February 2021

What's the Best Tire for Your Car?   Little known fact: During my consulting days, I spent two years doing ride-and-drive programs for GoodYear tires. I visited two factories, their corporate headquarters and underwent extensive training on what makes a good tire. All the dealers used to say that the most frequently asked question was, "what's the best tire for your car?" My job was to train the tire dealers about the GoodYear tires so that they could speak intelligently to their customers about the advantages of using GoodYear tires. After each training session (there were two per day), I'd get out on a road course and do some performance driving with a passenger car, a sports car and a light-duty pickup. each with dealers riding shotgun. After years of selling tires, consuming tires, shredding tires and blowing out tires, I already considered myself to be somewhat knowledgeable about tires. Turns out, I learned a lot. I already knew the difference between passenger tires and UHP (Ultra High Performance) tires. I knew about drag slicks, DOT radials, even funny car tires (from my experience servicing drag teams during my tenure at NGK Spark Plugs). In my youth, my job at Super Shops gave me the opportunity

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT2gsN4EXCc&t=197s   Fast Five Mongo Truck from Fast Five   Hello again, Fast fans, Craig Lieberman back with ya. This week, I’ve answered the many requests to learn about this vehicle.   Riddle of the day: what’s old, rusty and goes anywhere it wants?   Harvey Weinstein’s wiener? Nope.   It’s the Mongo truck from Fast Five. Officially dubbed the Heist Truck, it was yet another creation from Dennis McCarthy’s brilliant picture car team, and this thing was purpose-built to reek havoc.   By Fast Five, all semblances of the street racing culture in these movies have been cast aside in favor of heist movies.   As was the tradition with Hollywood’s Picture Car industry, tuner cars were cast aside in favor of big ole, V8 muscle cars and trucks.   Cause we Americans love them, there big block Chevys, small block Fords and pick em up truck.   The result? Universal stopped building show cars for these movies and started building all the cars pretty much as stunt cars. In other words, they would be these cars with whatever stunts they had planned for them in mind.   The build plan basically followed the action sequences written into the script.   In Fast Five, Universal needed a way to hijack and offload cars from a moving train.   Since no production vehicle could do

Fast & Furious: Stunts That Went Wrong   This is video about some of the stunts that went wrong on some of the Fast and Furious movies.     https://youtu.be/PzNAxnq78f4   STUNTS THAT WENT WRONG   It’s hard to argue that the Fast and Furious franchise is now the undisputed king of car related stunts.   After 20 years and eight movies so far, we’ve seen cars launched into the air, driven off a cliff, dropped from parking garages and crushed by a tank. The action sequences in the more recent Fast movies are seemingly designed just to dispose of unwanted cars. As of this writing, we’re waiting on the release of Fast 9, which has promised to have a sequence in space. Whether a car is involved or not is anyone’s guess. Even fans of other car movies like Bullitt, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Ronin have to be impressed by the stunts in the Fast movies. Sure, more advanced CG helps, but the stunt teams on the Fast movies make the practical shots look spectacular. And while CG is playing bigger roles in movies these days, action movies are nothing without stunt people. Since the earliest days of movie making, stunts have been part of our favorite movies. These men and women make stunts seem

  The Fast and Furious: Rejected Cars In this video, I cover the cars that were rejected for the first movie. Basically, why we picked what we picked and why some cars were ruled. Full transcript below the video.     https://youtu.be/qKxAyErDPZ4   VIDEO TRANSCRIPT   REJECTED CARS FROM THE FAST & THE FURIOUS   What would have happened if this car had replaced the Supra as the main car in the first Fast and Furious movie? Would Supra prices still be so crazy?   What if Johnny Tran drove a Mustang instead of an S2000? Would Race Wars spectators have been run over?   This and more in a moment.   OPEN: There have been many great cars in the Fast & Furious movies over the years, but the cars from the first movie have become icons. Some of them have sold for insane prices at auctions after the film’s main star, Paul Walker died in 2013.   The manner in which cars are normally chosen for a movie goes something like this: the Director, Producers and the Picture Car Coordinator discuss the options and a decision is made based on a myriad of factors. The car needed to fit the character, it needed to be suitable for the action sequences written into the script, and had to fit into our meager