The AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge presented by HOT ROD is run by the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). The field may be smaller, but the competition is no less intense, and the creativity no less compelling. The 2017 AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge at UNOH in Lima, Ohio, has already seen some fascinating engine concepts that
One thing the Internet has done is create a lot more “experts.” In the old days when you had a car maintenance question, you knew whom to ask – ‘ol Mike up the street with grease under his fingernails and a rag in his back pocket.
I’m probably from the last generation of people who largely changed their own oil. As the pace of life has increased and engine technology has grown more complicated, most people now pay a professional to take care of their auto-maintenance needs.
As most of my friends know, and you now as well, I listen to audio books during my daily commute. My current book, about history’s first billionaire, is titled “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.” It’s a massive book about a massively complex man, and it’s been a fascinating “read.”
Most of us have a car battery story we could resurrect if asked. I have a few, but the most memorable was in 1986 when my son was born. On our seventh anniversary, my wife and I had dined at the now-forgotten Lemon Drop Restaurant on London Road in Duluth, Minn.
Early automobile engines didn’t use oil filters, or air filters for that matter. For this reason frequent oil changes were a must. Motor oil quality wasn’t really that important in those days, anyway. It was the discarded by-product of processes designed to create other products from crude oil, like fuel, benzene and other petrochemicals.
Have you ever owned a car that you really loved to drive and enjoyed being with? I have, and I know an awful lot of others who have experienced this kind of happiness. The follow-up question is this: Did you obtain the car for free, or did you have to buy it?
What happens if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear the sound? I tell you, based on what I saw and felt in Idaho recently, it makes a noise. Probably a loud noise, too, because when a big tree collides with the earth, you feel the ground tremble.