Reese Moore, who unsurprisingly lives in Florida, spends his free time crafting motorcycles – like this “Cowasaki” – entirely from animal bones. He finds many of his macabre building blocks from animals he finds dead by the roadside. But unlike normal people who just drive on, he scoops them up and takes them to his workshop. Some of the other bones are gathered with the help of local hunters and farmers.
The bones used in his creations include cow skulls, alligator skulls, various goat, wolf, racoon, and pig bones, and cow vertebrae. After collecting together the necessary pieces, Moore sands them down to get a clean, uniform color and appearance before assembling his creations.
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Gerald Bear, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Milan, Italy, has come up with an amusing alternate reality in which some of the most famous TV and movie cars are reimagined as budget models. For the first round of what Bear calls “Unconventional Heroes” he has come up with 13 redesigned vehicles.
Forget Dodge Chargers, DeLoreans and chromed out big-rigs. This is a world where heroes ride around in Renault 4s, Fiat Cinquecentos and Piaggio Apes.
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Auto Express, the weekly British car magazine famous for its spy shots, speculative renders, news and reviews, have sat down and come up with what they call “the perfect car”. I don’t think it was an overly serious attempt at creating a real game-changing vehicle. They admit as much themselves by saying that after choosing the best bits from their favorite cars, they’ve ended up with a Frankencar. Or as Simpsons fans will recognise, a “Homer”.
The result is something that looks like a crudely stretched Audi TT with Porsche headlights and funky doors. For the full list of vehicles which influenced the design of the Auto Express perfect car see below.
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If take a look at your steering wheel next time you get in your car, you’ll more than likely see a little trumpet or bugle shaped symbol telling you that’s where the horn button is. Back when the car was first invented the horn really was a little trumpet with a squeeze ball on the end. It was used to warn pedestrians and other road users that there was something coming.
Nowadays, modern cars don’t have little bugles, they have electrically operated horns usually located somewhere under the hood and towards the front. They are more or less circular in shape and they are considerably louder than the old bugle horn was.
Additionally, the horn is now used not only as a warning to other road users, it is also used as a means of communication. Usually a negative comment on another driver’s actions. Although there is the well recognised two-pip horn blast reserved for recognising friends. This alternate use of the horn as a means of communication is not acknowledged with the current bugle symbol.
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Honda have just taken the Guinness World Record for the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower. The Honda Mean Mower set the record last month when they managed to average 116.57 mph, nearly 30 mph faster than the previous record. Don’t feel bad for the previous record holder though. The driver, Piers Ward of BBC TopGear Magazine, was the same guy.
The Honda Mean Mower isn’t just your regular off-the-shelf mower. That would be insane. It’s based on a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor, but just about everything has been re-engineered – including the all-new chassis. The drivetrain of the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower features a 1,000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm mated to a custom engineered six-speed transmission. The wheels come from an ATV and are fitted with super-soft tires. Other highlights include a high-performance Scorpion exhaust, a custom-made Cobra racing seat and a steering rack from a Morris Minor.
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April the first is here. That one day a year when lying is encouraged. Car companies seem to go a bit ape for April Fools Day. 2014 is no exception. Compiled here is a selection of some of this year’s best, and worst official 2014 April Fools Day jokes from car companies.
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A tug boat towing an unusual shaped cargo (which turned out to be a crane) has sparked a false alarm of a ditched aircraft off the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria.
Local media reported that the aircraft had been forced to ditch in the Atlantic ocean and rescue services had been dispatched. However the Spanish authorities were quick to announce it was a false alarm.
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A Michigan highway maintenance team did themselves proud this week when they managed to get their truck stuck in a pothole next to the one they were sent to fix.
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Mercedes don’t really do pickups. Well unless you count the G 63 AMG 6×6. But there’s no shortage of older Mercs undergoing drastic metal surgery to create a wide variety of unique utes and pickups. This German forum post has put together a pretty good selection of homemade Mercedes pickups from across the world.
But I think it would take a brave soul to take a hacksaw to a brand-new S 63 AMG just so he can get that washing machine home from the shop. And that’s where prolific Hungarian photoshopper X-TOMI comes in. He can show you why it’s not a good idea, well before one of Germany’s finest automobiles is put to the sword.
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A car mechanic and amateur racing driver from London has just won over £107 million ($177 M). Neil Trotter, 41, won the EuroMillions jackpot on Friday. His win makes him the fourth largest lottery winner the UK has ever seen.
However this being a vehicle related website, the more important news is that this guy is into his cars. Last year he came sixth in the BMW Compact Cup as a newcomer. Next year I have a feeling he might move up a couple of classes.
He’s already hinted that he might get into the British Touring Car Championships and try his hand as a guest (pay) driver. He’s also announced that he’ll be swapping his Ford Focus for a fleet of supercars.
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