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Scrapple, Your Guide To The “meh”-worthy News: Camaro Crunch, One Expensive Tangerine And Prius Batteries!

Scrapple, Your Guide To The “meh”-worthy News: Camaro Crunch, One Expensive Tangerine And Prius Batteries!

It’s a beautiful day outside! The sun is shining, the pollen is finally starting to disappear, and here you are, sitting at the computer, preparing to start the day. We all know that the best start to the morning is a good breakfast, and the same goes for your brain. We’ve been busy combing the news for some of the most mediocre news stories that might be worth a rehash. We threw it all into the frying pan, fried it nicely and have it on a plate, ready for you to enjoy. Here’s this week’s Scrapple!

1. Too fast (and f***ing expensive) for y’all, man!

fnf supra clipThe Toyota Supra that featured in the original Fast and Furious flick finally went to auction and the price tag only cements the theory that items are worth more if they are associated with a dead celebrity. The Supra, a non-turbo model, sold for $185,000 at Mecum Indianapolis. Sorry, Supra fans, but with that kind of price, you might be seeing a value spike here shortly.


2. 153 MPH on a Detroit highway in a Dodge Magnum…and no, gunfire was not involved…

Who knew I-75 in Detroit was a gearhead’s playground? (Don’t ask me, I’ve never been near Detroit.) Michigan State Police recently busted a guy in a 2005 Dodge Magnum for going 153 miles an hour in a 70 MPH zone. Cops initially tailed him when they caught him at nine over, then the dude just laid into the throttle and went for broke. Afterwards, the Magnum pulled off of the freeway and hid between buildings. Cops arrested the 21-year-old driver and impounded the Dodge. Alcohol was not a factor, just seriously bad judgement. But it does give us a glimmer of hope regarding our Angry Grandpa Chrysler…the Magnum SRT-8 didn’t appear until 2006, and we highly doubt the weak-suck V6s could move the wagon that fast.

3. How do you spell “terminal understeer?” 

Jalopnik‘s Patrick George took out a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V6 test mule during a press drive at Belle Island. Here’s the video.

4. Remember when a tank was the worst thing to happen to a Prius? People are stealing the batteries out of them now.

roadkill prius

Hubcaps, catalytic converters, stereo equipment and now…Toyota Prius battery packs. Yep, thieves have resorted to smash-and-grab techniques to liberate the poster child vehicle of the hippies/hipsters/self-rightetous mouthpieces of their precious electrical storage device. We don’t know what we’re waiting for first: the thieves to realize that the 3G Prius battery pack doesn’t work in the 2G Prius, the inevitable police sting involving morons selling the battery packs on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars, or the first thief to turn a Prius smash-and-grab into a reproduction of Sing Sing’s most famous chair. I bet that’s louder than a bug zapper, and twice as satisfying.

5. Aston Martin is seriously looking at an Alabama production facility

aston martin vanquishAuto snobs are currently having a stroke over this charming bit of news: Aston Martin has been poking around Alabama for the site of the production facility for the upcoming SUV/Crossover/whatever that is currently under the “DBX” codename. What does that mean for you, readers? Not much unless you’re in auto manufacturing and are job hunting or if you want to piss off your blue-blooded friend to the point of murder when you mention “Aston Martin” and “Roll Tide” in the same sentence. The keyboard purists have been in a bitching frenzy not unlike pirhana near a bleeding cow in the river, with the usual one liners about barefoot rednecks and duct tape. Let’s not forget that Sikorsky Helicopters and Mercedes-Benz get along just fine with those same rednecks. Raise your hands if you took one look at the Vanquish pictured and saw a “01” on the door and a Confederate flag on the roof. Yee-haw, good sir.


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3 thoughts on “Scrapple, Your Guide To The “meh”-worthy News: Camaro Crunch, One Expensive Tangerine And Prius Batteries!

  1. BeaverMartin

    1st there should be a ban on cloning that Supra, or any F&F car that’s not a Dodge Charger for that matter. Supra’s are cool but that paint scheme is just hideous.
    2nd People will literally steal anything, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before meth heads are ripping copper wiring out of a Tesla.
    3rd There is a conspiracy to convince me to swap a late model Hemi in my AMC, this Magnum is proof.

  2. Scott Liggett

    I am not sure if the battery packs in the Prius are stolen for their recycle value, or their value on the black market. Replacement packs cost upwards of $5000. The black market value of Suburbans were $3000 which meant they were being stolen in high numbers.

    The F&F franchise is extremely popular to everyone but gearheads. So, it is not surprising that one of the cars from the movie sold for high dollars. I find irony that the picture above does not have Paul Walker at the wheel.

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