This is absolutely cool

•March 1, 2018 • Comments Off on This is absolutely cool

Organized by our good friend Noah Lambert. We would if we could.

Welcome to the first annual Mezzo 200 Reliability Trial. Modeled after the famed road races of last century, the Mezzo 200 (pronounced met-sō) is a leisurely 200 mile organized drive through the most beautiful roads in the Illinois River valley. There are no points, no penalties, no registration fees and no prizes, just a fun day of classic motoring. Held each year in early October, the Mezzo 200 is a “last gasp” outing for those registered on Illinois extended antique license plates and a great excuse to get out and enjoy the fall foliage with like-minded enthusiasts. Fix that oil leak, register your car below for FREE, and we hope to see you in October!


Cars eligible for registration are any sports or touring car produced in or before 1973. This is a fun day of driving for enthusiasts of old cars, not a snobby car show. Breakdowns are encouraged and rust is part of the fun. Bring the strangest thing you’ve got!

Learn more and register here. We’d love to hear and see your post-rally stories and photos.

Best Mercedes Benz Movie Cameos

•March 1, 2018 • Comments Off on Best Mercedes Benz Movie Cameos

Mercedes Benz cars have become movie stars in their own right having appeared in Hollywood blockbusters through the ages. From leading roles to small cameo appearances, many a Mercedes has been driven by the hero and the bad guy in some of the major movies of our time.

Mercedes vehicles have been attacked by dinosaurs, driven out of windows, cut in half and smashed to pieces in many of our much loved classic films – their iconic three-pointed star and unique style makes them stand out as an amazing addition for any movie.

Whether the car is driven by the star to show off their leading actor qualities, or is a stunt vehicle headed for epic ultimate destruction, you can be sure that there is a Mercedes to suit any movie requirements.

We asked Emily from Big Motoring World for her favorite Mercedes appearances.

Here is her quick rundown of some the best Mercedes Benz movie cameos:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

This thoroughly modern SLS AMG is not only a star car but it also has a secret identity as Decepticon Soundwave in the movie. It is also one of the most expensive Mercedes to appear on the silver screen.

Sin City

In this 2005 movie Mickey Rourke steals a 1990 Mercedes 420 SEL from a priest, saying that all modern cars look like “electric shavers”.

The Last King of Scotland

In this film dictator Idi Amin travels in a bulletproof Mercedes 600 Pullman showing off all of the security features of this limousine-style vehicle.

Bad Santa

While it only makes a brief appearance, if you watch closely you will see a 1998 Mercedes SLK in this seasonal comedy.

Bridget Jones’ Diary

In this comedy romance Hugh Grant is seen driving a blue 1969 280 SE Convertible with co-star René Zellweger on a romantic weekend away scene.

Die Hard: With A Vengeance

In this classic action movie Samuel L Jackson makes an appearance when he takes part in a chase scene driving a 1986 Mercedes 560 SEL.

American Gigolo

Richard Gere’s character drove a 450 SL convertible throughout this film to help attract the ladies and keep up his playboy image. It works.

A Good Day To Die Hard

This classic Bruce Willis movie featured a number of Mercedes models throughout Moscow. In one chase scene alone you can spot three G-Classes, four Mercedes Sprinters and three Unimogs.

The Hangover

An iconic Mercedes 280 SE convertible appears in this film and gets put through a real beating while the actors compete to use the most swear words in one scene.

The Rookie

Clint Eastwood drove a Mercedes out of a building window, through a skylight and into a different building in this famous movie.

Jurassic Park – The Lost World

Two T-Rex dinosaurs attack a modified Mercedes-Benz M-Class in this classic film. The car survived but the driver didn’t.

Unknown Identity

As many as four generations of Mercedes E-Class feature in this film altogether making it an amazing reflection of the Mercedes’ film star quality.

National Treasure Book Of Secrets

This film features the most extensive car chase ever filmed in London and guess what – it involves a Mercedes.

Men In Black II

Will Smith famously describes the E-class in this film as “The new hotness!” Rumour has it that wasn’t even a scripted line in the movie.

Jack Reacher

For this film to work, a white 2012 C-Class Coupe was cut in two, so the interior could be filmed as well as the outside of the car.

Mercedes have been making cameo appearances in movies for generations, from the 1950s through to the most expensive Mercedes appearing in the modern Transformers films. Their sleek lines and luxury feel make them ideal cars for the star of the movie to be seen in.

But there is a lot more to Mercedes than outward good looks. In many movies they have been used as stunt cars including surviving being driven through windows, attacked by dinosaurs and being smashed into pieces by bad driving.

Mercedes have also been the car of choice for many famous car chases thanks to their speed and elegant lines which look amazing when racing against a city backdrop. They have appeared in the longest car chase through London and even chasing each other in one of the films.

What is certain is the wide range of Mercedes makes them the ideal car star for any movie appearance. From rom coms to sci-fi, from cop action to thrillers, Mercedes have been appearing in all types of genres for decades thanks to their class, style and classic good looks.

The only question that remains is which blockbuster of 2018 will Mercedes be making an appearance in? So when you next head to the cinema, keep an eye out for that three-pointed star on the screen and you can be assured of a car with guaranteed movie star quality.

5 Best Pieces of Advice To Give Someone After They’ve Received a CA Speeding Ticket

•March 1, 2018 • Comments Off on 5 Best Pieces of Advice To Give Someone After They’ve Received a CA Speeding Ticket

One day, a friend may come up to you and tell you, “I just got a speeding ticket.” These tickets can cost hundreds of dollars with some exceeding $360 in California. You want to be helpful, so you should always suggest to your friend to hire a traffic lawyer San Francisco.

  1. Get a Lawyer

An attorney from The Ticket Clinic may only cost $99, making it a great investment to avoid paying a lot more. Tell your friend to always hire an attorney, especially if the friend brings up self-representation in court.

  1. Avoid Bad Defenses

You can tell your friend that there are certain defenses that simply do not work. Do not claim in court that other drivers were going just as fast. Changing the court date also generally does not work because the court will ask the arresting officer what date works best for him or her.

  1. Look Into Insurance

While most people will focus on the ticket itself after getting one, people also need to be aware their insurance rates can increase drastically. Tell your friend to mitigate the potential costs here by seeing if their insurance provider offers an online insurance reduction course discount to offset the costs.

  1. Write the Officer a Letter

One action that may help is to write the officer a heartfelt letter apologizing for the inconvenience. Show how committed you are to get the citation overturned. Have the attorney help you craft the letter so that you do not accidentally incriminate yourself.

  1. Do Not Panic

The best thing to tell your friend is to relax. A speeding ticket is not the worst thing in the world, and all your friend can really do in the future is to follow posted speed limits to avoid another citation.

Getting a California Highway Patrol speeding ticket is frightening, but fighting it is certainly possible. Contact a speeding ticket attorney from The Ticket Clinic at 1-800-248-2846 as soon as possible.

When Do I Need New Tyres?

•February 1, 2018 • Comments Off on When Do I Need New Tyres?

You’ve probably heard many stories about tyres, over inflated improves fuel efficiency or under inflated can increase grip. But, the simple fact is your tyres should always be at the right pressure, the one that your manufacturer recommends.

Over inflated tyres are actually very dangerous. But getting the pressure right is only the first step; there are actually a whole range of regular checks you should complete on your tyres.  As soon as your tyre starts to fail these tests and you can’t correct it you need to locate new tyres Melbourne has a host of tyre specialist centres, as does any part of the country!

It is advisable to use a comparison service to ensure you are getting your new tyres for the right price.

So How Do You Know If Your Tyres Need Replacing?

Your tyre is the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road, it provides grip which ensures you can accelerate smoothly, corner safely and even brake efficiently!

It works well in the dry, but the grip really stands out in wet weather, the treads are designed to push water away from the types, improving grip.

Your tyres need replacing if any of the following apply:

  • Low Tread

The minimum tread depth in Australia is 1.6mm but you should replace your tyres as soon as they go below 2mm, performance will already be reduced.

You simply need to purchase a tread depth checker, insert it into the tread of your tyre and it will tell you how deep they are.

  • Damaged Side Wall

A visual inspection of your side walls will quickly alert you to any foreign object which has been inserted into them; accidentally or intentionally.

However, you should also look for signs of cracking. This is particularly common in climates that are dry and dusty or if the vehicle is not used often. Cracked side walls dramatically increase the chances of a blow out when driving, which can have disastrous consequences for you and your passengers.

  • Deflating Regularly

If you notice that your tyre needs to be inflated on a regular basis and it is losing quite a bit of pressure then you probably have a slow puncture.

Your tyre may need replacing but it is also possible that it can be repaired. You’ll need to visit your local tyre centre to get professional advice.

It is important to note that driving on a deflated tyre will damage the inner wall and make it impossible to repair.

  • The Feel

A well balanced car should feel smooth and drive in a straight line, even if you let go of the steering wheel. If you’re finding that your vehicle is vibrating heavily or pulling to one side then you probably have a tracking issue.

This can cause premature wear on the inside edge of the tyre which you may not easily spot. It can also place strain on your gearbox and drive shafts.

If you experience either of these then it is best to have the vehicle checked by a professional.

What Are The Causes Of Poor Shifting In Motorcycling?

•February 1, 2018 • Comments Off on What Are The Causes Of Poor Shifting In Motorcycling?

The use of motorbikes has increased dramatically in recent years. IN fact, between 2010 and 2015 there was an increase of 22.3% in motorbike registrations! Motorbikes are attractive due to their low running costs, the ease in which they can negotiate traffic and the feeling of freedom every time you ride one.

This is why motorbike sales have increased so much and are likely to hit the million mark in the next few years.

Of course, not everything is perfect in the world of motorcycling. You still need to complete basic maintenance tasks yourself. Other issues can actually arise from the way you ride as opposed to a lack of maintenance or an issue with the engine. Shifting, or more accurately, poor shifting, is one of these. There are several common causes:

Shift Pedal

Most motorbikes will allow you to adjust the shift pedal; this is to make it as comfortable as possible when changing gear. However, if you adjust the height of the shifter too dramatically then you’re likely to find that it actually claps against the linkage. This effectively prevents you from shifting gear as the linkage is unable to move into the full release position.

The first step if you have a shifting problem is simply to examine the external shifter.

Clutch Drag

This is most noticeable when your bike is cold. The shift lever will seem very hard and the bike will not want to go into gear. In general this is because the clutch cable needs to be adjusted.

All you need to do is loosen the locking adjustment in your cable and then work the clutch lever a couple of times. Swing the handlebars to full lock in both directions before retightening the locking adjustment. You should be looking to add approximately ¼ cm to your clutch handle play.

The difference should be noticeable!


You might be surprised to realize that your size does matter. If you are trying to ride a bike that is too big for you, or too small, then you’ll not be able to operate the controls effectively. Something as simple as not bringing the clutch leaver in properly will give you shifting problems.

Clutch Lever

Your clutch lever needs to be released slowly to ensure the spines on your gearbox blend together seamlessly. This will create a smooth shift without any noticeable drag or any risk of locking your back wheel.

To aid this you can blip the throttle, this helps the engine revs match the road speed which will give you a much smoother shift.


It is possible that your clutch is worn out, causing you to slip while changing gears. Assuming the clutch cannot be adjusted, this is one situation where you’ll need to change it.

The alternative is that too many bad shifts or just wear and tear have damaged your gearbox; it might need rebuilding or replacing.

In many cases a poor shift is directly related to the way you operate your motorcycle but it is also worth checking out all the possibilities before committing to any one solution.

Van life: Nao Tomii on his 1999 Volkswagen Eurovan Winnebago Camper

•July 28, 2015 • Comments Off on Van life: Nao Tomii on his 1999 Volkswagen Eurovan Winnebago Camper

As much as we’d like for it to be so, man – not least of all the family man – can’t live on driver’s cars alone—occasionally, he needs practical transportation, too. And when it comes to transporting multiple passengers across multiple state lines across multiple days (or weeks, or even months) and living out of that very transportation module, does it get much better than the iconic Volkswagen van? We think not. Here, we talk to Nao Tomii about his van ownership experience.

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Guest contributor: Michael Ardelean on his 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964)

•March 19, 2015 • 8 Comments

My name is Michael Ardelean, and about two years ago I bought the 1990 Porsche 911 that you see here. There were a couple of quirks that influenced my decision:

  • I live a pretty minimalist lifestyle and I don’t have a lot of tolerance for uneccessary stuff, and I stay busy so I value time above all else. So I was looking for something purposeful and also reliable.
  • I have an aversion to disposable things, and I get a little bit sick thinking about how car companies know that their customers only keep their cars for 2-5 years and thus probably build new cars accordingly.

So basically, I wanted something with the narrow body and old school ruggedness, but with semi-modern power and working AC. Old enough to be cool, but nothing too precious.

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