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Video: Watch the Original GTI Jump and Slide in This Old VW Commercial
Posted by Colin Wood on Aug. 6, 2020, 9:41 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/3zcm4oS9IaM

This old commercial featuring the 1984 Volkswagen GTI makes the bold statement that "In Germany, people who love high-performance driving drive a Volkswagen GTI more than anything else."

Whether or not that's true, we can still appreciate seeing first-generation GTIs going sideways and launching off jumps to a sweet cover of "Little GTO."

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Video: How to Turbocharge Your Push Mower
Posted by Colin Wood on Aug. 5, 2020, 2:06 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Osiq1VQnew8

Why would you want to turbocharge your push mower? We're not really sure, but we can't find a convincing reason not to try.

The turbocharger in question may only "work" for a few seconds, but watching the build process is an experience unto itself.

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Video: How to Get 25 More Horsepower Out of a Jetta-Powered VW Fox
Posted by Chris Tropea on Aug. 4, 2020, 11:28 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/NRUDDaYKGbc

We had the opportunity to race a ChampCar event at Daytona the same weekend as an IMSA race, so naturally we took our budget Volkswagen Fox race car.

The Fox in its current form was fine to race in Lemons, but it needed work before it could tackle the high banks of Daytona. Namely, we needed more power.

Who better to call then the Volkswagen experts at Techtonics Tuning to help us wring more power out of the Jetta engine we swapped in?

Presented by CRC Industries.

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Video: A V10-Powered Toyota 86 Might Be the Dictionary Definition of Shoehorning
Posted by Colin Wood on July 31, 2020, 1:35 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/gD0dhMr7h-g

Sure, you could shove a turbocharger or a supercharger in that already tight engine bay, but if it's worth doing, it's almost always worth overdoing.

Take, for example, this Toyota 86 powered by BMW's S85 V10. The video description explains that even with the added heft of the V10, the car still has a weight distribution of 52/48.

Of course, if you're just here for the cool engine noises, skip ahead to 6:00. What's the biggest engine you've seen shoehorned into a car?

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Video: Is a Collection of All-White Porsches Cool or Silly?
Posted by David S. Wallens on July 30, 2020, 8:56 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/AMErTBsvTOw

A classic video showing a fleet of classic Porsches, most all of them tied together by something more than that famed crest: the color white. What would define your dream collection?

Video: The Starsky & Hutch Intro Had All the Action
Posted by David S. Wallens on July 29, 2020, 2:53 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/rqajVHN7hfc

Our friends at Super 70s Sports were right: There’s just way too much to digest in the opening credits for Starsky & Hutch. And are they chasing the Lincoln or is the Lincoln chasing them?

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Video: Sprint Boat Racing Is Like Time Trial Racing for Boats
Posted by Colin Wood on July 29, 2020, 11:48 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/xpVvBpgZvFE

What's cooler than a V8-powered race car? How about a V8-powered race boat?

This is Sprint Boat Racing, a time-trial style event that features small, often V8-powered boats racing through a narrow circuit that is usually no deeper than three or four feet. And then add in the navigator. 

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Video: Will a Geo Metro Untouched for Four Years Come Back to Life?
Posted by Colin Wood on July 28, 2020, noon https://www.youtube.com/embed/3PapmLtXagQ

For the most part, letting a car sit for an extended period of time isn't ideal, but sometimes it's necessary. Case in point: this 1992 Geo Metro. Said to be wearing more than 200,000 miles on its original engine, this Geo had also been sitting for four years.

Surely, it's going to have a hard time starting up, right? Let’s go to the videotape. 

It may be from 1992, but there's something to be said about the reliability of (relatively) modern cars—even when we aren't exactly nice to them.

Have you let a car sit for way too long? Did it restart when asked? 

Video: Why NASCAR Shifted Away From Short Tracks
Posted by Colin Wood on July 27, 2020, 12:48 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/PFYSEz0umcY

When it comes to NASCAR, the sentiment that "rubbin' is racing" is pretty popular in today's races. But that wasn't always the case.

In the late '90s, short tracks were beginning to fall out of favor, largely because of their inability to hold large fields of cars and also due to a rise in what some in the sport called "unprofessional racing." The alternative, then, was a shift away from short tracks and to "cookie-cutter" circuits like the tri-oval layout at Daytona.

Do you think short tracks have a place in modern NASCAR, or is the upcoming use of road courses the best path going forward?

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Video: Tearing Down an RC Car's Three-Speed Transmission
Posted by Colin Wood on July 24, 2020, 10:52 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/NEwf3jUsbRc

If you like things in miniature scale as much as we do, then you'll enjoy this close-up look at how a tiny, three-speed transmission functions on a high-powered RC car.

Said to be originally equipped with a two-stroke engine capable of 38,000 rpm, this RC car now has a V4 engine under its shell.

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