Monthly Archives: February 2014

24 Hours of Daytona Revisited

The inaugural race of a new series is where officials sweat the small stuff. Unfortunately, high ranking IMSA officials are humans too, and they proved it at the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 26th. The 24-hour endurance race had a somewhat infamous ending for the GTD class. The No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia, driven by Level 5 Motorsports’ Alessandro Pier Guidi, had been battling with the No. #45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS piloted by Markus Winkelhock for the last...

Formula 1 Changes in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a year of big changes for Formula 1. Here is what you need to know to get up to speed before the season starts. Tracks The season opens down under with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16th. Oz has not hosted a Grand Prix in 10 years, but the street circuit is a driver favorite, so it should be an entertaining race. Enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics? Need more Russia in your life? You...

Self-Driving Cars: The Future is Here

There is a scene in the 1993 Sci-Fi movie Demolition Man where Sandra Bullock commands “Auto drive!” and her electric car takes over and easily drives itself down the highways of the future. Although this action film is largely forgettable, the autonomous car scenes offer a look at the future, and it’s a lot closer than predicted. Autonomous, self-driving vehicles have been coming for a long time, with automakers experimenting with them for the past several decades. Just 15 years ago,...

JD Power Survey Shows Decreasing Reliability

Forget what you thought you knew about newer cars. They are actually getting worse. Well, some of them are. For the first time since 1998, JD Power’s annual report shows a decrease in average vehicle reliability. Independent information service company JD Power released their 2014 Vehicle Dependability Survey on February 12th, and it shows a six (6) percent increase in problems for 2011 model year used cars. This is a drastic change, as vehicles had been getting more reliable. "Until this...

Hydrogen Cars – The Future is Here

With Toyota and Hyundai both recently announcing production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it seems like the zero emissions, no compromise vehicle is finally here. As usual, the reality is a little more complex than the public relations announcements. The American car buyer likes big, gasoline powered vehicles, even in times of gasoline costing well over $3 a gallon. This is seen in sales of the 268 horsepower Camry selling over 400,000 units last year, but the electric only Nissan Leaf selling...

Jaguar E-Type Sets Auction Record

The Jaguar E-Type is a great classic car, but has never obtained the status of the high end exotics, or commanded six-figure prices on the market. Until 2013. Last August, at the Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction, a 1965 E-Type Series I convertible sold for over a quarter million dollars. This raised the bar, and left Jag owners wondering what a British cat in flawless condition would sell for. They did not have to wait long to find out. On...

Chevy Gets Inclusive

GM broke new ground recently with the first advertisement featuring gay couples aired during the Olympics. This is especially poignant as it aired during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia, a country not known for its tolerant views of the LGBT community. Russia passed an anti-gay propaganda law in 2013, a law so vaguely worded, the government can ban any type of pride parade or prohibit distribution of any pro-LGBT materials. The commercial features a...

Billie Jo had it right

Billie Jo Spears classic song "They don't make cars like they used to" so true now the beauty and style of those old cars doesn't exist today but the cars are more fuel efficient. For a touch of nostalgia enjoy Billie Jo's song. ...

World Premiere of the Mercedes ‘C’ Class

Mercedes is synonymous with style, class and quality.  I have owned the 'E'  Class and the 'S' Class alas no more as the teenage daughters had to start driving and we now have inexpensive Nissan's and Toyota's.  All Good though. The Nissan Sentra and RAV4 are great cars. But one day when the kids leave I will have a Mercedes again. This video introduces the new Mercedes C Class at NAIAS ...