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Ford finds the ultimate parking spot for its new Mustang: Atop the Empire State Building

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We all know parking can be a real challenge in downtown Manhattan – if not downright impossible.

But according to, Ford is taking parking a new brand new 2015 Mustang convertible to a whole other level – like 86 levels up, you might say.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first time it pulled off the same PR stunt when it introduced the Mustang convertible at the 1964 World’s Fair, Ford will once again reenact it by parking a brand new 2015 model atop the Empire State Building observatory on April 16-17.

Now, admit it, one of the first things you thought when you read that was, “How the heck did they get it up there?”

Did they put it on an elevator? Did they drive it up 86 flights of stairs (with some admittedly really tight turns)? Did they lift it up there by helicopter? Or how about a crane?

The answer to all four of those questions is one and the same: nope, nope, nope and nope.

The Mustang is being cut into relatively tiny pieces – for a car, that is – and will then be reassembled atop the New York City landmark.

Ford has even made a kind of race out of taking the Mustang from ground level to the top level: after getting all the cut-up parts up to the 86th floor, company engineers will have just six hours to reassemble it.

And then, two days later, those same engineers have to do it all over again, but in reverse.

Let’s hope they make a couple of extra copies of the blueprints, just in case one gets picked up and blown away by the notorious winds atop the ESB.

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NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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