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$4 Gas the Tipping Point for Most Americans

New survey finds 59% of Americans will make lifestyle changes as gas reaches record highs

ORLANDO, Fla. (Mar. 10, 2022) – New survey data from AAA finds that two-thirds of Americans felt gas prices were too expensive just a few weeks ago at $3.53 per gallon. Now with the national average at an all-time high of over $4, Americans may have reached a tipping point. Over half (59%) said they would make changes to their driving habits or lifestyle if the cost of gas rose to $4 per gallon. If gas were to reach $5.00, which it has in the Western part of the country, three-quarters said they would need to adjust their lifestyle to offset the spike at the pump.

Among Americans who said they would make changes in response to higher gas prices, a majority (80%) said they would opt to drive less, with some differences among age groups:

Goodguys To Giveaway 1988 Chevrolet Silverado With Custom Roadster Shop Chasis

PLEASANTON, Calif. (December 14, 2021) – Goodguys, America’s favorite car show, today announced it has teamed up with renowned custom car and chassis builder Roadster Shop for its 2022/2023 Goodguys giveaway vehicle, a custom 1988 Chevy Silverado. Following the unveiling of the completed truck at the Goodguys 24th Summit Racing Nationals on July 10, 2022, the giveaway truck will be on display at all remaining Goodguys events until the winner of the truck is announced at the same Columbus, Ohio event in 2023.

The 2022/2023 giveaway 1988 Chevrolet Silverado will ride on Roadster Shop’s all-new Old Body Style (OBS) chassis that was unveiled at the 2021 SEMA show in Las Vegas this November. The resto-modded ‘80s-themed truck will be thoroughly customized inside and out by Roadster Shop and incorporate products from many of the leading aftermarket manufacturers that display at Goodguys events.

Goodguys 2021 Best New Product Showcase Winners

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association recently announced the winners of its Best New Product Showcase at the Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG in Columbus, Ohio. this past weekend.

During this event, manufacturers were able to show off their latest products and vie for a Best New Product title in a number of different classes, including engine and transmission components, electronics, tires and wheels and more.

See the full list of winners of the Best New Product Showcase for 2021 below!

Kicking Off The Year Of The Deuce At The 72nd Grand Nationals Roadster Show

The return of the Grand National Roadster Show is one sure sign that 2022 is destined be a better year for hot rodders than the past couple of trips around the sun. Canceled in 2021 due to California Covid restrictions, the show made a much-heralded comeback for its 72nd installment, reaffirming its place as the first big hot rod happening of the season, with national attention given to the many vehicle debuts and high-caliber award competitions. It was good to have this granddaddy event back!

The timing couldn’t have been better, because 2022 marks the 90th anniversary of the ’32 Ford – the quintessential American hot rod for generations of enthusiasts. This milestone was not lost on the Grand National Roadster Show organizers, who celebrated the Deuce with an exclusive parking area in the outdoor Grand Daddy Drive-In portion of the event. It was the first of what are certain to be many ’32 Ford celebrations happening across the country this year.

Potholes Pack a Punch as Drivers Pay $26.5 Billion in Related Vehicle Repairs

ORLANDO, Fla. (Mar. 1, 2022) — Americans battling the polar vortex will soon face a greater enemy—pothole season. A new survey from AAA found that last year 1 in 10 drivers sustained vehicle damage significant enough to warrant a repair after hitting a pothole. With an average price tag of almost $600 per repair, damage caused by potholes cost drivers a staggering $26.5 billion in 2021 alone.

To make matters worse, these same drivers often ended up with an average of two pothole-related repairs signaling that America’s roadways need immediate attention. As states receive an influx of funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, AAA urges government officials and departments of transportation to focus on improving road conditions, prioritizing those areas most in need of repair.

“In many parts of the country, winter roads will likely give way to pothole-laden obstacle courses,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering. “When a vehicle hits a pothole with any kind of force, the tires, wheels and suspension get the brunt of the impact and fixing any of those items is pricey.”

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