With barely a month to go in the presidential race, the rhetoric is heating up considerably. Every issue is being discussed, and we know a freakish amount of personal dirt on each candidate. But what did they drive before the Secret Service started providing them with bomb-proof transportation? Let’s find out...
While it's obvious that winter tires can make an automobile easier and safer to drive in inclement weather, it can be trying to figure out which tire to buy and when to put it on can be confusing. Getting optimum winter performance from your vehicle also requires a little know-how about storage, wheel options, legalese and pictograms.
On July 29, 2011, Barack Obama signed into law new regulations setting Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards from 2017 to 2025. Agreed upon by automakers representing 90% of U.S. car sales, the United Autoworkers Union, and the State of California, this will increase the fleet average to 54.5 MPG by 2025. What fun can a driving enthuists expect to have at 54.5 MPG?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the car that defined “cool” for decades to come. It was 1961 when Jaguar unveiled their breathtaking masterpiece, the E-Type. It became an icon of the ‘60s. Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” Even today it is celebrated for its long, swooping Pan-Am curves and modest little grille.
You know it all too well: that tiny, misshapen indicator light on your dashboard, glowing in a malicious orange. It’s the Check Engine Light, and most of the time, it’s a nuisance. Not because it’s so eager to share with you what ails your engine, but because it needs a translator, a technician armed with a computer. And he charges you to plug it in.
The Caterham Seven is the eternal solution for the weekend racer. A 2.0 liter two-seat roadster with a wheel, a shifter, and not much else, the Seven offers a ton of fun for ounces of money. It was born as a Lotus in 1957, designed by Colin Chapman himself, and sold as either a kit car or a factory build. Popularity exploded, and the Seven enjoyed a fifteen year production run before Lotus decided to call it quits. But, like George Lucas with Star Wars, Seven dealer Graham Nearn just couldn’t let it end and bought the rights to the Seven, upgrading his dealership business to a manufacturer.
When I say Rocketman, some of you will start singing an Elton John song. Others will quote lines from the 1997 movie starring Harland Williams. But that’s only before the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Afterward, you’ll all be dreaming of the newest Mini.
For the last year or so I've found myself really loving Dodge commercials. First there was the Man's Last Stand Charger spot, voiced-over by a frank, humorous everyman named Michael C Hall. Then there was a similar spot for the Challenger- “Hey, that was a freakin' UFO.” Hall took a break to let George Washington and the Continental Army take a bunch of Chargers against the British Redcoats. Now the Charger has a new Michael C Hall commercial:
I don’t think I would mind much if more things in my life looked like an Aston Martin. My mailbox, my computer mouse, my bar of Irish Spring… But looking like Aston Martin has been a bit of a problem lately for Jaguar. In fact, the guy who designed the current XKR used to work for Aston Martin, which explains why it looks a bit like a milkman’s child.
30 hours of CAD work, 50 hours of programming and 30 hours of machining transforms a 386 pound SOLID block of aluminum to a 64 pound 427 FE engine block. :drool: Can anyone buy one of these for me? thnx.