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Baby Shower Event Planning

| Articles | September 30, 2008

Pregnancies and baby showers are always a fun time throughout the year and there are many reasons why it’s important to throw a baby shower for your family or friends. Baby showers are essentially a party for the individual or couple who is about to give birth to their son or daughter, and what better way to show love for the unborn child than to shower it with gifts? There are plenty of event planning specialists that regularly help to plan baby showers for those who choose to hire them, but an event planning specialist is absolutely not needed if you are able to do much of the planning on your own. Here are some essential things that you’ll want to have ready for your own baby shower, though, when it comes time for the celebration of your baby:

The Baby Shower Theme

At mostly all major events and celebrations there is a theme that is running throughout the entire time. A baby shower is no different, though, and if you are working on the event planning for yours or another’s baby shower then choosing a good theme is almost always the best thing to start out with! However, the themes associated with a baby shower don’t have to be difficult at all simply because the party is for the baby who is not there yet. On the other hand when event planning for a baby shower you will want to keep in mind the mother as well as the father, if he is attending. Choosing simple color-themes, or perhaps even child’s toy themes are both great ideas when event planning for the baby shower!

Baby Shower Games

This is perhaps the most fun part about event planning in general because games are used for many different events throughout many different countries and cultures. Baby showers also typically have fun games during the event, and games are essentially what the whole day centers on. There are many great ideas for baby shower games, including The Diaper Game, mad lib games, as well as a game that involves guessing the length of yarn around the mommy’s tummy. There are plenty of other games to choose from, however, these are only a couple of the great event planning games that can be chosen!

The Guests

Of course, the one thing that you don’t want to forget about when event planning for a baby shower is the guests. Where you will seat them, where the guest’s gifts will be placed when they arrive, and what they eat are all common concerns that must be thought about before the day of the baby shower. If you are working on planning the day with a friend or family member then they will be able to definitely help out with these important questions.

Nevertheless, though, event planning for a baby shower can take a lot of work in the process, although chances are that you’ll have fun in the midst of planning it. There are so many reasons to be happy when planning the baby shower that it simply make the whole ordeal even more fun to plan!

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Awesome Las Vegas Hotels

| Articles | September 29, 2008

If you’ve been craving that trip to Las Vegas then there is no better time than the present to be able to make the trip. Millions of people each year flock to Las Vegas in search of treasure and hitting it big on the Las Vegas strip and casinos. But if you’d like to go to Las Vegas than an important issue that you’ll have to figure out is where you’ll stay the whole time that you’re there. Yes, there are your average hotels that can be found all throughout Las Vegas, but some of the more interesting and world renowned hotels should be the ones that are chosen in order to truly experience the Las Vegas vacation of a lifetime. Here are some of the better hotels to consider if you’re planning a Las Vegas getaway for yourself:

Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Whether you want to relax or come to have a good time at the casino, there is plenty to do at the Bellagio Hotel that is known not only for the Las Vegas location, but also for the luxury that everyone gets to experience while staying there. For example, everything from the food to the rooms that are stayed in and there is no turning back once one sets foot in the Bellagio Hotel. Furthermore, the casino scenery that’s attached to the hotel is like one big amusement park for adults. Whether you want to play Blackjack or scramble your hand against automatic shuffle machines, there are plenty of options.

Mirage Hotel

Perhaps one of the other very well known hotels throughout Las Vegas and the world is the Mirage Hotel and Casino. As with the Bellagio, many people who get to stay here love the whole experience of it. However, many people consider the Mirage Hotel and Casino to be high-ranking just because of the quality that is offered for such reasonable prices. Everything from the rooms to the food have reasonable prices, which is the reason that it makes it perfect for anyone visiting Las Vegas to afford. There are also attractions within this grand hotel, though. For example, animal attractions are available where you can experience exotic cats as well as aquatic life like dolphins. Good food, music, rooms, and entertainment all combine to give everyone the perfect Las Vegas experience!

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

Many people rank the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino to also be very up high on the list just because it is also financially-friendly meaning that the rooms won’t cost you a fortune and the food won’t be scary to eat, either, since it’s not too expensive. Of course, this Las Vegas Hotel is aimed at the young adults who’ve come to Las Vegas to find their dreams and you’ll be able to tell that from the outside Treasure Island decor.

All in all, there are plenty of hotels and casinos to enjoy while you’re in Las Vegas to have a great vacation. Whether you want to experience the luxury of the Bellagio, though, or you are looking for a more economical vacation, there are a full range of options for everyone!

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Awesome Birthday Gifts for Anyone

| Articles | September 28, 2008

There are plenty of ways to surprise anyone with an awesome birthday gift and there are an unlimited number of ways you can show your love, affection, or friendship with fun gifts that are perfect for anyone! Chances are that you have had the experience on more than one occasion the difficulty of finding the perfect birthday gift for that special someone. Whether you’re unsure of the person’s tastes or you just don’t know what the other likes there are all sorts of problems that you may run into. However, there are always certain birthday presents that are always perfect and just right no matter who you are!

Cash and Gift Cards

Who says that money can’t buy happiness? There are all sorts of ways to be creative when you are giving cash as a gift. You can put it in a cute birthday card or you can find a box to put it in. Likewise, gift cards are also another great way to say “Happy Birthday,” to that special person in your life. Getting a gift card to a favorite store or restaurant is usually always an exciting feeling and you are certain not to go wrong when you choose to buy a gift card for the friend, husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend in your life! However, if you are going to go this route then you may want to think about just how much you will be putting on the gift card. For example, the most important thing to think about is how much stuff the amount of money can buy that you’ll be putting on the gift card!

Unique Gift Ideas

There are plenty of unique gift ideas that anyone can buy that’ll express creativity and fun. For example, have you ever thought about giving a trampoline as a gift? How about an above-ground swimming pool? Of course you’ll want to make sure that the person you are buying these things for has the proper space, but they make great gifts nonetheless. Trampolines are awesome gifts because most of them hold up to 450lbs, which would be great for children and adults! Likewise, most everyone loves to swim and would take advantage of an above-ground swimming pool for their birthday!

Funny Birthday Movies

Unless the person you are buying for doesn’t like watching television and movies at all, it is probably a safe bet that you’ll be able to get away with buying funny movies for your chosen birthday gift! You can always buy a bunch of funny and interesting movies to give, or you can buy 1 or 2 movies and combine those with other small and fun birthday presents! A whole hodgepodge of gifts will go over better than nothing at all!

Hopefully now you have some interesting and unique ideas for birthday presents for whoever you are buying for. There are all sorts of things out there for that special person in your life, but gift cards, cash, and unique birthday gifts are almost always certain to bring a smile to their face!

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The Avian Influenza Virus (Bird Flu) A Pandemic in the Making

| Articles | September 27, 2008

Is the world today looking at another pandemic due to the avian influenza virus? The increasing cases of the avian influenza virus, the global spreading of the disease and the fact that many scientists believe that it is not a matter of if but when we will experience it, is making this a global question. What is making some believe this is highly probable?

To answer that question we first need to examine what the avian influenza is, and some of its history.

Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu is an illness that is caused by avian influenza viruses. These viruses occur naturally amongst wild birds and are carried in their intestines. These viruses are very contagious and normally will not make wild birds sick however; they can be extremely dangerous to domestic birds such as Turkeys, Chickens, and Ducks making them extremely sick and can lead to death.

The Avian Flu was first recorded in Italy more than 100 years ago in 1878. As the cause of a large amount of deaths in Poultry it became known as “Fowl Plague”. This disease was recorded in the United States in 1924-25, and then again in 1929. In 1955, it was determined that the virus causing Fowl Plague was one of the influenza viruses. The official designation for the bird flu is Influenza-A H5N1. This strain was originally first isolated in birds from South Africa in 1961.

Originally thought only to infect birds this flu received unprecedented publicity in 1997 when for the first time the virus was transmitted to humans. During this period 18 people were hospitalized and 6 died. Authorities in an attempt to control the outbreak killed approximately 1.5 million chickens. This was in an attempt to remove the source of the virus.

Since 1997 there have been confirmed cases of humans infected with the virus. Two children from Hong Kong were infected that year but both children recovered.

In 2003 two members of a Hong Kong family were infected after traveling to China. One person died. The cause was never determined on where or how those two people were infected. Later back in China another family member died of a respiratory illness but no testing was done at that time.

Also in 2003 the Netherlands reported more than 80 cases of avian influenza-A among poultry workers and their families. One patient died. At that time there seemed to be some evidence of human to human transmissions. These outbreaks tapered off in the spring of 2004 but then re-emerged in the summer.

As of Sept 19, 2005 there have been 114 confirmed human cases of bird flu with 59 of them being fatal. Human cases of the disease have been reported in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Sustained person to person transmission has not occurred but there is another report of suspected human to human transmission from Thailand in fall of 2004. The virus recently has shown the ability to jump from species to species with cats, pigs, tigers and leopards becoming infected. Areas affected by H5N1 avian influenza in poultry include: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

So now what does this all have to do with a possible influenza pandemic?

First an influenza pandemic occurs when a new virus appears that the human population has no immunity from. This results in a large scale outbreak worldwide with an enormous amount of deaths and illness. Because of global transportation, over crowding and urbanization these epidemics would take hold very quickly on a global scale.

This is why the recent findings in regards to the bird flu virus are particularly concerning. The reassortment (this is the changing of genetic material between two types of virus making a third) of avian influenza genomes is very likely to occur since these viruses have demonstrated a capacity to infect multiple species, as is now the case in Asia. This then leads to the greater chance of human exposure and infection. This new virus has new genetics which would then be immune to current vaccines. As shown the world has faced pandemic possibilities for several years in regards to the avian influenza virus and with the recent developments it does only seem a matter of time before we are faced with a flu pandemic of gigantic proportions. No one knows for sure if or when a pandemic would occur, it could be within weeks or years, but all the conditions are in place, save one – sustained proof of a virus that is being transmitted from human to human.

Take a look to history on past influenza pandemic’s. This may give a better understanding when we use the word gigantic proportions. These previous pandemics have led to high levels of illness, death, social disruption, and economic loss. The potential devastation of the avian flu virus is greater than these former pandemics.

There have been 3 such influenza pandemics in the 20th century.

In 1918-1919 when more than 500,000 died in the United States alone, along with approximately 50 million people worldwide. In 1957-1958 the Asian flu caused 70,000 deaths first reported in China late in February 1957 and it spread to the U.S by June of 1957. The Hong Kong flu in 1968 and 1969 caused some 34,000 deaths in the United States alone.

So what would happen if we faced a pandemic today, from the avian flu virus? Most agree we could stand a very little chance of containment for several reasons. First the world will have just weeks to accomplish that feat. Scientists estimate that 300,000 to one million people would immediately be in need of the anti-viral. At this time there are limited stocks. Because of production limitations the current time frame is four to six months to produce a certain quantity of vaccine. This may not be fast enough. The fact is that for containment the world would need to carry out a massive inoculation campaign within a two to three week time frame for any type of chance to contain the virus.

There is also the chance that current vaccines for the avian flu would have little or no effect on a pandemic virus. This is because the vaccine needs to match the pandemic virus which may not be the case. The world then would need a new vaccine. So a vaccine developed in Thailand may not protect you from another virus in another part of the world. This would take several months to develop and by that time millions may die.

Then there is the distribution issue. There is no guarantee of distribution priorities. This could mean that poorer nations may not get the vaccine at all, because richer countries would get the majority.

So what is our government and others doing to effectively deal with this possible nightmare? What can you do as an individual?

On February 4, 2004 there was an order for an immediate ban on the import of all birds ) from the following areas in Southeast Asia: Cambodia; Indonesia; Japan; Laos; People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong, SAR; South Korea; Thailand; and Vietnam. Hong Kong was removed from the ban list because of imposed vaccination, inspection, and surveillance programs for poultry farms, live poultry markets, and pet bird dealers; Also since there have been no additional cases of Influenza A (H5N1) in birds in Hong Kong since the positive peregrine falcon which was the reason for their inclusion on the list.

The World Health Organization has helped lead efforts to develop a national plan to cover aspects of responding to a pandemic require enhanced surveillance and early detection. Improving our public health infrastructure to be able to administer programs effectively is also a priority.

There has also been contract for egg surge capacity worth about $10 million awarded. This was done to assist with the making of vaccines. Since vaccines can provide a safe, effective and efficient means to prevent illness, disability and death from infectious diseases, research is a high priority with health organizations. The National Institutes of Health is another organization that is assisting with the testing of new vaccines.

The only downfall is they do take time to develop and as in any new strain of the virus there would not be enough at the time of the outbreak. This fact is making the reporting and early detection a priority.

The World Health Organizations Center For Disease Control, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Vietnamese Ministry of Health just to name a few are proactively monitoring world influenza reports. There is a network of 112 National Influenza Centers that are monitoring activity and isolating influenza viruses in all continents. They then report immediately the finding of any new or unusual influenza viruses found. They have also implemented new notification methods for public health emergencies that would be of international concern.

In America at this time the risk is very low for a pandemic from the avian flu virus. This does not mean the government is doing nothing. The French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis won a $100 million contract to supply the United States a vaccine against H5N1.

The United States has also awarded a $2.8 million contract to Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline for 84,300 courses of an antiviral. Although not a vaccine, this antiviral Tamiflu(r), has shown the ability to protect against human infection. The purchases are part of a US plan to buy vaccine for 20 million people and anti-viral for another 20 million. In the past four years the Department of Health and Human Services has invested a large amount in protecting against the flu including increases for CDC influenza funding ($17.2 million to $41.6 million, 242%) and creation of Strategic Reserves/Stockpiles ($0 to $80 million).

It also looks like an effective vaccine may finally have emerged to counter the avian flu virus. Just recently in tests, preliminary results obtained from 115 of the vaccine recipients showed a strong enough immune response to ward off the virus. These tests have been taking place for several months.

Also in the United Kingdom the risk at this time is very low but could be subject to change very suddenly. Precautions are being taken since the virus is spreading. The government has ordered around 14.6 million courses of the drug Tamiflu – enough to treat around a quarter of the UK’s population. They have devised a distribution system that would make the anti-viral available to health workers, people who would be essential to the continuing of the government, and people at high risk first. The UK Health Protection Agency estimates that in the event of a flu pandemic there could be a possible 50,000 deaths in Wales and England alone. Because of its planning The World Health Organization has said that the UK is at the forefront of preparations internationally for a pandemic influenza outbreak.

Now you’re asking what can I do to help myself in case of an influenza outbreak?

Still the most effective way to deal with influenza in general is still by vaccination each year. At this time there are no vaccines on the market to combat the avian flu virus. But as seen above it is very close to a answer. Other flu vaccines are available and should be considered to prevent help prevent an outbreak.

There are two types of vaccines. The first is a flu shot. This is inactivated vaccine (containing a killed virus) given usually in the arm. It has been approved for use in persons older than 6 months, healthy people, and also people with a chronic health condition. The second type is a nasal spray flu vaccine. This is a vaccine made with live and weakened viruses that do not cause the flu. It is approved for use in healthy people over 5 years of age up to 49 years.

Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting influenza can be vaccinated. There are people who are at high risk to suffer serious complications if they were to contract influenza or people who care for such individuals. These people should be vaccinated each year. This group includes, persons 65 years of age or older. People who live in nursing homes, or other long term care facilities. Adults and children 6 months and older who have chronic heart or lung conditions, this is including asthma. Adults and children 6 months and older who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system, including immune system problems caused by infection with human immunodeficiency virus. [HIV/AIDS] Any Children 6 months to 18 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy. This is because children given aspirin while they have influenza are at risk of Reye syndrome. Any women who will be pregnant during the influenza season and all children 6 to 23 months of age should also be vaccinated yearly.

People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function meaning, a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or muscle disorders.

Other measures to prepare and deal with an outbreak would include. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, stay home from work or keep your child from school when sick. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Keeping surfaces clean also plays a significant role in the preventing the spread of the virus. Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212F [75-100C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for sufficient length of time. For example, wipes or gels with alcohol in them can be used to clean hands.

Not wanting to sound like a doomsday prophet but in the end the following is known. The threat is real. Bird flu is spreading at an alarming rate. There is the potential for a catastrophic flu pandemic. Since 1997 we have seen the virus go from affecting just birds, to affecting other animals and now an increasing amount of human infections. This is showing that the virus is changing and not for the better. The world is becoming united to stopping this deadly virus and saving an apocalyptic nightmare. Do we know when or where a flu pandemic may start? No, we don’t due to the fact at this time there is no absolute proof of human to human transmittal of the virus we can not guess. This is a prerequisite of a pandemic; it has to be spread human to human.

By monitoring, reporting and working together on vaccines we are at the present time staying ahead of a possible flu pandemic which could devastate the global community. There is promise as seen by this month’s discovery of a workable vaccine for the avian flu virus. Even with this new threat as individuals we do need to take precautions to keep from contracting any of the other forms of influenza. By continued research, individual effort and the joint effort of the global community we may avoid a flu pandemic that would have the potential to kill millions.

For more information on the avian flu virus some good resources are. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Department of Health and Human Services, the World Organization for Animal Health and the New England Journal of Medicine.

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| Articles | September 26, 2008

People have been really benefited by this new concept of buying cars from Auto auction, which is really convenient and affordable for the consumers. The entire deal of buying a car is all so convenient for the consumer that the consumers seeks to buy it from these auctions, which has eventually become a very popular and very plausible way of buying cars. People can now give shape to their dream, of owning the land cruiser that they presumed was almost impossible. The consumer can buy the cars at very economical prices if they buy cars from these auctions. Consumers have the privilege of owning the costliest of cars and pay the cheapest of prices. This has been the way in which the rarest of dreams of owning a car has come true. Auto auction means auctioning cars to the bidder with the highest bid.

The consumers to avoid paying those huge amounts offered by the dealers can buy from some direct sources which sell at very reasonable prices unlike the dealers. The dealers offer prices which include the huge markups that are fixed by the dealers, which make the price of the cars so very expensive to afford. Auto auctions are not only organized by dealers but can also be held by people who are interested in doing this. The dealers actually exploit the consumers by demanding amounts that are much higher than the actual price of the car and make them all the more unaffordable by the consumer. The consumer backing off from buying the car need only make a little research about the auctions held, and the kind of cars being sold in those auctions, and then can go about actually owning a car. The consumers can, by doing so, save a great deal and also enjoy their dream.

The cars sold at these auctions are actually a collection of the cars that are being taken-over by the bank on failure of the account-holder in paying the bank loans and the cars that are being seized by the federal and the local government from people on account of any kind of default. These cars are usually a very good collection of vintage cars and also include cars which are the brand new models having the warranty period still on. These cars are auctioned in order to realize the losses incurred by the banks and the government on account of several failures.

These auctions are very much affordable because of the reason the selling price is determined by the buyer who is bidding. The selling price in these auctions is basically decided by the consumer. The price of the car is exclusive of any kind of extra amounts that are attached with the price of the car when bought from the dealer. The bidding in such auctions starts from a very low price.

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Auto Racing: Why It’s Dumb and Dangerous

| Articles | September 25, 2008

When it comes to favorite pastimes throughout the world there are many who actually choose auto racing as their hobby of choice. Even though many people engage in automobile racing without incident, such as those people who are involved in NASCAR and other professional organizations, there are many people who are downright dumb and dangerous with the whole idea of auto racing. There are many people why the whole activity is dangerous in its own rite, but here are some reasons why auto racing has become even more dangerous in recent years:

The Death of the Drivers

There are many people who choose auto racing without fully knowing the consequences. Even though many people pretend to think that auto racing is just a boys’ sport that doesn’t have any real danger attached to it (perhaps because a seat belt is worn!), but the fact of the matter is that many drivers of the automobiles die each and every year because they were careless and naive. Whether in the United States or many of the other countries around Europe, auto racing definitely has increased in the past ten years. To say that the activity is not dangerous is also naive, but just thinking about the fact that many drivers of the auto racing hobbyists do die should present a lesson to those who are interested in starting.

The Death of Innocent People

However, not only the drivers of the auto racing fanatics are at risk in this pastime. Even though many auto races do take place on dirt roads and abandoned fields, there are still plenty of people who perform auto racing late at night on highways, on normal residential streets, and in back alleys where they think that cops aren’t watching. To perform auto racing in places where they think they won’t get caught is just downright dumb, but these auto races should be taken to safe places where there is no danger of pedestrians and other innocent bystanders getting hurt in the crossfire.

Too Many Accidents

As mentioned, there are plenty of drivers who die because of the auto racing pastime. Even though many times the accidents that occur within auto racing are not the fault of the driver, many times they are. A driver of a car may simply choose not to buckle up, or he or she may daredevil his or her car in performing tricks other than the auto racing purpose. The fact of the matter is that there are just too many immature personalities that choose to be combined with auto racing scenes.

In order to combat some of the dangers of auto racing, in recent years there have been a plethora of separate groups, at least in the United States, that have taken auto racing into their own hands and taken some of the dangers away. For starters, these groups perform auto races that actually have sponsors, and they are conducted in safe places as well. Just because auto racers of all genres cannot be included in the professional NASCAR races does not mean that they have to miss out on these other opportunities. All in all, though, there is no doubt that auto racing is definitely dangerous and there should be limits on the activity itself!

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Motocross Racing Versus Auto Racing

| Articles | September 24, 2008

There are many individuals who are enthusiastic about auto racing throughout the world. There are many national races that take place across the United States to get excited about and the Indianapolis 500 is one of those auto racing events. But if you’re interested in racing then chances are that you’ve heard of motocross racing. Before we get into the battle of whether motocross racing is better than auto racing or vice versa, though, it would be beneficial to understand just exactly what motocross racing is and what all the hype is about.

What Is Motocross?

You may be surprised to find this out, but motocross racing actually has nothing to do with auto racing. For that matter, it actually has nothing to do with automobiles, either, at least not the four-wheeled ones. On the other hand, motocross racing is all about racing motorcycles. It turns out that there is actually a whole venue for motocross and motorcycle racing, but most of it doesn’t take place at all where the typical auto racing events take place. For starters, the track in a motocross race is very different from that of an auto race because it’s usually one a couple miles long. Whereas auto racing takes place in large cities usually, such as the Daytona 500 or Indy 500, motocross racing usually takes place in the outdoors and in back rural areas.

Another difference that motocross racing has with auto racing is the fact that there are several obstacles along the way to the finish line. Since motorcycle racers actually race through rough terrain that typically goes through back wooded areas, there aren’t a whole lot of good obstacles that would make the race too difficult other than the road they’re riding on. For difficult obstacles to take place there are usually man-made formed piles of dirt that the racers have to maneuver through before they get to the finish line.

Which racing is better?

There are a great deal of opinions on what kind of racing is better, but it’s probably safe to say that many people would choose auto racing over motocross racing any day. For one thing, auto racing seems to be more of a safer sport than motocross does. There are less obstacles, more protection in the car than anyone could ever have while riding a motorcycle, and the racetrack for auto racing events is pretty standard and predictable as opposed to those who engage in motocross racing.

A second reason that should lead everyone to believe that auto racing is better than motocross racing is the fact that millions of people turn out each year to attend two of the most beloved events in auto racing: the Daytona 500 and Indy 500. Not nearly as many people turn out to witness motocross events, which is why auto racing is more popular.

Whether you are into motocross racing or not, though, the simple fact of the matter is that auto racing is definitely more popular than motocross and motorcycle events ever will be. Not only is there more interest in automobiles, but people and families all across the United States share in the joy of watching auto racing events!

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Auto Racing Safety

| Articles | September 23, 2008

Whenever there is an auto racing event then there is probably always going to be concerns of safety along the way. Even though auto racing cars generally have excellent restraint systems that will prevent auto racers from getting blown out of their car at almost 200 miles per hour, there still needs to be safety accessories that an auto racer has with them and on them at all times. Whether you are a fan of the professional auto racing events, though, or are just starting out performing at auto races across the United States unprofessionally, safety is a major issue that one should concern his or herself with. Just as there is safety equipment that is typically used in any other sport like basketball or football, auto racing has its own kinds of safety measures that go above and beyond what any other sport would consider.

There are also plenty of these auto racing stores throughout the country that carry all sorts of safety equipment for the auto racing professional or amateur. If you are one of these people who love to race their cars then chances are that you’ve already been to an auto racing store that sells safety equipment. Nevertheless, here are some of the essentials that an auto racer should have with them when racing:

Specialty Helmets

Believe it or not, there are actually specialty helmets that can be purchased just for the sake of auto racing. The helmets that are typically used during the auto racing events are lightweight helmets that fit over all parts of your head, and sometimes even extend a little bit behind the neck. Inside this specialty helmet are cheek pads, which cushion your cheek from the turbulence that comes from racing at dangerous speeds.

Racing Suits

Another one of the auto racing safety equipment that one should be wearing is racing suits. There are actually racing suits that are specifically designed for auto races and those who are involved with NASCAR and other major races throughout the country. These racing suits are not only made of lightweight material, but they also usually have an internal knit inside so that the racer will be warm and protected. The outside of the auto racing suits are usually satin, but it simply depends on the brand that is purchased whether or not it will contain everything listed here. The fact is, though, that auto racing suits are designed to withstand pressure and all the famous auto racing individuals do wear them.

Other Accessories

Gloves and boots are the other types of auto racing accessories that will be needed if you plan to pursue the adventure of racing your car. The specialty types of glove and boots that are needed will not only help withstand the pressure of being inside a racecar, but they also help the comfort of the racing individual as well.

All in all, there is plenty to think of when starting on your journey of auto racing. Safety is pretty much always an issue when it comes to any major professional sport and auto racing is no different!

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Auto Racing: Learning What the Pros Know

| Articles | September 22, 2008

Have you ever watched an auto racing event on television and was envious at the experiences of the driver? Even though there are many times that great auto racing events take place where there are no accidents or crashes, the moment a driver dies or crashes the thought about how dangerous the sport of auto racing is should hit home to most people. Nevertheless, many average people are excited about the thought that they get whenever they think it may be possible to get the chance to ride in a racecar, much less drive in one. On the other hand, there are very real schools across the United States and elsewhere that will let you have the feeling of a lifetime. If you are bound and determined to experience an auto racing car from your own driver’s seat, take a look at some of the opportunities that these organizations will help you with!

1. Ken Lowe Drag Racing School

This professional auto racing school is actually located in Australia, but the main point of the school is to teach students how to drive one of the real auto racing vehicles that have been used in auto races throughout the world. Even though this school is very popular and offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be able to perform and drive in a real auto racing vehicle, there is individualized help for every student that comes to the school. There are also different levels of the classes that one is able to get into as well. For example, there is a Licensing Course as well as a Supercharged Course that will teach you the basics, and advanced maneuvers, of driving in an auto racing vehicle. There are also smaller class sizes at the Ken Lowe Drag Racing School so that more emphasis can be on the education and driver of the vehicle itself.

2. Incredible Adventures

This organization and business is not located outside the United States, but located right in Sarasota, Florida. Just as there are different levels that will allow you to learn about auto racing with the school that’s listed above, so too are there levels within the Incredible Adventures School. For starters and those who would just like a quick experience inside the mind of an auto racing professional, there is an Introduction to Short Track Car Racing. Even though this lesson costs a pretty penny, drivers of the auto racing vehicles learn the basics of controlling the car, as well as the basics involved with the race track as well! If you’re looking for an exciting time then this is the place to be! Of course, for those who want more advanced practice with their auto racing abilities there is always the Competition Driving Course, as well as the Advanced Course that is also called the “Race to Win.”

3. Pro-Drive School

Last but not least, students are able to learn the ins and outs of driving a professional racecar at the Portland, Oregon Pro-Drive School. This auto racing school will also give you the chance of a lifetime to take over the wheel of the vehicle in auto racing that you’ve always dreamed of.

No matter if you choose to go to Oregon, Florida, or Australia, though, chances are that you will have the only opportunity that one ever gets to sit behind the wheel of a real-life auto racing vehicle. These schools are so popular, though, that they literally train hundreds of people and students per year!

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Auto Racing Games For the Computer

| Articles | September 21, 2008

There are plenty of auto racing simulators that are made for the computer that will allow you to have the experience of a lifetime! Just as there are plenty of these auto racing games, though, there are also different categories of auto racing games that will allow you to have different levels of auto racing experiences. For example, some will include the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 auto racing events in the game, while others will simply give you a road, your choice of car for the race, as well as a character choice for the game. All in all, auto racing games on the computer can be thrilling at best, but most of the time they are disappointing. In order to experience the ultimate thrill of a lifetime, though, it is absolutely necessary to attend one of the most famous auto racing NASCAR events of the season.

Arcade-Type Racing Games

Several types of games that can be played for free online that will allow you to experience auto racing events is the arcade-style of auto racing. These games usually are not much fun, because they are usually 2-dimensional in nature and they usually have very limited controls when it comes to the maneuverability and control of the car. Nevertheless, though, arcade-type auto racing games are very popular if you know how to master them, although they are not the best for being taken into an auto race simulation!

Auto Racing Packs from the Store

Another type of auto racing game that can be played on the computer is usually purchased from a store retailer. These games are typically three-dimensional in nature, have cool graphics, and offer many different features that one can put into the game. For example, many of these store retail auto racing games allow the driver to be able to choose his or her own car, decide whether it will be automatic or a manual, and even choose the color of the car as well. There are also some expensive auto-racing computer games that can be purchased that will allow the person, or driver, to unlock certain levels, throughout the game. These levels might include being able to have more cars, the ability to speed faster, as well as the ability to unlock different auto racing scenes.

When playing auto racing games on the computer, there are also special control features that are routinely available within the game. For example, some computers are able to have a joystick control that will allow the individuals to have more control over the way that car is maneuvered, as well as more control over whether the acceleration is pushed or the deceleration is chosen. Whenever playing any auto racing game, whether it is for the computer or not, all of these things must be taken into consideration.

All in all, though, auto racing games are a few of the genres of games for the computer that garner a whole lot of interest. Because the sport of auto racing is popular already, there are many people who love to simulate the feeling as well!

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