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What is Dirt Every Day? [Dirt Every Day Episode 1]

Finally, a show for all you dirt heads out there!

Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Technical Editor Fred Williams introduces the new Dirt Every Day show with a brief overview of what it’s all about and where it’s headed.

Check back in every other Thursday as Fred continues his crusade against asphalt.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the keys to a $250,000 Mercedes Unimog

Just a day ago we were reminiscing about that time former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into the law the most sweeping curbs on greenhouse gases in the country, rules that drive the federal government’s march toward a 54.5 mpg average by 2025. About the same time, Schwarzenegger was in California picking up his new ride, a five-ton Mercedes-Benz Unimog pickup customized to a value estimated at $250,000. The earth underneath its tires will be safe, all right.
Schwarzenegger, the 65-year-old actor and bit player in the recent “The Expendables 2,” has long been known as a fan of military-grade trucks, and was a chief reason AM General and General Motors eventually built civilian versions of the Hummer military vehicle. During his time as governor, Schwarzenegger changed his stripes, touting fuel-efficient models and even converting one of his trucks to run on hydrogen.
But after leaving office and some changes in his personal life, Schwarzenegger seems to be exploring the world of high-end machinery again; we caught him earlier thisy month checking out the field at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Thursday’s pickup of his diesel Unimog followed a test drive in Germany of the Unimog with its customizer. These trucks aren’t sold by Mercedes in the United States, but see duty around the rest of the world as construction, forestry and military haulers, and are renowned for their off-road prowess.
While the $250,000 figure in customizing by German firm Mertec sounds high, it might also involve a fair bit of legal work; newer Unimog U1300s generally aren’t legal on American roads; they can barely top 60 mph, and getting one registered for public driving in California may have taken months. Then again, having an ex-governor as a customer couldn’t have hurt.

(vía Yahoo! Autos)

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the keys to a $250,000 Mercedes Unimog

Just a day ago we were reminiscing about that time former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into the law the most sweeping curbs on greenhouse gases in the country, rules that drive the federal government’s march toward a 54.5 mpg average by 2025. About the same time, Schwarzenegger was in California picking up his new ride, a five-ton Mercedes-Benz Unimog pickup customized to a value estimated at $250,000. The earth underneath its tires will be safe, all right.

Schwarzenegger, the 65-year-old actor and bit player in the recent “The Expendables 2,” has long been known as a fan of military-grade trucks, and was a chief reason AM General and General Motors eventually built civilian versions of the Hummer military vehicle. During his time as governor, Schwarzenegger changed his stripes, touting fuel-efficient models and even converting one of his trucks to run on hydrogen.

But after leaving office and some changes in his personal life, Schwarzenegger seems to be exploring the world of high-end machinery again; we caught him earlier thisy month checking out the field at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Thursday’s pickup of his diesel Unimog followed a test drive in Germany of the Unimog with its customizer. These trucks aren’t sold by Mercedes in the United States, but see duty around the rest of the world as construction, forestry and military haulers, and are renowned for their off-road prowess.

While the $250,000 figure in customizing by German firm Mertec sounds high, it might also involve a fair bit of legal work; newer Unimog U1300s generally aren’t legal on American roads; they can barely top 60 mph, and getting one registered for public driving in California may have taken months. Then again, having an ex-governor as a customer couldn’t have hurt.

(vía Yahoo! Autos)

Jackie Chan Approved: Narrow escape for driver as truck smashes scooter in China

A woman in China narrowly escaped being crushed by a lorry in Ningbo, in the country’s eastern Zhejiang province. State television on Thursday broadcast footage filmed recently by traffic cameras, showing the truck smashing into the woman as she crossed a busy road.

Police told state TV that the accident happened because the woman ignored a red light as she made her way across the junction in the city’s Beilun district.

They said the trucker was also to blame, as he accelerated his vehicle to speed through the traffic light just before it turned red.

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