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Friday
Nov142014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Ring Brothers "Recoil" - 1966 Chevelle - Click on Photo for articleIts Friday, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Yes...its the middle of the month, and time is the great equaliser for everyone. 

If you are seeking anything, literally anything use the "search feature" of our publication you might be surprised as to what will come up.

If you are an auto enthusiast, a gearhead, have an interest in cars. You have noticed that most folks are more interested in convenience, practicality, than fun in a vehicle. Its the new paradigm of having a "transportation appliance" than a vehicle that arouse the emotions and passion. 

Lets go a step further the connectivity of the vehicle, the connected safety, the infotainement will increasingly dictate the popularity of vehicles. 

Yes...anybody can make an "appliance" that goes from A to B with reasonable comfort, safety, and keep the occupants connected...what do you think. 

We always mention that you have to be your own editor. Have you noticed that when events capture the imagination everyone jumps on the "event wave" seeking a few nano seconds of fame, recognition, and the glare of the spotlight. 

If you live in a cold climate, hopefully winter tires are installed on the various vehicles that you use during the winter months. Whatever toys you have for the warm weather are stored away.

Looking for a 2015 primer, Business Week as an informative 2015 User Guide. 

This past summer we were in "ouch" territory for gas prices, while now gas seems positively cheap. There are a ton of folks speculating that with cheaper gas bigger vehicles will be more popular (they have constantly remained popular), while demand for smaller vehicles will decrease. This plays up to the folks that for one reason or another remain ambivalent towards electric cars.

In the meantime the Canadian budget is taking a hit, with a smaller surplus than anticipated a few months ago. When oil drops from $100 to $80 a barrel it makes a huge difference.

Yes...the various speculations could fill several hard drives or set up residence in "the cloud". 

 This week end is the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.

 

 

Thursday
Nov132014

Kawasaki H2R

One wicked Ninja...with 300 HP

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov112014

Remembrance Day

We are THANKFUL to all the folks that through the years and conflicts have made sacrifices, starting with those in our family going back to WWI and WWII.

 

 

Tuesday
Nov112014

Starfleet Machine

Nothing to do with cars...a truly cool "luxury tool" desk clock...take a look at MB&F

 

Monday
Nov102014

Pick Up Battles

There is a serious philosophical pick up battle that is preparing itself. 

Perhaps you remember when pick ups were physically much smaller, most had 8 foot boxes, a fender side was a toy truck. They were made out of steel with a wood floor in the box, the rear step bumper was always an option. 

The simplicity of a pick up (compared to a car) was a cool factor...

The 1/2 ton pick up was for light work, the 3/4 ton remains the work tool, the 1 ton was a specialized tool. In the day manual transmissions were the choice especially in a 3/4 ton. Back to the simplicity, tradition.

Pick ups have grown dramatically in size through the years.

If there is one segment in North America that has not been "cracked" by imports its pick ups. The Detroit 3 own the segment, the F150 is the best selling vehicle in Canada for longer than many folks are alive. GM upholds the tradition of a GMC and Chevrolet truck. Chrysler in the early 1990's started the "big grille" trend.

With stricter fuel economy ratings on the immediate horizon, the landscape of the battlefield is clearly defined for all the contenders.

Lets focus on 1/2 tons since a 3/4 ton due to its GVW is usually above the fuel economy ratings. 

Ram: gets the ball rolling with the Eco Diesel V6 touting compact car fuel economy on a full size pick up. Its a good strategy to have a smaller diesel available to surpass the fuel economy ratings. 

GM: the redesigned pick ups, although competent, and full of features, for one reason or another did not capture the imagination. Bold grilles, smoother lines, full complement of luxury features. The other strategy deployed by GM is to revisit/re execute the mid size pick up. Mid size, small diesel engine...

Ford: focuses on weight, if you reduce weight, need a smaller engine, gain in fuel economy. Aluminum is the old school / classic way to reduce weight. Easy...lets do an aluminum pick up. 

It will be revealing in the ensuing months to observe which strategy is the best, and most enduring.