All right, folks, it’s hot here. Stupid hot. Hot like a pipe burn. So hot your house could catch on fire and you wouldn’t be sure whether or not you should evacuate. Summer’s hopefully going out like a lion, which means we’re all doing everything we can to stay inside. Walking dogs in the bathtub, paying neighborhood kids to fetch the mail, and figuring out who to follow on Twitter. We thought we’d pass on who you should be following this week.
- On Monday we figured out which vehicles wouldn’t work with Go Rhino accessories, and we discovered that many work very well indeed. Go Rhino can literally surround your entire truck with steps, from the built-in steps on their grille guards to their clever hitch steps. And, as it turns out, they make some pretty excellent roof racks, so you have something to step up to, and a bunch of other awesome stuff. Follow them on Twitter to catch their latest creations.
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- 22-year-old formula driver Alexander Rossi is the first American driver to take a Formula 1 seat since Scott Speed in 2007. Well, at least he would have been. It was announced late last week that Rossi, who has been testing with Caterham for the last two years, would take Max Chilton’s seat at Spa. But then, a day later, Chilton, who has zero career points in F1, had reclaimed his ride. He finished next to last. So follow Rossi and give him a pat on the back. Then follow Caterham and tell them to give the guy a ride. Let’s get an American back in F1.
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- The Formerly diminutive Mini celebrated their 55th birthday this week. Though BMW bought the British marque in a package of others in 1994, the first Mini rolled off the line in 1959. It became the first hot hatch, a common people’s car, and an outstanding racer, winning everything from five British Touring Car Championships to three Monte Carlo Rallies. The new Mini has swollen quite a bit with safety regulations, but if that means they can keep running awesome cars at the Dakar Rally, we’re cool with it. Follow Mini on Twitter for their latest.
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- Speaking of 22-year-old American racing drivers like Rossi, Austin Dyne just grabbed the Global Rallycross Championship race at Daytona and shook it by the neck, fighting to grab a spot in the final and in serious contention for the win until a mechanical failure forced him out. And it’s only his second season in GRC. No, he didn’t get a podium, but he about stole the show. Austin also races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, proving himself to be a man of diverse skill. Follow Austin on Twitter and cheer him on.
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Brainerd International Raceway
- Streetside’s favorite Trans Am driver, Ron Keith, is heading to Minnesota’s Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for the 8th race of the year. In business since 1968, Brainerd is a classic American motorplex with a kart track and a fast, three-mile road course whose main straight doubles as a drag strip. At BIR you can find the NHRA nationals, the Pirelli World Challenge, and a performance driving school among a crapton of other awesome events. They even have a lake where they host those maniacs on water-ready snomobiles in IWA Watercross. Visit if you can, but definitely follow them on Twitter to keep up with the action.
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Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.