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Insider Report: When lightning strikes an SUV

Published September 20, 2012

It would seem there is never a boring day on Russian roads! Today’s strange video comes to us from the town of Zheleznogorsk, where the Mayor’s Toyota Land Cruiser was struck by lightning. The only occupant of the SUV at the time was Mayor Vadim Medvedev’s chauffeur, who was not injured, although the vehicle’s electronics were fried.

An interesting side note to this video is that Medvedev is the Mayor of a community of just 85,000 people and yet he has a driver. Hello, Mr. Ford?

Watch a Pro Stock drag racer’s wild ride

During the quarter final round of racing at the zMax Dragway, things went pear shaped for second generation Pro Stock racer Shane Gray. At about half track, we see the car twitch to the right, before turning left into the wall and then getting airborne and flipping. Driver’s had been complaining about the poor condition of the track surface and have suggested the track caused the incident. Despite the crazy ride, Gray was uninjured in the crash.

It was only a matter of time…

In case you’ve missed the hubbub, Toyota has a bit of a marketing event coming up in a few weeks that is a fair bit larger than the slot car promo that Audi has going on here in T.O. As NASA officially retires the Space Shuttle, a Toyota Tundra will perform the duty of towing the icon to its new home at the California Science Center. That is pretty exciting stuff for Toyota. I have been waiting for the backlash, as it was only a matter of time. That time has come.

According to The Detroit News, the Michigan Republican Party is criticizing the Obama administration for allowing a vehicle from a Japanese company to take the spotlight. Matt Frendewey, director of communications for the Michigan Republican Party said:

“The symbolism of this PR stunt should be offensive to every red-blooded American with vested interest in the success of the U.S. automotive industry.”

What critics neglect to comment on is that the Tundra is built in Texas, by American workers. The totally stock Tundra will tow the 136,000 kg Space Shuttle nearly 20 kilometres on October 13.

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