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  • Mach 26 review
  • Budwesier recall
  • Soy beer
  • New Arctic Cat
  • Ford's new hot rods
  • New engine and transmission for GM trucks
  • Great American Trucking Show opens
  • Nude lap dancing
  • New Freightliner trucks
  • The ultimate chair
  • New look for Bud
  • Stihl recall
  • Miss America 2000
  • Chrysler may kill Plymouth
  • Beer and vodka from icebergs
  • Direct-injection diesels
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
    Mach 26 Review
    Wednesday, September 1
    Powerboat Magazine online has a review of the Mach 26 by Dave's Custom Boats. The 26-foot catamaran features a 740-hp Teague Custom Marine 509 motor, giving it a zero-to-80 mph time of 15 seconds and a top speed of 108 mph.
    Budweiser recall
    Thursday, September 2
    Anheuser-Busch has recalled six million bottles of Budweiser in 12 European countries because the bottles may break when opened. The twist-off bottles are marked with "best by August 15, 2000", and have a slightly larger top then normal. No bottles in the United States are affected.
    Soy beer
    Friday, September 3
    The Court Avenue Brewing Company in Des Moines, Iowa, has introduced a soybean beer. Soybean meal makes up 15% of the beer, which still includes the traditional barley, malt, and hops. The brew is described as having a deep, golden color with a rich flavor and no bitterness. The makers hope this will spawn a new demand for Iowan soybeans.
    New Arctic Cat
    Tuesday, September 7
    SnoWest Magazine is reporting that Arctic Cat will unveil a new limited edition snowmobile and clothing in Saturday, September 11. The unveiling will take place at the Arctic Cat exhibit at the World Championship Haydays Grass Drag in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
    Ford's new hot rods
    Wednesday, September 8
    Road & Track Magazine has a review of Ford's entries into the street drag racing market currently dominated by imports. Road & Track reviews the Escort ZX2 S/R, the supercharged Escort ZX2 Fusion, the Cougar Eliminator, and the nitro-boosted Contour SVT Puff.
    New engine and transmission for GM trucks
    Thursday, September 9
    General Motors will introduce an all-new diesel engine and Allison transmission as an option on 2001 Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty pickups. The 8-cylinder Duramax 6600 engine replaces GM's current 6.5-liter turbo diesel. The Allison 1000 Series is a fully automatic, electronic 5-speed with overdrive.
    Great American Trucking Show opens
    Thursday, September 9
    The first ever Great American Trucking Show opened today in Dallas, Texas. The opening ceremony included an appearance by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The show is the largest ever for a first year trade show.
    Nude lap dancing
    Thursday, September 9
    The city council in Liverpool, England, voted Tuesday to allow lap dancers at strip clubs to be completely nude. As a condition, clubs have six months to prove that they can regulate themselves in accordance with national decency laws.
    New Freightliner trucks
    Friday, September 10
    Freightliner unveiled two new trucks at the Great American Trucking Show yesterday. The Century S/T takes many of the options for the Century class and makes them standard. Included on the S/T are an Eaton Vorad EVT-300 collision warning system, electronic braking system, and the Eaton Fuller AutoShift automated transmission. Also unveiled was the all new Freightliner Columbia class. The Columbia is scheduled to enter production in March of 2000.
    The ultimate chair
    Monday, September 13
    La-Z-Boy has introduced the Oasis, a new recliner aimed at sports fans and couch potatos. The chair features a built-in electric cooler in the arm rest that holds six cans. The chair also features a 10-motor electric massage and built-in telephone with caller-ID. Suggested retail price is $899.
    New look for Bud
    Tuesday, September 14
    Budweiser will be using new, limited-edition packaging for the millennium. The special packaging will appear from October through January and features a turn-of-the-century look. Bud will also be producing special magnum bottles that will come as a gift set with four glasses featuring the Budweiser logo.
    Stihl recall
    Wednesday, September 15
    Stihl has announced a recall of certian brushcutters and augers. The affected models are the Stihl FS120 and 200 trimmers and brushcutters, FS350 brushcutter, and the BT120C auger. The fuel tanks on the recalled models have have an improperly formed seam, causing a fuel leak.
    Miss America 2000
    Sunday, September 19
    Heather Renee French, Miss Kentucky, became Miss America for the year 2000 on Saturday night. French, a 24-year-old masters student at the University of Cincinnati, also won the swimsuit competition with a white bikini.
    Chrysler may kill Plymouth
    Thursday, September 23
    The Detroit Free Press is reporting that DaimlerChrysler may kill off the Plymouth brand. No new Plymouth models are currently planned and all existing models, except the Prowler, have Dodge or Chrysler twins. Plymouth sales are down 5.5% this year.
    Beer and vodka from icebergs
    Thursday, September 23
    The Iceberg Corporation of America has announced that its beer, vodka, and water will now be available in the United States. All of the company's products use water from icebergs, believed to be very pure. The beer, vodka, and water are produced in Canada.
    Direct-injection diesels
    Monday, September 27
    The Detroit Free Press has a report on the new direct-injection diesel engines scheduled to appear soon. Most notable is General Motors' new 6.6-liter Duramax diesel. Direct-injection diesels run more smoothly and accelerate faster than convention diesels and get much better mileage than gasoline engines, nearly doubling miles-per-gallon in some cases.
    Porsce 911 Turbo
    Monday, September 27
    Porsche has released information about the new 911 Turbo. The 3.6 liter, 24-valve, 6-cylinder engine produces 414 horsepower with the aid of twin turbochargers and twin intercoolers. Top speed with the manual 5 -speed is around 190 mph.
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