Photographer Tara Hurlin Heads to Northern Michigan’s Empire Hill Climb Revival

Words and photos by Tara Hurlin It’s an event that locals look forward to all year. The historic Empire Hill Climb, located in the quaint, otherwise quiet town of Empire, Mich., ran for just shy of two-decades before a severe crash in 1982 shut everything down. The hill was re-awakened in 2014 when local rally fans, Mike Kelty and Ian Dawkins helped bring the event back as the Empire Hill…

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A Celebration of the American Dream, the Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

Over 45,000 vehicles shook up Michigan’s Woodward Avenue for the 21st consecutive year on August 20, 2016. Woodward Ave., also known as “Detroit’s Main Street”, was the world’s first concrete highway ever made and runs Southwest from Pontiac, Michigan to Detroit, the heart and soul of America – the Motor City. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest annual one-day automotive event, bringing in over $56-million dollars to the…

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Roadkill’s Street Racing Revival leaves its mark in Pontiac, Michigan

By Tara Hurlin When I arrived at the brand new M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan on Friday, August 19th, I immediately heard tires shredding against the freshly-tarred skid pad. My uncaffeinated-paced walk transitioned into a slow run that resembled a corny chick flick scene; A lustful woman dramatically running to her long lost lover, arms wide open. All that was missing was the kiss. Roadkill, a series that airs on…

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The battle between the EPA versus Vehicle enthusiasts continues: Non-road vehicles are at stake

By Tara Hurlin Cars are an enormous part of my life. They are my livelihood, my passion and my love. They give me joy, a reason to smile and an outlet when I need a break from day-to-day dramas. Nothing makes me giggle like hearing a car’s engine backfire or the blow-off valve flutter. And the EPA wants to take it all away. For those who haven’t “heard” from the…

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Copyright Office Grants Exemption to Allow for Vehicle Modification

For those of you following this story: Diamond Bar, CA. (October 27, 2015) – The U.S. Copyright Office today issued a ruling to allow vehicle owners to perform vehicle diagnosis, repair and modification without fear of prosecution under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). However, the Copyright Office declined to provide the exemption to third parties who diagnose, repair or modify a vehicle on behalf of the vehicle owner. The Copyright Office concluded that extending the reach of an exemption to cover third-parties requires a legislative amendment undertaken by Congress. Access to a vehicle’s telematics or entertainment system was also specifically excluded from the exemption.  Earlier this year, in support of the industry and consumers, SEMA provided comments to the Copyright Office seeking an exemption from the DMCA for circumvention…

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Camo Cars

Hi, my name is Doni, and I’m a gear head. I am a bit crazy about motorized vehicles in general, but especially when I see one of those ‘camoflauged’ cars. You know the ones.. Wrapped in crazy stripes and the drivers drive weird so you can’t check them out too closely.  I’ve been catching glimpses of them around the M59 corridor lately, and it had me thinking: how much fun would it be to just camo wrap your daily driver? Think about it. Get your Cavalier (or any other normal car), and wrap it all up in funky black and white swirly designs. Maybe for fun glue some weird shaped foam to your bumper first to make it look like you’re hiding something. Then drive like a weirdo. People will…

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Ford GT350 Review

“It’s a great time to be a geek.” What? Geek? Geeks are people who are into the latest technology. The ones who love gadgets.  Jim Owens, of Ford Performance explains, “Today’s cars are amping up high performance like their 60’s muscle counterparts – but with the latest in safety and performance gadgets. When you grab one of these (GT350R) cars and misjudge a braking distance, these cars will stop! It’s not like the athlete drivers of the 60’s whose drum/discs may or may not have properly functioned on the racetrack.   The GT350 comes in a few flavors. There is the ‘Technology Package” which, as you may expect, is fully loaded in all things “Geek”. From the state of the art navigation system, advanced steering wheel controls, you can really…

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Wheels Day – UK: By Holly King

Note: To those who haven’t picked up a hard copy of Throttle Gals lately, we have expanded worldwide! We regularly receive submissions from our Throttle Gals Australia team about cool happenings over in Oz, and we recently became friends with Holly King – Throttle Gal extraordinaire across the pond in the United Kingdom! She regularly sends us a variety of stories, including: car shows, interest pieces and more! Here is one from her that will be internet only, due to the timing of the show versus the next issue of Throttle Gals (due out in June 2015). Please enjoy! ~Doni Langdon, Head Chick in Charge   At the start of April Surrey Street Rodders held their annual show, which attracts possibly the most eclectic collection of interesting cars to gather…

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Head Chick in Charge interviewed by Lori Bentley Law of Motordolls

It is a little strange being on the receiving end of an interview, but what fun to be interviewed by Motordolls! Lori is an incredible lady, and to make her even cooler, she rocks a 1948 Ford truck affectionately called Bonderella! More on her in the next issue of Throttle Gals! For now, take a gander at her site, and the mini bio of our Head Chick in Charge – Doni! Motordolls.com  

Ride. Repair. Repeat. (Great Race 2014 – From Issue 12!)

by Tabetha Hammer Ride. Repair. Repeat. That’s the motto of the Hemming’s Motor News Great Race Presented by Hagerty – a nine day, 2,100+ mile time-speed-distance rally put on annually at the end of June by the Coker Group. More than 100 vintage vehicles, ranging from a 1915 Hudson Indy racer to a 1972 Corvette, started the race that began in Ogunquit, Maine. By the end, 97 were still running – many only after having several ‘repairs’ – to cross the finish line in The Village, Florida. The Great Race is the most bizarre, challenging yet exciting and addicting ‘Car Gal/Guy’ game you can play. For nine days, teams rally through the beautiful back roads of the great American countryside, living by the exact directions and speeds as set and given…

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