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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.

 


 

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 . . .


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.


Roar N Soar: Mega Gallery Number One

On: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:08PM | By: John Welch


Roar-N-Soar test 2

Ever seen a B-25? I have, and it had all its gun turrets intact! Ever seen a jet-propelled model airplane? Howabout a jet-propelled motorcycle? I have. Ever seen a P-51 buzzing the hanger at 250 feet? I have. Ever seen 80 South African Cobras lined up next to a Cosworth Vega? If you had attended Roar-N-Soar at the Fantasy of Flight this weekend, you would have!


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 . . .


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!


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!