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University of Texas, Texas A&M football-themed license plates go up for auction

Running back Dante Hall of the Texas A&M Aggies runs down the field during a game against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won the game 51-15.

Photo by Brian Bahr /Allsport

Whether you "gig 'em" or "hook 'em horns", there's a new license plate for you as part of the My Plates Great Plate Auction. The auction allows Texas football fans to exhibit their school pride using unique phrases that double as legal license plates with custom plates that span a variety of subjects from Star Wars to famous Porsche model numbers and favorite colors.

The auction sells each Texas state plate with a five-year term and each plate is legally transferrable. That means that the buyer can pass it on to a friend or family member. Christmas is coming.

This also means that the plates can be sold. Any future recipient gets the ongoing transfer rights.

The 50 plates being offered up include:

  • AAAAA
  • 23
  • PARDNER
  • TEXA5
  • YEE HAH
  • ART
  • 200
  • GREEN
  • LUCKY ME
  • DEVOTED
  • 911
  • BOXTER
  • QB
  • BEEVO
  • GIGEMM
  • 1999
  • AUS
  • PURE
  • 24
  • HOOPS
  • 1 MAVS
  • 1 SPUR
  • 55
  • UUUU
  • MARS
  • 1K
  • TEXIAN
  • TXUS
  • AMERICN
  • LIBERTY
  • 1960
  • CUSTOM
  • CHEVY 1
  • DODGE 1
  • DEMO
  • BOSTON
  • 60
  • TEJAS
  • NNNNN
  • EXPLORE
  • GURU
  • 80
  • HAN SOLO
  • AB
  • EEEE
  • IGNITE
  • HELLO
  • JJJJJJ
  • TXS
  • NORTH

All of the plates have an opening bid of just $500. A few have a reserve that is beyond that.

All of the plate messages offered in this auction have an opening bid of only $500, with only a few with a reserve beyond that price. Hence, on most plate messages, an opening bid could be the winning bid for that lot if no other bids are received.

The prices are expected to go way up from there. In 2013 the plate message 12THMAN sold for a Texas record of $115,000. HOUSTON sold for $25,000 in January 2013 and ALAMO sold for $10,250 in March 2016.

All plates are authorized for use by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

The My Plates Great Plate Auction will be online-only through October 21 and may be accessed via www.myplates.com/auction.

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New full-size pickup truck

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is worth the wait

The Tundra is all-new for 2022.

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Toyota is proud of the makeover of its full-sized truckā€”and should be. This Japanese automaker with its American headquarters in Plano, Texas is building the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra at its assembly plant in San Antonio, TX, and has remade the pickup for an American market that has a vociferous appetite for full-size trucks. This segment of the market is so competitive and the Tundra "redo" is so significant that Toyota invited a large cadre of the automotive press to a "deep dive" first to learn more from its designers, engineers, marketers and other truck experts before the recently-held drive program and tour of its factory in San Antonio.

2022 Toyota Tundra The Tundra gets two new powertrains and a load of new tech. Toyota

The third-generation pickup has been redesigned from the ground up in Toyota's California design studio, in Michigan's engineering and technical facility and at the company's Arizona proving grounds. "We took a fresh, transformational approach to our truck development and had to rethink many things we'd previously done," said Mike Sweers, Senior Vice President, Product Development Office, and F1 Platform Chief Engineer. "Not only did we improve the performance and enhance the capability of this new Tundra, at the same time, we were certain to retain the strong quality, durability and reliability for which Toyota trucks are known."

The new truck comes in 2WD and 4WD variants: in both 4-door Double cab and Crewmax body styles; and with the option of 5.5-foot , 6.5-foot or 8.1-foot bed lengths. Six grade levels include SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro. It has an updated fully-boxed steel-ladder frame, an aluminum composite bed and a new multilink suspension with rear coil springs. Towing capacity has been bumped to 12,000 pounds, with a max payload of 1,940 lbs. Pricing starts at under $38,000.

The remake brings a blend of more muscular, rugged and sleek-lined styling on the exterior with a cabin that has been crafted with a "Technical Muscle" motif: A horizontal design theme integrates the instrument panel and center stack. Trims materials and appointments vary depending on grade however all are more premium. An available 14-inch touchscreen highlights the all-new Audio Multimedia system that comes with many updates and a cloud-based navigation system. Among the new is WiFi Connect offers 4G connectivity for up to 10 devices. A 12.3-inch gauge cluster display is available. Also updated is Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 that is standard on all trims; it now includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection in low light. Among other safety features are automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic high beams with new blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert and more optional safety features.

2022 Toyota Tundra The truck's interior is now more upscale and modern than before. Toyota

The new Tundra comes with a choice of two twin-turbo V-6 engines; the base engine delivers more power (389) and torque (479) than the previous-generation's 5.7-liter V-8. Optional is an i-Force Max- twin-turbo V-6 (437 hp./583 lb.-ft. of torque), set up with a motor generator between the engine and the transmission to boost power, as well as parallel hybrid components that provide start-up, EV motoring, electric assist and energy regeneration. Both engines are shifted through a 10-speed automatic. Estimated EPA fuel economy for the 3.5-liter, V-6 non-hybrid is 18/23/20 (2WD) and 17/22/19 (4WD) city/highway/combined; hybrid numbers have not been announced.

I drove the old model from San Antonio to the Hill Country, where I jumped aboard the new Tundra models on a collection of on-and -off-road loops to illuminate the upgrades and to illustrate the 2022 truck's upgraded towing and 4WD prowess. There is a long list of big differences, however. Of note are the truck's ergonomics (improved seat track, seatbelt adjustability and visibility), more power on tap with both powertrains, ride comfort and cabin quietness, and a higher level of technology, safety, towing capability and off-road competence, while the new chassis and suspension improve ride comfort.

An off-road course allowed us to try out the TRD Pro package that has been fitted with new 2.5-inch diameter FOX internal bypass shocks that add stalwart toughness for harsh terrain and bring a 1.1-inch front lift. Also new are a TRD Pro front stabilizer bar, red painted suspension parts, a TRD aluminum front skid plate and additional underbody protection, plus unique all-terrain Falken tires.

2022 Toyota Tundra Large displays and bold interior colors are available. Toyota

Tundra's new air suspension system, available on some grades, cushions the ride and features automatic and manual leveling functions, with High, Low and Normal heights. The High setting aids with slow-speed off-road driving under 18 mph and optimizes damping to help with roll rigidity. Low height brings an ease for loading and unloading, and returns to Normal height once the truck exceeds speeds of 8 mph. The pickup's Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system also adjusts the damping force based for different road conditions, such as large potholes, bumps, and small rocks.

The new Tundra also benefits from a number of tow/haul upgrades, such as the new heated extending and folding trailer tow mirrors with integrated blind spot monitor and LED trailering lights that aid in night-time and low-visibility backup, a collection of cameras, and the Trailer Back Guidance system with Straight Path Assist. All features take some of the "white-knuckle" stress out of towing. I pulled trailers of different weights and lengths and appreciated the increased throttle response with the standard Tow/Haul mode to accommodate light to moderate towing needs, such as small box trailers, utility trailers or small boats; the throttle response is more aggressive for towing larger trailers like RVs, larger box trailers or larger boats. New cameras project multiple exterior angles (front, rear and side as well as a top-down view with the Panoramic View Monitor) be viewed from the 14-inch touchscreen or an optional rearview mirror camera accessory. Views also include the rear truck bed to check on cargo, and a rear split-view to check on the sides and hitch.

2022 Toyota Tundra Some trims get air suspension with adjustable ride heights. Toyota

Impressive are the two different tow/haul modes (regular tow haul and tow haul +) that change parameters when towing less 5,000 or more than 5,000 pounds; electronics will help regulate the transmission from shifting frequently and searching for the right gear.

Of note:

The RD Pro versions will be available only with the hybrid powertrain that is an option on Limited, Platinum and 1794 trims.

The TRD Off-Road Package is available on SR5, Limited and 1794 trims; the package adds TRD wheels (18-inch on SR5 and 20-inch on Limited, 1974), TRD grille, TRD off-road suspension, skid plates, mud guards and TRD leather shift knob.

TRD Off-Road Package models with 4WD will get an electronic rear differential lock, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control.

The TRD Sport Package is available on 4X2 or 4X4 SR5 models in both the Crewmax and Double Cab, adding 20-inch TRD wheels, TRD grille, TRD lowered sport suspension and a TRD leather shift knob.

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Rare V8 roadster

This BMW Z8 is worth its price tag

The BMW Z8 is a modern classic.

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We could spend all day bemoaning car auctions' impact on vehicle pricing. Sites like Bring a Trailer and Cars and Bids invite frenzied buyers to offer wild sums of money for cars that might otherwise be considered ordinary. Some vehicles on those sites, however, are worth the coin, and we think this 2001 BMW Z8 is one of them. The 22,000-mile car's auction is almost over at the time of this post, and its sky-high price tag is actually warranted. The BMW Z8 is exceedingly rare to begin with, but this car's color combination of black over tan leather makes it even more of a unicorn, as only 229 were made in that combination.


BMW Z8 The Z8 took inspiration from BMW's classic roadsters.Bring a Trailer


Even the car's designer is noteworthy. Though he may be focusing on his own electric vehicle brand now, Henrik Fisker's 12-year run at BMW was the stuff of legend. Fisker's work included the design for the Z8, as well as contributions of the original X5 SUV, which is now part of an expansive BMW SUV and crossover lineup.

The Z8 reached legend status when it shuttled Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough, but the cars were (and are) worthy of standing on their own. Under the hood, BMW installed a 394-horsepower 4.9-liter V8, which gave the car a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 4.2 seconds. That power reached the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and this car has had maintenance performed to keep the drivetrain purring for years to come.


2001 BMW Z8 This Z8's color combination makes it exceedingly rare.Bring a Trailer


If you're wondering where this Z8's current bid price of $162,500 lands on the car's overall value spectrum, there's some good news, depending on how you view spending six figures on a car. Hagerty estimates that a Z8 in good condition should draw around $155,000, while a car in excellent condition should get $199,000. This car's mileage and condition match up with its price, which falls on the lower end of that range, and should allow it to be an actual driver for the right person. After all, what's the fun of buying a car just for display?

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