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Top Gear Loose In America For New Supercar Special 14
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, Road-Trip, supercars, Top Gear on 11 14th, 2012

Take three cynical British auto show hosts, add three supercars and let them loose in the Western United States (and, possibly, Mexico), and you have the recipe for a season 19 Top Gear special.

Autoblog was the first to put together tweets from Jeremy Clarkson, who apparently was losing at blackjack in Las Vegas and doesn’t like the fact that we use time zones other than Greenwich Mean Time. From his tweeted picture of preparations, it looks like the hosts will be driving a Lexus LFA, an SRT Viper and an Aston Martin Vanquish in what could potentially be an epic North American road trip.

Whatever the course or ultimate destination, we’re fairly certain the hosts won’t be spray-painting inflammatory slogans on the side of their borrowed supercars in the deep South. After a near-death experience filming a Top Gear special on U.S. soil five or six years back, the BBC now understands that there are lines best not crossed, unless you have a serious presence of armed security.

Look for the special to air sometime during Top Gear’s next season, which is set to begin with a Christmas special in February of 2013.

RoadAhead Is A Must-Have App 17
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, iPhone app, Kurt, Road-Trip, Technical, Toys/Games on 05 17th, 2011

Image: RoadAhead, Inc.

If you take road trips and own an iPhone or iPad, go to the App Store and download RoadAhead immediately. As someone who just returned from driving over 4,000 miles in about a week, I can’t tell you how many times we tried to find a Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds or even a name-brand gas station on the road. Sure, many GPS units can deliver this information, but their data isn’t always current and in some cases is blatantly wrong. Leaving one of the track, a Garmin GPS had us wasting ten minutes looking for a Sunoco station that simply didn’t exist (and I’ll be one of their developers is laughing his ass off every time he thinks of this).

First, RoadAhead is free, so the price is right. Next, it couldn’t be easier to use, and it functions in one of two ways: you can either turn GPS on (if you’re on a highway) and it will call up data based on your current position, or you can deactivate the GPS function and search manually by highway exits. You can choose the categories you want to search (but real road warriors just need gas and fast food) and advise the app what grade of gas you’re looking for. It even tells you what the current fuel price at each station is, so you can head to the brand you trust or roll the dice on the cheap stuff to save a few bucks.

RoadAhead is smart enough to know your direction of travel, so it only produces results for upcoming exits. If you need more specific information on a restaurant, for example, tapping on the entry will call up an address and phone number, and will even give you customer reviews from Yelp. You can multi-tag your search as well, just in case you need gas, beef jerky and a pair of socks from the same exit.

Image: Road Ahead, Inc.

Does it work? I don’t know yet, since I just put it on my iPhone this morning. It’s got potential, and I spend enough time on the road to give it a good workout. If it doesn’t live up to the hype, I’ll be sure and let you know.

Source: Straightline