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NELK Boys’ Jesse makes dad tear up by giving him his dream car

Published: 11/Aug/2020 11:59

by Kieran Bicknell


Ticking off another one of his bucket list items; Jesse from the NELK Boys crew surprised his dad with a new Dodge Challenger muscle car out of the blue, and the reaction from his dad was better than ever imagined.

With everything going on at the moment, sometimes a nice heartwarming story is just what the doctor ordered, and Jesse from team NELK has delivered in a segment featured in the latest NELK video.

Having moved into the ‘full send house’ with the rest of the NELK Boys back in March, Jesse wanted to tick another item off his bucket list by bestowing his father with a gift that he’s always wanted to give him; An American muscle car.

This is no ordinary muscle car though. Jesse gave his father a satin grey Dodge Challenger which appears to have been modified, with an enlarged ducktail spoiler and likely an upgraded exhaust system judging by the sound it makes as he arrives.

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An incredible reaction

With the whole team around him, Jesse steps out and tells his visibly-shocked dad “hop in buddy, it’s yours!” to thunderous applause and screaming from the NELK team.

His dad is clearly taken aback by this incredible gesture of generosity. Initially speechless, he tentatively stars exploring the vehicle and trying to process what’s going on in front of him.

NELK Jesse and Dad
YouTube: NELK
His father was clearly moved by the extreme show of generosity

Eventually having sat in the driver’s seat of the Challenger and once he’d regained composure, he tears up and thanks Jesse again before taking the Dodge out on the open road for the first time.

Taking the car out onto the highway, Jesse’s dad is still shocked, asking Jesse if the car is really from him, and calling it “absolutely unreal.” The Challenger sounds incredible as it’s driven hard up to highway speeds, with the V8 engine roaring away under the hood.

Arriving back at the house, his final words in the car are “unreal… this is sweet. Thanks Jess, I love you more than before!”

Clearly this was an emotional experience for them both, but it’ll be one that Jesse and his dad will no doubt treasure forever.


Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce


During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.