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Categories: Miscellaneous

Twelve Drivers Linked To USF1

On: Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 11:22AM | By: John Welch

Jonathan Summerton test 2

America needs a pick-me-up. A cattle-prod to the collective face. We need to go out and trounce the rest of the world at their own, uhm . . . some game of theirs. We got our Basketball "Cojones" back, now how about our Engineering-Prowess "Cojones." USF1 plans to do just that, albeit with a British co-owner and some sort of European driver.

Which is fine. Lately I don't trust us enough to assume we could dominate the most technically advanced sport in the world without any experienced help. I mean, seriously, Taco Bell invents asinine, Newspeak, adver-words and we don't out-and-out boycott them over it?! ("Melty"?! How stupid are we, really?) Eff, I had Taco Bell yesterday!

Even if I and most of the rest of us are hopeless trainwrecks, Ken Anderson most definitely is not. He's put together a world-class F1 program in North Carolina, and now he's ready to employ some drivers. The first year might not be pretty, but 2011 could be the year America wins its pride back . . .

Captain Slow Tells It Like It Is

On: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 6:05PM | By: John Welch

James May test 2

We have provided links to Jeremy Clarkson's articles in the Times Online before, but he isn't the only Top Gear presenter who writes a semi-weekly column for a British newspaper.

Good 'ole Captain Slow (a.k.a. James May) scribes his own articles, for the Telegraph. James has a slightly different style, a little more subtle, a little less "car testing" oriented. He explores some interesting subjects, some interesting cars, and does some wildly interesting things.

Your "James May Primer" inside the post . . .

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 . . .

Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery 3

On: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 1:48PM | By: John Welch

1996 Chevy Corvette test 2

The final gallery of Roar-N-Soar madness fills up the gaps in slalom competitiors. We have got a dastardly Black Corvette, a lithe Lotus Elise, and one of the quickest cars of the day - a full race-prepped MG Sprite! Many sideways, tire-crushing images inside the post . . .


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery Number Two

On: Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 5:46PM | By: John Welch

Caprice Classic PPV test 2

The slalom portion of Roar-N-Soar was definitely not limited to Jaguar-badged participants. There were many interesting vehicles that graced the autocross last week; in gallery number two we explore some of the eclectic autos not wearing a pouncing cat on their bonnets . . .

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 1:09PM | By: John Welch

Buick Regal test 2

Buick releases a car that has yet to be sullied by water-headed American designers, this new, desirable car might be too little too late, and Whitacre Jr. decides GM exec's deserve a pay raise, already . . . what is the deal with GM's crappy timing/insatible greed?!

Roar N Soar: The Planes

On: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 1:00PM | By: John Welch

Roar-N-Soar test 2

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, this is a car-blog. I'm aware. Unfortunately, pretty much any mechanical device used for transportation gets us all warm and vibraty feeling in our guttiwuts. So no articles about horses; airplanes however, massive egineering feats, and priceless works of art will get some ink.


Fantasy of Flight is an attraction designed to enlighten visitors in the ways of manned flight. Originally, Kermit Weeks had a smaller airfield in Miami. In 1994, when good 'ole hurricane Andrew rolled through, Mr. Weeks decided to store his precious (and, in some cases, priceless) aircraft in a concrete hanger farther south, in Homestead.


Roar N Soar: Slalom Gallery 1, The Jags!

On: Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 3:24PM | By: John Welch

Roar-N-Soar test 2

Roar-N-Soar featured several interesting displays and exhibits, all of which were functional and educational. Which is all well and good, but they also had an Aurocross, and some ballsy participants. Needless to say, we here at the 'Shopper spent most of our time the first day watching said Autocross.

The Race of Champions Beijing, Pt. 2: Zee Chermans Vin Ahgaihn!

On: Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 3:30PM | By: John Welch

2009 RoC test 2

The 2009 Race of Champions, held in Beijing, China, was a stunning display of massively endowed (re: ballsy!) drivers adapting to constantly changing situations and conditions. The ability to get out of your normal race car, climb into several completely different cars and then go fast straight away is an incredible feat of human will. Drivers like Tanner Foust or Chad Reed may be used to switching rides often, but others, such as Sebastian Vettel, have been practicing one single discipline their entire lives. This variety of skill-sets and talents makes for a thrilling event every year.


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 . . .

Bad Driving: Where Do They Grow You People?

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:48PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Bad Driving: Where Do They Grow You People? test 1-1

If you spend enough time on the road you will see drivers involved in all sorts of behaviors from applying makeup, doing hair, eating a Dagwood, watching a DVD, changing clothes, and some unmentionable things. The other day I was driving to work and noticed the person in the lane next to me reading while they were driving, Yes, reading a book while driving, not a map, not a scrap of paper with a note on it, but a freaking book. Looking back I wish I could have gotten a glimpse at the cover or at least the author because that must have been a great book if the driver could not peel his eyes away from it to run to the grocery store. I am jealous; I have not read a book that gripping in a long time!