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Car Quotable – Then & Now Edition

Car Quotable – Then & Now Edition

In 1909, Scientific American said, “That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.” We reached the peak of automotive achievement in 1909?  Somebody forgot to tell Colin Chapman and Pinin Farina.

by 07/16/2009 7 comments Car Quotable, Columns
SoCal or Bust Part 6: The Finish Line

SoCal or Bust Part 6: The Finish Line

Day 5 started early. We had gotten a good night’s sleep and woken to the sounds of splashing water. Yep, the pool would be where we spent this day. Now, when a bunch of sunburned car nerds (in an appropriately grown-up manner, of course) test the  effects of grain alcohol, stories will result. Some of those stories cannot be shared on the Internet. Let’s move on to Day 6.

by 07/15/2009 5 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
Night Chariots: The Top 5 Cars of Pizza Delivery

Night Chariots: The Top 5 Cars of Pizza Delivery

It’s 11:00pm on a Saturday, and you’re being overwhelmed by a creeping hunger. A call to your favorite pizza joint brings the dreaded, “about 45 minutes”. Time slows, hunger pangs tear you apart. Just as you think hope is gone, you hear the familiar rumble of a neglected engine, the squeal of barren brakes against warped rotors.

by 06/30/2009 13 comments Columns, Lists
Car Care Myth: Wax is Polish is Wax

Car Care Myth: Wax is Polish is Wax

In my first Car Care Myth article, I shed some light on what’s in your carnauba wax. Now, let’s look at one of the more baffling terminology distinctions in the world of car care… polish vs. wax. These two words have been confused and misused longer than Audi and Mercedes have been trying to build a car better than the M3.

by 06/29/2009 2 comments Car Care, Tech
From the Flickr Pool: Low-Down, Dirty Rat

From the Flickr Pool: Low-Down, Dirty Rat

There’s just so much that’s right about this shot from our Flickr Group member, Chad Lunn. Great perspective and composition, awesome contrast, and just enough black to let us know this menacing hot rod is not to be trifled with. Thanks for being part of our group, Chad. Hope you enjoy your car care prize!

by 06/25/2009 3 comments Car Culture, Cars, Media, Photos
5 Must-Have Car Goodies for Kids. Okay, 4.

5 Must-Have Car Goodies for Kids. Okay, 4.

The birthing classes are over, the baby showers have been completed, and with a month to go, it’s finally time for me to take care of the real priorities… scouring the internet for all the necessities my son will need during his first few years in the pits. Here are 4 ridiculously awesome car gifts for kids (and 1 that’s just plain ridiculous).

by 06/24/2009 5 comments Columns, Lists, Randomness
SoCal or Bust Part 5: The Reason For Our Trip

SoCal or Bust Part 5: The Reason For Our Trip

Day 4 was supposed to start at 5:00am with us taking care of the last few details on Don’s Celica. It kind of did. I think a few of us were just-then closing our eyes (from the night of one too many libations) and others were just plain lazy and slept in. No matter, we were on the road by 5:45am (only a little late) and ready to take Southern Cali by storm.

by 06/23/2009 11 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
BAM! POW! A Father’s Day Bat Story!

BAM! POW! A Father’s Day Bat Story!

When I was growing up I had two fathers. One drove my Great Grandfather’s Medium Green Ford LTD; the other woke me up every morning with his 1975 Ferrari 308GT4. Now before you go thinking that I was raised in an automotive household surrounded by cool cars, my Real Father will admit quite the opposite was true.

by 06/19/2009 1 comment Car Culture, People, Stories
Satch Carlson Sounds Off

Satch Carlson Sounds Off

I’m a BMW fanatic. So when I heard Satch Carlson, Editor-In-Chief of Roundel, would be attending our annual E30 Picnic I jumped at the chance to talk with him. I also tossed out an opportunity for all of you to join me in my chat with this BMW icon… well, your questions could join me. Satch didn’t disappoint.

by 06/18/2009 4 comments Car Culture, People
SoCal or Bust Part 4: Sun, Fun, and Slowing Down

SoCal or Bust Part 4: Sun, Fun, and Slowing Down

In Part 3 of our road trip to ToyotaFest, you’ll recall that I didn’t have the good sense to stay out of San Francisco Bay. Well, on this day we’d all end up wet (and not regret it for a second). We got to the house where we were crashing about 1:45am, so day 3 didn’t get moving until 10. And even then, it never really got moving too fast. Perfect.

by 06/17/2009 5 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories