Rally Racing, part 1: Building the Car

This is the first of three articles on Rally Racing. I intend to cover car set-ups, driver training, different classes, and whatever else I may come upon. This part will show a built of an Open Class rally car, which is essentially a race car based on a production car, …

Driving Jaguar’s new XFR, on the Road and on the Track

I have recently had the opportunity to drive the new Jaguar XFR on the road and on a race track. With the XFR competing directly against the BMW M5, which I have also had the opportunity to drive on the track and on the street, it only made sense to …

Experiencing The New Diesel-Powered BMWs.

While you may have already read a thing or two about BMW’s new compression ignition offerings, you may not have heard all the details, and you may have some questions. I sure did, and I did my best to answer them here. Get coffee, go read, see huge gallery.

Cars of Paris

French cars; some say they’re ugly, some say they’re beautiful, all agree that they’re unreliable. However, there is something about them that makes you want to look. These pictures were taken in March of 2007, my wife’s and mine last trip before the birth of our daughter. Selected for your …

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Review: TomTom 350XL with Dora Voice

November 17, 2010 Product Reviews 4 Comments
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It almost seems like “nav” is the factory option to have these days. Tell someone that you just bought a new car and one of the first questions you will hear is “did you get the nav?” It makes you wonder how we ever got anywhere without it.

However, a quick look at stand alone options on any car reveals a lack of any navigational system. Opting for nav usually requires stepping up to a higher trim level or purchasing some kind of on overpriced technology package that includes a backup camera – which seems to be another feature we simply cannot get enough of. And Bluetooth, gotta have Bluetooth. … Continue Reading

2010 SEMA Show

November 15, 2010 Shows Comments Off
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Each year Specialty Equipment Market Association puts on a show in Las Vegas where retailers, manufactures, and media come together to… uhmm… well, no one really know why they do it. The key points are that:

  • it’s in Vegas,
  • there are hundreds of cars in various stages and tastes of modifications,
  • and plenty of scantily dressed women.
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CarGuyDad News!

November 12, 2010 News Comments Off

3814  160x240 news 0 CarGuyDad News! This is a weekly (or whenever I get around to it) segment which will briefly outline some of the week’s most important and exciting stories which relate to dad-stuff, car-stuff and kid-stuff. This week we have a Britax car seat recall, some awesome concept car news, and two iconic names meet their demise.

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Hatchmaker, Hatchmaker, Make Me a Hatch!

November 9, 2010 Quick Looks 4 Comments
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To follow up our recent 2011: Return of the Wagon, I intended to go deep into the world of mini wagons, or 5-door hatchbacks as most manufacturers call them. However, instead of listing everything with five doors, I decided to go into the more interesting vehicles first, followed by the less enthusiast-orientated models.

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Where in Lies Your Touge?

November 4, 2010 Travels 2 Comments
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Touge (v.) – Japanese term referring to an advanced state of driving within a mountain setting. Its main purpose is that of a hill climb or descent.

Kinkou (n.) – Japanese word meaning natural balance, as adherent to our entire way of life.

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CarGuyDad News!

November 3, 2010 News Comments Off

3814  160x240 news 0 CarGuyDad News! Weekly (or whenever I get around to it) segment which will briefly outline some of the week’s most important and exciting stories which relate to dad-stuff, car-stuff and kid-stuff. This week’s been fairly slow compared to the past few, but nevertheless here’s the top headlines from DTM racing, Dodge, Audi, and some movie history. … Continue Reading

Mobile Nanny for Your Kid’s SmartPhone

November 2, 2010 News Comments Off

3871  320x240 n623228626 1872317 3998 Mobile Nanny for Your Kids SmartPhone Alright kids let’s play a game, fill in the blank:

I think it’s _______ that my parents monitor my cell phone. It’s my _______ damn it, who are they to decide what I can and can’t do! Why should I be grounded for ________ my girlfriend!

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TopFuel Dragster vs. $11,000 Camera

October 29, 2010 Stories Comments Off

3855  550x500 drag cam 1 TopFuel Dragster vs. $11,000 Camera Mark Rebilas is a Phoenix-based professional photographer. Always wanting to get the perfect shot, Mark sets up remote cameras in places that are too dangerous to stand in. This has the added benefit of obtaining pictures from multiple angles.

Mark tells a story of how his remote Nikon D700 with a 400mm f2.8 lens (roughly $10,000+) met a 200MPH TopFuel dragster at the California Hot Rod Reunion Nostalgia Drag Race in Bakersfield, CA. The pictures, story, and the video give a cool insight into how photographers generate these amazing pictures.

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Radio Flyer Comfort Embrace Wagon

October 28, 2010 Toys 9 Comments
Do you have fond memories of being pulled along in your Radio Flyer wagon? This being 2010 we are faced with new hurdles and needs for the children of today. No longer will a rusty metal bathtub pulled by the family dog be enough. Now you expect to find safety and convenience features in even the simplest of devices.  For the needs of today Radio Flyer has released it’s newest wagon for children, the Comfort Embrace Wagon.

CarGuyDad News!

October 27, 2010 News Comments Off

3814  180x240 news 0 CarGuyDad News! This is a new weekly (or whenever I get around to it) segment which will briefly outline some of the week’s most important and exciting stories which relate to dad-stuff, car-stuff and kid-stuff. It’s been an interesting week with plenty of exciting stories and here are some of the top headlines from Saab, Chrysler, and car seat maker Graco. … Continue Reading

Review: 2010 Acura TL

October 26, 2010 Long Reviews 7 Comments

Review1 650x382 Review: 2010 Acura TLAll-new for 2009 the Acura TL has grown in size and received what can only be described as controversial styling compared to the slick 2004-2008 model. I recently had the chance to drive a 2010 Acura TL courtesy car for 5 days which is how long it took to fix my 2005 TSX.

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Sign of Times – Cars Are BAD!!

October 25, 2010 Opinion Comments Off

3840  320x240 1287669780 4381 Sign of Times   Cars Are BAD!! Did you recently have to justify your decision to purchase the conventional Highlander and not the hybrid version to your hipster teenage niece? Clifford Atiyeh of Boston Globe tackles the Crusade Against Cars:

While the debate over who or what is warming the earth is far from won, cars – among many carbon indulgences in the Western world – have already been declared the losers, the major agitators of an environmental apocalypse. The polar ice caps are melting, our winters are colder because the planet is getting hotter, and I’m supposed to feel bad about it all because I’m getting a back massage in a 17-foot-long Mercedes. Turn up the air conditioning.

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2010 Korean Grand Prix Aftermath

October 24, 2010 Motorsport 6 Comments
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Other then the fact that this is an amazing picture, there is not much left to say. I only wish my DVR did not cut out the second half of the race. … Continue Reading

2011: Return of The Wagon

October 22, 2010 Quick Looks 10 Comments

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Perhaps it is the name itself that conjures up thoughts of big, bulky hunks of metal forcing us on boring road trips to Grandma’s for the weekend. In United States, the term “station wagon” comes from its initial use as the taxi from train stations in the early 1900s. Before the term station wagon was adopted, they were called “depot hacks.” Good change huh?

When Ford introduced their Model A in 1929, the station wagon was officially born. Other manufacturers quickly followed in Ford’s footsteps. For decades wagons were loved throughout the world and every manufacturer had at least a few in their model lineup.

Compared to those from the mid 20th century, wagons, like most cars, have lost quite a bit of flair becoming longer versions of boring sedans. The 1970s through the early 1990s were especially rough for the wagon’s image. Those years shaped Baby-Boom and Gen-X buyers to despise the station wagon, which is reflected in sales numbers. For whatever reason, the image of the station wagon is tainted with thoughts of the uncool. But could 2011 be the year that marks the return of the wagon? … Continue Reading

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Rally Racing, part 1: Building the Car

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This is the first of three articles on Rally Racing. I intend to cover car set-ups, driver training, different classes, and whatever else I may come upon. This part will show a built of an Open Class rally car, which is …

Driving Jaguar’s new XFR, on the Road and on the Track

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I have recently had the opportunity to drive the new Jaguar XFR on the road and on a race track. With the XFR competing directly against the BMW M5, which I have also had the opportunity to drive on the track …

Experiencing The New Diesel-Powered BMWs.

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While you may have already read a thing or two about BMW’s new compression ignition offerings, you may not have heard all the details, and you may have some questions. I sure did, and I did my best to answer them …

Cars of Paris

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French cars; some say they’re ugly, some say they’re beautiful, all agree that they’re unreliable. However, there is something about them that makes you want to look. These pictures were taken in March of 2007, my wife’s and mine last trip …

Cars (and other vehicles) of Cuba

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Do you think your ’02 Chevy Tahoe with 170k miles is at the end of its life? Try driving a ’55 Suburban that you inherited from you father. This is a gallery of car pictures from Cuba, where the only way …

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