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,...

The Cars Shine At Alfa Romeo’s Un-Museum Apr28

The Cars Shine At Al...

(First published on Autoshopper in Nov 2015) Above:The Alfa Carabo concept of 1968 A stroke of luck allowed a recent visit to the recently re-opened Alfa-Romeo museum, located just on the outskirts of Milan, in Arese, near the site of the now-demolished old factory. The environment is...

Imola Part 5: May 1,...

Senna Gets The Warhol Treatment: like Elvis, Monroe or a Campbell’s Soup Can; the ultimate accolade in pop iconography ? Imola, start finish, taken from the Variante Alta: Driving from the hotel onto the Via Emilia, and out of Castel San Pietro Terme to Imola in a eurobox rental car,...

Imola Part 4: Terruz...

The hotel where Senna spent his last night, the Hotel Castello, hosted a Senna book launch the evening before the twenty year anniversary of Senna’s death. Of course, proceedings would be in Italian, meaning I would probably struggle to follow what was being said given my unpracticed...

Imola Part 3: Whiteout Aug25

Imola Part 3: Whiteo...

My itinerary for my Imola trip began with some frustrating travel issues, issues which piled up on top of each other. The plan was that I arrive in Milan, and then drive over the Alps to see my sister, in Villars-sur-Ollon at the eastern end of Lake Geneva. Automotively, this would not be a...

Pebble Beach: just for the rich guys ? Part 2 Aug20

Pebble Beach: just f...

Two more vignettes showing that Pebble Beach is not only for the rich: “I had significant influence in how those cars drove….” A few years ago I did an event with Alain de Cadenet, and during our time together, we discussed how one can get paid to talk about cars, and he told me “We (...