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...

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...

Jun21

Kerbside San Francis...

Chevrolet, early 60s: My preferred period of postwar american car styling is the fueselage era of the early-mid sixties – the styling works very well on this era of Chevy truck: Chevrolet, late 60s Toyota: I often think that if the Model T put america on four wheels, the Toyota pick up...

Land Racing and The ...

GSX-R 160mph+ pass at Bonneville from Jonathan Summers on Vimeo. Anyone who has ever felt “ I wonder how fast it will go ?” and held pedal to the metal until the machine has no more to give will understand the sport of Land Racing. The competition is simple: go as fast as possible over a...

Audi A4

For my German trip, the rental website had promised me a new Mercedes C-class, but I was happy enough with the Audi. After about 900 miles with it, I have to say I liked it. Driving in the US, where everyone drives at the same slow speed, you forget what it is to feel under-equipped car-wise,...