Happy Memorial Day!

Today is a day of remembrance. This Memorial Day, honor our United States Armed Forces and the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country by raising your flag with family and friends.

Photo By: Dave Hosford

Photo By: Dave Hosford

Whether you are attending a Memorial Day event or getting together with your loved ones for an afternoon of fun, wear your American spirit proudly and give thanks in all kinds of action packed ways! How are you racing to mark Memorial Day this year?

 

 

Perfect Camping ‘Must Haves’

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to start planning your upcoming camping trip. Between where you are going, who is coming along and what you need to pack, there are so many activities to plan for. Here are a couple of things you do not want to forget that are essential ‘must haves’ for your upcoming getaway.

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Basic Camping Gear– No camping trip would be complete without the proper gear. Don’t forget your tent, sleeping bag and pillow along with any other necessities to make your stay a great one.

Games and Activities– Prepare for games you can play throughout the day. Bring along your soccer ball, frisbee and fishing rod to take advantage of all the different activities you can do outdoors.

Plenty of Water– It is important to stay hydrated while engaging in various games. Make sure to bring plenty of water and drinks to have while you are enjoying the outdoors.

Water Gear– What is a trip without some wet activities? Pack your swimming gear including bathing suits, water shoes and beach ball for some great fun. Whether it is going for a swim or participating in the always fun, water gun fight, there are many water related activities you can do to have an enjoyable time. 

Perfect Camping Snacks– You can’t forget the snacks! Bring along your favorite snacks for the trip. Be sure to include the marshmallows, chocolate and crackers to make s’mores at night around the campfire!

First Aid Kit– Safety first! Make sure to bring along a first aid kit. Items like sunscreen, insect repellant, and bandages can always come in handy on any vacation.

Make this camping trip an unforgettable one with these great camping ‘must haves’ for an exciting vacation this summer with your friends and family!

 

Racing to Cinco de Mayo!

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Photo via handimania.com

 

Are you ready for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration? There are many different activities you can do to help you prepare with your friends and family, but let’s start by racing there! You can create your very own Cinco de Mayo themed race car with your friends and family.

The first step in racing towards Cinco de Mayo is getting your tools ready for your race car.

 

All you need to get started is:
1. Toilet paper roll(s)
2. Cardboard
3. Scissors
4. Hole-Punch
5. Paint or markers to decorate your car.
6. Thumbtacks
7. (Optional: bottle caps, tooth picks and straws)

Now let’s start putting your race car together!
Step 1: Use your scissors to cut a square in the middle of one side of the tube. This will be your driver’s seat.
Step 2: Use the hole-punch to make holes where your tires will be located on the tube.
Step 3: Decorate your tube with your favorite Cinco de Mayo colors to get ready for the big day.colors
-If you want to get really creative, try drawing something like a guitar or sombrero on your car to make it more festive!
Step 4: Use the cardboard to draw and cut out the wheels for your racecar. Then use the thumb tacks to attach the wheels to the tube.
Option 2: You can also use bottle caps as wheels for your racecar and use straws and/or toothpicks to attach the caps to your wheels.
Step 5: Finish any last minor details on your race car, double check that the wheels are in place and it is ready to go!

Making your own Cinco de Mayo Themed Race Car is just one of the many activities you can take part in on this Cinco de Mayo. The best part is that it can be made with items found in your house. No trip to the store needed! Get your friends together this Cinco de Mayo and together see who can get the most creative when making your own Cinco de Mayo Themed Race Car!

Go Big or Go Home!

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here! How are you going to celebrate all the excitement that happens with game day? Whoever it is that you are rooting for, chances are that you will be spending the day in front of the TV screen, so why not mix things up this year to help you and your friends get even more amped for the big game? Here are some gridiron extras for you and your buddies to enjoy for Super Bowl Sunday!

Photo by Daniel X. O'Neil

Photo by Daniel X. O’Neil

Fun ways to eat up those Super Bowl snacks – Food is one of those favorite past times of Super Bowl Sunday gatherings. You can make your own football shaped pizzas with your friends, create Super Bowl sundaes, or even layout a nacho, popcorn, or soda bar for your best pals to enjoy!

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Tip of the week: Taking out Zombies

Zombies—they will stop at nothing to knock you off track and slow you down. If it is one thing that our rival teams, the Dragons and the Scorpions can agree on, it is that these undead pests can prove to be somewhat of a nuisance when they invade the racetrack. So whether you are the most skilled Driver or the newest of newbies, these tips will help you deal with those pestering Zombies!

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You can eliminate Zombies with powerful attacks, quick attacks, or just by running them over—whatever your style may be.

Powerful attacks have a big blast radius that packs a hefty punch to damage Zombies. Use this attack to break up larger groups of Zombies or to take down bigger Zombie foes. Is there a Zombie mob blocking your way? No problem—you can clear your way through! Just be careful. Since this attack involves less ammo and has a longer reloading time, accuracy is key.

A Quick attack does exactly what its name involves—it quickly fires ammo to keep our enemy Zombies back. This attack may deal less damage on the enemy, but these weapons hold more ammo, so missing a target or two will not cost you. Be sure to keep moving when you attempt to clear out a large horde. Since you will be shelling out less damage, you will want to make a quick escape if you become surrounded.

Finally, you can live life on the edge and wield your vehicle as weapon! Simply push the pedal to the metal and mow down Zombies by running them over. It may take a little longer to power through a group of Zombies, but you will be able to make a quick getaway if you need to and it is simply fun!

Now you are prepared to survive a Zombie attack. Keep up your speed and stay on the move. Get out there and keep that Zombie infestation under control.

Pledge to a New Type of Challenge for the New Year!

We are well into the new year, but 2014 is just beginning! How are you starting off this exciting time of year? Many of us are well aware that the month of January marks the time when we start thinking about new goals to accomplish for the long year ahead. Simply trying something new that you have never done can be a great way to celebrate 2014. Here are some ways you can pledge to challenge yourself in new ways this year:

Photo by Ryan Fung

Photo by Ryan Fung

Get moving and learn a new sport – Do you want to put in the time to learn the basics of a sport you have never played? Or maybe you just want to improve on your swing, either way, make it a goal this year to run faster, hit harder, or throw further. You will realize that everything is possible with practice.

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Happy Halloween, Racers!

It’s that terrifyingly terrific time of year and the zombies appear to be attacking in full force! How are you planning on celebrating with your friends and rival racers, today? No matter what your plans might be on this frighteningly festive night, be sure to take a few minutes to hit the tracks in Eat My Dust and help us keep those zealous zombies at bay.

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On days like today, we need all the help that we can get to keep the Combat Zone and Team Dens safe from those unsightly undead creatures! Help control the population at the gates by playing Zombie Attack on your own or grab your teammates to send a little friendly fire out this Halloween.

Car Maintenance: Plan your Next Pit Stop!

While making their rounds around the track, even professional drivers need to take some time to pull off the speedway for a quick pit stop. Before your next big race, follow their example and head directly to the Mechanic’s shop to make sure that your custom cool racing machine has all that it needs to make you the first driver across that checkered finish line.

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In real world racing, pits stops are quick stops that drivers make during a race to meet with their crew to make any necessary adjustments to their car from the wear and tear of the track. Pit crews are trained to move at unrivaled speeds for refueling purposes, new tires, repairs, or any type of mechanical adjustments that a car and driver might need. The speed of a pit crew isn’t taken lightly eight. Often, crews do practice drills to maximize efficiency and cut down on the time needed to complete their tasks.

Stop by the Mechanic’s shop, today and let us know about the latest modifications that you’ve added to your road ruling, racing machine!

Wrench’s Facts: Get Inspired to take the Top Spot!

Around Eat My Dust we have our leaderboards, which track not only team standing but also the achievements of individual racers. Have you or any of your racing buddies ever made it to the top spot? Taking an EMD record takes a combination of skill and mechanics. Upgrade your custom cool racing machine and learn a little more about some of the real world racers you might want to emulate behind the wheel.

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To help inspire you to be the first across the finish line in your next race, Wrench has compiled a list of a few NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees. Since its inaugural ceremony in 2010, here’s a quick list of drivers to follow on the track.

– 2010 –
Bill France, Sr., Richard Petty, Bill France, Jr., Dale Earnhardt, & Junior Johnson

– 2011-
David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, & Bud Moore

– 2012 –
Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, & Glen Wood

– 2013 –
Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace, & Leonard Wood

Check it out and let us know about some of your favorite racers!

Racing Styles: NASCAR v. Formula One

Around Eat My Dust, it is pretty difficult to deny that insider info on car parts from the Mech Shop and the Racing Circuit tracks can position you at the front of the pack. On your next break from ruling the roads in Eat My Dust, consider learning about some real world racing by checking out some of the most dominate racing styles in the sport of automobile racing!

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In the United States, NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) is the major force in the sport of automobile racing. However, around the globe, Formula One sets the standard on the tracks. How much do you really know about these two major racing styles? Here are a few fun facts to help introduce you to the basics of these real world races!
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