Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
This Canadian redneck’s incredible YouTube channel narrating the dismantling and analysis of tools is hilarious, educational and my new favorite thing on the internet.
Who says you need a big 4x4 to climb a mountain on muddy Nova Scotian roads? Nah, man, you need something you don’t care about—like an old Corolla. Make that two old Corollas.
Police in Ottawa, Canada were able to track down a woman caught texting and driving based on this motorcyclist’s helmet camera video, but they’re not happy about the rider playing vigilante traffic cop either.
An Ontario woman was so known for her usual tea order at Tim Hortons that mourners felt the best way to honor her memory was to take the funeral procession through Timmies’ drive-thru.
CJ Wilson Racing driver Danny Burkett is at his home race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend. For qualifying, he donned one of his older racing suits that is so Canadian, it makes me want to chug maple syrup and duct tape two K-Cars together for the Possum Lodge.
Yesterday, on a rainy day in Canada, someone in an orange Lamborghini Gallardo crashed and caused the car’s entire fuel supply to undergo an exothermic combustion reaction, CTV News Vancouver reports. The pictures and video of the wreckage show a car that appears to have melted and become one with the asphalt.
Looks like a race in Canada went full Mario Kart over the weekend—not only does one kart leap straight over a competitor, it sticks the landing and keeps cruising!
In a statement that should surprise nobody who’s given it more than a few moments of thought, Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Center of Excellence, stated that he believed there’s going to be a lot more car-fucking once we let the cars drive. No shit, Barrie.
We’ve already seen stories of people tracking down long-lost cars from their youths, but none of those stories involved a badass Volvo 142 racecar. This one does.
Forty-five-year-old NASCAR racer Derek White is said to be among some 60 people arrested in what’s being called “the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history.” Bloomberg and others are reporting that the operation is linked to biker gangs and international organized crime.
A 31-year-old man allegedly hijacked a Toronto Transit Commission bus with a knife in order to get to Tim Hortons. In perhaps the most Canadian story ever, Global News reports that the man believed he had overdosed on drugs and stopped to call 911 on himself.
Most traffic cameras do their jobs just fine, but without any real, you know, panache. They tend to focus on streams of traffic, with little regard for aesthetics. But not this one traffic camera on a Montreal bridge, which took a pretty fantastic picture of a snowy owl.
Big changes are underway in Ottawa since the Liberals’ big election win. One of these is the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Harjit Sajjan, a former anti-gang police detective, highly decorated soldier, military intelligence genius, and Canada’s newest Minister of Defense.
Winter is coming (winter IS coming), and while the unknowledgeable of the world complain about doing things with their cars, those who truly understand know that it’s the best time to be a hoon. But with that in mind, please don’t be like these Quebecois loons.
Canada has had its very own F-35 saga over the last decade. In Ottawa, the beleaguered jet is so politically controversial that its procurement has become a major policy differential between the parties. Now, with the Liberals winning yesterday’s vote, it seems nearly impossible for the F-35 to find a home with…