Having your oil changed falls under Car Maintenance 101, but doing it yourself has been a rite of passage for generations of auto enthusiasts. Patrick McIntyre of The List heads to Avus Autosport in Glendale, CA for some tips on how to properly swap the synthetic on an older model BMW.
Our list of "1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die" includes countless aspirational, once-in-a-lifetime challenges, but that doesn't mean we're going to ignore the basics. "The List: Shorts" is a new subsection of The List that focuses on repairs, maintenance and attainable automotive fun – things every budding auto enthusiast can do without dropping a lot of cash.
Hosts Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre head to Southern California's Irwindale Speedway to compete in a weekly "run what ya brung" NHRA Thursday Night Thunder event. With them they've brung brought some Mopar muscle: a Dodge Charger SRT and Dodge Challenger SRT8, both packing 470-horsepower 392 Hemi engines. But before our hosts can take to the strip, they first receive some tips and tricks from professional NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman.
It's a happy day here at Autoblog. Our very own original video series The List – 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die is the proud recipient of a 2014 Webby Award. Akin to the Oscars of the online world, The Webby Awards, now in their 18th year, have been hailed as the "internet's highest honor," by The New York Times.
We first introduced you to our list of "1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die" in 2011. Now, with over 30 items checked off The List, ranging from attending a performance driving school to driving to the Arctic Circle to breaking a land-speed record, we're looking to tick the box on a different sort of accomplishment.
A couple of weeks ago, Autoblog's video series, The List: 1,001 Car Things to do Before You Die, tackled something that's been top-of-mind since the day we came up with the concept for the series: Drive The Bonneville Salt Flats. If you saw that episode, you know that not only did hosts Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre check it off their List, Combs was there to work on getting qualified to make a run for the title of World's Fastest Woman.
Our latest episode of The List is about oh-so-much more than touching tire to crusty salt in the northwest corner of Utah, a list item we've been itching to cross off since the show began. Our hosts, Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntrye, did that, of course. But there are two things you don't know that make this episode extra special.
Live vicariously through Jessi and Patrick as you watch The List #0555: Drive a Monster Truck. Not only will you learn what it's really like to drive a 1,600-horsepower pickup on 66-inch, hand-cut agricultural tires, but you'll also discover what happens when you break someone's really big, really expensive toy.
As we first reported last October, it appears that the Speed channel – currently offered in more than 80 million homes in North America – will likely be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 late this summer. The renaming will allow Fox to broaden the channel's focus and air content from its Major League Baseball and National Football League contracts. A more general sports format will also position Fox more aggressively against ESPN and its various sports channels.
The State of the Union is tonight at 9PM EST, and we've already spoken with the President, who assures us he'll be done talking in plenty of time to catch the second episode of The List on Speed at 10:30PM EST/PST.
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We have some exciting news to share: Speed channel will begin airing Autoblog's The List as its own half-hour television show, beginning February 5th at 10:30 PM EST and PST. The car-centric cable channel will also air half-hour episodes of our sister show, Translogic, at 10:00 PM EST and PST. Consider it the AOL Autos/Autoblog Power Hour on Speed.
Throughout the course of the year, we've had Jessi and Patrick check off some big items on our list of 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die – things like lap the Nürbugring, drive over 200 miles per hour and race in the Baja 1000. But one item has been conspicuously absent: conquering the Rubicon Trail.
We told you last time that Jessi and Patrick still had some items to check off The List after picking up a car from BMW via European delivery. They had to make their way from BMW's headquarters in Munich to a certain race track, and when in Germany, there's only one road that's worth taking to get where you're going: the Autobahn.
Working as a professional stunt driver is one of the most popular requests we get for The List. Making it happen, however, has proven to be a challenge. It isn't as simple as crashing a Hollywood set and sticking our hosts, Jessi and Patrick, behind the wheel of a car meant for Keanu's character. Not only would that require access we don't have (not for lack of trying), but the movie studios wouldn't let us film their set or show you the scene's final cut.
Photographing cars is near and dear to our hearts at Autoblog. We're proud of the images we publish in our reviews because we take nearly all of them ourselves rather than hiring photographers to do the work for us, and the man who sets the bar for our team is Director of Photography, Drew Phillips. He's Autoblog's own in-house professional photographer, and he's taught each one of us the tricks of his trade.
It's one thing to protect yourself on the road against bad drivers who might cut you off or ride your bumper on the highway. It's quite another to do that when those drivers have guns and want to kidnap the diplomat in your back seat. While the latter scenario may sound unlikely, many drivers in law enforcement, security and the military go through training to prevent the success of just such an attack-on-wheels.
When you think of major car auctions, you probably think of Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. That's the one that came to mind for us, which is why we sent Jessi and Patrick to experience its sights and sounds this past January.
Jessi and Patrick spent the first part of this episode getting acclimated to Mexico while learning what was in store for them behind the wheel of a desert racer in the Baja 1000. In order to officially check this off The List, however, they had to actually race in this grueling and dangerous contest of endurance that shows no mercy for greenhorns.