The Ultimate Concrete or Granite Countertop Quiz

If you think kitchen counter tops are just for chopping vegetables, you’re mistaken. Today’s countertops are not only a critical design element of any new kitchen, but also a status symbol. If you’re in the market for new countertops

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1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight

The Hudson Commodore Eight scored close to 60,000 sales for these two model years, during which no styling or specification changes were made. Smooth and ground-hugging in appearance

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, the 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight was far more roadable than virtually any other full-size American car because of its low center of gravity. Pluses of the 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight:
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Production of the 1948 Hudson Commodore Eight: 35,315 Production of the 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight: 28,687 Specifications of the 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight: Length, inches: 207.5 Wheelbase, inches: 124.0 Weight, pounds: 3,600-3,800 Price (new): $2,448-$3,198 (U.S.) Engines for the 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight:
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1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

It is often said that the 1960-1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza started the sporty car boom in America. Many would argue that it began long before the Monza was even a gleam in Chevrolet’s eye

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, giving the honor instead to early Corvettes, Thunderbirds, and Studebaker Hawks.
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While certainly a valid argument, these were comparatively expensive vehicles, and the modern interpretation is that a “sporty car” leans toward the more affordable end of the price spectrum.
But whether a pioneer of the concept or simply a follower, it can be accurately said the Monza saved the Corvair — and incidentally introduced the marketing ploy of sticking vinyl buckets and a floor-mounted shifter into a compact and calling it a sports car.
Ironically, the Monza is perhaps more noted for what it led to (the Mustang) than what it did for the Corvair. As it turned out, GM’s unique rear-engine compact proved one of the corporation’s major albatrosses; it was the subject of endless litigation, and played the lead villain in the book that launched Ralph Nader. (That book, Unsafe at Any Speed

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, conclusively proved that the inattentive should not drive early Corvairs.)
Though the 1960-1961 Corvairs could indeed be a bit tricky to handle, later models were much improved, and by 1965 the Corvair sported a superb suspension that made it one of the most imaginative, efficient, and progressive cars of the decade.
The first Monza arrived late in the 1960 model year as a “spring special” to shore up the Corvair’s disappointing sales. Against the plug-ordinary Falcon and Rambler, and the unique-looking but technically mundane Plymouth Valiant, the Corvair was doing much poorer than expected.
Indeed, the Monza was barely on the market when GM Styling was hard at work on what would become the 1962 Chevy II, later the Chevy Nova — a conventional compact that would, finally, outgun the Falcon. But then an unknown product planner got the idea of dolling up a Corvair coupe with a colorful vinyl interior, carpets, and other luxurious widgets, and Chevrolet dealers finally had something to cheer about.
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Quick Tips: What is CorePower yoga?

Its name may emphasize one specific piece of anatomy, but CorePower Yoga offers a full-body workout that you’ll feel from head to toe. The classes, offered exclusively at CorePower Yoga studios across the country, feature a variety of yoga styles for beginners through advanced students. But all studios have two things in common: They all focus on core strength and an empowering, health-focused environment.
The first CorePower Yoga studio (CPY for short) was opened in Denver in 2002; since then, it has opened more than 50 locations in more than 10 states. According to Brendan Bell, manager of Austin’s Monarch Studio location, each CorePower Yoga facility is designed to provide members with a top-notch experience — complete with luxurious locker rooms; apparel and gear shops; energizing playlists; and beautiful

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, climate-controlled practice spaces. The brand’s mission statement is to “share our authentic passion for yoga and healthy living to inspire everyone to live their most extraordinary life.” [Source: CorePower Yoga]
CorePower Yoga studios offer several class options, ranging from Level 1 (introductory) to Level 3 (advanced). Level 1 is taught at room temperature, while Levels 2 and 3 are taught in a heated room to increase heart rate and calorie burn. In addition, CorePower Yoga also offers a Hot Yoga option — following a set sequence of 26 postures in a 105-degree room, similar to Bikram Yoga — along with a Yoga Sculpt class that uses hand weights, a Hot Power Fusion class that merges several styles into one, and a slower-paced CoreRestore class that focuses on athletic recovery. The cost is on par with other forms of yoga, too. All new students get a free week of yoga

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“Our classes are generally on the higher-intensity end, but we do strive for a good balance,” says Bell. “We focus on burning calories and building strength, but also on the complete emotional and spiritual experience, as well.”
In addition to traditional yoga sequences (such as sun salutations) classes usually include a significant number of abdominal moves, as well as breathing and meditation exercises. Students are also encouraged to get involved in CorePower Yoga community events, like nonprofit volunteering options, wellness cleanses and boot camps.
One important distinction: You can only take CorePower Yoga classes at CorePower Yoga studios. But that probably won’t stop you from seeing classes on other studio or gym schedules with names like “core yoga” or “power yoga,” neither of which are trademarked. These terms most likely refer to a similar style of yoga — faster, Vinyasa-flow style classes, focused more on building strength and burning calories than on yoga’s restorative or relaxing properties — but they do not have any relation with the brand.

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Ferrari F40

¡°A little more than a year ago I expressed a wish to my engineers,¡± an 89-year-old Enzo Ferrari said in the summer of 1987. Listening closely to his every word was the automotive media, all having journeyed to Maranello for the introduction of a new model. ¡°Build a car to be the best in the world. And now that car is here.¡±

With that last sentence spoken, a red cover was swept aside, revealing the jaw-dropping Ferrari F40. The car was named to honor the company¡¯s 40th anniversary, and the journalists spontaneously broke into applause, mesmerized by a sensuous shape that screamed speed. A tall rear spoiler dominated the design, which showed a resemblance to the 288 GTO. But otherwise, the form was quite clean.
¡°To put it in perspective,¡± observed Road & Track¡¯s Dennis Simanaitis, ¡°recall how jarring the Testa Rossa first looked. By contrast, the F40 looks immediately right.¡±
That there was a 288 GTO ¡°familiarity¡± was more than happenstance. To compete in Group B rally competition in 1986, Ferrari planned to make 20 GTO Evoluziones, a more-powerful ultralightweight version of the 288. Ferrari built five before the series was canceled, leaving the company the perfect starting point for the Ferrari F40. Ferrari¡¯s engineers needed just over 12 months to radically rework the Evoluzione.
Like the 288 GTO, the Ferrari F40 had a tubular steel chassis but differed in its extensive use of carbon-fiber composites on the floorpan, dashboard, front bulkhead, and other areas. The body was also made of composite materials employed in Ferrari¡¯s Formula 1 program, in this case a Nomex, Kevlar, and carbon-fiber weave.

The twin-turbo 2936cc V-8 was mounted longitudinally, and featured double overhead cams, twin intercoolers, and electronic engine-management systems. Ferrari quoted 478 horsepower, this in a car that tipped the scales at under 3,000 pounds in U.S. trim.
The interior was all business. The sliding windows were plexiglas, the doors and other panels were exposed carbon fiber. Seats were deep buckets, also made of carbon-fiber materials, and there was no carpeting. The only concession to luxury was a much needed air-conditioning system.
¡°We wanted (the F40) to be very fast, sporting in the extreme and spartan,¡± Ferrari¡¯s Giovanni Perfetti told Autocar in 1987. ¡°Customers have been saying our cars were becoming too plush and comfortable. The F40 is for the most enthusiastic of our owners who want nothing but sheer performance.¡±
That¡¯s what the Ferrari F40 delivered. Road & Track tested one in a ¡°World¡¯s Fastest Cars¡± shootout; it hit 100 mph in 8 seconds flat, covered the quarter-mile in 11.8. That was quicker than both the Porsche 959 Deluxe and 959 Sport in the shootout. The test Ferrari topped out at 196 mph.

Customers lined up to purchase the Ferrari F40 at a factory sticker of $470,000, and Ferrari responded. Three years earlier, at the introduction of the 288 GTO, the firm announced how many GTOs it would produce. Prices skyrocketed in the secondary market. The lesson was not lost

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Initially, the company said it would make 400 Ferrari F40s. But 3,000 customers were waving checkbooks, pen in hand

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. Production was increased. It was reported Ferrari planned to stop at 1,000. Production wound up being open ended — the company would build as many as the market would bear. Still, prices were driven up to three times sticker by ¡°investors¡± in the speculator-driven hysteria of the late 1980s.
Values eventually came back to earth, and the speculator frenzy would be but a sidebar to the brilliance of the Ferrari F40 itself. The car developed a devoted following among true enthusiasts. Its legend only grew when Enzo died in 1988, making the Ferrari F40 the final Ferrari introduced under his watch.
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1955-1956 Packard Patrician

The 1955-1956 Packard Patrician was the carmaker’s top-line four-door, continuing from previous years with a clever facelift by Dick Teague. The result throughout the line was a Packard that managed to look less like the five-year-old design it was and more like the competition.
Bold grillework, cathedral taillights, advanced torsion bar suspension with self-leveling

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, and a new ohv V-8 were shared with the sporty Caribbeans, but exterior and interior trim were appropriately more muted in keeping with the Patrician’s upper-class image.
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Production of the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician:
Specifications of the 1955-1956 Packard Patrician: Wheelbase, inches: 127.0 Length, inches: 217.4 Weight, pounds: 4,045-4,275 Price, new: $3,890-4,160
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1955 GMC Suburban Pickup

When the Chevrolet/GMC truck fleet was redesigned for 1955, Chevy’s Cameo Carrier was the acknowledged jewel of the lineup. Yet the similar 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup was every bit as interesting — perhaps more so.
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Like the Cameo Carrier, the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup emphasized car-like comfort and convenience along with an upscale exterior appearance — all of which was a fresh take on the pickup-truck formula.
But the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup went a bit further, with available high-performance Pontiac V-8 power and a production total low enough to guarantee collector status.
Visually, 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup differed from the Cameo mostly in front, where it wore a heavier, droop-mouth grille with two hollow-tip bumper bullets, and a hood inset with a large GMC insignia.
Both the Cameo and the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup featured a full flush-side cargo box, a major innovation from a young GM designer named Chuck Jordan that was popular and trend-setting. Exterior styling also enjoyed such classic 1950s cues as flow-through front fenderlines, a wraparound windshield, and hooded headlamps.
Of course, the 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup was a fully functional truck. It rode a 114-inch wheelbase and had a 6.5-foot-long cargo bed. The sturdy full-parallel frame boasted six crossmembers instead of the previous GMC pickup’s four. It also had expanded track dimensions and longer leaf springs, front and rear.
The 1955 GMC Suburban Pickup ran with the standard 248.5-cid, 125-horsepower six that had been used since 1953. Big selling points for both Chevy and GMC’s 1955 truck lines were their first-ever optional V-8s.
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.2-cid powerhouse from Pontiac, good for 155 bhp; the Cameo’s 265-cid Chevrolet V-8 was rated at 145 bhp. Like the Cameo, the Suburban could be ordered with any of four transmissions: heavy-duty three-speed, three-speed with overdrive, four-speed manual, or four-speed Dual-Range Hydra-matic.
Production figures are where the Suburban and Cameo really part company: GMC intended its pickup as a promotional piece that would lure customers into showrooms — hence, a single-season production run of only 300 units (one source claims 326). Cameo was a regular Chevy model, and output for 1955 was 5,219.

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