The End of An Era

When you lose a long-time employee, there are always mixed emotions. The boss in me races through my mind, scrambling, wondering how will we fill the gap, who will do the work? The regular guy in me is excited for the opportunities to come, the pride in seeing someone whose work you respect and like on a personal level moving forward in his career and life. All the while wondering about the anxiety and courage it requires to take that leap. Today was Andy Sheehan‘s last day and I don’t believe we yet have any idea what void he’s left in our creative and personal lives.

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Deconstructing the Final Race in the Fast and the Furious Franchise

The Fast and the Furious franchise is not what it once was.  It probably never will be again, though it may stretch beyond our living years, when Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have used their immense riches to replace their withered forms with abnormally huge androids.  After seeing The Fate of the Furious, I know that this is no longer a car franchise, but a superhero franchise with cars.  Racing scenes have tapered off in recent movies, replaced by The Rock doing Captain America things, but Fate offered one token street race that very well may be the last in the franchise.  I have thoughts.

Spoilers ahead, but nothing you couldn’t have predicted.

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Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!

2017 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

Jeep does this to us every year.  They break our hearts with all these incredible concepts, built for the Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, and then never release them.  In 2012, they made the Mighty FC and the J-12.  In 2015, they built the Chief and the Red Rock Responder.  This year is no exception.  Here’s a handful of the coolest machines from the 2017 event, with the coolest at the bottom.  No, they’re not building any of them for production. Continue reading “Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!”

A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?

Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea

Ford has been killing it in the performance department lately.  The ST twins, the Focus RS, the beautifully modernized Mustang line, and of course, the indomitable GT, which already won Le Mans.  They’re all milestones of a company that loves speed.  But yesterday we learned that Ford is planning a hybrid Mustang by 2020.  Sorry.  I should have warned you to take your glycerin before reading that.  It is, however, true, and that could mean amazing or terrible things for one of America’s most popular sports cars. Continue reading “A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?”

A Road Trip Alone is my Christmas Gift to Myself

A Road Trip Alone is my Christmas Gift to Myself

Last week GM CEO Mary Barra spoke with Business Insider about GM’s projected autonomous technology, and how it could turn your car into a “second office,” so you won’t have to wait until you get to the office to start working.  I understand this.  An hour more each day to answer emails, do research, and have some digital face time with clients would be helpful, especially for a CEO like Barra.  But I don’t want it.  My commutes are a refuge for a primal, archaic part of my brain, a segment quickly rusting over with neglect.  Nine hours alone in a car will have it in fighting spec again, and I need that desperately.  Here’s what I mean.

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The Grand Tour is Just Okay

The Grand Tour

This morning I watched that 2010 60 Minutes story featuring my favorite show in the world: Top Gear.  As “Jessica” played and images of the Dunsfold studio, where the show was filmed, scrolled by, I found myself missing it desperately.  But I’m not supposed to miss Top Gear.  After years of waiting, The Grand Tour is here, and it’s supposed to assuage my sadness.  The only problem is that it doesn’t, because it’s not as good.

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Are There Any Humble Cars Left?

Humble Cars

So this all started when I read Jalopnik’s recent review of the Trabant.  That car, a little East German two-stroke literally made of pressed rags, has fascinated me for some time, and I’m only just starting to figure out why.  The Trabant was a humble car, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that some of my favorite cars fall into this category.  But can you even get a humble car anymore?

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How many crazy pills does it take to understand SEMA?

SEMA Crazy Cars

Ah, SEMA, annual gathering of America’s richest automotive psychotics.  Each November they converge on Las Vegas, bringing with them some impressively customized cars, some clever and tasteful, others subtle as a jackhammer molded out of C4, but all crafted with the excuse of showing off the parts that made them.  I have zero complaints about this, no matter how far over the top these projects have been tossed, but I know that not everyone shares this opinion.  The looniest SEMA cars can be quite polarizing, and many tend to simply dismiss the more measured cars with the mad.  So I’ve devised a rating system to help offer some context to the SEMA uninitiated.

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