Archives: 2013 Chrys...

This piece first appeared in Autoshopper in Feb 2013. I’ve sampled four or five of these large Mopars now, and am struck by how different they manage to feel. I was going to change the bits of this article which echo bits of my Hemi Charger piece, but decided to leave them, the...

July 4 and a Hemi Ch...

10pm, July 4th, at the harborside, in Portland, Maine. The Boy and I are parked up in a dark car park, he fast asleep, me awaiting the arrival of a Lobster roll. Lights off, engine off, surfing my phone. Three African American gents come around the corner, clearly a little the worse for wear,...

Archives – 201...

We stayed in San Sebastian during this trip, and even in the winter it still felt glamorous, a less well-known Monaco. Although the heating was broken in our hotel, the steak at the Michelin star place out of town was recompense enough. It is significant how much of what I say about diesel...

Extremity, Thy Name Is Ninja Mar21

Extremity, Thy Name ...

All of us doing the car hobby have moments of self doubt – just why am I doing this? Money and energy expended achieving what? Standing in a muddy field at 11.30 on a blustery, rainy winter night having just got my new Kawasaki ZX10r so stuck I could dismount without needing the side...

Archives: 2016 Cadil...

This article appeared in Autoshopper, September 2016 There was some hubbub in the press a few months ago about Cadillac moving to New York, to be re-imagined away from Detroit, the town Antoine de Cadillac himself founded back in 1701. Has this move altered the products? Rather than the...

Copart: I Wasted My Time And Money, So You Don’t Have To Jan22

Copart: I Wasted My ...

The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow. – Kurt Vonnegut http://jonsummers.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/VID_20160916_132348.mp4 The Rather Dramatic Arrival of the ’77 Lincoln Town Car Copart are a nationwide salvage auction company. This is...

Cortina Dec20

Cortina

This was my third car, and my third Cortina. As observed before, my Dad, anything but a lawbreaker himself, agreed with the public enemy era outlaws that “For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned” As a 1982 example, this was one of the...

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...