April 3, 2014

2014 Virginia City 341 Challenge Returns

After a two-year hiatus, the 341 Challenge returns June 14-15, 2014, to offer more high-speed thrills on an incredibly technical mountain road with steep drop-offs and no guardrails, as well as a warm welcome in a fun and historic old-west silver mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

To claim an entry spot in the 2014 race, fill out an entry form at www.341challenge.com. The Virginia City 341 Challenge is a rare opportunity to drive flat-out on one of the most technical and aggressive stretches of mountain road in the country, without the worry of oncoming traffic or law enforcement. The paved course is 5.2 miles long with 22-plus turns, a 1,216-foot rise in elevation, steep drop offs, and no guardrails! Highway 341 will be closed for two days of racing in coordination with local agencies, and once again competitors will have a chance to be inducted into the exclusive "3:41 Club" if they can crack the 3-minute, 41-second barrier.

To learn more about the 2014 Virginia City 341 Challenge and the lovely town that is Virginia City, Nevada, please visit www.341challenge.com and www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.

Lincoln Electric Launches Mobile Application

Lincoln Electric recently launched Lincoln Library, a mobile phone application designed to be a practical and time-saving tool for users to tap into the company's welding resources. The application will provide welders of all skill levels with the most current welding and cutting information.

Lincoln Library is available through the Apple iTunes App Store and is compatible with the Apple iPad and iPad Mini (Apple iOS Version 6.0 and up). The media-rich, digital bookshelf is interactive, easy to use, and will be continuously updated with new and updated literature. Within the app, users can reference the most up-to-date equipment and consumable specifications or shop for their next piece of welding gear. Visit www.lincolnelectric.com for more information.

Book Review: High-Performance Ignition Systems

High-Performance Ignition Systems is a completely updated guide to understanding automotive ignition systems, from old-school points and condensers to modern computer-controlled distributor-less systems. Author Todd Ryden leads you through the various components in this update, explaining the theory behind the operation and how the parts work with each other to achieve the ultimate goal of efficient combustion.

The 8.5x11 softbound book (ISBN: 978-1-61325-080-8) features 144 pages packed with 288 color photos. It's available through CarTech books for $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. Order you copy by calling (800) 551-4754 or by visiting www.cartechbooks.com/hp-ignition.