Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I have an ongoing
"debate" with my hubby about whether or
not to leave our car windows open slightly when
it is really, really hot. One of us says we need
to do this to keep the windows and windshield
from cracking (especially if there is a drastic
temperature change due, for example, to a
thunderstorm). The other doesnt think
its necessary and prefers to leave them
closed (especially to keep from having to dash
outside to close them in case of the
aforementioned storm!). So, oh Automotive Gurus,
which do you recommend? Thanks! - Barbara
TOM: It depends on who has to
do the dashing, Barbara.
RAY: Actually, theres no
need to keep the windows ajar. The windows and
windshield will not crack from the heat, nor from
the sudden drop in temperature that often
accompanies a thunderstorm. After all, if that
were the case, your windows would crack every
time you got into a hot car and cranked up the
air conditioning, right?
TOM: So, if you dont mind
getting into a hot car, you are free to leave all
the windows closed.
RAY: If the heat is an issue
for you, though, you have several options. One is
just open the windows a tiny bit - not enough to
let any significant rain in, but enough allow
some hot air to escape. And just to be on the
safe side, in case it does rain, open the window
next to where your hubby sits.
TOM: If heat and thunderstorms
are regular problems where you live, you can even
buy some snap-on rain guards, which cover the top
of the windows. They angle out from the top of
the door to deflect the rain.
RAY: Finally, we will recommend
an old and sadly neglected remedy for extremely
hot weather: Park in the shade. Try it.
By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
NHRA Sells Its
Pro Racing Assets
Huge news hit the
racing front recently when HD Partners
Acquisition Corp. and the National Hot Rod
Association, the worlds preeminent
drag-racing organization, announced the signing
of an agreement under which HD Partners will
acquire all of NHRAs professional racing
The deal includes
the NHRAs 23-race PowerAde Drag Racing
series and a broad set of rights to commercialize
the NHRA brand. The PowerAde events draw some
125,000 spectators over three days or more.
HD Partners is a
company formed for the specific purpose of
consummating a business combination in the media,
entertainment and/or telecommunications
industries. In June 2006, HD Partners raised $150
million in its initial public offering.
Robert Meyers, Larry Chapman, Steve Cox and Bruce
Lederman, each of whom played senior roles in
building DIRECTV satellite television, formed HD
Partners. Today, DIRECTV is a business with more
than 12 million subscribers and $7.7 billion in
So, will there be
live Pay-Per-View qualifying on DIRECTV in the
future? I sure think so, and if PPV does happen,
lets hope its affordable.
founder of the NHRA, said the announcement is a
monumental milestone in the 56-year history of
the NHRA, and that the NHRA PowerAde Series is
now positioned for great future growth and
assures the long-term vitality of the NHRA.