Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories that are your air, that you need to know to live. 1st Gear: At Least They Know How To Wrench On These Harley-Davidson has been struggling for years trying to reach the youth market beyond its bored dentist clientele base. And by “struggling,” I mean “continuously tripping over its own shoelaces, like when it bought up Buell only to kill it.” In any case, the company’s pushes for nostalgia haven’t been working, so the company decided it’s time for something different: even older nostalgia. H-D is going back to bicycles of its past, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: Harley-Davidson Inc. is unveiling a new bike, but it’s powered by pedals, not a rumbling V-Twin engine. The olive-green cruiser is a tribute to a bicycle sold by Harley in 1917. It’s the first of 10 hand-built … [Read more...] about Harley-Davidson, Unable To Sell Millennials Motorcycles, Pivots To Bicycles
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Getting your foot in the door of the automotive industry isn’t easy. It’s already a small space and it’s extremely competitive. But if you’re talented and you want in badly enough—and you’re willing to gamble anything and everything you have to get it—you just might score that dream job of building race cars, like certified badass Juliann Pokorny. Currently, Juliann is a race services specialist at a race shop in Austin, Texas, called Winding Road Racing. It’s a pretty awesome gig, one where she gets to do things like build roll-cages that keep people from dying when they go racing. In her free time, she founded a charity called Boobster Club, which devotes its efforts to helping get more women interested in motorsports, and, once they are there, assists them in paying for things like entry fees and being their role models. But the path hasn’t always been easy for Juliann. She gave up her stability and a well-paying job to chase … [Read more...] about What It Takes To Gamble Everything You Have To Go Build Race Cars Like A True Badass
On Saturday, the Hackaday Community from across Ireland and other parts of Europe poured into the performance hall at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre for a massive collection of talks. From rediscovering century’s old technology, to cutting edge research projects, we heard talks from dozens of attendees on the technology that is interesting them most right now. Choosing what to share about last weekend’s Uncon has been a particularly taxing process. So many and varied were the projects presented, and such was their high standard, that a writer faces a significant challenge to fit them into a single report. But we’ll give it a try. Read on for highlights of what was a weekend we will remember forever. From Wearables to Lab-Grown Eyeballs Dublin by early April has lost some of winter’s chill, but the sun hadn’t regained control enough for the populace to have shed their coats and boots. It was in a slightly damp Temple Bar then that the Hackaday … [Read more...] about Dublin Unconference Roundup: The Topics That are Hot Right Now
Building a robot that can do anything well is a tough challenge. Building one that can stand up to another robot trying to violently put it out of commission is an even harder task. But it makes for some entertaining television! It is this combination that thrust a few creative robot building teams into the world of Robot Wars. A few weeks ago I learned that a friend from that period in my life had died following an illness. I hadn’t seen [Mik] for a few years as our lives had drifted apart, but if we were to turn back the clock nearly a couple of decades you would find us and about twenty other fellow members of the Ixion British motorcyclist’s mailing list hard at work building a Robot Wars robot. The hard work and determination make this a great story. But even more so it’s fun to look back on the state of the art of the time and see some clever workarounds in a time when robot building was just starting to be approachable by the average engineer. The Cutting Edge … [Read more...] about Ever Wonder How The Bots On Robot Wars Were Built?
“Now, if you owned a classy car like that, I might consider marrying you,” my father-in-law’s future bride said to him as the pair walked by his gleaming red 1954 MG TF Midget. About half a century later, the car’s still in the family. (Full disclosure: I wanted to share with you the history and driving experience of my father-in-law’s 1954 MG TF Midget, so I asked him if I could borrow it and damned if he didn’t say yes.) This 1954 MG TF happens to be a 1250cc, and as I noted, it also happens to belong to my wife’s parents. My father-in-law, Creighton, or Creig to his friends and admirers, was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay in Eastern Shore Maryland. It was there that he developed his interest in all things mechanical, and from there it wasn’t hard for him to become a car enthusiast. After doing a stint in the Army at the end of the Korean War he decided to ditch the East Coast and check out what prospects there might be for a … [Read more...] about How A Little Red Sports Car Became An Essential Part Of My Family