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You want that burger with one hump or two?

By GoldyLocks

Some things just don't seem right, but they are....

I know this isn't really a car story, but we also know that lots of us eat lots of burgers are car show, bike, boat, and plane shows and we thought we would comment a bit on the least to us.

In Dubai (the place with the big building and other things) you can order a one or two pattie Camel Burger.

The folks says it is low fat and good for you.

So next time you go to the Dubai Auto Show...enjoy, I guess.

Read all about it here.

Wow, if the StormTroopers Had These.

By GoldyLocks

Wish we could have been in Essen, Germany this week as the world's fastest street bike was revealed at the Essen Motor Show.

Over 300 km/hour is less than 14 seconds with a four cylinder engine to push it to the top speed bike.


New ways to limit Christmas Shopping .... snakes in your car.

By GoldyLocks

Ok, we all think of Australia as an exotic place...Crocodile Dundee and all of that...but here is a new one. At a shopping mall the last thing on your mind would be to have your $50,000 Mercedes torn down in the parking lot.

An American Corn Snake slithered its way into a shopper's car while they were out looking for bargains.

Maybe the beginning of a new reality TV series --- Snakes and Shopping, or V is for Viper.

Anyone ever had an experience like this?

You can read more.

Don't Even Think About it Buddy. Bullock declares NO TATTOO ZONE .

By GoldyLocks

Love is a many splendored thing, but all the splendor apparently does not mean more tattoos for cycle-builder Jesse James.

Recently, she marked off some spots on her husband's body that are supposed to be Tattoo Free. She apparently reserved these just for herself. Well, that ain't a bad thing.

Whaddya think?

Cheese, Microbes, and Cycles...a new Twist

By GoldyLocks

Leave it to politicians to come up with weird combos.

The State of Wisconsin want to make a cheese microbe or Harley Davidson Motorcycles a state symbol.

And you thought the debate on the Health Care bill in Congress is strange. Comments Welcome!


Soothin', Groovin' Musical Roads

By GoldyLocks

Satellite Radio Has Nothing over this Road.

An interesting report this morning in the Wall Street Journal about a singing road; and the William Tell Overture no less.

It seems that the Honda Motor company wanted a road to sing so it worked with the city of Lancaster, California to turn black asphalt into, well, a sort of road and track version of a xyzlaphone.

The length of road is not without controversy in this California city, but you gotta say; in these days of social breakdown, financial ruin on Wall Street, and constant acrimony between the politicians; a little music on the road could be a good thing.

Hey, with all the tax dollars we spend, maybe we could get Arrowsmith on I-80? What song would you like to see notched in your local roads?

Too funny. What is it about cops and donuts? Myth or true?

By GoldyLocks

After my blog post a few days ago about cops and donuts, I received a lot of great comments and some private messages with similar stories. My Motortopia friend, Frog,, send along an interesting pic of a Tee-Shirt about donuts and cops.

Take a look, it will give you a grin if not a belly laugh; or should I say Jelly (donut) laugh :-).

Have a good one. Now, I gotta get to Dunkin Donuts!!!


CannonBall Run has roots in fast bikes and cars.

By GoldyLocks

Most of us think about the movie when someone mentions the name, CannonBall Run. But, like a lot of things, there is a rich and interesting history to this movie and the event.

It ended with cars, but it started with bikes. Let's start with the bike side.

The word "CannonBall" first came from Erwin "Cannonball" Baker. He first started a cross-country motorcycle trip. On V-twin 1000cc Stutz Indian motorcycle, Cannonball Baker drove his bike from the East Coast to Yuma, Arizona, enduring all sorts of weather, including a sandstorm, along the way. Along the way he had to fight off a pack of dogs...a fight he won thanks to his Smith & Wesson.

Cannonball's set the stage for the cross-country runs and the big-bike runs now famous and popular in America.

Now, fast forward to cars.


The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, widely known simply as the Cannonball Baker or Cannonball Run, was an unofficial, if not outlaw, automobile race run four times in the 1970s from New York City and Darien, CT, on the US Atlantic (east) coast, to Redondo Beach, a Los Angeles suburb on the Pacific. Conceived by car magazine writer and auto racer, Brock Yates, and fellow Car and Driver editor, Steve Smith, in 1971, the run was not a real competitive race with high risks, but intended both as a celebration of the United States Interstate Highway System and a protest against strict traffic laws coming into effect at the time.

As it was found out, the newly imposed 55 mph speed limit was actually slower than the quickest average speeds of point-to-point travels of Erwin George "Cannon Ball" Baker in the first half of the 20th century. In 1933, Baker drove coast to coast in a Graham-Paige model 57 Blue Streak 8, averaging greater than 50 mph, setting a 53 hour 30 minute record that stood for nearly 40 years. If this could be done by a single man driving on bad roads and through villages, a team of two or more experienced (and even professional race) drivers, driving a modern car on safer and wider intersection-free highways which by-pass towns, should be able to do it quicker without taking unacceptable risks apart from getting a speeding ticket, by cruising at 90 to 100 mph.

Washington Sworn in -- Hitler commits suicide.

By GoldyLocks

I started the month with a spoof blog post because it was April Fool's Day, but today I mention some things that are very serious.

It was today in 1789 that our first president, George Washington, took the oath of office. Very important. A great leader.

It was today in 1945 that Hitler shot and killed himself. Very important. Not a great leader. A killer.

Thank god for the freedoms we have and the leaders who helped us secure them. We must keep every vigilant to avoid nuts like Hitler from ever gaining power in any sane nation.

McCain Quits. Romney will Be President. Rambler to become Official U.S. Car.

By GoldyLocks

Today, John McCain announced that he would quit the presidential race and move to the Green Zone and become the Admiral of Iraq.

Replacing McCain will be Mitt Romney, who was running a very strenuous campaign until he quit in favor of McCain earlier this year.

It is reported that Romney, who now drives a Gremlin - retooled with a Hydrogen Fuel Cell, will announce that the Rambler will become the official car of the United States and that production on reproductions will start immediately.

Romeny is confident of victory. He has received the endorsement of the RSL AMC (Retired and Still Living American Motor Company employees) now based in Boca Raton, FL.

P.S. George Romney, Mitt's Father, was President of AMC (American Motor Company) which produced the Rambler, followed by the initial success of the Gremlin. The Gremlin was introduced on April 1, 1970. John McCain's father and grandfather were both admirals.

Today is April Fools Day. !!!! :-)

Oh Man o Man. What a Week. CyberHeadache and all!

By GoldyLocks

I wanted to do more. I wanted to help.

But, I could only stand back as our brilliant engineers worked to find the cyberproblem that was keeping Motortopia from loading up for many of you around the world. I just had to stand back and let them work.

We did a lot this week to upgrade the Motortopia data center. In our new world class location, we are getting ready for new developments at Motortopia. But, the last week, well, gave us all a cyberheadache.

The new data center is working great! But the gettin' there was a bit of a challenge.

My usual approach is NOT to blame other. We should all look at our own actions first, and take responsible action to fix the problems. But, I must say, that our team did a great job. Upgraded a data center in record time, and got things all hooked up with multiple backbone providers. And most things worked, but may of you could still not get to Motortopia.

We discovered some problems with a large upstream internet backbone provider. Someone there finally cared and we go this fixed.

We're back, but, oh what cyberheadache.

Thank you all for being online, sending in reports worldwide, and encouraging us all along this week.

Ok, back to bed to get some rest. Just checking to make sure the routes are working.

Motortopia is still here and goin strong.

Thank you, all my Motortopia friends!


Brrr in the Midwest!!!

By GoldyLocks

The ice splintered from my car door like a Schwarzenegger throwing a bad guy through plate glass window.

I needed to get out of the house for groceries, some food for the cat, and some other errands. But on this icey day in Nebraska, it took a lot of scraping and "warming up the car" to get the icey sheet off my car, but I got it done in about 30 minutes.

Actually, I enjoy the snow and ice. And since most of us at Motortopia work at home a lot; everyone could stay home and focus on coding up the next great thing for the site.

Hope you all stay warm!

Enjoy a smooth ride, in part because of this English Inventor.

By GoldyLocks

I remember that my first tricycle had hard tires, and it was a pretty bumpy ride. But then again, at 3 years old, I was glad to be out racing down the sidewalk, but I do remember that the bumps came straight through the frame and into my little torso.

Well, maybe that is why pneumatic tires were invented. We all know they make a ride a lot smoother and safer, but I sure didn't know a lot about the tire until I learned that today is the day that Mr. R. W. Thompson received his patent on the pneumatic tire way back in 1845.

Back then they called them carriage wheels, and they were mostly helpful on horse-drawn wagons and carriages. But, they sure became popular on cars.

You know, I'm gonna go look. Do trikes have still have hard rubber tires?

I was fascinated this morning to read more about tire technology and how pneumatic tires work.

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