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  • Unusual Auto Races around the World

    In this count down we take a look at the 5 most unusual auto races around the world. You are definitely going to want to put on your seatbelt for this one! Auto racing is a serious sport. Big prizes and big reputations are at stake, not to mention the lives of the racers when a car spins out in a turn. High-speed driving and 24-hour endurance spectacles are no laughing matter, right? Well, sometimes they are. Not all auto races are grim and humorless. Some races are just…well, strange. From outlaw rallies that zoom from continent to continent to zany television competitions featuring ambulances and school buses, we’re going to look at some of the weirdest, most unusual auto races anyone has ever popped a clutch at. Did you know that there’s a race that actually encourages drivers to stop at brewpubs? Or one that features a 3,700-mile (5,955-kilometer) leg that goes from Stockholm to Boston? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Red Bull Soapbox Race Remember the Soap Box Derby? Maybe when you were a kid you wanted to be in it. While some of the early vehicles at what’s now known as the All-American Soap Box Derby may have been made out of actual soapboxes all that truly mattered was that they were gravity propelled and used standardized wheels. Otherwise, participants could build any kind of engineless car they wanted and race it downhill for prizes. OK, so the soapbox derby isn’t really unusual enough for this list. But the Red Bull Soapbox Race, which emphasizes not just velocity but outside-the-box (and off-the-wall) creativity, really is. “Cars” from past races have been in the shape of a piano, a giant cob of corn and — you’re forgiven if you’re having trouble imagining this one — the Golden Gate Bridge. Technically, of course, this isn’t an auto race because the vehicles aren’t self-propelled. But when the race is this entertaining, does anyone care? Carpocalypse Ambulance Chain Race The Spike-TV program Carpocalypse, which was reportedly inspired by the Atari video game, “Test Drive: Eve of Destruction,” was a smorgasbord of bizarro auto racing concepts, from a school bus figure-8 race to a blindfolded trailer race. We’ll throw a dart at the entire Carpocalypse episode guide and talk about…the ambulance chain race. What’s a chain race? It’s a race between vehicles towing other vehicles behind them on chains. Why would anybody want to race…

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  • BACON, PINEAPPLE AND SWEET CHILLI BURGER

    Happy Heritage Day 2016 South Africa! Try our bacon, pineapple and sweet chilli burger BRAAI RECIPE in celebration of braai day! Thanks to Braai Recipes for the great recipe! WHAT YOU NEED (feeds 4) FOR THE SWEET CHILLI SAUCE 5 chillies (any type or a combination, with a few extra on standby) 2 cloves garlic (crushed or chopped) 1/2 cup cider vinegar (or rice vinegar or white grape vinegar) 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp soy sauce 1/2 tot cornflour mixed with 1/2 tot water FOR THE BURGER 1 kg beef mince (buy steak and mince at home or ask your butcher) 4 hamburger rolls salt and pepper (freshly ground) 1 packet streaky bacon (250 g) 1 pineapple (peeled and sliced into rings) butter (for the rolls) 1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated) salad leaves tomato (sliced) WHAT TO DO MAKE THE SWEET CHILLI SAUCE Chop the chillies finely. If you don’t want too much burn in the sauce, remove some or all of the seeds. If you like it hot, leave the seeds in. If you think the chillies you have are quite mild, use more than 5 chillies. If you think the chillies you have are particularly potent, use your common sense and good luck! Throw the chopped chillies, garlic, vinegar, water, sugar, salt and soy sauce into a small flameproof pan or potjie, then stir well and bring to a simmer over some coals or a few flames. Naturally this can also be done on a stove. Simmer for about 6 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved completely; the exact time will obviously depend on your coals or flames. Mix the half tot of cornflour with a half tot of water in a suitable cup, glass or mug. Add the cornflour mixture to the sauce and stir until the sauce gets thicker. This will take about 1 minute. The sauce is now ready. Remove from the fire, let it cool slightly while you braai the meat and then serve. MAKE THE BURGER Form the mince into 4 evenly sized patties with your hands and flatten out. When you braai the patties, the biggest challenge is keeping them in one piece. Put them down very gently on the grid, do not press on them, do not handle them any more than is necessary, and turn them with extreme care. Start on very high heat to seal them quickly, hopefully before they have…

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  • Learn how to make and use a Car-B-Que

    We are going to take an in-depth look at the great art of the Car-B-Que. Yes you read that right… Car engine cooking will change the way you take road trips, forever! Don’t forget after you have cooked up an amazing meal, come and say hi to us at Randburg Midas! We are going to teach you how to cooking great meals with your car engine. Ladies, gentlemen, start your engines. But only after you’ve loaded them up with sausages, chicken, crabs, Cajun prawns and plenty of vegetables. Let’s start with the basics – remember, it’s not an exact science. Car engines are all different, the principles are the same. So, how do you find the best places on your car engine to place your chicken, your veggies or your succulent piece of rainbow trout? Well, it all comes down to…your finger. Get your car up to operating speed, or better yet take it for a drive around the block for five minutes, and then bring it back to the garage and lift the hood. Now, finger at the ready, you start quickly touching various parts of the engine (nothing plastic…that will never get hot enough to cook anything). And by quickly touching, it’s the kind of swift stab that means your finger feels the heat but you don’t give yourself a third degree burn. (If you’re feeling really wussy, try an infrared thermometer). Usually, the hottest part of the engine will be the exhaust manifold. On older cars, the top of the engine block will be a good, sizzling place. You’re not just looking for the hottest parts of the engine. Like any kind of cooking, different foods require different temperatures. A very hot part of the engine will be great for thick meat, a cooler part good for veggies or fish. Or, if you’re traveling many hundreds of miles, you may want to use the cooler part to slow-cook your meat. Mmmm. As always, this is trial and error. NEVER let the food interfere with the engine’s moving parts We want a great meal here, not a wrecked engine. And who would want to explain to the local mechanic why there’s a piece of rump stuck in the timing belt? Always choose places that are static, and ensure they are not going to move. The boys have put together this handy list of things to avoid. Car engine…

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  • Epic father and son car drifting

    You have got to watch this little boy’s face in this epic father and son car drifting video! You can’t help but smile when you hear this little guy laughing. I present you with the future Evel Knievel. For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest

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  • DVR In-Car Cam

    Never miss another moment with the stylish DVR in-car cam from Randburg Midas This stylish DVR in-car cam sports some very high-end features including: Automatic Sun Blocker For Direct Sunlight, 140 Degree Wide Angle Less, Supports Auto On/Off Ignition, 30/60 Frames Per Second Smooth Video, 12 Month Warranty. Free 8GB SD Card. Get yours today to start recording now by contacting us (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest

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  • Top 5 car towing fails

    This video shows the top 5 car towing fails. It just goes to prove once again that power is nothing without control! If you thought you were having a bad day, just watch this video and you will quickly realise that things could be a lot worse! For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest

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