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...

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...

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...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 6: ’51 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Mar16

Scuderia Mugshots Pa...

1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan 5.3 litre / 331 CI V8, 4 speed column shift automatic (bizarrely, a GM hydramatic unit; Ford didn’t have a strong enough automatic transmission for the mighty 160hp of this, the last and largest Ford Flathead motor) 160hp Bought 2009, Monterey Park, Los...