Yes...its Friday, and yes...we did not do a Vroom Room last Friday, we have the usual espresso and biscotti come in make yourself comfortable. Is it our imagination or is still rather warm for the middle of November? No its reasonably mild during the day!
In Canada several manufacturers have acquired new presidents this year, it will be interesting to see how these folks will lead their respective companies in 2011 once the PR about the outgoing and incoming subdues, and hard core competitive reality sets in.
We are keeping an eye on the emerging small car battles, with several new entrants in the segment, in no particular order units delivered in October Fiesta 868 - Cruze which started later in the month 325 - Fit 316 - Mazda 2 513 - Yaris 933. From our initial perspective the one taking a "beating" is the Fit, for some reason Honda always takes it on the chin when new entrants arrive in a segment where they are established.
Lets look at another segment for October Soul 788 - Cube 374 - Scion xB 135, if you get the feeling that Scion has an interesting challenge, we share your thoughts.
The 2011 show season is starting with the LA Show today, with as you can imagine several premieres.
Prior to the last race it looked like Fernando Alonso had the championship in his pocket, so much so that we did not watch the race this past Sunday (our interest wanes). We are happy for Sebastien Vettel who at times had a tumultuous season, and Red Bull for winning the manufacturers championship.
If you remember two weeks ago we mentioned that RM Auctions would sell the Milton Robson Collection, with some truly spectacular cars, the results of the sale are...here. Yes...some hold your breath, drop your jaw prices for certain unique cars.
This is a cool publication....Affluent, that you can read online.
You heard that Chevrolet will supply engines to Indy cars, seems/is a bit of deja vu, Chevrolet is teaming up with Ilmor Engineering to build twin turbo V6's lets hope that some of this technology makes its way to street vehicles. The Chevrolet / Ilmor connection was quite successful years ago with a V8, and Roger Penske, and Emerson Fittipaldi and if you remember the engine morphed into a.....in later years (if you know tell us).
Lets see what happens when the buzz about the GM IPO subsidies, they sell shares to SAIC, and have to get back to selling vehicles. Wonder if the original GM shareholder have some lingering bitterness being relegated to the scrap heap of the old GM.
In case you missed the Ducati and AMG connection...here.
A cool old airplane...here.
If you are a regular at our publication, by now you have concluded that we have an affinity for Jay Leno, and his Big Dog Garage...yes its a cool place to hang out.
The time has come to recount how our affinity started, especially that we all know Jay Leno, and most enthusiasts by now are aware that he has a garage.
In our case, it all started with the kitchen!
Several years ago, we were discussing among ourselves that one of the coolest things to have in a "gearhead" environment would be a kitchen, to hang out with "good" friends. Agreed that an Italian heritage/DNA is required to elaborate the idea of having a "cucina" as one of the focal points to entertain and exchange thoughts. If you can prepare a traditional spaghetti and meatball dish its even more compelling, especially with an amarone or barolo.
Jay's communications on how he started in show business, and how his interest in cars evolved through the years, always resonated. Jay is a Boomer, and for some reason Boomers are experiencing a fascinating time in automotive history.
In our case the fact that Jay's garage with Bernard actually repairs and restores cars further captured our interest from the outset, the kitchen is cool, the garage that does the fixing with all the equipment is cooler. The transparency that if they step on a "banana peel" they will mention that it did not work is an appreciated touch of reality. Especially that everyone that has worked on cars has at one time or another stepped on a "banana peel" or had some sort of a "brain fade", or it just did not work as anticipated.
Jay has been around long enough to vividly remember ignition points, to now driving electric vehicles and everything else in between. For all the folks that remember gapping ignition points, or using a dwell meter...Jay resonates deeply.
As an individual progresses in the voyage of being a consumate gearhead, motorcycles blip on the radar, trucks, buses, original designs, steam, and electric power...obvious that Jay has all this stuff in his garage. Prior to the onslaught of technology, print was the medium to disseminate information, most gearheads of a certain age have some sort of personal automotive library. Obvious that Jay has one of those too.
The fact that he always wears the same clothes is totally cool, while wondering how many folks dress down to appear on the various videos. In his case its probably that millions see him all dressed up every night, at the garage its the jeans and denim shirt...think about it denim has been around for over 100 years...its enduring.
In addition the jeans reinforce the understood gear head philosophy of "Don't tell me, show me" at a time when telling is very easy.
How many folks go to the garage on a regular basis? At one time the videos could not be seen outside the US, a lot of folks went ballistic and immediately expressed their opinions....yes we participated in sharing our outrage...it got fixed real quick!
Where is the garage? Somewhere in Burbank close to the airport, its 2 buildings, one with solar panels on the roof.
The "When I was a kid I used to drool over this or that car" haven't we all drooled over certain cars when we were kids (younger)....the difference is that Jay has the resources to acquire all the cars he drooled about, and cares enough to share his garage, his passion, his perspective with anyone that visits his site.
Yes...Jay Leno's Garage resonates with us, if you are a regular visiting our publication, you are familiar with Jay, we feature videos on a weekly basis. if by chance its the first time, make it a point to visit Jay's garage, and you can follow on Twitter @LenosGarage.