Auto and Trucking Atlantic November 2011

 

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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking november 2011 $4.95 smith seals 2011 pro stock tour crown see page 62 bigg issu est e 2011 of the classic cars of iceland check it out see page 32 managing commercial fleet business see page 40 safely sharing winter roads this season see page 77 win prizes a brand new garmin gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 85 and 86 tires our tires and brakes issue owned and published by alfers advertising publishing inc winter publications mail sales agreement number 40062985 getting a grip on

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we d love to hear from you do you have something you want to tell us a comment suggestion or even some criticism then please contact us we d love to hear from you and we ll respond too call us toll-free 1-866-423-3939 fax us 1-902-423-3354 e-mail us rob@autoatlantic.com mail us 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 auto volumeten · issue 6 · november · 2 0 1 1 atlantic getting a grip on page 6 trucking winter tires carter hammett kicks off this issue s feature section with the skinny on new federal legislation governing winter tires page 8 page 10 page 14 page 16 page 20 page 28 page 30 page 32 page 40 but what happens to old tires jay larue talks about breathing new life into old tires when rubber meets the track ­ the talk on tires and brakes ­ when it comes to race car basics it s all about performance says contributor tim terry new brunswickers give tire recycling two thumbs up ­ one of the best in the country whether it s safety or truck thefts or donating to charity the atlantic provinces trucking association sure gets around and makes its members proud in the meantime brake adjustment a concern for cvsa ­ lots of education during brake safety week the big change for aftermarket is around the corner ­ bob greenwood says the next big change is all about telematics but you knew that right unleash the potential of car dealership accessories ­ gavin d brown says that guys care about properly accessorizing too we just drive ours around all along the ring road the classic cars of iceland ­ our editor heads to the great white north and discovers a country that s crazy for the oldies successfully managing commercial fleet business ­ carwash guru ryan carlson says that companies often overlook the number of commercial vehicles in their own communities and with that a source of potential revenue auto recycling continues to grow in many creative ways ­ ed macdonald smith seals sixth regional title with 2011 pro stock tour crown ­ atlantic racing just keeps revving up as greg smith breaks new ground with a new championship dealing with nasty people at work ­ ellen voie serves up advice that transcends industries safely sharing the winter roads ­ when it comes to winter roads cars are not trucks what s stopping you ­ john cannell says brakes are continuously evolving both in thought and design advertising directory page 84 publisher owner robert alfers rob@autoatlantic.com client services manager susan regan sue@autoatlantic.com editor carter hammett carter@autoatlantic.com printing mailing advocate printing sue.ellen@advocateprinting.ns.ca auto atlantic magazine is owned and published bi-monthly by robert alfers of alfers advertising publishing inc for advertising rates or information regarding auto atlantic magazine please call or write to us at 51 bethany way halifax nova scotia b3s 1h6 tel 902.423.6788 fax 902.423.3354 opinions expressed in auto atlantic do not necessarily reflect official policy of alfers advertising publishing inc printed and produced in canada page 56 page 62 page 74 page 77 page 79 member aia canada aaia ata and the ama publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 page 85 page 86 win big a garmin gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests november 2 0 11 n autoatlantic.com 3

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letter from the editor cold weather leaves us feeling tired i by carter hammett am still trying to figure out if canadian winter is an oxymoron sort of like jumbo shrimp or government intelligence not wanting to fall prey to either stereotyping or crass generalizations canadian winters have become an unpredictable phenomenon in the last several years cold where it s supposed to be warm warm where it s supposed to be cold there can be no denying that climate change is upon us and the unpredictability of recent winters ensures that we have to be proactive it s not just canada either a few months ago i had the pleasure of traveling to iceland and witnessing the harsh beauty of a mostly unspoiled landscape but even there close to the arctic circle the perils of global warming are felt i witnessed first-hand the rapidly-melting glaciers and heard horror stories about ski lodges having to close because there had been no decent snowfalls in more than five years in iceland why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoatlantic.com nnovember 2 0 11 it s not all doom and gloom iceland is a small nation but it s got a big heart and its people are officially car-crazy they love their classic cars in much the same way cubans do even if their ways of preserving them are different to say the least but iceland located half way between europe and north america also suggests that climate change is really a global problem and shows no signs of slowing down i remain however optimistic that solutions can be found and that we remain a responsible species it s for reasons like that that i am glad we have chosen to revisit the concept of brakes tires and safe winter driving in this issue it s all over these pages and there s sage advice for all if you drive on atlantic roads you will unquestionably benefit from cold weather tires these will help provide extra traction braking and the handling you require to manoeuvre through all the variances of winter technology for winter tires has evolved greatly in the last decade with treads that remain flexible to help with traction but also to handle frigid temperatures you ll find lots of stories on tires in this issue including one by correspondent jay larue that answers questions about what happens to old tires with each province having tight guidelines about recycling old tires but did you know that much of the material in those tires is ground down and actually absorbed into the roads themselves turns out that scrap tire rubber is a fine material to use under roads where bogs and instability can cause a lot of engineering headaches one more case for intelligent recycling not to be outdone tires and brakes of course are very important to race cars as well tim terry sheds some interesting light on racing car basics some of which may surprise you of course we have much more this outing too racing news green information road reports this issue has something for everyone as brookside road truro ns a mirror on your community and in response to greater dephone 902 897-0252 mand we continue to expand fax 902 897-2854 our trucking coverage in that department from women in vancehanesautoparts.com trucking to brake safety week daily shipping anywhere in nova scotia we continue to be a mirror for our readership and cover the latest and most relevant stories possible and we ll continue to bring these to you so long as you continue to provide us with the valuable feedback we have come to expect our magazine is your voice and we hear and we respond wishing you safe driving and warm regards.

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2011 tire feature getting a grip transport canada s forthcoming legislation will formalize what by carter hammett ver since quebec be came the first province to make winter tires mandatory back in 2008 canada s other provinces have wrestled with whether or not to impose similar standards in their territories current quebec law states that all drivers equip their vehicles with snow tires between november 15 and april 15 each year at the time the law was implemented it was estimated that while most vehicles used snow tires over half a million quebec drivers did not the law was expected to reduce accidents and indeed e a recent study has indicated that since the law was introduced fatalities have been reduced by up to 18 percent the rubber association of canada estimated in 2010 that nearly half of all canadian motorists used winter tires but the propensity to use them varied widely and wildly from province to province from a low of 20 percent in manitoba to an almost uniform 100 percent in ontario regulations are all over the place despite a national average of 48 percent atlantic provinces clocked in mostly above the national figure with nova scotia at 56 percent newfoundland at 44 percent with pei clocking in at a low of 27 percent despite leading the pack with 60 percent in 2010 the province of new brunswick didn t feel compelled to make winter tires mandatory for all of its vehicles on the grounds that the government didn t want to place its drivers under financial hardship quebec s vehicle owners meanwhile face penalities of between $200 $300 if they don t have appropriate tires on passenger vehicles taxis and rental cars according to pundits from the ontario ministry of transportation studded tires are most effective on wet ice when the temperature is near zero but don t outperform regular winter tires in other winter conditions studded tires are allowed in pei between october 1 to may 31 other provinces follow a similar pattern with new brunswick and nova scotia both allowing usage between october 15 ­ april 30 while newfoundland and labrador implement their time frame covering november 1 ­ april 30 transport canada is currently working with stakeholders in the tire industry to harmonize a national law with existing federal us legislation governed by the national highway traffic safety administration nhtsa says glenn maidment president of the rubber association of canada rac rac is the national trade association representing the interests of 6 autoatlantic.com nnovember 2 0 11

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on winter tires everyone already knows winter tires are good for you tire and other rubber manufacturers and importers of rubber goods into canada including rubber recyclers and suppliers it s a performance-based standard on snow traction he says when shopping for winter tires drivers should seek out the three peak mountain snowflake on the sidewall tires stamped with this distinctive symbol meet or exceed specific snow traction requirements established by the tire industry what s new is that canada will soon present these standards as a formal regulation maidment describes the forthcoming legislation as imminent with public consultation opportunities presenting themselves for about a month later this year the tire industry is given `x amount of time to comply he says the good news is that the tire industry `pretty much already complies with most of these standards maidment says it s a law that will benefit everyone consumers will benefit because they now have performance-based standard if they see the symbol three peak snowflake they know with confidence the tire has good snow traction capability maidment estimates that the legislation will have very little will impact on tire retailers and manufacturers except that it will compel all manufacturers to comply with regulations and this in turn will help consumers he says quebec law also applies to trucks and suv s as well and there s specific winter treads that should absolutely be investigated says maidment with winter tires being put on the driver s and steering wheels winter tires have come a long way in the last decade the latest generation can remain supple and soft during cold temperatures and ultimately this is how you get good grip says maidment new tires remain pliable to -30 or -35 temperatures and have better gripping power in very cold temperatures despite the popularity of all-season tires he strongly advocates the use of winter tires drivers should think of winter tires as `cold weather tires that offer superior traction braking and cornering in every winter driving condition wet slushy and cold weather including cold and dry surfaces it becomes an important consideration especially with improved stopping distance hands down it s the right approach for canadian winters regardless of where you live drivers can learn more about selecting and maintaining winter tires by visiting betiresmart.ca november 2 0 11 n autoatlantic.com 7

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2011 tire feature but what happens to old tires by jay larue e v e a ll been there we ve all had to replace our tires at some time or another either because of damage or simply because they ve worn out and are no longer safe we watch the mechanic replace our new tires and we marvel at how good they look reminding ourselves that good new and sound tires will offer us many worry-free miles simply put it s peace of w the world creating breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and vermin too many scrap tires still end up in landfills or tire piles when they can easily be reused and recycled how to recycle used tires you can typically recycle used tires at tire shops or through local recycling companies if you pay a tire shop to replace your tires ask them to recycle the scrap tires it could add an extra fee which a dishonest tire shop might not explain upfront but will give you peace of mind about the scrap tire disposal also try to support shops that recycle all their tires if you replace your own tires ask local recycling companies if they accept scrap tires they probably won t pick them up curbside with your bottles and newspa of disposing scrap tires cement kilns paper mills and electric plants all burn either whole or shredded scrap tires the process diverts millions of tires from tire piles and helps reduce the need for fossil fuels but it brings its own problems tire rubber can produce as much energy as oil about 25 percent more energy than coal and double the energy of burned wood even with the required emissions controls however the tire combustion releases greenhouse gases and noxious substances the output is cleaner than that of coal and some other fossil fuels but it is still problematic more uses for scrap tires road-building according to the rma 39 u.s states shred scrap tires and use them in roads and other civil engineering projects this accounts for 20 percent of scrap tire usage and is the most widespread form of true used tire recycling scrap tire rubber is a cheap lightweight product used to fill underneath roads where bogs clay or other weak soils that cause civil engineering headaches shredded scrap tires are also useful in sound walls bridge foundations and ironically landfill construction scrap tires saved from the landfill can be shredded and used in liners daily covers and other parts of the complex internal workings of a landfill.and here all i ever thought they were used for was for blasting mats during construction use and so with all this to consider it appears to be a mixed bag as far as benefits of using scrap tires for things such as tire derived fuels much like the garages and other various businesses that reuse old motor oil to heat their buildings with the argument from an environmental perspective seems to be that nothing new is created save for more pollution but that having been said it can t be a bad thing that old tires are able to be reused for either retreading or for other goods and materials that ultimately reduce the overall amount of tires that are thrown in a pile and left there forever one of the neatest uses i ve seen is in kids playgrounds where rubber curbs are used and shredded rubber walkways are in place all designed with safety in mind serving as cushioning for children as they play now that s responsible recycling mind they serve up immediately we pay our bill including a disposal fee for the old tires and off we go smiling as we leave and for most of us myself included that s about where it ends we hit the open road and feel we ve done our part to keep the roads and our loved ones safe with our new tires but what happens to those old worn out tires do we ever really think about what happens to them do they just end up in a large pile somewhere forever it s no secret that tire piles can be very dangerous this is because of the fire hazard they pose tire fires are incredibly toxic and can be almost impossible to control or even put out fortunately due to creative ways of recycling and disposing of old tires these tire fires are becoming increasingly more and more rare even so plenty of scrap tire piles are stacking up all over 8 autoatlantic.com nnovember 2 0 11 pers but you might be able to take the scrap tires to their recycling sites many companies even offer tire amnesty days when area residents can drop off a limited number of scrap tires with no fee what happens to recycled tires plenty of scrap tire recycling and reuse options are available scrap tires can be burned for fuel shredded for roadbuilding retreaded and reused or ground down to produce recycled rubber mulch for commercial products what are the advantages and disadvantages of each method tire-derived fuel the rubber manufacturers association estimates nearly half of all scrap tires are burned for fuel in factories and power plants it is by far the largest use of scrap tires it s technically not used tire recycling because no new product is created however it is a practical 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2011 tire feature when rubber meets the track ­ the talk on tires brakes by tim terry when it comes to race car basics it s all about performance o you ve finally bit the bullet and you re going to go racing good for you like everything in life knowledge is power one of the biggest fields you ll need to get educated in is what s between your chariot and the racing surface the tires those four pieces of rubber can easily make or break your racing endeavors and can quickly separate you from the rear of the pack the types and sizes of tires allowed in each division along with the procedures surrounding the sneakers of the race cars vary through the different tracks and sanctioning bodies what differs you may ask yourself let s start with your typical four cylinder car that runs throughout atlantic canada the lumbermart thunder division at scotia speedworld is made up of honda and volkswagon entries and they are re s stricted to running on 13 or-14-inch 65 70 75 78 or 80 series radial tires their counterparts in the lumbermart lightning division which is primarily made up of dodge neons and chevrolet cavaliers but has seen many other brands of four-cylinder models run with 12-or-13-inch 70 75 78 or 80 series radial tires with some entries being limited to smaller sizes all four tires that are bolted to the stock passenger wheels must be the same size the two four cylinder divisions at the speedworld also carry a $30 claim rule on tires the claim rule is in place to prevent teams from buying new tires as drivers are expected to run on used tires when i talked to some of the thunder drivers most wanted to speak anonymously because they didn t want to give away their personal secrets in the past drivers would buy a new or fairly fresh tire and have the skin shaved and buffed to get a competitive advantage it s all about tires in our class said a former winner in the thunder division what s under the hood counts too but if you have a good set of tires on your car it ll make it handle better and get you around the track faster unlike some of the top divisions of rac ing in atlantic canada there is no restriction on the brand of tire that can be ran on the four cylinder cars but most tracks require the tire to be a dot-approved tire for example most tracks including scotia speedworld petty international raceway and the centre for speed will either fail inspection on a car that rolls through on a used legend tire or will issue a weight penalty for race cars that run those tires i ve seen michelins bfgoodrich falcon toyos and many others run up front said one driver it s just a matter of driver preference though some would think allseason tires would be an advantage i ve been told that s not the case i ve never had any luck with them they tend to not perform as well as summer tires over time most divisions run a dry tire rule which is pretty self explanatory ­ no substances may be present on the tires inex the sanctioning body of legend cars and bandoleros has it explained nicely in their rulebook it is prohibited to use any traction compounds or any substances that might alter the physical properties of the tire as supplied by the manufacturer tire cleaners/shiners tire softeners track adhesives brake fluid diesel fuel etc will 10 autoatlantic.com nnovember 2 0 11

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2011 tire feature not be permitted on the tires the legend cars are required to run a set of four tires supplied from us legend cars international or one of their retailers like r&d performancenter in lower onslow ns federal is the official tire supplier for the legend cars after replacing bfgoodrich at the beginning of the 2010 campaign when it comes to the biggest stock car racing tour in atlantic canada the tire rules differ greatly from those that a four cylinder or a legend car are governed under the parts for trucks maritime pro stock tour impounds their race tires when a race car that can take a beating over a season ­ the brakes the rules for the four cylinder cars at scotia speedworld when it comes to brakes are pretty cutand-dry stating that cars must have four wheel brakes and no air ducts to brakes are allowed harry breimer jr hinted that there isn t much difference between his street car and his race car ­ both of which happen to be a dodge neon i typically put a new set of brakes on the race car a season said the driver of the #123 casey concrete neon in the lightning division i run brakes that you can pick up at any the drivers are not at the race track to prevent tampering to the tires and every tire is catalogued to insure that an outside tire is not raced on the car under race conditions drivers are allowed to practice on unregistered tires but must qualify and race on four of the maximum of eight hoosier tires which are a mix of new and used registered tires that are carried to each race track by officials all race tires must be placed in sight of officials throughout the day whether it is on the car or on pit road for example the race tires cannot end up inside a race team hauler and dis mounting of tires from rims at the track on race day must be done under the watchful eye of a pro stock tour official the hoosier racing tire company is the official tire supplier for the parts for trucks pro stock tour the tour has opted to go with a harder compound on their tires which is a 1070 compound registered as item numbers 10160 and 10170 in the hoosier catalogue and is listed as a 10.0/27.0-15 size tire a softer tire means more tire wear commented ken cunning general manager of the tour the tire of choice is in place to save the racers and teams some money in the long run now that you have your tires and you believe your set up is where it should be let s shed some light on another part of 12 autoatlantic.com nnovember 2 0 11 auto parts store i ve run sets from carquest and napa in the past and haven t found much of a difference on track the longevity of those critical parts can be crucial to success especially on a tight oval like the speedworld with limited banking in the corners says the stewiacke ns driver we re really hard on the brakes on a track like scotia it s really nothing to see the front rotors glowing cherry red by the end of our 20-lap races at a track like petty the higher bank in the corners slows you down a bit when you dive into the turn scotia will definitely use up your brakes a lot more than a high-banked track like petty will like tires things change when you move up the ladder just ask derek christie christie races out of speedway 660 in geary nb and recently moved to the pro stock class after racing in the sportsman class and he explained to me that the differences in the braking systems are nearly night and day it s quite a big difference says the driver of the #9 northside ventilation/a.l gullison disaster kleen-up ford in sportsman you have disc on front and drum on the rear so basically you only have front brakes unlike a pro stock where you have aftermarket calipers and rotors in sportsman you are using all stock luckily the pad manufacturers have some racing com pounds available for stock calipers for all the car manufacturers and you are able to use good pads although the gm guys have more selection however since you are really only braking with two much weaker calipers and heavier cars not using up your stuff is way more important in a sportsman car than in a pro stock you constantly battle brake fade even with the high grade fluids that are used in pro stock racing you are on the brakes so much longer in order to slow the car down it s often a struggle to keep the fluids from boiling in as little as 25 laps in pro stock i haven t experimented too much with brakes i run a willwood superlite ii caliper front and rear with the same performance friction pads that were on the car when i purchased it from lonnie sommerville racing last winter christie echoes the sentiments that briemer does when it comes to braking at scotia speedworld and says comparisons can be made to a track like 660 scotia seems to be a little more demanding on the brakes especially entering the first turn commented christie who made his first career parts for trucks pro stock tour start at the atlantic cat 250 in august from what experience i have the driving style is the biggest factor that plays into brakes at scotia after about 100 laps i quickly realized that you can use a lot of brake but you don t need to in order to go fast speedway 660 is the same i ve seen a lot of red rotors and guys burning up their brakes fast at that track but they aren t the ones who generally win in essence you are not going to get to the winners circle by abusing and being hard on your brakes regardless of what track you are running in the region whether it is a high banked track like a riverside international speedway or a tight bullring like scotia speedworld your brakes may put a halt on your chances of winning if you don t use them right literally regardless what racing division you are getting into the tires and brakes can easily mean the difference between standing in victory lane at the end of the day or finishing laps down from that leader as shown here it s all about homework do your research and do some testing to figure out what combination works for your race team if all else fails it always helps to ask your competitors though they may not tell you all their tricks and secrets they may be able to point you in the right direction until next time keep the hammer down and we ll see you at the track!

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our environment new brunswickers give tire recycling two thumbs up recent tire survey by the rubber association of canada has revealed that recycle nb s tire stewardship program tsp is one of the best tire recycling programs in all of canada the survey polled more than 1800 people across canada representing respondents from all walks of life the primary goal of the study was to determine the current knowledge levels and motivators of canadian consumers in regards to tire inflation tire maintenance practices and also to understand current consumer opinions on tire recycling in each province the survey showed that overall new brunswick s citizens regardless of gender were very well educated about nearly all tire related issues when compared to na a tional averages for instance the survey showed that the public awareness level for the existence of a provincial tire recycling program was 81 compared to the countrywide average of just 58 additionally 96 of new brunswickers revealed they were in agreement on both the satisfaction for how scrap tires were managed as well as the current level of tire recycling fees which fund the program we are extremely pleased by the tremendous level of public support for the program here in new brunswick and we can all be proud of its success stated murray driscoll chair of recycle nb it is very clear that new brunswickers understand how value-added recycling benefits both our communities and the environment in place since 1996 the tsp has collected and recycled the equivalent of more than 12 million passenger tires the scrap tires are transformed by minto based tire recycling atlantic canada corporation tracc into a number of recycled products including composite roofing shingles landscape materials and playground surfaces among others the survey also indicated 99 of the public supports the value-added recycling approach the program has taken since day one i ve always said this is one of new brunswick s best kept secrets stated mr driscoll i m also delighted to say it now appears this simply isn t the case anymore information on recycle nb and any of their programs is available online at recyclenb.com annual injunction at maritime motorsports hall of fame he maritime motorsports hall of fame will hold its sixth annual induction november 5 at the ramada plaza crystal palace 499 paul street dieppe nb those being inducted for 2011 are for stockcar ­ from ns bobby allan and jr.hanley from pei earl ross drag racing from nb fred george estabrooks motocross from nb earl doucette and from ns heidi cooke motorcycle from nb is john johnson antique from nb paul forgrave snowmobile from pei albert gallant club from pei is the pei street rod association for anyone wishing to obtain tickets to attend the dinner and ceremony please 14 autoatlantic.com nnovember 2 0 11 t phone 506-756-2110 on october 16 the maritime motorsports hall of fame inc and museum celebrated its second anniversary of being in their building located at 5 hooper lane petitcodiac nb a birthday bash will be held to commemorate the event all types of motor vehicles are expected to be on hand some in shinny condition and some with a few burses there will be a lot of bench racing and shoptalk a chance to take photographs and get autographs of car owners and drivers a slide show to tell the story of the building process and show the events that have taken place over the last two years there will be a swap meet so that the car buffs can exchange parts everyone is welcome especially participating motor vehicles and their crews there will be food and a big birthday cake the last two years has been filled with many events the history items of motor sports keeps coming in as people learn that the hall of fame is there to preserve its history.

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last show n shine the last car show on prince edward island took place on sunday september 25 in charlottetown one can really say that the last call show n shine a growing indoor/outdoor car show organized by the international motoring festival has something for everyone to enjoy taking place at the historic charlottetown seaport the outdoor enthusiasts were happy to have their ride by the water on such a nice day the west shed accommodated t he last car show on pei had something for everyone to enjoy the cars who preferred to stay away from the sun live music entertained the crowd and was a great addition to this year s edition many door prizes a generous gift bag and 18 trophies were awarded a special tribute was made to zane grant who passed away a few days before the show zane was a car enthusiast and leader of a group of 20 cars from truro who came at the last call this year s edition counted over 100 cars everyone was amazed by the quality of the cars and of the massive amount of spectators who came to see those beauties on wheels and enjoy a great sunny afternoon by the water the last call show n shine is definitely to be added to your event calendar next year for more information visit peiimf.com.

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