Toyota Trucks Are About to Get More Competitive

Toyota is making a big show of its trucks at the Texas State Fair. Having just built a new headquarters in the Dallas area, Toyota decided the fair would be a good opportunity to market trucks in the country’s biggest truck market.

Toyota vice president of marketing Ed Laukes told Automotive News that the company sold almost 43,000 RAV4 crossovers and sees ongoing momentum for trucks and SUVs.

Something Toyota can’t ignore is the competition getting stronger in the truck market. When even the Nissan Titan is starting to gain on your market share, it’s time to consider refreshing your full size truck. The Toyota Tundra, which is built in San Antonio, Texas, is overdue for a refresh and Laukes vaguely confirmed that a new Tundra was in the works. The Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV and the Toyota 4Runner off-roader are also showing their age and will also see new generations sometime in the near future.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the Automotive News interview was the brief mention of a hybrid truck.

“There's absolutely no reason we couldn't have a hybrid truck,” said Laukes when asked if that was a possibility. “All those options, we're exploring. When you're trying to raise you [corporate average fuel economy] limits for the entire brand, there's no option that isn't on the table.”

A hybrid truck would put Toyota ahead of the curve in truck competition. We know there’s a hybrid Ford F-150 scheduled to arrive by 2020 and if Toyota can bring one to market around the same time it would be some surprise competition for the long-reigning king of truck sales.

Not that we’re expecting hybrid trucks to make a big dent in total pickup truck market share. Traditional gas engines should continue to reign supreme in that segment for a long time, but to see something different and innovative come out of Toyota’s truck segment would make a strong statement that the brand is still in the game.

Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode is No Match for this McLaren 720S

Tesla has undoubtedly been one of the kings when it comes to drag racing from a dig. It has demolished the hopes and dreams of many die-hard car builders when the realization that a stock vehicle marketed towards economy and luxury could blow the doors of their blood, sweat, and tears. But that's all come to end now that the McLaren 720S is here to twist things up a bit.

It was only a few weeks ago that the guys from DragTimes brought us an interesting piece when a Lamborghini Aventador went up against a Tesla Model X P100D. Now the Tesla's lighter, more agile sibling, the Model S, has brought forth its own blood for comparison against a different opponent - the McLaren 720S. Despite the weight savings, the Model S isn't going to do much good compared to its latest rival. Both cars look good on paper, but only one will walk away crowned with the title of drag race king.

Let's get price out of the way. The McLaren starts at around $290,000 - a bit more than double the price of a base Model S P100D. It's important to remember that the McLaren has historically marketed its cars towards the likes of Porsche owners more than it is to Tesla. That alone makes it a difficult comparison to put them both in the same test, which alone speaks wonders of the Model S' acceleration.

On to the semantics of performance then. The McLaren utilizes a 4-liter V-8 engine paired with twin-turbos, ultimately pumping out a respectable 710 horsepower and 568 lb/ft of torque. The Model S, on the other hand, uses both of its electric motors to put 588 horsepower and 920 lb/ft of torque to the wheels. The Tesla takes full advantage of its instant power delivery and will sprint from 0-60 mph in an astounding 2.275507139 seconds. The McLaren is just a tad slower to ramp up, making the same run in about 2.8 seconds. The 0-100 mph race is what begins to separate the two competitors. While the Tesla takes 6.52 seconds to make the run, the McLaren shows its true colors by getting there nearly a full second faster.

When comparing the two over a full 1,320 feel, the pressure is on. The Tesla can blast through the quarter mile at 10.72 seconds, while the McLaren leaves it in the dust at just 10.4 seconds. Dragging it out further will finally distance the two even further, allowing the petrol-powered sports car to reach its top speed of 212 mph while the Tesla hits its software-limited 155 mph before going no faster.

The McLaren also has its diet to its advantage, weighing 3,150 lbs versus the Model S' scale-tipping 4960 lbs - that's basically like strapping a Smart ForTwo to the McLaren's roof in order to make the two weigh even remotely close to each other.

Although we have a new (more expensive) king of the drag race, the price point of the Model S makes it far more achievable to own than the McLaren, just not as stylish. Coupled with the ability to haul a family versus seat two, the Tesla definitely makes a more approachable vehicle, and more likely to under-estimate. But compare the two, and the mid-engine rear wheel drive roadster comes out on top. It may have two less drive wheels to put the power down, but does it far more effectively.

If You’re Feeling Lucky, Bid on This Fiat Spider with a Frunk Full of Cash

If you've ever wanted to own a rear-engine, rear wheel drive Italian roadster, now is your time. A rare Fiat 850 spider is up for auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania next week with a rare catch - its frunk is filled with an "undisclosed" amount of cash.

This beautiful early 1970s convertible is something that any classic car enthusiast would eye up as it drove by, something that shows the soul behind its younger brother. Its graphite paint shines in the sun, while bouncing reflections from its many chrome-finished accessories. The car itself features many period-correct puzzle pieces, including a trunk rack, wire wheels with white wall tires, aero-style bumpers, and a gorgeous red interior coupled with a large-diameter wooden steering wheel. Its the perfect view for an onlooker, or a driver looking out from the cockpit, gear lever in hand and foot on the go-pedal.

What makes this particular variant interesting is its non-factory options. Mainly, the one where its frunk is packed with some Benjamins. As part of the auction, which proceeds go directly to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), an undisclosed amount of cash will be given to the winning bidder of the Spider. The "loot in the boot" was donated by two private individuals, as well as auction house, RM Sotheby’s.

The Fiat 850 wasn't exactly a fast car, though it did pack the most powerful engine of the lineup. The Spider only output a meager 52 horsepower from its 903cc engine, far from what would push someone back in their seat when stomping on the gas. But what the car lacked in agility, just like the coupe, it made up for in its nimble driving. Ending production in 1973, around just 6% of the 2.3 million Fiat 850s sold around the world were Spiders.

If you're feeling lucky (and charitable), this rare roadster can be yours next week when it passes through the auction block. Along side the Spider will be many other rarities, including a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, 1935 Duesenberg Model J, 1935 Packard Twelve Phaeton, and 1936 Cadillac V-16 Convertible. To check out the cars for sale, the public is invited to visit the Hershey Lodge on Wednesday October 4th from 4 p.m until 10 p.m. where a barbecue will be held alongside bidder registration.

Why Are People So Against the $100,000 Ford F-450 Super Duty Limited 4×4?

We live in an age where the pickup truck market spreads across all social classes, incomes, and occupations. Long gone are the days where your only option was a pickup with a bench seat, crank windows and a Fred Flintstone suspension. Although you can still get a bare bones Ford F-250 Super Duty with the above mentioned traits for $33,000, you can now flirt with a $100,000 Ford F-450 as well when fully optioned out.

Ford is officially expanding the Limited trim found on the F-150 to the Super Duty series and the pricing structure is as follows:

  • F-250 Super Duty Limited 4x4 $80,835
  • F-350 Super Duty Limited 4x4 $82,010
  • F-450 Super Duty Limited 4x4 $87,100

All three models will come with one engine option, the honking 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel. To refresh your memory, the Power Stroke produces 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque, allowing the F-450 to tow 32,500 pounds when configured appropriately. It is also worth mentioning that the F-450 has a 7,600 pound payload capacity. Keep in mind, a Chevy Suburban weighs 5,822 pounds.

Focusing on the Limited's interior features, customers will be greeted with a suede roof, stitched leather seats and dash, wood trim, a Limited-exclusive decal on the arm rest displaying the VIN and production number of the truck, heated and ventilated seats and much more. In order to maintain a sleek profile, all Limited trim Super Duties have automatic running boards that quickly slide into place when a door is opened.

Todd Eckert, Ford Truck group marketing manager said, "We created this new truck to answer the call for even more premium choices in the Super Duty range as we see more and more truck customers trending to more premium options." This isn't a surprising comment from Eckert as Ford sees 40 percent of its annual profit through its truck sales and the F-Series is the number one selling vehicle line up in U.S. households making over $200,000 a year.

If you spend just a few minutes reading the comments on articles and videos about the upper trim F-Series trucks, you will see many people appear to be against them, however we don't see any issue with broadening the F-Series reach through luxury amenities. Just because the truck has 360 degree HD cameras and ventilated seats, that does not mean it is any less of a truck nor does it mean that particular model does come in a "work truck" version. Yes, a $100,000 truck is certainly more expensive that anyone would hope, but we know successful contractors, rangers, welders and the RV community will splurge for them. Theoretically, there shouldn't be a difference in spending $100,000 on a Land Rover versus a F-450 is the customer is getting the same sense of satisfaction out of the purchase. Personally, if I were to throw $100,000 into a car, I would be more inclined to do so towards a vehicle I could use for business, pleasure and everything in between.

Is a $100,000 truck ridiculous? Yes it is, but that does not mean it shouldn't be offered to willing customers. As long as you have an option to buy a cheaper trim, why not offer a $100,000 version?

Why Are People So Against the $100,000 Ford F-450 Super Duty Limited 4×4?

We live in an age where the pickup truck market spreads across all social classes, incomes, and occupations. Long gone are the days where your only option was a pickup with a bench seat, crank windows and a Fred Flintstone suspension. Although you can still get a bare bones Ford F-250 Super Duty with the above mentioned traits for $33,000, you can now flirt with a $100,000 Ford F-450 as well when fully optioned out.

Ford is officially expanding the Limited trim found on the F-150 to the Super Duty series and the pricing structure is as follows:

  • F-250 Super Duty Limited 4x4 $80,835
  • F-350 Super Duty Limited 4x4 $82,010
  • F-450 Super Duty Limited 4x4 $87,100

All three models will come with one engine option, the honking 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel. To refresh your memory, the Power Stroke produces 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque, allowing the F-450 to tow 32,500 pounds when configured appropriately. It is also worth mentioning that the F-450 has a 7,600 pound payload capacity. Keep in mind, a Chevy Suburban weighs 5,822 pounds.

Focusing on the Limited's interior features, customers will be greeted with a suede roof, stitched leather seats and dash, wood trim, a Limited-exclusive decal on the arm rest displaying the VIN and production number of the truck, heated and ventilated seats and much more. In order to maintain a sleek profile, all Limited trim Super Duties have automatic running boards that quickly slide into place when a door is opened.

Todd Eckert, Ford Truck group marketing manager said, "We created this new truck to answer the call for even more premium choices in the Super Duty range as we see more and more truck customers trending to more premium options." This isn't a surprising comment from Eckert as Ford sees 40 percent of its annual profit through its truck sales and the F-Series is the number one selling vehicle line up in U.S. households making over $200,000 a year.

If you spend just a few minutes reading the comments on articles and videos about the upper trim F-Series trucks, you will see many people appear to be against them, however we don't see any issue with broadening the F-Series reach through luxury amenities. Just because the truck has 360 degree HD cameras and ventilated seats, that does not mean it is any less of a truck nor does it mean that particular model does come in a "work truck" version. Yes, a $100,000 truck is certainly more expensive that anyone would hope, but we know successful contractors, rangers, welders and the RV community will splurge for them. Theoretically, there shouldn't be a difference in spending $100,000 on a Land Rover versus a F-450 is the customer is getting the same sense of satisfaction out of the purchase. Personally, if I were to throw $100,000 into a car, I would be more inclined to do so towards a vehicle I could use for business, pleasure and everything in between.

Is a $100,000 truck ridiculous? Yes it is, but that does not mean it shouldn't be offered to willing customers. As long as you have an option to buy a cheaper trim, why not offer a $100,000 version?

The 5 Best Cars of Playboy Icon Hugh Hefner’s Collection

In memory of culture icon and Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner's passing, The Drive is looking back on some of the legend's most prized possessions--his cars. Though he obviously had larger interests in his life than autos, his stellar collection was one of taste and grandeur that a true gearhead would be happy to call their own. A mix of European style and American innovation filled Hef's garage at the Mansion, and today we remember the five best examples throughout the years.

1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

This car allegedly kicked off Hefner's passion for the eccentric side of the auto industry. Serving as America's premier luxury brand during the era, Cadillac built the Series 62 Convertible to be the ultimate around-town cruiser for the successful businessman. Elvis was also believed to own one of these, so it only made since that Hef would add it to his long list of cars.

It featured some especially advanced features for the 1950s with everything catered towards comfort and convenience. Power windows, power locks, automatic windshield wipers, and auto-dimming headlights meant that it pretty well did everything for you and when you consider its competitors of the time, it was far and away the most technologically advanced in terms of amenities.

1959 Mercedes Benz 300SL Convertible

The Mercedes SL was the ultimate status symbol in its heyday. Unmatched styling, German refinement, and an extreme pricetag meant that it was the one to have, and excellent examples still go for nearly $1,000,000. It was smooth as silk thanks to what became a staple in the Benz lineup, the 3.0L inline six.

If you ask us, this is the pinnacle of cool in Hugh's collection ... except for maybe the next one on the list.

1969 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman Limousine

When you're carrying around some of the world's most treasured cargo, you've got to make sure that they ride in style. The Pullman Limousine was perhaps the most luxurious offering to come out of Stuttgart, and if it was good enough for Hefner, then it was plenty for everyone else.

Plus, is there any other way you'd rather tout 6-8 models around town? Probably not.

1972 De Tomaso Pantera Playmate of The Year Car

While this car might not have technically belonged to the Playboy founder, it was given to then-Playmate of the Year, Liv Lindeland. Its stellar Italian looks paired just fine with the Ford-sourced 351-cubic inch V-8, and when dressed in pink, its curves closely resembled that of the winner herself.

1972 BMW 3.0CS E9

Closing out Hefner's collection is Bavaria's best efforts at a sports business coupe. Better known is its racing car brother which went on to dominate Le Mans and other endurance races, aptly dubbed the "3.0CSL". The road going version was a formidable daily driver for anyone looking to get the most out of their commute, and rumor has it, Hefner's first wife took it out on track several times. Certifiably rad.

All together, Hef owned many more cars than the few listed here. Playboy played host to several racing series throughout the years, showing his dedication to motorsport and cars as a whole, and these special collector cars are unlike what you may find in a Saudi prince's hangar. Instead, they were the sign of an enthusiast who enjoyed a bit of luxury to boot, distinguishing himself in only a way that he could.

H2No – You Can Try to Kill the Show, But Not the Culture

H2Oi short for H2O International is described as the "Most Ticketed Car Event in America", probably the world. It started as a Volkswagen/Audi car show held not even in the area most refer to as Ocean City, but it causes herds of car enthusiasts to flow to the beach town. There are tons of after movies for each year on YouTube, but if I had to describe it, it is the late night car meet scene in the original Fast and Furious movie, at a beach, multiplied by 10. The VW/Audi event's name H2Oi usually gets misrepresented by the influx of tuner cars in Ocean City, but at this point they are one in the same. This year, it appears the influx of cars to Ocean City may out live the event, because for 2017 H2Oi has been postponed until 2018.

The decision to cancel postpone H2Oi came so late that many enthusiasts already reserved hotel rooms, condos, and houses which many times are non-refundable. Rumors are that Ocean City put pressure on the H2Oi organizers to cancel the show, but as I said the flock to the beach town has out grown the original reason for being their. Kill the show all you want, the people will still come. Attending enthusiasts began calling this year - H2No.

This was my first time attending H2Oi H2No. I was not even supposed to be in the town this week, but I had the opportunity to crash in a condo Wednesday to Friday, I had to leave Friday for a prior engagement. The main car enthusiast population is there from Friday to Sunday. So while I was not there on the big population days, I experienced the "prep days". I was mainly there to enjoy the beach, the boardwalk, and inconspicuously cruise Coastal Highway in my wife's Subaru Crosstrek. I have watched tons of after movies of the prior years, but none of that will prepare you for the environment you get yourself into.

Cruising around I think my most "how did that happen moment" was when I saw a Ocean City Bus T-boning a Volkswagen. I could not get a picture, but social media was on top of it.

Tango Down #h2oi #ocpdrollcall

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Everyone talks about tickets and the police when talking about H2Oi. To put the police force in perspective, I grew up and lived 25 years in the heart of Baltimore City - yes, home of The Wire television show and I have not seen as many police in one location in my life. The Ocean City Police Department calls in help from neighboring police departments to control the car population. I saw a police unit from Queen Ann's County, Maryland which is almost two hours away, almost to Baltimore. It felt like every two intersections someone is getting pulled over for breaking a traffic law or their car is classified a danger by the Ocean City Police Department. Speaking in the "danger category" I thought I should comment on something I noticed that I did not agree with. I saw at least three lifted trucks pulled over. Ocean City is a beach, coastal town, when Florida and Texas were recently hit with these hurricanes I am sure Ocean City understands their pain more than inland city, so why are the same type of lifted trucks saving lives in Florida and Texas being ticketed for driving down Coastal Highway? While I witnessed my share of burnouts, questionable speeds on Coastal Highway, engine revving, I thought judging a truck to be "dangerous" when in another environment it is driving through flooded streets saving lives when you cannot to be an example of the weekend causing "itchy trigger finger - ticket writing" in some cases.

Apparently, the night I left OCPD ran a red light to catch someone and hit a person in the cross walk.

Good job OCPD. We just witnessed an officer cream a pedestrian hard! ???????????? @ocpdrollcall17

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Searching online for the event you will find plenty of car "creations" with wings which have wings, stretched tires, and plenty other modifications which make you wonder what they were thinking, but attending the event I found these to be extremes and most of the attending cars are street legal, regardless of what the OCPD claims, though most are loud.

The "Hot Spot" is the intersection of 33rd street at Anthony's Liquors. A large population of car enthusiasts gather at the McDonald's and Burger King across the street day and night to watch the cars as they accelerate out of the corner at Anthony's. The police try their best to disperse the crowd.

At one point in the night OCPD locked down the entrances not allowing any cars to enter, but what if I wanted a burger?

The biggest lot in Ocean City is the Convention Center's lot and the police and the city came up with a unique way to block cars from gaining access to the lot.

Overall, it is quite an experience. It is as if the beach town flips a switch and becomes a car enthusiast's town. H2Oi maybe in jeopardy, but car enthusiasts will continue to flock to Ocean City and I will definitely join them again next year.

Does the GoPro Hero6 Camera Make the Karma a Perfect Filming Drone?

When GoPro’s Karma drone became a competitor in the recreational action-cam UAV world, it lacked certain imperative assets to properly stand out. Shenzhen-based drone company DJI was already in their prime, regarding camera drones, and GoPro simply couldn’t compete. We reported on the company in 2015, and their sincere efforts to enter the aerial conversation, and it seems like definite strides have been made since then. On Thursday, GoPro unveiled its new Hero6 Blackcamera (which is officially available now) in San Francisco.

According to The Verge, the Hero6 Black, like its predecessor, is a waterproof action-cam. The difference here is that the Hero6 shoots 4K footage at 60 frames per second and implements voice controls, utilizes GPS, and has a neat 2-inch touchscreen on its back. But now that GoPro has birthed its new favorite child unto the world, the real question is - has the company’s Karma drone, when fitted with a Hero6 Black, now become one of the best options regarding convenient camera drones?

The Karma was released in 2016, and touted its portability and relative quietness as main attractions - two features that really allowed GoPro to stand out amongst competitors at the time. Unfortunately, a severe battery latch issue had Karmas falling out of the sky, which forced the company to recall their product a mere month after release. A reality so harsh, it hurts just to type out. In the meantime, drone-market titan DJI released the Mavic Pro, which, unlike GoPro's Karma, had the benefit of actually having a camera installed from the get-go. However, the tables seem to be turning in GoPro's favor, as the new Hero6 Black is an incredibly enticing prospect once fitted onto a Karma.

Let's take a look at some of the footage captured by this new camera, before we get all technical.

If that doesn't impress you, I'm not sure what will. As you can see, some of this footage is aerial, while the rest was accomplished with GoPro Karma's detachable stabilizer. This feature is fairly substantial, and not so easily dismissed. Once you've commanded your Karma to return to you, you can simply click the new Hero6 Black off the Karma, pop it onto your stabilizer, and resume shooting with fairly stabilized footage (while still accomplished digitally, the results look convincing). Here's a nice little summary of what that symbiotic relationship looks like in the wild!

The new gimbal here can tilt, which is a nice improvement, in addition to the drone's 'follow me' flight mode. Reportedly, the camera has a faster processor which allows it capture all those extra frames at 60 fps, offering you the choice of pristine slow-motion footage, for example.

Essentially, if you're in the market for a portable drone that shoots astonishing 4K footage - the combination of GoPro's Karma drone and the new Hero6 Black camera is a damn good option. What do you think? Chime in below!

Max Verstappen Wins the Final Malaysian Grand Prix

After a race start that favored Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull's Max Verstappen overtook Hamilton, and maintained the lead until the race's end. The podium was rounded out by Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo, who fended off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Vettel started last on the grid after failing to set a qualifying time due to an engine failure in practice Saturday, and Kimi Räikkönen, who was meant to start alongside Hamilton on the front row of the grid, suffered from turbocharger problems discovered before the formation lap. The Scuderia was unable to resolve these issues before the race began, relegating Räikkönen to an afternoon of talking to reporters rather than racing.

Sebastian Vettel's poor luck continued with a collision with Lance Stroll during the cool down lap, ripping his left rear wheel free, and sparking some to speculate that Vettel may have sustained transmission damage, which could carry penalties forward into the next race.

Max Verstappen's only other win came at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, his maiden race at Red Bull, where he capitalized on the first lap clash between the warring Mercedes drivers and converted a lengthy stint into a win, despite pressure coming from a faster Kimi Räikkönen in the later stages of the race. This win also serves to redeem a frustrating 2017 season for Verstappen, who has endured a total of seven race retirements so far, caused by a mix of crashes and engine failures.

As of this race, Hamilton's championship lead over Vettel has been extended by a further six points, with his advantage totaling 34 points over his Ferrari rival. Only a quarter of the season remains, and Vettel will have to significantly outperform Hamilton over the remainder of the year to have a chance to take the championship.

This race also marks the last running of the Malaysian Grand Prix, as the event's hosts have opted not to continue holding the event. First held in 1999, and won by Eddie Irvine of Ferrari, Verstappen bookends the eleven strong series of drivers to win in Malaysia, six of whom have a world championship under their belts.

Sebastian Vettel was voted the official driver of the day, but we suspect it will do little to lift his spirits. He has what must seem like Everest to climb if he wants to renew his chances at this year's championship.

Watch A Giant An-124 Condor Land At St. Maarten’s Famous Airport For Hurricane Recovery

One of the world's largest aircraft, the An-124 Condor, made its grand arrival at St. Maarten's famous Princess Juliana Airport today. Owned and operated by Ukraine's Antonov Airlines, the transport made the flight from the Dutch island of Curacao, which is located off the northern tip of Venezuela. The one hour and 34 minute flight covered roughly 560 miles—a relatively short hop for the An-124. The aircraft carried emergency supplies for storm ravaged St. Maarten, including a number of garbage trucks which will clearly be invaluable when it comes to the cleanup and rebuilding effort.

A unique arrival to the island like this would not be complete without a video of the moment shot from Maho Beach—possibly the most famous plane spotting location in the entire world. Check out the video of the Condor's up-close and personal landing below:

The An-124's departure wasn't as dramatic as the jet was empty and only flying a short 30 minute leg to the island of St. Johns. When loaded up, they are known to use a lot of pavement to claw their way into the air.

The damage on St. Maarten is bewildering, with 90% of all structures damaged or destroyed and 30% totally destroyed. Aircraft have been a key lifeline for the island, and there has been a near constant stream of airlifters making their way to and from the island in recent weeks. These aircraft have brought critical supplies needed to sustain St. Maarten's citizens as well as evacuating some residents and visitors. Aside from the military aircraft and chartered flights, Samaritan's Purse has made runs to the isalnd with their gorgeous DC-8.

Here is a Armée de l'Air, A400M arriving at the island with supplies:

With so much destruction in the region from multiple hits by some of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history, international aid can't be concentrated on just one locale. Making things worse, with the U.S. facing its own harrowing aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, resources that could otherwise be brought to bear on islands like St. Maarten are being diverted to the American territory.

But there are some good signs, one of which is that airplane spotters are already back on what's left of Maho Beach, capturing the aviation action. If anything this is at least an obscure sign that things are slowly returning to some form of normalcy, although there is clearly a long and arduous road for the island paradise.

Contact the author: Tyler@thedrive.com