Of Rods and Rock & Roll … and Things

Well, happy summer, GearHeads. As the world gradually comes alive again, bit by bit. Speaking of alive, it sure was that way coming up on press time, out at PIR. The Beaches Cruise In fired back up on the first Wednesday of July. And the hot rodders… they did come. They packed that raceway to capacity. And not forgetting the bikes, does anybody know the final count?

The barbecue pits and the food trucks were up and running. Fancy drinks were flowing from the cabanas and rock & roll was wafting through the air,  from the stage. It was cool that they started all this with the hottest rock band in the area, Hit Machine. I’ll say, it is dang hard to get even a single Hot Rodder around here to dance a step. Must be their credo or something. Any band that can, like this band can, gets kudos from this writer.

So now, we will all sashay on  over to this next subject. National Collector Car Day done come and gone second Friday in July. How did you all celebrate it? You know, that is our big national holiday that celebrates our heritage. Holidays are great but sometimes it’s time to get serious. I am happy to report that SEMA has been making some good progress with the RPM bill up on Capitol Hill.

There have been over 100 meetings in June and July covering numerous related issues. Over 60 SEMA member companies have joined in.

PRI has launched a membership program that will be tackling these issues. The Performance Racing Industry is just as it sounds. They are a powerhouse in the trade show and publishing arenas. We look forward to reporting on what they will be doing.

We are happy to report on some good news coming out of the US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is always good when common sense prevails over EPA idiots. They pushed a rule to keep E15 gasoline being sold year-round. Our guys pushed back and we prevailed. E15 will not be sold during the summer. Something that actually makes a lot of sense.

Would also like to mention that Hot Rod Magazine has combined with Motor Trend.com. We can only hope that this new partnership will lay an even more solid foundation for all of us.

Now, how about we take ourselves a little trip fantastic down to the bottoms of the deepest of seas. Someone has found that there is a whole bunch of big old rocks lying about in some of these areas. These rocks are prehistoric and through the centuries they have become coated with layers of rare earth metals. Just the same kinds that they need to make all of these batteries for all of these EV cars. Just the same kind of metals that are being mined in China. So there you have it. They say they will be using some kind of giant vacuum to simply suck them right up off the bottom!

How about some news from farther out? Perhaps we can call this quasi news. And when I say farther out, I really mean it. And we must have patience because it does take a while for telepathy to travel these distances. So we have established the SRL in the July issue. (You can find the older issues by going to the website and clicking on archive). We are expecting this new Space Racing League to be the most innovative as perhaps …  forever. And, for sure it will be the fastest of all time!

So we are finding quite a few species of aliens out there. Or races, if you will. Was trying to do a little play on words there … I know, it didn’t work. Yes, there is quite a variety out there. So word has it, er thoughts has it that there might be quite a few of them in the further out galaxies that are like, exhibitionists. So that is what I heard, uh … From a thought, so to speak.

So anyway, that might be good for us racers, right? I mean it sounds like they are more interested in exhibition racing as opposed to straight up competition. I mean who wants to straight up race a Tic Tic anyway? Anywho, we will be sure to keep you informed of any further messages coming in from farther out.

Shall We Jump Right Into Summer?

It’s summertime and the fish are jumpin’ your daddy’s rich and your mama’s good lookin’….
Uh sorry, I may have gotten carried away with a melody there. Indeed summer should be in full swing by the time you guys are reading this. Lots is happening from here to there.

Hopefully things will ease up on Ed the editor who had to jump in to much of the distribution of this publication due to all the pandemic lockdowns. Speaking of distribution, I would like to give a shout out to a few of the newer outlets up on the side of the mountain: Zigzag inn, Barlow Trail, Brightwood Tavern, Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, Mount Hood Tire and Mount Hood RV Resort.
With any luck, some of you may be reading this while kicking back nearby a cabana at the Beaches Cruise In at PIR, the first Wednesday in July. There is one caveat however. At press time, they are short on help. We will have to see how all of that shakes out. We are seeing other events starting to pop off. However, it has been difficult for those of us who plan events, due to this covid trap. Maybe now would be a good time to say a few things about our illustrious leaders. Naw, I am still a bit too hot under the collar.

We formerly announced the crash of the Sick  Seconds 2.0 ’69 Camaro at an NHRA meet. Now we are getting word of Tom Bailey’s newest ride. He plans to introduce a ’55 Nomad at Drag Week. This comes as news of his chief competitor, Jeff Lutz wrecking his ’57 Chevy while filming for Discovery Channel. Bailey’s Sick Seconds 1.0 Camaro sits ready to go, however. Then he allowed Cletus McFarland of YouTube fame to take it down track for a full pass!

Also, kudos to Cletus for covering the RPM Act on his YouTube channel where he has jillions of followers. Coverage like that is absolutely needed and here is why: PFI Speed is a small shop with a YouTube channel. They are involved in such things as power adders and dyno tuning along with an online sales department. They just put out a video asking for help. They are the latest to be singled out by the federal gangsters who masquerade as DES enforcers. They sold a few power adder devices online that work with the ECU on certain cars. The feds tracked them down and laid a big fine on them. They have been given 30 days to figure out how to deal with this penalty which could add up to $18K. They are asking for any legal help or any industry knowledge that can help. By the time you read this, their time will be about up!

One Way we can all help is by getting over to SEMA.com and quickly fill out that form for the RPM Act. We are hearing that it has been doing well.  There are factions within the Fed that would destroy our industry. This is no different from many other programs that have grown so big such as the DUI mega industry, where they have completely lost track of the original goal of safety and caved in to big money, big power, corruption and propaganda. I have said it before and I will say it again – this is one of the many things we will have to stand up for to keep them from eventually enslaving us all!

Like the proprietors at PFI speed said, “This feels like a mob shakedown.”

Now, let’s get on with more sordid news. We are all aware of the effect this covid conspiracy has had on our industry as well as everywhere around the world. Notice I am not using the cliche ‘conspiracy theory.’  This is no theory. I want to relay some facts.
There is a lot of good scientific information out there that is being shut out by our great white saviors with their relentless censorship and propaganda. There are a lot of ways we all have been done bad wrong. Sooner or later, the word has to get out there. It has to. They lay these life saving vaccines on us. Vaccines that, by the way are enriching there big pharma partners beyond any of our wildest dreams. Isn’t it odd how the rich get richer and richer through every disaster as the rest of us get hurt more and more?

Their lips move and out come all the lies. Oh sure, these vaccines are perfectly safe. Let’s start up some gambling lotteries or pot smoking, like Jabs for Joints. All things we could have been arrested for before. Let’s hold out some mythical number that we must all achieve before we can go back to whatever normal might have once been. Lets allow all kinds of establishments across the Nation to make up their own covid rules and check passports and IDs. Who needs cops when we can get businesses all across America to enforce covid rules for free!

Meanwhile news continues to come out about the vaccine deaths. The Nanny Narrative continues to play it down. They tell us to don’t worry, our vaccines are perfectly safe. The deaths are negligible. But as the real numbers continue to be crunched, some are coming up with drastically different results. Results that are leading to the halt of vaccines in some areas. Record numbers could be coming. In the end, who will be the ones to step up and apologize for all the needless deaths and destruction? Who will be the ones to be prosecuted?

There is a drug out there called Ivermectin. Have you heard of it? Results have already come in from several countries about the incredible efficacy of this drug. This drug was developed a long time ago for other medical purposes. It has been proven to be clear of most side effects for many years. The patents have run out. Ivermectin is readily available to all of us cheap. Do you have any idea of the final cost of every current vaccination? It is way, way up there!

The last clinical trial showed Ivermectin to be 100% effective. It is highly effective in the prevention as well as the treatment of the covid! How many lives could have been and still could be saved by this drug? And no covid passport needed. And yet our illustrious overlords completely block out any mention of this in the mainstream media. What this drug would do to their big pharma buddies! All those profits….

The doctors and scientists who are speaking out about this are being intimidated, defamed, de-monetized, de- platformed online. They are being blocked in every way possible. They are being ridiculed. Some put their careers at risk just by speaking out.
Sorry but this needs to be said. This government does not represent us — It rules us …. or it wants to. Are we going to let it?
Now, we move on to the UAPs. In the last column, we opened up that can of worms. We were informed about the Pentagon report that  will be forthcoming. One would expect that by the time you are reading this, the report should be out there, if we can count on them to stand by their word? It should be June 25th. How much truth will we get after decades of lies?

What can we expect the war mongers to say about their threat scenario? Here’s what I think needs to be done. These ETS have been playing around with us for who knows how long. They haven’t blown us up yet. I think they are mischievous and like to have fun. I mean look at the goings on at Skinwalkers Ranch!

It could very well be that they might be competitive. I say let’s not compete with them with bombs and rockets as some might have us do. Nope, this is a Time for the rodders and racers to step up to the plate. Let’s introduce the ETs to ets. Yep, I’m talking quarter mile. Let’s get some of these Tic Tacs onto an autocross track. They don’t seem to make much smoke. Maybe we can take them in a burnout contest? Could be fun.

So at this time, I am officially forming the SRL (Space Racing League). Yes, to hell with all of those stuffed shirts. We can do this. We all will need to think hard on this. It is a consciousness sort of a thing. If we think to them hard enough, they will come.
Furthermore, I think Danica Patrick would make a good president of the league. Danica has a YouTube channel now and based on one of her recent interviews on the subject of extraterrestrials, I think she would make a great spokesman for us. I also learned that she is not real big on narcissists. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could clean all of them out of their hidey holes. There certainly would not be much left of Congress or big business! Oh well, I guess that would be another story.Be good GearHeads.

The UAP Report 2021

Greetings Earthlings, uh, er … I mean GearHeads. Sorry, that slipped out. Been kind of preoccupied lately, I guess.

For all twelve of you who follow this column, you know I have spent a lot of time introducing the newfangled electrical vehicles (EVs) coming into our car world. But if that wasn’t enough, now we have … aliens!

For those of you who haven’t been hiding beneath a magic mushroom or something like that, you are well aware of the worldwide conversation that is about to be had. Perhaps the greatest conversation in the history of all of mankind. We are not alone. That’s heavy, man!

By now, most of us have heard the announcement. By the time you are reading this, perhaps the Pentagon will have released their files and the conversation will have begun. And what will that be? What will  we be saying about these UAPs (former UFO)? That stands for “Unofficial Auto Punishers” or something like that. That might not be quite accurate, I dunno. What shall we call these things, GearHeads?

I will tell you this, I am certainly not tripping all over myself to race one of these things with my Camaro! Now, we don’t exactly know what these things they call Tic Tacs, are. They are roughly in the shape of a slice of pie but they sure are damn fast. I think we can all agree on that.

And can they ever maneuver! I certainly wouldn’t mind having one of these on my team. I mean, might they actually be the penultimate, intergalactic hooners of all of  spacedom? Who knows. They seem pretty cool though, don’t they? Might be interesting to know who is in them. But then, perhaps that is what the conversation will be all about, eh? Can’t wait!

So, we figured what time is better than the present to get this convo started? All I know is these things are fast and I like fast and you like fast too, yes? What say you? And with that — ’nuff said.
Chuck Fasst #GearHeadsWorld

Marching Ahead in Motorsports

As we near press time, we are awaiting a February snowstorm. Even more exciting, we are awaiting a reopening of restaurants from this pandemic deep freeze. Finally, again weary travelers will have places where they can come in off the road for a hot meal. You be sure and let me know how that all worked out, okay?
We are also awaiting speed weeks at Daytona. NASCAR will be starting their 2021 season anew. Will they have packed grandstands this year? Here is something else interesting, eNASCAR will be starting their second season of iRacing. The 2021, 10 race season will feature a fresh new look. Maybe more sanitized? Perhaps keeping the drivers more PC in their outbursts while in the heat of competition?

In some gentler news from Daytona, we see that three women are being nominated this year to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. In related news we will be seeing the introduction of an all women team to the NTT Indycar Series this year. Always good to see this kind of representation from the female persuasion. Next, in the face of all this excitement, we must report the demise of a couple more speedways. Concord Speedway in North Carolina and Texas World Speedway are being torn down for better things.

With that being said, during this time of such intense political turmoil in our nation – here is to an exciting and covid-free 2021 roddin’ and racin’ season in the Northwest and everywhere else.
Nuff said. Chuck Fasst. #GearHeadsWorld

Where are we going with all of this?

Greetings GearHeads. By the time you are reading this, another year has passed. How did you like the last one? Dare I ask? At press time, a lot was going on in the country. Maybe some of you may have received a shot in the arm by now? Maybe this year, Motorsports will receive the shot in the arm it needs?
2020 was definitely the lamest year of all time when it comes to hot rodding. There were a number of races that went off around the place but hot rod cruises were damned few.

There will, however be less racing out in the world for VW this year. They are pulling out of Motorsports racing completely to focus on EV production cars. Next we see that Audi is pulling out of formula E competition followed by BMW who will be concentrating solely on EV production cars. The EVs are coming to the streets boys… And lots of them!

It looks like Atlanta dragway has gone up for sale. We were sorry to hear of the death of Dan-O. He was an OG Motorsports photographer in the LA area who got mowed down in an LA street race.

“… They were cruising against Communism.”

When it comes to car cruises in 2020. There was something worth mentioning that took place October 10th 2020. It was referred to as a car caravan by the Miami Herald. This car caravan consisted of primarily Cuban Americans and numbered at about 20K, they are saying!

They were cruising against Communism. Many of these participants were exiles who have experienced the evil and destruction of Communism firsthand in their countries. They see this coming to America and stand up against it.

Unfortunately, the influence of communism is shot through and through this country from shore to shore at levels most Americans would not even believe. And this is coming straight out of CCP. Yes the Communist Chinese badly want to rule the world. This should come as a surprise to none of us. Levels of communist corruption today are infected throughout Wall Street, politics CTC and public education in this country.

There is no question that many more Americans need to become vastly more informed on this subject. This writer is one who never likes to mix politics with hot rodding. But the CCP stands on its own as the premier threat of all time, to the United States.

Us Hot Rodders are pretty much long in the tooth. We are like the OG’s of the old school Hot Rodding started here in America in the last century. We are the last generation. It gets harder and harder for most of us to muster up what it takes to put on any kind of a cruise in these days. It makes me wonder what we might have left, if and when the time comes for us to stand up and make a statement for our country?

At press time something else is going on in our capitol. We will see how that all sorts out by the time you read this. I must add that censorship has gone way off the hook in this country. There appears to be no such thing as free press anymore, especially on the social platforms. The silencing is being done to second tier news channels as well as all kinds of content creators. This is outrageous, extremely troubling and un-American. Fcu

Let me just close with my new definition of a vacuum: When big money begets big corruption and big communism comes rushing in.
’nuff said.

Tales of Covid Times

Greetings GearHeads. And welcome to another Covid celebration. Our copy deadline for this issue happens to fall on Veterans Day. As I sit in the Olive Garden partaking of my free meal, I look  across at a sea of empty tables and chairs. This also happens to be the first day of a new set of paranoid pandemic rules laid out for this county by the governor of Oregon.

Yet again, restaurants along with a number of other grassroots businesses are being adversely affected by the latest round of pandemic punishments to be laid down by our esteemed decision makers on high.
Consider your average Olive Garden with 25 to 30 personnel and a capacity of 200, allowed to serve a couple of dozen patrons. Sounds to me like there are some policymakers that truly deserve to be slapped upside the head!

Granted we may not expect much of decision making ability from some knuckle dragger making his way through the pits. But as far as supposedly educated, elected officials and their ilk. We expect a lot more – a whole lot more! Like the ability to think their way out of a pandemic paper sack without horribly damaging droves of additional humans.
This writer is reminded of a certain military policy that was often used: Punish the masses for the sins of the few. This policy was as ineffective then as it is now. And yet we continue to see these kinds of policies put in use everywhere, all the time. Just throw a blanket over the whole thing, hurting everybody and solving the problem, supposedly. Anyone know what a crock is?

The effectiveness of an authoritarian government can be measured by the culture of fear and the number of those who are too poor to afford a pot to piss in – such as the homeless. Folks, just take a good hard look around the United States of America.

And then they have the street racers. Or so they are being called by much of the media. However some Media have begun to refer to what’s happening around Portland as events or shows. These would seem to be more accurate descriptors considering that there seems to be no actual racing competition going on. This seems to be an epidemic of hooning
This would appear to be an offshoot of groups of fun havers like the Hoonigans on YouTube. The Hoonigans came about by way of video sensation Ken Block and his viral gymkhana videos on YouTube.
In recent years these “bridge takeovers” and “street takeovers” have come about, around the city of Portland. These kids block all traffic and get on about their crazy hooning. Some of them have mad skillz – others don’t. There have been a few deaths. The latest being a motorcyclist and an onlooker.

At press time, the most recent event took place smack in the middle of the intersection of NE Columbia boulevard and MLK boulevard. It is said the hooning went on for three hours! The cops had other pressing business going on downtown.

All I can say is, back in the day when we were doing our actual street racing. We did it in out of the way places like, Alcoa, Firestone, Airport road and many others. We generally did our racing late and we most certainly never blocked traffic. We did not have a high death toll as well.
Nowadays it appears as if Portland has become somewhat of a magnet for hooners from outlying areas. Perhaps the hooners are taking advantage of all of the action that continues to go on downtown requiring the attention of all the cops in the area. At any rate, this, in your face blocking of traffic and the rest of the craziness is taking it too far. The 911 emergency system was completely overloaded! It is too bad how these kids trash the good names of the vast majority of other hot rodders out there.

So here is a question. What do Sandy Monro, Malcolm Bricklin and Arcimoto have in common? 3 wheeled EVs. And we will have more on that at a later time.

And then we have GPT-3. Have yourself a conversation with this character and it will learn you a lot on the subject of AI deep learning. You will get an indication of just how closer we are coming to Singularity. It won’t be long before it will be us and we will be it!

Hot Rodders Keep on Keepin’ On

As we attempt to navigate our way through  2020 it has been a tough time for all. It has certainly hit the Motorsports industry hard and continues to do so. As we have previously mentioned even the SEMA show canceled. In lieu of that they have developed the SEMA 360 which will be an entire virtual show. I dunno, there is nothing like the SEMA show up close and personal.

In the midst of a pandemic most of the larger Motorsport shows have been shut down – but not all. I mean let’s face it, unlike other major sports, Motorsports has always been about participation. When it comes to hot rodding, that is especially so. Hot rodding has always been about high spirited American Patriots getting together and sharing their motoring experiences and innovations. And then, well there might be some competition.

This writer took a peek at what the Good Guys were up to. He didn’t have to look far to see their latest innovation. I must say that when I look at what these guys do it kind of reminds me of the reason behind why Congress set aside that special holiday for all of us. It comes around on the second Friday of July every year. National Collector Car Appreciation Day. Hopefully most of you know this.

Congress recognizes all of us who have kept the spirit of the automobile alive throughout the past century. It was those of us who brought the fun of the automobile into the world. And we certainly deserve recognition for that.

And this writer will say that the Good Guys have been good at that sort of thing for quite a few years. They bring the fun and good times into the American automobile. Once upon a time, this writer was running the Women of Motorsports modeling team. And he has never forgotten how the Meadors family welcomed us with open arms. Because it was not always that way for us.

So, this brings me to the good old American Drive-In Cruise that they recently did. Judging from all the pics that were available on their site, It looks like a lot of hot rodders had a rocking good time. Evidently, they set the limit at 400 cars. Imagine a drive-in movie theater filled up with 400 hot rods. Nothing like putting on an event that is Covid correct and socially distanced … and Bitchin’.

In other news, it has been a different kind of year for NHRA. It seems that they are suing Coca-Cola over their Mellow Yellow series. It seems that Coke pulled out on them mid-series. Remaining October races are unsure.

Then we have NASCAR changing up their schedule for next season. They are going to run their Indy race along with the Indy Cars on the same weekend. Then they have scheduled the Bristol race to be run on dirt!

Special Vehicle Engineering has introduced their 2021 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro. Only 50 copies will be available of this 1050 HP beast. And it looks like Ford is making available 2021 Mustang Bodies in White that include NHRA legal cages.

Now let’s wrap this up with news from the electrical vehicle world. We can’t forget them, cuz they won’t let us. It looks like the Lucid EV has recently run a 9.24 ET. Yup, that’s way fast for a factory production street car. Also, lately the Lucid and the Tesla “Plaid” have been in hot competition at the Laguna Seca Raceway. When last checked, Tesla was in the lead on that one. And that’s that.
’nuff said,Chuck Fasst  #GearHeadsWorld

2020… What a Year

We are certainly hoping all is well out there in hot rod land. No doubt there were quite a number of readers who were caught up in these fires. The publisher was in the line of fire and evacuated as well. If you are reading this, then we at least got some kind of an issue out. Just that, is an amazing accomplishment during these natural disasters and extreme declining economy.

It appears that it is the Covid condition that is doing the worst damage to the automotive industry. Motorsports will never be the same again. The electric vehicle industry is making major inroads during this time. It looks like we may be entering into a new era of shared ridership where fewer and fewer citizens will actually own their own car.

In the performance sector we are seeing more and more of these EVs running quarter mile ETs in the 9s and showing impressive performance on road courses and places like Pikes Peak. They are coming at us from every angle, that is for sure.

Along these lines, the guys over at Racing Junk have been making some noise about a leaked document from GM concerning the C8 Corvette. It speaks of a hybrid model coming out in 2023 that will feature what they call, eAWD for all-wheel drive. They are saying this one will be the fastest of all time when under full power!

In other news, you know it’s bad when shows like the SEMA show, PRI Show and Drag Week are cancelled. At press time however there is a second Rocky Mountain drag tour scheduled. This will be meant to take the place of the canceled Drag Week. The LS fest was also pulled off. This was a crazy event featuring all kinds of LS powered vehicles involved in all kinds of crazy merriment.

The LS Fest is featured prominently in the new eMagazine put out by Holley. Motor Life Digital Magazine will feature excerpts of the latest in car culture.

Well GearHeads as cool car season winds down, we are certainly wishing the best of luck to those of you who have been affected by this outrageous year of 2020. Sure am hoping there were not too many cool hot rods destroyed by these fires! Do your best to keep on keepin’ on—and stay free.

And the Beat Goes On

Greetings GearHeads and GearHeadettes. What a year this has been, eh? By now we would be hitting all kinds of cruise-ins and all kinds of racing would be going on. Except as of press time, there is nothing going on!

So who knows what is coming? I will not even digress.

National collector car day is coming right up—July  10. There won’t be a whole lot happening. Perhaps you could fire up your hot rod for a moment of noise or something?

So I did take notice of a number of pretty cool car events which consisted of people driving their cars and staying in them. Heard there was some big ones. So could drive in theaters be making a comeback?
So did anyone see Jay Leno driving around in a Cybertruck with Elon Musk? They were last seen disappearing down some tunnel.

Oh and now this: Tesla car makes Edmunds Top 10 Muscle Car List! A four-door electric car? My, my—times, they are a changin’  And then there was the new Tesla Roadster. The MuskFather is adding a rocket thruster behind the rear license plate, James Bond style! Sounds like it is going to be the fastest, factory street car on earth!

So I should mention The FarSight Viewers again. Remember… The ones that report on the news before it happens. So, one of their top remote viewers reported on a gunship taking a missile strike. Well, it happened on the Straits of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. I have been there. Yes, not that long ago I was a US Merchant Marine sailing the world. Yes, I was a driver of ships once upon a time.
Anyway, it was a friendly fire incident between 2 Iranian warships conducting war games on May 11. And let me tell you, there were some unhappy Ayatollahs over there. The rest of the remote viewers were all predicting a bunch of rioting. I will say they sure hit that nail on the head, ya think?

Here is something else to think about. This brave new digital world that we are all running towards, head over heels… Cybersecurity is what I often think about – hackers. Anyway, Honda was forced to close a number of their factories around the world recently, due to a ransomware attack. Sounds like genuine cyberwar could be on its way!

So we have mentioned USMA before. They have developed a new hashtag- #TogetherWeRace . Go check it out. You will find their Covid-19 toolkit. They have developed protocols to revitalize Motorsports in such a way as has been done before to revive this nation’s economy.

That’s all folks. Chuck Fasst #GearHeadsWorld

The Winner Gets a Million Bucks!

In my last column I mentioned that the New Coronavirus would send a ripple through the automotive industry. It has done that and at press time we now see that it is sending ripples across all industries, all around the world. Indeed, at press time, it has just been declared a worldwide pandemic! This publication is due to hit the streets by April 1st. And it will be no joke by then. Good luck to all of you.

Electricity is a topic mentioned often in this column. Specifically, how it will be affecting our future automotive industry. Here is a little something from GM. We are all aware of how complex electrical systems have become in all cars. GM has developed an electrical architecture that includes over 1 million lines of code. It is currently in use in C8 Corvettes and others. By 2023 this plug & play type of architecture will be shared by all GM vehicles.

This leads us into GM’s “EV Day.” This was a special event for GM to announce their commitment to future electric vehicles. They announced that they believe in global warming and a renewable electrical grid. Their plan is to invest 20 billion dollars between now and 2025.

They seem to be most excited about the new battery they will be building which will include less Cobalt and more nickel. They call it the Ultium. They announced that they will be tripling the number of charging stations at all GM facilities. They announced the new Hummer EV coming in 2021. They announced their new Cadillac, Lyriq. However, at press time we are now hearing that production of that car will be delayed due to the coronavirus.
Some insiders felt that GM’s EV Day announcements were more lackluster than they had expected. After all, Tesla is already years ahead of them in this game. We will see.

Speaking of Tesla, the MuskFather has just announced the implementation of their Track Mode V.2. Word is this performance upgrade will lay siege to many race cars on road courses everywhere. Of course the one I have whimsically named the MuskFather is indeed Elon Musk. He may well become the most well-known man on the planet, the way he is going. I must admit, the more I look into this guy, the more impressed I become. I will have plenty more to say about him in future columns.

Announcing the Indy Autonomous Challenge. This will be a competition between leading University teams developing autonomous self-driving racecars. In 2021 they will compete at the Indianapolis Motor speedway. The prize will be $1000000. DARPA has a hand in this.

Now for news of the latest merger in the Motorsports industry. Race Winning Brands (RWB) has acquired Manley. They own JE Pistons, Diamond Pistons, Wiseco, K1 Technologies and Dart, among others. (RWB) is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries LLC.

We will finish this column with news from the UK. A family driving in a Tesla Model X was saved from a 400 year old falling tree by the automatic braking feature. A family traveling in a Tesla Model X in the opposite direction on the same street was also saved from the same falling tree by their automatic braking feature.

It is what it is. Be safe everybody!
‘nuff said, Chuck Fasst #GearHeadsWorld