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Just a wee little slideshow I ran up for autoTRADER.ca...
 
At the fringes of motorsport there exist some events so extreme and so dangerous that many wouldn't even attempt them.

These are the outlaw events, the ones the sanctioning bodies loathe and personal injury lawyers love. Soon, they’ll be banned by governments intent on saving us from ourselves. Until then, here’s a list of some of the world’s most extreme races.
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Nice work by +Lesley4442 for International Women's Day! 
 
Back in 1979, a Hewlett-Packard employee named Katherine Lawrence gave a presentation at a Conference of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press. Describing the invisible barriers through which frustrated women can see elite positions within their companies, but are prevented from reaching them, she came up with the phrase “glass ceiling”.

It’s a nice metaphor, but it’s also very real. Despite government incentives and requirements to groom more women for top spots, the climb up the corporate ladder is a slow one.

A recent New York Times story illustrates just how imbalanced the power hierarchy remains, when women directors of large U.S. corporations are outnumbered four to one… just by men named John.

And of course, rarely is it more apparent than in the automotive sector, that bristling bastion of power and masculinity.

But while the glass ceiling is far from dissolving, there are those who have risen above it through undeniable talent and sheer determination.

Here are four women who've worked their way to the top in the automotive industry.

#InternationalWomensDay   #2015IWD  
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This refreshed SUV is proof that +Kia Motors Worldwide wants to shake its budget image. 
 
The SUV market continues to expand and diversify, with rapid growth in the last few years. Kia’s mid-size entry, the Sorento is the brand’s second-highest volume unit in Canada with over 13,000 sales in 2014. This new 2016 Kia Sorento aims to further cement the nameplate as an anchor for Kia’s continued growth.

#Kia   #kiasorento  
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Mr +Brendan McAleer NAILED this one! Bravo sir!
 
http://autotrdr.ca/FamilyGP

Choosing a new ride for your growing family can be hard – but it doesn’t have to be! Like almost every other decision in life, the decision can be rendered down to a simple flowchart. Heart surgery, romance, dog-grooming: it’s all a matter of boxes and lines.

So here’s our take on picking out the new Griswold family truckster for your brood. It’s as easy as can be, just go with the flow.

#familyday   #familycar   #family  
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Rocking some tongue-in-cheek buying guides over on autoTRADER.ca - because funny.
 
Gas prices are at a record low. So low in fact that all the people who sold their Hummers are being checked into support centres right across this Great White North of ours. We’ve seen no shortage of articles helping you save fuel and help the planet (including just yesterday on this very site – 5 Ways to Save Fuel NOW!).

Some people, however, just want to watch the world burn, and with petrol prices this low, what better time to start?!

These Thirsty Thirteen gas guzzlers are here to help…
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This was fun to write!
 
The rich and snobbish often say that new money is the worst type. They say that rapidly acquiring wealth commonly ends in fashion disaster. Taste, they opine, is earned over generations.

+Jacob Black is a little less classist than this and rejects the bourgeois elitism apparent in such attitudes – then he looked through a bunch of celebrity car photos and decided they might have a point.

From the garish to the lame, the dorky to the bizarre, these are the worst celebrity car mods.

#carmods  
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First Ride: 2015 Ducati Full Range

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Ducati has a formidable lineup. The Italian marque runs the gamut from dual-sport adventure to naked sports roadster all the way to full-on superbike. There’s even a cruiser in there – though it’s not actually a cruiser. It’s a daunting gang of bikes, and Ducati hand-picked some of the most exceptional roads to expose us to their 2015 model range.

We had two days of loops based in and around San Francisco in which to get acquainted with Ducati’s best. Well, some of the best. Missing from the lineup was the 1299 Panigale, the Multistrada and the Streetfighter, for which Ducati has other plans.

On the list was the 899 Panigale, the 821 Monster, 1200 S Monster, the Hyperstada, Hypermotard SP, Diavel Carbon and the newest model to the Ducati full line, the retro-inspired Scrambler. All come with multi-stage adjustable ABS, and all but the Scrambler came with Ducati Traction Control – an eight-stage traction control system that limits rear-wheel spin. DTC and ABS come in three or four preset configurations, Sport, Touring, Wet and Race (on select models only). Each riding mode dials in a predetermined amount of both ABS and DTC, and can be customized by the rider.

While others would stake their best possible claims for the title, one bike stood out as “Most Surprising”.

#ducati   +Jacob Black 
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My latest slideshow on +autoTRADER.ca  - bringing the irreverence to the relevance. 
 
“First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the respect” – that’s more or less how it goes we’re told, but if you’re a world leader you also get a sweet ride to protect yourself in and make power statements in as you arrive at big-time shot-caller meetings.

Fresh from our look at the world’s coolest Armoured Cars, we bring you the most iconic, dazzling, and bizarre rides of world leaders past and present.

#putin   #stephenharper   #pope  
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I'm LOVING this "Illustrated Guide" series by +Justin Pritchard on +autoTRADER.ca !
 
Answering the call of shoppers after higher performance and reduced fuel consumption, more and more automakers are shifting to boosted small-displacement engines to deliver a high-performance, high-efficiency punch.

Using a turbocharger or supercharger to ‘boost’ an engine’s power, thereby making a smaller engine perform like a larger one, is one of the oldest go-fast tricks in the book. It’s even more relevant nowadays, as fuel savings are realized by offsetting some of the engine’s output to a turbocharger or supercharger, rather than simply using a bigger, thirstier engine.

Using boost generates the on-demand power drivers want, with reduced fuel consumption when they’re driving gently. In a nutshell, using a smaller, boosted engine instead of a larger one means drivers will burn less fuel, more of the time, with no compromise in performance.

Here’s a closer look at the basics of superchargers, turbochargers, boost and forced induction.
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This is one of the funniest articles I've read this year - solid gold by +Justin Pritchard 
 
Screw you, Valentine's Day, We’re going for a rip!

The following is a list of things us single guys like about Valentine’s day:

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4)

That’s right. Nothing.

Up yours, Valentine’s Day: you’re just the worst. I have to spend your entirety looking at happy couples, pictures of happy couples, selfies of happy couples, and watching happy selfie-couples do happy-couple things while trying to pretend I don’t hate not being part of a happy couple. And I walk by a Hallmark display, and see some smiling dude picking out a card and stuffed teddy for his lady, and I simultaneously fight back vomit and die a little inside.

Maybe you’re like me: a bitter, single dude who despises Valentine’s Day and would rather eat a hornet’s nest than see all of the selfies and rose petals and social media mush-gushing. If that’s the case, you’re going to do what I’m going to do on Valentine’s day, aren’t you? You’re going to go for a rip. A tear. A hearty romp down some empty backroad, and not the type where you get an awkward phone call about 9 months later.

Who’s with me?! Here’s a list of rides ideal for a lonely romp down your favourite backroad, for various budgets and tastes.

#valentinesday2015   #valentineday   #valentine  
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The time I drove some +Subaru Canada  SUVs in Winter... 
 
When Subaru first hit Canadian showrooms in 1976 they weren't always all-wheel drive. The little Japanese marque has, however, always been quirky.

Subaru is ideally suited to meeting the needs of Canadians with permanent all-wheel-drive throughout their lineup, class-leading ground clearance in their SUVs and noted reliability – Subaru is a consummate winter warrior.
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I say it's genuine. But that's just me. 
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