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Betty Chu
New York, NY
Executive Producer, Discovery Digital Media
Interests: yoga teacher, struggling marathoner, unicorn lover
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By Keith A. Beauchamp Host of ID’s ‘The Injustice Files’ Today marks what would have been the 71st birthday of Emmett Louis Till, the 14-year-old black Chicago youth who became the catalyst that sparked the American Civil Rights Movement. In... Continue reading
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By Linda Poon The word “zombie” used to be reserved for video games and gruesomely thrilling movies but that was before phrases like “human flesh,” “cannibal attack” and “dismembering” found their way into the news, setting off panic throughout the... Continue reading
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By Bill Stephens Why is it motorheads love to argue, debate, and disagree? It’s almost inevitable that when two or more car nuts are placed in close proximity with one another, give them enough time and some kind of difference of opinion will break out. “I’d rather have a 440-6 Pack than a Hemi.” “A Boss 429 could never outrun an SS396 Chevelle.” “An automatic is always quicker than a 4-speed in the quarter-mile.” It’s like rubbing two sticks together. At some point, if you keep rubbing, you’re going to get a fire. This past Friday night, I was sitting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Velocity
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When Dutch Mandel isn’t traveling the globe looking at the world’s rarest cars, he’s busy consuming mystery novels “like popcorn,” fraternizing with Disney Pixar execs and driving his self-described “baby” -- a 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster. Mandel is the current editorial director of Autoweek magazine, where he started out as a gopher at age 14 and transcribing stories. Mandel admits he didn’t have much of a choice when it came to his career in automotive journalism, having grown up watching with his father, Leon Mandel, the former Editor-in-Chief of Autoweek. “He had an extraordinarily distinguished career as an automotive journalist... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens Call them what you like. Dark horses, underdogs, the unheralded, uncelebrated, or unloved. Regardless of the nickname they bear, theirs is a category of automobile in which recognition, respect, and reverence are in short supply. And when it comes to Muscle Cars, I believe the “King of the Underdog” has to be AMC’s AMX, which was built between 1968 and 1970. This 1968 AMX doesn’t look like an underdog. But it is. While G-Force junkies rave on about 396 Chevelles, Cobra Jet Mustangs, and Hemi Anythings, the AMX rarely gets the props it deserves. I remember when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens Some cars are weenies. Almost from the moment you take possession of them, they start making noises, breaking down, blowing suspicious-looking smoke, or needing, well, something. We’ve all owned cars like that at one time or another. I had a 1979 Ford LTD back when I was a disc jockey working at a Top 40 radio station in Boston and it was beyond high maintenance. It seemed like every day, there was a new mechanical crisis to deal with. I won’t list them all here. What really galled me about that LTD is that I pampered it,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens If you’ve ever watched a Mecum Auction on Velocity, like most people, you can probably feel the energy and intensity which radiates through the venue as each successive collector car rolls onto the block. The bright lights, the vibrant paint and chrome, the rapid-fire chatter of the auctioneer, the escalating bids flashing on the giant flatscreen, and the bidder assistants or “ringmen”, shouting and fist-pumping with every new bid. In that kind of electrified environment, it would be easy for someone unprepared for such sensory overload to maintain their focus, and when planning on bidding on a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens Fads have come and fads have gone in the collector car hobby ad infinitum. Many of them were just that. Momentary movements within the special interest automotive realm which will be remembered as merely flashes of frivolous foppery. Examples? Neon light kits hung on chassis and under hoods. Aftermarket Rolls-Royce front ends for Volkswagen Beetles. Electric horns which sound the first few notes of “Dixieland.” Custom wheel inserts which a make your wheels appear to be rotating when you stop. However, there are other fads which have exhibited amazing sustainability, such as million megawatt sound systems, ultra-dark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens 1968. What a year. It seemed the entire planet was in some kind of unrelenting turmoil. The war in Vietnam was raging and was further intensified by the Tet Offensive. Russia invaded Czechoslovakia while protestors and the Chicago Police clashed violently on the streets surrounding the Democratic National Convention at the International Amphitheater. Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were both assassinated while Apollo 7 made a successful earth-orbital flight before Apollo 8 would embark on man’s first journey around the moon. And Plymouth introduced the Roadrunner. This 1968 Plymouth Road Runner will cross the Mecum... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens So here I am on a business trip (with a little R&R thrown in) on the island utopia of St. Martin, surrounded by the bright, blue waters of the Caribbean and I’m thinking about cars. I know. I’m just a little obsessed. A Car Guy (capital letters intended) from the United States can’t help but get somewhat spoiled and incurably jaded when it comes to being able to see cool cars anywhere or anytime. “Hey look! There’s a new Mustang GT!” “Whoa! There goes a Lingenfelter Camaro!” “Man, did you just see that totally restored Challenger T/A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens If you’ve been around high-performance cars for most of your life, you can’t help but have had numerous opportunities to drive powerful cars which fall into three distinct groups: 1. Fast Cars 2. Incredibly Fast Cars 3. OMG! Fast Cars Since my teenage years, I’ve had the privilege of driving a fair number of cars which fall into each of those categories. For instance, one “Fast Car” I got some seat-time in was my friend Domenic’s 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible. It was just the standard 400-cube engine and was essentially stock and unmodified, but that sucker flew!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens Want to know the topic of conversation I find myself engaging in more than any other while schmoozing with other car fanatics at the many Mecum Auctions I attend? Well, first, here’s a list of the topics I NEVER find myself discussing: 1. “What do you think of that new Kia Sephia?” 2. “Do you think my brother’s new Nissan Maxima will be worth anything in 25 years?” 3. “Were Hemi Chargers good on gas?” Now, let’s move to, without a doubt, the most frequently encountered conversation starter of any I regularly run into: “Man, I wish... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Velocity
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By Bill Stephens I’m a HUGE drag racing fan. It all started when I was a kid growing up in the heyday of Detroit Horsepower, the 1960’s. I consumed whatever I could get my hands on, usually in print, that had anything to do with drag racing, the NHRA, the exciting and incendiary Muscle Car culture which was sweeping the country during that decade — you name it. As a young man, I worked at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., helping to inspect and classify the weekly entries which descended on NED, one of several dragstrips offering weekly racing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Velocity
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By Ken Visser With the fast approaching Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance (March 9 to 12) annual show in Florida, I'm packing my cameras and driving down with two friends. I’m really looking forward to the trip – and, most importantly, the cars. We are talking about 250 cars on the golf course of the Ritz Carlton at Amelia Island. Bill Warner and his team always put together the most eclectic field of automotive beauties. This year the featured vehicle is the Ferrari GTO. There will be 10 or so GTO's total on the field. At an estimated value of $25... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Velocity
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First and foremost, we’ve got some funny, creative and clever Velocity fans. Thanks to everyone who participated in the photo caption contest on Twitter yesterday for One of a Kind - it's time to announce the winners! So, we gave you this photo to the right - and, you all submitted some hysterical captions. We voted on our favorites here at Velocity headquarters and here are the winners: Winning Captions @VelocityTV1 @oneofakindtv So... How do you like ZipCar? -Tweet from @kitfries @VelocityTV1 @OneofAKindTV " Zeppelin. Stones. That's it. You CANNOT rock Miley Cyrus in this car. -Tweet from @EricEaster @VelocityTV1... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Velocity
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Here's your chance to show us your skills! We're tweeting out a photo from One of a Kind and we want YOU to come up with a funny, clever, awesome caption to go along with it. The top 5 submissions will win a Velocity prize pack. All you have to do is tweet it to us @VelocityTV1 anytime tonight between 5-11:30 PM ET/PT. Good luck! The Velocity One of A Kind Giveaway Official Rules VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. INTERNET ACCESS IS REQUIRED. SPONSORED BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, LLC. TWITTER IS NOT A SPONSOR OF THIS... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Velocity
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[ By Dr. Kenneth J. Ryan, a criminologist at California State University. Read his Bio >> ] Levi Aron has confessed to the July 2011 murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, this much is... Continue reading
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Velocity and Autoweek bring you back to the mecca of "auto city", in Vinsetta Garage, premiering tonight at 8:30 p.m. e/p. It's 30 minutes of unadulterated car enthusiasm served hot off the manifold and torn from Autoweek’s editorial pages– covering everything from design to driving, customization, cooking and cruisin’, travel, technology and more. Here's the episode lineup: EPISODE 1: PASSION Tuesday, January 3 8:30 PM EST/PST (7:30 PM CT) Courtney Hansen rides alongside Dutch Mandel, Autoweek Editor, as they wax philosophical about the hardcore passion that burns inside every true car person, including some of the auto industry’s newest decision... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Velocity
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[ By Dr. Kenneth J. Ryan, a criminologist at California State University. Read his Bio >> ] James Robert “Bob” Ward, convicted in the September 2009 murder of his wife Diane, was sentenced to spend 30 years in prison with... Continue reading