Auto News for Aug. 15

It’s funny sometimes how things break. In the auto news headlines comes a story that Ford will team with a utility to install a 68,000 square foot solar array at its headquarters in Dearborn. The solar juice will power electric car recharging stations as well as HQ. Skip down a few headlines and there is a story of GM Tech Center workers returning after their building was flooded out in a heavy rain.

To be fair, we should point out that 110,000 fans turned out in Michigan to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid in a soccer match. GM has a $559-million sponsorship contract with Manchester United. You can read all the details on the Detroit News website.

It might be the most expensive car ever auctioned off. In California today, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta will go up for bid and these are very rare cars. In fact only 39 of them were ever built and if the final price goes above $52 million will be the most expensive car ever sold. By the by, the current most expensive car sold was another Berlinetta.

Back in Michigan, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise will take place this weekend, what is called the world’s largest one day celebration of classic cars. One million spectators are expected to view some 40,000 vehicles of all kinds at the 20th anniversary event.

Among the cars to be presented will be two beautifully restored Chrysler products celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 426 HEMI engine. One is a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, (beep beep), that its owner still takes out on the highway and insists is “not a trailer queen.” The other car on display is a 1969 Dodge Super Bee that was restored after 17 years sitting in a garage with a bad bearing in the engine. It took the owner a decade to restore it.

Chrysler Group LLC 1969 SuperBee 426 HEMI


And we close this morning with an answer to the age old question of how to do you ride a motorcycle and smoke a cigar? Soon there could be something called Cigar Throttle. It encases the lit cigar in a billet aluminum sleeve that protects it from the wind and encapsulates it along with the ashes. A continuous controlled airflow that is speed adjustable keeps the cigar burning evenly and lit. Inventors at Orvis Products and Engineering are working hard to bring it to market. Check out







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