Toyota Hilux on K’Gari Fraser Island As of 2015, the Toyota Hilux was the best-selling vehicle in an estimated 42 countries in the world, by far the most crowned nameplate on the planet. Stay tuned for an update article coming soon featuring H1 2017 sales. In 2016, the Hilux became the first commercial vehicle to top the Australian annual sales charts, and it is in the lead again so far in 2017. It was high time for BSCB to test-drive this worldwide best-seller, and Toyota Australia kindly loaned us a Hilux Double Cab TD SR5 4×4 2.8L for one week. We decided to take it to spectacular Fraser Island, or K’gari in local Butchulla Aboriginal language (pronounced “Gurri”) which means paradise. But first to find a name for our Hilux. The last loaner we had was a Haval H9 we nicknamed Ivanhoe, so this one needs to start in J. The search quickly narrowed down to Joey, meaning a baby kangaroo, apt for this agile and shining new Hilux. It all started in … [Read more...] about Photo Report: Driving a Toyota Hilux on K’gari Fraser Island, Australia
Worlds largest seaplane
It's sunny and warm as I step out of my car into the parking lot of the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Of course, it's San Diego so saying it's "sunny and warm" is a lot like saying "I breathe air." I'm in Balboa Park, a large, mostly green, park-like place roughly in the center of town. The buildings adjacent to the lot are some stunning late art deco masterpieces leftover from the California Pacific International Exposition of the mid-1930s. Next to one of these examples of nearly-century old architectural design (and that's old for California), is the dagger-like and unmistakable silhouette of an SR-71 Blackbird. Wait, no, I am mistaken, it's an A-12 Oxcart, which was smaller and somehow even faster. Across is a super-rare Sea Dart, the only seaplane ever to break the sound barrier. This is the San Diego Air and Space Museum, which houses over 100 years of aviation history, including rare WWI aircraft, unique spacecraft and more. Here's a look inside at some incredible aircraft … [Read more...] about Witness aviation history at the San Diego Air and Space Museum
Howard Hughes' enormous H-4 Hercules may still hold the record for wingspan. But that doesn't mean there's not a bigger plane out there. See more flight pictures. Keystone Features/Getty Images The quest to understand flight has obsessed humanity since man first looked up and saw a bird soaring effortlessly across the sky. The quest to make everything bigger, better and faster has obsessed humanity since man first walked upright. Where the two obsessions meet we end up with some pretty incredible flying machines. Achieving controllable flight has not been an easy endeavor. Or a quickly advancing one. As early as 400 B.C., innovators in China were using specially designed kites to test weather conditions [source: NASA]. More than 2,000 years later, the Montgolfier brothers flew the first hot air balloon, carrying a (presumably surprised) rooster, duck and sheep to an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) for more than a mile [source: NASA]. The quest moved more quickly after … [Read more...] about What’s the world’s largest airplane?