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Category Archive: BangShift Road Tests, MOPAR, Unhinged

Unhinged: Rekindling An Old Flame With A Six-Speed SRT Challenger

As you’ve seen recently, I’ve been lucky enough to make friends at some of the local dealerships. This allows me to get behind the wheel of some vehicles that ordinarily I’d never...

Unhinged: The Strangest Lawn And Garden Tool Ever Invented, The Hover-Mower

For the last couple of days, I’ve been working on the lawn and garden aspect of BangShift Mid-West. Lucky for me, that involves sitting down and turning a steering wheel, because that’s...

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Unhinged: An Ode To The Funkiest Little Van I’ve Ever Had The Privilege Of Dealing With

What you are looking at is one of the best retaliatory pranks I’ve ever seen, one of the funnest things I’ve ever seen going to work anywhere, ever, and one of the most useful vehicles...

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Rumor Mill: Volkswagen To Offer Up Over 300,000 Diesel-Powered Cars To U.S. Armed Forces As Targets

Volkswagen has a huge problem in America: vast fields of cars that fell under the “Dieselgate” scandal, returned to the company by angry consumers who felt that they had been duped by the...

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Unhinged: Have You Heard About The Ferrari Owner Who Is Suing His Canadian Insurance Company Because He’s “Embarrassed”?

In the later part of 1999, I was involved in a major vehicle accident. The 1998 Dodge Intrepid that I was driving, which had been loaned out to me by my grandfather, the owner, was hit by a Honda...

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Unhinged: When It Comes To Driver Assist Technologies, Say It Plain – “We Don’t Trust You To Actually Drive The Car.”

I wanted to be excited for the press release, I really did. There was a teaser image of the upcoming 2019 Shelby GT500, a monster waiting for a crack at the Hellcat and Demon in one shot. There was...

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Unhinged: The Legends Rally Ride And Drive At The Mint 400 – Thrashing RZRs In The Nevada Desert!

I enjoy the idea of desert racing: bombing along hard-packed dirt trails and rocky semblances of roads at speeds that would scare most people on asphalt, drifting corners and occasionally making a...

The Beginner’s Guide To: The Mint 400, The Great American Desert Race

I beat the alarm clock by about an hour and a half, waking up with the rising sun. Not that I was particularly enthused to: my mouth tasted like mescal and barbacoa-style lamb, my head was reminding...

Unhinged: Yelling “I Can’t Stop!” Won’t Slow The Runaway Car Down, You Genius.

Remember all of the drama that unfolded with the Toyota “unintended acceleration” controversy? It seemed that all of a sudden, Toyota vehicles were killing people left and right via...

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Unhinged: How To Drive Your Hot Rod 101, Courtesy Of This Guy And His 1967 Mercury Cougar

Most anybody who has ridden with me while I drive can tell you I tend to have a slightly aggressive driving style. What does that mean? It means that I’ve got no problem putting an on-ramp to...

Unhinged: There’s Always A First Time For Everything, And You’re About To See A Lot Of “Firsts”…

The tone of voice that came through the phone was absolutely incredulous. “You’re telling me you’ve never rebuilt a carb before?!” Chad couldn’t believe his ears, but...

Unhinged: The Beauty And Snark Of The Falcon Heavy Launch

It’s probably the biggest news story going: the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch was a complete and total success and among all of the things going on with the event, the one thing everybody seems...

Unhinged: A Moment Of Silence For A Forlorn Monster Truck

Have you ever seen those pictures of abandoned amusement parks, water parks, circus areas, and the like? You know the ones…what used to be the place to go and have fun is now one of the most...

Unhinged: Ode To A Fat Cat (The Honda TR200 FatCat, That Is)

With the exception of the day I tried to drive off in a Mustang II without anybody knowing it when I was about five years old and the occasional trip to the go-kart track in Colorado Springs, my...