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Hemp As a Fuel Source??

By motortopia

Hemp is touted as great fuel substitute.

We are starting to do some year-end clean up here at Part of that process takes us through story suggestions by many of our members. Here's one that seems interesting for year's end; and, quite frankly, one that we would like to know the thinking of our members about.

Various sources tell us that hemp would make a great bio-diesel.

Other sources seem to indicate that while hemp could be a good fuel, there are some performance characteristics to consider.

And, then again, if it doesn't work our for a fuel source, it seems to make good diapers.

Thoughts, anyone?

Help Motortopia Grow - Win a $250.00 Shopping Spree

By motortopia

Win a Griot's Garage $250.00 shopping spree by helping Motortopia grow. It's so easy!

Join for Free or Invite others to Join for Free. That's it.

Invite your buddies, club friends, and other car, bike, plane, or boat enthusiasts to join Motortopia! Just use our awesome, invitation system. (or click on "Invite" in the Motortopia top navigatoin bar)

For each person who joins Motortopia from your invitation - you increase your chance to win the $250 Griot's Garage shopping spree! An early Christmas for you.

We'll announce the winner at noon on January 20, 2010. So, get started inviting folks to join the best place on the internet for motor enthusiasts.

And, by doing so, you will help -- entirely created and provided by car enthusiasts.

Thank you.

The Motortopia Team

Women of SEMA 2009 - Day Two - Wow!

By motortopia

Trick our Treat is over. . . but it seemed like a holiday to us.

We promise, we'll get your some car stories and pics soon (tonight) but thought you should have these right away.

And, remember to leave those trophy votes on the photo slideshow to show your appreciation.

Women of SEMA 2009 - We're Back. Day One

By vroomdoomy

It's an annual event. SEMA and the Women of SEMA. Won't write much. Just take a look and your comments welcome!

New Products at SEMA 2009 -- Look But Don't Touch

By motortopia

Walking all day at SEMA does wear you out; or at least make you thirsty for a cold brew at the end of the day ;-).

Lots of great stuff. On Tuesday we decided to start the day with innovation -- new product offerings at SEMA. See the attached photo album for a view of some of these products. See something you like?

For a full list, information, and contact information for all the products displayed here, just download the product report.


Some Things Just Amaze You. Victoria's Secret and Lamborghini

By motortopia

I guess if you are in the lingerie business it is ok to spend about $350,000 to get a Lamborghini and put top models all around it for a photo shoot.

That is what the Lamborghini Diablo VS means - Victoria's Secret.

This pearl white model was, well ,for models.

Hey, though, from our perspective...we'll stay with the Motortopia Nebraska Bikini Team.

Register Now for Kearney Cruise Nite 2009!

By corsa

Twenty-two years ago, Kearney Cruise Nite began as a one-day car show that attracted about 75 to 100 cars. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest car event in Nebraska that spans four days. Thousands of cars and even more spectators descend upon Kearney each year to what was named Nebraska’s “Outstanding Event of 2008.”

This year Cruise Nite will take place from July 16th through July 19th. It all kicks off on Thursday, July 16th, with a BBQ and Show & Shine at Midway Chevrolet, followed by a Buddy Holly tribute at Merryman Performing Arts Center.

Friday brings another BBQ and Show & Shine at the Great Platte River Road Archway, a car stereo competition, and a classic and collectible car auction.

Saturday is the main event, with the Show & Shine in downtown Kearney, featuring live bands at MONA throughout the day. At 5 p.m. is the Cruise Nite Parade. New Life Assembly will provide kids games and inflatables available from 7 to 9, and an outdoor family movie night from 9 to midnight. Also, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Kearney Raceway Park will host Street Grudge Racing.

Finally, Sunday will see drag race time trials and eliminations at Kearney Raceway Park from 8 a.m. until late in the evening.

Of course, those who have been to Kearney Cruise Nite in the past know you can also enjoy the thousands of people and cars who spend Saturday evening just hanging out and cruising all over Kearney.

Kearney Cruise Nite brings people from all over the midwest, and this year they are offering online registration here on Motortopia for Saturday’s Show & Shine to help streamline Saturday morning’s registration process. Plus, pre-registering online will save you $5!

We’ve seen a lot of Motortopians at Cruise Nite in the past. So, if you are planning on participating in Kearney Cruise Nite this year, make sure you register online now. And, we’ll see you in Kearney!

(Click here to register online or to see the full schedule for Cruise Nite.)

Nimbus Motorcycle exhibits the art of utility

By motortopia

At the end of our conversation, Kris Thompson mentioned that his 1954 Nimbus motorcycle was designed and built by the Fisker company which builds vacuum cleaners and sewing machines. Then, all of what he had related to me in the previous thirty minutes made sense. This motorcycle was the ultimate utility machine. Built for utility, for a purpose; just like a sewing machine or a vacuum. No hint of "build it sexy" for the marketing department and for the sales guys, this bike was all about getting a job done.

Kris kindly and patiently described his latest motorcycle purchase. Kris was taking part in the European Motorcycle Nightat the Haymarket in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This 1954 Nimbus is an inline machine with a drive shaft and a 45 cubic inch engine. Every part of it, the overhead cam, the kick start, the inline driveshaft power set up; and even the painted tire pressure on the fenders revealed the point of the Nimbus, to get from point to point.

Kris purchased the Nimbus at an auction a few years ago, and except for some clean up, an oil change, a new carburetor, and new tires, the bike started up and ran like a champ.

Kris has had the bike up to a top speed of about 100 KM per hour (about 55 mph), but feels more comfortable at about 40-45 mph riding the bike.

The Nimbus was manufactured in Denmark and its last use before Kris purchased it at auction was with the NATO forces in Europe in the 1960's. This mission-oriented nature for the bike is hinted at with the military-style rear light covers.

Suspension for the bike consists of a few rubber bands to give the seat some bounce.

Kris's interest in the Nimbus feeds a great interest in antique things. He grew up in a family that bought and sold antiques. With this built in interest in the reason and story behind something, the Nimbus is a good fit for Kris. This classic tells a story as it sits in the street. Maybe of a much simpler day when things had a straightforward purpose...and so did the people who rode them.

I met Kris at the European Motorcycle Night get-together at the Haymarket in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can see more photos of that event.

[url]Please join the Nimbus Motorcycle Enthusiast Group[/url]. Free.

For more information, visit the Nimbus Motorcycle Club.

A little Bit of Freedom -- Texas Style.

By motortopia

Many a movie and dime-store novel has told of the freedom-lovin' culture of Texas. Independent, growly, and distrustful of authority, the rebel, don't tie me down, spirit is alive and well in Texas.

And, here is one great sign of it. Speed. On the roads. Real Fast.

There is a stretch of hiway in Texas where you can go fast, as fast as you want, not limits --- once a year that is.

And, the cops don't mind.

It's known as the Big Bend Open Road Race and it features speed demons from all over the country. Amateurs, mostly...but they all wanna go FAST.

And, it is happening now, in Texas.

Leave you comments about a "speed moment" you may have had, in Texas or anywhere.

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Car Thiefs Mummified.

By motortopia

Stealing a car in Russia can have longlasting effect. From the Russian News Agency, we learned today that a car stolen twelve years ago was found, with the thief inside and mummified. Sometimes you really do get all that you deserve, I guess.

Read more Here.

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