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Chevrolet Impala

You constantly hear the term "muscle car" referring to a myriad of different cars usually with a dose of horsepower. This video will refresh your memory about what the original muscle cars were all about. Big motor, big body, tach on the steering column, huge shift lever, dog dish hub caps, no chrome, abbreviated exhaust system.

Yes...and the right stance to immediately convey the message.




Mustang Espionage

From the Ring Brothers get a walk around with Jay Leno...a stunning car with a carbon fiber body.






Its The Experience

A thought provoking read...




Falconer Dodici

From the guy that built the Blastolene Pissed Off Pete...Randy Grubb.




Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, The Colonel is "Gone Fishing"....guess he's occasionally allowed to go fishing.

With all the talk about "BOOMERS" lately, from the vault Boomers. We urge you to take a moment and read the conversation from almost 8 years ago.

Its a classic Deuce Roadster.


Our usual old cars from the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance.



Are You Tired of the Internet?

Perhaps like us you are weary of most folks that are still talking about the Internet as if its a novelty especially for the auto business.

Twenty years ago the Internet was a novelty, e-mail was a strange medium, digital cameras were new and somewhat clunky. Our thoughts from 9 years ago that still resonate

Back in the day when a dial up modem was the only way to access the Internet, everyone was waiting for the advent of "broadband" to enable livelier web sites and video. Broadband has been around for 10 years if not longer.

Lets not even go to social media, which again has been around for over 5 years.

You have to wonder...Why are there still a ton of folks talking about this as if its a novelty that emerged a few days ago.

All the product information is online, no kidding we knew that 20 years ago for the auto business. Most folks do their due diligence online, find used vehicles online, have shifted from PC's to mobile devices.

We could keep on going and surely know what we are conveying,

If you are in the auto business and an individual brings up the Internet, be cautious, that individual is literally behind the times, is trying to sell you something, and is absolutely missing the current and more important future reality.




How a Driverless Car Sees the Road

If you ever wondered, Chris Urmson of Google provides fascinating answers.




Incentives - Revisited

We have often shared our thoughts on incentives, how they came about, the strategies behind the incentives, the monthly tactics deployed by manufacturers, dealers, and customers.

The auto business embarked on a vector of "dynamic pricing" several years ago, lets not be so naive as to think that big data does not have a powerful influence on the decisions that are made on a monthly basis.

Financial services are also an intrinsic part of the incentive strategy.

We could keep on going with a myriad of stuff. We urge you to use our search feature to access out previous thoughts on "incentives" and "financial services".

With Ford in the US initiating a strong incentive campaign till the end of the year, suddenly incentives are on the forefront, with every pundit, analyst sharing thoughts and their opinions.

Let's bring it closer to Canada.


The moment most manufacturers relinquished leasing in Canada, and embarked on a longer than shorter term financing strategy. It was a brave new world, shifting the residual risk to CMS (Citizen Main Street), while CMS in the ensuing years has shifted the trade in deficiency to the manufacturer.


Transactions across Canada are closed on the basis of a monthly payment, the magical $500 per month is the average. To deal with the lower CDN dollar, deficiencies on trade ins, incentives are an intrinsic part of doing business. Yes...CMS is keenly aware on how to use incentives to uphold his mobility model.


The manufacturers that staid the course with leasing as well as financing have a substantial competitive advantage, which will become even more obvious in 2016.


The "incentive" that is rarely discussed are the various volume bonuses from the manufacturer to the dealer for reaching monthly agreed upon new vehicle sales objectives. If retail incentives to the customer might skew the business strategy, volume bonuses add an additional layer of skewing.


Back in the day when most dealerships were owned / operated / managed by an individual, the dealer had to make money to stay in business. It was the acumen of the dealer to be a consummate "horse trader" to make money. Incentives were rare to non existent. As well the business office did not exist yet to sell additional products.


Fast forward to today with the "dealer group" phenomenon, hired individuals to manage dealerships, layers upon layers of technology, and several competing franchises owned by the same group. Its an additional impetus to uphold incentives and bonuses.

What do you think...




Exhaust Systems

Very restricted exhaust systemThe other day LPR a member of the Strada Crew uncovers an interesting, and informative video on exhaust systems, and the art, science, engineering that goes into any exhaust system on any vehicle.

For whatever reason we collectively pay little to no attention to most exhaust systems on vehicles. They have catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, some even bypass mufflers to increase the noise level.

Agreed the rumble of a V8 still gets everyone's blood flowing a little faster.

If you ever wondered what gear heads knew about exhaust systems way back in the day.


If you had a reasonably aggressive V8 under the hood, the stock (factory) exhaust system was your enemy. It was full of restrictions that would affect the operation of the engine. Some systems had mufflers, resonators, and catalytic converters in the later years.

Your first quest was to alleviate restriction, and depending on your budget you would deploy different strategies.


Back in the day if you could afford headers you were totally cool. On a small block Chevy the individual pipes were small, in a street car the collector would be on the longer side to have more torque.


Low restriction mufflers, were also know as "glass pack" mufflers, reasonably priced, not much muffling, and quite loud.

Exhaust Pipes:

Ideally bigger than smaller, the least length of pipe past the muffler the better. Obvious that the configuration of the vehicle would dictate the location of the muffler, the various bends, and the lenght of the pipes.

Balance Line:

When you were stuck with longer than shorter pipes, a well placed "balance line" also known as an H pipe would improve the scavenging of the exhaust system. 

Exhaust Guy:

Having an exhaust guy that could make an entire exhaust system to your requirements from scratch was an absolute necessity.

Some Things Never Change:

With all the technology, you still need to get exhaust gases out of the combustion chamber inot the atmosphere in an efficient fashion to maximise the performance of any engine.

An informative video on exhaust systems.




Gone Fishing

Yes...The Colonel is gone fishing for a few days.