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Dust Cloud Causes Crash In Australia, Car Written Off 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Offbeat News, video on 11 23rd, 2017


This accident is a perfect example of why drivers should slow down when there’s poor road visibility of any type, whether it’s rain, snow, fog or dust.

Judging by what the dashcam is showing, the car wasn’t traveling particularly fast. It was doing between 60 and 65 km/h, but if he had slowed down to around 40km/h tops, it should have helped him stop relatively quickly in the event of an emergency.

Those same numbers show that the driver failed to decelerate fast enough, and maintained his speed as he entered the dust cloud. It’s an unfortunate accident that could have been avoided.

“I had been following for 30 minutes and constantly slowing while waiting for dust to clear. The truck stopped on the road but never put on lights or hazards. The dust never cleared like I expected and I saw it too late. I tried to swerve, but still hit him. This resulted in the car being written off. There were no injuries.”

As for where and when this happened, it was last week in Normanton, Queensland, which is in Northern Australia. Good thing nobody was hurt.

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Aftermath Videos Of A Totaled McLaren 570S In London 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, mclaren, McLaren 570S, McLaren Videos, Offbeat News, UK, video on 11 23rd, 2017


A McLaren 570S is no more, after it was crashed under unverified circumstances.

The accident reportedly happened in central London, a couple of weeks ago, and judging by the videos that follow, the British supercar appears to be damaged beyond repair.

Its front end is ruined, and so are the rest of its sides, while it’s also missing a wheel and the suspension. Moreover, it seems that the engine bay has suffered significant damages of its own, but the passenger compartment has remained in one piece, suggesting that the occupant(s) might have walked away.

One of the videos’ description might give us a clue as to what exactly happened, as it says: “this crazy guy [McLaren 570S driver] hit a war pensioner, then ran from the scene”. If that’s indeed the case, then there’s a good chance that at the time of reporting this story, the driver had been identified.

It hasn’t been a McLaren-loving month, as this incident joins another one in which a P1 was extensively damaged in Cambodia, whereas in Georgia, USA, a man was taken into custody after speeding in his 720S on the State Route 400.

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Aftermath Videos Of A Totaled McLaren 570S In London 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, mclaren, McLaren 570S, McLaren Videos, Offbeat News, UK, video on 11 23rd, 2017


A McLaren 570S is no more, after it was crashed under unverified circumstances.

The accident reportedly happened in central London, a couple of weeks ago, and judging by the videos that follow, the British supercar appears to be damaged beyond repair.

Its front end is ruined, and so are the rest of its sides, while it’s also missing a wheel and the suspension. Moreover, it seems that the engine bay has suffered significant damages of its own, but the passenger compartment has remained in one piece, suggesting that the occupant(s) might have walked away.

One of the videos’ description might give us a clue as to what exactly happened, as it says: “this crazy guy [McLaren 570S driver] hit a war pensioner, then ran from the scene”. If that’s indeed the case, then there’s a good chance that at the time of reporting this story, the driver had been identified.

It hasn’t been a McLaren-loving month, as this incident joins another one in which a P1 was extensively damaged in Cambodia, whereas in Georgia, USA, a man was taken into custody after speeding in his 720S on the State Route 400.

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Israel Wants To Make Double Parking A Criminal Act On Par With Drunk Driving 22
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Offbeat News, Police on 11 22nd, 2017


Getting double parked is a major inconvenience as drivers could be stuck waiting around for hours for another person to arrive and allow them to exit their parking space.

While the double parking is annoying, it could soon carry some serious consequences in Israel as Fox News is reporting Michael Malchieli has introduced a bill in the Knesset which would punish double parkers as seriously as people who drive drunk or drive without a license.

The Israel National News reports the bill states “Existing traffic laws regulate the movement of vehicles, parking and pedestrian traffic” but “provisions of the law do not currently grant clear enforcement powers to municipal police officers and inspectors for parking lots in shared buildings.” As a result, the bill was introduced to “make it clear that parking in a lot contrary to traffic regulations, in a manner that restricts or prevents the passage of vehicles, in a manner that is not safe, is a [criminal] offense, and police officers will have the enforcement powers already established by law.”

In essence, the bill would give police officers the power to deal with double parkers in a variety of different locations and provide them with tools to discourage the activity.

The bill doesn’t specify which penalties double parkers would face but Fox News notes double parking would be added to a list of criminal acts which result in a fine or a minimum of two years in prison.

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Imagine Getting Rear-Ended By The NSFW Dickmobile! 22
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, tuning, video on 11 22nd, 2017


Batman has the Batmobile to play around with, but what would a guy named Richard drive? Yes, you’re right, that would be a Dickmobile!

Now, leaving all puns aside, this contraption is as real as they come, and judging by the images posted on HowNotToDesignACar, a lot of work has been literally put into making it look like a…well, very special car indeed.

Regardless if you’re looking at it from the front, side, or rear, it leaves very little to the imagination. It even comes with an open-top cabin that has room for two, and it also gets a black fabric soft top for when the weather turns nasty.

And if you’re curious as to why would someone build or drive around in something like this, know that it’s an ‘art car’ that was made in 1969 and retired 5 years later, but not before being driven for 500 miles (805km) on the streets of Los Angeles by its maker, Steve Paige.

Still, hopefully the weird machine doesn’t have any hidden features for bumpy roads, and it’s also probably the last thing you would want to get rear-ended by.

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Watch Bus Hilariously Photobomb Live Stream Of Georgia Dome Implosion 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Reports, video on 11 22nd, 2017


On Monday, media gathered at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome to see the iconic stadium get demolished.

Unfortunately for The Weather Channel, which was live streaming the event, things didn’t go according to plan.

40-minutes into the broadcast, the countdown started and the first small explosion was captured, mere seconds before the entire stadium collapsed. However, in the time between the first explosion and the stadium crumbling into a pile of rubble, an inconsiderate bus driver pulled into the frame, looking to witness the event for himself.

Unbeknownst to him, The Weather Channel was filming from across the road and editor Jason Rudge was absolutely fuming, begging for the bus to “get out of the way” and hurling expletives towards it.

Despite the live stream being ruined by the bus, the video has attracted more views than in probably would have if everything went according to plan. In fact, the bus has already been turned into an internet meme.

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Police Dashcam Catches A Plane Crash In Florida 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Airplane, Dashcam, Florida, Offbeat News, Police, video on 11 21st, 2017


A deputy from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office came incredibly close to being involved in a plane crash on Sunday as the officer was on North Keene Road when a single engine aircraft used the roadway to make an emergency landing.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, two deputies were in the area for unrelated service call when an airplane flew directly over them and crashed into the ground at approximately 10:23 a.m. Following the close call, the deputies raced to the scene and discovered both the pilot and his passenger were uninjured.

The pilot, Marc Benedict, told deputies he was returning to the Clearwater Airpark after refueling at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport earlier in the day. As Benedict was flying over Clearwater, Florida he said the plane started to experience engine problems and didn’t believe he would be able to make it to the airport.

Benedict started looking for a safe place to land and that’s when he noticed the two police vehicles on North Keene Road. After waiting for an opening, Benedict brought the plane in for landing but it clipped a tree which caused to plane to spin and crash.

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Russian Billionaire Fined Over $30,000 For Drunk Driving 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


A 22-year-old Norweigan billionaire has been fined over $30,000 for drunk driving.

Katharina Gamlemshaug Andresen is the world’s second youngest billionaire with a net worth of approximately $1.23 billion. She is the heiress to Ferd, a privately-held holding company from Norway.

Last week, Andresen learned that even obscene wealth doesn’t allow Norwegians to escape the law.

The heiress was recently pulled over in her Audi and allegedly had a blood-alcohol content three-times the country’s legal limit.

After being charged, Andresen was fined the equivalent of $30,400 as Norway’s fines for drunk driving are based on one’s wealth. Interestingly, she could have been fined significantly more, Money reports.

“Oslo City Court said the penalty could have been up to 40 million krone ($4.9 million) if based on Andresen’s assets, but they ‘have not yielded any dividend yet’ and she has no fixed income. The court did increase the fine because of her estimated wealth, however,” asserts the Associated Press.

Alongside the fine, Andresen is facing 18-days of imprisonment and a 13-month license suspension.



Russian Billionaire Fined Over $30,000 For Drunk Driving 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


A 22-year-old Norweigan billionaire has been fined over $30,000 for drunk driving.

Katharina Gamlemshaug Andresen is the world’s second youngest billionaire with a net worth of approximately $1.23 billion. She is the heiress to Ferd, a privately-held holding company from Norway.

Last week, Andresen learned that even obscene wealth doesn’t allow Norwegians to escape the law.

The heiress was recently pulled over in her Audi and allegedly had a blood-alcohol content three-times the country’s legal limit.

After being charged, Andresen was fined the equivalent of $30,400 as Norway’s fines for drunk driving are based on one’s wealth. Interestingly, she could have been fined significantly more, Money reports.

“Oslo City Court said the penalty could have been up to 40 million krone ($4.9 million) if based on Andresen’s assets, but they ‘have not yielded any dividend yet’ and she has no fixed income. The court did increase the fine because of her estimated wealth, however,” asserts the Associated Press.

Alongside the fine, Andresen is facing 18-days of imprisonment and a 13-month license suspension.



World’s Crappiest Tune Uses A Chevy Grille As A Rear Wing 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Offbeat News, opel, Opel Vectra, tuning, vauxhall on 11 20th, 2017


Trying to win the title of “world’s crappiest body kit” is this second-generation Opel/Vauxhall Vectra, equipped with what looks like a freaking radiator as a diffuser of sorts on its rear bumper

Unless this car is actually a rival for the 5,000 HP Devel Sixteen, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that everything that’s been fitted to it is complete and utter nonsense.

It’s no wonder this image popped up on Reddit’s famous crappy car mods thread, except they don’t actually say “crappy”. Oh well, let’s lean into it a bit and see what’s going on.

Starting with that massive rear spoiler, it almost looks like a cargo space ship from any random 1980’s sci fi movie. Are those supposed to be exhaust tips or afterburners. You don’t know!

Next, the inserts around the trunk lid and badge look like cheap pearls, whereas the rear wing (if you want to call it that), is actually an old Chevrolet grille, which makes us wonder if this car murdered a Chevy just so it could wear its mask, kind of like an automotive equivalent of Hannibal Lecter.

As for the rest of the mods, all we can say is that they look ridiculous and unnecessary. We have a feeling you’ll agree.



Cyclist Hits Unsuspecting Man Working On BMW, Cursing Ensues 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Bicycles, Offbeat News, UK, video on 11 20th, 2017


It might not be as deadly as a car, but hitting somebody with your bicycle is still very dangerous, especially if the victim is already in a compromised position.

The man in the video was crouching down while working on an E60 BMW 5-Series, completely unaware there was an out of control cyclist heading his way.

The fact that he had his head all the way inside the wheel well seems to have resulted in some type of head injury, although it’s hard to assess if there was anything wrong with him afterwards.

He immediately started cursing out the cyclist, so be mindful of the language while playing this video.

On one hand, we can certainly understand his anger. Suddenly banging your head on your own car can’t be pleasant, especially when someone else is to blame and you’re still in somewhat of a shock. Then again, obscene language and violence (he later took his frustration out on the bicycle) aren’t appropriate either.

Do note that some people are suggesting this incident was staged, which is a possibility. We’d actually prefer it if it was genuine though, and the guy on the bike didn’t crash into that man on purpose.

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Macau Grand Prix Marred By Massive Pile Up 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Motorsport, Offbeat News, racing, Reports, video on 11 20th, 2017


Every year, the Guia Circuit plays host to the spectacular Macau Grand Prix.

The street circuit is ranked by many racing drivers as one of the most challenging tracks on the planet and it’s easy to see why. Just like Monaco, the circuit is dominated by narrow streets, no run-off areas and long straights. Make one mistake, and you’re in the wall.

During the FIA GT World Cup event at the circuit this weekend, 16 of the 20 cars in the race were forced to retire after being involved in a massive pile-up.

Footage of the crash shows a Mercedes-AMG GT3 car in fourth position understeering into a tire barrier. The car immediately behind him, another AMG GT3, managed to drive around but for the other 15 cars behind, a crash was unavoidable.

Following the incident, officials were forced to red flag the event for over an hour. When the race resumed, four of the cars involved in the crash were repaired and joined the four lucky drivers to avoid the carnage.

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Tesla Model X Stolen In Poland Right After Being Smuggled In From Sweden 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Poland, Reports, Sweden, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017


Unlike the U.S., purchasing a Tesla Model X in Poland isn’t that easy, making the electric SUV somewhat of a unicorn in the country.

Seemingly determined to own a Model X no matter the cost, a group of thieves from Poland have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal one and vanish without a trace, local media reports.

It is understood that the Model X arrived in Poland from Sweden after being stolen. When being unloaded from the ferry, it allegedly rammed the exit barrier and drove away. Authorities were able to track the car down and place it in a guarded parking lot.

Despite these measures, thieves were able to find the parking lot, cut open the fence and steal the vehicle, all while officers shot at SUV a number of times.

It isn’t clear if the people that stole the Model X from the guarded parking lot are the same individuals who brought the car into Poland from Sweden.

RMF24 reports that police are in the process of trying to track down the car and the perpetrators.

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Tesla Model X Stolen In Poland Right After Being Smuggled In From Sweden 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Poland, Reports, Sweden, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017


Unlike the U.S., purchasing a Tesla Model X in Poland isn’t that easy, making the electric SUV somewhat of a unicorn in the country.

Seemingly determined to own a Model X no matter the cost, a group of thieves from Poland have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal one and vanish without a trace, local media reports.

It is understood that the Model X arrived in Poland from Sweden after being stolen. When being unloaded from the ferry, it allegedly rammed the exit barrier and drove away. Authorities were able to track the car down and place it in a guarded parking lot.

Despite these measures, thieves were able to find the parking lot, cut open the fence and steal the vehicle, all while officers shot at SUV a number of times.

It isn’t clear if the people that stole the Model X from the guarded parking lot are the same individuals who brought the car into Poland from Sweden.

RMF24 reports that police are in the process of trying to track down the car and the perpetrators.

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Angry Woman Uses Perfume And Shirt To Set Her Taurus On Fire After It Broke Down 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Ford, Ford Taurus, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


A woman from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania has been arraigned on charges of arson and risking a catastrophe after setting her Ford Taurus on fire after it broke down.

In an affidavit, state police trooper Adam Zinn said he was dispatched to a parking lot near the Donegal interchange over a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arriving at the scene, Zinn said he was met at the scene by 36-year-old Amanda B Silliman who admitted to setting the car on fire because she was angry it broke down.

“Silliman related that once her car broke down in the parking lot she became angry at it. Silliman stated that she took a pink T-shirt and sprayed it with body spray… then stuffed the T-shirt in the gas tank filler neck and ignited the shirt on fire,” Zinn mentioned in his affidavit.

Trib Live reports that Silliman’s 2002 Taurus was destroyed by the blaze. Additionally, Zinn alleges that firefighters from the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department were endangered by the blaze.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Silliman has been charged with criminal mischief, possession of incendiary materials, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

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