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One man’s guide to what women really want . . .
July 25, 2016

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One man’s guide to what women really want . . .</br>July 25, 2016

The cool car gets the girl, right?
Well, a study out of the United Kingdom shows that, if nothing else, men are indeed from Mars and women are from Venus, because they have drastically different (almost diametrically opposed) definitions of what ‘cool’ means. Apparently on Mars, sports cars are the big thing, and on Venus it’s all about electrics and hybrids. That’s all well and good, but the Men from Mars (like any men from any planet, I imagine) clearly have no clue what women want.

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Even dreams need a little GPS help
July 18, 2016

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Even dreams need a little GPS help</br>July 18, 2016

Who doesn’t dream of road-tripping in Europe? Well, it starts out as a dream (with images of fun, adventure and rolling countryside) but the reality can be quite another thing. Take 1,800 miles of France, for example. Yes, I have some tips.
¥ Don’t rent a tiny car: I reserved a sub-compact for the journey, but reconsidered after considering the distance that would be traveled.

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Formula One car for sale online? “Add to cart!”
Feb 22, 2016

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Formula One car for sale online? “Add to cart!”</br>Feb 22, 2016

Given any amount of free time near a computer, you might be inclined to do a little online browsing. Hey, it’s still free to dream, right? Better still, you don’t have to get off your butt and the entire world is at your fingertips. You have access to stuff now that no one could find 20 years ago. Back then if you wanted to know what was new in the world of coffee makers, for example, you drove to the store to look. Now, you Google ‘coffee maker’ and spend, like, the next 482 sleepless weeks researching . . . coffee makers.

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Safety ‘standard’ is a contradiction
Feb 15, 2016

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Safety ‘standard’ is a contradiction</br>Feb 15, 2016

In a collision involving any late-model vehicle sold in North America, your chances of survival, or escaping free of serious injury are generally pretty good. That’s the result of government oversight and the automakers’ desire to build better vehicles. In addition, the range of active and passive safety systems included (or available) in our cars and trucks is saving our bacon at a time when people are driving while distracted, drowsy or otherwise impaired.

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I’ve changed my tune on self-driving cars
Feb 8, 2016

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I’ve changed my tune on self-driving cars</br>Feb 8, 2016

Autonomous is a word that you had better get used to hearing and reading. I’m talking about vehicles with the capacity to take you to your destination while you do everything but actually drive. Already a number of states have approved such cars for testing, with Internet colossus Google Inc.’s modified Toyota Prius/Lexus RX fleet leading the charge. The company claims that its self-drive systems are only a few years away from reality.

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It’s the company (cars) that you keep
Feb 1, 2016

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It’s the company (cars) that you keep</br>Feb 1, 2016

At one time in some business circles, you knew you were a big shot when you got a company car.
It was often the attainment of a key sales position or a mid-level management role that earned you a company-paid car and accompanying gas card. In some cases, a preferred parking spot was included that was quite apart from the vast acreage where mere-mortal company plebes parked.

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No clue about road rage,
until I snapped
Jan 18, 2016

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No clue about road rage,</br>until I snapped</br>Jan 18, 2016

‘Road rage’ wasn’t a term in the mid-1970s. Then, expressions of anger mostly consisted of horn honking, muttering and middle-finger wagging. It seldom became more than that. But on this particular day in the ’70s, it was about go sideways. While driving to work on the freeway, a pickup truck rapidly approached from behind before the driver swerved into the left-hand lane.
In no time at all he passed by, but for some reason cut back in front of me, just ahead of my bumper.

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Odds are that you’ll never
drive a V8 again, unless . . .
Jan 11, 2016

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Odds are that you’ll never</br>drive a V8 again, unless . . .</br>Jan 11, 2016

My personal cars are performance cars. Newer stuff with V-8 engines and classics with V-8 engines. You probably won’t find a more devout follower of the V-8 than right here. It’s my preference for a couple of reasons. I like the on-demand power and the sound and they don’t really cost me a fortune to run, simply because I don’t drive all that much. My work commute is short and walkable, actually, and if it weren’t for work I could likely go a week without driving at all. No kids to taxi around really helps, too.

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Remembering my friend, one car at a time
Jan 4, 2016

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Remembering my friend, one car at a time</br>Jan 4, 2016

My good friend Bill died of heart attack at the far-too-soon age of 63. He had spent his last years doing what he loved best, and that was driving a taxi near London?s Heathrow Airport. He was actually preparing to make a small windfall from the Olympics before he died. As with most of my 1960s-era buddies, Bill was a certified car nut, perhaps a bit nuttier than the rest of us based his assortment of quirky vehicles.

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Same old cars, same old sales pitch
Dec 28, 2015

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Same old cars, same old sales pitch</br>Dec 28, 2015

The New York International Auto is just like the others I attend. I peruse elaborate displays and listen to teleprompted pontifications delivered by auto-company spokesmen and women. Before the event officially opened to the paying public (March 25 to April 3), hundreds of automotive writers from far and wide arrived to schmooze (code for eat and drink) with automaker representatives and generally have a jolly time in The Big Apple.

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