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Investigation expands into fires in 2007-12 Jeep Wranglers

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators have expanded an investigation into Jeep Wrangler fires.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking Chrysler for information about Wranglers from 2007 through 2012. That is an expansion of a probe that began March 28, and focused on vehicles from the 2010 model year.

Chrysler makes Jeeps and sold more than 532,000 Wranglers from 2007 through March.

The government says 23 Wrangler owners have complained about fires. Complaints say four people were hurt and two houses were damaged. Three of the injuries were minor burns.

Chrysler had no comment on the expanded probe Wednesday. It has said the Wrangler meets or exceeds all safety standards and has an excellent safety record.

An investigation can lead to a recall.


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Amish ‘taxis’ transport rough highway in Pennsylvania

LANCASTER, Pa. (WTW) — Sam Stoltzfus says military have been shutting down Amish taxis and upsetting some passengers in a bargain.

The initial instance was in February, when drivers during a Lancaster Ag Products assembly in Ronks were cited.

The second happened in March, during a wake in a Intercourse area.

Cletus Ressler, a protected Leola cab use owners who spasmodic transports Stoltzfus, described a integrate of less-disruptive incidents.

In January, Ressler said, one of his drivers was fined for not carrying a medical card. And a crony was penalized a integrate of weeks ago for carrying old-fashioned child automobile seats, he added.

Stoltzfus, a Gordonville businessman and author who spasmodic writes letters to Lancaster Newspapers editors, claims a trend is partial of an ongoing crackdown on vehicles that typically ride Amish business whose eremite beliefs keep them from pushing or owning cars.

Ressler and others with Old Order Amish ties determine with Stoltzfus.

Dr. Donald Kraybill, a comparison associate during a Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies during Elizabethtown College, pronounced in an email that he had gotten reports from Amish sources of “more difficult enforcement” in a past 3 months.

State Public Utility Commission coercion officers, not police, have carried out prior efforts to control bootleg cab businesses.

But officials from a PUC, a state Department of Transportation and a state military pronounced there’s no new pierce to rein in a taxis here.

Said state military orator Sgt. Anthony Manetta in a voicemail message: “I’m not wakeful of any accordant effort. (That’s) not to contend there could not have been arrests. Individual troopers, of course, have a requirement to make a law as they see fit.”

The standard Amish cab is indeed a 14-passenger van, not a iconic yellow cabs people competence consider of when they hear a word taxi.

State law requires outpost drivers to obtain a $350 paratransit acceptance from PUC.

Carriers hauling 15 passengers or fewer contingency obtain a smallest of $35,000 guilt insurance, according to a PUC.

Carriers contingency expostulate vehicles reduction than 8 years aged and are assessed an annual price formed on their reported sum handling revenue.

Violators might be fined $50 to $1,000.

Drivers who are compensated for their services and who work vans holding 8 to 14 passengers contingency have a medical examiner’s certificate and approve with hours of use manners underneath a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, PennDOT mouthpiece Jan McKnight pronounced in an email.

PUC Press Secretary Jennifer Kocher pronounced taxis should arrangement their PUC permit series with 2-inch-high lettering, yet captivating decals might be used.

A U.S. Department of Transportation series might be replaced if a car is purebred underneath a Unified Carrier Registration Act, according to PUC.

Not each motorist or business owners takes all a correct steps.

Kocher pronounced in an email that a county has 105 approved paratransit carriers, 94 of that are limited to transporting “persons whose personal philosophy forestall them from overdue and/or handling engine vehicles.”

(The remaining 11 are puncture medical use companies, taxis and train services that customarily ride shared-ride or nonemergency medical services passengers, she noted.)

But as many as 100 Amish taxis might be handling underneath a radar.

That’s a ballpark theory by Ressler.

Another Amish cab driver, who pronounced he was approved though spoke on condition of anonymity, corroborated adult Ressler’s estimate.

“There’s a lot of fly-by-nighters out there,” a Ronks-area male said. “There’s so many of these comparison people doing it” for additional income. Properly documented drivers are anticipating it “rough to make a vital off (of) now that gas prices are going up,” a male said.

The state is fit in perplexing to rein in violators, Stoltzfus said.

“We wish to be law-abiding citizens. We don’t wish these cab drivers to be illegal,” he said.

But Stoltzfus pronounced a timing of some of a military actions has lifted eyebrows in Amish country.

Enforcement in a context of a wake was “terribly uncalled for,” he said. “People going to funerals are generally in mourning.”

In a box of a use nearby Intercourse, reported Stoltzfus, who did not attend, state military stopped out-of-state drivers along Martin Road and some passengers were forced to find swap rides.

Reuben Stoltzfus, of Lancaster Ag Products, pronounced he too had churned reactions when troopers came to a business.

“I comprehend that a state has to strengthen people and make certain laws are followed,” pronounced Reuben Stoltzfus, who is a apart propinquity to Sam. “But a approach it went in Feb was not veteran during all,” Reuben Stoltzfus added.

For one thing, he said, “They were pulling people over on private property.”

For another, combined Stoltzfus, who speedy a media to teach people about licensing, “some of a drivers don’t know” about a state mandate.

But they’re training fast, pronounced Ralph Shank, authority of a auction during a Gordonville Fire Company sand sale.

At this year’s fundraiser, on Mar 10, Shank said, “we got utterly upset” when state military pulled over dual of a 9 propagandize train shuttles since they were usually protected to transport propagandize students.

The passengers had to wait about half an hour for scrupulously protected buses, he said.

“There were other vans that were stopped since they didn’t have PUC licenses on them,” Shank added.

“They’re interlude afterwards now and fining them. We only never had that problem before.”

Still, a debate over Amish taxis is a long-running one.

The PUC sent out warning letters to unofficial cab businesses here final September.

A 2007 crackdown by a PUC in Clearfield County influenced tragedy between moonlighters and cab interests who support state regulation.

“We’re not targeting weddings or funerals or functions,” Kocher pronounced during a time.

The emanate is doubtful to blur soon.

Sam Stoltzfus estimates that Old Order travelers along a bustling highways of Lancaster select taxis over horse-drawn carriages for a bulk of their trips.

Ressler pronounced a state is gradually leveling a personification field.

“We all have to be authorised now,” Ressler said.

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Popular off-road routes to close on Eldorado National Forest lands

The Eldorado National Forest will close 42 popular off-highway vehicle routes that cross meadows due to a February court order, Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy announced this week.

The routes could be closed through this year’s recreation season while the U.S. Forest Service conducts an court-ordered environmental analysis.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton said the Forest Service had failed to comply with the National Forest Management Act when it designated routes as open for motor vehicle use, according to a release from the Forest Service.

Affected routes include Barrett Lake Jeep Trail, Squaw Ridge Four Wheel Drive Trail and Clover Valley/Deer Valley Trail.

Maps and a complete list will be posted at Eldorado National Forest’s website, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.

“I know that prohibiting travel on these routes will be a big disappointment to forest visitors, but we have to be responsive to the order,” Hardy said in a statement.

Online discussion groups for off-roaders have attacked the closures.

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Popular off-road routes to close on Eldorado National Forest lands

The Eldorado National Forest will close 42 popular off-highway vehicle routes that cross meadows due to a February court order, Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy announced this week.

The routes could be closed through this year’s recreation season while the U.S. Forest Service conducts an court-ordered environmental analysis.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton said the Forest Service had failed to comply with the National Forest Management Act when it designated routes as open for motor vehicle use, according to a release from the Forest Service.

Affected routes include Barrett Lake Jeep Trail, Squaw Ridge Four Wheel Drive Trail and Clover Valley/Deer Valley Trail.

Maps and a complete list will be posted at Eldorado National Forest’s website, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.

“I know that prohibiting travel on these routes will be a big disappointment to forest visitors, but we have to be responsive to the order,” Hardy said in a statement.

Online discussion groups for off-roaders have attacked the closures.

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Road trip! Electric vehicle-aficionados charged adult to expostulate cross-country

Courtesy Men’s Health

This Ford Focus Electric is roving from New York City to a Santa Monica Pier in California in a Electric Car Challenge, orderly by Men’s Health magazine.

With a inhabitant normal cost of a gallon of gas coming $4, we could be forgiven for meditative that a good American highway outing is a thing of a past. But for a group of drivers about to expostulate from New York to Los Angeles, it’s a thing of a future.

Organized by Men’s Health magazine, a 2012 Electric Car Challenge (ECC) proposes to set a new record by creation a roughly 3,000-mile outing though interlude during a singular gas station.

“We adore highway trips and this is an forgive to have a opposite kind of trip,” pronounced Eric Adams, a comparison editor during a repository and a member of a Challenge team. To accomplish a feat, a outing will implement a 2012 Ford Focus Electric, need an estimated 40 to 55 recharging stops and rest on crowdsourcing and a affability of others to safeguard a passed battery doesn’t doom a effort.

While this isn’t a initial multi-state, long-distance outing in an electric automobile – that respect belongs to Arizona Public Service and a Mars II Electric Car that went from Detroit to Phoenix over 15 days and 37 recharging stops behind in 1967 – it aims to go over in reduction time.

“It’ll be a ‘speed’ record in name only,” pronounced Adams, who expects a group to strech a Santa Monica Pier in 10 to 12 days. Along a way, a group expects to foster several adventures — aptness challenges, environmental missions, etc. — during any 2- to 4-hour charging session.

For improved or worse, they’ll also prominence a hurdles that mount in a proceed of wide-scale acceptance of electric vehicles (EV). Chief among them: supposed “range anxiety,” a fear that you’ll run out of extract though a charging hire in sight.

“Electric cars during this indicate are flattering most commuter vehicles,” pronounced Carroll Lachnit, facilities editor during Edmunds.com. “It’s unequivocally formidable [to go further] since a infrastructure isn’t there yet.”

The Focus Electric, for example, has an EPA-estimated operation of 76 miles, fundamentally adequate to get a group from New York to Bethlehem, Pa. At that point, they’ll possibly have to locate a open charging hire or find a business or homeowner with 240V energy — a garments dryer opening will do — and a eagerness to share.

“Any business that has a welding hire uses 240V,” pronounced Adams. “We competence call Firestone stores and see if we can hurl adult and block in for a integrate of hours.”

Elsewhere, they’ll take advantage of crowdsourcing and new apps, such as PlugShare and ChargePoint, that use mapping programs to uncover where a nation’s flourishing series of charging stations are. The PlugShare app, for example, shows 8,000 stations — 6,000 public, 2,000 home-based — along with insights about forms of chargers, stream accessibility and either fees apply.

The idea, says Forrest North, owner of Xatori, that total PlugShare, is to pierce EVs over their stream marketplace of early adopters and alternative-fuel aficionados.

“We wish that second tier of people to feel gentle shopping EVs,” he told msnbc.com. “If we see a lot of places to charge, it’ll assistance soothe their operation anxiety.”

In a meantime, holding an EV on an extended highway outing will benefaction challenges. For example, aloft speeds empty electric batteries faster, one reason a “Men’s Health” group expects to engine along on delegate roads during 40 to 50 mph. On a other hand, a Focus Electric’s total MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, of 105 miles is flattering interesting when gas is nudging a $4 mark.

“It can be finished though it can’t be finished easily,” pronounced Lachnit. “It’s not like removing in your car, streamer for Vegas and only meaningful there will always be a gas hire on a subsequent corner. EVs are not like that — we have to be most some-more wilful in your approach.”

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Road trip! Electric vehicle-aficionados charged adult to expostulate cross-country

Courtesy Men’s Health

This Ford Focus Electric is roving from New York City to a Santa Monica Pier in California in a Electric Car Challenge, orderly by Men’s Health magazine.

With a inhabitant normal cost of a gallon of gas coming $4, we could be forgiven for meditative that a good American highway outing is a thing of a past. But for a group of drivers about to expostulate from New York to Los Angeles, it’s a thing of a future.

Organized by Men’s Health magazine, a 2012 Electric Car Challenge (ECC) proposes to set a new record by creation a roughly 3,000-mile outing though interlude during a singular gas station.

“We adore highway trips and this is an forgive to have a opposite kind of trip,” pronounced Eric Adams, a comparison editor during a repository and a member of a Challenge team. To accomplish a feat, a outing will implement a 2012 Ford Focus Electric, need an estimated 40 to 55 recharging stops and rest on crowdsourcing and a affability of others to safeguard a passed battery doesn’t doom a effort.

While this isn’t a initial multi-state, long-distance outing in an electric automobile – that respect belongs to Arizona Public Service and a Mars II Electric Car that went from Detroit to Phoenix over 15 days and 37 recharging stops behind in 1967 – it aims to go over in reduction time.

“It’ll be a ‘speed’ record in name only,” pronounced Adams, who expects a group to strech a Santa Monica Pier in 10 to 12 days. Along a way, a group expects to foster several adventures — aptness challenges, environmental missions, etc. — during any 2- to 4-hour charging session.

For improved or worse, they’ll also prominence a hurdles that mount in a proceed of wide-scale acceptance of electric vehicles (EV). Chief among them: supposed “range anxiety,” a fear that you’ll run out of extract though a charging hire in sight.

“Electric cars during this indicate are flattering most commuter vehicles,” pronounced Carroll Lachnit, facilities editor during Edmunds.com. “It’s unequivocally formidable [to go further] since a infrastructure isn’t there yet.”

The Focus Electric, for example, has an EPA-estimated operation of 76 miles, fundamentally adequate to get a group from New York to Bethlehem, Pa. At that point, they’ll possibly have to locate a open charging hire or find a business or homeowner with 240V energy — a garments dryer opening will do — and a eagerness to share.

“Any business that has a welding hire uses 240V,” pronounced Adams. “We competence call Firestone stores and see if we can hurl adult and block in for a integrate of hours.”

Elsewhere, they’ll take advantage of crowdsourcing and new apps, such as PlugShare and ChargePoint, that use mapping programs to uncover where a nation’s flourishing series of charging stations are. The PlugShare app, for example, shows 8,000 stations — 6,000 public, 2,000 home-based — along with insights about forms of chargers, stream accessibility and either fees apply.

The idea, says Forrest North, owner of Xatori, that total PlugShare, is to pierce EVs over their stream marketplace of early adopters and alternative-fuel aficionados.

“We wish that second tier of people to feel gentle shopping EVs,” he told msnbc.com. “If we see a lot of places to charge, it’ll assistance soothe their operation anxiety.”

In a meantime, holding an EV on an extended highway outing will benefaction challenges. For example, aloft speeds empty electric batteries faster, one reason a “Men’s Health” group expects to engine along on delegate roads during 40 to 50 mph. On a other hand, a Focus Electric’s total MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, of 105 miles is flattering interesting when gas is nudging a $4 mark.

“It can be finished though it can’t be finished easily,” pronounced Lachnit. “It’s not like removing in your car, streamer for Vegas and only meaningful there will always be a gas hire on a subsequent corner. EVs are not like that — we have to be most some-more wilful in your approach.”

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Photo Release — VWerks Brings Out the Big Guns in Moab

ADRIAN, Mich., April 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Venchurs VWerks used the annual Jeep Safari event in beautiful Moab, Utah – home of some of the toughest trails in North America – to take the wraps off its latest ultimate off-road vehicle, the JK8 Recon. The military inspired pickup features a VWerks Hemi V8 conversion, VWerks trail-ready bodywork, VWerks heavy-duty coil suspension that gives the Jeep 1.5 ton hauling capacity, 7/16 bed armor plating and a 360-degree rotary mount machine gun turret in the bed, as well as a full complement of military grade weapon mounts, tools, lighting and ammo boxes.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12280

Engineered as a rolling test bed for VWerks’ line of off-road and military hardware, Recon is a follow up to the Red Jacket Firearms Jeep JK8 the company debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas that was built for the cast of the Discovery Channel television show Sons of Guns. While Recon started life as a standard 2011 Wrangler JK four-door, it was completely disassembled and rebuilt in the VWerks engineering and fabrication department at Venchurs Vehicle Systems headquarters in Adrian, Michigan as a heavy-duty, trail-ready pickup with V8 power and an array of military hardware.

Highlights include a VWerks Hemi Conversion, which will soon be available to the public featuring a 5.7L VVT Hemi making 390 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 407 lb/ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm, backed by a five speed 5-45RFE automatic transmission upgraded for heavy-duty off-road use. Also of note is the suspension, which not only features a 4-inch lift thanks to the VWerks lift kit, but is now Super HD rated for extreme cargo hauling. Massive 39-inch BFG Krawler Tires are mounted on 17-inch Hutchinson Bead Lock Rims.

Other VWerks exclusives include a Rear Military style Bumper with Clevises and Shackles, a Military trailer Pintle Hook Hitch Combo, Rock Rails, front and rear Genright fenders, a functional cowl induction hood with additional static side vents – all of which are now available to the public through the VWerks website and select dealers.

Inside the Mopar half-doors, the interior features Katzkin leather with dark graphite backing and forest green stitching and VWerks floor mats. Mil-grade switches operate the 9.5ti Thermometric Self-Recovery Warn Winch and PIAA 520 ATP (All-Terrain Pattern) lantern. A custom VWerks canvas cover that shrouds the bed and full roll cage allows occupants to have a complete field of vision outside the vehicle while maintaining operation cover for bed occupants.

A VWerks 7/16 bed armor plate protects occupants and provides a perch for the gunner in chase scenarios, and a full bed cage provides overhead protection, cover and a wide array of mounting points for tools, storage and hardware. Military gear includes a MK93 Machine Gun Mount w/ ammo can, M240 adaptor for a 600-round ammo can and a 360-degree rotary mount with a M2 Ma Deuce Replica machine gun – all by Crane Technologies.

Climbing trails, hauling hardware through tough terrain around the world, the Recon JK8 is further proof that VWerks is on the forefront of premium off-road technology. To learn more about VWerks parts, accessories and complete turn-key vehicles, visit www.VVWerks.com.

About VENCHURS:

Venchurs, Inc. a successful minority owned business located in Adrian, Michigan has been serving the automotive OEM and aftermarket industries for more than 30 years, specializing in kit-packaging, order management, and service based logistics. Combining employee longevity with industry experience, Venchurs provides high quality projects and exceptional customer service. Their newest division, Venchurs Vehicle System incorporates a variety of vehicle programs, including VWerks, which manages, develops and markets specialty vehicle assembly and sales programs and CNG conversions for Ford as a QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier). For more information visit www.Venchurs.com or www.VenchursVehicles.com.

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Recon Specs

Base Vehicle: 2011 JK Wrangler

Powertrain

  • 5.7l Hemi Conversion – 2011 DS VVT Engine with 390 HP @ 5,600 rpm along with 407 ft-lbs of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • 5-45RFE Transmission upgraded to all Steel plates and bands
  • Atlas II Dual Stick Transfer Case

Drivetrain

  • Axles – Dynatrac complete high clearance, high pinion ProRock 60 front assembly with ARB air locker, competition axle shafts and CTM u-joints. The rear axle was a Pro80 with a Detroit locker and it also has our competition axle shafts. Both axles have a 5.38 Ratio
  • VWerks 3″ drive shaft and Rear Drive shafts

Suspension

  • VWerks 4.0″ lift kit
  • 1.0″ Body lift by JACK-IT
  • Super HD coil springs that can handle the additional payload on top of the manufactures recommended weight.
  • Front coil
    Load=1250 #’s @ 13.305″
    Rate=191 lb./in.
  • Rear coil
    Load=1967 #’s @ 11.170″
    Rate=275 lb.in.

Braking

  • Front master Cylinder upgrade from Teraflex
  • FoxShocks:
    Ø 2.0 Body and reservoir
    Ø 5/8 shaft
    Compression damping adjuster
    Race oil and high temp seals
    High pressure air valve
    Heavy valving to accommodate extra weight of the vehicle
    Black zinc plating

Front:
25.69″ extended
9.00″ travel (16.69″ compressed)
Mounting: Stem top and bottom Teflon lined spherical bearing

Rear:
26.12″ extended
10.00″ travel (16.12″ compressed)
Mounting: top hourglass bushing bar pin, bottom Teflon lined spherical bearing

  • PSC Front Steering Ram Assist those massive 39″ tires

Tires

  • 39″ BFG Krawler Tires (39 x 14.50 x 17″)
  • 17″ Hutchinson Bead lock Rims
  • Hi Lift Jack

Interior

  • Full Combo Style Forest leather with a Dark Graphite backing with Forest Green stitching from Katzkin
  • VWerks floor mats

Exterior

  • VWerks Front Premium Bumper
  • 9.5ti Thermometric Self-Recovery Winch by Warn
  • PIAA 520 ATP (All-Terrain Pattern) is powered by PIAAs proprietary ATP technology that delivers a beam with the perfect combination of height, width and distance. This lamp is designed with a 12-volt Xtreme white H3 85-watt comparable 135-watt bulb.
  • VWerks Rear Military Bumper with Clevises and Shackles
  • VWerks Military trailer Pintle Hook Hitch Combo 2 in Ball 4 Hole Mount 16,000lb (8 Tons)
  • VWerks Rock Rails
  • VWerks Hood with functional Scoop
  • Front and Rear Fenders
  • Genright rear tire carrier capable of holding a 42″ tire
  • Mopar Half doors
  • Custom Canvas that allows for the truck bed to be uncovered while maintaining the coverage of the passenger compartment.   Each canvas allows for the occupants to see completely outside the vehicle while keeping complete privacy for the occupants. There is an independent front occupant cover and independent rear occupant cover.

Military Items

  • Crane Technologies – MK93 Machine Gun Mount w/ Ammunition Can Holder
  • Crane Technologies – M240 adaptor for MK93 w/ 600 round Ammunition can
  • Crane Technologies – Full 360 Degree rotary mount with a M2 (Ma Deuce) Replica Machine Gun.
  • A complete 7-16 bed armor plate not only allows for occupant protection, but gives the gunner a firm placement to stand.
  • The roll cage was completely hand designed by VWerks engineering and fabricators to with stand the toughest of task.

Accessories

  • ARB Air Compressor with a 2.5 Gallon air tank
  • Military shovels
  • Military pick axes
  • Full control box for lights and air lockers
  • Two full plastic water containers mounted on either side of the on board compressor
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Go Away With … Billy Campbell

Q. What’s your favorite destination?

A. The Barque Picton Castle (www.picton-castle.com), a square-rigged sailing-training boat operative out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. And she’s my favorite end since she uses honeyed trade winds to lift me and my shipmates to some of a many extraordinary places in a world, like a Pitcairn Islands, Vanuatu, Capetown and Dominica!

Q. To someone who was going there for a initial time, do we have any transport tips?

A. If we were going a approach we go, on a pleasing barque, you’d take really tiny income ashore and count on a affability of strangers.

Q. Did we adore your initial childhood trip?

A. Yes. The initial outing we remember holding was on a sight from Virginia adult to New York City, examination a summer panorama rolling past a window. They used white linen tablecloths in a dining automobile in those days, and genuine silver. we adore trains to this day. Maybe that was a commencement of my emplacement with resting modes of travel.

Q. How does your career impact your travels?

A. Depends on my role. If it’s a large one, not a lot. A tiny purpose means they might have to come looking for me when they need me, as we am probable to be out causing difficulty somewhere. we have been famous for years to my member as a bit of a plcae trollop. Meaning that my initial doubt of them per a intensity gig is really expected to be, “Where’s it filming?” Last year we did a pursuit for a first-time executive who had no book — there was a deceptive outline, zero some-more — and really tiny money. It was an doubtful prospect, solely it was sharpened in Antarctica. I’d have paid him to go! And he did a good job, by a way.

Q. What are your 5 favorite cities?

A. Vancouver, B.C.; Copenhagen, Denmark; Kyoto, Japan; Kandy, Sri Lanka and Charlottesville, Va.

Q. Where have we trafficked to that many reminded we of home?

A. The South Downs of England reminded me a bit of my Old Virginia homeland.

Q. Where would we like to go that we have never been to before?

A. India, a Scottish Highlands, Greece, Egypt, China, Turkey. we wish to revisit Istanbul! H–l, we wish to live there!

Q. When we go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A. Books, books, books. Paper and pen.

Q. What would be your dream/fantasy trip?

A. A hiking debate of Northern Norway, with a comfortable and happy Norwegian girlfriend, a tent and 6 weeks to spare.

Q. What is your guilty pleasure when you’re on a road?

A. Junk food. Hostess Snowballs in particular. They are disgusting. we adore them.


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Cars Of The Future You Can Drive Today

With each automobile uncover comes droves of new cars: Some are neat new spins on normal models, others showcase a few cutting-edge features, and — each now and then– a few blow past gathering and offer a demeanour into a destiny of travel.

Take, for instance, a Terrafugia Transition, a drifting automobile that incited heads with a entrance at a New York International Auto Show on Apr 5. Prior to a unveiling, a antecedent of a automobile finished a initial successful moody during Plattsburgh International Airport on Mar 23, proof usually how tighten we are to assembly a cold automobile like a Transition on a highway (or in a sky).

Meanwhile, Google has been secretly contrast a “self-driving” Toyota Prius. While Google has offering usually a few glimpses during a unconstrained vehicle, a tech universe is abuzz after saying what it can do but a assistance of a driver.

To see what else a tech universe and a automobile attention are cooking up, take a demeanour during a slideshow of extraordinary cars of a destiny that we can expostulate today. (These aren’t usually judgment designs; they’ve all been on a road, and several are already for sale.)

What kind of technologies do we wish cars will get in a years to come? Have we seen or driven any unconventional vehicles you’d like to share with us? Let us know in a comments (and embody a link), twitter during us (@huffposttech) or email us (technology@huffingtonpost.com). You can also supplement your favorite high-tech cars to a slideshow around a appearance button.

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