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...

From the Archives: B...

First published on autoshopper.com on July 15 2013, worthy of a rerun since the Honda has just left us Since publishing this, I discovered James Ruppert is still using the Bangernomics handle I remember from my teenage years – imitation sincerest form of flattery etc In this culture of...

Hello, 2016 Ford Fiesta ST; Goodbye, 1996 Honda Civic Jul26

Hello, 2016 Ford Fie...

42 miles: Pick up, at a Starbucks in Redwood City. We met them there to minimize the miles driven by someone other than me. Handbook recommends no running in period. I set a 4k rev limit 82 miles: Noted a “birth mark” paint blemish in the hood. Probably picked it up sitting in...

From the Archives: 2...

With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to...

Toyota CH-R vs. BMW ...

Since this pair were experienced in close proximity, and are similarly priced, it seemed sensible to speak about them in the same piece. On the face of it, a hipster crossover from a mainstream maker, and a small van from a premium maker do not warrant meaningful comparison: however, each...