For Some Reason the Chinese Don’t like that "New Car Smell" So Ford is Working on a Solution
I’ll try to be as humble as possible: What is wrong with people these days? How can someone NOT like new car smell? According to a study, one out of ten Chinese people dislike the new car smell. While it may seem erratic and should just be ignored, Ford is actually working to eliminate this from its cars! This is just weird.
Mustang Hooners In San Francisco Get Arrested For Being Rude And Stupid
Thousands of miles away from Connecticut, a group of reckless and rude drivers came face-to-face with the long arm of the law after intentionally stopping traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge just so they could hoon and make donuts with their Ford Mustangs and Toyota Supras. It’s unclear exactly what their intentions are, but a good guess on their motives would involve words like “stupidity, carelessness, and all-around douchebaggery.”
Feel Your Soul Ache as this Ford Focus RS Gets Crushed
If you have a weak stomach for cars getting destroyed, you might want to turn your heads away now. If you’re still here, then this is the kind of video that’s going to make you cringe. The subject of the video is a Ford Focus RS. It’s clearly seen better days, but it still looks in good enough shape to be salvaged. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds for the narrative to flip on this unsuspecting Focus RS as a junkyard crane uses its claws to crush it, pick it up, and drop it in a garbage container.
At $57 Million, Mark Fields Walks Away from Ford with More than Most of us Make in a Lifetime
Let’s face it, getting fired really sucks. You get escorted out of the building, get your last check, and hope you have enough to get by until you find more work. When you work high up in a company like Ford, however, it’s a completely different ballgame. And, while Mark Fields may have been forced out as CEO, he could walk away with as much as $57.5 million. Let that sink in for a minute… $57.5 million. That’s the word according to Automotive News who took the time to sit down and determine just what Fields’ payout just might be. As the story goes, the man could walk away with as much as $29.4 million in unvested stock awards, $17.5 million in retirement benefits, $8.1 million in stock options, and $2.1 million in prorated incentive bonuses.
Considering Ford’s stock declined by a total of 37% between the time he took over the helm and the time he was forced to resign, that’s a pretty damn good payout. Nothing like getting paid royally for a job poorly done, huh? To add fuel to the Fire, Ford saw fit to increase his total compensation last year to a total of $22.1 million, or 19 percent. His replacement, Jim Hackett, also receives a pretty good deal for taking over the helm. His compensation comes to a total of $13.4 million, which includes a $1.8 million base salary, stock grants worth $3.6 million, $1 million in accession bonuses, and $3.6 million in annual incentive plans. When you take into account Hackett’s last known salary at $716,000, he’s sitting pretty well too. The question is, however, will he be able to do what Mark Fields couldn’t?
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Man Comes Up With Worst Excuse Ever After Crashing Mustang
I feel sorry for all of you responsible Mustang owners out there; I really do. Some of you actually know how to drive a rear-wheel-drive Ford, but the very car you love has been forever tainted by the absurd number of idiots that keep crashing the damn things. Year after year, Mustangs die at the hands of drivers with no skill and even less intelligence, usually after a Cars & Coffee meet, but this most recent crash really takes the cake. Not because of when or where it happened, but because of the excuse the 24-year-old driver of the black Mustang you see above came up with. What was that excuse? Well, he supposedly swerved to avoid a squirrel, resulting in a pretty dramatic crash that tore up not only the Mustang but the minivan that he hit as well.
The accident happened on April 15, just before noon in West Shore, Pennsylvania near the 1,000 block of West Foxcroft Drive and Wormleysburg Borough. According to the small report released by the West Shore Regional Police Department, witnesses claimed the driver was traveling at high speed prior to the crash, which is easily noticeable given the damage to both vehicles involved. Apparently, nobody was hurt, and the van that was struck was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The driver was cited for “Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed” which is likely a typo in the report, and was likely written up as “Driving at an Unsafe Speed.” For now, the offending squirrel remains at large and is likely hunting his next victim at this very moment.
Update: Exclusive interview with Cranky the Squirrel shines some light on last weekend’s big Mustang accident. Keep reading to hear his side of the story.
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Best Mustang Fails of 2016
Alright, let’s not beat around the bush – there have been plenty of crowd-attacking car crashes that didn’t involve the Ford Mustang. But, those involving the Mustang seem to linger around the internet, continuously reminding the one responsible just how stupid they were and what a costly mistake they made. So, in light of the World’s love for Mustang fails, I’ve decided to compile a few videos of some of the more interesting crashes. I originally set out to focus primarily on fails that happened at Cars & Coffee meets, however, I did find a couple worth sharing that didn’t involve a crowd that soiled themselves.
Before we get into the videos, though, I want to be clear about something for all of you haters out there. I’m not dogging on the Mustang. I’ve driven the current-gen model, and it’s an absolute blast to drive (I didn’t crash, by the way) but you could color me guilty for hating on the drivers who fail to realize they have absolutely no skill behind the wheel. Fortunately, there are no injuries shown in the following videos, aside from the bruised ego of the various Mustang owners and the cars themselves, but there are a couple of close calls.
With that said, let’s have a little bit of fun and look back at some of the more interesting Mustang fails of 2016.
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Mustang Commits Another Act Of Terrorism, Leaves Six Mangled Cars
If you’ve followed any of my writing in the past, you probably know I’m not a colossal fan of Ford or the Mustang – at least outside of classic models, anyway. I’ve reported a number of rogue Mustang’s in the past, but this one really takes the cake. Apparently, another one of those crazy Mustang drivers decided to showboat, but instead of bouncing off a curb or just looking like a complete moron, this guy wreaked some serious havoc.
What was probably just a guy doing what Mustang drivers do, ended up in the loss of cars like a BMW Z4, a Volkswagen Golf, and even a partially restored 1965 Plymouth Valiant. All three of which were part of a collection of five vehicles that were owned by one family and will probably never be driven again. It’s like terrorism powered by Ford engineering at its finest. The craziest part is, the driver of the Mustang is nowhere to be found, somehow escaping serious injury and going on the run.
Of course, I might be looking at this with a little bit of humor – the Mustang strikes again – but is it just me, or does it seem like things are getting worse. You can pretty much catch a Mustang going rogue at just about every auto show, and let’s not forget about the crazy chick that chose the Mustang as her weapon of choice against the man who gave her HIV. Okay, it’s not that the guy didn’t deserve it, but she could have just as easily chosen a Chrysler or a Chevy.
In all seriousness, though, the driver in this most recent accident really is still at large and, as of the time of this writing, has yet to be caught. When they do get caught, however, they’ll be looking at some pretty serious charges. There’s leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and hell, maybe they can get him for a hate crime against German’s since at least two of the cars were German made. With that said, you can check out ABC10’s report and see the aftermath by clicking play on the video above. And, if you’re going to Mustang around and be a douche bag, please stay off my street. That goes for all you new Camaro-owning rookies too.
We hate saying this but many people buy expensive supercars just to be seen in them. Rather than appreciating the engineering and hard work which is put into creating these exotics, the sad truth is people buys cars like the Lamborghini to find beautiful women who will be “wooed” by their expensive taste.
But does expensive always mean more girls will be attracted to you cruising in your car? Well, Motor Trend teamed up with HOT ROD Magazine’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan when they rented a Lamborghini Aventador for 24 hours, costing a cool $6000 dollars. They were also lucky enough to take an extremely unique and one-off 1930 Model A ‘Rat Rod’ which was only ever designed for automotive conventions and shows, rather than actual driving.
The goal of the test? Well, it was simply to find out which car attracts the most attention when cruising through Californian streets, and the result may surprise you.
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Okay, I have worked in many repair shops in my day. During my tour as a service manager, I came across a fair share of “Mountain Man Mechanics,” which is the politically correct thing to call them. These guys love taking the strangest vehicles and creating monsters out of them.
There was one mechanic that took a 1980s Honda Civic hatchback and dropped a 1300 cc Hayabusa engine in it, thinking it would increase the Civic’s performance. He didn’t quite grasp the logic of torque-to-weight ratio and ended up with only a really cool sounding Civic.
Another monster that sticks out in my mind is when a mechanic tore apart his unwilling wife’s mid-1990s Mitsubishi Mirage and dropped its body on a self-shortened S-10 frame. He then dropped a 307 cubic-inch Oldsmobile engine in it and connected the Olds engine to the transmission and transfer case on the S-10 frame. It actually looked and sounded mean when he was done, but instead of re-welding the frame together, he used several bolts to secure it. Guess what happened...
What’s my point here? Well, a new monster has recently come to our attention, which is for sale on Craigslist. The owner has dubbed this machine a 2007 Willys Trike. This trike has a stretched Jeep CJ-2 body with a motorcycle wheel on the front. The body sits on a custom frame – hopefully it’s welded – and has the rear independent suspension from a T-bird.
Instead of having the old Jeep CJ-2 engine, this beast has a Chevy 4.3-liter Vortec engine, which is good for around 190 horsepower, if it is stock. Plus it has a four-speed transmission connecting the engine to the rear wheels.
The handle bars for the motorcycle wheel span all the way from the front of the vehicle through two slots under the windshield. We bet this thing is a scary animal to maneuver at high speeds. But anyways, this “Mountain Man” monster can be yours for “just” $11,000. We bet this thing sits on the market for a while.
We all love high-performance cars and nearly everyone that loves high-performance cars loves seeing these cars do burnouts. Regardless of the love, there is a time and place for everything. I remember my first ever burn out well, it was in a 1986 Camaro IROC-Z, which I had just finished painting and doing body work on. On my way home from school, some buddies talked me into power-blocking it at a stop light. Well, after about 30 seconds of intense tire smoke, there was a gigantic clunk and the wheels stopped. Yeah, I destroyed the rear end.
$250 later and about two nights of installing the new rear end, I learned never to power-block a car again. I am sure the guy in the above video has learned an important lesson too.
When you are at a car meet and there are cops there, you can oftentimes get away with more than you can on a public street. However, if there is a crowd of people around your Mustang and you decide to power-block it, you are just one slip of your foot away from mowing down a bunch of people.
When the cops see that, regardless of it being private or public property, they will immediately place you under arrest for endangering the lives of others. That’s exactly what happened to the dude in this video. After some enticing by his “friends” he decides to light ‘em up on his Mustang and the cops literally pull him from the car and take him directly to jail, he did not pass “Go” and did not collect $200, just right to jail.
So what did we learn today, guys? Don’t power-block a car in a crowded area with cops around, that’s bad, mmmkay?