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More Crazy Car Photos



Well, you said you wanted to go green!

Alright alright!  I think it's about time for a Checkered Flag Fan favorite- CRAZY CAR PHOTOS!  Now, I don't remember seeing any of these before, but some of you might have caught them roaming around the internet.  I love checking out all of the wild things people come up with to personalize their ride.  Some are funny, some political, and some are outright scary!  One thing's for sure-people love getting creative with their cars.


  
Somebody likes Happy Meals!



That's a lot of pool noodles.



Modern day ark.



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French Fries as a Fuel Source?



Talk about alternative fuel sources!

These days, one of the top concerns for a Checkered Flag driver is fuel economy.  Last week I posted an article with fuel saving tips for maximizing your gas dollars.  While researching Hampton Roads gas prices I came across an interesting article on alternate fuel sources.  Some of them sound pretty kooky, but you would be surprised to find there are already Hampton Roads drivers using them.  My husband has a client who has converted his own vehicle to run on distilled water.  I don't know how safe that is, and I certainly recommend…
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Equus Ultimate: New Face of Luxury



Checkered Flag Hyundai will be glad to see the latest Hyundai Equus review.  This past week the critics over at Autoblog.com took the Equus Ultimate for a spin.  The verdict is in.  The 2011 Hyundai Equus is a winner!

Article source: [autoblog.com] (edited for length)

"That's a big Hyundai."

The Equus uses a stretched version of Hyundai's rear-wheel-drive BH platform - the same one that underpins the smaller Genesis sedan. At 203.1 inches long, the Equus adds 7.2 inches to…
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New Child Car Seat Guidelines



Photo source: [adventuredad.com]

Calling all Checkered Flag parents-the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a new press release concerning child safety.  The new press release has some driving parents in arms over a suggestion to have children's car seats facing backward until the age of two.  However, the release also states ultimately following the weight guidelines outlined by the car manufacturer.  Read over the following then leave a comment with your opinion on the safety suggestions. 

Would your two year old fit in a rear facing car seat?  Have you checked your manufacturers weight restrictions for your…
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How Long Should Tires Last?



Are you one of our Checkered Flag drivers that wears through tires faster than you get through a tube of toothpaste?  Well, you could be having a run of bad tire purchase luck; tires are one of those items where you pay for what you get.   However, more likely, it's your own fault!
 
Sounds harsh, I know, but it is absolutely true that your driving style and vehicle upkeep can have major effects on the longevity of your rubber buddies.  If you caught a glimpse of the Drive section of the Virginian Pilot this morning, you've already seen…
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St. Patrick's Day smart Wraps



St. Patrick's Day smart wraps

Every holiday I search for unique ways to decorate your Checkered Flag vehicle.  No one makes showing your holiday spirit easier than smart.  You Checkered Flag smart fans may remember the Valentine's Day smart car wraps from last month.  Well, they were such a hit with customers that they smart has now issued St. Patrick's Day smart car wraps!

These vinyl wraps, which are removable, are manufactured by 3M especially for smart USA.  The wraps are available through Checkered Flag smart parts at our smart location on Virginia Beach Blvd.  For more…
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Donation Scam Warning from WTKR


Photo of trusted disaster relief organization, American Red Cross

One of our Checkered Flag Fans in Virginia Beach sent the link to this excellent WTKR article in yesterday.  Any Checkered Flag customer wishing to donate to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief efforts should consider the following information beforehand.

Article From WTKR.com.  Posted March 14, 2011.

Don't Fall for a Scam when Donating to Japan Earthquake Victims

As more information about the devastation caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan becomes available, many people want to assist in some way. In addition to horrific deaths, injuries…
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Why We Celebrate St. Patrick's Day



St. Patrick's Day VW Beetle in Kansas City Parade

I hope all or our Checkered Flag fans have on your green today-yep, socks and underwear count.  But, do you really know why we celebrate this fellow St. Patrick every year on March 17th?  Well, if not, don't feel too bad, many of us are with you.  I myself was not aware that St. Patrick's Day celebration allowed an exception for eating Irish bacon, or corned beef for us Americans, during Lent.  And up until recently, the Irish were forbidden to drink beer on St. Patrick's Day…
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Busted by CF Star Fan Robert D. Lockwood


Photo Source:  The Virginian Pilot

I have to say, I am equal parts embarrassed and impressed.  Earlier this week I posted an article on all of the cool read more

Hands Free Messaging Apps for Drivers



Now all of us Checkered Flag fans know the dangers of texting while driving. However, for some reason, I still spot dozens of otherwise responsible adults staring down at their laps, no hands on the wheel, completely oblivious to the rest of us on the road, every single day.  Oh, and some of the worst offenders are those who see every red light and stop sign as a quick chance to shoot off a message.  You're still behind the wheel and not paying attention-it still counts!
 
So, what can you do about your thumb shuffling dependency?  Well, how about…
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