December 2013 - Lug Nuts
New, Interesting and Fun Things About Heavy-Duty Work Trucks
Used Cooking Oil Powers Airplane
A 500-mile flight was successfully completed with SkyNRG aviation biofuel that was made from used cooking oil. The airplane, a Cessna 182, was equipped with an SMA aviation diesel engine and took off from Lincoln, Rhode Island, and landed in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, before returning home. The pilots were Chris Howitt, Jochen Spengler, and Ross McCurdy. One passenger came along: 9-year-old Aedan McCurdy.
SMA produces aviation diesel engines with 30 to 40 percent greater fuel efficiency than traditional lead fuel-burning avgas engines that can run on several approved fuels such as Jet-A, JP8, or TS-1. In addition, the FAA accepts the use of semi-synthetic jet fuel, including aviation biofuel, provided it meets the requirement stipulated in FAA's SAIB NE-11-56. This was the first biofuel flight for SMA engines.
SkyNRG is a Netherlands-based producer of aviation biofuels that has successfully used its biofuel in commercial jets worldwide. In the United States, SkyNRG's biofuel is distributed through Epic Aviation. This was the first use of SkyNRG biofuel in a piston-engine aircraft. Next up? The group is planning a coast-to-coast flight.
When a reader has an awesome truck, it's pretty easy to get our attention. But when that same reader can send in really cool photos—there's no doubt that we're going to run it!
Carlos Bustamonte sent us this photo as somewhat of a teaser. Now we're waiting for more photos so we can do a full feature!
We walked into 3W Truck & Equipment's shop not knowing what we'd find, and the result was a jackpot of sorts. Owner Bob Weber builds custom stuff for trucks and trailers. Oh, boy! He sent us out around the city looking at cool things he's built, and you can bet we're setting up photo shoots right now… Stay tuned.
John Sherman sent us this rendering of the truck he's building to bring awareness to the damage bullying can do. It's a good cause, and we hope he gets the help and sponsors he needs to get it completed.
It's a Lock
Mason Locke sent us this photo to see if we were interested in running a feature on his truck. Heck yes! When the guy can take a nice photo like this, of course we're going to say yes. Hey, do you have a nice truck and a camera? Send a photo to Bob.Carpenter@sorc.com.
The crew at Empire Diesel Performance sent us a photo of Kris and Christian Ennis' Chevy 2500, and we're convinced it deserves a full feature. The truck has an H&S XRT Pro tuner, ReadyLift 4-inch lift kit with Bilstein 5100 series shocks, Toyo Open Country MT tires, and Gear 726 wheels. Next on the build list is motor mods to get it up to 1,000 hp.
Pickup Truck Parade
Pickup trucks from across rural America descended on Indianapolis Motor Speedway to break a Guinness World Record as Rural Radio on SiriusXM hosted the world's largest parade of pickup trucks at the iconic home of the Indy 500. More than 500 pickup trucks were on parade and display. A grand total of 386 pickup trucks officially qualified to meet the strict requirements and parade standards as specified by Guinness World Records rules.
Every participant was keenly focused on smashing the previously held record of 273, which was set in 2012 on the Dresden Raceway in Ontario, Canada. In addition to the pickup truck parade, the day's events also included a parade of some 300 beautifully restored antique tractors.
To officially qualify for the Guinness World Records title, the pickup trucks had to travel a minimum of 2 miles around the track with no more than 10 feet (or two car lengths) distance between them. Philip Robertson, the official adjudicator sent by Guinness World Records to preside over the day, spent several hours on the track measuring the lengths and recording the speed. A little before 4 p.m. Robertson declared the new record had been set.