The Thunder Valley Sand Drags were dusty. Dustier than a panhandle bean field during the Depression. Dustier than the room seems to get at the end of Braveheart. Each step and dropped cone sent up a pale cloud above the long field, but a strong, cool, southwest wind cleaned it up for us just as quickly. Saturday was my first rallycross experience, and the racing was so awesome that I didn’t mind a little fesh fesh. I didn’t drive this event, but by the end of it, I wished I had, and I will the next chance I get. You should, too. But don’t.
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This week is the coolest auto show of the year. The show that will spawn bedroom-poster fantasy cars for years to come. It’s not about mass-market, business-floating people’s cars. It’s about luxury cars and exotics. Supercars and hypercars. The stuff dreams are made of. It’s the Geneva Motor Show, and the coolest cars always debut there. We’ve picked a few of the most notable examples from this year. So far. Continue reading “Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far”
I was getting that shimmy and shudder, with a dash of squeak. Any time I hit the brakes, they would emit a pulsing throb, and letting off the pedal would introduce a squeak in similar rhythm. It was time for some brake work, but instead of simple maintenance, I went for an upgrade. With Power Stop Brakes.
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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?”
That’s the question.
And it really boils down to another question: Should you warm up your car in the winter? Let’s see if we can figure this out.
Winter has arrived on our doorstep, and you’re either a) excited about it, or b) depressed about it and mad at your weird, winter-loving friends. Whether you like cold weather or not, your car doesn’t like it- until it’s warmed up. Then it loves winter. We know this, so we warm up our cars before we go anywhere.
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I was wrong. Two and a half years ago, I wrote this about a cadre of fake news stories circulating and never seeming to land, like plastic bags caught high in drafts between apartment blocks. There was the mid-engine Corvette, the new Mazda RX-7, and of course, the rebirth of the Ford Bronco. Now it’s 2017, and I don’t see any midship ‘Vettes or sleek, new Rotaries, or- oh wait. Ford just announced a new Ford Bronco for 2020. Your uncle, who posted that fake news story about it back in 2013, was right.
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Okay, bye 2016! Don’t let the door hit you. Or do. This probably won’t be remembered as anyone’s favorite year, but we did get to have some fun on the blog. In fact, we had alot of fun. Whittling this list down to seven posts wasn’t easy. Just like 2016. Here, in no particular order, are my very favorite posts of the year to the Streetside blog.
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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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Look, I’m not saying you can’t send me Lego kits, G.I. Joe playsets, and Nerf guns, but the things I wanted when I was 8 aren’t the only things I want anymore. And since I know none of you cheapskates are going to buy me a ’32 Ford or a BMW M1, here are some of the tools I’d like for Christmas, categorized by winter maintenance needs.
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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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