Elon Musk says Tesla’s China factory could begin production in approximately three years

Tesla last week officially corroborated its plans to set up a manufacturing facility in China, and now we know a bit more about what it’s planning to do in the key marketplace in terms of production. At the time, Tesla wouldn’t say much more beyond than it’s “committed to the Chinese market” and interested in investigating manufacturing facilities around the world. Tesla CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail on the earnings call for its Q3 results today.

“Don’t define your watch by this, ” Musk said, but noted that “there’s a rough target of starting production in the next three years, and it would be serving the China market and some of the surrounding region.”

The factory will make Model S and Model X, but is intended to build primarily Model 3 and the forthcoming Model Y affordable crossover SUV, Musk said, since “it’s truly the only style to stimulate the vehicles affordable for China.” Asked about total eventual production capacity and scale relative to its existing facilities, Musk said that “it’s at least a couple hundred thousand vehicles per year, maybe more.”

This is still early days for any finalization of plans, and Tesla noted on the call that there won’t be any major capital expenditure on the China plant until at the least 2019.

The Wall Street Journal report corroborating the plans for the factory noted it would be located in the free trade zone located outside of Shanghai, and that Tesla aims to retain sole ownership rather than partnering with a local automaker, which is the way current OEMs operate in order to avoid China’s 25 percent importation tax on foreign carmakers.

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Green light for UK driverless car road trials – BBC News

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Image caption Connected cars will alert the driver if an emergency vehicle is nearby

A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads.

Autodrive – a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors – showed off how autonomous cars can talk to each other.

It included warning drivers when an emergency vehicle was approaching and offering real-time traffic information.

The first set of public road trials are due to take place in Milton Keynes and Coventry by the end of the year.

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Image caption Cars that talk to each other are part of the driverless revolution but currently a human must still be at the wheel

A fleet of up to 40 self-driving pavement-based ‘pods’ will also be introduced in pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes.

Another aspect of the demo showed how connected cars can detect the presence of other connected cars on the approach to a junction and warn drivers if there is a high probability of a collision.

“The successful completion of the proving ground trials marks a significant milestone for the project team, and we are now looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of these exciting new technologies in the real-world settings of Milton Keynes and Coventry,” said Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive project director.

“Once the technology becomes widely available, we anticipate huge potential benefits in terms of road safety, improved traffic flow and general access to transport, so we’re really excited about being able to demonstrate this on real roads.”

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Image caption Driverless pods will be available in pedestrian areas of Milton Keynes

There are similar trials going on around the UK, including in Greenwich which is using similar pods to those planned for Milton Keynes.

A consortium of British companies known as Driven are planning to test driverless cars on motorways in 2019.

The UK government has paved the way for driverless cars, laying out a legislative framework in the Queen’s Speech which included plans to update car insurance so that driverless vehicles would be subject to the same rules as normal ones.

The technology that allows cars to become more autonomous has been increasing in recent years with all the main manufacturers now offering some element of driverless technology, including self-parking features and cruise control on motorways.

UK government research suggests that the market for automated vehicles in the UK will be worth 28bn by 2035.

Read more: www.bbc.co.uk

Authorities say decorated Army Reserve officer threatened members of mosque | Fox News

In this June 2016 photo released by the Hoke County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office, Thomas Russell Langford poses for a booking photograph. (Hoke County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A decorated Army Reserve officer left bacon at a mosque and brandished a handgun while threatening to kill Muslims and bury them there, North Carolina authorities said Friday.

Russell Thomas Langford, 36, made death threats against members of the mosque about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville, authorities said.

“He told people at the mosque that he would kill them and bury them behind the mosque,” said Capt. John Kivett of the Sheriff’s Office. “He brandished a weapon while he was on the property.”

Langford, who lives in Fayetteville, was charged with ethnic intimidation, assault with a deadly weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, communicating threats, stalking and disorderly conduct, the sheriff’s office said.

It began Thursday afternoon when the man insulted a mosque member doing construction work nearby and then left the packages of bacon at the mosque entrance, according to authorities and witnesses.

Advocacy groups say pork is often used to insult Muslims, whose religion doesn’t allow them to eat it. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said the act constituted a desecration of the place of worship.

Witnesses say the suspect left and returned to the Masjid Al Madina mosque several times in his Chevrolet Tahoe, prompting tense moments inside while children sheltered in the back of the building. Authorities said there were no injuries.

At one point, the suspect followed one member home, resulting in the stalking charge, according to a Hoke County Sheriff’s Office news release. The person tried to evade him but couldn’t.

A mug shot of Langford shows him with close-cropped hair, a tattoo resembling the U.S. flag on his right forearm and a green shirt emblazoned with a military-style rifle emblem.

Authorities found several handguns and other weapons, plus about 500 rounds of ammunition in Langford’s vehicle, Kivett said. He said Langford didn’t make specific threats about a mass shooting other than to say he wanted to kill mosque members.

Langford made his initial court appearance Friday, posted a $60,000 secured bond and was released, Kivett said.

Since posting bond, Langford has been placed under the control of his commander on base at Fort Bragg, said Army Reserve spokesman Capt. Eric Connor. He said what Langford is charged with doing is “totally contradictory to Army values.”

Langford, who works full-time as a major in the Army Reserve, served two tours in Iraq while on active Army duty and earned the Bronze Star for “outstanding dedication to duty during combat” while with a military police battalion, Connor said. He received other decorations including the Army Good Conduct Medal.

About three miles from the mosque, several people at a house listed by authorities as Langford’s address declined to comment Friday afternoon. Phone listings for him rang unanswered.

The threats came during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations asked authorities to investigate the case as a possible hate crime and increase patrols around the area, especially during nighttime Ramadan activities.

Ahead of midday prayers Friday, a patrol car was parked outside the mosque just off a state highway between Fayetteville and Raeford.

“We’ve never had a problem with anyone,” said Kamal Allan of Raeford. The mosque has been there for about three decades.

The general contractor and mosque member said he was leading a crew tearing down a nearby outbuilding when the suspect drove up in the late afternoon. Allan said Langford began insulting him and using expletives while asking white crew members, “Do you know who you’re working for?”

“I said: ‘Don’t talk to him. Don’t talk to him. Just leave him alone and let the police handle it,” Allan said.

Retired Army officer Mohammed Khan, who served three decades in the military, said he was delivering tables to the mosque when Langford drove up. He said he spoke calmly to Langford, who was spewing hate and eventually flashed a gun at him.

“I was kind of dismayed, shocked and in disbelief. In all of my 32 years of military service I never encountered this kind of redneck,” said Khan, who still serves as a volunteer Muslim chaplain at Fort Bragg. “He told me to go back to my country. I said, ‘Which country do you want me to go to? Give me the ticket and I will fly.’ He said, ‘No I will not give you a ticket. I will kill you and bury your body right there.'”

Khan said Langford followed another member of the mosque to that person’s home.

Witness Abdu Alsaidi, another mosque member, said police were called in the late afternoon, but they didn’t arrest Langford until sometime after 8 p.m.

At one point while Langford was parked out front, Alsaidi said members made children move to the back of the building for fear of an attack.

“Our life was on the line,” he said. “The way he acted, he didn’t care about anybody.”

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Elon Musk Crashes SXSW Panel to Talk About Space Exploration

SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Sunday made a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, where he promoted space exploration as a remedy for humanity’s woes. After being invited on stage by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator of HBO series Westworld , Musk held an impromptu question-and-answer conference with the audience. He said SpaceX is” constructing the first Mars, or interplanetary ship ,” which is expected to be ready for short trips by the first half of next year, according to CNBC. He also explained that he sent a Falcon Heavy rocketcarrying a Tesla into space last month to serve as an inspiration for humankind.” There are lots of problems that need to get solved. Lots of things that are miserable and kind of get you down … There needs to be things that inspire you, that attain you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That’s why we did this ,” he said.

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The Real Reason Car Sales Are Falling

It’s been a tough few months in Detroit. After seven years of gangbuster sales, the U.S. auto market is skidding badly.

The American car and truck segment is remarkably easy to get a handle on, but a look at some of its indicators may induce some head-scratching. For the past 20 years, the number of licensed drivers has ticked up by about 2 million a year (Uber and Lyft have failed to dent that). Likewise, the number of registered vehicles has climbed by about 3 million annually.

Sure, there are aberrations, but given those numbers and today’s economy—with a strong labor market, relatively affordable financing, and cheap gas—it’s reasonable to ask why, then, are car sales tanking?

The only real wild card in the U.S. car market is the replacement rate, which is to say how often cars and trucks make their way to the junkyard. This is perhaps where auto executives should have seen the slowdown coming. In the past two decades, about 13 million vehicles were dropping out of the U.S. fleet every year, far less than the number of new vehicles sold over the past five years. Customers keen to upgrade kept the market running hot for awhile, but that imbalance finally caught up with automakers. As more vehicles stayed in the driveway, fewer came off the lot.

“These are not secrets,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Kevin Tynan. “It’s not like nobody knew we were late in the cycle.”

Americans still tend to own slightly more than one vehicle apiece, but they are keeping those vehicles longer. The average car or truck on U.S. roads today was made in 2005. They’re still on the road because, well, they’re still on the road. Vehicles made in the past 15 to 20 years are vastly more reliable than their predecessors. The U.S. auto industry is in a pickle, in part, because it did too good of a job.

Meanwhile, the accelerating pace of innovation may be making things even worse. With each advancement in electric powertrains and autonomous driving, it’s easier to envision a game-changing machine, the prospect of which shifts some would-be buyers into the wait-and-see category. Why buy a new car now when the car of your dreams is just over the horizon?

A 2017 Toyota Camry, for example, still isn’t vastly different from the 2007 iteration. Someone driving the early model, however, may figure a 2020 Camry will drive itself and zip around on electrons. This is one of the main reasons why the lease rate in the U.S. has crept up to almost one-third, according to Tynan. Customers worried about a machine quickly becoming obsolete are choosing a three-year loaner rather than an outright purchase.

Car executives, of course, know this better than anyone, and no one in the C-suites of MoTown was probably surprised by the latest sales numbers. It’s just that braking is no fun. Heeding to a slowing market means handing out pink slips. And then there is swagger to account for. The right mix of vehicles—a hot new SUV, or an electric dream pod that appears in the desert—could be just the thing to buck a cyclical downturn.

“The way the industry has always worked, you get all you can get while you can,” Tynan said. “When the industry shifts gears, then you deal with it.”

Companies like Ford and GM have many levers to pull to avoid a disaster—namely, a mix of lowering production and raising incentives to lure drivers back to the dealership.

“They’re going to find a way to deal with it, until they get kind of right-sized on production,” Tynan said. “Basically, it’s a question of how soft do you want to land?” In the meantime, it’s a great time to get a deal on a new car.

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    Tornado warns posted in US midsection; hail could be huge | Fox News

    Strong thunderstorms capable of falling grapefruit-sized hail and producing a few intense tornadoes popped up across the central U.S. on Tuesday after forecasters warned that millions of people faced a significant danger.

    Businesses set out to protect their goods ahead of cyclones while school districts sent children home early, hoping they would make it to security before twisters, 4-inch hail and 80 mph gales raked the landscape.

    “This is a particularly dangerous situation, ” the U.S. Storm Prediction Center alerted in red type in an afternoon advisory. It uses such speech on only about 7 percentage of its tornado watches. Forecasters predicted a 90 percentage opportunity of tornadoes and said 80 percentage could have winds above 111 mph in much of Oklahoma and northern Texas.

    “It’s never straightforward when you’re sitting here talking about( predicting) large tornadoes, ” forecaster Matt Mosier told. “We’re trying to be as confident or as accurate as we can.”

    Residents of Topeka, Kansas, eyed the sky nervously during rush hour Tuesday afternoon after forecasters warned that a supercell thunderstorm could make a tornado. A rope tornado touched down southwest of Mayfield, Kansas, near the Oklahoma border south of Wichita. No injuries were reported.

    In addition to Kansas and Nebraska, where forecasters were 80 percent sure they were coming, severe thunderstorms and strong wind gusts were also anticipated for Mid-Atlantic states that were holding primary elections Tuesday.

    In all, about 70 million people nationwide were at a slight hazard or higher of severe weather.

    George Eischen, 51, spent Tuesday morning moving vehicles off the plenty at his Chevrolet dealership in the small town of Fairview, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Eischen said he was lining the new vehicles “bumper to bumper” in the shop and even the floor of the lobby to protect them from the hail.

    “We’ve never been hit by a tornado here in town, amazingly, ” Eischen said. “But yeah, we’ve had hail. And that’s the real foe of the car dealer.”

    Winds gusting to 67 mph downed trees, injury builds and knocked out power in parts of northern and central Missouri. Workers scrambled to protect planes at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri, when the sky turned green.

    “And I entail green green, ” aviation director John Bales said. “It was pretty violent but luckily we didn’t have any substantial damage. We considered it going and we are to get most of the airplanes into hangars, so we didn’t have too much hail damage.”

    The power company Ameren reported 28,000 outages in the St. Louis area.

    Hail the size of quarterss or smaller had been reported in parts of Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio and Kansas by mid-afternoon.

    Some Oklahoma school districts canceled class Tuesday, while others sent pupils home early.

    Mid-Del Public Schools, in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City, said in a statement that the safety of students and staff is a priority , noting that it reworked its tornado security scheme three years ago after a twister killed seven schoolchildren in the neighboring suburbium of Moore.

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    Hyperloop Test Track Completed And Possible Routes In The US Uncovered

    One of the companies involved in developing the ultrafast mode of transport known as Hyperloop has announced it has completed a full-scale exam track, and is looking at a number of potential roads in the US.

    Hyperloop One presented its progress to policymakers and others in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.It said that it had proposals from 11 squads, signed up as part of a competition, to develop Hyperloop routes in the US.

    In a statement, Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, said they will have 500 people working on bringing this technology to life by the end of the year. In a more immediate developing, they said they had finished a test track 500 meters( 1,640 feet) long near Las Vegas, Nevada, called the DevLoop. This will enable it to test various ideas for how best to operate the pods and tubing. Previously, they have shown off a demonstration of the pod technology.

    The idea for Hyperloop was conceived by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2012. He proposed building vacuum-sucked tubings and using pods inside to transport people at up to 1,220 kilometers( 760 miles) per hour. Since then, several notions have been put forward as to how to achieve this, with two companies Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies being set up independently to stimulate the dreaming a reality.

    The 11 roads proposed by Hyperloop One vary in length from just 103 kilometers( 64 miles ), connecting Boston and townships in Massachusetts, to 1,854 kilometers( 1,152 miles ), connecting Colorado and Texas. The latter journey would take merely one hour and 45 minutes in Hyperloop, compared to 17 hours by vehicle. Blended, the roads would create a web of high-tech transport across the US that would enable high-speed travel like never before.

    The proposed routes. Hyperloop One

    “Hyperloop One is the only company in the world constructing an operational commercial Hyperloop system, ” said Lloyd in the statement.”This disruptive technology conceived, developed and built in the US will move passengers and cargo faster, cleaner and more efficiently. It will transform transportation as we know it and create a more connected world.”

    That first statement is up for a bit of debate, considering that other companies including Hyperloop Transportation Technology and SpaceX are working on their own Hyperloop ideas.

    Nonetheless, this development is a welcome one, and its the first time weve is aware of any cement plans for the US. And it’s reasonably timely, considering Trump supposedly wants to spend $ 1 trillion on US infrastructure. Previously a variety of proposals for Europe and the Middle East have been put forward, with schemes in the US being kept close to the chest.

    We’ll wait and see what happens next. But “youve never” know, perhaps, only perhaps, Hyperloop is going to happen.

    Below are some of the proposed roads from Hyperloop One

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    Amy Schumer wears Vivienne Westwood and OB tampon to the Emmys

    If you’re a woman on the red carpet at the Emmys, someone, at some point, will ask you what you’re wearing. And if you’re comedian Amy Schumer, you’ll answer with actual honesty.

    While on an otherwise insipid red carpet at tonight’s Emmy Awards, E! host Giuliana Rancic asked Schumer who she was wearing. But instead of only identifying her dress, Schumer chose to celebrate the accessory closest to her body (and heart): her tampon.

    “So who are you wearing this evening?” Rancic asked.

    “Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford shoes and an OB tampon,” Schumer responded.

    All across Twitter, people responded with logical amounts of applause.

    And very healthy skepticism:

    God bless Schumer for not wearing a designer tampon or a diva cup but simply the tampon of the people.

    No need to ask Amy Schumer “more” on the red carpet. This will do just fine.

    BONUS: Watch these corgi butts in slow motion

    Happy Monday! Here are some #corgi butts in slow motion.

    A video posted by Mashable Watercooler (@watercooler) on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:32pm PDT

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    AP reprints 105 -year-old report from first Indianapolis 500

    Ray Harroun races in the 1911 Indy 500. (AP)

    A lot has changed in the 105 years since the first Indy 500. Not just the cars and drivers, but also the way the race is covered.

    To mark the 100th running of the event this year, the Associated Press dug into its archives and reprinted its report from the first race in 1911, won by Ray Harroun in his yellow Marmon Wasp.

    Its a historical artifact filled with words like mechanician and whirligig that might lead you to believe that Mr. Burns from The Simpsons was one of the uncredited journalists behind the piece, who had never witnessed something like the 500 before and were creating a new style of reporting along the way.


    (Associated Press Night Report.)

    INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY, May 30 Eighty-five thousand spectators saw forty of the fastest motor cars on earth started at 10 o’clock this morning in the great 500-mile speed battle in which one man lost his life and three others were seriously injured.

    Johnny Aitkin, in the National, jumped into the lead at the end of the first mile but withdrew after fighting for 325 miles of the contest.

    David Bruce Brown in the Fiat held the lead at the end of 100 miles, but his time was well behind the record of Teddy Tetzlaff, which is 1h. 14m. 29s. Spencer Wishart, in the Mercedes, was pushing Brown hard at the end of 125 miles but the Fiat driver held his place. Tire trouble hindered the Mercedes, and Brown continued to gain, only to lose his place later in the race to Harroun, in the Marmon, and Mulford, in the Lozier.

    In the first lap the cars strung out all around the course. Aitken, in the National, held the lead, with De Palma in the Simplex second, and Wishart, in the Mercedes, third.

    The leaders, pressing the tail-enders of the preceding lap, made the race right at its beginning an enormous and desperate whirligig. The thousands of spectators leaned forward in their seats and yelled wildly as their favorites passed. The great bowl of the speedway was filled with the deafening roar of the explosions of the forty motors as the hooded drivers, bending low over their steering wheels, pushed their engines to the farthest.

    At the end of the first 150 miles of the 500-mile automobile race at (word illegible) today, one mechanician had been killed and a driver perhaps fatally injured. Four of the forty cars that started had been withdrawn because of breakdowns. David Bruce-Brown, driving a Fiat, was leading a long grind that promised to continue until 5:30 o’clock this afternoon.

    S.P. Dickson, mechanician for Arthur Greiner of Chicago, driving an Amplex car, lost his life in an upset on the back stretch in the thirteenth mile of the race. Greiner suffered several broken ribs and perhaps concussion of the brain. Surgeons at the field hospital would not make a statement as to the probable outcome of his injuries.

    The accident was caused by the throwing of a front tire. The machine skidded to the infield and whirled completely around, tearing off both back wheels. Dickson was thrown against a fence. His body was terribly mangled. Greiner was hurled to the track. An examination at the field hospital, and a report made by the attending physicians, gives Greiner more than a fair chance to recover.

    Bruce-Brown’s time for the 150 miles was 1h. 59m. 12s., which is a new record, the old mark being 2h 1m. (detail illegible) by Joe Dawson of Atlanta last year. The cars were strung out behind the leaders all around the two and one-half mile course. The scorching pace burned up the tires and most of the cars had stopped one or more times at the pits for changes.

    Several of the drivers apparently preferred to keep up a steady grind two or three laps behind the leaders. There were few sensational brushes for leadership.

    After the two hundredth mile several of the pilots dropped out to rest a few minutes and relief drivers took their places in the cars. Patsche drove the Marmon “Wasp” for Harroun for several laps, and Lindenstruth substituted for Hearne in a Benz.

    In a mix-up of Lyttle Apperson, Knight’s, Westcott and Jagersburger’s Case, directly in front of the grand stand, John Glover, Knight’s mechanician, suffered an injury to the spine. The others escaped anything more than bruises by a wonderfully fortunate set of circumstances.

    The Case car broke its steering gear and skidded to one side of the track. Larroneur, the mechanician, fell out and the car passed over his leg. The cars behind made desperate efforts to escape a collision and all of them swerved by safely except the Westcott and the Apperson, which turned over.

    Eleven cars had withdrawn because of accidents and breakdowns within the two hundred and fiftieth mile was reached. Thus left a field of twenty-nine cars to finish the last half of the races. The entries withdrawn up to this point were: Louis Disbrow, Pope-Hartford; Harry Knight, Westcott; Joe Jagersburger, Case; Arthur Chevrolet, Buick; Charles Basle, Buick; Harry Grant, Alco, Ellis, Jackson; Teddy Tetzlaff, Lozier; Herb Lyttle, Apperson; Caleb Bragg, Fiat; Arthur Greiner, Amplex.

    Ray Harroun (Marmon) had taken the lead from David Bruce-Brown at the 200-mile mark. Harroun’s time for that distance was 3hrs, 43m., 21s. Brown was second and Ralph Mulford (Lozier) was third.

    At 300 miles Ray Harroun continued to lead. His time was 4hrs, 3m, 24s. Ralph Mulford, in the Lozier, was second, and Bruce-Brown, in the Fiat, third.

    Ray Harroun, in his Marmon, had a lead of about three laps at 350 miles. His time was 4 hrs, 44m. 14s. Ralph Mulford, Lozier, second; Joe Dawson, Marmon, third. Twenty-eight of the original starters continued in the race at this time.

    At 400 miles Harroun, in the Marmon, was well in the lead. His time for that distance was 5hrs. 22m. 15s. Ralph Mulford, in the Lozier, was second, and Bruce-Brown, with the Fiat, third. Twenty-seven cars remained to drive the last 100 miles of the race.

    The average time made by Harroun in his Marmon for the first 400 miles was seventy-seven miles an hour.

    As the cars dashed into the last 100 miles of the race it appeared that the drivers, instead of weakening from fatigue, and the nervous strain, gained assurance. They took more chances in attempting to lead each other at the turns and the crowd, excited by the mishaps and the hairbreadth escapes of the day, watched the cars eagerly as they turned in and out of the home stretch and the back stretch.

    At 470 miles, Harroun, Marmon, led, Bruce-Brown, Fiat, second, Mulford, Lozier, third, Dawson, Marmon, fourth, and De Palma, Simplex, fifth.

    At 480 miles the three leading cars were less than thirty seconds apart.

    Mulford, in the Lozier, raced ahead of Bruce-Bowen, in the Fiat, for second, at 480 miles. Harroun, Marmon, in the lead, was being crowded by Mulford; time, 6hrs. 25m.

    The thousands of spectators in the stands rose to their feet as the three leaders in the race entered the final 20 miles. Harroun (Marmon) was leading with Bruce-Brown only half a mile behind, and Mulford (Lozier) trailing Bruce-Brown about the same distance. Bruce-Brown gained on Harroun and it was apparent that the finish would be very close.

    The Marmon “Wasp” made only four stops during the entire run, each time to change tires on a rear wheel. Each time oil and gasoline tanks were filled to prevent stopping for fuel.

    After one of the early stops Patsche relieved Harroun at the wheel for a short time.

    Harroun was born at Spartansburg, Wis., and is 29 years old. He holds a long list of records and has won many trophies. Harroun won more firsts than any other driver during 1910. He retired from the racing game at the close of the season but was induced to compete in this 500-mile event.

    He has won among other trophies the 200-mile trophy, the Atlanta speedway trophy, Atlanta Automobile Association trophy, and the two hour’s race for all trophies of the Los Angeles Motodrome.

    As Harroun drove up to the Marmon pit he was surrounded by a wildly enthusiastic crowd. He ran his car into the infield and stopped.

    “Gee, I’m hungry,” he said, as he crawled out from under the steering wheel.

    Asked to make a formal statement the victor in the first 500-mile event ever run on a speedway said: “All credit is due my car for the victory. At no time was the throttle wide open and I relied wholly on consistent high speed to win for me over occasional bursts in the back stretch. The weather was noticeably warm, although I did not suffer in any way from the heat.

    “The last hundred miles was by far the easiest of the entire run and the car was less difficult to handle on the turns. At first there was a tendency to slip, which increased toward the 200-mile mark but from that time I had little trouble in holding the car to its course.

    “In my estimation the limit is reached at 500 miles and is entirely too long for the endurance of the driver.”

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    SpaceX caps a record year with 18 th successful launch of 2017

    SpaceX has completed its 18 th launch in 2017, marking a record year for the private space company. It’s the most rockets SpaceX has launched in a single year, beating its previous best by ten missions.

    The launch today was for client Iridium, delivering 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for its Iridium NEXT communications constellation. This is the fourth such mission that SpaceX has flown for the company, and the rocket used for this mission was a flight proven Falcon 9 that previously flew in June for the second Iridium mission. Iridium was also the customer for SpaceX’s first mission of 2017 back in January- its first flight following a pre-launch accident last September that expense it its rocket and the payload, a Facebook internet satellite.

    SpaceX launched its rocket from its launch complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the mission parameters didn’t include attempting a rocket recovery of the first stage. The first stage underwent a landing sequence as it does when a recovery is attempted, but there was no droning landing ship in the Pacific Ocean to catch it when it touched down.

    The launch resulted in some amazing visuals for residents of L.A. and the surrounding area, many of whom took to Twitter to share footage and scenes 😛 TAGEND

    Iridium’s goal with its NEXT satellite constellation is to provide 100 percentage coverage of the globe for tracking all flights in progress in real-time, and it will also be able to monitor every single ship traversing Earth via the same technology, making that info available for its commercial customers.

    The next big milestone for SpaceX is coming up quickly: The company is hoping to launch its very first Falcon Heavy rocket in January, 2018. The rocket, which has a tremendous heavy loading capacity, is already undergoing preparations for launch at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force base- preparations which include loading its payload, an original cherry red Tesla Roadster.

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