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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Three-Wheel Motorcycle Concept

July 20, 2011 Other Comments Off

The three-wheel motorcycle concept. Looks cool on video but how would it translate into real life? Now, I don’t ride, and generally don’t know much about motorcycles so I can’t even talk about this inteligently, but I would love to get some feedback, comments, and perhaps questions.

Ford’s new in-car and safety technology

July 18, 2011 Other Comments Off
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It wasn’t all that long ago that we would look toward the Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class to see the newest in advanced automotive technology, be it drive-train tech, interior appointments, or safety. It seems that Ford is on a path to change that view, and in a pretty big way. For instance, what was once a feature of cars costing multiple-thousands of dollars, self parking systems are now being found on Ford’s third generation Focus, which starts at $16,500.

With its SYNC system, Ford was one of the first to being advanced infotainment technology to affordable cars such as the Fusion. Unfortunately, the current generation of SYNC has been criticized as being too clunky and difficult to operate for new users, to the point where Ford offers new owners instructions on their SYNC systems. To improve this user interface, new voice recognition software is being implemented, among other improvements.

Ford has invited me to the Ford Technology Forum, an event showcasing the improved SYNC system as well as Ford’s future technical goals. The Forum was separated into two entities to allow complete, pardon my pun, focus on each genre separate from the other. The first of the two points was in-car technology, while the second centered on safety of both passive and active nature. … Continue Reading

Weekend Image: The Ultimate Automotive Vacation

July 16, 2011 Other 3 Comments
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What is your, ahem, ultimate automotive vacation?

How about ordering a new BMW M3 to your specifications, picking it up in Germany, driving around Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein, with a stop at the little-known automotive Mecca that is the Nürburgring? Oh, and driving the Nordschleife. Over and over again. In the M3 and a Porsche Boxster S. Does that sound like a nice automotive vacation?

Ja, das ist gut.  … Continue Reading

The News for July 15th, 2011

July 15, 2011 News 3 Comments
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This is the weekly recap of everything in the automotive industry that you should care about without all the fluff. We also throw in our opinion, just because we can. This week:

  • The Wrangler pickup returns thanks to Mopar
  • Audi refreshes the A5/S5
  • 2012 Nissan Versa pricing
  • 2012 TT RS pricing
  • Lamborghini to drop manual transmissions

… Continue Reading

The full story behind Mazda 787B’s victory at Le Mans

July 12, 2011 Motorsport Comments Off
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In the list of 16 manufacturers to have won Le Mans since the end of World War II, only one of them hails from the “land of the rising sun”. Mazda is the only Japanese marque to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans overall. Recently, the race winning Mazda 787B was restored and driven in demonstration laps at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. You may have seen the videos, but do you know the whole story behind that historic win? Read on.

Mazda has an incredible racing history, and group C sports car prototypes are just one facet of the Mazda racing diamond. However, as professional racing goes, this facet was their most successful. Having competed in every Le Mans event for nearly twenty years, Mazda stepped up to the top level class in 1990 with the 787. The 1990 race was not very favorable toward Mazda, as two 787s retired having completed just fewer than 150 laps. The third 787 did finish the race, however troubles mired them down in 20th position, finishing more than 50 laps down to the winning Jaguar. … Continue Reading

Modern Classic: Isuzu VehiCROSS

July 11, 2011 Modern Classics 1 Comment
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Certain vehicles garner a cult following. Whether it is because of their inovative design or interesting technology - the vehicle has to have something that draws people to it. One such vehicle with a cult following is the Isuzu VehiCROSS, a car whose purpose was to be a sports car and an off-roader at the same time.

The VehiCROSS began life as a concept introduced at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept was designed by Satomi Murayama, chief designer/manager at Isuzu’s European office. The goal of the concept was to build a “lightweight but tough, fun but environmentally friendly” SUV. Their efforts paid off because the concept was a success, prompting Isuzu to put the VehiCROSS into production. … Continue Reading

Movie Review – Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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America is rapidly becoming the land of wretched excess. Arriving at the movie theater, you are greeted with 55 gallon drum of carbonated drink, a wheelbarrow of popcorn, and multiple fistfuls of sweets. Herding into the screening area, after climbing several flights of stairs, you slump down into an overstuffed barcalounger that is still oddly uncomfortable, and peer up at a three storey high viewing screen through gargantuan 3D glasses. This movie was made for the American movie going experience. This movie was made for America!

Transformers had all the trappings of the perfect summer blockbuster. Serving up equal ingredients of sexy cars, bombshell beautiful girls, gunslingin’ robots, US armed forces, root-for-the-underdog battles, conspiracy theories, and stuff being blown up, Transformers has everything you need to enjoy two hours of air conditioning on a hot summer evening. … Continue Reading

Poem: When I Look at the Old Car

July 7, 2011 Other 1 Comment

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And now for some automotive poetry, which tries to explain the un-explainable, how new cars become old.

by Marcia F. Brown

When I look at the old car
backed into the cleared-out space in the shed,
I can almost understand
those bewildered men who leave
their softening wives in middle age, up-
and-walk-out after decades
of marriage and family, to take up
with some buffed and waxed young thing
with great lines, horsepower
to burn and a dazzling array
of untested equipment. … Continue Reading

Quick Drive: Acura ZDX – Is it everything or nothing?

July 5, 2011 Quick Drives 3 Comments
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I own a 2005 Acura TSX. Two years ago I had the chance to drive a 2006 TL for a few days and I loved it. Last year I had a 2009 TL for a weekend and I liked it. This past weekend I had an Acura ZDX, given to me as a loaner car from the dealership while my car was in for service. ZDX, the crossover-wagon-SUV-coupe thing seen above, is Acura’s answer to the question no one asked. The ZDX starts around $45,000, has a 300hp 3.7L V6 engine, trademarked “Super Handling” AWD, SportShift transmission with steering wheel mounted paddles, a hatchback-like hatch, and styling from a different planet. To my industrial designer eyes, if I maybe so kind, the design is awkward – I had zero expectations.

 

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The News for July 1st, 2011

July 1, 2011 News Comments Off
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This is the weekly recap of everything in the automotive industry that you should care about without all the fluff. We also throw in our opinion, just because we can. This week:

  • Range Rover Evoque pricing
  • Special Edition R8 celebrates Le Mans dominance
  • Toyota’s performance package for… the Prius
  • V8 Supercars come to America in 2013
  • Formula 1 downsizes for 2014

… Continue Reading

British Car Day at Larz Anderson Museum 2011

June 28, 2011 Shows 4 Comments
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Another week, another Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation Lawn Event. This week’s theme was British Cars, or British-y if you include the new Mini Cooper and the few models with American iron under their bonnets. Below is a gallery of the dreadful beautiful British machinery, which filled the brisk Brookline air with the scent of burned oil leather.

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The News for June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011 News Comments Off
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Welcome to CarGuyDad News 2.0; now new-er-ish and hopefully improved. This is the weekly recap on everything in the automotive industry that you should care about without all the fluff. We also throw in our opinion, just because we can. This week…

  • 2012 BMW M5 is finally here
  • BMW M3 CRT
  • MINI Cooper Coupe
  • Honda Fit Shuttle
  • Chevy Sonic Pricing
  • An AMG’s record-setting drift

… Continue Reading

German Car Day at Larz Anderson Museum 2011

June 22, 2011 Shows Comments Off
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It has become an annual Father’s Day tradition for my buddy Steve and I to head over to the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA for German Car Day. Part of summer-long Lawn Events at Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation, probably the biggest of all events, German Car Day never disappoints. In his brilliance and/or laziness, this year Steve entered his 330i ZHP (more on that car in the future) in the show and while he did now win any awards, his car provided us with a comfortable seating location in the middle of the show.

Click for a ton of pics of some rare and unusual German cars. … Continue Reading

Modern Classic: Alfa Romeo Spider

June 21, 2011 Modern Classics 8 Comments
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If there was ever automotive brand that was the pinnacle of design, performance, and lust – that brand would be Alfa Romeo. During its long history Alfa Romeo has produced some of the most beautiful vehicles, raced in different forms of motorsport, and caused lust in people’s hearts for an Alfa of their own. One of their best cars to illustrate these points is the Alfa Romeo Spider.

The Spider began life as a prototype at 1961 Turin Auto Show. The car was designed and engineered by Pininfarina. The Spider would be the last vehicle that Pininfarina founder, Battista “Pinin” Farina was associated with. It would take five years for the first Spiders to begin rolling off lines at Pininfarina due to success of other models in Alfa’s lineup and economic troubles Italy was facing at the time. … Continue Reading

Quick look: 2011 Lincoln MKT and The Panther

June 20, 2011 Quick Drives 2 Comments
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In the early 1990s my stepfather was operating a car service company in northern New Jersey. The fleet of Lincoln Town Cars would chauffer businessmen between fancy suburbs and the three area airports. To the teenage me, there always seemed to be a Town Car around in need of cleaning or a transmission replacement.

Ford has recently announced that they would be discontinuing the Panther platform on which the Town Car, Grand Marquis, and Crown Victoria are based. Normally I would have no issue with a car manufacturer killing off such dinosaur, after all these are heavy, inefficient, and essentially non-upgradeable vehicles. … 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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