I've loved cars ever since I can remember. I grew up in a GM family just outside Pittsburgh PA, so I liked Chevys and other GM cars the best. I recall being bowled over when the redesigned 1965 GM large cars debuted when I was in junior high school. I was especially smitten by the Pontiac Bonneville 2-door hardtop, with its fastback roofline and sweeping bodyside curves. I've owned a rather eclectic mix of new and used cars, but all were fairly mundane, nothing like that flashy '65 Bonneville. Like so many others, I'm now an import convert, and I have two Toyota Camrys (2004 and 2005 models) and a 1998 Nissan Frontier, all of which have been very reliable. Ironically, all of these "imports" were built in Kentucky or Tennessee. I am a senior staffer of an automotive-related research and communications firm and have been with this same employer for over 30 years.
Michigan allows the heaviest trucks in the US on its highways. Most states set a maximum gross weight for tractor-trailers of 80,000 pounds (40 tons), but Michigan allows trucks weighing up to 164,000 pounds (82 tons)! As you can see from this photo, taken on I-275 near Detroit, such tractor-trailers have as many as 11 axles, with 8 of these on the trailer. When the trailer is fully loaded, all axles are lowered into contact with the road to distribute the weight over 64 wheels and tires on the trailer. (Each axle has a pair of wheels and tires on each side.) Adding in the tractor's 10 wheels and tires, you have a total of 74, the same as 18 1/2 passenger cars!