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Hexatech C3TR, Worth Every Stinking Penny!

On: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:55PM | By: John Welch


Cruden Hexatech C3TR test 2

If anyone is paying attention, this is my Christmas List:

1.) Six dozen cases of Widmer Hefeweizen.

2.) 35 cartons of Marlboro Reds.

3.) 300 some-odd gallons of Dutch Brothers Espresso,

and 4.) the Hexatech C3TR six-post Racing Simulator.

 . . . then I would humbly request that I be left in solitude until July . . .


CTS-V Sport Wagon Is A Go!

On: Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 11:24AM | By: John Welch


Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon test 2

It has an interior constructed of balsa wood, formica fiber board, and goat hides. It's oddly porportioned, has a wretched driver's-left blindspot, and almost fills a two-car garage. Normally these issues would cause me to absolutely hate and mistrust a car, verbally tearing it to shreds at every opportunity. Normally. Fortunately for the Cadillac CTS, the intangibles greatly out-weight the direct by-products of GM bureaucracy. It is a fantastic car.

How could GM possibly make me overlook all the obvious quality issues that I've noticed in their vehicles since my first ride in an '88 Celebrity? For starters, build an angular BMW that actually handles like a BMW, and shoehorn a blown smallblock under its eager bonnet. Ok, we've got the near-600 horsepower, tire euthanizer - now we need to make the car cooler . . . . WAGON TIME!


Nissan/Renault To Enter The Micro Death-Trap Race

On: Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 6:06PM | By: John Welch


Nissan Micra test 2

They have the Micra. They have the Twingo. Though larger than those two cars, the Verse could even be included. Yet Nissan and Renault is dead set on building an even smaller, even cheaper auto by 2012. Not extremely relevant to us, assuming you overlook the decline in new car markets among the developed world.

India currently moves 2 million cars a year. By 2019, that number could be over six million. These are inexpensive cars, so the profit margin is low; why care so much about cars you can't make very much money on? Well, if you aren't spending all that much to produce them, you are making money, hand over fist . . .


New Chrysler: Abandoned By German Overlords, Welcoming Italian Rule

On: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 6:05PM | By: John Welch


New Chrysler: Abandoned By German Overlords, Welcoming Italian Rule test 1-1

Oh America, how the mighty have fallen. Sure sure, yesterday it was reported (not on this blog, as stated earlier, I refuse!) that GM won't be selling off Opel or Vauxhall—big deal. Ya still killed Pontiac and Saturn, ya goofs, and you're still making underachieving interiors. Get back to me with some real news Fritzy, like matching Ford's profit margin, ya dink. And Chrysler, the vitriol I could spew about Chrysler would fill thirty bed pans. Chrysler is so underachieving I don't even remember the names of any of their top execs anymore; except of course for SERGIO MARCHIONNE, Fiat's CEO . . . aaahHARRGHRhrHhRRGZzxxxxzzzZZZxxxx . .. .

Ahem, sorry. My therapist is adjusting my meds, bear with me . . . Chrysler announced its plans for the next several years at a marathon press conference yesterday. All the gory details inside yon post . . .


 

Roar N Soar: Planes, Boats And Automobiles

On: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:28AM | By: John Welch


Roar N Soar: Planes, Boats And Automobiles test 1-1

This is the time of year when Central Florida explodes with car shows. And airplane shows. And boat shows. It's the AutoShopper's job to cover these events, but who wants to waste their Saturday bouncing around to eight different shows? Thankfully, on November 7th and 8th, The Fantasy of Flight has solved this dilema for us!


Toyota, Bridgestone Abandon Formula Eeeww

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 12:44PM | By: John Welch


A sad day for Toyota test 2

Toyota announced that it would pull the plug on its Formula 1 program today, confirming rumors that have been floating around the F1 world since the middle of the 2009 season. In an even stranger turn of events, Bridgestone, the tire company that chased Michellin out of the sport several years ago, decided to end their involvement in the F1 World Championship following the 2010 season.


Love The Beast Trailer

On: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:19PM | By: John Welch


Love The Beast Trailer test 1-1

Coming to an Isle of Britannia near you: (In other words, you'll have to have it imported over here, at first anyway) Eric Bana's "Love The Beast" That's right, kids, your favorite bad-Hulk, Eric Bana, has refurbished his cherished Ford Falcon and entered it in the Targa Tasmania Rally. As with anything involving the words "Targa" and "Tasmania" this race is dastardly in its ability to chew up race-prepped cars and spit them out.

Also starring Mr. Bana's childhood friends, as well as Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson, and Dr. Phil . . . Doctor Phil?! What the eff?! . .. this trailer does its job, making me want to see Eric conquer "600 horsepower and leaf-springs" as Clarkson so eloquently puts it . . . The trailer and corresponding news report of the Falcon eating a tree inside the post. . .


Abu Dhabi; The Formula One Season Finale

On: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 12:05PM | By: John Welch


Yas Marina Circuit test 2

The Formula One season ended on Sunday, under the watercolor Abu Dhabi sunset. Sebastian Vettle dominated the second portion of the race, clinching his fourth victory of the season. Lewis Hamilton took pole postion during qualifiying Saturday afternoon, but he never felt comfortable during the race. Hamilton's McLaren was a bear under braking, and he retired shortly after his first pit stop. The right-rear caliper failed, attributed to the complexity of the McLaren brake set-up: Brembo calipers clamp Akebono rotors in the rear, while the front brakes are manufactured by Carbon Industries. Most teams use only one of these suppliers for all four brake assemblies.

After three years in the sport, this was the first DNF related to a mechanical failure for Lewis Hamilton. Ever. McLaren builds a tank of a GP car.

So that's the result, but so many more interesting things happened during Sunday's broadcast. The astounding architecture of the United Arab Emirates, the last race for BMW/Sauber, Alonso and Raikkonen choking away final races with their current teams, and how exactly can you hold a major motor racing event in a country that outlaws drinking?


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 3:38PM | By: John Welch


ALMS test 2

Last weekend's Sports Car finales were the bee's knees.

"Just why was Buell so great?!"

And I break my "no GM reporting" oath, mostly to rub it in everyone's face.


ALMS Season Finale Pt.2 - GT Car-Stag!

On: Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 3:42PM | By: John Welch


ALMS Season Finale Pt.2 - GT Car-Stag! test 1-1

Yowza! I don't usually say nonsensical things like that, so enjoy it now: Yowza! All it takes to produce entertaining television is a Porsche, a Corvette, and a finish line. A couple of Europeans who seem to absolutely despise each other driving the two cars doesn't hurt either. Throw in one gut-twisting piece of elevation-shifting pavement referred to, simply, as "The Corkscrew", and you have the makings of a prime time bash-fest that network TV could never hope to compete with. Or, you would, if we Americans had any taste. Instead we get 'Private Practice' in prime time . . . yeeech!

But I digress; this weekend's ALMS finale featured one of the best last lap battles ever witnessed in American road racing, along with a number of other surprises . . .


Brumos Wins At Homestead, Gainsco Takes The Grand Am Championship

On: Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 12:01PM | By: John Welch


Brumos Wins At Homestead, Gainsco Takes The Grand Am Championship test 1-1

Sunday could have gone a little better. A Bucs receiver not named Kellen Winslow could have caught, oh, I don't know, ONE friggin' pass. Jeff Gordon could have avoided letting Jimmy Johnson win. I could have been on my way to claim my $500 million worth of "lot-rie winnins" . . . naturally, none of these things happened. The Bucs choked away another promising start, Jeff forgot how to drive on the second to last lap, and I couldn't even afford the dollar required to be eligible for "lot-rie winnins" in the first place. To top it all off, both versions of American sports car championships wrapped up their seasons this weekend. By bedtime Sunday night, I was in a less than agreeable mood, needless to say.

The day before, The Rolex Grand Am Series ran an unforgettable event at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Both classes, Daytona Prototype and GT, were still up for grabs, three teams vying for the DP title . . .