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MotoringFile Does the 24 Hours of Lemons

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Apr 16th, 2010 13 Comments

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A wrap-up is coming this week with results and tons of photos.

Things will be a little quiet this weekend at MF as myself and a few frequent contributors are heading to Michigan for this weekend’s 24 Hours of LeMons at the Gingerman road course.

This is our second race (see a recap of our first race last year) and I have to admit I’m feeling pretty confident a decent showing. Out of respect for the rules of LeMons (cars can’t cost more than $500 including upgrades) I can’t say what we’ve covertly upgraded or replaced, but lets just say we’ve made some changes (yes those rear wheels are OZ Ultraleggeras off of a MINI).

We also managed to talk BMW into giving us what could be the ultimate team support car, the new 550 GT (we would have loved a MINI Countryman but those are off-limits to the public until later this year).

If you are interested in getting regular updates, you can follow our progress on my personal Twitter feed: @Gabrielbridger

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MotoringFile Switches Servers & Loses a Few Comments

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Jan 27th, 2010 3 Comments

Under the darkness of night we switched servers last-night to something faster and more dedicated. It’s all around good news for us and you. With one little exception; any comments that were made during the two hour transition have been lost. Now back to your regularly scheduled MotoringFile…

MotoringFile Gears up for the Detroit Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Jan 5th, 2010 9 Comments

Over the next few weeks we expect the automotive industry to slowly come out of its late December slumber to prepare for what still is the largest automotive event in the US: NAIAS. However this year we’ll be covering the show from every angle. Todd, Matt and myself be there to not only report from the floor but bring you the designers, executives, and insiders through a series of Podcasts. Look for photos of the entire show as well.

The fun starts on January 11th where MINI will be showing off the new Beachcomber concept. We’ll see you from the show floor in just under a week.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from MF

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Dec 24th, 2009 14 Comments

We’d like to wish everyone happy holidays as we close out 2009. It’s been an incredible year at MotoringFile and we owe it all to you the readers. So with that in mind we present you a (huge) desktop wallpaper for your downloading pleasure of the above image. Consider it our present to you.

We’ll be taking the next few days off (or at least trying to) as we gear up for next week, next year and of course the Detroit Auto Show. So until then, thanks and cheers!

+ MF Wallpaper 2009 / 1MB jpg


Welcome to MotoringFile 5.0

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Dec 7th, 2009 28 Comments

We’ve given MF a makeover in a couple of key ways. With this latest release we’ve dramatically widened the site to better house images and video within the main content area. This means you can see all those beautiful images how they were meant to be seen, big. And we can now show video at a full 640 px wide. Also look for an entire new collection of header images as we’ve revamped almost all of them to coincide with this new release.

We’ll be working on further upgrades in the coming weeks and months. Of course if you have any feedback regarding these changes or suggestions for new ones, let us know below or on the contact page.

Oh and if you see a few things broken, let us know. While most of everything should be updated, there are a few corners of the site that will take an extra day or two.

MF at the 24 Hours of LeMons

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Site News Oct 2nd, 2009 7 Comments

Things will be a little quiet this weekend at MF as myself and a few frequent contributors are heading to Ohio for this weekend’s 24 Hours of LeMons at Nelson Ledges road course. This is the only true 24 hour race in it’s series. Therefore the race runs from noon on Saturday through noon on Sunday.

If you are interested in getting regular updates, you can follow our progress on my personal Twitter feed: @Gabriel_bridger

What is the 24 Hours of LeMons?

Each LeMons race is for cars purchased, fixed up, and track-prepped for a total of 500 dollars or less. But before reaching the grid, you’ll have to survive trials like the Personal-Injury-Lawyer Anti-Slalom, the Marxist-Valet Parking Challenge, and the Wide Open Throttle Rodthrowapalooza. Twelve hours into the race, the car voted People’s Choice is called in and awarded a cash prize; simultaneously, the car voted People’s Curse is called in and summarily destroyed. At the end of 24 hours, a gala awards ceremony plies the survivors with trophies, plaques, and four-figure purses in canvas bags full of nickels. What’s not to like?

More information can be found here.


MotoringFile on Twitter

MotoringFile Sections: Site News Jun 30th, 2009 7 Comments

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We’ve done Google maps, we’ve done Flickr and we’ve done Facebook. Now it’s Twitter’s turn. Yes MotoringFile is officially on Twitter as of today. Look for updates when stories post as well as rumors, opinions and generally things that we can’t quite mention on MF (for one reason or another).

You can follow us at Twitter.com/motoringfile

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