Archives: 2015 Volks...

Your writer is lucky enough to be involved with Stanford University’s revolutionary Revs program and at a recent event a former student showed him “the latest car we have, an electric Golf”. We were in VAIL—the Volkwagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory—and surrounded by...

An Odyssey in Orange County: Giant Red GMC Part 2 Nov15

An Odyssey in Orange...

From: “Jonathan Summers” Date: Jun 9, 2015 10:56 PM Subject: …some you loose To: “M*** G****” Cc: I am at some socal suburban mall just north of la In the Honda. The truck is in a storage place by long beach airport turns out the motor is siezed. So thats...

Archives: 2012 Golf ...

One of the easiest ways to go faster— i.e. generate extra horsepower—in cars built in the last few decades is to remap the car’s electronic brain. Service providers often allege that not only will their work allow the engine to develop more power, gas mileage will improve too due to...

A Giant Red GMC, the...

“But you have to be able to drive it in…” the Public Storage woman trailed off, looking over my shoulder. “You didn’t tell me that on the phone – now I have the truck being towed over here – I’d better call him before he arrives…” But she was across the room,...

2017 Porsche Panamer...

One of the pleasures of Pebble Beach week is the chance to drive new cars. Go early in the morning, and there are the quiet roads to begin to get to grips with them. This year your writer pottered over to the Quail to see if he could have any seat time in a Porsche, by choice a 718, but...

The Dream is Dead: the Econoline Van Leaves Oct02

The Dream is Dead: t...

video link The Van has gone, and it was a surprisingly emotionless exit for me. Over the last year have pivoted my “collection” away from trying to keep everything I have ever owned, to focusing on the cars and bikes which will be of interest to posterity and enjoyable for me to drive...

Toyota Mirai –...

Originally this was to be Mirai vs. Clarity, but despite visiting various Honda dealers, I couldn’t find any Claritys. I am told they are available on lease only. So having mercilessly slated the CR-V I now feel I should point out that Toyota are first to market with a truly revolutionary...

2002 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG: 2200 miles in 10 days; reckon that has bedded in the new trans! Sep15

2002 Mercedes-Benz E...

As per this little film, when I acquired the E55 it needed a new transmission. The shop, Wincos in San Francisco whom I can thoroughly recommend, offered a 90 day guarantee with it. The trans was used, so I enquired as to the mileage. Since asking this seemed to be the most amusing thing Mr...

From the Archives: 2...

Impressive, futuristic without being intimidating, but above all really, really good at everything. Your writer tends to brainstorm recollections of a car after he has experienced it, and usually it takes time to reach a conclusion. Not so with the C450. My experience began inside a...

Alea Jacta Est: the coming of the E55, and the departure of the Stinky Subaru Aug30

Alea Jacta Est: the ...

So said Caesar, crossing the Rubicon. By crossing this tributary of the Tiber, Caesar had committed an act of war; he was massively out numbered by Pompey, and looked unlikely to win the coming civil war. But he rolled the dice anyway – and today, we know him because of it. What does...