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  • Motorcycle History: Please Learn Some

    Motorcycle History: Please Learn Some

    I keep a fairly close eye on all the more popular internet motorcycle publications out there, so I can stay abreast of anything newsworthy or late-breaking.  I am asking this with all due respect: Please stop writing about truly historic motorcycles unless you’re willing to call out bullshit when you see it...

  • Banned: 7 Cars to Have Sex In

    Jun 27, 13 • New Cars, News, Publishing6 Comments
    Banned: 7 Cars to Have Sex In

    (Ed. Note: Apparently, a certain major search engine has a “family audience.” That audience is fine with front-page promotion of a “Red Band” trailer for an R-Rated movie in which Jason Statham graphically shatters a guy’s elbow (see below), but humorous allusions to sex in a car? Why, I never. Anyway, here’s the post, in ...

  • Concours Snobs Get Snobby

    May 21, 13 • Featured, News, Publishing13 Comments
    Concours Snobs Get Snobby

    So I wrote a piece for Bold Ride the other day about why I thought concours events blow. I assumed I was going to lure in a few folks to tell me I how I was wrong and that was going to be the end of it. Turns out it was a bigger deal than ...

  • Even MADD doesn’t endorse the NTSB’s BAC call

    May 15, 13 • Legislation, News5 Comments
    Even MADD doesn’t endorse the NTSB’s BAC call

    Before we kick off this post, let’s get this out of the way: We’re not advocates of drunk driving. But the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation of a nationwide blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05 is preposterous. Even AAA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have stopped short of recommending it...

  • Cdr. Chris Hadfield’s Badass Ride – VIDEO

    May 14, 13 • News, Vintage CarsComments Off
    Cdr. Chris Hadfield’s Badass Ride – VIDEO

    Shortly after Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) landed in the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft, he was picked up in a Russian ZIL-49061. There’s a video after the break...

  • The Kick-Ass Vehicles of the Boston Manhunt

    Apr 22, 13 • News6 Comments
    The Kick-Ass Vehicles of the Boston Manhunt

    If you spent any time watching the news last week, you saw some incredible, heretofore unseen footage of the equipment at your state and local police department’s disposal. Helicopters, four-wheelers, trucks, and good old sedans were out in force by the hundreds. Here’s a closer look at some of the most frequently seen vehicles from ...

  • Quick Look: 2013 Ford Escape

    Oct 3, 12 • Featured, New Cars, NewsComments Off
    Quick Look: 2013 Ford Escape

    The outgoing Ford Escape became a best-seller after its introduction in 2001, but the truth is, I never liked it much. It always felt cheap and thrashy to me, especially on the trip I took to the motorcycle show at the Javitz Center in New York City soon after the vehicle launched. So I wasn’t ...

  • Boston Globe Magazine, Sunday, October 30

    Oct 28, 11 • New Cars, News, Publishing14 Comments
    Boston Globe Magazine, Sunday, October 30

    Just a quick post to let you know that I’m going to have a piece on the back page of the Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday, October 30. Check it out! If it’s online, I’ll post it up here. When I talk about my wife, my friends envy me. See, she’s as interested in cars ...

  • Why “the News” shouldn’t cover cars

    Jun 20, 11 • News, NHTSA, Publishing, Vintage Cars4 Comments
    Why “the News” shouldn’t cover cars

    Two stories in the last few days have cemented my opinion that every news channel should have a legitimate automotive expert on speed-dial, if not on staff. The first was the news that ABC News’s “Chief Investigative Correspondent” Brian Ross won himself a coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative report on the Toyota Prius’s ...

  • Fear Marketing 101

    Apr 4, 11 • Commuting, New Cars, NewsComments Off
    Fear Marketing 101

    Not three months ago, the Toyota Prius was nailed to the showroom floor. Less expensive gas and a year’s worth of bad press surrounding the “unintended acceleration” issue (read: “I stepped on the gas and the brake” issue) meant that Toyota’s hybrid car was suddenly subject to interesting financing and discounts, which had never happened ...