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Fireball Run Day 1

Fireball Run Day 1

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The short list for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced. What's not there: the Yugo. They're experts, people. [TheCarConnection]

Team High Gear Media hits the track for the first time today on the Fireball Run. Here's a summary of Day One, including...fire extinguishers. [MotorAuthority]

Next week we'll be reporting from the 2010 Paris Auto Show, in sweaty proximity to Oscar nom and offhand chanteuse Juliette Lewis. [CelebsAndCars]

While we're there, we'll report on all those electric scooters that are charging up for the show. Repeatedly. [AllCarsElectric]

Six great car deals this week include the Taurus SHO. Who knew 365 hp could be a bargain? [TheCarConnection]

You'll want to snuff out that ratty college car at some point. How about LeMons, or a charity sledgehammer? [CollegeCarGuide]

MADD wants to control your car's ignition. Is it just, or would it violate the equal protection clause? [PoliticsAndCars]

Chrysler was flooded with dealer applications for the new Fiat franchise. It's easy, since they sit so low. [TheCarConnection]

If you're very important, Ferrari will build a special 599 roadster in your honor. Your name should end in a vowel, probably. [MotorAuthority]

After 35 years, a wayward Ford Mustang has been returned to its rightful owner. A pony-car with a pigeon sense? [MustangBlog]

The Feds want limits on the fancy new infotainment systems coming to new cars. So do we, but it involves the volume going to 11. [MotorAuthority]

OMG, that driving and texting stuff can kill you. Herewith, the basics on driving without typing. [FamilyCarGuide]

So much for World Car-Free Day: it turns out, most of us actually want cars. [GreenCarReports]

Volkswagen thinks young people use Facebook. Except for most of yesterday, and the day before. [SocialCarNews]

Bavarians have a lot of chutzpah, particularly when comparing BMW to Ferrari. [AmazingCarAds]

And finally today, on the priority 411: we admire Franny Rizzo's auction of his dad's Cadillac, to pay for cleaning the Philly statue of his dad since the city can't afford it. [AllCarAdvice]

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