Friday, April 26, 2013
Yours probably will, too.
When I’m driving around town, either for work or just for the heck of it, I find that my car gets about 19 to 20 miles per gallon. The car is up to date on maintenance, its tires are usually filled up properly and I drive conservatively. Still … it goes through a gallon of dino-juice after about 20 miles. It’s not bad, as the car is nine years old, and I don’t complain about it. There have been a few instances — usually after leaving a late-night municipal meeting in which every commissioner/board member had to thank everyone from his mother to his tailor in closing comments — where I have had the opportunity to do some hypermiling around town. Hypermiling is paying close attention to driving habits to maximize fuel economy. It’s fun, in …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
New Coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft next week.
"And with the second pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Quarterback Donovan McNabb from Syracuse..." Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo. That's the sound that drowned out that selection when Coach Andy Reid made a major decision with a major draft pick, thus shaping his tenure and the team's future for the next decade. And that pick didn't turn out so bad: McNabb is easily one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history, having taken the Eagles to the Super Bowl and five NFC Championship Games. So can Geno Smith be McNabb all over again? After an awful season, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the fourth pick in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. You hear a lot of names being tossed around. It's not really a strong draft …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Fort Washington-based Fabspeed adds power to the already powerful.
This week, AAA released its annual report analyzing the annual cost per mile to operate a sedan in the U.S. It’s up 1.17 cents over last year to about $0.61 per mile. And apparently, the main reason for the increase is vehicle maintenance. The report kind of makes you giggle after taking a trip to Fabspeed Motorsports in Fort Washington, which dubs itself as a performance manufacturing company. Average driving costs are up slightly over a penny per mile? Parsing the difference in cost between gas and maintenance? Not here. Fabspeed is a place for people who think their Ferrari 458s and Porsche GT2s are underpowered. The company sits in a discreet building in an office complex a couple miles from Philadelphia. Other than the company’s sign …
Monday, April 15, 2013
It's Opening Day in Marple Newtown. Upload your photos here.
It's time to play ball as Marple Newtown opens its Little League season. Opening Day ceremonies take place Saturday and we want you to share your photos and videos with your neighbors and baseball fans alike. Click on the “Upload photos and videos” icon above, to let others see the fun. In case you missed it earlier, check out this quick clip of Marple Little League fields prepping for Opening Day. Good luck this season, teams.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Philadelphia 76ers expected a season of promise with a big off-season trade. Now the franchise is on the verge of collapse.
We interrupt the start of the baseball season to report that another Philadelphia sports team won't be making the playoffs this year. So much for your Philadelphia 76ers. After a past few years of exciting new ownership, promising playoff victories and high-profile trades, the Sixers have sunk to the lowest depths of the four Philly sports franchises this year. The finger pointing is endless. This has been one disaster of a season. In the beginning of the year, the possibilities and promise were endless. The team, with numerous free agent signings and trades in the off-season, appeared prime to take off. With rising stars Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner leading the way, the Sixers added a dominant force in the middle that would allow them to …
Friday, April 12, 2013
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month; maybe sticks would help.
It’s always a rough ride for me when I’m forced to drive my wife’s car — a delightfully reliable, cute, sea-foam green front-wheel drive appliance from Korea. For the first few blocks it must look like the car is missing the “student driver” tent. The car shudders and stops short as my left foot keeps mashing the left side of the brake pedal … thinking there’s a clutch pedal there. I’m no scientist, but it might be a muscle memory thing, as I log tens of thousands of miles per year on a car with a manual transmission. I love driving my manual-equipped car (Is there anything better than a perfect rev-matched downshift?) and I know I’m in the minority. In fact, it took me months to find my current car, as most people don’t want to be …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The question of whether the Philadelphia Phillies have a successful 2013 is up to the top three pitchers, not the hitters.
They are the Big Three. But we're not talking about Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins for the Philadelphia Phillies. We're talking about Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. And it's that Big Three—as opposed to the Big Boppers—who will decide whether the Phils will have success in 2013. From the first two games, we all should worry. Hamels—the former World Series MVP with the big start who was pitching his first Opening Day—got shelled by the Atlanta Braves. Maybe it was Opening Day jitters or the chill in the air, but we Phillies fans expect Hamels now to perform like Steve Carlton when he takes the mound. In other words, we expect nothing short of perfection. That didn't happen Monday night as Hamels was sent to the showers…
Friday, April 5, 2013
A 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe gets a rare distinction from Guinness World Records ... and somewhere a man from Wisconsin is probably bummed out.
It’s got to feel strange when you show up to an event and your other car—the one with vintage tags—is parked prominently at your destination … blocked off by traffic cones. “I suppose the guy who stole my car likes to eat here too. At least he’s taking care of the car,” one might think. James C. Rees Sr., of Collegeville, probably had a feeling like that last Saturday. Rees arrived, along with his wife, to the Collegeville Italian Market. The reason? Well, his granddaughter, who’s on the Methacton High School swim team, had just something-or-othered relating to the team, and the family decided to celebrate. Actually, the party was for Rees and his car—a 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe. For about five months, Rees’ family members have been …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Philadelphia Phillies open 2013 on road against rival Atlanta Braves with lots of questions.
They're calling this the possible Last Waltz. It's the title of the last performance by the late great The Band, which decided to retire from the road and end its successful run. But is this the end for the band of Philadelphia Phillies still left from the World Championship team of 2008? Big Boppers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are finally healthy and they join the aging Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz as the core of champions past. Throw in Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee as staff anchors and Jonathan Papelbon and Mike Adams as bullpen stabilizers and you've got the makings of a strong nucleus. But can these Phils—who are wealthy—can also be healthy and wise too? Do they have what it takes to take on the rising Washington Nationals and the always…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Let's keep it stock, or close to stock, people.
My car celebrated its ninth birthday last November. While that’s not quite old enough to qualify for classic tags, it isn’t exactly new. But, for the most part, my car looks like it did when it rolled off the assembly line on Nov. 17 … a Monday. (I’m planning a big birthday party next November.) Aside from some minor changes — European/clear lighting with corresponding amber bulbs, and the occasional use of a Car and Driver “Save the Manuals!” magnet on the deck lid — my car’s exterior is stock. No decals. No wings. No fake badging. Stock. Lately I’ve noticed a trend that should have gone away after Vin Diesel first drove off into the sunset in an Orange Supra. More and more people are adding faux vents and air scoops to their cars. The…