Racing to Cinco de Mayo!

Photo via handimania.com

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!

Race for the New Year

Happy New Year drivers! Let 2014 be your year to race to the top and edge out the competition. Invite your friends to join you in the game to rev up some of those in-game resolutions that you’ve been hoping to make around Eat My Dust!

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Floor it into the new year by setting new goals for yourself in the game. Go head to head with your rivals and take them out to clear your path to victory on the tracks and around the Combat Zone. There’s no better time than now to boost up your lap time, increase your speed, climb that leader board, and win it all for your team. Let Eat My Dust fuel your need for speed this year and don’t forget to have a blistering good time while you’re at it!

Wrench’s Fun Fact: Benefits of Racing Games

Did you know that all the exciting practices you had on the racing circuit actually preps you for the real world? Find out how your Eat My Dust gaming experience can help you develop psychologically and physically, while having tons of fun at the same time!

Racing Circuit

Research has shown that players of racing games experience a thrill and fulfillment that they cannot experience in real life. The excitement helps you relieve stress and it keeps you in a happy mood. The joy of winning in a competition gets your heart rate up, which affects your brain activity positively.

Racing games are also a great way to get you prepped for your driving lessons in real life. Although we should never mix up reality with the make-believe world in Eat My Dust, car games makes you a more attentive and cautious person when you are behind the wheel.

Finally, car games can also improve your hand-eye coordination. Since games like Eat My Dust requires you to maneuver with precision and make judgments within a split second, you need utmost concentration and determination to win and excel in the game.

See for yourself the positive influence of car racing games by logging into Eat My Dust today, and experience the exhilarating competition first-hand!

Wrench’s Facts: Dragons versus Scorpions

Do you know what are the special characteristics of each Eat My Dust team? Regardless of the team that you have already chosen, it is important to learn about your enemies  so that you can find loopholes that can help you beat the opposing team and win a race or a battle against the zombies.

EMD Teams

Dragons

The drivers on this team are known for their fierceness and strength. They are courageous and unafraid to go head-to-head with their enemies. They never back out of a race or battle. They are known for their legendary skills and techniques at racing, dusting enemies, and destroying zombies.

Scorpions

These drivers are known for their intellect and the element of surprise. They are cunning and crafty, but extremely loyal to their teammates and the team’s success. This team uses their brains instead of their brawls to get ahead, and they never refuse the chance to sneak up on an enemy and dust them by surprise!

Which team do you think you should belong to? Pick a side and let us know in the comments!

Wrench’s Fun Fact: The Deadly Combination

Are tired of being dusted in every race? Do you want to know what the secrets to creating the deadliest racing car on the streets are? Your performance on the race tracks and your ability to complete missions in Eat My Dust is highly depended on how you put together your racing machine. Check out some of Wrench’s tips below and start building your killing machine to bring glory to your team!

Specs

Speed is obviously one of the most important functions you need to pay attention to. As you rank up, you can unlock special car components that can help you enhance the speed and acceleration of your car dramatically. However, you should also consider boosting your offroad and handling specifications as it is important to learn how to control your car so you don’t end up flying off the road or crashing into obstacles because you were driving too fast.

Also, switching up your driver can also help you boost your cars performance. You can pick from Ninja heads, to pumpkin heads, to skulls. However, be sure to try out a few different drivers to find the one that best suits your technique and skills. Lastly, gear up your car with the fiercest weapon you can find and start terminating the zombies!

Beating your buddies’ race time can be so much easier if you have the best combination to wipe out your competition. Let the other racers eat your dust in the next race! Head over to the Mechanic Shop today and suit up your car with gears to speed up!

The Evolution of the Automobile

With all the advancements and custom cool features that you’re able to add to your Eat My Dust car, how much do you actually know about the evolution of the automobile from its original inception as a steam powered vehicle in the late 1700s? Before you hop behind the wheel and speed on over to the Racing circuit to compete in your next race, take some time to read through this brief history of the earliest automobiles!

First Mercedes car ever! Ever!

The modern gas fueled car that you now today did not really make its way onto the scene until the early 1800s with many citing 1886 as the year of the first modern car. It was in this year that two of the major players in the race to create the first car, Karl Friedrich Benz and Gottlieb Daimler filed their patents on their transportation vehicles. Cars did not become mass market items until the early 1900s, as the new industrial era enabled automobile icons like Henry Ford to bring cars from the aristocratic elite to the larger market in the United States.

Wrench’s Facts: Current Top 5 Formula One Teams

Do you want to dominate the racing world in Eat My Dust? Then you should look up to some of the fastest racers in the world! Like your racing machine in Eat My Dust, the Formula One car is a high-speed prototype that is focused on performance and advanced technology. However, these teams and drivers will not be so successful if it were not for their persistence and constant practice. Check out the most up-to-date Formula One ranking and see what it takes to become a world-class racer!

  1. Red Bull Racing

Running in top place right now is this indestructible team from Austria! Established in 2005, this team consists of two renowned racers – Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Vettel, a German native, is also crowned first place in the recent grand prix that occurred in Singapore. Webber, an Australian native, did quite well too, earning fifth place in the same championship in Singapore.

Photo by Max Bosio

Photo by Max Bosio

  1. Ferrari

Hailing from Italy, the Scuderia Ferrari team is probably the most successful team in the history of Formula One – winning 16 Constructor Titles, which is specifically awarded to the person who created an engine or chassis that performed outstandingly in a race, and 15 Drivers Titles, which is awarded to the most successful Formula One racing car driver in one season. The current drivers of the team are Spanish native, Fernando Alonso, and Felipe Massa, a Brazilian native. This team used to be the home of the legendary Michael Schumacher, who won the title of World Champion with Ferrari for five consecutive years, from 2000 to 2004.

Photo by Nic Redhead

Photo by Nic Redhead

  1. Mercedes

The debuting year of this team marked one of their most successful moments of the team’s history. In 1954 alone, their former driver Juan Manuel Fangion, won the French grand prix and the drivers championship. They are back with a re-branded team for Formula One in 2010, hiring Michael Schumacher as their driver. In the most recent season, the team’s drivers are British native Lewis Hamilton, who placed third in the recent grand prix, and German native Nico Rosberg, who got sixth place.

  1. Lotus

The team’s first Formula One season was back in 1981, and the cars are proven to be a good fit for most circuits and conditions in grand prix. The latest driver line-up is definitely one of the highlights of this team – consisting of 2007 Formula One Champion Kimi Raikkonen, who won the fourth place in the recent grand prix in Singapore, and Romain Grosjean, a GP2 Series Champion who took home eighth place in the recent race. They are both French natives.

  1. McLaren-Mercedes

Since 1966, this team is known for their relentless effort to ensure that the cars evolve with technology and to produce the fastest car in the world. The specifications of the cars will never be the same in each race and they are constantly striving for a better racing machine. The two drivers of this team are both in the top 15 positions in the most recent grand prix. They are Jenson Button, a British native, and Sergio Perez, a Mexican native.

Photo by William Murphy

Photo by William Murphy

Now that you have learnt a little bit more about Formula One, the teams and the drivers, what team and which driver is your favorite? Log into Eat My Dust, today, and start polishing your techniques and skills to match up with these top-notch racers!

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!

Know Your Flags: The 8 Flags of NASCAR

When most people think of automobile racing, the checkered flag comes to mind. While this flag is undoubtedly one of the most iconic symbols associated with the sport, did you know that there are a total of 8 flags that wave throughout the course of a race? A flagman, the individual who sits high above the start/finish line, waves the appropriate flag when necessary. Here are the 8 flags you see during a race:
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Green Flag: This flag is waved at the start of a race and during re-starts. When the green flag is used, the first-place driver cannot be passed.

Yellow Flag: The yellow flag cautions drivers to potential dangers on the track, signaling them to slow down to a predetermined speed. This flag is often used when there is debris on the track from a wreck.

Red Flag: Just like a stop sign, the red flag notifies drivers to stop the race immediately. This flag is usually used for safety reasons, and drivers must stop no matter where they are on the track.

Black Flag: The black flag is shown to individual drivers that must respond to a concern from NASCAR. Some examples for receiving this flag are speeding on the pit road, dropping debris on the track, or failing to maintain the minimum track speed. Drivers have 5 laps to respond to the black flag.

Black Flag with Diagonal White Stripe: A driver who fails to respond to the black flab by pitting within 5 laps is shown this flag. As a result, the driver’s score is suspended until further notice.

Blue Flag with Diagonal Yellow Stripe: A courtesy flag shown to drivers not on the lead lap, it indicates that slower drivers should yield to faster drivers approaching them.

White Flag: This flag waves when the lead driver begins the final lap.

Checkered Flag: The most famous flag, this flag waves when the winner crosses the finish line.

Now that you know all the flags involved in NASCAR, keep an eye out for them the next time you watch a race. Root for your favorite driver and see how often each flag appears during the competition.

Wrench’s Facts: Exterior Components

Have you ever wondered what the exterior components available in the mechanic shop actually are or what it is tat they do for your car? This week, Wrench’s facts give racers like you some insight about how these components can increase your chances to be the first across the finish line!

Exterior Components

Chassis
This refers to the internal frameworks, which is often referred to as the “skeleton” of the vehicle. The other components, including the engine, transmission, suspension, and the body of the car are attached to this framework. It is a foundational structure that is essential to a vehicle.

Skins/Paint Job
This feature is more about the style and physical aesthetic appeal of the car, rather than improving its functionality. A paint job allows the driver to customize their style, making it unique.

Wheels
It is a device that enables the swift movement of the entire vehicle. If you read the post about Off-Road tires from last week, you will understand why different wheels can help tame difficult situations you will face in the game. It directly affects the traction your car has with the ground surface, which ultimately changes how you handle your car.
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