As some of you may have noticed we have been a bit less consistent lately with our posts. This is because our Summer schedules have ended and our school year has started back up. There is a lot that comes with the school year, so please understand that things may continue to slack for a little bit here while we figure out our new rhythm. We assure you we are trying to restore a level of consistency as much as we can during this more busy and varied time of year. We love what we do though, so keep checking back for more great automotive material.
This section is a showcase for great cars only available on the used market. Generally, featured cars should offer good value for what they are and should not be dull cars (i.e no Camrys or Accords, etc). This is for “special” cars, but not only sports cars. In these articles we will talk about the car’s features and what makes it cool/a good deal. The idea is to provide some information for enthusiasts on solid cars in the used market. This is not, however, a place for classified ads, as AutoTrader is very easy to use for that. Share what you think a great buy might be on today’s used market.
This is a showcase section for the cars we love. Submit videos, pictures, etc featuring anything automotive you find interesting or just plain awesome. Even just a link from Youtube will suffice here, and maybe a brief description of what you see in your submission.
Have you read an article or seen a show that you had a response to (positive or negative)? I know I have. This section is for responses to articles written by the automotive press in any form. Let us and the world know what you think about what you have read/seen online, in magazines, or on TV. Just be sure to let us know what you are responding to via a link or a citation of some kind.
We will be reviewing all sorts of cars here on Mind over Motor in order to convey some hands on experience to potential buyers or just to entertain curious readers. We will review cars both new and old because the second hand car market is huge in our country and information is important for buyers of used cars just as it is for buyers of new cars. When reviewing late model and older cars we will try to discuss how the car has aged and what it is like in current times as well as other aspects of a car review.
Being a young site we hope to eventually get access to press cars but currently we do not. Our reviews, at least for the beginning will be made up of test drives at dealerships, reviews of friend’s cars (or anyone else who will let us review theirs), and cars we drive at various special events. Pretty much anything we can get our hands on we will review if we think it will add to the site.
So far we have split our reviews into two groups:
Test Driven: Basically a quick drive in an unfamiliar car that will give us all the first impressions. We will experience what a car is like at all of the basic levels, but not aspects including day to day livability, reliability, and other things learned only by spending alot of time with a car.
Road Review: This will constitute tests of cars that we have more in depth experience with over a longer period of time. These will include our own cars as well as the cars of our friends and family.
What we intend to do here is to try and simplify aspects of automobiles so that normal people might understand them better. We will do our best not to get carried away with the tiniest details so that some of you might actually be able to learn something.
We’re going to play a little game on here called “Spotting”. It works like this: Take pictures of cool cars you see on the street and post them up here with a brief description or story. We will have a section on the site for Spotting where people can look through what everyone has seen and talk about it. If this goes well I am going to work out a point scoring system for users so there can be a bit of competition thrown in.
Cars acceptable for being spotted include exotics, custom cars, well modified cars (of any type), hot rods, and even ricers will have their own section for some good lulz. Basically anything that really stands out from the norm is cool to post up. Things that are nice but pretty normal wont generally be posted (stock M3s, Carreras, Vettes, and Evos are cool, but not what were looking for here), so please try and only post more normal cars when there is something rather extraordinary about them (be that modifications, an exceptional quality picture taken, some sort of interesting situation, or a really clean example of a type of car)
Pictures must be taken on the street, no auto shows, museums, dealerships, driveways etc where its easy to find such cars. Exceptions to this rule are possible, but only for EXTREMELY rare cars (250 GTO, Bugatti Type 57 AC, Mclaren F1 LM, etc). Its easy to see a tiger at a zoo, but much cooler to see one in the wild, and if you saw a dodo bird anywhere….well that’s worth sharing regardless.
In a nutshell, Spotted! pictures should be taken on public roads. For truly rare or exceptional cars we will allow photos from more informal events like meets or outdoor shows people had to drive their car to as well as track events. We will not be accepting Spotted! pics of any cars at an official auto show held at a convention center or from a museum. Other venues such as driveways or dealerships will depend on what car is featured in the photos. (ie no Gallardos in the showroom, but if they have an LM002 we may consider it.)