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Friday
Jan162015

Road Read: Incredible Lego Technic

By Christopher A. Sawyer 

There aren’t going to be a lot of words to this review as there aren’t a lot of words to this book. That’s because the few words that are used describe some of the features and Lego pieces used to create these incredible machines. When you consider the amount of thought that must go into finding the right pieces from the Lego Technic system in the right colors and adapt them to the machines you want to make, you understand the depth of passion and talent these artists possess. 

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Friday
Jan022015

Road Read: Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manuals

By Christopher A. Sawyer 

If I go bankrupt in the near future, I blame it all on the folks Haynes Publishing. The name is familiar to those who have depended upon the seemingly ubiquitous Haynes Owner’s Workshop Manuals when repairing their errant (usually British) automobile. These slim, hard backed books walk you step-by-step through various repair procedures, and illustrate the major points either with black-and-white photographs or illustrations. Though not quite as in-depth as the thick manuals you can get direct from the car company itself, the Haynes manual usually has all the information you will need to do the job. Often they include gems like this one, found while looking into replacing the windshield of my 1969 Ford Cortina: “This is a job best left to a professional glass fitter. However, if you must…” 

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Friday
Dec192014

Giving Old Chevy's Some GAZ

Gazzmatic International Limited, the maker of GAZ Shocks, is now able to supply its adjustable GT shocks for a number of older Chevrolet applications, including the Nova, 1964 Corvette, and El Camino models. If you don’t have one of those vehicles, GAZ says often it is able to make shocks for classic models where the originals have become hard to source, proving that there are no limiting factors with the suspension system. All it needs are technical drawings or an original shock absorber to work from. In addition, historic and classic applications can be made with a number of end fittings (spherical bearings, metalastic or polyurethane bushings), and plated black upon request for that period look.

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Friday
Dec192014

Multifunctional iPhone 6 Case from qronoDesign

By Christopher A. Sawyer

For the past two years, Texas native Mike Chan has been working to fuse the motorsport dynamic into everyday products. As one of the designers of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR, Chan started qronoDesign, “to bring the emotional design standards of the transportation design world to the technology industry, which will hopefully move the whole industry forward.” An Apple-approved MFi-certified developer, qronoDesign has created a unique case for the iPhone 6, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. The team, which moved from Houston to Taipei, Taiwan to be near its suppliers and manufacturers, began by working on a case design for the iPhone 4. As each new iPhone family was introduced, however, Chan and his team reworked and updated the design to take advantage of  changes in materials and technology.

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Friday
Dec192014

Watches for the Race Track

You’ve probably never heard of Lapizta Watches (certainly I hadn’t), but the South Florida-based company was founded in February 2013, by third-generation watchmakers Naty Mizrachi, Daniel Schachtel, and Mizrachi’s brother-in-law Mauricio Acevedo. The company name is derived from the Spanish words for race track — la pista — and its brand ambassador is three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Like some other motorsport-derived watches, these hew to the idea of large cases with bold graphics. However, Lapizta’s timepieces are relatively inexpensive. And while the jewel-encrusted Amur isn’t this writer’s idea of subtle, the remainder of the product line appear designed for most any occasion. — CAS

Addax
Size: 48 mm
Case: High Grade 316 Steel/Ip Black
Glass: Reinforced Mineral Crystal With Sapphire Coating
Crown: 8 mm Screw Down
Water Resistant: 10 Atm (100 m/330 ft)
Dial: Carbon Fiber/Three Layers
Strap: Black & Red Tire Tread Rubber
Movement: OS20 Miyota Quartz
Price: $550

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