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A Louisiana sheriff’s office is boycotting Ford’s police cars due to the automaker’s support for the right of NFL players to protest during the playing of the national anthem before games.
Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington posted a letter that he sent to the Ford dealership his department buys its cars from to inform it of the decision.
Whittington wrote that “the Bossier Sheriff’s Office will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with these who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation. Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere.”
Ford, an NFL sponsor, issued a statement in September on the protests that said, “”we respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”
Whittington also sent the letter to all of Louisiana’s sheriffs, along with the state and national sheriffs’ association presidents urging them to join his boycott. None of those recipients, or Ford, have yet commented on Whittington’s stance.
The dealership, Hixon Automotive Group, has also not publicly responded to the letter, but a Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook post says that the owner reached out to the Sheriff to say that he was unaware of Ford’s position and that it also concerns him. He told Whittington that he would be presenting the letter to Ford leadership soon.
Whittington’s office has a fleet of over 300 vehicles, but they’re not exclusively Ford products, according to Automotive News. The Shreveport Times reports that the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office bought nearly $750,000 worth of Ford vehicles from Hixon Automotive Group in 2016 and 2017.
Along with the automaker’s sponsorship deal with the league, members of the Ford family have owned the Detroit Lions since 1963 and the team plays in Ford Field.
France, along with the U.K., made headlines earlier this summer by announcing plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-engined cars by 2040, but it appears the city of Paris has an even earlier target in mind. The City of Lights plans to bring about a gradual phaseout of combustion-engine cars by the year 2030, avoiding calling it a “ban” but echoing steps already taken by the city government to reduce air pollution in the city, Reuters reports.
“This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases,” said Christophe Najdovski, head of transport policy in the administration of mayor Anne Hidalgo.
“Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers … so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030,” Najdovski told France Info Radio, according to Reuters.
When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who cannot afford newer cars. The city is also surging ahead with plans for a ban on diesel vehicles ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics, an event expected to generate more climate agreements on a state and city level. Paris has also instituted temporary car bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by car.
The city’s planned steps to phase out gasoline- and diesel-engined cars reflect a growing trend among large cities to take action on environmental issues apart from their countries’ governments. Paris is already part of a group of cities that includes Madrid, Mexico City and Athens that plan to end the use of diesel-engined cars by 2025, collectively representing metropolises that are home to 42 million people. Large cities are now viewed by those engaged in climate policy as far more effective government entities than federal governments when it comes to testing and enforcing pollution regulations.
Plans to phase out internal combustion vehicles by foreign cities and countries have recently prompted calls for similar action in the U.S.; California governor Jerry Brown has called for the state to phase out sales of gas- and diesel-engined cars before the 2040 targets announced by France and the U.K., citing China’s commitment to bring about the same ban far sooner.
Drifting a car around corners, inches away from the wall with a camera car right on your quarter panel, is a hard skill to master — for both the drifter and the camera guy. That was, at least, before drones had quality cameras and affordable prices. Now that both of those are the case, drone drift footage is the only way to fly.
In this video, you can see why using a drone to shoot drift cars makes the most sense: The drone not only gets close to the cars without distracting the drivers, it can also capture multiple angles of the car while it’s in a drift without having to switch between cameras. Either way, it’s a perfect view for drift cars ripping around a racetrack and turning tires into smoke.
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Subscription-style access to cars is slowly growing in popularity, and Porsche is the latest automaker to take advantage of the trend.
Porsche Passport has a pretty straightforward premise — pay a set amount of money each month, and gain access to a library of Porsche vehicles that will be delivered right to your door for however long you want to drive it.
There are two tiers. The $2,000 per month “Launch” package lets you choose from eight different model variants, including the Cayenne. Spring for the $3,000 per month “Accelerate” package, and that expands to 22 variants, including the 4S, and Cayenne S E-Hybrid.and , S and
In order to join, you have to download the Porsche Passport app and pay a one-time $500 activation fee. After a background and credit check, you’re in. The monthly premiums include tax, registration, insurance, maintenance and detailing. There’s apparently no limit to the number of swaps you can have in a given month, and there’s no mileage limitation, either.
Porsche Passport will start as a pilot program in the Atlanta area, since that’s where Porsche Cars North America is headquartered. Vehicle deliveries will begin in November, and will likely expand based on the pilot program’s success.
Porsche is not the first automaker to do something like this. Cadillac has its, which costs $1,500 per month and includes high-end, Platinum-trim vehicles. Volvo is experimenting with something similar with its , announced alongside the new SUV.
According to the latest federal guidelines for self-driving cars, it’s still up to the states to take care of matters like registration. Most states haven’t addressed their responsibilities yet, but California isn’t about to show up late to the party.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) unveiled on Wednesday a revised set of regulations that will bridge the gap between testing self-driving cars and allowing the public to use them. The revised regulations will be open for public comments for the next 15 days.
Regulations involving testing have been on California’s books since 2014, when Google (now spun out as Waymo) and others started reaching the point where the next-gen tech could feasibly be tested on roads. As of this writing, 42 different companies have been approved for permits to test autonomous vehicles on Californian public roads, and that number is likely to grow as the tech grows closer to production.
The regulations leave matters like vehicle safety to the federal government. In order to get a vehicle approved for public use in California, developers must prove the vehicles comply with both federal standards and state traffic laws.
In addition, companies must prove the vehicles can only operate autonomously in places it was designed to, and they must furnish the DMV with all sorts of information about how the vehicles react to various issues that may or may not be programmed into the car’s computers. Companies that operate outside the spirit of the regulations can have their licenses suspended or revoked.
You might notice that there’s a whole lot of text removed from the new version, given all the text with strikethroughs. Feedback on the previous version of the DMV regulations came from manufacturers, the state government, insurance companies and consumer advocates. The regulations were also adapted to fit the latest guidelines from the federal government.
We might still be years away from the wild self-driving utopia some people envision, but it’s good to see California taking steps to ensure that, when self-driving cars are ready for public consumption, the Golden State will be among the first to embrace them.
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We’ve all seen them – old abandoned cars parked in place to die in a field somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, left to the elements, forgotten by their owners after years of faithful service or, more likely, given up on by semi-talented home mechanics as they eventually cost more to keep running than they were worth alive.
Sometimes we catch glimpses of them out the corner of an eye as we fly by on an Interstate. Sometimes we see them in slow-motion as we cruise through a small town. Once in a while we decide to pull off and go check ‘em out.
Our friend, journalist and photographer Mike Magda, checked these out.
“I’d heard about them from some friends who were shooting pictures of old ghost towns,” Magda said. “Three Falcons just sitting there.”
“There” was the ghost town of Owanka, South Dakota. Magda lives in Rapid City, SD, about 30 miles west of the cars. So when he was returning from a wildlife shoot in Badlands National Park, he decided to make a detour and see the Falcons for himself.
Deck lid’s still there!
Owanka was settled in the late 1880s, but fell fairly quickly on hard times. At its peak it had maybe 200 people, a newspaper (The Owanka Bee), a school, two churches, two cafes and a five-story grain elevator. The town ran out of water in the ‘20s, then the railroad which had been its lifeblood, and which brought water to the town, stopped bringing it and then moved its depot agent out of town. This was after the bank was robbed – possibly an inside job – and a scandal in the local school drove more people away. A murder in the town in 1940 further divided the remaining residents and by now there is supposed to be just one family left, according to local historian Connie J. Mickelson.
It was into all this history that our man Magda drove last week, seeking Falcons. He found them, as well as a couple trucks.
“Those three Falcons just killed me,” he said.
He guesses they are between 1960 and 1962 model years. The first-gen Ford Falcon debuted in 1960 and went through to 1963. They were sold in the millions, with unibody construction holding a 144-cubic inch straight six that powered the rear wheels through a three-in-the-tree manual. You could get a new one for less than $2000 back in the day.
But that was 57 years ago. And now here they sit, their histories forgotten, like Owanka itself. One of them suffers the indignity of a tree growing through the empty engine bay. We suggested to Magda that we could fix one up and drag race it. He suggested the two-door red coupe, “It would look good with a 427 SOHC motor running A/Gas!”
But who are we kidding? Unless… Who’s in?