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Formula 1®, NASCAR & Aston Martin Valkyrie Update (v9.0)

Real Racing 3 - Formula 1®, NASCAR & Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin’s incredible hypercar arrives in Real Racing, alongside two all-new Formula 1® Grand Prix™ Special Events, and NASCAR’s Federated Auto Parts 400! Also, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Real Racing 2 with its iconic Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2!

New Cars

New Cars Peformance Rating Service Time Cost
Aston Martin Valkyrie 95.5 -> 113.9 3 hours 1,150 Gold
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 56.9 -> 77.3 3 hours 425 Gold

New Special Events

Federated Auto Parts 400
First chance to start: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Last chance to start: Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 150,000, 35 gold, the Federated Auto Parts 400 Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season NASCAR Stock Car of the Player’s Choice
Maximum Required PR: 52.0
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Tuning Setup: Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 9 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 7 Steps
Brake Calibration 5 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 7 Steps
FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2020
First chance to start: Thursday, 3 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 200,000, 50 gold, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season Formula 1® Car of the Player’s Choice
In order to earn the Formula 1® Car Reward, players will have to complete the Special Event within 5 days of starting it
Maximum Required PR: 125.6 - 126.0 (depending on chosen car)
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup:
Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 8 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 6 Steps
Brake Calibration 6 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 8 Steps
First Flight
First chance to start: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Last chance to start: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Rewards: Aston Martin Valkyrie, 175 gold, R$ 750000
FORMULA 1 ARAMCO GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2020
First chance to start: Sunday, 27 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 400,000, 100 gold, the Spanish Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season Formula 1® Car of the Player’s Choice
In order to earn the Formula 1® Car Reward, players will have to complete the Special Event within 5 days of starting it
Maximum Required PR: 115.6 - 127.0 (depending on chosen car)
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Spanish Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup:
Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 7 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 8 Steps
Brake Calibration 6 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 7 Steps

New Limited Time Events

Real Racing 2 Anniversary Celebration
Rewards: Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, 75 Gold, R$250,000
Start Date: Monday, 14 December 2020
End Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Maximum Required PR: 72.1
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Championship
Rewards: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, 45 Gold, R$250,000
Start Date: Tuesday, 5 January 2021
End Date: Monday, 11 January 2021
Maximum Required PR: 84.5

New Bonus Series

Real Racing Redux
Cars: McLaren F1 GTR,BMW M3 GT2 ALMS,Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2
Rewards: 74 Gold, R$74,000
Location: MASTER
Unlocks from: 25 Trophies in Open Sky Challenge
Maximum Required PR: 75.6
Flight of the Valkyrie
Cars: Aston Martin Valkyrie
Rewards: 75 Gold, R$75,000
Location: LEGEND
Unlocks from: 36 Trophies in Vertex Spirit
Maximum Required PR: 112.0

New Exclusive Series

Ford Shelby GT500 (2020)
Rewards: 75 Gold, R$150,000
Bentley Continental GT3
Rewards: 50 Gold, M$150,000

New Garage Overview

We’ve made some improvements to the Garage! The Garage Overview is your one-stop shop to view your collection and buy new cars!
We’ve added the following items to the screen to help you navigate your car collection:

Race Team Competitions

Race Teams will be returning for a limited period with two Top Speed Challenges as part of our ongoing anti-cheat efforts. We’re looking forward to returning to a regular schedule in a future update.
Melbourne Vantage Top Speed Challenge
Start Date: Tuesday, December 8 2020
End Date: Wednesday, December 9 2020
2020 NASCAR European Top Speed Challenge
Start Date: Thursday, December 10 2020
End Date: Friday, December 11 2020

Game Improvements/Changes

Bug Fixes

Weekly Time Trial Schedule

Week Start Date End Date Weekly Time Trial Cars
1 24 Nov 30 Nov Lotus 3-Eleven (loaned), Mercedes-AMG GT3, McLaren 650S GT3
2 01 Dec 07 Dec Cadillac DPi-V.R (loaned), Mazda RT24-P, Acura ARX-05
3 08 Dec 14 Dec Aston Martin VULCAN (loaned), Koenigsegg Agera R, Porsche 911 GT2 RS
4 15 Dec 21 Dec Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020) (loaned), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Team Penske Ford Mustang (2020) (loaned), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang (2020), Joe Gibbs Racing TOYOTA Camry (2020) (loaned)
5 22 Dec 28 Dec Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport (loaned), Audi R8 V10 Coupe, Ferrari F430
6 29 Dec 04 Jan McLaren Senna GTR, Hennessey Venom GT (loaned), Koenigsegg Agera RS, Koenigsegg One:1
7 05 Jan 11 Jan Lamborghini Huracán Performante (loaned), McLaren Senna, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Online Multiplayer Schedule

Week Start Date End Date OMP Cars
1 24 Nov 30 Nov Ferrari 488 GTE Evo (AF Corse) (loaned), Ford GT Le Mans (2019), Lancia LC2
2 01 Dec 07 Dec NISSAN Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10) (loaned), Mazda RX-3, NISSAN 240Z (S30)
3 08 Dec 14 Dec Caterham Seven 620 R (loaned), Aston Martin One-77, McLaren 600LT
4 15 Dec 21 Dec Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (loaned), Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro
5 22 Dec 28 Dec Jaguar C-X75 (loaned), Mazda Fura, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
6 29 Dec 04 Jan Koenigsegg REGERA (loaned), Pagani Huayra BC, Bugatti Chiron Sport
7 05 Jan 11 Jan Honda Integra Type-R (loaned), NISSAN Skyline GT-R V-spec (R33), Honda S2000 GT
The update will be available to download on November 24, 2020.
All data obtained via EATM Game Changers program
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2020.11.19 20:00 Corporal_Cavernosa Formula 1®, NASCAR & Aston Martin Valkyrie Update (v9.0)

Real Racing 3 - Formula 1®, NASCAR & Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin’s incredible hypercar arrives in Real Racing, alongside two all-new Formula 1® Grand Prix™ Special Events, and NASCAR’s Federated Auto Parts 400! Also, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Real Racing 2 with its iconic Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2!

New Cars

New Cars Peformance Rating Service Time Cost
Aston Martin Valkyrie 95.5 -> 113.9 3 hours 1,150 Gold
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 56.9 -> 77.3 3 hours 425 Gold

New Special Events

Federated Auto Parts 400
First chance to start: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Last chance to start: Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 150,000, 35 gold, the Federated Auto Parts 400 Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season NASCAR Stock Car of the Player’s Choice
Maximum Required PR: 52.0
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Tuning Setup: Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 9 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 7 Steps
Brake Calibration 5 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 7 Steps
FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2020
First chance to start: Thursday, 3 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 200,000, 50 gold, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season Formula 1® Car of the Player’s Choice
In order to earn the Formula 1® Car Reward, players will have to complete the Special Event within 5 days of starting it
Maximum Required PR: 125.6 - 126.0 (depending on chosen car)
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup:
Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 8 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 6 Steps
Brake Calibration 6 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 8 Steps
First Flight
First chance to start: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Last chance to start: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Rewards: Aston Martin Valkyrie, 175 gold, R$ 750000
FORMULA 1 ARAMCO GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2020
First chance to start: Sunday, 27 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 400,000, 100 gold, the Spanish Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season Formula 1® Car of the Player’s Choice
In order to earn the Formula 1® Car Reward, players will have to complete the Special Event within 5 days of starting it
Maximum Required PR: 115.6 - 127.0 (depending on chosen car)
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Spanish Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup:
Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 7 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 8 Steps
Brake Calibration 6 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 7 Steps

New Limited Time Events

Real Racing 2 Anniversary Celebration
Rewards: Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, 75 Gold, R$250,000
Start Date: Monday, 14 December 2020
End Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Maximum Required PR: 72.1
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Championship
Rewards: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, 45 Gold, R$250,000
Start Date: Tuesday, 5 January 2021
End Date: Monday, 11 January 2021
Maximum Required PR: 84.5

New Bonus Series

Real Racing Redux
Cars: McLaren F1 GTR,BMW M3 GT2 ALMS,Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2
Rewards: 74 Gold, R$74,000
Location: MASTER
Unlocks from: 25 Trophies in Open Sky Challenge
Maximum Required PR: 75.6
Flight of the Valkyrie
Cars: Aston Martin Valkyrie
Rewards: 75 Gold, R$75,000
Location: LEGEND
Unlocks from: 36 Trophies in Vertex Spirit
Maximum Required PR: 112.0

New Exclusive Series

Ford Shelby GT500 (2020)
Rewards: 75 Gold, R$150,000
Bentley Continental GT3
Rewards: 50 Gold, M$150,000

New Garage Overview

We’ve made some improvements to the Garage! The Garage Overview is your one-stop shop to view your collection and buy new cars!
We’ve added the following items to the screen to help you navigate your car collection:

Race Team Competitions

Race Teams will be returning for a limited period with two Top Speed Challenges as part of our ongoing anti-cheat efforts. We’re looking forward to returning to a regular schedule in a future update.
Melbourne Vantage Top Speed Challenge
Start Date: Tuesday, December 8 2020
End Date: Wednesday, December 9 2020
2020 NASCAR European Top Speed Challenge
Start Date: Thursday, December 10 2020
End Date: Friday, December 11 2020

Game Improvements/Changes

Bug Fixes

Weekly Time Trial Schedule

Week Start Date End Date Weekly Time Trial Cars
1 24 Nov 30 Nov Lotus 3-Eleven (loaned), Mercedes-AMG GT3, McLaren 650S GT3
2 01 Dec 07 Dec Cadillac DPi-V.R (loaned), Mazda RT24-P, Acura ARX-05
3 08 Dec 14 Dec Aston Martin VULCAN (loaned), Koenigsegg Agera R, Porsche 911 GT2 RS
4 15 Dec 21 Dec Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020) (loaned), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Team Penske Ford Mustang (2020) (loaned), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang (2020), Joe Gibbs Racing TOYOTA Camry (2020) (loaned)
5 22 Dec 28 Dec Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport (loaned), Audi R8 V10 Coupe, Ferrari F430
6 29 Dec 04 Jan McLaren Senna GTR, Hennessey Venom GT (loaned), Koenigsegg Agera RS, Koenigsegg One:1
7 05 Jan 11 Jan Lamborghini Huracán Performante (loaned), McLaren Senna, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Online Multiplayer Schedule

Week Start Date End Date OMP Cars
1 24 Nov 30 Nov Ferrari 488 GTE Evo (AF Corse) (loaned), Ford GT Le Mans (2019), Lancia LC2
2 01 Dec 07 Dec NISSAN Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10) (loaned), Mazda RX-3, NISSAN 240Z (S30)
3 08 Dec 14 Dec Caterham Seven 620 R (loaned), Aston Martin One-77, McLaren 600LT
4 15 Dec 21 Dec Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (loaned), Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro
5 22 Dec 28 Dec Jaguar C-X75 (loaned), Mazda Fura, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
6 29 Dec 04 Jan Koenigsegg REGERA (loaned), Pagani Huayra BC, Bugatti Chiron Sport
7 05 Jan 11 Jan Honda Integra Type-R (loaned), NISSAN Skyline GT-R V-spec (R33), Honda S2000 GT
The update will be available to download on November 24, 2020.
All data obtained via EATM Game Changers program
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2020.11.19 19:59 Corporal_Cavernosa Formula 1®, NASCAR & Aston Martin Valkyrie Update (v9.0)

Real Racing 3 - Formula 1®, NASCAR & Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin’s incredible hypercar arrives in Real Racing, alongside two all-new Formula 1® Grand Prix™ Special Events, and NASCAR’s Federated Auto Parts 400! Also, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Real Racing 2 with its iconic Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2!

New Cars

New Cars Peformance Rating Service Time Cost
Aston Martin Valkyrie 95.5 -> 113.9 3 hours 1,150 Gold
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 56.9 -> 77.3 3 hours 425 Gold

New Special Events

Federated Auto Parts 400
First chance to start: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Last chance to start: Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 150,000, 35 gold, the Federated Auto Parts 400 Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season NASCAR Stock Car of the Player’s Choice
Maximum Required PR: 52.0
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Tuning Setup: Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 9 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 7 Steps
Brake Calibration 5 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 7 Steps
FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2020
First chance to start: Thursday, 3 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 200,000, 50 gold, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season Formula 1® Car of the Player’s Choice
In order to earn the Formula 1® Car Reward, players will have to complete the Special Event within 5 days of starting it
Maximum Required PR: 125.6 - 126.0 (depending on chosen car)
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup:
Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 8 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 6 Steps
Brake Calibration 6 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 8 Steps
First Flight
First chance to start: Thursday, 17 December 2020
Last chance to start: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Rewards: Aston Martin Valkyrie, 175 gold, R$ 750000
FORMULA 1 ARAMCO GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2020
First chance to start: Sunday, 27 December 2020
Rewards: M$ 400,000, 100 gold, the Spanish Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup and a 2020 Season Formula 1® Car of the Player’s Choice
In order to earn the Formula 1® Car Reward, players will have to complete the Special Event within 5 days of starting it
Maximum Required PR: 115.6 - 127.0 (depending on chosen car)
Maximum number of Tuning Steps for the Spanish Grand Prix™ Tuning Setup:
Please note: these are the Maximum number of Tuning Steps for each stat, not the number of Tuning Steps required to complete the Special Event
Tuning Steps
Gearbox Mapping 7 Steps
Power Unit Optimization 8 Steps
Brake Calibration 6 Steps
Suspension Adjustments 7 Steps

New Limited Time Events

Real Racing 2 Anniversary Celebration
Rewards: Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, 75 Gold, R$250,000
Start Date: Monday, 14 December 2020
End Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Maximum Required PR: 72.1
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Championship
Rewards: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, 45 Gold, R$250,000
Start Date: Tuesday, 5 January 2021
End Date: Monday, 11 January 2021
Maximum Required PR: 84.5

New Bonus Series

Real Racing Redux
Cars: McLaren F1 GTR,BMW M3 GT2 ALMS,Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2
Rewards: 74 Gold, R$74,000
Location: MASTER
Unlocks from: 25 Trophies in Open Sky Challenge
Maximum Required PR: 75.6
Flight of the Valkyrie
Cars: Aston Martin Valkyrie
Rewards: 75 Gold, R$75,000
Location: LEGEND
Unlocks from: 36 Trophies in Vertex Spirit
Maximum Required PR: 112.0

New Exclusive Series

Ford Shelby GT500 (2020)
Rewards: 75 Gold, R$150,000
Bentley Continental GT3
Rewards: 50 Gold, M$150,000

New Garage Overview

We’ve made some improvements to the Garage! The Garage Overview is your one-stop shop to view your collection and buy new cars!
We’ve added the following items to the screen to help you navigate your car collection:

Race Team Competitions

Race Teams will be returning for a limited period with two Top Speed Challenges as part of our ongoing anti-cheat efforts. We’re looking forward to returning to a regular schedule in a future update.
Melbourne Vantage Top Speed Challenge
Start Date: Tuesday, December 8 2020
End Date: Wednesday, December 9 2020
2020 NASCAR European Top Speed Challenge
Start Date: Thursday, December 10 2020
End Date: Friday, December 11 2020

Game Improvements/Changes

Bug Fixes

Weekly Time Trial Schedule

Week Start Date End Date Weekly Time Trial Cars
1 24 Nov 30 Nov Lotus 3-Eleven (loaned), Mercedes-AMG GT3, McLaren 650S GT3
2 01 Dec 07 Dec Cadillac DPi-V.R (loaned), Mazda RT24-P, Acura ARX-05
3 08 Dec 14 Dec Aston Martin VULCAN (loaned), Koenigsegg Agera R, Porsche 911 GT2 RS
4 15 Dec 21 Dec Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020) (loaned), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2020), Team Penske Ford Mustang (2020) (loaned), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang (2020), Joe Gibbs Racing TOYOTA Camry (2020) (loaned)
5 22 Dec 28 Dec Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport (loaned), Audi R8 V10 Coupe, Ferrari F430
6 29 Dec 04 Jan McLaren Senna GTR, Hennessey Venom GT (loaned), Koenigsegg Agera RS, Koenigsegg One:1
7 05 Jan 11 Jan Lamborghini Huracán Performante (loaned), McLaren Senna, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Online Multiplayer Schedule

Week Start Date End Date OMP Cars
1 24 Nov 30 Nov Ferrari 488 GTE Evo (AF Corse) (loaned), Ford GT Le Mans (2019), Lancia LC2
2 01 Dec 07 Dec NISSAN Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10) (loaned), Mazda RX-3, NISSAN 240Z (S30)
3 08 Dec 14 Dec Caterham Seven 620 R (loaned), Aston Martin One-77, McLaren 600LT
4 15 Dec 21 Dec Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (loaned), Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro
5 22 Dec 28 Dec Jaguar C-X75 (loaned), Mazda Fura, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
6 29 Dec 04 Jan Koenigsegg REGERA (loaned), Pagani Huayra BC, Bugatti Chiron Sport
7 05 Jan 11 Jan Honda Integra Type-R (loaned), NISSAN Skyline GT-R V-spec (R33), Honda S2000 GT
The update will be available to download on November 24, 2020.
All data obtained via EATM Game Changers program
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2020.11.17 16:43 street-guru $GM - Deutsche expects GM to soon reveal accelerated plans toward selling 1m EVs per year by 2025

$GM - Deutsche expects GM to soon reveal accelerated plans toward selling 1m EVs per year by 2025
"GM is set to communicate an update to it electric vehicle strategy at an investor conference this Thursday (11/19). We expect management to reveal an accelerated launch cadence for its higher volume EV models, provide a more detailed roadmap towards selling 1m EVs per year by 2025, and highlight implications for its related capital spending plans. Specifically, in addition to speeding up the Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq launch dates, we think GM could fast track higher-volume lowerpriced vehicles in the pickup and SUV/CUV segments, potentially a Chevy full-size pickup and Buick mid-size CUV."
"On the capex front, we expect 2021 spending to jump towards $10bn vs. this year’s ~$5bn, as GM catches up post COVID deferrals and ramps up EV investments. While this could create some pressure on near-term FCF, we would view this updated strategy as very positive for GM’s eventual success in electrification, and longer term value creation. At the same time, GM is likely to indicate it will keep the EV division in-house, with an Ultium powertrain spin-off also unlikely, which could limit near-term additional upside for the stock. GM stock has outperformed over the past couple of months, as investors give it increasing credit for its solid EV efforts and strategy; we will monitor the market’s reaction to GM’s updated strategy to try assess how much further re-rating is possible without an EV spinoff."
https://street-guru.com/
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2020.10.31 05:24 OzzieSlim LAL - Highway to Hell

I’m changing the episode name again. It’s now called “Bonnie’s and Clyde’s.”
Crazy Eyes and the Stunned Mullet - The Mullet’s sense of timing, as Michael Scott from The Office might say, is “incalcuable.” In my mind, I don’t envision a marriage proposal following a court date where you may be looking at a seven year stretch, followed by a light lunch and a river walk among the Canadian Geese as the right moment. But the Mullet is already trying to figure out how to nail Crazy Eyes down. Her sarcastic laugh with “What the fuck?” was all the answer needed. That prison pruno and sushi is looking better to Crazy Eyes every minute! Bonnie is gonna leave Clyde behind!
Baby Boy and Jeffica Daniels - He managed to get the ring and pass Pop’s first test. Now we find them strolling through all the best Las Vegas chapels have to offer. The one they picked even has a night/day light like the Paris Casino. I can’t wait to see the meeting of the families. From Baby Boy’s impersonation of his mom and aunt, I think we can expect big things! Bonnie and Clyde - still ride and die.
Q1 and Shovel - What the hell were those pants Q1 had on? It was like a traffic light flashing. He packed his bags and with his one way ticket, he hit Houston. And Q2 and now Q4 (Quaviance) were ecstatic to see him and were painting a picture of all the good times he will have in Texas. Q2 got him up at the barbershop and Cadillac is willing to bring him on so he can earn while he figures life out. Another one who thinks he’s going to make it big as a rapper and turning his nose up at $15/hr. You have to start somewhere. It was pretty impressive that he did his own hair. He would like working at the barbershop more than he thinks he will but I suspect there are speed bumps coming. Clyde left Bonnie in St. Louis - status TBD.
Chief Crazy Truck and Halfway Runaway - Back at the long house, showered and sober, Halfway realizes she’s back in the time warp again of having to return to the stockade to try and finish this sentence for the third time. TookTooMuch and Mother Half-Breath are holding on by a thread and the Chief vapes while pacing around his pony, EngineLightOn. How can he keep everyone together, out of the stockade and off the peace pipe? As he gently tucked Halfway in next to 100 empty Squirt cans, he pondered. Bonus points for having Bonnie & Clyde actually plastered on the back window of the pony/truck.
Joliet Dylan and Juliette (Kalifornia) Lewis - How long does it take to put on some Wednesday Addams make up and stick a metallic hair clip on? The answer: more than the first two hours the DMV is open. And Juliette knew that which makes it weirder. How was the kitchen sex? Well, Dylan equates super crazy with good sex. Juliette felt inhibited by Aunt Diane standing outside listening so she was not able to go full Yoko Ono with the primal screaming. For reasons unfathomable, she lost the plot outside the DMV and got a look on her face that could only be described as the prelude of someone turning into the Wolfman before our very eyes. She ripped apart the car, salivated, grew fangs and wildly started driving the wrong way on a one way street. We got to experience the camera angle of what her hostages must see, bound and gagged on the back floor of the car. Street lights whizzing by us at speed overhead while the front seat hostage pleads for our lives. All I can say is that Bonnie is behind the wheel and Clyde is holding on for dear life!
I almost forgot Electric Blue Slide! He saw some art and found a new jailbird to put in his stainless steel cage, painted with cheap gold paint. And he’s looking at her much like Sylvester looks at Tweetie - with a catlike smile and a toothpick! Ahhhh, love!
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2020.09.09 01:24 TychoLoor 2020 Season 4 - Release Notes [2020.09.08.01]

Forum Link
This season release includes two new vehicles, three new tracks, driver customization, environmental sounds, NASCAR pit lights, extensive updates for the McLaren MP4-30, paint shop upgrades, League Sessions view, and much more! Welcome to iRacing 2020 Season 4!
Some highlights include:
• Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTE • Dallara P217 • Crandon International Raceway • Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway • Weedsport Speedway • Driver Customization • Environmental Sounds • NASCAR Pit-in & Pit-out Lights • McLaren MP4-30 Tire Compounds • McLaren MP4-30 Energy Recovery System Updates • Declare Team Drivers System • Paint Shop Upgrades • League Sessions View • Gained-Time Yield Updates • Five new AI Racing Track Configurations • AI Drivers Utilize Defensive Driving • New Damage Model for Global Mazda MX-5 Cup • New Damage Model System Updates • Cloud and Fog Rendering Improvements • Extensive Tire Damping Updates
Full 2020 Season 4 Release details are below.
iRACING UI:
General
Dashboard
Driver Customization
Paint Shop
Tracks
- New track maps have been added for the following tracks:
Create a Race
Teams
Leagues
Time Attack
Test Drive
AI Racing
Results
Help & Support
MEMBERSITE:
SIMULATION:
Connectivity
Race Control
Dirt Racing
AI Racing
New Damage Model
Graphics
Audio
Environmental Sounds
Pit Stop
Track Characters
Visual Effects
Interface
Spotter
Replay
Spectators
Admin Commands
** Telemetry**
Controllers
CARS:
ARCA Menards Chevrolet Impala
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1
Audi R18
Audi R8 LMS
Audi RS 3 LMS
BMW M4 GT4
BMW M8 GTE
BMW Z4 GT3
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1
Chevrolet Corvette C7 Daytona Prototype
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTE
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Dallara F3
Dallara P217
Dirt Sprint Car
Dirt Street Stock
Dirt UMP Modified
Ferrari 488 GT3
Ferrari 488 GTE
Ford GTE
Ford GT GT2/GT3
Formula Renault 3.5
Global Mazda MX-5 Cup
HPD ARX-01c
Indy Pro 2000 PM-18
Legends Ford '34 Coup
Lotus 79
Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Lite
Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Trucks
USF 2000
McLaren MP4-12C GT3
McLaren MP4-30
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Modified - SK
NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo - 1987
NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
NASCAR Cup Series Ford Mustang
NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Camry
NASCAR Ford Thunderbird - 1987
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Chevrolet Silverado
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Ford F150
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro
NASCAR Xfinity Ford Mustang
NASCAR Xfinity Toyota Supra
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2020.09.07 18:16 wowiewowiewowiewowie What do you think of the new information being released about the Portland shooting case? Does it change your opinion of the incident or the shooter himself?

Security camera footage has been released that shows Reinoehl ducking into a parking garage, waiting for the Patriot Prayer members to pass him on the sidewalk, then emerging and pursuing them. The shooting took place almost immediately after this. The fact that Reinoehl intentionally concealed himself before following and killing his victim throws a major wrench into his narrative of "self defense."
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/portland-shooting-suspect-followed-right-wing-activists-after-spotting-them-downtown-unsealed-arrest-warrant-says/
"Just before 8:45 p.m that day, the garage video captured Reinoehl as he spotted Danielson and Chandler Pappas — also an avowed supporter of the far-right Patriot Prayer group — walking behind him on Southwest Third Avenue just south of Alder Street, Portland Police Detective Rico Beniga wrote in the probable cause affidavit. Reinoehl soon ducked into the parking garage of the Moda Tower, waiting until the two men passed by, the statement said."
Reinoehl was previously cited at a protest in June for possessing a loaded handgun, interfering with the police and resisting arrest. The charges were dropped for unclear reasons.
https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/08/man-under-investigation-in-fatal-shooting-after-pro-trump-rally-allegedly-took-loaded-gun-to-earlier-portland-protest.html
"On July 5 at one of the demonstrations, Reinoehl was cited at 2:10 a.m. in the 700 block of Southwest Main Street on allegations of possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest and interfering with police.
He was given a date to appear in court later that month, but the allegations were dropped on July 30 with a “no complaint,” according to court records. The documents don’t indicate why prosecutors decided not to pursue the accusations. Reinoehl spent no time behind bars."
Reinoehl was wanted for failing to appear in court after being arrested for racing his 17 year old son at over a hundred miles per hour with his 11 year old daughter in the car. He was also in possession of weed, prescription pills and a concealed handgun for which he did not have a license."
"Reinoehl is also wanted on a failure to appear warrant in a June 8 speed racing case in Baker County in eastern Oregon. He and his 17-year-old son were racing in two different cars at speeds of up to 111 mph heading east on Interstate 84 after midnight near North Powder, according to state police.
He was stopped driving a 2005 Cadillac STS with his 11-year-old daughter as a passenger, police said. Inside the car, police said they found marijuana, “unidentified prescription pills” and a loaded Glock pistol for which Reinoehl didn’t have a concealed handgun license.
Shortly after that, Reinoehl began posting about the protests in Portland."
In an interview, Reinoehl's sister paints a picture of her estranged brother as a reckless, impulsive, paranoid and violent individual.
https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2020/09/sister-of-portland-murder-suspect-michael-reinoehl-urges-peace-after-his-fatal-shooting-by-police-in-washington.html
'“That shocked me that it was the police, at first ... but then I thought about it,” Reinoehl’s sister said. “There was no way that the Michael I knew would have gone quietly, although that would have been the right thing to do.
“I really had hoped he was in custody, because if he was out there, with his history of acting first and rationalizing later, odds were he was going to get himself killed.”'
'“I get it when you care about a cause. I understand it when you’ve got to make a stand, but bringing a gun to a protest, that’s setting yourself up to make a bad decision especially when you have a habit of acting on impulse,” she said.'
'Reinoehl also referenced the pro-Trump caravan, saying “every time I see a big truck, especially with a flag on it, I immediately think they’re out to get me.”
Reinoehl’s sister said her brother “believed this country was already going to war, and he acted accordingly. Look where it got him. Two men dead and one of them is him.”'
'“On the one hand, this whole thing surprises the daylights out of us, because we always thought he is a lot of bark, not a lot of bite,” she said. “But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational.”
Reinoehl has stolen their mother’s seizure medication and owes a lot of debt, often giving his relatives’ addresses as his own to avoid responsibility, she said.'
In an interview conducted by an independent journalist and shared by Vice, Reinoehl stated that he feels the United States is heading toward a civil war. He viewed his murder of the Patriot Prayer member as "firing the first shots" of this war. This is eerily similar to the rhetoric of far-right accelerationist "boogaloo" groups, who want to leverage the political divide in America to start a civil war.
https://www.insider.com/portland-shooting-suspect-said-saw-civil-war-coming-2020-9
'"Honestly, I hate to say it, but I see a civil war right around the corner," he said. "That that shot felt like the beginning of a war."'
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2020.08.31 23:14 Jrubas My Friend's Bed Was Haunted by Sexual Energy

I was signing autographs in a downtown Richmond book boutique when Henry came in. I had been there for over four hours, sitting at a folding table scribbling my name on the inside covers of endless copies of Night Terrors, and was exhausted. My arm ached and my head throbbed. Meeting a perpetual flow of fans, many of them gushing, is hell to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, but social situations tend to repel me, and actually engaging people I don’t know is an awkward near impossibility.
It was nearing one, dark and nasty without, and I was longing for a nice long nap in my hotel room when Henry’s turn came. I thought that the woman before him, a middle-aged blond in a brown leather jacket, would never leave. But thankfully Mr. Preston, the owner of the shop, ushered her away in his prissy manner.
I smiled at the man whom I did not recognize as Henry. He was tall and pale, his wavy black hair limp and lusterless, the flesh of his face tight and his eyes an unhealthy pink which bespoke sleepless nights. He smiled wearily yet warmly.
Without a word he passed me his copy of Night Terrors. “And how are you today?” I asked as I sat the book down, my blue Sharpie pen, the second one of the day, poised.
“Just peachy,” he croaked, and I at once knew the voice. I looked up, and Henry was still grinning as if through pain.
“Henry!” I cried happily, and extended my hand. He took it, and it was like a block of ice.
I and Henry were like brothers since time out of mind; our parents were high school friends who lived next to each other in the Pickett subdivision on Thomas Street, and from diapers we were always together, on play dates, camping trips, and backyard pool parties. We were inseparable all through our school years, and only parted, tearfully and grudgingly, when I left Picketts Meade to study at UVA in 1997. Since then, we had seen very little of each other, as I lived mostly in New York City and he in the house willed to him by his childless aunt and uncle.
“Hey, man,” he said, “what’s goin on?”
“Not much,” I said, “same old stuff. Working and all that. What about you?”
He shrugged. “Same here, pretty much. Listen, are you free this afternoon?”
“Sure, what’s up?”
“I got a ghost,” he said, as though the words were kidney stones.
“Sure, I’d be happy to come by.”
Henry smiled again. “Thanks. You know where my aunt’s old place is, right?”
“Ahhh, no, I forgot.”
“Okay, here.” Henry pulled out his wallet and opened it. In the translucent slot where preening fathers proudly put pictures of their children, there was a faded Polaroid of two boys, one tall and skinny, the other short and fat, at a lake on a summer day in 1988, mugging it up with their arms thrown around the other’s shoulder. I had the same one in my wallet.
Henry produced a small piece of creased paper and, with my pen, jotted down the directions.
“I’ll be there at around four or so,” I said, sticking the paper into my blazer’s breast pocket.
“Thanks a million, man, I can’t tell you the kinda shit I been goin through.”
“I can imagine.”
“Good book; is it number one?”
I snickered. “Ahead of Glenn Beck? I wish.”
Henry shrugged. “Still a classic. I can’t believe some of the shit. All of it’s real?”
“As you and I,” I replied. I jotted down my name and a small, personal message onto the inside cover, and handed it back to Henry.
“I’ll see you,” he said. “I’ll be there,” I responded with a smile.
***
Almost two hours later I left the bookstore by the back door, emerged into a narrow ally of grimy brick walls, and carefully crept toward busy 5thstreet. Above, the sky was malevolently silent.
Before leaving the relative safety of the alley, I looked both ways along the sidewalk, and found it empty save for several rushing, bundled forms. For a moment I was reminded of those old shots of The Beatles running from mad throngs of screaming women through the streets of London, and smiled.
I stepped into a freezing gust and hurried up the sidewalk, passing drab storefronts darkened by the gloomy afternoon light. A Ford Focus passed by on the street in a splash of puddled rain, its red taillights glowing satanically in the mist.
Ahead, a brave hotdog vendor, possibly a transplanted New Yorker, stood tensely behind his cart, ready to feed the world. He offered me a taste of his wares, and the almost desperate imploring of his voice touched me. Imagining poverty and mounting bills, I bought a small fountain Coke even though I wasn’t thirsty, and almost as soon as I was out of sight I cast the cup into a metal trash bin, the clanking ice cubes within having sapped the heat from my hand.
Slowly the scenery bled into one of the residential. Dirty Brownstone tenements marched dismally into the ashen day, their crumbling stoops guarded by rusted metal sentries overflowing with rank refuse.
I finally came to the small lot where I had left my Jeep in-between a pick-up truck and a hatchback. The latter was gone, replaced by a small red Beetle. I fished the keys from my pocket and opened the driver side door.
Behind the wheel, I started the engine and the radio came to life with one bland Taylor Swift song or another. Before leaving I slipped Krokus’ Change of Address into the CD player, and slowly cruised back the way I had come.
Several minutes later I took a sloping onramp and met the babbling interstate; before I joined the flow I waited for several large Mac trucks to scream by in their shrouds of water mist. The meager Richmond skyline stretched away to the east, interrupted only by the wide river which bisects the city. Maybe it was the mood and light of the afternoon, but the city seemed a deserted necropolis, the buildings bizarre Druid ruins rising black against the sky.
Once on the interstate I noticed that several idiots cars next to mine were busy blabbering into their cell-phones or texting. I’m not the kind of guy who wants to ban this and that, or the kind of asshole who preaches his opinion to everybody, but I know what can happen on a freeway when someone wants to whip out the old Droid and chat.
One girl, with wet black hair and dressed in a loose white t-shirt, flipped me off when I motioned hang up and drive.
Women, I thought with a grin, they taste good…but the heartburn!
I soon took rural Exit 154 and coasted into the parking lot of a small roadside gas station fed by a narrow hillside lane. I pulled under the gas-pump shelter and killed Marc Storace in the middle of Burning up the Night. I searched my hip pocket and checked the directions again. The name of the town was Fairfield, not too far north of the city.
I got out into the damp and filled the jeep up with juice, wincing at the price. With that done, I crossed the open space between the pumps and the store, my hair dampening, and entered.
After waiting for a white man in a mossy oak camo cap to buy a six pack of Bud Ice and a black woman to purchase a pack of condoms and tampons (an ungodly mix, if you ask me), it came my turn. The wispy old man behind the counter, wearing country regulation suspenders over his button up work shirt, studied me for a long moment.
“Hey, you’re that writer fella, aintcha?” he asked with a rough smile, revealing that his teeth were mostly black or tarnished gold.
Despite a swelling of pride in my chest, I wanted desperately to avoid an embarrassing scene.
“No.”
“Hm. You look a lot like ‘im. She loves all that damn ghost huntin’ garbage.”
I paid for the gas, and the old man wished me a good afternoon with a crooked grin.
Once back in my car, I again studied the directions, trying to absorb them so that I wouldn’t have to constantly consult them in transit.
Feeling confident that I could make it on my own, I started up the engine and followed the ascending byway toward Fairfield.
I soon left behind all urban pretense and found myself speeding through low hills and tiny hamlets made up of slanted wood structures decades past their prime. It had begun to rain more steadily. Crossing the murky Roman River, I saw that it had overflowed its banks.
The winding lane took me past yet more hilly farmland enclosed by strands of barbed wire, putting me slightly in mind of northern England. When I came to the outer limits of Fairfield, which sat across another, smaller, swollen river, I was greeted by a white board sign proclaiming it as The Nicest Town in America.
Main Street, lined with gray brick shops dating from the 1920s, sank down into the rest of the town, from which a white church spire rose into the air, and a blue water tower next to a tall brick schoolhouse loomed supernaturally forth from the thick valley mist. The sidewalk boasted fiery trees, the embers of which carpeted the wet concrete.
At the four-way intersection, the only cars that I met were a station wagon going to the east part of town, a minivan heading back the way I had come, and an SUV going down into the heart of the town, which lied spread before the hill like a fog enshrouded dream.
I took the left and followed the street for a time, passing a small doctor’s office and the police station. The big roll-top doors of the local volunteer fire department were open, and I glimpsed several men in the gloom lazily wiping down the sleeping green dragon within. A group of children struggled down the sidewalk with crammed backpacks dragging along the wet pavement. A boy on a ten-speed bike shot past them and hung a sharp right, taking a small dead-end road ending at the foot of the hill. In the rear view mirror a large yellow school grinded to a halt, the red lights on its mounted stop sign blinking rhythmically. Teenagers tumbled out and hurried across.
Lee Street was an odd mix of ranch and Victorian houses, all beautiful and tastefully enclosed by hedges or withering gardens. A few of the larger homes were sectioned off with low stone walls waist high to a man.
The last house on the left was tall and narrow, dating back at least to the latter half of the 1890s. With spires and gingerbread trim it affected a stately air.
I parked along the street and sat for a moment, memories washing over me. I and Henry had come here several summers during our childhood. Being unable to have children, Jo and Oscar doted on us so much it was almost cloying. They were rabid antique collectors, and spent thirty happy years hoarding history together before Flight 93 went down over Pennsylvania on the eleventh of September, 2001.
I killed the engine and got out into a brisk slap of wind. After waiting for a minivan to swoosh past, I crossed the street. The grass along the flagstone walk was encroachingly tall, and I wondered if Henry’s ghost had hidden his lawnmower.
I bounded up the porch and knocked on the door. I waited in the cold for a moment, a wind from the west raking my flesh. Finally, as I cocked my fist to knock again, the door opened, and was filled with Henry, dressed as he had been at the bookstore.
“Hey, man” he greeted and moved aside.
“Long time no see,” I smiled. Stepping across the threshold, I was immediately struck by the heaviness of the atmosphere, crushing down on me like the world upon Atlas’s shoulders. I staggered, and Henry at one grabbed my arm and helped steady me.
“Uh-oh,” he said, “I don’t like that.”
“I’m fine,” I lied, looking suspiciously about myself, “just tired.” I didn’t at once remember what such a black heft meant, but I did know that it wasn’t good. At all.
“Well, if you wanna go back…”
“Nah,” I dismissed, “I’m alright.”
“Okay,” Henry said and led me from the shadowy foyer and into a wide parlor. A large bay window, an ugly modern addition, sat across the room, uncurtained. Save for tall, dusty bookshelves along either wall, the only other furnishings in the room were a couch piled with tangled blankets and a pillow, and two armchairs.
Henry showed me to one of the chairs and took the one across from me.
“So, what’s up? How’s life treating you?”
I sighed. “Alright. I hate the touring, though. I can’t stand being on the road.”
“Ah,” he dismissed me with a wave of the hand, “you always were a little homebody. I love the open road. Nothing like it. You want a drink?”
I nodded.
“Coke,” he warned me.
“Better be.”
He laughed and moved off to the kitchen, leaving me alone in the room. The dark feeling pressed down on me harder than it had been, compressing my chest. I tried to take a deep breath, but was unable. It was like standing on a high butte overlooking a strange plain in a dark world, the air thin and sour.
Henry returned with two Cokes. He handed me one and sat back down. “Sorry they’re not cold. I just bought ‘em on the way back.”
“That’s fine,” I said, opening mine and taking a long drink. Henry sat his between his legs.
“I saw you on Ghost Hunters last month,” he said with something like pride, “I was over at my old girlfriend’s house and when your mug popped out, I about went crazy. “Hey, I know that guy!””
My appearance on the popular SYFY Channel show had been little more than a publicity stunt engineered by my agent. I was against it from the first, but ending up going on anyway. The target was a 13th Century castle on an Irish bluff overlooking the crashing sea. Supposedly, a family of werewolves had lived there in the sixteen hundreds.
“They’re a sham,” I said, glancing around as if expecting a hostile apparition to materialize. Maybe I was.
“Who?”
“Those attention whores,” I said, referring to the ‘ghost hunters’. “There weren’t any ghosts. It was all faked. The noises. The mist. All of it.
“I figured,” Henry said, “they usually are.”
“I guess,” I looked around.
“Yeah.” Henry finished off his Coke and sat the empty can at his foot.
“So, what have you been doing?” I asked, “just hanging out?”
“Yeah,” he said, “aunt Jo and uncle Oscar weren’t rich. They had money, but not much. The way the recession’s going, I’m probably gonna have to go back to work soon.”
“Sometimes I wish I could just stop writing and investigating and all that and just live off my books’ proceeds,” I confided, “live the life without doing the work.”
Henry chuckled. “You’re lucky; you got a kick-ass job. I’m most likely gonna end up at Food-Lion or something.”
“Gotta start somewhere,” I said. “Maybe we can write a novel together.”
Both of us had tried as children to write our own horror stories. Henry’s were mostly better than mine.
“Maybe,” he seemed to taste the idea.
I opened my mouth to reply, but a stiff gust of wind slammed into the house, and I jolted.
Henry laughed. “Scared?”
I shook my head. “No, not really. I just…well, what exactly are we dealing with, here?”
Henry sobered, his face darkening. “I…I been thinking how to word this for a while now.” He paused. “You ever hear that phrase La petite mort?”
I missed a beat. “What?”
“You know, that French metaphor? It refers to a state of euphoria after you “finish.””
“Yeah, I know.”
Henry sat grasping for a moment. “People believe that some kind of spiritual lifeforce is…expelled when you cum. Somehow that’s like dying or something.”
“Uh-huh,” I nodded awkwardly.
“And in Ghosts and Ghouls, you said that some people think a ghost is just…leftover human energy. Right?”
“The atheists and agnostics in the field, yes.”
“Do you think it’s possible that…that release of energy can leave a…a ghostly residue?”
I laughed. “Henry, that’s just a metaphor; it doesn’t mean anything.”
“Are you sure?”
I opened my mouth, but closed it again. I couldn’t honestly say that I was.
“What…what makes you ask that?”
“It’s my bed,” he replied darkly.
“Your bed?”
He nodded. “Remember Sarah Kerns?”
For a moment I drew a blank, and then an angular face framed in raven hair materialized before my mind’s eye.
“Sure,” I said, “your girlfriend in eighth grade. What about her?”
“Remember how she moved over the summer, before we started high school?”
I nodded. Her father was in some kind of business that forced him to relocate often. I can’t remember what it was, though.
“The night before she left, she came over to my house and we did it...”
“Alright,” I urged, and then it dawned on me. “You still have the same bed, don’t you?”
He shrugged. “Never saw a good reason to get rid of it.”
“And you’ve…done a lot in it, huh?”
“A lot,” he admitted.
“And now you think…what, all that combined energy has created a sort of ghost?”
“Look, I know it’s crazy, but just hear me out, okay?”
“Okay.”
Henry took a deep breath and began.
Several weeks before crying out to me for help, he told me, he had been lying awake in bed. It was a windy night and he was as far from sleep as a man can get, so, as he watched the darkened ceiling, he let his mind drift unfettered. He had always had a fertile imagination, and was entertaining himself with undisclosed fantasies when, all of a sudden, the foot of the bed lurched to one side, as though booted by an angry WWE star after an in-ring betrayal.
“Man, that scared the shit outta me,” Henry said. “I froze up and just laid there for a minute. Then it happened again, and this time I got knocked off.”
Frightened, Henry jumped up, fell in the sheets tangled at his feet, and flew down the stairs.
“I sat here in the living room for a little while. After a half hour or so, I decided it was a nightmare and went back up. In the room, I flipped on the light switch and…”
He was quiet for a long moment, looking down at his ashen hands. “And there was a fuckin dead girl spread out on the bed, covered in blood and shit.”
I gasped softly at this, my heart freezing in mid beat.
“You’re sure?” I asked incredulously.
He nodded without looking up. “Yeah. And she looked like Hanna Giles…you remember her, right?”
I did. She was a cheerleader during school, a tall drink of blond perfection. She and Henry spent much of the 11th grade getting hot and heavy together before he grew bored and found another conquest.
“And…and she…sat up, her fuckin eyes were black and she had these long Dracula fangs. She opened up her legs and…fucking blood gushed out.”
He stopped at my hiss of horror. “It looked like…you know, in The Shinning, when that elevator opens up in the beginning?”
I nodded, my mouth slightly agape.
“I saw that shit and lost my mind. I ran out the front door and down the street. Spent the rest of the night in a booth at the diner, too afraid to come home.”
In the morning, Henry stretched out in the parlor.
“I was having dinner the next day. A buffalo chicken Hungry Man. So, I was sitting at the kitchen table eating, when something above my head, in the room, crashed against the floor. And right after, I heard this long, high pitched laugh.”
Stiff with terror, Henry remained unmoving at the table for nearly an hour before packing up and going to a motel for a few days.
“I was starting to think it was a nightmare, but when that shit happened…”
Henry eventually returned, convinced that the “ghosts”, while frightening, were harmless.
“So, one night, I got brave and went back upstairs to see what would happen.”
After several uneventful hours, Henry was on the border of sleep when something, something cold and dry, wrapped around his throat.
“It felt like hands, little…you know, a woman’s hands.”
The world grayed as Henry clawned at the phantom hands to no avail. He nearly collapsed into death before they suddenly and inexplicably spared him.
“That was the other night. I was about to leave, go get a motel or something, but I heard you were coming down, so I thought I’d see if you could help me.”
For a long moment I sat in brooding silence.
In 1999, I left school to work for a noted regional paranormal researcher named John Haggis. I accompanied him on many outings, most of them busts. Only three confirmed cases of the genuinely supernatural came across our desk in the three years I worked with him, one of them being the demonic haunting of a bar in Headwaters, a tiny hamlet nestled in the Shenandoah foothills southwest of Harrisonburg.
I learned several things from our experience there. One: Demons despise the presence of a professional. Two: While ghosts can, on extremely rare occasions, possess human beings, only demons can shapeshift and actually harm someone without the use of a human agent.
“Have…have you ever smelled sulfur here?” I asked, my voice natural, at least to my own ears.
“Rotten eggs? No, why?”
“You’ve been left alone outside the room, right?”
“Yeah. What about the sulfur?” he seemed impatient.
I ignored him and looked from one shadowy corner to another, the house bathed in a sour, uneasy silence. I was shocked to find myself wanting to get as away from the house as I could.
“Henry,” I drew, my eyes darting apprehensively, “there…”
I stopped. How would he take hearing that a demon was in his house? But was it really a demon we were dealing with? I couldn’t be sure; I’m not, after all, a demonologist.
“What?” he asked, his tone low and worried.
If it was, then it appeared to be attached to the bed somehow, like a ghost to a favorite rocking chair…
“…I doubt that your ghost is made of girl goo.” I at length flashed a smile, hoping that it didn’t look too fake. “I’ve heard of similar cases, and they are relatively easy to deal with.”
“Really?” Henry’s face brightened for the first time all day, and his tone was one of a child in the presence of a shyster birthday-party magician.
“Yeah,” I said, “no problem. Tomorrow I’ll call some people and they’ll conduct…sort of an exorcism. It’ll be a breeze.”
Henry sighed, relieved. “Okay.”
I looked again from corner to corner. “Hey, you want to go and get some dinner, my treat?”
Henry smiled again, his dark eyes alight. “Sure.”
We took my car, and drove off into the thickening gloom. Main Street was busier than it had been when I entered town; it was past six, and people were returning home from work in droves.
“Take a left up here,” Henry said as we approached the four-way, “and go for about…five miles. Place called Ryan’s.”
I nodded, lost in thought. I would have to call Tom Youngblood, the only demonologist in the Richmond area, in the morning. And maybe I would have to call the Catholic Church in town, too. Then again, the church has tried in recent years to distance itself from the supernatural.
I took the left, and descended down into the heart of Fairfield. Queerly, about a mile of hillside between the upper and lower sections had been left undeveloped, and was currently a hopeless tangle of dead grass.
“Man, I feel like a weight’s been lifted,” Henry said as we passed the dark shops and rain sluiced sidewalks, empty save for the phantom trees along the edge. “You can really do all of this tomorrow?”
“Yeah,” I said confidently. I took a deep breath, and seemed to blow away all of the mounting worry crushing my chest. I only had to call Tom and a priest, and they would take it from there. They were experts. It might not be an easy break, but it would get done. Demons were actually weak in the presence of religious men; which is why I abandoned my former atheism.
“Good. I can’t wait to get this shit behind me. It’s been a living hell, you know?”
I nodded, and then realized that it was probably too dark for Henry to see. “Yeah, I bet it’ll feel really good.”
“Like a million bucks,” Henry said.
“And…get rid of the damn bed. I don’t think that what we’re dealing with is…what you thought, but just burn it. It’s possible that the ghost is attached to it for some reason.”
“Way ahead of you, man,” Henry said. “I’m gonna go down to Mattress Warehouse and get me a new one tomorrow.”
At the end of town, just before the beginning of the dark, wet woods, I slowed at the traffic light, pulling to a stop alongside a school bus; the small lights affixed to the ceiling within were on against the dark. I saw a few dark silhouettes through the rectangular windows, and ascertained from their distorted shapes that they belonged to the high school’s football team.
“And…don’t have all your fun in one place, okay?” I said as we got back underway, the bus falling behind in the darkness.
“I ain’t gonna have that kinda fun for a long time.”
“Yeah, bullshit,” I jested in hopes of further lightening the mood, “you can’t go a week without having sex with someone…or something.”
Henry chuckled. “Yeah? I once went a month without doin your mom.”
“She needed that long to stop laughing at your…handicap.”
Henry laughed. “Okay. Just wait till we get there; take you in the bathroom and show you what’s up.”
I snorted. “What’s limp.”
“It won’t be limp when I shove it down…”
The restaurant, a sparkling oasis cloaked in primal black, loomed so quickly from the darkness that I nearly missed the turn.
“Alright,” Henry said after I had slid us into a slanted parking spot facing the empty road, his penis forgotten, “let’s get some grub.”
“You look like a German Jew,” I said as we got out of the car, “you need a good meal.”
“Yeah, thanks, mom,” Henry said as we crossed the parking lot. Through the big front windows, we could see happy families sharing joyful meals in the warm brightness.
We came to the double doors, and both held them open for the shuffling passage of an elderly couple. “Thank you,” the old man rasped and nodded as he helped his wife past us and toward a silver Cadillac parked in one of the closest handicap spots. They were immediately followed by two teenage girls in gym shorts and pink tops.
“What is it with kids dressing like that when it’s cold?” I whispered as we entered the restaurant, assaulted at once by the good odors of many steaming, mingling foods.
“If you got it flaunt it,” Henry reckoned.
We walked up to the long lunch counter and took cups, silverware and plastic trays from a hotplate guarded from inconsiderate sneezers by smudged plastic. We waited behind a party of rowdy college students to pay the casher.
We paid the chipper blond behind the register and were shown by a young sleepy eyed man in a red t-shirt and black slacks to a booth along the far wall of the room, mercifully away from the main population. Henry was immediately off to fix himself a plate at the buffet.
I sat at the booth for a moment, looking around the brightly lit room. It was crowded with families, mostly, passing food and laughing over their tables.
After another moment of inventorying how many people I would have to pass to get to the drink machine, I got up and moved to the Coke island. Apart from the dispenser there sat a plain metal canister marked with the picture of a tall, frosty glass of chocolate milk looming forward like a favorite uncle. I considered for a moment, and finally decided to get the milk, the likes of which I haven’t tasted since I was a child.
As I drew the dark liquid into my clear cup, a beefy older man in a brown leather jacket walked unthinkingly up to the machine and filled his cup with Sprite, all the while gasping softly to himself about someone named Mony-Mony.
Sidestepping a yellow WET FLOOR sign at the head of a nasty spill, I went back to the booth where Henry sat, bent protectively over a plate of fried chicken and breaded shrimp. I took my plate and quickly filled it up with French fries, several times nearly colliding with a young boy in small glasses examining each bright pile of food as if he would die if he did not detect the poison on his choices. At the booth I splattered a liberal amount of Tabasco sauce on the golden potatoes and dug in, my chocolate milk standing dutifully by should I need its aid.
“Remember Donny West?” Henry asked around a mouthful of food. I nodded. Donny had been one of our friends as kids before his mother moved the family to West Virginia. A beefy kid with red hair and deep freckles.
“Yeah. How can I forget?”
“He died.”
“What?” I asked, a bit of fry falling from my mouth and landing on the plate.
Henry nodded and swallowed. “I talked to his sister on Facebook, and she said he was drinking and wrecked his car into a tree a couple years ago. Took two of his friends with him.”
“That’s horrible,” I said numbly. Though I had not seen Donny in years, to hear that a once close friend was dead broke my heart.
“You remember what he did on April Fool’s Day that one time?” I asked Henry after a long, respectful moment of silence.
Henry nodded. “He had balls to do that.”
Donny, much more a practical joker than even Henry, had run the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy up the flag pole before school started that day. What made it even funnier were the facts that no one even noticed until lunch, and that the school sat right on the main highway in Picketts Meade.
“Yeah,” I sighed, black, cancerous nostalgia flooding me. “The good old days.”
We then lapsed into a comfortable silence. After savagely stripping the meat from a chicken bone, Henry wandered off to treat himself to a cold dessert. I finished the last of my fries and polished off the chocolate milk, my burning mouth greedily absorbing the cool liquid.
After a return trip to the machine, meeting once again the boy who had been diligently studying for his buffet safety PhD (he wasn’t quiet as conscientious when it came to Coca-Cola), I placed myself in my seat and awaited Henry. He soon returned empty-handed.
“They all sucked,” he declared.
I did not reply, but suddenly realized that the ice cream machine was next to the soda and chocolate milk fountains.
Suddenly, from across the room, there came a loud racket, drawling the puzzled stares of patrons in the gulf between walls. From a door came a line of people dressed in red shirts and black pants. The person at the head of the rank, a rather fetching teen goth with long midnight hair and a generous bosom, held something in her hands, something aflame, for her strong angler face was awash in orange. The Ryan’s troops behind her were clapping.
With mortification I saw them making a B-line toward our table like a personified children’s show choo-choo. Now all of the bemused eaters were looking toward me and Henry.
“You bastard,” I said, turning to Henry. He was smiling and clapping flourishingly. I broke out in my own grin, my cheeks afire. “Oh you son of a bitch; real funny.”
The Ryan’s Birthday Army now surrounded my half of the booth, leering over me like grinning psychos and clapping madly. I hung my head in embarrassment as they sat a flaming birthday cake on the table before me. “Bastard,” I muttered, lowering my head, realizing that now all of the other patrons too were looking at me and clapping.
Then the singing started.
I could just imagine Henry going up to our hostess and stage whispering across the counter, his hand shielding his mouth from prying lip readers, Pissst; it’s his birthday, pointing in my direction.
Bastard.
***
Coming out of the Ryan’s parking lot nearly half an hour later, I took a right on the rain swept street and followed it back to town past several large comfortable southern homes boasting screened in front porches and spotlighted flags. Most of these were protected from the street by rusted chin link fences.
We were silent and content, our stomachs full.
Finally desirous of breaking the silence, but too stuffed with food and lazy to speak, I switched on the radio, picking up a station from southern Maryland. After a “local” newscast about a New York mobster choking to death in a King George pizza joint and the discovery of a well-known radical poet shot dead in a D.C. parking garage, Cyndi Lauper came on with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
“Your song,” Henry croaked from the passenger seat.
I changed the station. The Culture Club was singing about a Church of the Poisoned Mind.
“Damn, must be your night,” Henry snickered from the darkness.
“Shut up,” I replied, hitting the scan button; the radio settled for a station playing a Seether song.
Henry laughed. “I meant you like eighties music. I wasn’t trying to say you’re gay…not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Pulling to the end of Henry’s street, I noticed that we had left none of the lights on when we departed; the thought of waltzing through the door into the pitch black slightly uneased me.
I thought of asking Henry to stay with me at the Marriot in Richmond rather than me staying with him, but quickly decided against it; we’d be safe in the parlor.
Putting down my own childish reluctance, I parked the car at the curb and killed the engine, shutting Kanye West off in mid-rant.
We entered the house and immediately repaired to the parlor, where Henry took care of stoking a warm fire into existence.
That done, he came back to his chair and sank with a pleasured sigh. “So, you gonna write about this?”
To be honest, the thought hadn’t crossed my mind. “Maybe,” I said. Of course I would. Would it make it into my next book? It had a better chance than some of the other cases I had. People love their supernatural when it’s really weird.
“Well…” Henry said, but was interrupted by a terrible crash from overhead, which shook the house and caused us to jerk in surprised fear.
“There it is,” he shivered.
Another long bang sounded upstairs, as if something had thumped to the floor.
I swallowed around a lump in my throat, and opened my mouth, but was forestalled by another loud crash, this one followed by a stomach-piercing moan.
“Maybe we should go,” I stammered, a sudden bubble of stark fear overwhelming my cool rationality.
Henry licked his lips and swallowed hard, his Adam’s apple bobbing.
I looked appraisingly up at the smooth ceiling above my head, partly hidden by the gloom. There was another thump that stopped my heart and froze my blood. A shower of fine plaster rained down upon me like hard snow, and I quickly averted my eyes to avoid it.
“Henry?” I panted breathlessly, wrestling with my own galloping fear.
“Fuck this,” Henry affirmed and moved to stand, “let’s…”
Henry had been whispering, as if worried about disturbing his inconsiderate guest, so I was able to hear the soft, terrible footfall. It was as if an electric shock ran through me, reducing my bones to jelly.
I heard it again, louder this time.
Henry’s eyes were wide. “Was that…?” he whispered superstitiously.
I gulped and nodded. “It sounded like it…
From the dark upstairs hall there came a soft, fugitive creak. Henry was now fully standing, his wiry body tense and rigid.
“Hennnryyyyyy!” drifted a thin and ghostly greeting.
“Jesus Christ!” I exclaimed, and bolted to my feet. I turned to the dark threshold into the rest of the hostile house, and saw nothing but playing shadows.
“Hennnryyyy, baaaabyyyyyyy!”
I spun on my heels. “We have to get the hell out of here!” I whispered incoherently, my mind reeling. There was no hope of using the front door. We would have to pass the stairs…
Henry stood slack in place, his eyes wide and seeming to vibrate with terror.
There was a more confident footfall from halfway down the staircase, and a definite swish like that of a passing priest’s cassock.
“Come on!” I screamed, my fear boiling over. I desperately regarded the window beyond Henry’s chair. It appeared wide enough for both of us to escape side-by-side.
I grabbed Henry’s wrist, but pulling him was like trying to move a wooden post set deeply in the ground.
“Come on, we gotta go, NOW!!” I screamed franticly, hearing the loud moan of the last step. Henry shook his head as if shaking away a dream and looked at me with frightened, pleading eyes. But before a word could pass between us he turned back to the threshold.
And screamed.
Hearing the horrible, damned-soul quality of his voice broke my resolve and nearly my mind. It was the high-pitched shriek of a child on finally seeing the thing under its bed and finding it far worse than imagined; it was the scream of a sinner being shown into his new abode in hell; it was the pitiful cry of a madman.
Fueled by mindless animal terror, I sprang for the window.
Forearms thrown protectively over my face, I crashed through with a cry, and sailed into the damp night in a shower of broken glass, my stomach throbbing in my throat. I hit the grassy ground with an umph and staggered to my feet, my knees watery and quivering.
Behind me, the laughter of madness turned into the orgasm of agony.
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2020.08.16 03:45 Badgerness RiL - Season 30, Race 4 Preview: Cadillac CTS-V at Phoenix Raceway 2008

Our first oval race of the season, and it's slightly offbeat. Well, what did you expect to happen? The venerable Cadillac CTS is actually a pretty serviceable oval car, and this will be a traditional event in every other respect. We will be using a custom oval setup (download link below) that makes this car suited to left turns only. Other than that, 50 minute race, cautions, lucky dogs (whatever they are); should be thoroughly entertaining.
START TIME
US League: Sunday, August 16th, 2hr session starts 8:00pm ET
DETAILS
USEFUL LINKS
Discord
League Sessions and Sign-Up
Season Schedule
Team Championship
Rookie Championship
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2020.08.14 16:38 RedWriteBlue Trump Accomplishments link. For discussion and questions?

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Saved the NY Times, saved the Washington Post, and saved Cable T.V. The Great American Comeback is already underway: • Added 1.8 million jobs in July, exceeding predictions for the third straight month. • A combined total of over 9 million jobs were created since May - surpassing market expectations by a total of 12 million new jobs. • Over the last three months, we added nearly 4 million leisure and hospitality jobs; 1.47 million retail jobs; 1.17 million education & healthcare jobs; 743,000 service jobs; 623,000 manufacturing jobs; and 639,000 construction jobs. • Half of all new jobs are full time jobs. And wages rose 4.8 percent year over year. • In July, the unemployment rate fell to 10.2% - dropping by over 30% since April. • Jobs held by African-Americans rose by nearly 1 million over the past three months. • Jobs held by Hispanic-Americans increased 2.3 million over the last three months. • Job gains since April represent a recovery of 42% of jobs lost in March and April. • 80% of small businesses are now open, up from just 52% in April. • Retail sales rose 7.5% in June, following a record-setting 18.2% increase in May. • Consumer spending has almost fully recovered from its pandemic-low, with recovery strongest in low-income communities. • The latest ISM manufacturing report increased for the third month in a row to 54.2, the highest reading since March 2019. Since the April low, new orders are up 34 points - the largest increase on record. ISM's measure of production is up 35 points from its April low, the largest three-month gain in nearly 70 years. • Since the March low, vehicle sales are up a stunning 65 percent to 14.5 million units. • In Q2, the Dow Jones rose 18%, the S&P 500 rose 20%, and the NASDAQ rose 30%, all posting the best gains in over 20 years. Enacted over $3 trillion in economic relief, saving many tens of millions of iobs: • Signed $2 Trillion CARES Act, sending direct cash payments to 80 million workers. • Approved $670 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program. To date, we have processed over 5 million small business loans, and saved 50 million American jobs. • Took executive action to give a payroll tax holiday through the end of 2020; to provide an extra $400 dollars per week in additional unemployment benefits; to empower HUD & HHS to extend the freeze on evictions & provide rental support; and to suspend payments on student loans and to extend the 0% interest rates. To vanquish COVID-19, we launched the greatest national mobilization since WWII: • Took early action by implementing travel restrictions from China, Europe, and Iran. • Developed the most advanced testing system on earth - conducted 65 million tests. • U.S. is 5% of the world's population, but we conducted 25% of the world's testing. • Through Operation Warp Speed, three vaccine candidates have now moved into Phase Three trials in record time. Recently approved $1 billion for Johnson & Johnson to manufacture and distribute 100 million doses as soon as one is available. • Reduced mortality by 85% since April, through the use of therapies such as Remdesivir, dexamethasone, and anti-body treatments. We have secured over 4.1 million doses of Remdesivir, enough to treat over 650,000 patients. • Treated 86,000 Americans with convalescent plasma - can reduce mortality by 50%. • Mo're than 230 clinical trials of potential treatments are underway. • We have worked with the private sector to coordinate the delivery of more than 196 million N95 respirators, 815 million surgical masks, 20 billion gloves, 34 million face shields, and 354 million gowns. • We have replenished the long-neglected National Stockpile by tripling the number of N95 masks on hand to over 45 million, tripling the number of gowns to 15 million, and quadrupling the number of ventilators to 75,000. • Through the Defense Production Act, we awarded contracts for 200,000 ventilators. • No American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator. • Delivered 700 rapid point-of-care testing devices & 300,000 tests to nursing homes. • Signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to purchase all essential medicines from American sources. Taking bold action to reduce the price of prescription drugs for American patients. • Signed a historic executive order requiring drug companies to charge AMERICANS no more than they charge FOREIGN COUNTRIES. • I also signed an executive order stopping middle men from taking advantage of Medicare patients by charging higher prices to them and pocketing the discounts. $30 billion in discounts will now go straight to American Patients. • Signed directive lowering the price of insulin to just pennies a day. • Over the next two weeks, I will take action to require health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers. We are standing for Law and Order. • We reduced the number of murders in America's major cities by more than 10%. • The nationwide violent crime rate has declined for two straight years. • Signed an executive order that is strong on policing, law & order, and ensuring the peace, dignity, and equality of all Americans. • 156 total arrests since Operation LeGend expanded to Kansas City and other cities including: Chicago, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, St. Louis. • Deployed law enforcement agents to save the courthouse in Portland from rioters. • Using the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act to protect national monuments. Delivering FAIR and RECIPROCAL trade to defend American jobs and expand exports. • Signed Trade Agreement with China, while keeping many tariffs in place. • Replaced NAFTA disaster with the brand new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. • Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership my first week in office. • Completely renegotiated trade deal with South Korea, saving U.S. auto industry. • Signed new deal with Japan to slash tariffs on $7 billion of U.S. agricultural products. • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel & aluminum to protect our national security. • Reimposed 10 percent tariffs on Canadian aluminum producers. • Imposed a 50% tariff on foreign-made washing machines, saving Whirlpool jobs. • Secured agreements with Europe, Argentina and Brazil that support more exports of U.S. agricultural products. Invested $2 trillion to completely rebuild the Military, including $738 billion this year. • Established the Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. • We have destroyed the ISIS territorial Caliphate in Syria and Iraq. • AI-Baghdadi, Qassem Soleimani, Hamza bin Laden, and Qassim al-Rimi are all dead. • Secured $130 billion in new defense spending for NATO; and $400 billion by 2024. • Withdrew from the one-sided Iran Deal and imposed the toughest sanctions ever. • Recognized Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and moved the U.S. Embassy there. • Took historic action to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. We passed the largest package of Tax Cuts and reforms in American history. • Since then, $1.4 trillion dollars has poured back into the U.S. • 40 million American families are benefitting from our child tax credit; $2200 average • Designated nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones in distressed communities. • Saved Family Farms from the Death Tax. • Under our tax cuts, small businesses can now deduct 20% of their business income. • Provided first ever tax credit for employers who provide paid parental leave for employees earning $72,000 or less annually. • Since then, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased. We have cut more job-killing regulations than any other Administration. • For every new regulation we adopted, we have cut nearly eight old regulations. • Our regulatory relief will save Americans $377 billion per year, $3,100 per household • Our regulation cuts are having an especially beneficial impact on low income Americans who pay a much higher share of their incomes for overregulation. Ended the War on American Energy. U.S. is the #1 producer of oil and gas on Earth. • The typical family now saves an average of $2,500 a year on their energy bills. • U.S. is now a net exporter of energy; we have declared Energy Independence. • Opened ANWR and approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. • Canceled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan. • Increased coal exports by more than 54% during my first three years in office. • Announced our withdrawal from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord. Confirmed more than 220 federal judges who will interpret the Constitution AS WRITTEN. • Confirmed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. • Confirmed 53 circuit judges. Filled all appeals court vacancies for first time in 40 yrs. We are BUILDING THE WALL and support STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. • Over 275 miles of wall already built. On pace to build 500 miles by early next year. • Reduced illegal border crossings by a staggering 78% since May 2019. • We have ended Catch-and-Release. • Seized a record amount of drugs and deported a record number of gang members. • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court. • Improved vetting for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement. We are taking care of our GREAT VETERANS: • Signed historic VA Choice legislation and the VA Accountability Act. • Expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, same-day urgent primary and mental healthcare, and launched the promised 24-hour Veteran Hotline. • Took executive action to prevent Veteran suicide and eliminate student loan debts for disabled Veterans. • Recently signed bills expanding the eligibility for vets with blindness in both eyes, and requiring the VA to establish a treatment court program for vets who need treatment rather than punishment for certain nonviolent crimes. We are standing up for our great African-American community: • Signed groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform. • Secured record & permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. • Created Opportunity Zones - $100 billion dollars of new investment have poured in. • We achieved the lowest black unemployment rate in history, and will do it again. • We're fighting for SCHOOL CHOICE - education is the civil rights issue of our time. We are ensuring Great Healthcare with MORE AFFORDABILITY and MORE CHOICE: • Repealed the core of Obamacare - the unpopular individual mandate penalty GONE. • Also eliminated the health insurance tax, medical devices tax, and the Cadillac tax. • New insurance options through association health plans, short-term plans, and health reimbursement arrangements; some are up to 60% less expensive. • Prescription drugs saw their largest annual price decrease in over half a century. • To empower patients to choose the best doctor at the best price, we're giving Americans transparency with the price and quality of services before you buy. We are ensuring PROTECTIONS FOR VULNERABLE PATIENTS: • We are protecting people with preexisting conditions and preexisting physicians. • We are protecting Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors. • We are working with Congress to stop surprise medical billing. • We took executive action to strengthen Medicare and reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging seniors on their drugs. • Medicare Advantage premiums have decreased by 27% and Medicare Part D premiums are the lowest in 7 years. • Made new plans available for individuals with chronic conditions that cover medications like insulin without cost-sharing. We are turning the tide on the crisis of addiction with $6 billion in new funding: • Drug overdose deaths fell nationwide in 2018 for the first time in nearly 30 years. • Many of the hardest hit states have had the biggest drops, including: OH (22.2%),
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2020.08.06 18:16 jpeg747 Analysis Paralysis

I am encountering some analysis paralysis when it comes to choosing my next vehicle... Here are the main few things I am looking for:
- Good MPG
- Good infotainment system with CarPlay (I currently lease a 2018 Cadillac ATS and I hate CUE with a passion)
- More space would be nice. I'm looking for subcompact or larger (Again, coming from ATS, so any more space is a plus)
- AWD (I live in MI and commute every day so this would be nice)
- $30K and under, if possible but I'm willing to go over a bit
I test drove a few vehicles and here are my thoughts:

Hyundai Kona 1.6T AWD
- Enjoyed the turbo, not sold on the premium price tag for the addition
- I'm unsure on dct. The ride was a bit lurchy
- Has the good infotainment system I want
- Good MPG, size is fine for me, my girlfriend and doggo

Hyundai Tucson 2.4L AWD
- Felt like I was driving a whale, but no turbo, so that's to be expected
- Good infotainment system
- Not so great MPG
- Probably more space than what I need

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
- Drove very well, was quite peppy with that electric motor
- Great MPG
- Again, probably more space than what I need
- Infotainment seems dated, but I use CarPlay anyways, so I'm unsure if this is an issue
- Cost seems high for the trims higher than LE

Subaru Outback
- Too big
- Ugly infotainment system touchscreen and way too big
- Standard AWD, which is nice
- Turbo trim is way out of my price range

Subaru Forester (current front runner)
- Drove well enough for me, despite lack of pick-up (I'm realizing I might have to just get over this)
- Space is also probably more than what I need
- Infotainment system seems... cluttered to me. There's also a weird "bug" where when there is a phone call over bluetooth, the screen in the dashboard shows "call in progress" and hides the current speed.
- Standard AWD
- I can see literally everything while driving this car. 360 glass window, which is very good for my anxiety!
- I get the SUV everyone is telling me to get

Regarding the Forester, the fact that I've read not so great things about the Starlink system (and the app on the iOS store seems like it was review bombed) is a big negative to me, as silly as that sounds. I really do not want to drive another car with another bad infotainment system...
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2020.07.14 22:02 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, would appreciate feedback
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.14 22:00 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, would appreciate feedback
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.14 21:51 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, wanted to get some thoughts from an open forum
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.03.05 02:54 i_am_clouff Please critique my vows!

Things to note: - I wanted my vows to be a little on the longer side since the ceremony script only takes up about 10 minutes. - Specifics have been ***** (started) out - There is a line toward the bottom that is to my FH and step daughter. I didn’t want to do anything long and drawn out so I threw in a line about her there.
Thanks!
FUTURE HUSBAND,
You are my best friend and my soul mate. From the moment we started texting each other our relationship has been one endless conversation that I hope never ends. I’ve known since our third date that you were meant for me and I promised myself to take things slow and enjoy every moment. Looking back however, our relationship has moved at everything but a slow pace and I’ve loved every moment of it. From moving in together, to having our first child, we have progressed at what feels like lighting speed. It’s funny though because it’s been so effortless with you. We just click like I have never clicked with anyone else before. We are the opposites that attracted and Ive fallen hard for you.
You are the most passionate, selfless and hardworking person that I have ever known. You make me laugh harder than anyone else can. You are strong when I am weak. And you are calm when I am anxious. You have supported me and given me strength throughout life’s toughest times. I would not and could not be who I am and where I am today without you. I thought the greatest gift that you could give me was our child but it turns out that it is making me your wife.
So I promise to laugh with you in times of joy, comfort you in times of sadness and tease you every time a Cadillac commercial comes on.
I promise to communicate with you honestly, fully and fearlessly. I will listen to you without judgement and speak to to you with encouragement.
I promise to always give you what I have and carry what you cannot. Your needs will never be a burden to me.
I promise to be your biggest fan and loudest cheerleader no matter what life throws as us.
I promise to love ***** as my own and cherish her as I do you.
And I promise to respect you as a person, a partner and an equal.
You have seen me at my best and at my absolute worst. I could thank you for loving me during the last five years but instead I want to thank you for showing me that I deserve to be loved. I love you and I promise to for all the days of my life.
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2020.02.28 21:55 wino_tim A Beginner’s Guide to Improving Your Lawn This Spring & Summer

-- PLEASE NOTE: While questions are very welcome in the comments, be sure to check the two part FAQ below this post as it gets into many of them! --

Three points of orientation:

Make sure this guide pertains to you. This guide was written for those who are growing cool season grasses. What does that mean? Well, there are all sorts of different grasses grown on home lawns but they can generally be split into two camps: cool season and warm season. Cool season grasses include fescue, bluegrass and rye, and are most often grown in the central to northern parts of the USA or in milder parts of southern California. If you live in one of these places, you very likely have cool season turf. Warm season grasses include bermuda, centipede, zoysia, St. Augustine and bahiagrass, and are most often grown in the south and southwestern parts of the country. The differences between cool season and warm season grasses are significant and just like you can’t cook a strip steak and a beef shank in the same way, this cool season plan is simply not going to work if you have warm season turf.
Have reasonable expectations. Sadly we have to begin with what for some of you will be a bitter pill to swallow: if your lawn is in really bad shape, following the steps in this guide is not going to take it from a “2” to a “10” by the end of the summer. The reason for this is simple: the time to renovate and truly transform cool season lawns is in late summer and early fall. The goal here is to make big, noticeable improvements and get you ready for fall when you can truly take your lawn to the next level.
About me and about this guide. I am a lawncare DIYer. Like many of you I bought a house and then had a realization that I had to take care of a lawn and had no idea what I was doing. This guide contains many of the lessons I learned in figuring things out. It also contains lessons learned from watching Allyn Hane (Lawn Care Nut), Pete Denny - u/gciturf (GCI Turf), Matt Martin - u/thegrassfactor (The Grass Factor) and Ryan Knorr, along with reading this sub and thelawnforum.com and listening carefully to the golf course professionals I know. That said, all of the writing is my own though I owe a significant debt of gratitude to u/SirThomasFraterson and u/Unabomber007 who generously read a draft of this guide and offered thoughtful suggestions and critique.

Late Winter (aka Where to Begin):

This is where you start. While it is obviously intended for you to complete these steps in February or early March, if you have found this guide later in the season you still want to start here. Every other step will depend on these things being done.

Step #1 - Measure Your Lawn.

This step is not optional. If you don’t know how big your lawn is there is no way you can apply anything to it as you’ll have no idea how much to apply. There are online tools you can use to get a rough idea of your yard’s size, but I have found they can be off by as much as two hundred square feet. My recommendation is to buy an appropriately sized tape measure or measuring wheel and actually walk your lawn. Unless you have a truly tiny yard, you’ll probably want to divide it up into different areas. To do this take your measurements and draw a small map of your property and identify your particular zones. Treat each area separately.

Step #2 - Get a Soil Test.

Like the previous step, this is not optional. When you are ill and go to the doctor, he (or she) performs tests before he takes any action. He doesn't just cut you open or prescribe random medications hoping everything will work out. Before you add anything to your lawn or do any work to it, you have to test your soil. You can do this at any point, I usually do mine in February. MySoil is an easy, though very expensive source for soil testing. A much cheaper option is to use your County Extension Office, which is staffed by state university employees focused on local agriculture and gardening issues. Find their site and then look around for soil testing; it’ll be there. (Once you find your office's website, it is worth bookmarking it. It will offer a lot of advice for lawncare that is particular to your state. Some of the advice might be considered conservative by the standards of many in this sub, but it is worth having, nonetheless).

Step #3 - Buy a good-quality mower, sprinkler setup, broadcast spreader, backpack or pump sprayer and a scale.

Lawncare is an equipment-driven hobby and there are tons of things you can buy but these five are are the essentials. Of course if you already have one of these items, only upgrade if you feel that your current equipment isn't doing the job.

Step #4 - Fix your pH, if your soil test says you need to.

When you get your soil test back it is most likely going to indicate that you have too little of several things, and perhaps that you have too much of one or two. Ignore everything right now except for pH. This is crucial. If your pH is out of whack it is going to affect your grass' ability to make use of nutrients in your soil. If your pH is low you'll want to add lime; something like ‎Pennington Fast Acting Lime will work. Add it according to your soil test's recommendations and in the amounts specified on the product’s label using your broadcast spreader. If your pH is too high, you'll want to add sulphur. Southern Ag Pelletized Soil Acidifier is a good product. You can apply lime or sulphur any time of the year that the ground is not frozen.

Early Spring:

Step #5 - Aerate your lawn… but only if it is necessary.

Lawn aeration is the process of pulling soil cores out of the lawn in an effort to reduce soil compaction and allow air, water and nutrients to reach the root zone of your grass. Perhaps due to the strident marketing efforts of a couple large lawncare firms, beginners tend to think that they must aerate their lawns every spring and fall. This is not true. You should only aerate your lawn in the spring if it needs it. How do you know if it needs it? Do the screwdriver test. Any day that the ground is not frozen, take a flat-head screwdriver and attempt to push it into the soil in several places in your lawn. The screwdriver should easily be able to sink into the ground. It it cannot, water your lawn lightly and try again. If it still cannot, you should consider aeration.

Step #6 - Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide.

A pre-emergent herbicide is exactly what it sounds like: something you put down to prevent weeds from emerging. It differs from the more common post-emergent herbicides (discussed in Step #9) that attack weeds that have already sprouted. A pre-emergent won't prevent all weeds - or even most - but it will prevent one devastating one: crabgrass, and because it can do that it is an essential part of spring lawncare. The two main options for pre-emergents are Prodiamine and Dithiopyr. Both work well and both come in a dizzying array of formulations, both brand name and generic, liquid and granular, and mixed with fertilizer or without it. The differences matter to a certain extent - and if you are new and can’t decide, go with this easy to apply granular from Sunniland - but what matters much more is getting one of them down at as close to the right time as possible. What is that right time? When your soil temperatures are approaching 55°F. How do you know when that is? Use this website, going back to 2019 and clicking around looking at the 5 year averages for various spring dates. Doing this will give you a rough idea of the right time. As that time approaches, check the website daily. When soil temperatures are consistently around 52 or 53°F - according to the 24 hour average - go ahead and apply.

Mid to Late Spring:

Step #7 - Throw down some fertilizer!

About two to three weeks after your first pre-emergent goes down you’ll want to apply fertilizer. This can get very complicated very quickly but I am going to try to keep it as simple as I can via the following sub-steps:
  1. Figure out how much nitrogen your lawn needs. Grass requires a lot of things, but chief among them when it comes to nutrients is nitrogen. What you want to do is apply between .75 pound and 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per thousand square feet of grass this spring in two split doses. Lean towards somewhere between .75 to 1 pound if you fertilized heavily last fall. Go heavier if you didn’t - particularly if you have never applied fertilizer to your lawn - or if your lawn was seeded or sodded in the latter half of last year. Do not exceed 1.5 pounds of nitrogen. More will not equal better in this context.
  2. Choose a fertilizer. Like lawn mowers, there are nearly endless options when it comes to fertilizer. The generalized nature of this post precludes an in-depth discussion of fertilizer brands. That said, if you are a true beginner, it is hard to go wrong with Milorganite. It is easy to apply and its iron content will give your lawn an enviable dark green color. Yes, there are cheaper fertilizers, better fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, etc. but Milo is a good place to start and available pretty much everywhere in the country.
  1. Translate this “x pounds of nitrogen per thousand feet” (from sub-step #1) into actual pounds of fertilizer. To do this you’ll need to do some very simple, middle school-level math. Any fertilizer you buy will show its analysis on its label. The first number in the trio refers to the percentage of nitrogen in the fertilizer. (The second refers to phosphorus, the third to potassium). To get the “pounds on the ground,” use the following formula: the amount of nitrogen you want to apply ÷ the fertilizer’s nitrogen percentage in decimal form.
  1. Take this ‘x pounds fertilizer per thousand square feet’ information and apply it to the different areas of your property.
  1. Split up your total fertilizer amount into two applications. The first application, to be done two to three weeks after your first pre-emergent goes down, should amount to 2/3rds of your total fertilizer. Your second application which should go down three weeks later should consist of the remaining 1/3rd.
  1. Apply using the same technique discussed in Step #4. As discussed there, lower your spreader setting when you are first beginning so as to ensure an even application.

Step #8 - Apply some humic acid and sea kelp.

This step is optional but I wouldn’t skip it unless you lack the money or time. Humic acid is derived from compressed organic mattter mined from the earth and in that sense it can almost be thought of as like an essence of compost. Humic acid will help improve your soil chemistry and structure and allow your grass to better take up the nutrients you provided it in Step #7. It will also encourage positive microbial growth in your soil. Sea kelp contains two major plant growth hormones that are thought to encourage root growth. There are products like N-EXT RGS and this blend from Simple Lawn Solutions that combine both humic acid and sea kelp (both are liquid products and are best applied using a cheap hose-end sprayer attachment) but you could also buy them separately: The Andersons makes an easy to apply humic acid granular and kelp4less.com offers a variety of sea kelp products. The latter two suggestions offer great value.

Step #9 - Kill your weeds.

Your lawn probably has weeds and spring is going to be a time they are going to rapidly grow. Getting rid of them is important as many weeds will outcompete your grass if given the chance. There are thousands of herbicides available but you’ll need just a couple:
  1. An all-purpose. This will be what you will use on most of your broadleaf weeds like dandelions and plantains. Bayer Advanced makes a product that is effective and available basically everywhere. Compare-n-Save makes an incredibly cheap version that works about as well. SpeedZone is a step up, a “higher power” product used by many professionals, but is not something I would recommend if you have never sprayed weeds before as over-spraying it can do serious damage.
  2. Something for clover. The above products will damage clover, but with the possible exception of SpeedZone, probably won’t knock it out. If you want to kill it - along with its “cousins,” oxalis and chickweed - you’ll need something that contains triclopyr. Your best option is the easy to find Weed B Gon Chickweed, Clover, Oxalis Killer.
  3. Specialty items for grassy weeds and other hard to kill items. A favorite of this sub, Tenacity works great on things like crabgrass, annual bluegrass, nimblewill, and yellow nutsedge. Quinclorac also works on crabgrass but if you put down a pre-emergent (Step #6) you shouldn’t have much to deal with. I’d hold off on buying either of these until you see if you actually need them.
A few details to note regarding herbicides:
How to spray weeds: This video from the Lawn Care Nut covers the basics of spot spraying. A few additional points that Allyn didn’t cover: Avoid watering or mowing for at least 24 hours after spraying. The point is to let the herbicide get absorbed into the weed and work its way through it. Washing the herbicide off with water or cutting the sprayed parts off with a mower will obviously hinder that effort.

Step #10 - Treat your lawn for grubs (if they are an issue in your neighborhood) and, if needed, treat for other insects.

Grubs are the larvae of beetles, to the untrained eye they look almost like little white shrimp. They commonly feed on the roots of grass plants and in doing so can devastate a lawn. Grubs are not present in every lawn or even in every neighborhood. I obviously can’t tell you if they are present in yours. You can ask around in your local garden center or chat with a neighbor who is into lawncare and see if he or she is treating for them. If you think grubs might be an issue for you, I suggest a two-pronged attack:

Summer:

Cool season grass has the name it does for a good reason: it thrives during the cooler days of spring and fall. And it struggles in summer, at least in any place where daytime highs exceed 85°F with any regularity. Thus, the proper approach to summer is to hang on, keep the grass healthy and prepare for fall when it can be at its best again.

Step #11 - Mow your lawn!

While I put this step in this section as it is most relevant to summer, make no mistake about it, you should begin mowing as soon as your grass beings growing in the spring. A few tips to help you along:

Step #12 - Water effectively.

If you live in a cooler, rainier place you might be able to get away without watering much in the spring but virtually everyone is going to have to water in the summer. Here are some tips to water effectively:

Step #13 - Prevent fungal diseases if you live in an area where they might strike.

While humans and animals are most often stricken with viral or bacterial diseases, these almost never occur in cool season grasses grown for home lawns. What do occur are fungal diseases. Fungi, as you might have learned in high school science, are a separate kingdom of organisms apart from plants, animals and other tiny things. Fungi that affect lawns require two things in order to grow: heat and humidity. If you have conditions where the temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) and the percent humidity added together equal 150 or higher, you are at risk for disease. Things you can do to lower your risk include:

Step #14 - Plan for fall.

Fall is the optimal time to seed cool season lawns. If your lawn is thin, you’ll want to overseed it. The best time for this is when your soil temperatures fall to about 70°F. (To find out when this is use the tool linked to in Step #6). If you didn’t aerate in the spring, doing so in the fall - and then seeding - is generally a good idea. Spend some time figuring out what type of seed to plant, what type of starter fertilizer you are going to use, how you are going to control weeds and how you will handle watering. The more detailed your plan going into fall, the better your chances for success.

Plan Review:

NOW
WHEN SOIL TEMPERATURES APPROACH 55°F:
TWO TO THREE WEEKS LATER:
WHEN SOIL TEMPERATURES APPROACH 70°F:
THREE WEEKS AFTER FIRST FERTILIZER APPLICATION:
THROUGHOUT SUMMER:
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First of all, the year is only a little over a month old, and there are already 8 post here promoting nuclear energy. It is clearly NOT unpopular. `While you have created an extensive post, it has quite a few omissions. Basically the same omissions you always find in topics promoting nuclear. I’d suggest reading a link like this with deals with lots of nuclear propaganda’s claims: [https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/09/correcting-anti-renewable-energy-propaganda/](https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/09/correcting-anti-renewable-energy-propaganda/)` First you start by smearing renewables: `\- Solar is not bad for nature. Modern solar panels hardly use rare materials, and in the near future will use non. Nuclear uses a whole lot more of these materials. They can be recycled fairly easily for over 99,9%, while decommissioning and recycling nuclear plants is enormously expensive and often not completed for that reason. Opposite to your view, in most places in the world, it is very predictable. ` \- Wind does not have a short life. I have a 25 year old windmill nearby that works like a charm. Offshore wind farms all constructed for a 30 year life. Wind does not destroy landscapes, it can be build at sea where winds are also reliable and predictable. `\- Geothermal has endless possibilities, why on earth would you say it is not viable for large scale?` \- There are lots of other alternatives you don’t mention. `The ‘fact’ that nuclear is 2-3 times cleaner is ridiculous. First, what do you mean by clean? If it is CO2 you are talking about, this is simply not true if you look at the whole life cycle. Also, keep in mind it easily takes 15 years to build a nuclear plant, while a solar or wind farm of similar size takes about a year or 2. That means if you invest in energy production to replace fossils like coal, you have to keep the coal plant open for an additional 13 years.` Nuclear is also not cheaper. Simply comparing prices and subsidies for current nuclear plants and comparing them for example to offshore wind means nuclear is lots more expensive. For example, consider that Hickly Point C in the UK requires 50 billion pounds in subsidies, while wind farms require none. And that is excluding the cost for waste management and storage, accidents, etc. `Renewables are easily scalable, they are ridiculously cheap. Energy storage is an issue, but not on the scale as you describe. It can be fixed with current technology and still be much cheaper and earlier available then nuclear.` Fusion is also a great talking point, but just like 60 years ago it is still at least 30 years away. We simply cant wait on fusion. It is still very uncertain if and when it will be viable, there is absolutely no guarantee it ever will, let alone be in time to impact climate change. ITER is still a far way from being completed and like always promises related to scifi nuclear technology are way to optimistic. Even if it is a huge success, it is still only a first step, nowhere near ready for mass and commercial exploitation. `Stop dreaming about fusion and support the tools that we have right here, right now. If fusion happens than that is great, but we have to proven technology to get clean and affordable energy already available.` “Renewable resources are not scalable in reality and will never fulfill the needs of humanity” This is ridiculous, lots of countries already do so and these technologies are still evolving at incredible speeds, beating even the most optimistic scenarios time and time again. `“These aren't just theoretical thoughts but the reality of current France and Germany is the best example” France is closing all its nuclear plants and only replacing some of them on paper. There is just one nuclear plant in construction in France at Flamanville and it is a gigantic mess.` You are just not being a fair advocate for nuclear power if you completely neglect to mention the huge costs and long construction times, and ignore the fact that most countries will have to import all fuel and technology and would become completely dependent on foreigners. Most of the world is simply not stable enough to warrant 50 year long investments even if there were investors left willing to invest in nuclear. `Also, while we don’t mind selling our (potential) enemies a windmill, we do not want to see them have a nuclear power plant for obvious reasons. In the West, nuclear is to expensive and to slow, and we don’t want the rest of the world to have massive piles of nuclear waste and nuclear production capacity for some very good reasons.` Edit; thanks for all the nice informative replies and the silver! ` Edit2; This is amazing, thank you for all the awards I didn't even know existed, incl a gold an platinum one! First time a post of mine blew up like this. Thank you everybody!`
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>*'The Pole Slide of Shame . . .*' `----` i am the squirrel `admit defeat -` i canno reach `the seed to eat` an easy climb - `i've conquered pole!` but not this time `it crush my soul ^:(` the Karen's done `some stupid game -` this is no fun `the ` S L I D E `of` *shame* `  `
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In 2013 while googling how to fix a small problem with a motherboard I found a strange site named reddit.com, this website had all the answers I needed and a community always ready to help. I’ve been on the site ever since. As you can see recently, I commented on this thread and some kind stranger gave me silver. 🤠🥺🥺` Edit 12: ` Oh no. It turns out I wasn't pregnant.` Anyway,thanks for the love and support on the edit 9. `Edit 13:` ` Thanks for the gold, kind stranger!` #Amazing comment, where can I get more? ` If you really liked my comment, please check out my other posts, which you can see by clicking my username. I use reddit frequently, so it won’t be too long before my next post! 😜` ` Making these comments is not easy. It’s really hard, actually. I would be grateful if you donated to my patreon (link given above) 🎈` # I want to go the extra mile, how can I help? ` If you’re really willing to go the extra mile, i need a new kidney. 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I can try, with the proviso that it will be filtered through my own biases. `First, the Harris amalgamations took the former city of Ottawa, the regional government, and a huge pile of other municipalities both suburban and rural and mashed them together to make a city that (as Jim is so fond of pointing out) is geographically HUGE. Stittsville and Cumberland are both part of Ottawa. They’re nearly 50 km apart. ` That amalgamation put a number of factors into play: the need to balance desires, demands, and politics between dramatically diverse communities, merging bureaucracies, trying (and mostly failing) to find effeciencies. That still is not resolved. Which leads to... `Second, the return of Jim Watson. Jim was the mayor of the old Ottawa and scarpered off to a private sector post, then Queen’s Park, while Bob Chiarelli took on trying to make the new city functional. Chiarelli led to O’Brien (and the failed mayoral bid of Alex Munter, which led to his withdrawal — so far — from electoral politics), O’Brien led to a cancelled LRT plan and a chaotic, Trump-before-Trump style of government by chaos. Once the dumpster fire was extinguished (and the Liberal dynasty was nearing its end in Toronto), in came bland, khakis-and-button-down Jim to give people a palate-cleanser after our own mild case of Crazytown. Jim was calm, Jim was reassuring, he wasn’t going to do anything radical, if someone proposed something AMAZING, he’d be the “we don’t need a Cadillac, a plain old Chevy will do...” Jim was gay, but he didn’t ‘act’ gay, or even talk about it. You couldn’t say he didn’t work hard — he didn’t seem to even have a life outside the job. Even if he found too much of the job was going to bake sales, bean suppers, bingo nights, and exhibits where old ladies hung bad art and served crust less sandwiches. ` But Jim has been massively supported by Ottawa’s development community, and they are primarily interested in suburban and rural development. So we’ve seen massive growth outside the green belt. This leads to a number of pressure points: roads get overloaded and there are choke points (River Road from Riverside South, or Barrhaven, for example); urban residents who see their property taxes going up wonder why their tax bills are subsidizing new development servicing, etc. (Yes, I know there are development charges levied for new development charges, but let’s not kid the kidders and think they actually pay for the roads, sewers, water, electrical, etc). `Jim’s a bit of a blue Liberal. And he has assiduously courted the votes available to him in the rural ridings, the ones that might find the BACK OFF GOVERNMENT Randy-Hillier type folks a bit much, but are on the conservative side of things. He also plays a great game of push-pull. So he cultivated the rural / suburban councillors. Folks like el-Chantiry and Hubley have become reliable supporters, and are rewarded with committee chairs, responsibilities, plums for their wards, etc. (They also forget or aren’t bright enough to recognize that they’ll be the ones tossed under the bus if shit goes bad in favour of short-term love) ` Whenever possible, Jim also likes to see authorities delegated to staff. That serves several purposes. He can save himself pesky debates with councillors. Instead, he can have a sit down with the city manager and, you know, get stuff done. And if stuff goes wrong, well, then, he can look irritated and befuddled and put it on those darn bureaucrats. `For a while, all was calm, all was bright. No big issues, no big problems. But the cracks started to show. The airport parkway pedestrian bridge was a shmozzle. Lansdowne was a political football. Glebeites (Jim’s old pals from his days as the old city Mayor, when he lived just south of the Glebe on Pansy Avenue) were (to an extent, accurately) described as self-interested NIMBYs, the court cases were pursued and predictably came out on Jim’s side. But the truth of the matter with Lansdowne was this: where many cities would have done a design competition, Ottawa chose a cozy deal with some of the developers who are great friends of city councillors (and by friends I mean funders), and we got... a condo tower, a somewhat new football stadium, a somewhat new rink, and a truly shit shopping experience that in no way corresponded to the promises.` The new LRT proposal was very different from the one proposed in the old days, and Jim bought in on it hook line and sinker. I don’t think I need to be much more detailed than that on this one. `Jim vehemently opposed safe injection sites in Ottawa and fought tooth and nail against them. When Holland Avenue was rejigged and cyclists rose up, he vehemently disagreed with them... until it was too much for him, and he “fixed it” for them. ` The Salvation Army shelter proposal came, and Watson stickhandled it so that Fleury was the one who ended up (not entirely unfairly) with the egg on his face for that. `One thing that Jim is truly superb at is making potential competition worry enough to drop out of the running. He’s not run against a serious contender in the mayoral race. And it’s my opinion that he has built up a significant level of arrogance. And as time goes on and people get a bit more tired of any government, opposition will coalesce. In the case of Ottawa (and Toronto, and other amalgamated municipalities), what that’s turned out like is progressive councillors in urban wards and conservative ones in rural / suburban wards. ` Here, it began with Leiper and McKenney. McKenney inherited a progressive ward from long-timer Diane Holmes, while Leiper (disclosure, I’ve volunteered and donated to his campaigns) came out of a more chaotic ward where Shawn Little was ... erratic, followed by Katherine Hobbs, who was ... not up to the job, let’s say. Those two have now been joined by Menard, the once-bitten-twice-shy Fleury, Rawlson King and have formed a bit of a caucus that supports each other’s initiatives. That caucus has needed mutual support, because Jim has done his best to throw sticks in their spokes at every turn. ` That’s as much as I have time for.`
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Why? Don't they read the news? `[5 year old boy killed in attack by family pit bull](https://ktla.com/2020/02/10/5-year-old-boy-killed-in-attacked-by-family-pit-bull-in-oro-grande/)` [Baby dies after dog attack in Lafayette](https://www.wthr.com/article/baby-dies-after-dog-attack-lafayette) `[Pit bull attacks, kills dog walking with its owner](https://fox5sandiego.com/news/pit-bull-attacks-kills-dog-walking-with-its-owne)` [Neighbor kills man with crossbow while trying to save him from pit bull attack](https://abcnews.go.com/US/neighbor-kills-man-crossbow-save-pit-bull-attack/story?id=68822674) `[Pit bull attacks, kills corgi](https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200129/pit-bull-attacks-kills-corgi-in-arlington-heights)` [Resident Kills Pit Bull That Had Attacked Him and a Boy, 12](https://flaglerlive.com/150164/pit-bull-attack/) `[Woman accused of killing man in violent attack after siccing pit bull on him](https://news.google.com/search?q=pit%20bull%20kills&hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen)` [Three Pit Bulls Kill Texas Woman, Severely Injure Another in 'Vicious' Dog Attack](https://www.newsweek.com/vicious-dog-attack-kills-texas-woman-1478644) `[Woman mauled to death by her pit bull while suffering a seizure](https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7819367/Massachusetts-woman-mauled-death-pet-pit-bull-suffering-seizure.html)` ` These are just since the end of December. Set up a google alert for \"Pit Bull Kills\" and you will get one or more stories a week where pit bulls kill someone.`
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2020.02.11 23:41 sto_sa The list so far for RSD 2020 (an ongoing project...)

List Updated to include RSD UK titles as confirmed in Long Live Vinyl Magazine.
These titles may not necessarily all be included on the US list, and further US-exclusive titles will be announced.
The 3 Pieces - Iwishcan William - 12” (Rogue Cat)
Ace of Base - The Sign - 7” picture disc (IK7 Records)
Acid Mothers Temple - Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo E - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Namja Akhtar - Five Rivers - 12” (Last Minute Productions)
The Alarm - Electric Folklore Live ‘88 - 2LP (21st Century Recordings)
Lee Alfred - Rockin’/Poppin’ Full Tilting - 7” (Cancer Records)
Alessandro Alessandroni - Ritmo dell’industria n. 2 - LP (BTF)
Alpha & Omega Meets the Disciples - Sacred Art of Dub, Vol. 1 - LP (Mania Dub)
Alphaville - Sounds Like a Melody - 12” (Warner Music Germany)
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monster Psychedelic Bubble - LP (FSOL Digital)
Andy & The Odd Socks - Happy Birthday/Remember You’re An Odd Sock - 7” picture disc (CMG)
Annihilator - Triple Threat Unplugged - 12” (Neverland Music Inc.)
Archers of Loaf - Raleigh Days/Street Fighting Man - 7” (Merge Records)
Louis Armstrong - Armstrong in France LP (Dot Time Records)
Art Brut - Modern Art - 7” (Alcopop!)
Ed Askew ft. Trembling Bells - London - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Asking Alexandria - Stand Up and Scream - LP (Sumerian Records)
B-Fax - B-Fax - LP (Disco-Ordination)
Badflower - The Jester Acoustic - 12” (Big Machine UK)
Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
The Bamboos - Twenty Years 2000-2020 - 2x7” (Tru Thoughts)
Band of Pain - A Clockwork Orange - 12” (Dirter Promotions)
Bardo Pond - On the Ellipse - 2LP (Fire Records)
Robbie Basho - Selections from The Sounds of Avatars - LP (Tompkins Square)
Bastille - All This Blood - 2LP (Virgin EMI)
Batmobile - Big Bat A Go-Go - 7” (Music on Vinyl)
Jessie Baylin - Pleasure Center - 12” EP black and white marbled (New West Records)
Beck/St. Vincent - No Distraction/Uneventful Days - 7” (Capitol)
Gerry Beckley - Discovering America - 10” (Morgan Blue Town)
The Bevis Frond - Valedictory Songs - 2LP (Fire Records)
The Bevis Frond - What Did For the Dinosaurs - 2LP (Fire Records)
Joan Bibiloni - Selected Works: 1982-1989 - 12” (NuNorthern Soul)
Biffy Clyro - The Modern LepeModern Love - 7” (Warner)
Black Honey - Corrine - 12” (Black Honey)
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock - 2LP (Nonesuch/Warner)
Black Lips ft. Kesha - They’s a Person of the World - 7” (Fire Records)
Black Sabbath - Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me / Wicked World / Paranoid / The Wizard 2x7” (WarneBMG)
Tim Blake - Crystal Machine (blue vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass - 2LP (Sacred Bones)
BMX Bandits - C86 - LP (Glass Modern)
Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Shadowhead: 1972-1976 - LP (Demon)
Bombs of Hades - Phantom Bell (2LP) (red vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
David Bowie - ChangesNowBowie (LP or CD) (Warner)
David Bowie - I’m Only Dancing (Soul Tour 74) - 2LP or 2CD (Warner)
Boys Next Door - Door, Door: 40th Anniversary (red vinyl) (Rhino Australia)
Broken Bones - Dem Bones - LP (Fall Out/Jungle)
Peter Bruntnell - Normal For Bridgwater
Jake Bugg - Saviours of the City - 7” (RCA)
Sam Burton - Nothing Touches Me - 7” (Tomkins Square)
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'n Heat (yellow/brown vinyl) (LMLR)
Caribou - Swim: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (City Slang)
Brandi Carlile - Black Hole Sun/Searching With My Good Eye Closed - 12” (Elektra)
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - End of Suffering Live to Vinyl - 10” (International Death Cult)
Ron Carter - Foursight Stockholm - 2LP (IN+OUT Records)
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - 1992: The Love Album - LP (Chrysalis)
Neal Casal - Fade Away Diamond Time - 2LP (Not Fade Away)
Johnny Cash - Classic Cash: Early Mixes [early mix of 1988 album] - 2LP (Mercury/UMe)
Michael Chapman - Americana - LP (Mooncrest)
The Charlatans - The Charlatans UK vs. The Chemical Brothers - LP (Beggars Banquet)
The Charlatans - Live It Like You Love It - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom - 12” color (Atlantic)
Cheap Trick - Out To Get You [live 1977] - 2LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender to Love - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Don Cherry - Cherry Jam - 10” (Gearbox)
Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Cherry Ghost - Live at the Trades Club - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Christine and the Queens - La Vita Nuova: Sequences 2 et 3 - 7” gatefold (Because Music)
Chromeo - Needy Girl: Zdar Dub / Paper Faces Remix /Album Version // Lifelike Remix / Bloc Party Remix / Instrumental (eOne Music)
The Church - Gold Afternoon Fix (gold vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Gary Clark, Jr ft. Andra Day - Pearl Cadillac - 12”/etching (Warner)
The Claude Diallo Situation - I Found A New Home - LP (Dot Time Records)
Clearlight Symphony - Clear Light Symphony (pink vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Clutch - The Obelisk - 17LP box w/mat and signed litho (Weathermakers)
MJ Cole - Madrugada Remixes - 12” (Classics & Jazz UK)
Shirley Collins and Davy Graham - Folk Roots, New Routes - LP (Universal/Decca)
Michel Colombier - Capot Pointu - LP (PlayTime)
The Comet Is Coming - Imminent - 12” (Decca)
Charly Coombes - All in the End Is Harvest - LP (Finyl Vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Live at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 19-02-82 (Rhino/Warner)
Ivan Conti - Poison Fruit (LP+7”) (green vinyl) (Far Out Recordings) (UK)
Corporation of One - So Where Are You/The Real Life - 12” (Smokin’)
Nev Cottee - Stations - LP (Wonderful Sound)
Cradle - The History - LP (Modern Harmonic)
Mikal Cronin - Switched-On Seeker - LP (Merge)
Keith Cross and Peter Ross - Bored Civilians (Universal/Decca)
The Cure - Bloodflowers: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (UMe/Polydor)
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds: 40th Anniversary - LP picture disc (UMe/Polydor)
Denzel Curry - Bulls on Parade/I Against - 7” (Loma Vista)
Cybotron - Colossus - LP (Dual Planet)
Czarface - Czarface & The Return of Metal Face - LP (Silver Age)
Holgr Czukay, Jaki Liebzeit, Jah Wobble - A Full Circle - 2x10” (Gronland)
D-Mob - We Call It Acieeed Remixes - 12” (London Records)
Etienne Daho - Surf - 12” (Warner Music France)
Dalvanius and The Fascinations/Golden Harvest - Voodoo Lady/I Need Your Love - 7” (Warm)
Damaged Bug - Bug On Yonkers - LP (Castle Face)
The Damned - Fiendish Shadows: 40th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Cleopatra)
Dave Davies - Rock Bottom: Live at The Bottom Line - 2LP (Green Amp/Red River)
Miles Davis - Double Image: Directions in Music (Selections from The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions) - 2LP (CMG/Legacy)
Divina De Campo - Decoded - 12” (PEG Records)
Def Leppard ft. Brian May and Ian Hunter - Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame - LP (UMe/Virgin EMI)
Mac DeMarco - Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos - LP purple (Macs Record Label)
Devil's Witches - Guns, Drugs, and Filthy Pictures 10" (Majestic Mountain)
Destiny’s Child - Say My Name - 12” picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
The Detroit Cobras - Feel Good/etching - 7” (Wild Honey)
The Dickies - Banana Splits: The Tra La La Song 7" (Cleopatra)
Dinosaur Jr. - Swedish Fist: Live in Stockholm - LP (Cherry Red)
Dio - Annica - 12” picture disc (BMG/Niji Entertainment)
Dissection - Somberlain (2LP) (blue vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
DJ Cam Quartet - The Essential - LP (Attytude Records)
Doctors of Madness - Dark Times - LP (Molecular Scream)
The Doors - The Soft Parade: Doors-Only Mix - LP (Rhino/Elektra)
Down N Outz - The Music Box - 12” (UMe)
Dr. John - Remedies - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Barry Dransfield - Barry Dransfield - LP (Glass Modern)
The Durutti Column - Idiot Savants (white vinyl) (180gr) (Demon)
The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly/WomadLive - 2LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Steve Earle - Times Like These/It’s About Blood - 7” (New West Records)
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train - 7” glow -in-the-dark (Greensleeves)
Luiz Eca y Familia Sagrada - La nueva onda del Brasil - LP (Vinilissimo)
Eddie & The Hot Rods - Get Your Rocks Off (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Terry Edwards - Stop Trying to Sell Me Back My Past - 2LP (Sartorial Records)
Embryo - Embryos Rache - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Embryo - Opal - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Emerald Web - Valley of the Birds - LP (Trading Places)
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Live At Waterloo Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, US, 31st July 1992
Eminem - My Name Is/Bad Guys Always Die - 7” (Universal)
Brian Eno - Rams - LP (UMe)
Erasure - Blue Savannah - 12” (Mute)
Esplendor Geometrico - Necrosis en la playa - 7” (Geometrik)
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest - 2LP (Resonance Records)
The Ex - All Corpses Smell the Same - 7” (Superior Viaduct)
Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust - 2LP (Exit North Records)
Ezra Collective - Clash of the Galazies - 12” (Enter the Jungle)
The Fall - Austurbæjarbíó Reykjavik Live 1983 - 2LP (Cherry Red)
The Fall - Cerebral Caustic: 25th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Demon)
Fallen Angels - Paradise Lost - 2LP + poster + book (Sunbeam)
Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 20th Anniversary Edition - 12" (SKINT)
Feeder - Feeling a Moment / Pushing the Senses - 12" (Echo)
The Feminine Complex - Livin’ Love - LP or CD (Modern Harmonic)
Field Music - Measure - 2LP (Memphis Industries)
Lee Fields - Let’s Get a Groove On - LP (Daptone)
Fight - A Small Deadly Space (gatefold) (red and black marble vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Craig Finn - All These Perfect Crosses - 2LP (Partisan)
Kelly Finnigan - The Tales People Tell - LP (Colemine Records)
Flamin’ Groovies - Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go ‘79 - LP (Revenge Records)
Flawes - Highlights - LP (Red Bull Records)
Fleetwood Mac - Before The Beginning Vol 2 (3LP) (4/17 release date)
Fleetwood Mac - The Alternate Rumours - LP (Rhino/Warner)
The Fleshtones - Face of the Screaming Werewolf - LP or CD (Yep Roc Records)
Blaze Foley - Live at the Austin Outhouse - LP + 7” (End of an EaLost Art)
Josephine Foster - This Coming Gladness - LP (Fire Records)
Fraternity - Livestock - LP (Reel Music)
The Frumpies - Frumpie One Piece/Frumpies Forever - LP + 7” (Kill Roc Stars)
Future Sound of London - Cascade 2020 - LP (FSOL London)
Fuzztones - Lysergic Emanations - LP picture disc (Easy Action)
Serge Gainsbourg - Ces Petit Riens - LP (Ina)
Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen - 2LP/etching (202020 Records)
Rory Gallagher - Cleveland Calling LP - LP (Chess/UMC)
The Game - Born 2 Rap - 3LP (eOne Music)
Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner & Kenton Nix’s West End Works: Expanded - 2LP (Salsoul)
Gaston - My Queen - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Gemma Ray - Lights Out Zoltar! - LP pink (Bronzerat)
Gene - Rising for Sunset: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (Demon)
Giant Sand - Ramp - 2LP (Fire Records)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata - LP (Madlib Invazion)
Girl Band - Vicar Street Live - 2LP (Rough Trade Records)
Philip Glass - The Essential - 4LP (Music On Vinyl)
Glass Animals w/ Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting - 12” picture disc (Wolf Tone)
Goblin - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - 2LP (AMS)
Golden Earring - Radar Love (original UK/Mootan LP version) - 7” (Music On Vinyl)
Goldie Lookin Chain - Original Pyrite Material - LP gold (1983 Records)
Gong - Live! At Sheffield 1974 - 2LP (LMLR)
Gorgan City - Realm - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Gorillaz - D-Sides (3LP) (WarneParlophone)
Gorillaz - G-Sides (2LP) (WarneParlophone)
Ellie Goulding - Lights: 10th Anniversary - LP (Polydor)
Davy Graham - The Holly Kaleidoscope (Universal/Decca)
Grateful Dead - Buffalo 5/9/77 - 5LP (Warner)
Gray - Never Gonna Leave New York City - 12” (Anasyrma)
David Gray - Please Forgive Me - 12” pink (IHT Records)
Juliette Greco - Jolie Mome: La muse de Saint Germain des Pres - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Al Green - Green Is Blues - LP, green and blue (Fat Possum)
Tom Grennan - This is the Place - 7” (Insanity)
The Grid - Floatation - 12” clear (Chemical Alley)
The Groundhogs - Split - 2LP red (Fire Records)
Grouplove - Broken Angel (Warner)
Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope - 10” clear (TVT)
Guided By Voices - Vampire on Titus - LP yellow/gold (Scat Records)
Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend - 10” (Virgin EMI)
Terry Hall - Home - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Johnny Hallyday - Le Plus Grands Succes - LP five-color vinyl (LMLR)
Halo - Let Me Do It/Life - 12” (Expansion)
Hanterhir - Schizophrenia/Dancing Out in Space - 7” (Easy Action)
Paul Hardcastle - 19: The Mixes (35th Anniversary Edition) - LP (Chrysalis)
Vladimir Harkonnen - Vlad Smash (Power It Up)
Hatchie & The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Sometimes Always - 7” (Heavenly Records)
Hawkwind - At the BBC 1972 (September 28 1972) - 2LP (Rhino)
Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness & Charm - 2LP clear (Atomhenge)
Kuumba-Toudie Heath - Kwaida - LP (Reel Music)
The Heptones - Back on Top - LP red (Burning Sounds)
The High - Martin Hannett Sessions (Unreleased Martin Hannett Sessions for Somewhere Soon) - LP (Vinyl Revival)
High Frequency - Summertime - 7” (Nia)
Aashid Himons - The Gods and I - 12” (Music for Dream/Fyraften Musik)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Let the Light of the World Open Your Eyes - 7” (Merge)
Loleatta Holloway - Cry To Me - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Hope In High Water - Bonfire and Pine - LP (Fish Records)
Hugh Hopper - 1984 (red vinyl)(LMLCulture Factory)
Hootie and the Blowfish - Live at Nick's Fat City 1995 2LP (Warner)
The Hotrats - Turn Ons: 10th Anniversary Edition - 10" color vinyl [100 with signed print] (Demon)
Human Race - Human Race/Grey Boy - 7” (Gem Records)
Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Collection, Vol. 2 - 2LP (HNE)
Hunny - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. - LP blue (Epitaph)
Ike Yard - Night After Night - 12” red (Superior Viaduct)
Implosion - 2020 - 2LP (Trading Places)
Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This/Oklahoma (Late Night Edition) - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - We Have To Move On/Ice Cream Sundae - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - My Honest Face (45rpm)/There’s No Other Place (33rpm) - 10” (Polydor)
The Inn House Crew - Something Special - LP (Room in the Sky Records)
Ken Ishii ft. Pac-Man - Join the Pac - 7” (iam8bit)
J Hus - Big Conspiracy - 2LP (Black Butter)
Bob James - Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions - LP (Resonance Records)
Bert Jansch - Live in Italy - 2LP (Earth Recordings)
Jansen/Barbieri/Karn - Playing in a Room With People - 2LP (Medium Productions)
The Jazz Butcher - Big Planet Scary Planet - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Condition Blue - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Cult of th eBasement - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Fishcoteque - LP (Fire Records)
Jethro Tull - Stormwatch 2 (Warner)
Elton John - Elton John: 50th Anniversary Edition - 2LP purple (UMe/Mercury)
J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding - J&K: Stonebone (UMe)
Linton Swesi Johnson - Bass Culture/LKJ In Dub - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Daniel Johnston - The End is Never Really Over - 2LP (Feraltone) [features Artistic Vice and 1990]
Samantha Jones - A Girl Named Sam - LP (Trading Places)
Wizz Jones - Wizz Jones: Mono and Stereo Mixes - LP (Sunbeam)
Judas Priest - British Steel - 2LP picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
June of 44 - Engine Takes to the Water - LP (Touch & Go)
June of 44 - Tropics and Meridians - LP (Touch & Go)
Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That - 7” (Idlers)
Damien Jurado - Birds Tricked Into the Trees/From Devils To Davis - 7” (Loose)
David Keenan - Alchemy & Prose: Live Recordings - 12” (Rubyworks)
Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear - LP (Island)
Tim Key - Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme - 2LP color vinyl (Demon)
Phoebe Killdeer - Fade Out Lines - LP (Kwaidan)
Killing Joke - Laugh at Your Peril: Live in Berlin - 3LP black and pink (Killing Joke Records)
Killing Joke - Turn to Red - 12” red (Turn to Red Records)
The King James Version - He’s Forever (Amen) - 7” (Soul Kitchen)
The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles - 2LP red vinyl (Warner)
Klaxons - Surfing the Void: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
Knight Area - D-Day - 2LP black and white (Butler)
Sarathy Korwar - Otherland - 12” transparent green (The Leaf Label)
Kraftwerk - 1 (50th Anniversary Edition) - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Kraftwerk - 2 - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Fela Ransome Kuti and His Highlife Rakers - Fela’s First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session - 10” (Cadillac Records)
Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker - Ballads for Two - LP (Dot Time Records)
Laneous - Elsewhere/Flawless - 7” (Soul Has No Tempo)
kd lang - Angel with a Lariat - LP red (Warner)
kd lang - Drag - 2LP color vinyl (Warner)
Larkins - Hit and Run - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
Jamie Lawson - Last Night Stars - LP (Lookout Mountain)
The Leaf Library - About Minerals - LP (Where Its At is Where You Are)
Jenny Lee - I’m So Tired/Some Things Last a Longtime - 12” (Caroline)
Thomas Leer - Emotional Hardware - CD (Smitten Kitten)
Michel Legrand - Jazz on Film - LP (Moochin’ About)
John Lennon - Instant Karma 2020 Ultimate Remix - 7” (UMe)
Lil' Kim - 9 (Deluxe LP) (Ltd)
Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives/Frankie Knuckles remix - 12” (Arista)
Alfredo Linares y su Sonora - Yo traigo boogaloo - LP (Vampisoul)
The Live Band - A Cance for Hope - 7” (The Sound of Brooklyn)
Local Natives/Overcoats - When Am I Gonna Lose You - 7” (Loma Vista Recordings)
The London Suede - London Suede - LP (Demon)
Loop - Sevens - 3x7” (Reactor)
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face: 40th Anniversary Edition - 2x12” (West End)
Los Amigos Invisibles - Arepa 3000 - 2LP (Luaka Bop)
Lothar & The Hand People - Machines: Amherst 1969 - LP + CD (Modern Harmonic)
The Lottery Winners - Love Will Keep Us Together - 7” (Modern Sky)
Love Frame Tragedy - Five Songs to Briefly Fill the Void - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
The Lovely Eggs - I Am A ***** - LP picture disc (Egg Records)
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - Electric Murder - LP (Kalita Records)
Corb Lund - Cover Your Tracks EP - 12” EP (New West Records)
Kenny Lynch - Half the Day’s Gone and We Haven’t Earned a Penny / Ashley Beedle Remix - 7” (Satril)
Kirsty MacColl - Other People's Hearts: B-Sides 1988-1989 - LP clear (Demon)
Madness - Work, Rest, and Play - 2x7” (Union Square/BMG)
Magic in Threes - Stay in Your Lane - 7” (King Underground)
Magnetic System - Godzilla/Escape - 7” (AMS)
Magnum - Fully Loaded - LP (Phoenix)
Manic Street Preachers - Done & Dusted - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Mansun - The Dead Flowers Reject - LP (Kscope)
The Mar-Keys - Last Night EP - 10” EP (Vinyl Revival)
Bob Marley - Redemption Song - 12” clear vinyl (UMe)
Nick Mason - See Emily Play/Vegetable Man - 12” (Legacy)
Sammy Massamba - 1990: Beni Soit Ton Nom - LP (SM Productions)
John Massoni & Sonic Boom - The Sundowner Sessions - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Paul McCartney - McCartney: 50th Anniversary Edition - LP (180g, half-speed mastered) (UMe/Capitol)
Tommy McGee - Now That I Have You - 12” (TMG Records)
Declan McKenna - Beautiful Faces/The Key to Life on Earth - 7” (Columbia)
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell - 2LP picture disc (UMe/Virgin EMI)
The Meat Puppets - The Meat Puppets - 10” (Megaforce)
Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs (Universal)
Melt Yourself Down - Born in the ManoIt Is What It Is (IDLES Remix) - 7” (Decca)
Membranes - Kiss Ass Godhead - LP pink (Glass Modern)
Menswear - Nuisance: 25th Anniversary Edition - LP (Demon)
The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits - LP color vinyl (Red Scare Industries)
Metal Mirror - English Booze/Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Never Gonna Leave You - 7” (On the Dole Records)
The Meteors - Teenage Heart - LP color vinyl (Music On Vinyl)
Metronomy - Metronomy Forever Remixes - 12” (Because Music)
Metronomy & Clara Luciani - La Baie/La Grenade - 7” (Because Music)
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites: 15th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - Iron Leg/Chocolate - 7” (GCP)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - How Good is Good/Get Down Brother - 7” (Mr. G)
Mickey and Them - U.F.O./Hey, Brother Man (GCP)
Midland - Live at the Palomino - LP (Big Machine)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um Redux - 2LP (Get On Down)
Thelonious Monk - Palais Des Beaux-Arts (Tidal Waves Music)
Moonchild - The Truth/Run Away - 7” red/blue splatter (Tru Thoughts)
Moonspell - Memorial (red vinyl) (Rastilho Records)
Bobby Moore/Sweet Music - (Call Me Your) Anything/I Get Lifted - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Christy Moore - Prosperous - LP (Tara Music)
Kip Moore - Slowheart/Underground - LP + 10” (Snakefarm Records)
Kevin Morby - Oh Mon Dieu:1 Live a Paris - 2LP (Dead Oceans)
Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue - Right Here Right Now remixes - 12” grey (Good For You Records)
Morrissey - Honey, You Know Where To Find Me/Fantastic Bird/You Should Have Been Nice to Me - 12" picture disc (BMG)
Chuck Mosley - First Hellos and Last Goodbyes - LP (blocGLOBAL)
Motorhead - Ace of Spades/Dirty Love - 7" shaped picture disc (Warner)
Mott the Hoople - Golden Age of Rock n Roll (blue vinyl) (Madfish)
Bob Mould - Circle Of Friends - 2LP clear vinyl) (Demon)
Mouth Congress - Ahhh The Pollution - 7” (Captured Tracks)
Mungo’s Hi Fi ft. Marina P, Dennis Alcapone & Tippa Irie - The Beat Goes SKA! - 7” (Scotch Bonnet Records)
The Murder Capital - Love, Love, Love/On Twisted Ground - 12” (Human Season Records)
Roisin Murphy - Incapable - 12” picture disc (Skint)
Mush - Great Artisanal Formats - 7” (Memphis Industries)
My Chemical Romance - Life on the Murder Scene - 12” (Reprise)
My Life Story - The Rose The Sea - 12” (Exilophone Records)
Nahko and Medicine for the People - Take Your Power Back (Live) - 10” (Side One Dummy Records)
Qasim Naqvi - Beta - LP (Erased Tapes
Nas - God’s Son - 2LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Milton Nascimento - Ultimo Trem - 2LP red (Far Out Recordings
Nazareth - Love Hurts/This Flight Tonight - 10” (Salvo)
Fred Neil - 38 MacDougal - LP green (Delmore)
The New Clarence Reid - Cadillac Annie/Tired Blood - 7” (Phil-LA of Soul)
New Order - Peel Sessions - 12” (Rhino)
Nihilist - Carnal Leftovers (white vinyl) (Black Lodge)
Nite People - P.M. - LP (Trading Places)
North Sea Radio Orchestra - I A Moon - LP (The Household Mark)
Notorious BIG - It Was All A Dream - 9LP box (Rhino)
Gary Numan with Skaparis Orchestra - When the Sky Came Down Live - 3LP (BMG)
The Obsessed - Incarnate (Ultimate Edition) - LP gatefold or CD (Blues Funeral)
Ocean Colour Scene - One from the Modern - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Oh-Ok - The Complete Reissue - LP (white vinyl) (Hhbtm Records)
OHL - Oktoberrevolution (Power It Up)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - 9x7” (Rhino/Elektra)
Operation Ivy - Energy - LP (Epitaph)
OST - A Haunting Strip of Marshland: OST for Ness (Drew Mulholland) (Castles In Space)
OST - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - LP (Maverick)
OST - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - 2LP (Disney)
OST - Austin Powers In Goldmember - 2LP (Maverick)
OST - Black Mirror: Smithereens (Ryuichi Sakamoto) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. - LP (Terror Vision)
OST - The Cinematic Orchestra/London Met Orchestra - The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingoes - 2LP pink (Disney)
OST - Henri Crolla & Andre Hodeir - Jazz on Film… - LP (Moochin’ About)
OST- Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie - LP (Earth Recordings)
OST - Doctor Who - Massacre - 2LP “Parisian Blaze Orange” (Demon)
OST - Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein (James Bernard) - 2LP
OST - Fistful of Dollars (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (BTF)
OST - For a Few Dollars More (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (AMS)
OST - Francis Lai - Made in France - LP (PlayTime)
OST - Fuktronic (Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Godfather (Nino Rota) - 7” white (Silva Screen)
OST - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) - LP (AMS)
OST - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original (Demon Records UK)
OST - La Planete Sauvage (Alain Goraguer 1973) - LP yellow (Superior Viaduct)
OST - The Last Porno Show - LP (Country Club)
OST - Last Tango in Paris (Gato Barbieri) - LP rose (AMS)
OST - Metroland (Mark Knopfler) - LP (UMC-Mercury)
OST - Monty Python and the Holy Grail - LP picture disc (UMC/Virgin EMI)
OST - The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials (Lorne Balfe) - 2LP (Silva Screen)
OST - Once Upon a Time in the West (Ennio Morricone) - LP (BTF)
OST - Paw Patrol - 7” EP dog bone white (Enjoy the Ride)
OST - Peur Sur la Ville (Ennio Morricone 1975) - 2LP (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Phenomenon - 2LP (Warner)
Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovaioli, Carlo Rustichelli, Nino Rota - Jazz On Film… - 2LP (Moochin’ About)
OST - Serpico (Mikis Theodorakis 1973) (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Shaft in Africa (Johnny Pate) - 2x7” (Dynamite Cuts)
OST - Synecdoche New York (Jon Brion) - LP (Fire Soundtracks)
OST - Terrahawks - LP (Gerry Anderson)
OST - The Truth and the Light: Music from The X Files - 12” glow-in-the-dark green (Warner)
OST - The Turning: Kate’s Diary (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Virgin Suicides - LP (Rhino/Ryko)
The Pale Fountains - Longshot for Your Love - LP (Marina)
Pale Saints - Mrs. Dolphin - LP (4AD)
Parabellum - Post Mortem Live - 2LP red and black splatter vinyl (LMLR)
Paradise Lost - Live at Rockpalast - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Paranoid London - Paranoid London - LP (Paranoid London)
Bobby Parker - Soul of the Blues - LP (Rhythm and Blues)
Robert Parker - I Caught You in a Lie - 7” (Nola)
The Pastels - Advice to the Graduate/Ship to Shore - 7” (Domino)
Pennywise - The Fuse - LP orange and black (Epitaph)
Carl Perkins - Live In Paris - LP blue (LMLR)
Lee Perry and Black Ark Players - Guidance - 12” (VP Records)
Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters - Super Ape Variant - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Daniel Boyle ft. Max Romeo - Horror Zone - 12” (Upsetter)
Pigbag - Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive - 2LP (Call of the Void)
The Pineapple Thief - Uncovering the Tracks - LP (Kscope)
Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne (Live at Syd Barrett Tribute, 2007) - 7”/etching (Parlophone/Legacy)
Pinkfong - Baby Shark - 7” EP (SmartStudyCo)
Pluto - Journey’s End - LP (Morgan Blue Town)
The Pogues - At the BBC 1984 - LP (Rhino)
Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) - The Asylum Tapes - LP (Northern Spy)
Iggy Pop - Kiss My Blood - 3LP/DVD/poster - (LMLR)
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - Russian Melodia - 7” (replica of French bootleg) (Revenge Records)
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass - LP + 7” (Spacebomb)
Predatur - Seen You Here - 7” (On the Dale Records)
Elvis Presley - The Rock & Roll Collection - 5xEP (LMLR) [unofficial]
Elvis Presley - Elvis Prohibited - 2LP (LMLR) [unofficial]
Pretenders - Live! At the Paradise Theater, Boston 1980 - LP (Warner)
Primal Scream - Loaded: 30th Anniversary Editin - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Prince Fatty - The Model ft. Shniece Mcmenanin & Horseman - 7” (Evergreen Recordings)
Ian Prowse - The People Not The Crown - 10” (Kitchen Disco Records)
Prince - Sign O' The Times - 2LP (Warner)
Tito Puente - Dance Mania Volumes 1 and 2 - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Asha Puthli - Asha Puthli - LP (Mr. Bongo)
Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (Mr. Bongo)
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails - LP yellow (LMLCulture Factory)
The RAH Band - Producers Choice - 2LP (Atjazz)
Raised Fist - Sound of the Republic - LP (Burning Heart Records)
Ramones - It’s Alive II - 2LP (Rhino)
Rare Pleasure - Let Me Down Easy - 7” (South Street Disco)
Raw Material - Raw Material - 2LP (Sunbeam)
Roy Redmond - Ain’t That Terrible/A Change is Gonna Come - 7” (Harlem Shake)
Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs for Drella: 30th Anniversary Edition - 2LP/etching (Rhino/Warner)
Winston Reedy and the Inn House Crew - Black Pearl - LP (Room in the Sky)
The Replacements - The Complete Incarcerated Live - 3LP (Rhino)
The Residents - Icky Flix - 2LP orange and yellow (New Ralph)
Gruff Rhys - (Don’t) Welcome The Plague As a Blessing - LP (Rough Trade Records)
Keith Richards - Hate It When You Leave/Key to the Highway - 7” (BMG/Mindless)
Minnie Riperton - Les FleuOh By the Way - 7” (Selector Series)
Robyn - Robyn - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Pete Rock - Petestrumentals 3 - 2LP color vinyl (Tru Soul Records)
The Rolling Stones - Metamorphosis - LP (UMC/ABKCO)
Tal Ross - Giant Shirley - 2LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Keith Rowe & Mark Wastell - Live at I-and-E (cover art by David Sylvian) - LP white (Confront Recordings)
Roxy Music - Roxy Music: Steven Wilson Stereo Mix - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Freya Roy - Ahlke - LP (Vinyl Hunter Records)
Gene Russell - New Direction (transparent clear with heavy black swirl vinyl) (with insert) (Real Gone Music)
Sasha - Scene Delete: The Remixes - 2LP (Night Time Stories)
Sea Girls - Call Me Out - 12” (Polydor)
Shakespeares Sister - #3 - 2LP (Do Yourself In)
Shakespeares Sister - You’re History - 12” (London Records)
Anoushka Shankar - Love Letters
Ravi Shankar with George Harrison - Chants of India - 2LP red (BMG)
Sandie Shaw - Reviewing the Situation - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Don Shinn - Departures - LP (Sunbeam)
Don Shinn - Temples with Prophets - LP (Sunbeam)
Situation ft. Andre Espeut - Beyond Compare Laroye Remixes - 7” (Situationism)
Edith Sitwell/William Walton - Facade - 10” (Moochin’ About)
Skatt Bros. - Walk the Night - 12” (Spaziale)
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind - 2LP red (Rhino)
Skye - Keeping Secrets - LP white (Skye)
Skyzoo & Pete Rock - Retropolitan Instrumentals - LP orange splatter (Mello Music Group)
Slint - Breadcrumb Trail/Good Morning Captain - 12” (Touch & Go)
Slowdive - Slowdive - 12” (Music On Vinyl)
Sam Smith - I Feel Love - 12” (Capitol)
Chris Smither - More from the Levee - LP (Signature Sounds)
Snapped Ankles - 21 Metres to Hebden Bridge - LP (The Leaf Label)
So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds EP - 12” EP (UMe/Craft Recordings)
The Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You/Near the Soft Boys - 2x7” (Yep Rock Records)
Soft Cell - Mutant Moments EP - 10” (Big Frock)
SOHN - SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest - 2LP (4AD)
Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait (exclusive 2LP+7") (Blue Elan)
Spacehog - Resident Alien (2LP) (cream with pink splatter "British passport" vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Spacemen 3 - Threebie 3 - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Richard Spaven - Spaven’s 5ive - LP (Jazz Refreshed)
Britney Spears - Oops! I Did It Again Expanded - LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Specials - Dubs - 10” (Two Tone)
Spectrum - Forever Alien - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Devon Sproule - The Pink Noise - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Stalawa ft. Junior Demus - Trad On - 7” (Foreign Mind)
Marker Starling/Ha Ha Collective - Slick Rock - 7” (Tin Angel Records)
Status Quo - Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon - LP yellow and white “fried egg” (WarneSanctuary)
Cat Stevens - But I Might Die Tonight/alternate version - 7” blue (UMe/Island)
Storm Gordon - Diamond in the Heart - 12” EP (Wanderlust Productions)
Jackie Stoudemire/Al Stewart - Dancing - 12” (TAP Records)
Suede - See You in the Next Life - LP (Demon)
Sugarhill Gang - Sugarhill Gang - LP (Music On Vinyl)
Sumy - Funkin’ in Your Mind Parts 1 and 2 - 12” (Music On Vinyl)
Sun Ra - Egypt ‘71 - 5LP (Strut)
Supergrass - Caught By the Fuzz - 10” EP (Echo)
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast: 10 Years Anniversary - 2LP (Kanine Records)
Neil Swainson Quintet - 49th Parallel - LP (Reel to Real)
The Sweet Inspirations - The Sweet Inspirations - LP gold (Reel Music)
Gabor Szabo - Dreams w/ bonus tracks (gatefold) (Ebalunga!!! Records) (4/17 release date)
T La Rock & Jazzy J - It’s Yours - 7” (Partytime)
Jacqueline Taieb - Lolita Chick ‘68 - LP (Mad French)
Tailenders - #tailendersoftheworlduniteandtakeover - 7” (Bit Spicy That)
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra: 2019 Edition w/ bonus tracks - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Tangerine Dream - Tyger (clear blue vinyl) (LMLR)
Willie Tee - Teasing You Again/Your Love, My Love Together - 7” (Gatur)
Tegan and Sara - Tonight We’re in the Dark Seeing Colors - LP violet and black splatter (Warner)
The Telescopes - Altered Perception - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Television Personalities - Some Kind of Happiness: Singles 1995-1999 - 2LP (Fire Records)
Tennis System - Fear of Knowing - LP (Graveface)
The Teskey Brothers - Live at the Forum - LP (Classics & Jazz UK)
That Will Be Lunch - Play That Funky Music White Boy
The The - I WANT 2 B U - 7” (Cineola)
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown - 2LP (Mercury/UMC)
Throwing Muses - Purgatory/Paradise - 2LP (Fire Records)
Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer - Gang War (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Timeless Legend - Synchronized - LP (Expansion Records)
TLC - Waterfalls/Creep - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Live - LP (Nacional Records)
Peter Tosh - Buk-In-Hamm Palace - 12” (Spaziale Recordings)
Toto - Live in Tokyo 1982 - LP (CMG/Legacy)
Touchdown - Ease Your Mind/Aquadance - 12” (Record Shack)
Tyler The Creator - Cherry Bomb - 2LP red (Legacy)
Tyler The Creator - Cherry Bomb Instrumentals - 2LP pink (Legacy)
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn - LP color (UMC/Polydor)
U2 - 11 O’Clock Tick Tock - 12” (UMC)
UFO - Live in Youngstown '78 - 2LP (Chrysalis)
Ultravox - Sleepwalk: 2020 Stereo Mix - 12” (Chrysalis)
Underground Solution - Luv Dancin: 30th Anniversary - 12” (Strictly Rhythm)
Unrighteous Brothers - Unchained Melody/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
Marcus Upbeat/Laurel Aitken - Blue Beat is Back in Town/Boogie Rock - 7” (Blue Beat)
The Valentines - 1967-1970 - LP (Demon)
V/A - BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978 - 6CD (Silva Screen)
V/A - The Beat Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Behind the Dykes: Beat, Blues and Psychedelic Nuggets from the Lowlands - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
V/A - The Blues Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Brazil 45s Box Set - 5x7” (Mr. Bongo)
V/A - Brazil Funk Power: Brazilian Funk and Samba Soul - 10x7” box (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Champion Classics - 12” box (Champion Records)
V/A - Cleveland Confidential - LP (Superior Viaduct)
V/A - Dance Craze - LP (Two Tone)
V/A - Detroit A-Go-Go - 10” (Detroit A-Go-Go)
V/A - Detroit Punk Archive Presents The End of the Night: 1976-1983 - 2LP (Hold Fast)
V/A - Doo Wop (Le Chante Du Monde)
V/A - Flow - LP (Mercury KX)
V/A - The Girls Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Hi Tide Groove - LP (Fat Possum)
V/A - Hillbillies in Hell Volume X - LP (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
V/A - Jet Star Meets Hospital - LP (Hospital Records)
V/A - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 2x7” (Where Its At Is Where You Are)
V/A - The Ladies if Too a Slow to Disco Vol. 2 - 2LP (How Do You Are?)
V/A - The Land Of Sensations & Delights: The Pop-Psych Sounds of White Whale Records, 1965-1970 - 2LP or CD (Varese Sarabande/Craft Recordings)
V/A - Late Night Tales - new compilation
V/A - A Mickey Dread Production - 10” red, green and gold (Music On Vinyl)
V/A - The Mood Scene Vol. 2 - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Music for Dreams: Summer Sessions 2020 - LP (Music for Dreams)
V/A - Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath (2LP) (gatefold) (transparent clear with heavy black swirl vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
V/A - Pin-Up Girls - LP (Vinyl Passion)
V/A - Psyché France, Vol. 6 - LP (Warner Music France Back Catalogue)
V/A - Pyramid Pieces 1 - LP (The Roundtable)
V/A - The Rock and Roll Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - The Ska from Jamaica - LP (Trojan)
V/A - Studio One 007: License to Ska - James Bond and Other Film & TV Soundtracks (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Studio One - Studio First: From the Vaults, Vol. 2 - LP or CD (Studio One)
V/A - Studio One Rockers (green vinyl) (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Sun Records 2020 Compilation (placeholder name)
V/A - Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams - LP (Legacy/CMG)
V/A - Troubled Troubadours - LP color vinyl (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
V/A - Wick Records Battle of the Bands Vol. 1 - LP (Wick Records)
V/A - You Flexi Thing, Vol. 6 - 7” (REPEA*T)
V/A - You Gotta Have Soul: Raw Sonoran R&B and Funk (1957-1971) - LP (Zia Records)
The Vaselines/Pooh Sticks - Split 7”: Dying for It - 7” (Glass Modern)
Steve Maxwell Von Braund - The Return to Monster Planet - LP (The Roundtable)
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody - LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Warmduscher - European Cowboy - 12” (The Leaf Label)
Warsaw Pakt - Needle Time - LP + 7” (Munster)
Roger Waters and guests - The Wall: Live in Berlin - 2LP cleat (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Geraint Watkins - Geraint Watkins & The Domniators - 2LP (Jungle)
Ben Watt w/ Robert Wyatt - Summer Into Winter - 12” EP (Cherry Red)
Mike Watt + The Secondmen - In Quintessence/instrumental (Yep Roc Records)
Norman Watt-Roy - Faith & Grace - LP red (Cadiz Music)
We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor: Live in Woodstock 1969 - LP tri-color (100%)
The Wedding Present - Shaun Keaveny Session - 7” color vinyl (Hatch)
Whiskey Myers - Early Morning Shakes - 2LP (Snakefarm Records)
Whiskey Myers - Firewater - 2LP (Snakefarm Records)
Tony Joe White - The Beginning - LP white (New West Records)
The Who - Odds and Sods: Expanded - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
The Who - A Quick Live One: Captured Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival - LP red, white, blue striped (The Monterey International Pop Foundation)
Widespread Panic - Sunday Show (Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 3/24/19) (configuration TBA)
Ginger Wildheart - Excess GASS - LP (Round Records)
Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys w/ Miss Audrey - 1951 March of Dimes - LP red (BMG)
Jack Wilson Quartet ft. Roy Ayers - Call Me: Jazz From the Penthouse - 2LP (Century 67)
Steven Wilson - two reissues TBA
Wire - 10:20:00 - LP (Pink Flag)
Wishbone Ash - Live Dates II - LP yellow/clear blue (LMLCulture Factory)
Jah Wobble - A Very British Coup - 12” (Youth Sounds)
The Wolfgang Press - Unremembered, Remembered: Expanded - LP (4AD)
Wonk Unit - Sniffer Time/Bloodlust - 7” purple (PlastereCadiz Music)
Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards - The First Barbarians: Live From Kilburn - 3LP (Wooden Records)
Wu-Tang - An American Saga (Ltd)
Xterminator - Earth Feel It - 7x7” (Xterminator)
Yardbirds - Roger The Engineer: Expanded w/ 1966 recordings - 2LP color vinyl (Demon)
Neil Young - Homegrown - LP (Reprise)
Youth & Nik Turner - Interstellar Energy - LP blue (Youth Sounds/Cadiz Music)
Youth & The Slaves of Venus - Wooden Floor - 7” (Youth Sounds/Cadiz Music)
Frank Zappa - You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore - 2LP (UMe)
Malena Zavala - La yarara - LP (Yucatan)
The Zoo - Presents Chocolate Moose - LP (Reel Music)
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2020.02.10 22:38 Horizon4Fan Horizon 4 Rare Cars

Seasonal Reward / Wheelspin / Story/Game Progression / Barnfinds / F.E. Editions. / NON-BANNED PREORDERS (AND HOW TO GET THEM)
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******* CHECK LIST HERE *******
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1P-rHCYgBIdP7qYeFt99_H5T2Vo1LADj4xsg75159MAQ/edit?usp=sharing
File -> Copy -> Paste to have your own checklist.
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This is an attempt at listing all vehicles in Forza Horizon 4 that cannot be purchased through the autoshow.
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*** IMPORTANT NOTE *** - Series # is based on the first season it was introduced, and indicates availability only through SEASONAL EVENTS AS REWARDS
*** IMPORTANT NOTE *** - MOST/ALL OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH THE FORZATHON SHOP ; SHOP IS RANDOM.*
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Alfa Romeo 2007 8C Competizione F.E. (Wheelspin)
Alfa Romeo 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio F.E. (Wheelspin)
Alpine 2017 A110 (Series 17)
Alumi Craft 2015 Class 10 Race Car F.E. (Wheelspin)
AMC 1970 Rebel "The Machine" (Series 10)
Apollo 2018 Intensa Emozione (Series 9)
Ariel 2013 Atom 500 V8 – Speed Zones (Tier 11)
Aston Martin 1960 DB4 Zagato (Barnfind)
Aston Martin 2016 Vulcan F.E. (Wheelspin)
Aston Martin 2017 Vanquish Zagato Coupe (Series 12)
Aston Martin 2017 DB11 Preorder Car (Preorder, Forzathon Shop)
Aston Martin 2019 DBS Superleggera (Series 12)
ATS 2018 GT (Series 16)
Audi 1983 Sport Quattro (Barnfind)
Audi 2010 TT RS Coupe (Wheelspin)
Austin 1964 FX4 Taxi - Isha's Taxis (Tier 10)
Bentley 1931 4-1/2 Liter Supercharged (Barnfind)
Bentley 2013 Continental GT Speed F.E. (Wheelspin)
BMW 1988 M5 F.E. (Wheelspin)
BMW 2002 M3-GTR (Series 7)
BMW 2005 M3 – The Drift Run (Tier 8)
BMW 2010 M3 GTS (Series 15)
BMW 2013 M6 Coupe F.E. (Wheelspin)
BMW 2019 Z4 Roadster (Series 7)
Bugatti 2019 Divo (Series 15)
Buick 1970 GSX (Series 9)
Cadillac 2012 Escalade (Series 6)
Cadillac 2013 XTS Limousine (Wheelspin)
Caterham 2013 Superlight R500 F.E. (Wheelspin)
Chevrolet 1967 Chevelle Super Sport 396 (Series 8)
Chevrolet 1969 Nova Super Sport 396 F.E. (Wheelspin)
Chevrolet 1979 Camaro Z28 (Wheelspin)
Chevrolet 1988 Monte Carlo Super Sport – Laracer @ Horizon (Tier 10)
Chevrolet 1996 Impala SS (Series 11)
Chevrolet 2017 Colorado ZR2 (Series 1)
Chevrolet 2017 Camaro ZL1 Preorder Car (Preorder, Forzathon Shop)
Dodge 2018 Challenger SRT Demon – The Stunt Driver (Tier 10)
DS Automobiles 2011 DS3 Racing (Series 4)
Ferrari 1970 512 S (Series 16)
Ferrari 2012 599XX Evolution (Series 8)
Ferrari 2017 812 Superfast (Star Card: Racing Superstar reward)
Ferrari 2019 488 Pista (Series 16)
Fiat 1969 Dino 2.4 Coupe (Series 10)
Ford 1964 GT MK1 (Barnfind)
Ford 1969 Mustang Boss 302 - Drift Club (Tier 10)
Ford 1972 Falcon XA GT-H0 F.E. (Wheelspin)
Ford 1973 Capri RS3100 F.E. (All Star Cards Completed)
Ford 1973 XB Falcon GT (Wheelspin)
Ford 1985 RS200 Evolution – Dirt Racing (Tier 4)
Ford 1986 Escort RS Turbo (Barnfind)
Ford 1993 SVT Cobra R (Wheelspin)
Ford 2010 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (Wheelspin)
Ford 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor (Wheelspin)
Ford 2018 #25 Mustang RTR – Drift Adventure (Tier 19)
Ford 2018 #88 Mustang RTR (Series 7)
Ford 2018 Mustang RTR Spec 5 (Series 7)
Ford 2018 F-150 PreRunner DD (The Eliminator - Tier 15)
Honda 1984 Civic CRX Mugen (Series 3)
Honda 1994 Prelude SI (Series 6)
Honda 2004 Civic Type-R (Wheelspin)
Honda 2005 NSX-R (Wheelspin)
Honda 2018 Civic Type R (Series 1)
Hoonigan 1965 Gymkhana 10 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang (Series 2)
Hoonigan 1972 Chevrolet Napalm Nova (Wheelspin)
Hoonigan 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution (Series 4)
Hoonigan 1991 Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo – Street Scene (Tier 17)
Hoonigan 2016 Gymkhana 10 Ford Focus RS RX – Skill Streak (Tier 10)
Hoonigan 2017 Gymkhana 10 Ford Fiesta ST (Series 3)
Hotwheels 1969 Twin Mill (Series 2)
Hotwheels 2005 Ford Mustang (Series 5)
Hotwheels 2012 Boneshaker (Series 2)
Hotwheels 2012 Rip Rod (Star Card: PR Stunt reward)
Hudson 1952 Hornet (Series 4)
Hummer 2006 H1 Alpha Open Top (Series 18)
Hummer 2006 H1 Alpha (Wheelspin)
Italdesign 2018 Zerouno (Series 13)
Jaguar 1961 E-Type S1 (Barnfind)
Jaguar 1993 XJ220 (Barnfind)
Jaguar 2015 XKR-S GT – Road Racing (Tier 16)
Jeep 2013 Wrangler Unlimited DD (Series 11)
Jeep 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT (Wheelspin)
Jeep 2016 Trailcat – Cross Country (Tier 4)
Jeep 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Cross Country (Tier 8)
Koenigsegg 2006 CCX (Series 11)
Koenigsegg 2008 CCGT (Series 15)
KTM 2018 X-BOW GT4 (Series 3)
Lamborghini 1999 Diablo GTR (Series 16)
Lamborghini 2008 Reventon F.E. (Lamborghini Miura Skill Tree)
Lamborghini 2012 Aventador LP700-4 F.E. (Wheelspin)
Lamborghini 2014 Huracan LP 610-4 – Road Racing (Tier 4)
Lamborghini 2016 Aventador LP750-4 SV (Wheelspin)
Lamborghini 2018 Huracán Performante (Series 18)
Lancia 1992 Delta HF Integrale Evo (Wheelspin)
Land Rover 1972 Series III F.E. (Wheelspin)
Land Rover 1973 Range Rover (Barnfind)
Lotus 1997 Elise GT1 (Barnfind)
Lotus 1999 Elise Series 1 Sport 190 (Series 7)
Lotus 2005 Elise 111S (Wheelspin)
Lotus 2009 2-Eleven (Wheelspin)
Maserati 2004 MC12 F.E. (Maserati 300S Skill Tree)
Maserati 2008 MC12 Versione Corsa (Series 9)
Maserati 2014 Ghibli S Q4 (Series 10)
Maserati 2017 Levante S (Series 5)
McLaren 2011 12c Coupe (Series 11)
McLaren 2018 600LT Coupe (Series 14)
McLaren 2018 720S Coupe Preorder Car (Preorder only)
McLaren 2019 720S Spider (Series 14)
Mercedes-AMG 2018 GT 4-Door Coupe (Series 8)
Mercedes Benz 1967 280 SL (Series 5)
Mercedes-Benz 2009 SL 65 AMG F.E. (Mercedes 300 SL Skill Tree)
Mercedes-Benz 2013 E 63 AMG (Wheelspin)
Mercedes-Benz 2014 G 63 AMG 6X6 - Top Gear (Tier 7)
Mercedes-Benz 2017 E 350D - Top Gear (Tier 4)
Mercedes-Benz 2018 X-Class (Series 8)
Mercury 1970 Cougar Eliminator – The Eliminator (Tier 24)
MG 1966 MGB GT (Barnfind)
Mini 1965 Cooper S (Barnfind)
Mini 2012 John Cooper Works GP (Wheelspin)
Mini 2018 John Cooper Works All4 Countryman (Series 9)
Mini 2018 John Cooper Works Convertible (Series 9)
Mini 2018 X-Raid John Cooper Works Buggy (Series 9)
Morris 1953 Mini-Traveller (Series 9)
Mosler 2010 MT900S (Series 4)
Nissan 1994 Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo (Series 6)
Nissan 1995 Nismo GT-R LM (Wheelspin)
Nissan 1995 Nismo GT-R LM F.E. (Nissan R390 Skill Tree)
Nissan 2002 Skyline GT-R V-Spec II – Street Scene (Tier 4)
Noble 2010 M600 – Speed Trap Hero (Tier 11)
Peel 1962 P50 (Barnfind)
Penhall 2011 "The Cholla" – Cross Country (Tier 14)
Peugeot 1984 205 T16 F.E. (Wheelspin)
Plymouth 1958 Fury (Series 8)
Pontiac 1965 GTO (Series 7)
Pontiac 1973 Firebird Trans AM SD-455 (Wheelspin)
Porsche 1951 #46 356 SL Gmund Coupe (Series 13)
Porsche 1964 356 Cabriolet Emory Special (Series 18)
Porsche 1966 906 Carrera 6 (Series 13)
Porsche 1970 914/6 (Series 7)
Porsche 1970 #3 917 LH (Series 13)
Porsche 2015 Cayman GTS – Road Racing (Tier 8)
Porsche 2016 911 GT3 RS Preorder Car – (Preorder) OR The Eliminator (Tier 20)
Porsche 2018 718 Cayman GTS (Series 13)
Porsche 2018 Cayenne Turbo (Wheelspin)
Porsche 2019 911 GT3 RS (Series 1)
Porsche 2019 Macan Turbo (Series 13)
Quartz 723 Regalia (Series 6)
Quartz 723 Regalia Type-D (723 Regalia Skill Tree)
Ram 2017 2500 Power Wagon – Dirt Racing (Tier 8)
Renault 1973 Alpine A110 1600S – Dirt Racing (Tier 16)
Renault 1980 5 Turbo F.E. (Wheelspin)
Renault 1993 Clio Williams – Street Scene (Tier 8)
Renault 2003 Sport Clio V6 (Series 17)
Renault 2007 Clio RS 197 (Series 17)
Renault 2008 Megane R26.R - The Eliminator (Tier 10)
Renault 2010 Clio RS F.E. (Wheelspin)
Renault 2016 Clio R.S. 16 Concept (Series 17)
Renault 2018 Megane R.S. (Series 17)
Rimac 2019 Concept Two (Series 10)
Rossion 2010 Q1 (Series 15)
Subaru 1998 Impreza 22B STI (Barnfind)
Subaru 2004 Impreza WRX STI (Wheelspin)
Top Gear 2018 Track-Tor - Top Gear (Tier 5)
Toyota 1985 Sprinter Trueno GT Apex (Series 18)
Triumph 1962 Spitfire (Barnfind)
TVR 1998 Cerbera Speed 12 (Barnfind)
TVR 2001 Tuscan S (Series 6)
TVR 2005 Sagaris F.E. (TVR Sagaris Skill Tree)
Ultima 2015 Evolution Coupe 1020 – The Drag Strip (Tier 4)
Vauxhall 2009 Corsa VXR (Series 8)
Volkswagen 1963 Type 2 De Luxe F.E. (Wheelspin)
Volkswagen 1967 Karmann Ghia (Series 12)
Volkswagen 1967 Type 3 1600 L (Series 12)
Volkswagen 2010 Golf R (Wheelspin)
Volkswagen 2014 Global Rallycross Beetle (Wheelspin)
Volkswagen 2018 #94 Volkswagen Motorsport I.D R Pikes Peak (Series 14)
Zenvo 2016 ST1 – World's Fastest Rentals (Tier 10)
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ALL DLC CARS
Includes F.E. DLC Vehicles (i.e; Pagani Zonda F.E.)
Fortune Island DLC Vehicles (i.e.; Lamborghini Aventador J)
Lego Speed Champions DLC Vehicles (i.e.; Lego McLaren Senna)
1934 Alfa Romeo P3 - Obtained by purchasing Edinburgh Castle.
Ford 2017 Focus RS Preorder Car (Banned for sale in Auction House)
Mercedes-AMG 2017 GT R Preorder Car (Banned for sale in Auction House)
Nissan 2017 GT-R Preorder Car (Banned for sale in Auction House)
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*Note - Feel free to consider these vehicles for your collection but my reasoning behind not listing these among with the others is they are only available through a purchased DLC; therefore they cannot be obtained by everyone, unlike all other vehicles in this list.
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Sources :
Car Collection tab in Forza Horizon 4.
https://forza.fandom.com/wiki/Forza_Horizon_4/Cars
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2020.02.02 11:49 Headless_Ape [MEGATHREAD] Community Requested Updates v2

Community Requested Updates V2:
For colour file version see link: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Ac627ec60-3b7e-45f7-a4cd-8218f3cb9dbb
Please read and feel free to comment your ideas!
Contents
Preface:
Key:
Updates:
Crash Fixing & Bugs.
Controller Update.
Visual Effects & User Interface.
Multiplayer & Races.
REP and PINK SLIPS.
Cops & Heat.
Car Updates.
Story.
Car Modifications.
Music.
Thankyou!!.

Preface:

An updated version of the original Community Requested Updates with additions to features and bug fixes requested from members of the NFS Community.

Updates:

Ghost Note: you are probably up to date with a large portion of these requests already, if not working on some behind the scenes.

Crash Fixing & Bugs

As many people have experienced, Crashes seem to occur a reasonable amount in this game. Although its not the end of the world, and usually the players progress is saved, these crashes can really influence the enjoyment of a game.
· Vinyl customisation on cars seems to have some impact on performance and thus impacts the games stability. After driving a car with little vinyl customisation for a couple hours, switching to a vinyl heavy car caused the wrap to go blurry or not appear and evidently caused a crash to desktop when attempting to start a race.
o Fix: letting the wrap load by going into the car selection menu in the garage or before a race, then exiting and continuing seemed to fix the issue for the most part. Waiting for the vinyl to load fixed this.
· Multiplayer Stability seems to be causing some crashes as well.
· There are random crashes that occur in the middle of races or when customising vehicles, again this could be due to the wrap but could also be due to hardware limits…. Need more testing and community response for this.
If anyone in the community has similar experiences or has an understanding why these crashes occur, please send them forward to customer support.

NOTABLE BUGS: (Some User Interface Bugs are in the Visual Effects and User Interface Section)
o Race Start Glitch: (since update 1.6): When slow or stopped in the area of an event, the Interface to start the event skips the “start race/change car” interface and goes straight to the “Solo/party/lobby” race interface. This prevents you from moving the car and means you need to exit out whenever you are close to event. The previous method before update 1.6 was better.
o Checkpoint missed or broken:
§ The Resorts Circuit race needs to have its checkpoints widened round the whole track. Sometimes you will get slowed to a slow pace when close to the wall or inside lane on the end corners.
§ Some races during a party race will display the player as missing a checkpoint, even when the checkpoint was correctly passed. No “Checkpoint Missed” message is displayed and ultimately ruining the players race.
o Exhaust Flames: The flames do not appear in the right Location on the NSX RocketBunny Rear Bumper, or the Stock Mustang Foxbody with Stock Rear bumper and Speedhunter Exhaust.
o Nissan Fairlady Window Option: Is a buggy window that will often revert back to stock when out in Free Roam or races. (Glitches also seen in the customisation menu)
o Music Notification: When in races it appears over the names of the racers in the event. This makes it hard to read. Sometimes it also appears for such a short time that it can’t be read….. maybe leaving it on for a little longer would be good.
o Racer Challenges Notification: After every race, the “Racer Challengers Notification” appears on the right-hand side and stays there until the player hides it. Annoying and unnecessary…. The player can easily open the menu should they want to know what they are yet to complete.
o Speedwall Cars Wrong: After completing an event in a specific car, sometimes the time on the speedwall will remain the same but the car will change to the current vehicle. This basically displays false car times in the speedwall. E.g. Time originally set with Porsche RSR on Sonic @ 2.32.96…… after doing the event with the Ferrari 488GTB, will swap the speedwall car to the Ferrari, even though the best time was set in the Porsche.
Please send other bugs directly to EA Support: https://help.ea.com/en/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-heat/

Controller Update

One of the most annoying things that players experienced when playing the game is the lack of control customisation.
o Allow players to change button layout…. Even button layout presets? Even though the previous issue was fixed, it would still be nice to see some options for button binds.
· Key binds on PC – A large portion of the key binds can’t be changed. Payback had options that were somewhat proficient in allowing the player to customise key binds…. why change what works?
Nevertheless, the option to brake or double tap accelerate to drift was a brilliant decision. Thanks!

Visual Effects & User Interface

· PRE RACE: After seeing and using update 1.4 I have read a lot of people wanting the Visual effects removed from the High Heat races put back. I understand why they were removed, but a large quantity of people weren’t having any issues and it totally kills the amazing atmosphere set for those races even if the loading time is a couple seconds longer. (Again, I think this may come down to multiplayer and hardware restrictions for some players).
· RACE EFFECTS: More of these effects could be added for other races as well, it gets a little monotonous watching the people film or take a camera photo of my car before every race. A little thing, but it makes such a big difference to the atmosphere. (Think NFS Carbon….Boss races and races in General).
· BUSTED ANIMATIONS: Although the current busted animations are great, Busted animations from previous titles such as undercover had a good immersion value. Would be nice to see similar return.
· CAR SCRATCHES: Although its not really a big issue, it can be annoying to players that like a clean car. The car gains what seems like scratches on the body panels after a set duration in game even if the player has not crashed into anything, this mechanic is fine. What would be nice is if these scratches would be fixed after going through a petrol station along with all the other physical damage our car receives while driving.
· CHARACTER: The Character in the Game feels totally underutilised and the immersion could be improved with more interaction with our in game Character. This would be achieved by providing more story, producing more in-game cutscenes (Much like the ones from Most Wanted, Carbon, Undercover) and using them more with crew events and battles. Animations are ok as they are,but would be nice to have some cool 1v1 animation sequences if Icon Pink Slip Boss Races are introduced.
· FILM GRAIN: What is with all the film grain? Please add an option in the graphics settings to turn this off. It seems to be semi-adjustable through the settings already, but would be nice to have a clear “Film Grain” option.
· GARAGE ORGANISATION: The current player garage car selection menu is annoying to use. It can take a while to find the car you are searching for…. Especially with many of us having more than 30 cars and potentially some duplicates.
§ It also doesn’t help that the image doesn’t show the car with the applied wrap but the original car colour. This would be helpful for finding cars, especially if you have multiple of one type of car.
§ Either a: Sort by option (Car Level, Name, Manufacturer, Vehicle Type [JDM, Muscle etc.]).
§ OR: The option to swap the position of cars in the slide list (Much like how you can change layers with the vinyls). This could be implemented through a number system where each car is numbered and you can sort by number or just a move left or right feature while in the car selection interface.
· CAR STATS – Car Weight instead of power on the main stat page: The Power bar on the main Car Stat interface is unnecessary as the power stat can be seen on the secondary page. It would be more useful for players to be able to see the weight of the car as that seems to have an impact on how the car handles.
Amazing job on all the other visual effects though, the world is amazing. The rain, puddle and ember effects at night.

Multiplayer & Races

Difficulty: Apart from the fact that the AI are generally too slow even on Hard Difficulty, they seem to be okay when it comes to variety between races. Please make an Ultimate difficulty where the AI should be a challenge for those of us with some reasonable experience in racing games. (I know there are a lot of us).
o Not sure if as Dev’s you can see the times for the races people are setting but beating global average times would seem reasonable and adding a bonus of 5% BANK to the race for top 3 places on Ultimate Difficulty.
CUSTOM RACE CREATOR:
As players, being able to create races would provide another medium of play and extend the game life of NFS.
Players should be able to make races using a checkpoint tool and be able to upload them into a database using tags so that people can search for races made by the community.
o Create races for night and day.
o You could create a race anywhere and however you like…. Would allow for custom drag races.
o Custom weather for the race
o Traffic/or none
o Let the player pick the level requirements/restrictions of the car. Could also include type of car e.g. muscle or TuneJDM, country of origin, year.
o Let the player determine how many players can race.
o The game calculates the reward based off the car level and length of race.
o Add option to restrict NOS use and certain vehicles in the race. E.g Nissan’s only, or no Porsche RSR etc.
INCREASE PAYOUTS FOR HIGH LEVEL DAY RACES: Not all races have high level pay-outs. It would be nice to see all races have a high Tier (eg. 320+ level) race which would encourage player to make the use of all the races on the map rather than just the current high paying ones. Most high-level races, depending on the length, should give at least $50k to the player.
EXCLAMATION POINT & COMPLETION MARK/REATH: It is slightly unclear what all of these symbols and markings mean on races….. it would be nice if there was a key or some sort of clear description on races so that completionists can fill out the map.
There is the circle and Reath shape background for races which we think displays completion, clarity on this would be great.
The Exclamation mark should disappear once you have completed both level events.
NIGHT RACE UPDATES: After obtaining the Ultimate parts through night-time racing, there is little incentive to go back into night. Cash incentives or a pink slip incentive for staying in night races would be great.
o This could also be aligned with more integration with crews, The League and potentially the return of characters or crews from previous NFS titles such as Carbon or Most Wanted.
DAY TIME RACING: The atmosphere of Daytime racing feels weak in comparison to the awesome atmosphere from night racing. Would be great to have a more alive feeling (Think more of a ProStreet atmosphere).
Multiplayer: More Multiplayer Please.
· Bring Back Speed lists, competitive racing is super fun and adds replayability. See the video made by BLACKPANTHAA, for some ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HpNZWf6n_I
· Bring Back the Challenge Series from older games….. (specifically restricted class or car that challenge the user to the limit. Racing, Off-road, drifting, Time trials, Speed traps, you name it. Some of these challenge series were Super fun.) If you could add these in the world map as an event that would be crazy cool.
· More people per server: 8 people to form a party is great and 16 per server is cool too, but a large majority of the time people are in events that aren’t displayed on the map and so the game can feel dead even if the server is full.
o Not sure how you would implement this but an increased server size to make it feel as though it was less dead would be amazing. (Could still restrict race numbers to current limit but just allow more people in free roam).
· Fun Events: Put fun group events into the game
o Cops and Robbers
o Hide and Seek
o Cat and Mouse
I’m sure the community can come up with more…. Those are just a start.
Races: MORE RACES Please.
· Drag Races? (We got them drag tires, but nowhere to use them other than in drift events 😉) Night and Day.
· Super Long Drift Events – Think the recent Climbkhana. A crew member and I went drifting recently up in the hills recently and enjoyed trying to dodge cars while chaining large numbers of turns together. (Something I miss from the canyon events in NFS Carbon) Night and Daytime. This includes team drift events like from 2015.
· Night Off-road Races? – Where are the off-road Night Races at? Need more of these please.
· Bring the Discovery Races from the night to the Day and add a crazy long race or two (20 mins or more long that take up the whole map).
· Timelimit Checkpoint races
· Knockout Circuit Races
CREW vs CREW Events*:* Make being in a crew a competition
After playing several hours of Heat since launch, I still see a large portion of people in the default GHOST Crews. Although this isn't a bad thing, the crew mechanic in this game is slightly underutilized and we have some ideas that could improve the multiplayer gameplay for all players which involve Crews.
Ideas:
o Global Speedwall: Being able to see a global speedwell would allow you to see which crews hold the fastest times/best drift scores but also allow you to view crews that have similar ability to you in terms of times and scores, should you want to join a new crew.
o Crew Rep Leader board: Being able to see the most rep earned by crews so there is something after Crew lvl 50 to aim for with Rep. Seasons or updates would also allow new rewards to be added for further rep milestones for the crew (BANK, Cars Unlock and Visual Mods).
o Crew Description Tags: tags for your crew (such as race, drift, drag, cruises, car shows, muscle, exotic, tuner, JDM, competitive, active, adult, car design/wraps, Free Roam events, Prefer Night Racing, Money Grind, Everyone Welcome, Highly Competitive only, "Insert Country Here", "Insert Time zone here" ... etc) would allow you to search for people and crews that have similar preferences to your own while playing the game. Each Crew can have up to 3 tags to keep searching simple.
o Conquered Zones:
§ Much like the zone conquer mechanic in Carbon, players who have the fastest time in a race hold control of that race.
§ If they control all the top scores for all the events in one zone (the zones currently used for the collectables and activities), they then control that zone and the rest of the crew get notified...
§ Maybe the area could have a red border or there is a notification/control map within the crew interface.
§ This would provide a few battles for specific zones and a challenge for crew members to control the whole map.
o Crew vs Crew zone battles:
§ The zone battles would work the same as the Conquered Zones except each week (after a crew zone battle is accepted), two or more crews will battle it out to see who can control the most zones on the map.
§ These could be done each month and your total zones conquered tally would give you unique rewards each month depending on how many you conquer.
Eg.
[ Stage 1] - 5 or more zones = new livery & $100,000
[Stage 2] - 10 or more zones = new horn & $200,000
[Stage 3] - 15 or more zones = new neon and NOS colour & $300,000
[Stage 4] - 25 or more zones = custom number plate $500,000
· (Each stage would include the rewards from the previous stage. So 25 or more zones would = unlock all items and $1,100,000 for players that took part)
· This would provide a greater incentive for members in the crew to participate to unlock items together rather than just receiving them like we have with update 1.5. While also encouraging players to do all events on the map rather than just repeat the ones that provide high rep or bank.
o Crew Cinematics: A generic cinematic could be used (Think NFS Carbon crew or Most Wanted Blacklist cinematics with cars and characters) with our own crew cars and avatars. This may work much like how the personalised teaser trailer was done with the app cars except this is done on a crew basis for crew battles and other seasonal events where the cinematic acts as a loading screen for the opposition so they can see who they are playing against. The cinematic would ideally flip through a full crew avatar shot and maybe a couple of random crew car cinematics as well, drifting and racing. The option for each crew to pick a song from the game Songlist for the crew cinematic would be great too.
o Customisable Crew Icons/Logo: Customising your crew logo using the vinyl editor. Allows for more variety (This would tie in with points 3 & 4 and allow for more personalisation). This icon could also be available in the wrap designer in-game so that you can display your crew icon on all your cars (Essentially a more personalised version of what we have now). It would also be used for captured zones/races much like in NFS Carbon.
Overall, the crews in Heat are limited as you need to be an Origin/PSN/Xbox Friend with someone before you can invite them to your Party. Not sure why you can't invite crew members without friending them? I guess that's a limitation by the software?? Please correct me if I am wrong?. Crews then only become useful for time trials, drift scores and times and overall they feel really underutilized.

REP and PINK SLIPS

Once we hit Lvl 50 Rep and unlock all the Ultimate+ parts (other than to have some fun with the cops in a night environment), it is almost unnecessary to drive at night. Here is an interesting solution myself and a couple people I have talked to would like to see implemented.
· Increase Rep limit to Infinite or super high, Why is there a cap??
· For every 10 Rep Levels past level 50 (60, 70, 80….. and so on) there is a night event that acts as a ULTIMATE DIFFICULTY 1v1 Pink Slip race. Starting from the worst cars in the dealership, you would be given the chance to win the custom car off the opponent. There are over 100 cars in the game currently so that would mean almost infinite replayability. It would also bring back the grind and desire to play at night. With Endgame cars such as the Regera and P1GTR being available in a Pink Slip after level 1000.
· Could also be another night incentive where for every 2 Million Rep Earned an Icon Pink Slip Race is Available with an ultimate difficulty 1v1 race takes place. These races could take place against Icons from Previous NFS Games and their Iconic cars.
o It would also be great for 100% completers who want to get trophies of all the pink slips.
o We understand this is going to take a reasonable amount of work but man would it be awesome to see this feature in game.
#BRINGBACKPINKSLIPS

Cops & Heat

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the cops in HEAT, however I think most players can agree that the cops in this game are one of its best brought back features from the old games.
· They can be hard to go up against, but that is the fun of it. There are jumps which act as speed breakers, hiding spots do work if you get out of the line of sight (Just because there are no cooldown zones or speed breakers on the map, doesn’t mean that they aren’t put in the game as a valid escape tactic).
o Tip: use the Radar disabler in your Auxiliary, it makes a big difference when trying to hide.
· When you are a higher level (Car Lvl 300 +) the cops become simple to beat once you know the map. I think this is great, as it teaches you to be careful with cops early on.
o Some People would like Higher Heat Levels (6-10) with faster cops (Dubai Lambo style or trucks with bull bars for example) with additional car roadblocks. – Although not entirely necessary it could be fun to add more challenge at the higher levels. #BRINGBACKCROSS
Thanks for making the cops better in HEAT, haven’t had so much thrill in an NFS game for a while.

Car Updates

SUPERCHARGER: We can hear the turbochargers fine, but can we turn up the volume on the Superchargers please.
MUSCLE CARS: Muscle cars seem super weak again in NFS, many don’t have the appropriate max upgrades (400+) and their power, although seemingly large doesn’t match the handling ability of other cars, thus making them less competitive.
o Fix: add drag races and increase acceleration on all muscle cars slightly. This would make them usable for events other than drift.
PORSCHE RSR: Another year, another year this car is OP as heck.
o Fix: Reduce its top speed by 20-25kph. This would restrict its overpowered nature on the longer races where top speed is incredibly useful, while allowing it to remain strong on the shorter circuit tracks where its handling goes to town. Its Acceleration isn’t too OP (It aint AWD) and its handling works well for the image of the car, so it doesn’t make sense to nerf those too much.
o This would make it more like the Mitsi Evo 9 as that also struggles to keep up with cars on longer tracks but is quick in short races due to its acceleration.
CAR LIST: The Car list is great in this game. As usual the community is great at letting everyone know which cars they would like in the game. This list includes cars that have been requested a reasonable amount in the community. This list can of course be added onto, but I thought it was appropriate to start with the most requested.
· Toyota: We see FORZA got Toyota back, we are hoping you can do the same!!
o Supra (GR) & (MK4)
o Corolla AE 86
o JZX100
· More K.S. Cars and Bodykits – (Please add the Kits, as it would be nice to be able to change the wrap and wheels on the K.S. Cars to provide more personalisation in game).
· Aston Martin:
o DB9
· Audi:
o R8 – Le Mans Quattro (2003)
o RS6
· BMW:
o Z4 GTR
· Bugatti
o Veyron
o Chiron
· Cadillac
o Eldorado
· Chevrolet
o Impala (1964)
· Ford:
o GT (2006)
o Escort MK1
· Koenigsegg:
o CCX
· Lamborghini:
o Gallardo
· Lexus:
o LFA
o LC500
· Mazda:
o RX8 (2003)
o RX3 (1974)
· McLaren
o F1
· Mustang:
o GT (2005)
· Mitsubishi:
o Eclipse (1999)
o Evo VI
· Nissan:
o 300ZX
o S14
· Pagani:
o Zonda
· Porsche:
o Carrera GT
· Shelby
o GT500
o 427
· VW:
o GOLF R32 (2004)

Story

Story: The story is the best it has been in a long time. Reasonable Characters, not too cheesy, interesting storyline, but way too short. Like mentioned in the note, it would be cool to see Cross or someone come back into NFS
o Other Characters we would love to see come back are the likes of RAZOR, DARIUS, KENJI, WOLF and ANGIE (After Leaving the city after their defeats from CARBON), EDDIE (New ride could be interesting??), MERCER, TORRES, SHAW.
o These characters could be reintroduced with the PINKSLIP System described before with their new/old cars.
Otherwise, more story would be ideal…. It felt as though the story ended prematurely so there is an expectation that something is to come. If a decent story update doesn’t come in the following year I think quite a few people will be a little disappointed. We don’t want some tack on like the speed cross DLC from Payback either, although fun, it didn’t really sit with the story or make much use of the content already in game.
Overall, Good job on the story improvements…. Looking forward to the year to see what ya bring us!

Car Modifications

CARS MODIFICATIONS: A large proportion of the new cars in the game have very little modification. Us players understand that it must take a long time to get all the mods created, especially the bumpers to make sure they don’t clip etc. Thank you for the work you’ve done so far, the customisation is what set NFS apart from other racing games.
However, it would be nice to see more customisation on cars.
The newer cars to this specific game, such as the Ferrari Pista and Testarossa have very limited and underwhelming modification. On the whole, the community would prefer less cars, but each with a large amount of modification, over a 400+ car list with no modification.
Examples of car modifications:
o Fitment for wheels on cars. Bring back the settings used for NFS 2015. They were great. (Rake & Track Width)
o The ability to Search vinyl/wrap artist by Username
o A “NFS Curated Tab” in the Wrap section which highlights some high quality wraps in the community rather than just “highly popular” which can sometimes just be a colour wrap.
o Fix Unwanted outline that appears when you overlay a “Non-Metal” decal with a “metal” one
o Bring back missing Decals – Manufacturer logos and other Crew Decals from previous games.
o Some new vehicles can’t use all tyre options
o Some new vehicles can’t change headlight colour
o Some new Vehicles can’t change exhaust
o Cars with variants (Eg. Ferrari 488 GTB and Pista) although have similar bodies have completely different mods….. Could be nice to include more mods for those of us that want it.
o Blowers through the hood for Muscle Vehicles
o Ferrari Testarossa: Can’t add a mirror on other side of vehicle. I know the og had 1 mirror, but it would be nice to add the mirror counterpart.
o VEILSIDE and other manufacturer Bodykits (Big ask for a couple cars, but they are iconic)

AUTOSCULPT: This feature was one of the greatest customisation features to have been released in the NFS Franchise, where players could truly control how their car looked.
There are already plenty of NFS bodykits available in-game, so although it is likely a very large update to the game, it would allow users to edit the bodykits on cars that might not have much customisation options. This would include spoilers, to make them not so huge for those that like smaller spoilers on their cars etc.
There are more, but these were some that bugged me. Of course not all cars need heaps of modification, but the community seems to be aligned with the idea that in the future, more modifications on the single Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari 458/488 is far superior than supplying us with 4 types of Huracan/Ferrari of that similar model type with very little customisation.
Other Car & UI Updates:
DRIFT TYRES: Make Drift/Showcase Tyres what current Drag tyres are but without the wheelie action, this way we can actually drift with drift tyres. – Seems to be mostly viable with RWD cars. AWD cars seem to be better with the current drift tyres.
SNAPSHOT MODE:
o Please supply a better Depth of Field effect that doesn’t put an edge around the car when used.
o Settings for time of day and weather
o Option to add Motion Blur to ground and environment
o Ability to Turn on/off lights while bagged (This would be cool if it was another multiple keybind such as LB+Y)
SPOILERS: TOO MANY BIG WINGS. Ok, so this has annoyed me and others a fair bit. We like spoilers, but in this game, most of the spoilers are oversized and too big as if they were drawn by a 6-year-old. Please adjust a couple of the spoilers to be slightly lower (under roof level height seems to be about right) so that some of us non-BIG WANG enthusiasts have more variety to pick from. Mentioned in autosculpt section.
SOUND SYSTEM: Does the sound system modification do anything worthwhile…. haven’t noticed anything from in game, as it can’t really be seen in most cars it seems. Please correct us if there is something I haven’t noticed. Seems like a gimmick upgrade/modification.
Mirror Feature: Bring Back the optional rear-view mirror USER INTERFACE feature from previous NFS games while driving.
First Person Mode: It seems as though the interiors are reasonable in game, and maybe apart from the speed dial and animations seems it could be viable….. is it possible to put in the game?

Music

EA Trax from Older Games: Being able to access or listen to older games soundtracks in the game (UG, Carbon, MW, Undercover) would be super nice. We can do it via computer external music player. But it would be nice to have in the game.
Custom Radio?:
If old tracks aren’t introduced, could we have more old-school tracks. E.g. Priceless (Feat. Birdman) – Flo Rida etc.
o Understand that the Game is Set in a Miami Styled city, but there is just way too much Latino styled music and it becomes repetitive fast when you have played multiple hours.
o We also need more rock and metal in certain areas of the game. Some of the best songs from the old games were rock and metal.
o Maybe this could be implemented alongside the EA Trax in the menu where you can control the music in game.

Thankyou!!

Just in case anyone is salty about this list, remember this is just a compilation of some of the main updates that I have seen requested by the community and doesn’t incorporate everyone’s individual opinion.
THANKYOU VERY MUCH GHOST FOR MAKING AN AMAZING GAME!
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2020.01.28 00:53 clearliquidclearjar TALLAHASSEE EVENTS 1/28 - 2/3

There’s another list of all the regular stuff that happens every week, so don’t forget to check for all your karaokes, trivias, and so on. There are also links to all of Tally’s theater options, both stage and independent cinema (from fancy to cult).
The Leon County Public Libraries host classes, clubs, and events all the time. All ages, all locations. Check the calendar here.
TUESDAY, 1/28
WEDNESDAY, 1/29
THURSDAY, 1/30
FRIDAY, 1/31
SATURDAY, 2/1
SUNDAY, 2/2
MONDAY, 2/3
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2020.01.04 19:58 ZappaOMatic [OC] The inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock race: Where are they now?

TL;DR: Mostly but (probably?) not completely dead
On June 19, 1949, the NASCAR Strictly Stock Division took to the dirt of Charlotte Speedway for a 200-lap showdown. Little did those in attendance know that this was the start of something special: the birth of the NASCAR Cup Series.
But what happened to the 33 drivers in the field for that race? What are they up to? Let's find out!
This isn't going to be a comprehensive bio of the drivers, but rather just a brief mention of what they did before the inaugural race, how/why they entered, and what happened since (and if they are alive or not). Amusingly, this post came too dangerously close to the character limit before I could even finish the top 20, so I had to split the rest of the field as a comment below.
1. Jim Roper
The first-ever winner, Jim Roper took the victory in rather controversial circumstances as original race winner Glenn Dunaway was disqualified; Roper, who finished second and three laps down, was declared the winner.[1]
The Great Bend, Kansas native found out about the race while reading a comic strip from Zack Moseley's The Adventures of Smilin' Jack. Interested, he acquired a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan from local dealer Millard James Clothier Sr. and supported by Charlotte dealership Mecklenburg Motors.[2][3]
He would run just one more NASCAR Strictly Stock/Cup race in his career, a fifteenth-place run later in 1949 at Occoneechee Speedway.
Roper later returned to Kansas, where he continued racing in IMCA-sanctioned events and jalopies. A serious injury in a 1955 crash ended his racing career (outside of a one-off at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in 1961). He eventually settled in Texas and raised horses.[2]
He died on June 23, 2000 at a retirement home. He had been battling cancer and heart/liver complications in his final years.[2][3] His gravestone at Halstead Cemetery mentions his Charlotte win (though in this 2009 photo, it states Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is not the same track).
2. Fonty Flock
Runner-up to Roper, Fonty Flock drove a 1949 Hudson in the race.
In 1949, Fonty Flock won the NASCAR Modified championship. Entering the Strictly Stock inaugural race, he was dominating the standings with over 300 points on second-placed Curtis Turner.[4] Just two years before, he was named the first NASCAR (then the National Championship Stock Car Circuit) champion.[5]
Flock ran the inaugural race with his brothers Tim and Bob, and the three were also joined by their sister Ethel Mobley the following round at Daytona Beach. The Flock family was NASCAR's premier family during the 1950s, with Fonty famously winning the 1952 Southern 500 in Bermuda shorts and eventually leading the fans in singing "Dixie" while standing on his car's hood.[6]
He would win 19 races in his Grand National career before retiring in 1958.
Flock died on July 15, 1972 after a bout with cancer.[5]
3. Red Byron
I don't think Red Byron needs any introduction. A World War II B-24 Liberator tail-gunner who raced with a left leg brace bolted to the clutch pedal, Modified champion, inaugural Strictly Stock/Cup champion, Hall of Famer, the list goes on.
After finishing third at Charlotte, he won the next race at Daytona Beach and ended his 1949 season with two wins and the title. He continued racing until health problems ended his career 1951, but remained involved in racing in the sports car world.[7]
He was preparing plans to start a sports car team when he suffered a fatal heart attack in his Chicago hotel room on November 11, 1960.[7] He is buried at Pinecrest Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida, where his tombstone mentions his military service.
"Ironically, the man who had brought millions of hearts to the verge of failure in fans around the world, was sent through the rail for the last time by failure of his own heart," The Anniston Star's George Smith wrote a week after his passing.[8]
"The man who chose country over racing, and then racing over pain," ESPN's Ryan McGee wrote in his 2012 Veterans Day tribute to Byron. "American race fans continue to benefit from both."[7]
4. Sam Rice
J. Sam Rice ran just one more Strictly Stock race in his career: another fourth-place finish at Heidelberg Raceway.
That said, Rice was more well-known for his exploits outside of the cockpit. In 1947, Rice and his friend H. Clay Earles built Martinsville Speedway, with Rice serving as the first track president.[9] Rice also owned cars for a decade, fielding rides in the 1950s for those like Fireball Roberts and Bill Blair.[10]
Although Racing-Reference has a driver and owner page for Rice, they have different death dates thanks to some confusion in the comments on the former: the driver bio says he died on July 9, 1976, while the owner one says February 19, 2010 thanks to the wording of a News & Record article from that same date. Since he was born in 1904, he would have been 106 if he died in 2010 (while centenarians aren't that rare, one being such a prominent figure in NASCAR should have spawned at least some discussion), plus Find A Grave supports his death at the age of 72 in 1976.
5. Tim Flock
Fonty's younger brother, Tim Flock drove an Oldsmobile 88 that he borrowed from his recently-married neighbors in the race. He recalled in 1997:[11]
"They had thousands of people show up just to watch practice! That traffic was so bad and everybody was in it. You'd have race cars next to family cars, all jammed up, and the only reason you knew the difference between the racers and the regular people was that the racers had a number taped on their door. Like, a number made out of duct tape."
After his top five at Charlotte, he would enjoy a prolific career in the Grand National Series as he won 39 races and two series championships in 1952 and 1955. Of course, many also know him as the driver who had the monkey Jocko Flocko riding with him.
One of his race victories came at Road America in 1956. The race, which received the seal of approval from the FIA, drew plenty of attention as many wondered how stock cars would handle the road course; Lee Petty even remarked, "the way I figure it, this race will be won by the driver who can go the fastest the slowest."[12]
The reigning champion Flock tailed pole winner and points leader Buck Baker for much of the early stages, but as the race leaders began exiting with various issues (Baker ran out of fuel, Curtis Turner hit the hay bales after losing his brakes, Joe Weatherly suffered a rear end issue, and Speedy Thompson's engine failed), Flock found himself in front. He led the final ten laps to win what is currently the first and only Cup race at Road America.[12]
He continued to race until 1961. That year, he and Curtis Turner attempted to form a driver's union with the support of the Teamsters and Jimmy Hoffa, leading to their lifetime ban. While they were eventually reinstated, Flock was more than happy to continue his new life working at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[13]
Flock, a future NASCAR Hall of Famer, was diagnosed with throat cancer in February 1998. He died on March 31.[14] He is buried at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill, North Carolina.
6. Archie Smith
Archie Smith of Denton was a relatively new face in the field at Charlotte in 1949.[15] Still in his teens at the time, he received word of the race when he overheard a commercial on the radio.[16]
In a 2002 article by David Poole of The Charlotte Observer, Smith recalled:[16] "It cost $25 to enter. Nobody had that. I was working for 75 cents an hour and my daddy didn't want me to go. But he finally agreed to loan me the money.
"It was my personal car. We taped the headlights up and taped a number on the side. [...] We had to buckle the doors closed and we had to have a seat belt. I bought an old horse harness at the hardware for a seat belt and used a regular old leather belt around the doors so they wouldn't fly open."
Speaking of daddy, his father Frank Smith was also part of the starting lineup. Even before the race, the father and son duo were quick to try a different tactic from everyone else: the two went to the local airport and filled their cars with airplane fuel. When they were caught, they brushed the gas off as for the race.[16]
Shortly prior to the green flag, Smith's car failed to start, forcing him to call his friend on pit road to blow out the gas line before he could get going. He finished the race sixth; had he won, Smith remarked, "I probably would have stayed in [NASCAR]. I was as good as any of them, I thought."[16]
Smith ran just one more NASCAR race in his career, finishing tenth at that year's Martinsville event. He noted he didn't wear a helmet.[16]
Although he never stuck around in NASCAR, he continued racing in drag racing with General Motors and at Bowman Gray Stadium.[16]
He was the last living driver from the inaugural race, and is presumably still alive. An interview with him from 2012 can be watched here.
edit: Scratch that, he passed away last December
7. Sterling Long
Sterling Long ran three Strictly Stock/Grand National races, two in 1949 and one in 1950: after his seventh at Charlotte, he finished 28th and 26th at Occoneechee Speedway. The Charlotte Observer's August 9, 1950 issue had the following to say about his entry in that year's race:[17]
Sterling Long, Greensboro resident and formerly of Charlotte, today filed his entry for the 100-mile Grand National Circuit racae for late model automobiles slated for the fast Occoneechee one mile speedway Sunday afternoon.
Long will be driving a 1950 Hudson, the first Hudson entered for the speed classic being directed by Bill France under NASCAR sanction.
France anticipates a field of some 30 to 40 drivers for the big race, classed as Eastern North Carolina's biggest race of the season and one that may not be duplicated for years to come in the face of the present war crisis.
In his write-up on Racers Reunion, Tim Leeming wrote of Long's 26th-place run: "During the race, Sterling Long wrecked his Hudson in a spectacular series of flips but climbed from the destroyed car unhurt."[18]
According to Racing-Reference, he died on November 28, 1987, which would align with this Find A Grave memorial which adds he s buried in Soles Cemetery in Tabor City.
8. Slick Smith
How slick is Ebenezer "Slick" Smith? Slick enough to race in the Grand National Series for seven years, including much of the 1953 schedule, with 18 career top tens and a best finish of fourth at North Wilkesboro in 1954. A good number of his starts in both Grand National and Modifieds came in cars owned by fellow driver Frank Christian, usually running as teammates to Frank and his wife/fellow inaugural racer Sara.[19]
He also won a pole at Raleigh in 1953, prompting The Gaston Gazette's NASCAR This Week page to give him a shout-out in their 2006 season preview:[20]
Ever heard of Danny Weinberg? How about Slick Smith? Pat Kirkwood? All are among the 201 drivers who have won at least one pole in the history of NASCAR's premier series.
In 1950, Smith ran the North Wilkesboro race in a Nash Ambassador that was used by Bill France and Curtis Turner in the 1947 Carrera Panamericana. Nash, which eventually became part of American Motors Corporation after its parent Nash-Kelvinator merged with Hudson, was the first manufacturer to provide factory support in NASCAR.[21]
Racing-Reference says Smith died on January 27, 1997.
9. Curtis Turner
Like Byron, Curtis Turner probably doesn't need much of an introduction. A driver with a colorful and infamous reputation (most famously his then-lifetime ban in the 1961 for his efforts in forming a driver's union alongside Tim Flock), he missed out on the NASCAR title in 1949 but was voted Most Popular Driver and Most Outstanding Modified Driver.[22]
It's quite fitting that Turner finished next to Slick Smith; besides Smith driving Turner and France's Nash Ambassador at North Wilkesboro in 1950, Turner was responsible for Nash's lone NASCAR victory in 1951 at Charlotte.[21]
The 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and golfer Clarence King were killed in a plane crash on October 4, 1970 in Pennsylvania; he was 46. Earlier, he had been participating in an exhibition race at Rockingham and was preparing for a special one-off return in the following week's National 500 at Charlotte.[23] Turner is buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Roanoke, Virginia.
10. Jimmy Thompson
Even before the inaugural Strictly Stock race, Jimmy Thompson was on NASCAR's shit list. During the sanctioning body's early years, Bill France cracked down on various drivers like Thompson, Marshall Teague, Speedy Thompson, Ed Samples, and Buddy Shuman for various reasons; Teague, who was NASCAR's first treasurer in 1947, was banned after he and France got into arguments over changing the prize money from a flat amount to 40 percent of the gate receipts. Thompson drew France's wrath when he and Teague bailed on NASCAR events to compete in other series, while the other drivers (who also ran different series) all received suspensions when they were caught placing thumbtacks on the track before a Modified event.[10]
France's official reason for their blacklisting? "Conduct detrimental to the best interests of the National Association of Stock Car Racing." Sounds familiar, doesn't it?[10]
However, just days before the Strictly Stocks made their debut, the suspended drivers pleaded their cases to NASCAR commissioner Cannonball Baker and were reinstated. While the other drivers received fines and were placed on probation, Thompson was fully exonerated of any wrongdoing and allowed to race in NASCAR without any sanctions. Although the other four were allowed to race in the Strictly Stocks once they paid their fines, only Thompson would enter the race.[24]
After finishing tenth in at Charlotte, he would go on to race in the Grand National Series until 1962, recording ten top tens and two top fives in 47 career races. One of his starts came in the first Daytona 500; considering the size of the new Daytona International Speedway, Thompson reportedly remarked: "There have been tracks that separated the men from the boys. But this is the track that will separate the weak from the strong long after the boys have gone home!"[25]
Just two years after ending his career, Thompson died of a heart attack in his North Carolina home on September 26, 1964.[25] His grave in Lakeland Memorial Park mentions his naval service during World War II.
11. Buck Baker
The 1956 and 1957 Grand National champion, Charlotte bus driver Buck Baker was one of the era's greatest drivers. A 46-time race winner, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 1949, Baker was chasing the Modified title, but entering the Strictly Stock race, he was quite a distance from points leader Fonty Flock. While Flock led with 1,187, Baker had fallen to seventh with 447.5 after losing sixth to Frank Mundy at Martinsville.[4] He also ran for the National Stock Car Championship, where he finished fourth in points behind Ed Samples, Curtis Turner, and Jack Smith.[26]
Four years after the Charlotte race, Baker and some others leased the legendary Air Base Speedway, whose lone Grand National race was won by inaugural Strictly Stock pole sitter Bob Flock.[27]
Baker died on April 16, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center while having a procedure done for his pacemaker; he was 83.[28] His gravestone at Magnolia Memorial Gardens keeps it simple: A True Champion.
"Throughout the entire racing world, I don't know of anybody who would said he didn't give 110 percent from the time they dropped the green flag until the time the race was over," son Buddy Baker said. "He was that same way in life, too."[28]
12. Bill Blair
Like many of his fellow drivers, Bill Blair got his start as a moonshine runner in the 1930s. In 1939, he began racing at the newly-constructed High Point Speedway, and he opened his own track Tri-City Speedway after World War II.[29][30]
A friend of Bill France, Blair drove the other Lincoln Cosmopolitan from Millard Clothier at Charlotte. He dominated much of the race as he led 145 laps, but fell out of contention when one of his pit crew members removed the radiator cap, while efforts to solve the issue with cold water led to the thermostat housing cracking. He finished 12th.[3]
Blair enjoyed a fairly successful career in the Grand National Series during the 1950s as he won three races, including a 1953 victory at Daytona Beach.
He died on November 2, 1995.
13. Jack Smith
A decade after running the first Strictly Stock race, Jack Smith won the Grand National Most Popular Driver Award; although he tied Junior Johnson in the voting, a second ballot allowed him to edge Johnson out.[31]
Smith, who began racing in 1947 after building his own car, would enjoy a successful career in NASCAR's top level. From 1949 to his final season 1964, he won 21 races and finishes in the top five in points three times. The Georgia native also had a bit of an odd relationship with Darlington Raceway, where his car flipped out of the track and into the parking lot in 1954, "set the new speed record for driving sideways" in 1956, and once again flew out of the speedway in 1958.[32]
In 1960, he formed a close partnership with Bud Moore, and the two became the first duo to communicate via two-way radio.[32]
Son Jackie said the following about his father: "Daddy raced in the rough and tough days. He was a man's man. He drove hard. He had broad shoulders, big arms. They raced and they fought back then."[33]
"Jack was a hell of a competitor," Moore added. "Jack was a good race driver back in his day. In his time, he was about as good as any of them that come along."[33]
Smith died on October 17, 2001 of congestive heart failure.
14. Sara Christian
As mentioned in Slick Smith's segment, Sara Christian was the wife of Frank Christian. Sara's racing backstory is rather unknown, but it's inferred that she cut her teeth in women-only races called "Powder Puff Derbies" before diving into the NASCAR world with her husband.[34]
Nicknamed "The Country's Leading Woman Stock Car Driver",[11] Sara drove a Ford owned by Frank at Charlotte.[35] To quote The Charlotte Observer's qualifying report:[36]
A feminine complexion was added for today's 150-mile strictly stock car classic at the New Charlotte Speedway when Sara Christian, attractive Atlanta woman driver, was granted permission to test her skill against the male speedsters and verified her qualifications by qualifying 13th in the starting field today.
[...]
Mrs. Christian is not a newcomer in stock car racing. In fact, the Atlanta woman has a modified stock car in which he has used to compete with men in other races, and her entry yesterday was not altogether a surprise when Race Director Bill France granted permission for her to try her skill in the long test. This, however, will definitely be her first test in long distance racing, but she was anything but afraid when she zoomed her entry around the trick track yesterday.
Mid-race, she was replaced by pole sitter Bob Flock after the latter's engine failed.[35]
Being the lone female driver in the inaugural race, it goes without saying that Christian is NASCAR's first woman driver, but it wouldn't take long for others to also come aboard. She was joined by Ethel Mobley and Louise Smith for the following race at Daytona Beach.[37]
Christian only ran six more Grand National races in her career, with six in 1949. Regardless, she scored two top tens, including a fifth at Heidelberg, both during the first season. At the end of 1949, she was named Woman of the Year by the United States Drivers Association.[35]
She died on March 7, 1980 at 61. She is buried at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Dahlonega, Georgia.
15. John Barker
Barker, of Hickory, North Carolina, is the only driver in this field to not have any sort of biographical information on Racing-Reference.
Anyway, he finished 15th in a 1947 Kaiser owned by Ralph Chaney. Chaney would eventually field cars for Barker in three races in 1951, where his best finish was 12th at Martinsville. Barker had seven Grand National starts that year, including four with Leo Sigman in a Studebaker.[10]
Since no info on his birth and death dates are available, it can only be assumed that he is probably dead until proven otherwise.
16. Jimmie Lewallen
He might not be the greatest Jimmie in NASCAR history, but Jimmie Lewallen certainly had quite a role in it. A former moonshine runner and good friend of Bill Blair,[38] he was part of a 12-driver group who met with Bill France at the Rex Hotel in Atlanta on October 12, 1947 to write up the initial plans for NASCAR.[39] France even offered Lewallen a chance to "buy into NASCAR" for $500, which he rejected as he felt "it would never amount to anything."[40]
Even outside of the racing world, Lewallen was a decorated man; before helping in NASCAR's creation, he was a veteran of the Normandy invasion as he served in General George Patton's Third Army, where he was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star.[39]
"Huge Foot", as he was nicknamed,[38] would race in Grand National in the 1950s and much of the Convertible Division in 1956, where he finished eleventh in points. Although he never won a race in either series, he enjoyed success in modified and sportsman series, including winning the 1950 Modified title at Bowman Gray.[40]
Lewallen died on October 16, 1995 at a Winston-Salem hospital after a battle with cancer.[39] He is buried at Springfield Friends Meeting House Cemetery in High Point, North Carolina.
17. Lee Petty
Ah, Lee Petty. Hall of Famer, father of The King, inaugural Daytona 500 winner, leader of Petty Enterprises, the list goes on.
We all know Petty's story, so let's just focus on how he did in the summer of '49. Lee and 12-year-old Richard reached Charlotte Speedway in a 1948 Buick Roadmaster, which was also Lee's car of choice for the race for various reasons like size and an engine that was likely going to work quite nicely in the dirt. Said car was also not actually his, instead belonging to his neighbor Gilmer Goode who was willing to lend it to him assuming the prize money could pay off any damages.
Well, Lee ended up wrecking the car. As Richard explained in Ryan McGee's article on the race:[11]
"People complain about the traffic over there when they are trying to get to the airport," says Richard Petty. "But they should have been with us when we were trying to get to that racetrack in 1949. You might want to check and see, because I'm pretty sure there are probably some folks still stuck down there."
[...]
"This was the first real stock car race, you see," Richard Petty explains. "Daddy wanted to make sure he was going to be a part of that. And he really wanted to make sure he got a part of that $6,000 purse."
[...]
Barely half the field made it to the race's halfway mark. That's when Lee Petty lost control of his borrowed Buick and barrel-rolled it through the third turn.
"My first thought was, 'I hope Daddy is OK,'" Richard remembers. "Then my second thought was, 'Oh, man, how are we gonna get home?'"
[...]
"When we got home that night, all I could think about was the future," Richard Petty says. "I was wondering where all this might go and I was hoping that maybe the Petty family could go along with it, and we did."
The kid who became King winks.
"But first we had to go tell Gilmer Goode that we had wrecked his car."
Petty died on April 5, 2000 at the Moses Cone Hospital, where he had been staying after underoing surgery for a stomach aneurysm. His passing came just three days after great-grandson Adam made his Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway.[41] He is buried at Level Cross United Methodist Church Cemetery in Randleman, North Carolina.
18. Skimp Hersey
I'll say this in advance: Skimp Hersey has probably the darkest bio of any of the drivers here.
Hailing from Florida, Hersey was a fast but unlucky driver. Although he had his race wins like a NASCAR Modified victory at Jacksonville, he received the nickname "Hard Luck Kid" in 1948 since he regularly found himself in wrecks. Despite his inconsistent finishes, his fortunes took a turn for the better during the 1949 NASCAR season, and he was eventually one of the first to race at Charlotte Speedway.[42] Of course, he would later run the first Strictly Stock event at the track.
Fast forward to June 12, 1950, when Hersey was competing in a 100-mile National Stock Car Racing Association (NSCRA) Modified race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta.[43][44]
Lakewood Speedway was not a forgiving race track. Besides various deaths, the previous year's NSCR race saw four different drivers get sent to the hospital for injuries in wrecks. Additionally, if you were going to race at Lakewood, it was imperative that you keep an extra gas can in your car; true to its name, Lakewood had a literal lake as its "infield", meaning any driver who ran out of fuel on the backstretch was basically stuck there for the rest of the race with no way to get back to pit road. As such, drivers kept the fuel can to make brief refuels when they were running low.[43]
Anyway, Hersey's car got loose in turn one and rolled, hitting the fence.[44] The gas can in the car lost its lid during the roll, causing the cockpit to be coated in fuel. After landing in front of the stands, the car went up in flames. Five minutes later, Hersey crawled out of the burning car and sat by the wreck as he called for help).[43] However, fire crews had to wait for the other drivers to stop before they could get to him.[44] In the meantime, a newspaper photographer arrived on the scene... to take photos. Despite Hersey's pleas, the photographer continued his work. Police had to escort him from the track as they expected the fans to attack him for not doing anything.[43]
Once the firemen finally arrived, all of Hersey's clothes but his underwear had been burned off. He was transported to Grady Hospital but died the next day. He was 37.[43]
The race was called off after 81 laps and Jack Smith was declared the winner.[44]
Hersey is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in his hometown of St. Augustine, Florida.
19. Bob Smith
Considering how common of a name Bob Smith is, it probably comes with no shock that it took quite the digging to find anything.
Anyway, he had four career starts in 1949 and 1950, including the first Southern 500 in 1950 (officially the Southern Five Hundred). Incidentally, assuming they aren't the same person, the Radford, Virginia native was actually the second Bob Smith at newly-Darlington Raceway as the track's PR head also had the same name.[45]
In regards to the 1949 Charlotte race, Smith was third-fastest after the first wave of qualifying, tailing Red Byron and Curtis Turner.[24] After ultimately starting seventh, he ended his day in 19th.[36][1]
Per RR, he died on February 26, 1997.
20. Otis Martin
Otis Martin of Roanoke, Virginia qualified sixth at Charlotte in his 1949 Ford, right in front of Bob Smith.[36] He finished 20th due to overheating issues.[1]
Nicknamed "Bib Overalls" since he raced while wearing the attire in question, Martin was considered a bit of a mountain man. He later ran the Martinsville race that year, but finished last, and would contest 23 series races in his career until 1954 with a best run of sixth at Charlotte in 1953. His final NASCAR start came in the 1954 Southern 500.[46] Heck, he was even a survivor of the infamous 1949 Lakewood Speedway race mentioned earlier.[47]
However, Martin died in a car accident on November 21, 1955; ironically, Virginia had just begun a three-week period of promoting safe driving. He was 37. The Associated Press wrote the following:
A 37-year-old Henry County man was killed in an auto crash today a little more than three hours after the start of a three-week safe driving period. The first in the state for that period—and four others over the week-end boosted Virginia's 1955 traffic toll to 770—86 higher than the same time last year.
Otis Mason Martin of Rt. 1, Martinsville, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on State Rt. 57, 1½ miles east of Stanleytown at 3:10 a. m.
Safe Driving Day is Dec. 1. States and communities were asked to keep accident records for 10-day periods before and after that date for comparative purposes.
A comment on his RR bio claiming to be his oldest son added:
Otis was killed in a car wreck on Rte 57 near his hometown of Bassett Va Nov 21,1955.
He was driving a 1955 Ford Fairlane with a 1952 Chrysler Hemi-Head Engine. The accident was caused by the driveshaft separating from The transmission,digging into the pavement and catapulting the vehicle into several flips. Two passengers in the car survived the accident with only minor injuries.
21. Frank Smith
Father of Archie, Frank Smith supposedly did not actually run the race; according to his son, he let Jimmy Thompson drive his car at the last second. Either way, Archie maintains he and his dad were the first fatheson team in NASCAR history.[16]
Frank later ran the Occoneechee Speedway race, where he finished 14th.
After a lot of confusion in RR's comments, it appears he died on March 29, 1957 at the age of 55.
22. Bill Snowden
Like Skimp Hersey, Bill Snowden hailed from St. Augustine, Florida. During the 1949 season, he raced for the NASCAR Modified title, where he was hanging in ninth at the time of the Strictly Stock debut.[4]
Nicknamed "Wild Bill", Snowden was a fan favorite in his home state and outside.[49] Considered the "hottest of the hot stock car pilots in the nation" by The Orlando Sentinel in 1951,[50] he ran 25 Grand National races between 1949 and 1952 with top tens in 14. He was even nominated by the Florida Sports Writers Association as one of the biggest contributors to pro sports in 1950, alongside the likes of Bill France and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager Al López.[51]
Besides driving, Snowden also dabbed in team ownership, fielding rides for the likes of Curtis Turner and Fireball Roberts.[49][52]
After retiring from racing, he became a shrimp boat operator. He died at his home on February 2, 1959.[53]
23. Jim Paschal
Jim Paschal, who retired from the Charlotte race for overheating issues and hung out in the top 15 for the 1949 points standings,[54] was a nominee for the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. While he wasn't one of the inductees, he enjoyed a solid and long career that saw him race across the Grand National era and into the Winston Cup name.[55]
From 1949 to 1972, he recorded 25 race wins and 230 top tens in 421 races, a nearly 55 percent top-ten rate. A short track master, all but two of his victories came on such courses.[55] Despite his short track success, Paschal noted he "didn't have any track mastered, but I had awfully good luck at Nashville. I won three races in a row there."
The two non-short track victories came in the World 600 in 1964 and 1967; his 1967 win saw him lead 335 of 400 laps, setting a race record that stood until Martin Truex Jr. smashed it in 2016.[55] When he was inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame in 1977, Paschal recalled:[56]
"It was the kind of race that when you think about it, it brings a smile to your face. The press wrote that it was tires that helped me win that race and they were right. But none of them knew the trouble we went to to get the tires that we ran.
"The tires that we selected to run weren't supposed to be the fast type. But we found out that they were only three to four hundredths of a second off the real fast tires -- and the tires we picked would last. The others would not. We and Goodyear were calling all over the place to try and get a full set. We would get one tire here, another tire there. We had tires coming in from everywhere. We didn't have enough tires to run the race until the morning of the race."
A modest man, Paschal was held in high regard by his peers. Richard Petty considered him a top-ten greatest driver in Cup history:[56]
"Jim was a natural. Driving was just easy for him. He ranks as one of the best of all-time on my list."
Pascal was also quite surprised by Petty's comment. I didn't figure anything like being inducted into the Hall of Fame would happen to me and I didn't figure anything like what Richard said about me would happen. To be considered one of the 10 best of all time was really a surprise."
After retiring, Paschal owned a trucking business alongside Modified driver Max Berrier.[56] He died of cancer on July 5, 2004; he was 77.[57] Paschal is buried at North Bend Cemetery in Jackson Creek, North Carolina.
"I'm not a hero," Paschal once said after his NMPA Hall of Fame induction.[56] "I have not done anything along these lines. I don't understand it. I thought the Hall of Fame was for heroes.
"I didn't really think I would be elected to it. That's why this means so much to me."
24. B.E. Renfro
The #1 driver to drive #1 came in Race #1 with B.E. Renfro (no relation to Randy Renfrow). Only ran two Strictly Stock races with a 17th at Occoneechee.
However, since he went by initials, I had a hard time figuring out his full name and his identity. As such, I eventually gave up and will default to his RR: died on May 27, 2001.
25. Fred Johnson
In May 1949, Fred Johnson of Hamptonville joined Bill France and NASCAR at the newly-opened Charlotte Speedway alongside fellow Johnson and North Wilkesboro native George Johnson.[58] A month later, Fred would be the only Johnson running the inaugural Strictly Stock race at the track. In doing so, Fred connected a piece of NASCAR history to one of the sport's greatest names: Junior Johnson.[59]
After growing up in the bootlegging business, brothers Fred and Junior got into racing.[59] Although Fred would only run seven career Grand National races (scoring two top tens) with Junior obviously being the more iconic brother, the two of them worked together and competed with one another. In 1955, the pair teamed up under B&L Motors with Junior in an Oldsmobile and Fred a Cadillac; such cars were even switched between the two during the season.[60]
Even out of the car, Fred worked with Junior Johnson & Associates as a farm manager. He died on January 7, 1991 and is interred at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Ronda, North Carolina.[61]
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