Pebble Beach: just for the rich guys, right ? Aug19

Pebble Beach: just f...

Wrong. Oh sure, there are plenty of hangers-on, fakers, beautiful women, but wouldn’t you expect that at a social event which attracts so many absurdly wealthy people ? I was asked to create a portfolio on one class this year, and surveying 25-ish entrants, I found at least three former...

Imola Part 2: Summer...

One of the recent touches I have incorporated into my motoring travel is trying to stay in the hotels where drivers stayed years ago. Like method acting, I like to walk where they walked as far as possible, if that isn’t too pretentious. Late one night I was surfing idly, wondering if...

Imola 20 Years After...

On May 1 2014 it was 20 years since the death of Ayrton Senna, at Imola in Northern Italy during the San Marino Grand Prix. It also happened to be 59 years since Moss’ epic win in the 1955 Mille Miglia – strange how these dates coincide. Senna’s career coincided with my own teenage...

Toyota Town May19

Toyota Town

Some years ago I was amazed to learn that Toyota is not only a car company, but a place too. Knowing this, I was very curious to visit. What would I find ? Detroit ? Stuttgart ? Coventry ? something completely different ? I booked a factory tour online, and hopped on a train from Tokyo to...

Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Oddities May08

Japanese Domestic Ma...

Arriving in the US for the first time in 1995, I was expecting a steep learning curve around recognizing cars on the street. After all, in Europe a Buick is a swan, Mercury a poisonous silver substance and Cadillacs something bought on special import by balding night club owners with wives...

Significant Milestones: a Cobra in the Library of Congress Feb11

Significant Mileston...

Last week a car was inducted into the Library of Congress, alongside the site of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Statue of Liberty. The important point here is that cars are being recognized as part of what it is to be American. Implicit in this is that the use of cars – driving them on...