March 16

First Car Rental’s Top 10 Camping sites in South Africa Part 1

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South Africa’s breathtaking landscape, amiable climate and amazing wildlife make an ideal setting for a thrilling camping experience. First Car Rental lists the top 10 camping sites in South Africa.

1. Driehoek Farm, Western Cape Located 240 kilometres from Cape Town on the N7, the Driehoek Farm nestles at the heart of the Cederberg Mountains and offers a picturesque camping site. This camping site makes the perfect base for hiking to well-known landmarks like Tafelberg, Sneeuberg, the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch. Prices: From R150 for up to 5 people Contact: 027 482 2828

2. Tankwa Karoo National Park, Western Cape The 143 600 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park lies on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape with the Roggeveld Escarpment in the East, Cederberg in the West, and Klein Roggeveld Mountains in the South, and is home to a fascinating diversity of life. Price: From R100 for 2 people Contact: 023 415 2828 / 9

3. Yellowwood Forest Campsite , Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape The grass-covered, forested camping sites at the Yellowwood Forest Campsite in Morgan Bay are an ideal pick for campers with kids. You can enjoy a guided tour on arrival; pick interesting arts and crafts at the gift shop; and the kids can enjoy themselves in the play area. Price: From R170 for up to 6 persons Contact: 043 8411598

4. Glen Reenen Rest Camp Golden Gate National Park, Free State The 11 600 hectare Golden Gate National Park lies at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and is 22km East of Clarens in Free State. The brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs of the Park certainly make it a great camping site. Price: From R165 for two persons Contact: 012 428 9111

5. Magalies Sleepy River Campsite, Gauteng Located just 60 minutes away from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Krugersdorp, Magalies Sleepy River Campsite gives you a quick getaway into a peaceful environment that is surrounded by lush vegetation. The massive shaded campsite on the banks of the Magalies Riversets is the perfect backdrop for your outdoor adventure. This campsite is a good base to visit the nearby Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves. Price: From R100-00 per site per day Contact: 072 674 2291

Rent a car with First Car Rental and you can explore South Africa’s top camping sites. With 46 branches nationwide, your car rental is quick and easy.

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March 15

Energy-Efficient Electric Motors Now Built to Order by Groschopp

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Electric motors and the new, modern energy-efficient motors are a far cry from the items one would have found back in the early years of the nineteenth century, emerging from the experimental workshop of Michael Faraday in 1821. The experimental setup he invented proved that the application of an electrical current through a magnet created a field which induced linear movement. However, it was not until ten years later that the practical application of an electric motor capable of turning machinery was invented and demonstrated by the British scientist William Sturgeon. .

The motors were expensive to manufacture and also expensive to repair, because of the components. It was not until about 1855 that practical, affordable, and reliable electric motors first appeared on the scene. The forerunner of all modern energy efficient motors and electrical motors in general was invented around 1873 by Znobe Gramme. The “Gramme Machine” was the first electric motor that was an efficient power source for diverse types of machinery. The story goes that the motor was invented purely by accident. Sometimes, the great breakthroughs in science and engineering through the ages has been a combination of luck and accidental discovery.

Practical electric motor design and manufacturing has revolutionized society as a whole, especially with the introduction of fractional horsepower motors (FHP), which are electric motor units with a power-rated output of 746 watts or less. The consumer-led boom, immediately following World War 2, led to the rise in these types of electrical motors which are the mainstay of washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, and other domestic and commercial applications and appliances.

Modern vehicles would be incomplete without FHP units: adjustable seats, windscreen wipers, central locking systems, electric-operated sun roofs and convertible roofs. In fact, some thirty-five percent of all FHP motors is used in the manufacture and assembly of cars, trucks, buses and other vehicle types. Without modern efficient electric motor design and manufacture, the industrial and residential landscape we are used to would be completely different than it is now.

Groschopp is a trusted and respected manufacturer of highly engineered fractional horsepower electric motors and gear motors for OEM and distribution products. For more information about electric motors, contact details, and other types of motors, log on to the website today at

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March 14

Nitro Rc Cars The Hot Rc Car

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The Nitro RC car or gas powered RC car is an rc car that runs on a special fuel — a mix of oil, nitro-methane and methyl alcohol.

It’s kind of like a smaller version of a top fuel dragster.

The ESP of a Nitro Remote Control car is that it is far more powerful and runs longer compared to Electric RC cars. This is definitely not your father’s rc car. They are a little more expensive than their electric counterparts – both to own and maintain.

While electric RC cars are ideal for beginners, Nitro RC cars are intended more for the serious hobbyists and racers.

Basically, a Nitro RC car has an internal combustion engine of 2-stroke or 4-stroke type. Fuel is supplied from a small tank that contains the special fuel. Regular gasoline will not work in these engines.

you start the car either with a pull start cord or with a starter box.

Just like real cars, these engines have a carburetor, air filter and other such components of the internal combustion engine. They also have the universal components like, electronic radio control, servo speed control, transmission / gear system, drive train, differentials, steering system, shock absorbers, and batteries for head lights.

Why is an RC car so special and expensive?

First, the complex engine and its components are costly, compared to the simple motor in the electric RC car. In addition, a battery for the electric car is a simple one time investment compared to the ongoing fuel costs of Nitro RC’s.

In addition, Nitro RC cars gather more dirt and grease. More running components in any system mean there will be more wear and tear.

Both these add to the maintenance cost.

However, for the sheer power and racing range, the Nitro RC cars are the leaders in RC toys.

You may choose the cars in 1/8, 1/10, 1/12, 1/20 scales as well as mini nitro RC cars. The 1/8 and 1/10 scale Nitro Remote Control cars are the most popular ones with racers and serious hobbyists.

They can be bought in most hobby stores or on the Internet for between $200 to $400.

This is definitely not a beginner’s price!

On the other hand, it’s nowhere near as expensive as a full-sized Porsche, yet it helps fulfill your racing dreams. At 60 to 100 kmph speeds, they are very definitely exciting!

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March 8

Need Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Los Angeles

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The freedom and mobility of a bike is something that cannot be beat when it comes to the amount of traffic that inhabits the greater Los Angeles area. For all of the upsides that riding a motorcycle has there is one big draw back, almost zero protection from any car that motorcycle drivers have to share the road with.

Many people like to consider a motorcyclist as a daredevil with little care for the rules of the road. Essentially, motorcyclist, are looked at as adrenaline junkies that swerve in and out of traffic, therefore when they are involved in an accident one’s first reaction is to blame the motorcyclist. It is because of this assumption that so many make that makes it of vital importance to always have the best motorcycle accident attorney backing you up. Arash Law has the experience necessary to take on any case involving motorcycle accidents and are always willing to go that extra mile for their clients.

A few things to keep in mind whenever anyone is involved in a motorcycle accident is to not speak with the other persons insurance with out the presence of an experience motorcycle accident attorney. The reason for this is that they are not on the side of the motorcyclist and will try to find a way to hold them liable for the accident. Also, riding a motorcycle gives very little protection when involved in an accident. By being so exposed a motorcyclist can be severely injured. Arsha Law is able to help their clients get the best medical services available not mattering the clients insurance situation.

Being safe on the road is not just the responsibility of motorcycle riders but of everyone that shares the road. Though there are a few things that can help motorcyclist be safer when on the road; always follow the rules of the road such as speed limits, wear proper riding gear, never stay in someones blind spot, and always have the information for an experienced motorcycle accident attorney handy.

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March 5

Why are Starter Motors Significant

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A starter motor is a device that is used to start an engine before its operation allows it to generate power for itself. Starter motors are a vital component within automotive engines where they induce rotation in the engine so that the automobile can move. Starter motors taken in electrical energy and convert it into mechanical energy which is used by the rotor to turn and start the engine. A starter motor disengages once the engine starts generating power for itself, or is up and running. They provide the initial power surge to the engine so that it starts generating power for its operation. Like with most automotive parts, it is important that starter motors should also be of good quality and make.

The Need for Starter Motors

Starter motors evolved from the hand-driven crank or hand crank of old times. Visuals of black and white pictures with gentlemen stepping out to crank up a car through a hand-held shaft in the front of its bonnet are examples of manually starting motors. However, manual starting of motors was not a risk-free enterprise and if the crank backfired, it resulted in serious injuries such as fractured fingers or wrists of the person operating it.

However, the problem that arose in the initial years was also one of how to develop an electric starting system or a power generating device that could deliver enough power to kick start a machine out of inertia and into motion. Modern starter motors were born out of this challenge.

The Modern Starter Motor

Modern day starter motors are direct current electric motors with a starter solenoid that draw current from a battery. Once current is drawn, this solenoid helps engage the gears that finally make the engine rotate and begin operating. The solenoid plays another important role; it helps pull away the pinion gear attached to the starter motor assembly. This disengages the starter motor from the engine flywheel and helps bring it to a stop.

Problems in Starter Motors

A starter motor can also face mechanical issues and give rise to unexpected problems. For this reason, it is important to understand the requirement of your vehicle as well as the different components within a starter motor. Also, because of the diverse components within it, what appears like a starter motor problem may actually be related to something else altogether. For example, starter motors need direct current sources and draw their power from a battery. If your battery is dying, or the connections are unclear or weak, the motor will have difficulty operating.

Each component within a starter motor is designed for a separate function. The pinion gear, the clutch assembly, the starter driveshaft etc, are all parts that comprise the starter motor. The well-being of the starter depends on the health of these different parts. Slow turning of the motor, jamming of operation, or noise coming out of the motor, all of these can be considered as warnings for problems for starter motors.

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March 4

Motorcycle Camping Tips And Equipment

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Motorcycle riders know how exciting it is to explore the country. Having the right equipment for those long rides can make all the difference. A motorcycle camping trip allows you to spend the night outdoors enjoying nature. Camping is growing in popularity and using a motorcycle to get there is also increasing.

Before heading out on a motorcycle camping trip, you will need to research the activity you are about to undertake. Where will I go and what will I need to make this trip a successful one is at the heart of any motorcycle camping trip. Deciding where to camp is fairly easy, search the internet for campgrounds, state parks or ask fellow riders for recommendations. Choosing your camping gear is a little harder, but with a few simple tips, it will become second nature.

Ensuring you have the right gear, what you need:

Small lightweight camping tent:
Several manufactures offer tents especially designed for motorcycles. These tents are easy to setup, fit neatly on your bike and offer all the normal protection of a family camping tent.

Sleeping Bag:
A compact sleeping bag that offers the temperature rating necessary to keep you comfortable is all you need. A goose down bag is preferable for colder climates and roll up very compactly for transport. Hammocks can also come in handy as they take up very little room and can be setup almost anywhere you have trees.

Eating / Cooking:
For extended stays, a small camp stove, similar to the ones used for backpacking will work perfectly. A lightweight aluminum cook-set and utensils will be plenty for cooking meals.

Storage Bags / Saddle Bags:
No mater how you store or pack your gear, you will need some sort of heavy duty waterproof storage bags. Adding saddle bags to your bike is a great way to stow gear. A travel or duffel bag makes a perfect addition for storing your tent and sleeping gear and can easily be strapped to the rear of the bike.

Other Gear:
A few other considerations for gear include; a tarp for shade or to use as a floor protector for your tent. Change of clothes, motorcycle tool kit with multi-tool, tire plug kit and pump. Make yourself a three column check list, one for gear, one for short trips and one for long trips. This will help gather the correct gear to match the trip.

Ensure you have the right gear and no unwanted stuff you do not actually need for the trip. Choose the items wisely and buy only the ones that will fit comfortably on your motorcycle. Once you have put your motorcycle camping kit together, you can assure yourself many enjoyable camping trips on the open road.

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February 28

The Racing Of Motor Scooters

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Racing motor scooters helps the motor scooter enthusiast meet their goal of speed and competition. Every race has a different class for different riders. Some, officially sanctioned, racing organization allow the motor scooter rider to ride their crazy, tricked out modified motor scooters. Also, their are races that are restricted to the riding of a stock scooter. Additionally, you can race a scooter that is as small as 50cc.
Their are many different types of motor scooter races. Drag Racing motor scooters tends to be popular in Europe, and racing on twisty tracks is popular in the United States.
Every motor scooter sanctioned racing authority has different rules. However, all officially sanctioned scooter organizations require the rider to meet certain safety requirements. For example, all riders must have a full face motor scooter helmet and a set of leathers. Additionally, your bolts on the scooter need to be wired safe so they do not come loose when the rider is racing. Also, Nyloc nuts are ofte required to be placed on parts of your scooter and you likely will be required to tape your headlights on your scooter. Overall, when compared to supercross racing and/or NASCAR, motor scooter racing is not that costly of a hobby.
Several regional and international motor scooter sanctioning bodies are active. Here are the main ones:
Mid-America Scooter Sports (MASS) – This organization serve the midwest where they organize races in Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
As the name implies , the Eastern Scooter Racing Association (ESRA) holds motor scooter races on the eastern coast of the United States.
American Scooter Racing Association (ASRA) – is based in California and is the Grand Daddy of motor scooter racing organization in the United States.
For the Brit’s the British Scooter Sport Organization (BSRA) – governs motor scooter racing in the United Kingdom. It runs races ranging from from 50cc scooters and up to 650cc. It costs 27 pounds to participate in their races.

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February 26

Benefits Of Servo Motor Repair, Gearbox Repair, Flender Repair

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Motor repair work have increased substantially and varied companies offer motor repair services. Certain companies tie up with motor repair brands and the brands give them the authority to engineer and conduct repair works with the brand name. It also includes gear box repair work as well. As restructuring and rebuilding of motors is a complex job, thorough expertise is required to get the work going. Servo Motors are very intricate and requires umpteen knowledge and experience to perform servo motor repair. Premium companies offer extensive services to repair all types of motors. They offer services including free servo evaluation, expedited servo repair service, servo repair technical support, failure analysis and full testing. Good service companies keep an extensive inventory of spare parts ready to let the repair work finish on time. The place of repair also matters. Clean room is free of any foreign matter and ensures highest quality servo motor repair work. Along with this certified trained technicians and personnel is required to offer best of repair services.

Flender Gearbox is a name in the industry that has been used for many years for industrial applications. Flender is widely known for its industrial and maritime gearboxes and transition solutions in the cement, materials handling, rubber and plastics, wind energy and power industries Flender repair also takes place at various authorized service centers to give its customers hassle free service. Flender repair work is no childs play. It demands complete understanding of the minute details of Flender Gearbox. Flender has also authorized quite a number of companies all across the world to keep its legacy and name maintained and to offer every required service to all its clients and customers across the globe.

Motor and Gear Engineering is one such company that offers world class Servo Motor Repair, Gearbox Repair and Flender repair in the quickest possible time. It has a huge inventory of products available and is known for its timely delivery. It offers the fastest turnaround times for motor repair. Customer service desk is available 24*7 for immediate assistance. The efficient technicians work round the clock to deliver best of services.

If you wish to learn more about Servo Motor Repair, gearbox Repair, Flender repair, log on to motorgearengineer.com

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February 24

Atlanta Motor Speedway Driving Schools

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Racing fans that are looking for the ultimate driving experience should check out Atlanta Motor Speedways Driving Schools. Several companies offer programs that will make participants feel like one of their favorite NASCAR drivers. Racing fans will have the chance to get out on the same 1.54 mile quad track as the racing professionals. Here are some of the companies that offer programs at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure offers a Your Day at the Racetrack program. The day begins with an orientation that covers hand signals, entering and exiting the track, proper driving lines, passing, and drafting. Drivers will be outfitted with flame retardant racing suits and helmets. An instructor will guide each participant onto the track as they work on accelerating, braking, and passing. Lap speeds can exceed 150 MPH. Upcoming dates at Atlanta Motor Speedway are June 23-24 and October 20-21.

The most popular program of the Richard Petty Driving Experience is the Rookie Experience. Course participants will receive a mechanical and safety orientation, followed by driving instruction. This program allows drivers to get 8 laps around the track. Another popular program is the Ride-Along Experience. Participants can enjoy the thrill of riding shotgun in a two seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional driver. The ride will be a 3 lap qualifying run at speeds up to 165 MPH. Upcoming Atlanta dates are July 12-15 and September 7-9.

The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience offers an authentic NASCAR experience. The company offers a Shotgun Ride-Along as well as racing courses similar to the other programs. The next dates for the Rusty Wallace programs at Atlanta Motor Speedway are August 18-19.
NASCAR Racing Experience offers drivers a three hour course with timed racing sessions. The program includes personal one-on-one training with a professional instructor. There is also a Ride-Along Experience for those that dont want to drive. Upcoming Atlanta dates are July 6-8 and September 29-30.

Atlanta Motor Speedway also hosts Speed Tech Auto Racing Schools. Their popular programs include Rookie Rush, which gives drivers 6-8 laps, and The Qualifier, an entry level 8 solo lap program. The next dates in Atlanta are August 3, 24, 25, and 26.

Fast Track High Performance Driving Schools are scheduled for August 11 and September 22. A popular program is the Thunder Course, with 1 driving segment. The Thunder and Lightning Course offers double the fun with 2 driving segments.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is located 25 miles south of Atlanta on Hwy 19/41 in Hampton, Georgia. Behind the scenes official speedway tours are available daily.

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February 20

Government Motorcycle Auctions-best Option To Buy Motorbikes

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Have you heard about the government motorcycle auctions? Auctions like this have something to with the real life situations. Our economic situations as perfectly described by vast employment loses, usher us to understand that buying sometimes depends on the level of our income. However, despite the prevailing facts, we must still to consider our needs and wants. Inasmuch as we want it, we still have to pursue to have at least a motorcycle that we aspire to own. This does not mean that because of the foregoing economic problems and financial crisis, we cannot anymore afford to own our own motorcycle. If we cannot afford to own a motorcycle from the mainstream motorcycle dealer, we can still find for it at government motorbike auctions.
Just like other car auctions, government motorcycle auctions have a wide array of repossessed properties of various types and models. Prior to participating in such auctions, you must be well equipped with enough information about the details of the auctions. One of the best information sources is the internet. Online searching can give you an opportunity to widen to search; thus getting enough information about available motorbike auctions. With the internet, you can have a limitless access to various car and motorcycle auctions aside from the fact that you can get your preferred motorbike.

Local newspapers can also be a great source of information about government motorbike auctions. Motorbike enthusiasts usually consider local newspapers as the best media to search for motorbike auctions since it is the usual media channel used for publishing information about auctions. With ample information in your hand, you may start contacting those responsible
individuals for the general inspection of the unit.

Once the inspection is scheduled, you can have the chance to analyze if you can really get a motorbike you prefer. This is considered as an important phase in buying repossessed motorbike because you are given a time to prepare all the documents needed in participating in the auction. Take note that inspection must be fully complied if you do not want to regret at the end of the auction. Furthermore, make sure that you thoroughly read all the rules and regulations of the auction process prior to buying your most preferred motorbike.

Hence, in order to get the motorbike of your dream at some government motorcycle auctions, you just need to broaden your search from all possible sources. However, you must be warned that there are also bogus auctions. In this case, do not proceed with buying, unless you see the unit.

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