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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
August 2021 Issue

This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.

President's Message

We will have a council meeting this month at a new location. We will be going to Howlett’s in Chester. Mondays are special priced build your burger night and of course includes fries. I’m hoping everyone will enjoy this new location. At the meeting Colin will thank the council for sponsoring the Breakthrough Car Show – his letter is in this newsletter. We are looking at having a third show on May 14 of next year. At the meeting we will discuss a budget for the show and some other things. We need to approve the show date and budget so we can create flyers for vendors. One thing I and the show committee would like to do is get some auto-related vendors at the show. The plan is to create a vender specific flyer and hand out to the vendors at some of the larger car shows this fall. If you check the calendar you can see there are a lot of events this fall. I’m sure the virus situation has something to do with this. I’m hoping the powers that be don’t go crazy with more rules/lockdown/etc and we can keep the car events on schedule. One last thing on the show - we had a suggestion to add a class for rat rods. If you have an opinion on this please send me an email at fredfann@comcast.net.

The Assembly meets yet again in a special session and the council will monitor. I believe car hobbyists’ biggest problem today is the push by state and federal governments to eliminate fossil fuels and force everyone into an electric vehicle. In the hobbyist news I look at some things you may not know about electrics. They are not as “clean” as the media and politicians would like you to believe, nor do they charge up as fast as they should. Plus they can be dangerous – the defunct Chevy Volt has been recalled again for battery fires. The media operates like a con man. A con man hides some information from you and uses that to convince you to believe something that isn’t true. You may wish to keep that in mind when you hear “news” from the media.

~ Fred

Take the old car to the beach

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be Monday, August 30 at 6:30 PM at Howlett's Restaurant and Tavern, 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831, 804-930-1034. We will eat and meet in a room in the lower level. Mondays are "Build a Burger Night", pick your toppings, comes with fries at a special price. See the entire menu online at www.howlettstavernchester.com

Car Hobbyist News

On August 2nd we will have yet another special session of the General Assembly. The two big topics are spending $4.3 billion of the federal money from the American Rescue Plan and appointing members to the state court of appeals. Legislation has expanded the court from 11 to 17 members. Keep in mind that even a special session called for to work on certain topics there can be new legislation introduced and it will go through the same procedure to become law as a regular session. For this reason the council will monitor the legislation introduced and keep you informed if anything introduced will affect the car hobby.

And of course we have the Biden administration killing pipelines at home while approving a pipeline from Russia to Western Europe. From CBN News: “The pipeline has posed a major foreign policy dilemma for the Biden administration. U.S. officials from both parties have long feared that it would give Russia too much power over European gas supplies. Critics say European nations could get hooked on Russia's natural gas leaving them vulnerable to blackmail if the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin threatens to cut off the flow. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland assured the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that Washington and Berlin have committed to imposing sanctions on Russia and German companies should Moscow use the pipeline as a political weapon.”

Why would the Biden administration do such a thing? Well it’s all in this one little word: “control”. We Americans are being pushed into saving the planet from climate change by being forced into electric vehicles. Back around 1910 people were saying electric cars are the future. I just read an article by car collector Jay Leno where he just stated electric cars are the future. They are the future only because our governments are pushing them on us. Let’s take a look at some electric vehicle facts that the media has left out (the media works like a con man, leaving off some important piece or pieces of information to mislead you into believing things that are not true).

Let’s get charged up. One of the Hemmings magazines had an article about the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV. Unlike other articles where someone drives an electric around a test track and says how wonderful it is – they gave a guy this electric vehicle to actually live with. The Mach-E has several charging options. One is the Level 1 power cord. You plug it into your house current and it charges the 270 mile range vehicle up. The writer of the article discovered that you get 3 miles of range for every hour of charge. Do the math and it would take 90 hours or nearly 4 days to charge this vehicle.

And how many days would this take to charge - hopefully they won't be cloudy days

I know what you’re thinking – just leave it at one of those Tesla Supercharger stations and it will get charged up in no time. That won’t work. Tesla Superchargers work with Tesla vehicles. So if you want your Mach-E charged up you just need a Level 2 charger and equipment installed. Shouldn’t cost more than 10 – 12K. And even if you have a Tesla do you really want to have someone pick you up at the Supercharger and take you home and then return you when the car is charged? Seems like a lot of time involved when gassing up only takes 2 or 3 minutes.

And now this just in GM has issued yet another Chevy Volt battery pack recall even though Volts aren’t made anymore. GM had another recall on them last year. The battery packs can catch fire and burn very hot. This is why – the batteries are called lithium ion cells but in reality they are lithium carbon batteries. Lithium is element number 3 and the lightest most reactive metal. Pure lithium exposed to the air will burst into a very hot fire and could explode. Lithium has to be stored away from exposure to the air and other substances. What happens in an electric car battery pack fire is that the shielding of the lithium fails exposing it to air. If this happens and you are driving fairly fast you might not have enough time to stop and car and get out before you get seriously burnt or killed. A serious accident could – and this has happened – expose the lithium causing a hot fire.

And what happens to those old batteries from electric cars. This is from The Epoch Times: “According to Xinhua (China’s state-owned media), the cumulative retired batteries in China will had reached 200,000 tons (about 25 GWh) in 2020 and will grow to 780,000 tons (about 116 GWh) by 2025. However, more than half of the retired batteries are not recycled via proper channels, but are “snapped up” by unqualified small factories that don’t invest much in environmental protection, the report says. Generally speaking, the service life of new energy vehicle batteries is about 5-8 years. If the retired batteries are not properly disposed of, they will bring disastrous pollution to the environment, despite the fact that these new energy vehicles were designed to be “clean” and environmentally friendly. Professor Wu Feng at Beijing Institute of Technology told Chinese media, “A 20-gram cell phone battery can pollute three standard swimming pools of water, and if abandoned on the land, it can pollute 1 square kilometer of land for about 50 years.” Compared to cell phone batteries, the pollution caused by the batteries of large new energy vehicles is more serious. These batteries contain heavy metals such as cobalt, manganese, and nickel, which do not degrade on their own. Manganese, for example, pollutes the air, water, and soil, and more than 500 micrograms per cubic meter in the air can cause manganese poisoning.”

Now let’s look at the cost of replacing those electric car batteries: Tesla estimates battery replacement at 12,000 to 15,000 dollars although it could cost more depending on location.

Are electric cars really coal cars? That depends on where your electricity comes from. This is from the World Economic Forum: “However, electric vehicles are not emissions-free. While these vehicles obviously run on electricity, that electricity typically comes from a mix of emissions-intensive fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and power from renewables. That is, unless you live in country like Norway, which generates virtually all of its electricity from hydropower. But Norway is the exception rather than the rule.” Chart is below.

Are electric cars really cleaner than gasoline cars? From Business Insider: "Electric vehicles are lauded as an environmentally friendly alternative to gas-powered cars, thanks in part to producing no emissions on the road. Yet building electric cars creates more greenhouse-gas emissions than producing an equivalent gas-powered vehicle. Studies have shown that to be true in the world's top three markets — in the US, China, and Europe. It's on the major automakers to refine the process of building cars to reduce their deleterious effects on the environment. Some have made significant progress.

When you really think about electric vehicles using your common sense you have to wonder why the government would be pushing them. Think about the American Indian. These people were confined in area so they could not move about. Our governments today still think the same way – you control people by not letting them move about. Electric vehicles have limited range, limited charging abilities and the grid is controlled by the government and can be cut off at any time. Think about it.

Invitation From DuCard Vineyards

Cheers! Many of our car club fans are currently planning their calendars for fun and adventurous trips to various places in VA. And notably, we’ve hosted a number of car clubs here at DuCard Vineyards and would like to extend an invitation out to yours for a great experience in beautiful Madison County, VA. It’s a scenic drive down Rt. 231 with great mountain views.

During your visit we can give your group personal attention and tell our story, give you a vineyard tour (glass in hand, natch), taste a number of our boutique wines, and perhaps even sample a special new wine or taste from a barrel! All this of course in a safe and clean environment. And, we even have electric car and Tesla charging stations for those who have gone electric!

We offer live music on Saturday afternoons, although many of our car clubs prefer to come out on a Sunday to enjoy the peaceful mountain, stream, and vineyard scenery. Feel free to bring picnic lunches or purchase some of our noshing food such as warm baguettes, cheese, and charcuterie.

We invite you to contact us today to schedule a visit for your club. Please mention this invitation when you call so we can be sure to plan just the right visit for your group. You can find out more information about DuCard Vineyards on our website: www.ducardvineyards.com. My contact info is listed below. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy Motoring!

Marty Mitchell
DuCard Vineyards
Director, Customer Experience and Marketing
804-339-7715 (cell)
540-923-4206 (winery)

Street Dreams Cruisers 6th Annual Car, Truck and Bike Show
Street Dreams Cruisers 6th Annual Car, Truck and Bike Show
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Pointers on the Law

By Paul T. Buckwalter, Attorney
Marijuana is legal and you can buy alcohol to go in restaurants. But you cannot drive while holding a phone or release balloons into the air. Here is a look at some of the new changes.

MARIJUANA - Virginia legalized marijuana. Adults can possess and use an ounce and can grow four plants. Past misdemeanor marijuana convictions will be automatically expunged and police can no longer perform search and seizure based solely on the odor of marijuana. Retail sales of marijuana may begin in 2024. Our webpage has more details.

DRIVING - You cannot drive while holding a phone. It is illegal in the entire state. You may talk on the phone but not hold it.

BALLOONS - Releasing balloons outdoors is banned. Previous law only prohibited the release of 50 balloons or more within an hour. Now you can be fined $25 per balloon for any you release.

CRIME DEFENSES - Gay and transgender “panic defenses” are now illegal. Defendants cannot use this defense to justify homicide, manslaughter, assaults and wounding, claiming they felt threatened by another person’s sexuality or gender identity.

EDUCATION - The end of snow days? Schools must now utilize remote learning during inclement weather or emergencies.

TEACHER TRAINING - Teachers will be evaluated on cultural competence and must complete training every two years. African American history will be a mandatory subject for training and many schools have set inclusivity standards.

ALCOHOL - Restaurants can sell alcoholic drinks to go and you can drink outside the restaurant but only in designated areas.

GUNS - If convicted of assault on a family member, you lose the right to own or possess a gun for three years. Guns are banned from all state buildings including Capitol Square or within 40 feet of an active polling place, except for law enforcement.

VOTING - Absentee ballots will be processed before Election Day, to allow voters to “cure,” or correct certain errors to make their ballot countable.

DEATH PENALTY - Virginia abolished the death penalty.

You can see all the new laws that went into effect on July 1st at this site: http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/idc/idc21.pdf.

Ad from 1969 - my favorite Shelby ad was for the 2-4 manifold: "They will hear you coming and see you briefly"

Parted Out? The Future of Car Components in an EV world

From Hagerty
Barely a month goes by that some automaker doesn’t announce that their future lies in electric vehicles. Last week, Renault said that more than 90 percent of its production would be electric by 2030, joining a growing list of auto brands that have committed to abandoning fuel burners for full electrification before the decade is out. Auto suppliers, the companies that produce the belts and hoses and water pumps and spark plugs that make engines run, are furrowing their collective brows, wondering whether there is a future for an industry that has been around for more than a century. As a car enthusiast, it’s hard not to feel like a dinosaur as it watched the meteor blaze across the sky.

“Just in the last two months, the phone calls I’ve been getting have really heated up,” said Mike Spagnola, vice president of OEM and product development programs for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the industry trade group for makers of aftermarket components which includes classic vehicle parts suppliers. “I like to work on gasoline vehicles, but you can’t ignore the fact that this is coming.”

Well, what is coming, exactly? We know that some luxury brands like Cadillac and Jaguar have said that they are building their last gasoline powered vehicles. Cadillac says that it will not replace any of its internal-combustion engines as they go out of production and the brand expects to be fully electric by 2030. The world’s largest automaker, Volkswagen, which despite the pandemic built more than 25,400 vehicles every day of 2020, is shoveling $33 billion into a massive electrification effort. All work on internal-combustion engines at VW will stop in 2026, the company says, and it promises to make its entire supply chain completely carbon neutral in the process. VW is so big that the company figures that it alone is responsible for 1 percent of global carbon-dioxide emissions.

However, we also know that there are 278 million vehicles registered in the United States as of 2019, of which a mere 1.5 million are electric and another 3 million are hybrid. In 2020, pure electrics represented only 2 percent of the 14.5 million light-vehicle sales that year. SEMA figures that in any year, between 12.5 million and 13.5 million older vehicles get scrapped, meaning it would take more than 20 years to turn over the entire U.S. fleet of fuel-burning vehicles—and that’s assuming we went to 100 percent electric tomorrow and the scrappage rates remained constant, which they aren’t.

In fact, scrappage rates are going down as cars last longer and new cars get more expensive, making it worth it for owners to repair their older vehicles. As of February 2021, the average new car price was $41,066, a substantial layout in a nation where, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income in 2019 was $68,703 and the average income was much lower.

So, a flood of new electric vehicles—130 models spread across 43 brands by 2026, according to one study—are landing in a market in which a tiny percentage of sales are currently electric and in which most people, when they buy, go for pickups and crossover SUVs. “If we reach 20 percent [electric] by 2025, that would be aggressive,” says Brian Daugherty, chief technology officer for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), an industry trade group for auto suppliers. “I personally think it will be lower.”

Unsold electric cars may pile up on dealership lots. Auto manufacturers may appeal to government for help (it certainly wouldn’t be the first time). Massive price subsidies, along with an expected drop in battery costs and increase in battery recycling, could make electrics more affordable, but the public recharging infrastructure still lags. Some states struggle even to keep the power on during heat waves and snowstorms. Only one thing is certain: Nobody seems certain what will happen over the next decade.

The implication for owners of classic vehicles seems less murky, as it’s likely that little will change for them so long as gas stations don’t disappear (a revolution that nobody expects for at least several decades). While original-equipment parts suppliers are contemplating a future without engines, suppliers of parts to classic vehicles, a $900 million annual market, according to SEMA, will go on.

“Bigger suppliers are switching their R&D dollars,” says MEMA’s Daugherty, “but as long as someone can make a profit making a part, they will do it. Rubber belts, spark plugs, hoses—those are fairly easy to make. Where you may see a problem is in parts that are less common.”

Suppliers may consolidate their product lines for engines, cutting the number of clutch types or spark plug part numbers they make, leaving some older vehicles out in the cold. This will come as no shock to owners of obscure classics, who have long struggled to obtain parts, but those who drive more common vehicles may, too, be left without adequate parts support.

The good news, says industry analyst Charlie Vogelheim, is that new technology such as 3-D printing will make obtaining some parts easier. “With 3-D printing you can bypass some of the past barriers to getting parts made, like tooling costs for molds and needing to buy a huge number to make it work out financially.” Adds Vogelheim: more entrepreneurs like Corky Coker of Coker Tire will come along and “create profitable industries around keeping old cars on the road.”

But current 3-D printing technology has its limits. It can’t make a cylinder head or high-stress suspension components like tie-rod ends. At least, not yet. Even so, figures SEMA’s Spagnola, any serious shortage of engine parts would be “years and years and years away. Superchargers and air intakes will be made for many years to come.”

Which may be little comfort to the owner of a 1965 Mustang—already a 56-year-old car—who is planning to pass the car on to his or her children as a family heirloom. Timelines are long in the classic car world. Will a 1965 Mustang still be drivable in another 56 years?

Well, there is always electric conversion.

As with new electric vehicles, electric conversion of classics is in its infancy, but it is growing. The annual SEMA show in Las Vegas in November is where makers of aftermarket, restoration, and hot-rod components come to show off their latest products. Joining them in 2021 will be an increasing number of electric-conversion suppliers, and sprinkled through the halls will be a significant number of all-electric show cars. For the first time, the show will have its own section for electrics, and “dozens of people have contacted me about it,” says SEMA’s Spagnola.

“You can’t deny the power,” says Spagnola, who recently rode in a 1000-horsepower electric prototype from Faraday Future, a Chinese-owned electric start-up. Currently, the quickest-accelerating production car on the planet is the 1020-hp Tesla Model S Plaid, which can hit 60 mph in just over 2 seconds straight off the showroom floor.

Going fast never goes out of style, especially at SEMA, where independent companies like AEM Electronics, a well-known supplier of dash displays that is now building electric-motor controllers for EV conversions, will share the electric spotlight with major automakers like General Motors. Last year, GM showed off a 1977 Chevy K5 Blazer with what it called a pre-production version of an electric crate motor that will be sold through Chevrolet Performance. The original 400-cubic-inch small-block V-8 was replaced by a 200-hp electric motor from the production Chevy Bolt mated to a four-speed automatic. Total range: 238 miles. While the power may not sound like much, its more than the original engine (175 horsepower) and it comes with the instant torque delivery of an electric. More powerful versions of GM’s eCrate package are surely on the way.

The blazing meteor seems to promise both radical, violent change as well as huge promise for the automobile as we know it. The dinosaurs may not survive, but new creatures will flourish that are likely to be just as interesting. In the end, notes the analyst Vogelheim, electrification may force the classic-car community to divide into those who want to preserve old cars as they are and those who just want to drive them, regardless of the power source.

“Is it about authenticity or mobility?” he asks. Each classic car owner will have to decide where he or she lands on that question, but it seems likely that, at least for the foreseeable future, the roads will be big enough for both.

Kenbridge Cruise-in
Kenbridge Cruise-in July 17 - Photo by Ron Clark
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Franklin Cruise-In
Franklin Cruise-In July 21 - Photo by Ron Clark
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The Law

  • Law of Mechanical Repair- After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

  • Law of Gravity- Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will bounce or roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

  • Law of Probability- The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

  • Law of Random Numbers- If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

  • Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

  • Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

  • Law of Close Encounters- The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

  • Law of the Result- When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!

  • Law of Biomechanics- The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

  • Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena- At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

  • The Coffee Law- As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

  • Murphy's Law of Lockers- If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

  • Law of Physical Surfaces- The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

  • Law of Logical Argument- Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.

  • Law of Physical Appearance- If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

  • Law of Public Speaking—A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET!

  • Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!

  • Doctors' Law- If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.

    Leetown Car Club Car Show
    Leetown Car Club Car Show July 24
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    Prince George Police to Residents: Shelter Your Cars from Catalytic Converter Thieves

    From The Progress Index
    Recent thefts of catalytic converters from cars in the county have prompted police to remind residents that it's a good idea when feasible to lock your car up in a garage or some kind of limited-access shelter.

    If a garage or shelter is not available, residents might want to consider improving outdoor lighting or even install motion-sensitive cameras focused squarely on their vehicles.

    Catalytic converters — which break down toxic exhaust into water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide — are popular theft targets because they contain certain metals that can be recycled for cash. Vehicles manufactured after 1975 were mandated to have the converters factory-installed.

    Catalytic converters contain platinum, palladium and rhodium metals that are considered very valuable and can net larger amounts of cash when recycled or resold. Since they are installed on the vehicle's undercarriage between the engine and the muffler, they are easily accessible.

    The latest converter theft was reported Wednesday, according to police. Department spokeswoman Officer Alexis Grochmal said so far in 2021, there have been eight reported thefts of converters in the county. Last year, Prince George recorded 14 thefts.

    "Most of the vehicles being targeted in the county are older model Ford and Chevy products, but other vehicles are vulnerable as these thefts are mostly crimes of opportunity," Prince George Police said in a statement.

    These thefts have been ongoing for years. Police departments across the nation say they have seen an uptick in the swiping during the COVID-19 pandemic as a quick way to get cash.

    Police recommend these steps to avoid your car becoming a target:

    If possible, cars should be housed in locked garages or some other kind of limited-access shelter. If you do not have a shelter, upgrade your outdoor lighting to increase visibility of your car. Surveillance cameras, especially ones that are motion-sensitive, are also a good idea.

    If you go to shopping centers or other public places, park in well-lighted areas that are also heavily trafficked by others.

    If your car has an alarm, make sure it is on and will sound off with any motion around the vehicle.

    Place a unique identifiable mark on your converter, or consider installation of an anti-theft device on the converter.

    Check with your insurance company to make sure theft of a catalytic converter is covered by your policy.

    A converter can be removed from a vehicle with an electric reciprocating saw, also called a "sawzall," in under two minutes. Be cognizant of any power tool-related noises near your home, especially at night.

    Prince George Police is asking anyone who might have information about the converter thefts to call (804) 733-2773 or Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers at (804) 733-2777. In addition, information can be shared on the P3Tips app.

    Summer Concert Night Cruise-In
    Summer Concert Night Cruise-In July 24
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    The Briefs

    On June 25, JaDerek Gray was driving his motorcycle on I-35 in Fort Worth. The motorcyclist was driving in between the lanes of the highway, an illegal maneuver known as "lane-splitting." An SUV driver changed lanes, but didn't see the motorcycle. Gray swerved to avoid a collision. Witnesses said Gray sped up to pass several cars ahead of him and then parked his motorcycle in the middle of the freeway, blocking the northbound traffic. Gray then reportedly walked toward the SUV and pointed his handgun at the driver. The SUV driver allegedly told the gun-toting Gray to put down the firearm, adding that there were children in his vehicle. Gray purportedly kept advancing toward the SUV with his gun drawn. That's when the SUV driver used his own gun to shoot Gray several times.

    Two West Jordan, Utah, sisters, 9 and 4 years old, set out before dawn on June 2 with California beaches in their sights, Fox News reported. Unfortunately, the 9-year-old was driving, and things didn't go as planned. Just several miles away from home, the little driver veered into oncoming traffic, slamming into a semi-truck. Both girls were wearing seatbelts, and no one was hurt. Their parents were unaware of the joyride until police called them after the accident. "I guess they were intending to start their summer vacation a little early," remarked West Valley police spokesperson Roxeanne Vainuku. Lt. Sean McCarthy added, "I don't know that we'll tell them they were going the wrong way" to reach California.

    Small businesses have had to be creative in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as demonstrated by Club Pro Adult Entertainment in Toronto, Ontario. The Toronto Sun reported that shutdowns nearly destroyed the strip club -- until owner Teresa Marciano and her staff came up with another idea. "Since we couldn't operate as a restaurant, the only thing we wanted to do was something outdoors," Marciano said. "Most of our staff and managers love golf, so we tried to marry both industries together." The new venture, Stiff Shafts, turns the former club's parking lot into a driving range where golfers can aim their shots at caricatures of prominent politicians. Bartenders and waitstaff will return to provide food and drink to customers, and the dancers will be caddies.

    New York State police arrested Austin O. Weismore, 25, of Blossvale, New York, on June 16 after he allegedly stole a U-Haul van. Weismore drove the van from Florida to New York in March, WKTV reported, but he never returned the rental. Instead, he used black spray paint to try to disguise the signature color palette and logo. Police found the van while investigating a burglary and noted that the U-Haul logo was still visible on the front windshield. Weismore also removed the catalytic converter; he was charged with felony grand larceny, among other crimes.

    In December 2016, Cletus Snay hit a patch of black ice while driving in Bellevue, Ohio, and slammed into Matthew Burr's mailbox. Doesn't seem all that dramatic, but postal service guidelines specify that mailbox poles be able to break away, which Burr's clearly did not do. Burr had installed an 8-inch metal pole, buried 3 feet in the ground and fortified with rocks and dry cement poured on top, News5Cleveland reported. This immoveable fixture caused Snay's truck to roll and left him a quadriplegic. Attorney Kathleen St. John argued on June 16 to the Ohio Supreme Court that a property owner "is not justified in inflicting, without warning, bodily harm upon the person of a trespasser," but Burr's attorney, Doug Leak, calls the USPS recommendations "just guidelines" and said Burr was justified in reinforcing his mailbox after years of accidents and vandalism. The court is expected to rule soon.

    Richard Turpin apparently just needed to borrow a truck, but he ended up with charges filed against him in Bratenhal, Ohio, on June 18. WJW-TV reported that a mail carrier parked his USPS van at the end of a driveway and walked up to the house to deliver the mail, giving Turpin a chance to jump in and take off. A witness saw the theft and called police, who caught up with Turpin a few miles away. When they asked him why he took the truck, he cryptically answered: "A U-Haul." The police officer responded, "I don't think that's a U-Haul" -- but surprise! Inside, they found a big-screen TV that hadn't been in the truck earlier, according to the mailman. And no mail was missing. The mail carrier admitted he'd left the keys in the ignition.

    A 35-year-old man from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, was presumably having a good time on June 20, sitting in his Dodge Ram truck and lighting fireworks, then throwing them out the window ... until he was critically injured by one that didn't make it outside the cab. The exploding firework also did significant damage to the interior of the truck, lehighvalleylive.com reported, but didn't cause a fire, Emmaus Police Chief Troy Schantz said.

    The Smoking Gun reported that on June 18, a woman in St. Petersburg, Florida, was arrested after allegedly drunkenly slamming her car into a tree, a Taco Bell sign and the store's water meter, and then leaving the scene. The appropriately named Kanisha Booze, 34, is an employee at the Taco Bell. Police said Booze had "bloodshot, watery eyes, a dazed and blank expression on her face and an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath."

    North Dakota is suing the Biden administration over its decision to halt new federal oil and gas lease sales to combat climate change. According to state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, the state may have already lost $80 million to the Inauguration Day executive order. “I have taken this action to protect North Dakota’s economy, the jobs of our hard-working citizens, and North Dakota’s rights to control its own natural resources,” Stenehjem said in a news release. “Without following the legally required procedures, [the Bureau of Land Management] arbitrarily canceled the March and June lease auctions and shows every sign of continuing to violate its statutory duties,” the release continued. “Stenehjem says that the cancellation of the March and June auctions will cost the State over $80 million in lost revenues, a number that could grow to into billions in the coming months unless BLM’s illegal cancellations are stopped.”

    A New Orleans man on Monday robbed his Uber driver, who subsequently lost his job for having a firearm in his possession against company rules. Driver Clayton Lacniak told Fox News that he picked up a passenger on Monday evening in the French Quarter who appeared to be coming from work at a restaurant. The two had a fairly normal ride with some conversation, Lacniak said, before the passenger suddenly asked him to stop a couple blocks away from the destination. "I put my foot on the brake to stop, turned around to look at him, and a gun was in my face," Lacniak said, adding that he went into a state of shock and started "just doing what he told me to do." The passenger pulled a gun on Lacinak and demanded the driver open his console, where Lacniak kept an emergency $100. It was at that time the suspect noticed Lacniak's gun case on the floor of his vehicle and demanded he hand over the unloaded weapon as well, before taking off. "He got in my face, he opened up my center console," Lacniak explained. "… He got that $100, and then he… saw my gun case on the floor and he said, ‘I want that s--t. Give me that f---ing gun.’ So I went and opened the case and I handed him the gun and magazine to him and he opened my door and ran off."

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    Repair Mistakes & Blunders

    From Rock Auto
    Once upon a time, oil came in metal cans you had to pierce with a spout, so it was a surprise when I went to work at the filling station one day and they had motor oil in new plastic containers with a twist off cap. I wondered why no one had thought of it sooner. It was not long until I had a customer that asked me to check the oil. In the "good old days" we pumped gas, washed windshields and checked tire pressure upon request. The customer's car was low on oil and they requested a top up, so I got one of the new bottles of oil, twisted off the cap and put the neck of the container directly into the opening of the valve cover.

    When I opened the bottle, I noticed it had a tamper proof cap, and the lower half twisted off while remaining on the bottle. When I pulled the bottle out of the valve cover, to my surprise, the lower half/plastic ring was gone! Where did it go? It had slipped off and fell into the valve cover. I sheepishly informed the customer that I could not see the plastic ring and would have to take off the valve cover to remove it. He was nice about it and gave me the go ahead so I pulled the car into the shop and proceeded to remove the cover. There were five of those rings in there! Apparently others had the same problem with the ring slipping off the bottle and either did not notice or did not say anything. The customer went away happy though.

    Shortly after that, motor oil manufacturers seemed to revise their bottles so the ring stayed with the cap. I wondered why no one had thought of it sooner.

    Mark in Illinois

    1961 Ford
    1961 Ford

    20 Things I’ve Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The ‘Pandemic

    From Zuby on Twitter: Zuby’s thread (on Twitter) discussed “20 Things I’ve Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The ‘Pandemic’” with the first pointed noting, “Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right.”

    It went on:

    2/ At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions.

    3/ Fear of death is only rivaled by the fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.

    4/ Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.

    5/ Anything and everything can and will be politicized by the media, government, and those who trust them.

    6/ Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.

    7/ Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people. Even many who are vocal critics of the government.

    8/ Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.

    9/ Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviors – for better or worse.

    10/ When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.

    11/ People who are dismissed as ‘conspiracy theorists’ are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.

    12/ Most people value safety and security more than freedom and liberty, even if said ‘safety’ is merely an illusion.

    13/ Hedonic adaptation occurs in both directions, and once inertia sets in, it is difficult to get people back to ‘normal’.

    14/ A significant % of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.

    15/ ‘The Science’ has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.

    16/ Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.

    17/ Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees. Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.

    18/ If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.

    19/ Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.

    20/ It’s easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.

    As a “bonus thought,” Zuby added an additional point:

    21/ Most people are fairly compassionate and have good intentions (this is good)

    As a result, most people deeply struggle to understand that some people, including our ‘leaders’, CAN have malicious or perverse intentions (this is bad).

    Zuby is an independent rapper, podcast host, author, public speaker and creative entrepreneur, with over 800,000 followers online. He was born in England, raised in Saudi Arabia and is a graduate of Oxford University. He has sold over 30,000 albums independently, performed in 8 countries and achieved over 10 million online video views. Zuby has featured on The Joe Rogan Experience, BBC, Fox News, Sky News, The Adam Carolla Show, The Rubin Report, The Candace Owens Show and The Ben Shapiro Show, amongst others.

    1956 Ford
    1956 Ford

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