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Car Fanatics Issue#: 1, December 4th, 2012

Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina Asmus

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Car History 1700’s-Present Put your knowledge to the 6 test by taking a look at how cars have evolved over the years! Dating back to the 1700’s when the first steam and electric car was invented to present daywhere driving is one of the most common practices.

Psychology of Car Enthusiasts Is it possible that car enthusiasts love their cars for more than the thrill of the drive? Geoffrey Miller, PhD, author of Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior says, "Cars are one of the most public displays we make to create a first impression." What are other findings has he, and others like him have made?

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Issue#: December 4th, 2012 Issue #:1, [Date]

Dolor SitAsmus Amet Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina

Do You Judge People by the Kind of Car they Drive?


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Most car fanatics claim their expertise, however, can you name the labeled

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Stereotyping is very common when it comes to the car world. While talking with numerous “car fanatics” and reading different articles, it is apparent that people are often judged by the type of car that they drive. Why do so many people make generalizations about materialistic itemsspecifically cars? Do you judge people by the type of car they drive? When did stereotyping start and why do we do it? According to David J. Schneider, the author of the book titled The Psychology of Stereotyping, the ability to generalize is a central, primitive, hard-wired cognitive activity. He describes stereotyping as pictures in our heads that are not innately based on experiences and are driven by personality processes, functioning as rationalizations to maintain social standing. The 1930’s were years of major interest in measurement of attitudes as the bridge between culture and individual behavior. Today stereotyping is something that is a natural behavior to everyone in society. People have a tendency to apply human characteristics to the cars they drive too. What are common stereotypes of cars? Whether it is the brand or style of car, there are common stereotypes for all kinds.


Mercedes- Very wealthy and high-class.


Corvettes- Typically older men who finally have their dream car.


Toyota Prius- Very eco friendly- individuals who do all they can to save the environment.

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Hummer- “Gas guzzler” – Show off Lexus- High-class women who like to spend their money. Honda- Average middle class working adult


Volkswagen Jetta/Passot- Student driving around their graduation present.


What do you think your car says about you?


Issue#: December 4th, 2012 Issue #:1, [Date]

Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina Dolor SitAsmus Amet

How to Properly Care for Your ‘Baby’ ! Interview with Chad Dornseif Supplies: 1 Bucket, Armor all car wash concentrate 64oz ($5.00), 1 pack of micro fiber rags, Windex, 1 garbage can, vacuum and 1 bottle of Armor all ($4.00)

Car Shows 2013: Enjoy showing off your own car, or interested in maybe seeing your dream car owned by someone else?

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Auto Show March 9-17 Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 South Second Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Car wash concentrate

Armor all interior

Exterior Step 1: Fill a five gallon bucket with semi warm water, using the cap as a measuring tool; put three full caps of armor all car wash concentrate in to the water.

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Step 2: Once you have your mixture ready then you must wet the car down with the hose, if you do not have a hose convenient you can fill buckets and pour over the top of vehicle.

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Step 3: Next soak a microfiber rag into the mixture you prepared in step two and in a circular motion gently message your vehicle.

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Step 4: Once you have completed massaging the whole body of your vehicle continue by taking fresh water and pour, or spray, on the car to rinse off all the soap suds. Step 5: Lastly you will want to take a dry microfiber towel and dry the vehicle completely. Step 6: If you really want to get a lot of looks as you are out on the road you may want to apply coat of McGuire car wax. Interior Step 1: Park your vehicle in the garage; grab a garbage can, some Windex and a vacuum cleaner. Step 2: Once you have all your supplies take the floor mats out and shake them to remove the dirt. Then vacuum them and set them on a clean surface. Step 3: Typically I start from the top down. Take the Windex and paper towels, then apply to inside of windows. From here, wipe the window with a paper towel until the window is completely dry. Step 4: Next, take the Armor all and apply to all other hard surfaces and wipe down with a dry micro fiber rag.


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Step 5: Last take your vacuum and go over all carpet and cloth seats.


Issue#: December 4th, 2012 Issue #:1,[Date]

Dolor SitAsmus Amet Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina

L.A’s Top 5: According to the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show these are the top 5 cars:

2014 Porsche Cayman & Cayman S 275-bhp, 2.7 liter water-cooled flat-6 cylinder engine. Cayman S- 325-bhp, 3.4-liter flat-6. 6-speed automatic or 7-speed manual Price: $53,550+

Interviews: In attempts to further understand the intricacies of car fanatics Christina Asmus interviewed Mark Thor, a 41 year-old man who grew up with a love of cars. “She was my baby, it wasn’t about the attention I received, it was all about me and my car-the sound of the engine starting-the smell of the exhaust.” Mark grew up with an innate love of cars, “My dad wasn’t really ever into them, but I loved them.” He went to the military for a number of years, and upon his return he purchased his dream car- a 1962 Chevy Impala super sport. From there Mark spent roughly 15 hours a week, at least 2 hours a night, working on that car. Christina asked him how involved he was in a “car culture”, car culture being defined as one heavily involved in cars, knowledge of cars, car events, and being surrounded by those with similar interests. Mark responded, “ I was heavily involved, I would drag race on actual tracks, read magazines, and I even had posters in my room!” Mark was able to connect with other guys through this culture, and it allowed him to feel as if he belonged. For a long time Mark’s car was a place of peace. It was therapeutic for him to work on his car after a long days work. It was just him and his car. He felt rewarded for all his hard work, and loved to drive around in something he helped create. Eventually Mark had to sell his car because it became more of a burden than a joy. He was in debt and needed to buy a house; he realized it was time to let go and prioritize wisely.

2014 Jaguar XFR-S 550-bhp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Capable of going from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds! Price:$99,000 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series 622-bhp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Capable of going 0-60mph in 3.5 second. Price: Unlisted 2014 Nissan GT-R 545-bhp, 3.8-liter turbo V-6 engine Price: Unannounced 2013 BMW i3 Coupe Concept 170-bhp 184 lb. –ft of torque. Capable of going 0-62 in 8 seconds. Price: $35,000-$40,000

1962 Chevy Impala Super Sport 340 brake horsepower (250 kW) 409-cubic-inch (6.7 L), could be ordered with any transmission.

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Issue#: December 4th, 2012 Issue #: 1, [Date]

Dolor SitAsmus Amet Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina

(Continued) Psychology So what else besides a first impression can a car offer to its drivers? Stephen Stradling, who works for Edinburgh Napier University, claims that cars not only promise mobility, but also autonomy, which is being able to feel in control, plus status, identity, spontaneity and speed. Cars can offer a sense of identity to its owners as they can pick something that is representative of who they are, or perhaps who they want to be-the ideal self.

2014 Porsche Cayman & Cayman S 275-bhp, 2.7 liter water-cooled flat-6 cylinder engine. Cayman S325-bhp, 3.4-liter flat-6. 6-speed automatic or 7-speed manual

Some may even become emotionally attached to their cars by attributing human characteristics to their car, such as calling it “their baby.” When this happens many people have great difficulty replacing their car-it can seem like a tragic loss of a loved one.

Another interesting perspective offered by Dennis Slice, a guest professor at Austria’s Vienna University, concludes that different cars represent different personalities. For example, a Volkswagen Beetle is a “classic cute car- not dominant, not aggressive.” So while cars offer the basic needs of mobility, they can offer much more, such as identity, status, and a sense of control. While some people may look at car fanatics and think they are crazy, if one would simply take a step back they could see the underlying reasons for their devotion and love for a car.


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In the late 1700’s steam powered and electric engines were being tinkered with.

Steam and battery powered engines did not allow cars to travel long enough distances or fast enough.

Many of the first cars were assisted by peddling them.

In 1806, Francois Isaac de Rivaz invented the first internal combustion engine.

1885, Karl Benz invented first four-stroke engine that powered one of the first early model cars.

1891, William Morrison drove the first electric propelled carriage through Des Moines, Iowa.

In the early 1900’s self-starters, ignitions, four-wheel brakes and independent suspension was invented and improved on.

Safety was not a concern until the mid/late 1900’s.

Seat belts and air bags were introduced in the late 1900’s as cars became less of a luxury and more of a necessity.




Europeans begin working with motor powered vehicles.


Dolor SitAsmus Amet Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina

The Idea of self-propelled vehicles spread to America in the early 1800’s


Ransom Olds and Henry Ford were the first to massproduce quality cars at a low price.


Issue #: 1, [Date] Issue#: December 4th, 2012

Dolor SitAsmus Amet Kyle Lecy, Sarah Palmer, Christina

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