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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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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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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There was only one answer, really. I had just bought a 2006 Honda Civic Si, bloated in design and bleached-bone white. When I remembered that our October Cars and Coffee event would host a Trunk or Treat and that the following day’s autocross would have a car costume competition, the new-to-me Civic had to become its cinematic analogue – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I hope I didn’t ruin the car.
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In our bottomless search for automotive embetterment, we’ve discovered an interesting debate. Well, interesting to us. Not to boring people who don’t like cars. It boils down to this: Are yellow fog lights better in poor weather? Here in America, we’re about to experience a whole season or two of poor weather (if this stupid summer ever decides to die), so we thought we’d take a closer look at this optical sorcery.
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If there is a phrase the back of my windshield has heard more than any other, it’s “Come on,” usually shouted. Like most gearheads, I get frustrated with others on the road. They’re content to simply commute, distractedly glancing at the road once in a while, while I want to drive. I want to brake a little later, accelerate a little faster, and generally glean some enjoyment out of transportation. Not being able to do this because I’m stuck behind someone afraid of the rain can be maddening. But will it be worse when that Prius merging onto the highway at 35 mph is actually driven by a robot? Will the madness force me to ride in a robot of my own?
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