this special car was the target of an idiotic attempt to recreate a Jeremy Clarkson stunt that was aired just two and a half hours before the yobs’ attempt was performed. The stunt, which was part of a "best" episode that was aired on Sunday night, shows Jeremy Clarkson taking the Reliant on a 17 mile route in Yorkshire where the Reliant regularly flipped over on its side.

Upon discovering that his very special Reliant had been stolen and damaged, Cloughton was so distressed that the paramedics had to be called to provide him with medical attention. The thing that makes this situation even worse is that the neanderthals came back around 3am to try the stunt again!

Owner, Cloughton, feels that it is not a coincidence the hoodlums performed the same act seen on Top Gear and calls Clarkson’s stunts ”ridiculous, irresponsible and dangerous” and that the show "put the idea into their heads". Don’t get us wrong; we definitely feel bad for Mr. Cloughton and we feel bad that he was put through this traumatic ordeal, but why blame Clarkson for the act of some neanderthals? Clarkson is making a living doing something he loves, and if anyone is to blame, its the delinquents that decided stealing a car and vandalizing it would be a good idea.

Source: SWNS
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Homeowner’s Associations can be a good thing, but they can also be a very bad thing. Take this story for example:

AJ Vizzi of Odessa, Fl. purchased his home back in 1997 when it was perfectly okay for him to park his truck in the driveway. Mr.Vizzi even made sure of that with the HOA before moving in. He lived at his residence for a good nine years when, in 2006, the HOA determined that residents could no longer park their trucks in their driveways and proceeded to sue Mr. Vizzi for doing just that. Apparently, they didn’t know who they were messing with.

Mr. Vizzi was not going to take this situation lying down, so he countersued the HOA. In 2008, the judge ruled in favor of Mr. Vizzi and, one would think, everyone would move along their merry way. Well, the HOA appealed and it took another two years for the judge to rule in favor of Mr. Vizzi again while also making the HOA pay for the $187,000 Mr. Vizzi spent throughout the legal process. In total, Eagles Masters Association had to dole out $300,000 for a case they ending up losing. We have to wonder how much of that Mr. Vizzi, along with the other residents, will have to pay for in the form of increased association’s fees.

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Fifteen cats in your car may be a distraction

Okay, listen, we are animal lovers just like everyone else, but this may be a tad too ridiculous for us and, hopefully, many other people. Yes, our hearts go out to the animals featured in the tearful Sarah McLachlan/ASPCA commercial, but Patricia Edwards and her cat-infested automobile is just plain wrong.

The reason we say Edwards’ vehicle was cat-infested is because the woman had fifteen - yes fifteen - cats in her vehicle as she attempted to back out of a parking spot at a convenience store in Pierre, South Dakota. This scenario wouldn’t be a big deal unless, of course, Edwards hadn’t almost backed into a police cruiser in her attempt to see around the furry creatures.

The police officer, who was almost backed into by the feline-loving woman, immediately seized the cats in an effort to stop Edwards from driving with such a distraction.

The courts, thankfully, ruled against Edwards and her cats who were deemed "a distraction and interfered with driver Patricia Edwards’ ability to see where she was going." A distraction. No shit, Sherlock.

Seriously, can this get any more ridiculous? If it can, we’d love to hear your stories!

According to this local reporter, car theft is becoming a pretty common occurrence these days. In his own words, he says, "all it takes is a matter of seconds to get into your vehicle. All a thief needs is a hammer, an empty parking lot..."

Apparently, enterprising car thieves are going to need a pretty strong arm too.

In an embarassing display of physical ineptitude, little Mr. PeeWee Reporter’s assignment on how thieves break into your car ended up being more physically taxing than he expected when the driver’s side window of the piece of junk Oldsmobile he was trying to break refused to budge despite his "herculean" efforts in trying to smash it. At one point, the car window, who we believe had had enough of the reporter’s assault on it, simply fell down to its sill without even breaking. Can you say embarrassing with a capital ’E’.

Finally, after what seemed like a million re-takes, the strapping young reporter resorts to using two hands to break one of the rear passenger windows and miraculously pulls off the mighty task, but not without cutting himself in the process. Of course he did.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you see this man lurking near your car in the future, you have no cause for concern. He’s probably got a bigger chance of winning multi-state lotteries than he has of breaking into your car.

Source: Break

There’s stupid and then there’s really, really stupid. Care to venture a guess on what description fits these yahoos?

If it’s bad enough that these guys would think that submerging the rear end of their van so a jet ski can drive straight inside is a good idea, they made it exponentially worse by actually doing it. Not only did their plan backfire, but it completely blew up in their faces after the van continued sliding into the water, leaving both it and the jet ski trapped with no help in sight. Maybe these idiots could do the smart thing and pull the van out of the water with their teeth. Oh wait, that’s not a smart idea? For most of us, yeah. But for these morons, it just might be the smartest thing they do all day.

Watch idiocy at its finest after the jump

Source: YouTube
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General Motors has made another mistake. The Detroit automaker admitted that the memo telling employees to stop using the nickname “Chevy ” was poorly worded.

The GM memo wanted a consistent name for the company. It said: "We’d ask that whether you’re talking to a dealer, reviewing dealer advertising, or speaking with friends and family, that you communicate our brand as Chevrolet moving forward."

The memo was signed by Alan Batey, vice president for Chevrolet sales and service, as well as Jim Campbell, GM’s division vice president for marketing.

Following an hour of laughter and then a public outcry, GM made an announcement, which read: "’Chevy’ will continue to reflect the enthusiasm of customers and fans."

"Today’s emotional debate over a poorly worded memo on our use of the Chevrolet brand is a good reminder of how passionately people feel about Chevrolet. It is a passion we share and one we do not take for granted," he says.

"We love Chevy. In no way are we discouraging customers or fans from using the name. We deeply appreciate the emotional connections that millions of people have for Chevrolet and its products."

He adds, "In global markets, we are establishing a significant presence for Chevrolet, and need to move toward a consistent brand name for advertising and marketing purposes. The memo in question was one step in that process."

"We hope people around the world will continue to fall in love with Chevrolets and smile when they call their favorite car, truck or crossover ’Chevy.’"

That sounds great and all, but if you read closely, it never retracts their request for employees to call the company Chevrolet.

Source: Autocar
Posted on by Bryan 6
They are called Chevrolets

It seems the people over at General Motors have a little too much time on their hands. On Tuesday, G.M. sent a memo to Chevrolet employees that asked them to stop saying Chevy. The memo promoted the importance of consistency for the brand, which has been the nation’s best selling brand for years.

Chevy, err, I mean Chevrolet, is asking employees to drop one of the longest lived nicknames in product history.

“We’d ask that whether you’re talking to a dealer, reviewing dealer advertising, or speaking with friends and family, that you communicate our brand as Chevrolet moving forward,” said the memo, which was signed by Alan Batey, vice president for Chevrolet sales and service, and Jim Campbell, the G.M. division’s vice president for marketing.

“When you look at the most recognized brands throughout the world, such as Coke or Apple for instance, one of the things they all focus on is the consistency of their branding,” the memo said. “Why is this consistency so important? The more consistent a brand becomes, the more prominent and recognizable it is with the consumer.”

Getting rid of Chevy might be harder than they think. According to the New York Times, the word Chevy appears dozens of times on the company’s website. Slogans such as, “Experience Chevy” are everywhere.

No matter what Chevrolet is asking people to do, it seems hard to imagine that anything will come of this. People will always use Chevy when referring to their cars. Long live Chevy.

Here’s something people should know about supercars; Unlike some mainstream vehicles, turning a supercar into a custom-designed art car is, more often that not, a frowned upon endeavor. It’s not that they don’t deserve it; it’s more like they don’t need it.

Take for example a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 . By all accounts, this car doesn’t need any add-on art to make it stand out because, on its own, it’s already one of the most eye-catching cars in the world. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and somebody is bound to mess up a Gallardo by putting in some weird, abstract, vinyl wrap on it. Yeah, something like what Paul Pascarella - an artist based in New Mexico - did.

On it’s own, the Gallardo is finished in Lamborghini ’s Blue Cepheus exterior color with a Blue Scylla & Cuoio Olimpus interior. Sounds about good, right? Well, Pascarella just had to add something to it to make it stand out: a weird abstract art that was tacked on to the car’s central section, from the hood all the way back to the rear. Way to waste a perfectly sexy supercar.

As kids, we were always taught by our elders to help anyone in need. Really, it’s one of the first things they teach us, apart from, you know, walking and talking. As we get older, the hope is that this life lesson remains with us and we never forget to abide by it when the situation calls for it.

For Porsche driver, Ronald van de Laar, the lesson of helping others is easier said than done. While sitting on the grid during the ADAC GT Masters, the grid girl standing in front of his Porsche 911 GT3 passes out and slams into the hood of his car in a rather big thud. Instead of getting out of his car to assist the crew helping out the poor girl, he instead demands anybody within earshot to go check on the damage the girl did to his car. Of course, we don’t really understand all of that Dutch he was speaking, but according to a few of our buddies who have a grasp of the language, van de Laar was saying something along the lines of, "check my car, the grid girl fell on it!"

That’s right. You stay classy, Mr. van de Laar.

Video after the jump

Source: YouTube

To what lengths will you go to when you’re extremely low in sobriety and you’re just looking to do something that will get attention? For the driver of this Citroen C5 , that question comes with an answer that a lot of us would never even dream of pulling off.

After being cautioned by a Serbian police officer to err on the side of reason after already driving on the opposite side of the road, the intoxicated driver ended up deciding that driving on the wrong side of the road wasn’t fun enough. So, he took it up a notch and drove his car across the steps that lead to the entrance of the Serbian parliamentary building and parked his car on the other side of the parking lot. And as if what he did was something out of the ordinary, he got out of the car, locked it, and made a phone call!

Maybe he wanted to tell whoever it was on the other end of the line about his merry exploits, an exploit, we believe, will end with him in cuffs and a night behind bars.

Don’t follow his example kids!

Source: Live Leak

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