Jay Leno welcomes Gary Wales into the garage to show off LaBestioni Rusty Two, a custom roadster based on a 1915 American LeFrance fire truck.
We often talk about companies like Ford and Mercedes-Benz that have their automotive roots over 100 years in the past, but those aren't the only old-timers in the industry. One of the oldest had been American LaFrance, a company that had been building firefighting vehicles for over 180 years. Notice that we said 'had been...'
After seeing the Romanian Ghe-O Rescue, we couldn't think of a more ultimate fire truck, but a reader – and volunteer firefighter – from Portugal aimed to prove us wrong. Meet the Jacinto Veiculo Florestal de Combate a Incêndio (VFCI), which translates to Forest Fire Fighting Vehicle.
As far as emergency vehicles go, they don't come much tougher than a fire truck. The rigs which firefighters use to respond to all manner of emergencies are built to get them there, with all the gear they need, help them get the victims out and suppress the fire itself. But every once in a while, even machines as tough-as-nails as fire trucks manage to impress us with their damn-the-odds capabilities.
From show floor to evacuation route, one concept vehicle got the chance to test it's meddle in the real world.
We have little interest in running into burning buildings, but we can imagine being a firefighter has its perks. For starters, those guys and girls get the chance to pilot some seriously incredible machinery. Superlift, Matchbox and Ford got together to create what could very possibly be the world's most bad-ass brush truck using a 2011 F-350 Super Duty as the base chassis. The truck wears an astonishing 10-inch lift and 41-inch Interko IROK tires. A full tube exo-cage helps protect the PPG "Oh
Next year, an underground museum commemorating the attacks on 9/11 will open on the site that once held the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. And it just got one of its first exhibitions.
If you are involved in or are a witness to an accident, what's the first thing you should do? Call #911, right? While we're certainly not advising against using the emergency service, making that call may wind up being rather costly to either yourself or the victim. Proof of such can be seen in the case of Cary Feldman, who was traveling through Chicago Heights, IL on his motor scooter when he was stuck from behind.
American LaFrance firetruck speedster - click above for high-res gallery
First the good news: no one was hurt or injured. Now the bad: the halfway submerged fire truck you see attempting to be rescued was responding to a 911 call about flooding when a sinkhole opened up and partially swallowed it. All four of the crew members managed to safely exit the vehicle, but can you imagine? Like the (very annoying) sinkhole around Coldwater Canyon three days earlier, this one was caused by a busted water main. In other words, Los Angeles is crumbling from the bottom up. No wo