Archives: 2016 Ford ...

This roadtest of the 2016 Ford Focus S Sedan was written only four years ago, yet the review already feels dated: a US domestic is actually making a small car! It was not a terrible car by any means, but it was insipid, deeply mediocre; this kind of vehicle cannot electrify rapidly...

Jan25

Kerbside Plus –...

When writing the previous Kerbside – interesting cars street parked – story, I realized I had more material than I had anticipated – enough for a second post, infact! Audi S8 (D2) Street Parked in San Francisco, October 2019 Cortina Mk2...

Just Go Drive

After lots of talking, and some work, and then lots more talking, at last I have a youtube outlet, Just Go Drive. Please watch, subscribe, like, and if you think its bad, refrain from hurting my feelings by saying so.  Great Drives USA, Nez Perce into Montana After listening...

Dec05

Kerbside – Int...

Kerbside – Interesting Cars Street Parked is a series of photo articles, created long before Instagram blew up. It is worth noting this because it is a marker showing how the very medium we use to talk about cars has changed so much in the few short years since the first article...

2020 New Model Drivi...

Toyota’s Insect Face is growing on me Toyota Corolla XSE – having been impressed with the Telluride, we carried this budget conscious mindset to our 2020 new model driving impressions of the Corolla. I am not predisposed to love Toyotas, and certainly not small ones with front...

2020 New Model Drivi...

To get to know about a car enough to be inspired to write about it I usually need to spend about 1000 miles with it. The Western Automotive Journalists day offered about ten miles, but since the route was over fast sweeping roads, and included a switchback hill ascent and descent, I found...

Tesla vs. Bentley an...

Recently l have delighted in confounding Tesla fans by telling them while their machines may be remarkable Mobility Devices, to me, they aren’t cars.  Cars, by their fullest definition, are Blower Bentleys or Mercedes SSKs. Or the Chevelle the teenage yet-to-be-Nascar legend...

Open Letter to David...

I felt compelled to write in response to you two most recent backpage columns in Hotrod, one on autonomy, the next on the father son road trip. The first disappointed me enormously, the second coming so close after it made me keen to write. I do hope you read and think about what I have...

Archives: 2014 Hyund...

This was one of three large execu-barges I tried over the same route around Pebble Beach. I experienced a different car each year, first this Hyundai, then a big Kia, and finally a Cadillac, publishing the stories with Autoshopper. The strategy of copying Toyota when they created the first...

Senna: The Beatifica...

Its now 25 years since Senna’s passing, and five years since my visit to Imola. Thinking the whole experience through resulted in this paper, titled St Ayrton: The Beatification of a Racing Driver, a Commentary on How Attitudes to Ayrton Senna have Changed, which I presented at the 2018...