Venchurs Bi-Fuel Truck on Top Gear

Top Gear (which airs on the History channel Tuesday nights at 9/8 p.m. Central) showcased the Venchurs bi-fuel truck, which boasts a range of more than 650 miles in a segment during which the hosts drove from Portland to San Francisco on one tank of gas. The Venchurs Vehicle Systems CNG F-350 battled two unlikely candidates for fuel economy supremacy on Top Gear—a VW Passat TDI and a BMW 5-Series—and the results might surprise some. The show, which is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, featured the Venchurs converted bi-fuel Ford pickup in a challenge that required hosts Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood, and Adam Ferrara to drive from Portland to San Francisco (two of the greenest cities in America) without stopping for fuel—hence the episode name, “One Tank.”

“We’re very proud that one of our CNG trucks was featured on Top Gear, which is known internationally as the top source for automotive entertainment on television,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs. “We take a leadership role in promoting both the compressed natural gas industry as well as Ford trucks, and I’d say landing a prime time segment on Top Gear, in which our CNG F-350 competed against highly efficient German gasoline and diesel cars, proves CNG is viable.”

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American Force Custom Wheels

Trendsetting custom-built wheel manufacturer American Force Wheels Inc. has announced a large new selection of customized Super Single wheel designs. American Force’s eight-lug Super Single wheels are manufactured with the high-quality workmanship you’ve come to expect and are custom-built to order in seven days. Made of high-grade 6061 aluminum, American Force’s forged wheels feature a mirror finish with the option of powdercoating in your choice of colors. Enthusiasts can select from unique designs like the Texas-themed wheel shown here or further showcase their personality by customizing their own design and finish.

“Whether you’re a project truck builder or a truck enthusiast, we can design the Super Single wheels that help you make the innovative statement you envision,” said General Manager Robert Martell. “All our custom wheels have a bold, eye-catching look and are manufactured using state-of-the-art forging processes to ensure superior quality and long life.” American Force offers a lifetime warranty on its wheels against manufacturing defects. For more information call 786-345-6301 or 800-620-6259 or visit

What a Gas!

We visited the Vista, California, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum recently and marveled at the diverse range of work trucks we saw there. Here’s one that worked in the Antarctic (a ’54 Tucker Sno-Cat), plus a barn full of other work trucks. For more info, go to