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Small bathroom, big job

DIY bathroom project requires hard work and determination

When we purchased our condo a few years ago, we had decided to tackle the bathroom reno at a future date as we were busy installing a new kitchen and painting the entire place at the time.

I had painted out the dated cabinets in the bathroom in white and put some colour on the wall for the time being.

Well, the future is here and we have just completed our bathroom renovation.

This is a small bathroom by today’s standards, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. The first thing I did was go searching for a great vanity that would …

More than 1,400 bikers ready to rumble for charity

The Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad launched its eighth annual fundraising and awareness campaign on Friday at McPhillips Station Casino.

Organizers anticipate more than 1,400 motorcycle enthusiasts will head out on the highway, Saturday, May 28,  in support of prostate cancer research and education.

The Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised more than $1.2 million in the past seven years, with proceeds staying in Manitoba. Representatives from the Genomic Centre for Prostate Cancer Research and the Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group were presented with a cheque for $282,255, the proceeds from last year's ride.

More information on the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride For Dad is available at …

Orders for lower-priced Tesla hit 198,000

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CORRECTS SPELLING OF PHOTOGRAPHER'S LAST NAME TO PRITCHARD, NOT PRICHARD - Tesla Motors unveils its Model 3 car at the Tesla Motors design studio Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Hawthorne, Calif. The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models. (AP Photo/Justin Pritchard)

HAWTHORNE, Calif. - Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.

"Definitely going to need to rethink production planning," a surprised CEO Elon Musk said on his Twitter feed.

Musk unveiled the car Thursday night at a design studio near Los Angeles. It starts at $35,000 and has a range of 215 miles per charge, which is far more than most people drive each day.

The orders came from across the globe even though the car isn't scheduled for sale until late in 2017. But they …

Sharp dressed van

Chrysler's new minivan borrows old name, but changes game

NEWPORT BEACH, CA. — Road trip! Two words that can strike dread in the hearts of adults when kids are involved — unless you have the space and amenities to keep the young’uns entertained. Kids don’t fret about cost or payments. Their priorities are comfort and entertainment.

That’s evident after two days of touring the Newport Beach/San Diego area with my wife, Pat, and two grandkids, Riley and Kayley Clark, who escaped a New Brunswick snowstorm to join us on the launch of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

What better way to test a new minivan than from a family point of view?

The …

Local motoring legends recognized

Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts three new members

Since 2006, Piston Ring’s annual World of Wheels car show has been the venue for the induction of three new members to the Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame. Manitoba has a rich motorsports history filled with amazing men and women who have left an unforgettable impact on the local scene. Inductees are recognized for their outstanding devotion and contributions to motorsports in Manitoba and come from the ranks of drag racing, oval track racing, motorcycling, fabrication, customizing, the automotive industry and the street rod and hot rod communities.

This year’s inductees include a longtime hobbyist with a charitable heart, a master …

New Mitsubishi Outlander sneaks into town

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander slipped into town a quietly a few months back — which is appropriate considering its quiet ride is one of the signature features of the new model.

Waverley Mitsubishi sales representative Wayne Pidsadny notes Mitsubishi has made more than 100 changes to the 2016 Outlander. He points out the Outlander is the first new Mitsubishi model to have the new Dynamic Shield styling on the front end, featuring more chrome, skid plates beneath a black bumper facade, LED daytime running lights and HED lights for more brightness. The double-laminated windsheild also adds major soundproofing and is …

World of WOW

Piston Ring’s 42nd annual World of Wheel’s car show rolled through town last weeekend. A rock concert featuring Danny “The Count” Coker from the hit TV show Counting Cars and his band Count’s 77 rocked a large crowd at the newly expanded RBC Convention Centre on Friday night. With more than 200 vehicles on display, the show featured a wide variety of custom and special-interest vehicles including a wild 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8, owned by Keith Anderson from Brandon, and a barn-fresh 1952 GMC pickup owned by Winnipegger Robert …

New models expected to be hot sellers

They may appeal to radically different market sectors, but the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Infiniti QX60 — which arrived in local showrooms near the end of February — are both expected to be top sellers.

The fifth-generation Elantra has a completely different body style built on a state-of-the-art superstructure platform, says Murray Hyundai sales rep Mario Sacco. “The new model, made of advanced, high-strength steel manufactured in Hyundai’s own steel mill, boasts superior handling, enhanced interior quiet and improved safety,” Sacco says. “It’s a big improvement over the previous model.”

Sacco says the 2017 Elantra’s completely new body style …

Two-wheel ticket

World of Wheels caters to bikers with CycleRama Motorcycle Show

While it’s a sure bet every auto aficionado in town will check out Piston Ring’s World of Wheels car show this weekend at the newly renovated RBC Convention Centre, thanks to the CycleRama Motorcycle Show running in conjunction this year, the annual show will also draw in locals who prefer to do their cruising on two wheels.

Harley-Davidson Winnipeg has signed on as the main sponsor for the CycleRama portion of the event, meaning you are getting two tickets for the price of one.

In addition to a selection of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles and accessories, the dealership will be selling Harley clothing …

Picture-perfect PONY

Muscular Mustang pays tribute to iconic movie car

While Ford was still enjoying Mustang’s six-digit sales figures, General Motors fired their opening salvo with the new Chevrolet Camaro in late 1967, followed closely by the Pontiac Firebird.

Ford met the competition with the redesign of the Mustang in 1967 with an increase of two-inches in overall length. The wheelbase, however, remained unchanged at 108-inches. The redesign also increased underhood room to allow the installation of Ford’s 390-cubic-inch big-block V-8 to compete against the 396- and 400-cubic-inch motors available in Camaro and Firebird respectively.

For 1968, Mustang changed little in appearance other than the addition of government mandated side marker lamps …