Jaguar F-Type R AWD: A Cat Tamed By Four Paws?

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I’ve been lucky to have driven a few Jaguar F-Types in the last few years. I drove the V6S and V8S models when they first came out, and then I drove the R Coupe a year later.

I think my biggest takeaway was just how much crazier the V8 was, with all that extra power going to the rear wheels. It was fast, like scary fast, and there was always the sense that it was testing the limits of its rear tires. It really kept me on my toes, and that made it really, really exciting.

Unfortunately, exciting doesn’t bode well with the safety concerns of modern automakers. We enthusiasts were hoping Jaguar would give us the V8 F-Type with a manual gearbox. Instead, they left the V8 models automatic-only, and took away our rear wheel drive. I guess that’s the price we pay for getting our hopes up.

So, has Jaguar tamed the beast? Have they neutered the big cat?

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A Big Merc vs. a Big Bimmer

Jonny Lieberman and Jason Cammisa come up with a set of very strong points about the BMW 7 Series and the king of the hill (aka the Mercedes S-Class) in this new Head to Head. Funny thing is, it doesn’t take long for the viewer to figure out which is the better luxury cruiser. BMW seems intent on gizmos, gadgets, and whiz-bang features. Mercedes, however, does what they usually do–make the smoothest and most honest to God luxury automobile that (slightly) silly money can buy. As usual, M-B wins–and I agree with the verdict. Gimmicks are nice, but once you hit the back seat and relax, how often will you use them all? And are they going to make up for a less-comfortable riding experience? My take is “no”. And it would seem that the good folk at MT agree.

Fast into the night at the first taste of Fall

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I’ve said before that most of the best drives come spur of the moment. That makes it somewhat challenging for me as a blogger to bring the experience to you, my readers, but my God, is it enjoyable in the moment. Many times those drives become fond memories for years.

I got out of work late on Monday. It was one of those days where you’re up to your ears in all sorts of stuff all day, and you only start really getting things done after most everyone has gone home. The crisp air that hit me when I walked out, though, that instantly cleared my head, and brushed off the stress of the day like it was nothing.

The first taste of Fall is one of the sweetest sensations in the life of a gearhead. It means the treacherous summer heat is nearing its end, and that many fun times are ahead in the best season of the year.

Feeling rejuvenated, I called my buddies Shane and Pat (Shat for short), and we agreed it would be a sin not to take the Miatas out for a blast in this perfect weather.

We met up for dinner at a local diner. Ace, my NC Mazda Miata Club Edition was parked next to Shane’s NA Miata R-Package out front, waiting eagerly for us to eat. Then, just after the sun had fallen off the horizon, we set off, fast, into the night.

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Mazda Cosmo Series II at the 2016 d’Elegance at Hershey

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As time has gone on, early Japanese sports cars have received more recognition for their groundbreaking design and engineering. The original Mazda rotary sports car, the Cosmo (which would be known eventually as the RX-7), is most definitely no exception. Quite expensive when new (over $4,000 in 1968), they were not that popular Stateside, but that would change by the subsequent decade. This white example shined brightly at the Hershey Concours this year, and grabbed my attention rather quickly. I believe it has grabbed your attention as well. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Mazda Cosmo Series II at the 2016 d’Elegance at Hershey

A very wet Lamborghini Miura at the Greenwich Concours

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It rained like hell at on the 2nd day of the Greenwich Concours this year. We spent most of our time enjoying wine tasting, eating our fill of as many (free) lobster sandwiches as we could stomach. When the rain did die down, we got photos of the cars, most of which are seldom photographed when soaking wet.

Here are some wet shots of this black Lamborghini Miura. You won’t see one shown like this in the RM Auctions catalog, that’s for sure.

Enjoy!

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-Nick Walker

When the condoms all broke, but #Stance is life, this Toyota Sienna is your Shaggin’ Wagon

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This is what will happen increasingly as the stance people reproduce. Minivans are usually seen as lame, but with a little trendy inspiration, this one has become pretty “bitchin.”

I gotta hand it to whoever built this Sienna, they did a great job with it. That is one good thing about the stance culture, you can participate with any car. That means, unlike us sports car enthusiasts, that when you have kids, you won’t be completely and utterly screwed.

Either way, I just hope they at least open the windows when they vape with the kids in the car.

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Shelby Cobra Kit Car spotted in Los Angeles, CA

Cobra Kit Car Front

The Shelby Cobra was a truly legendary car, which took the standard muscle car formula of “big engine in a small car” and took it to its logical extreme, thanks to a puny British roadster infused with the beating heart of a Ford big-block V8 (or small block for the weak). The story has continued today, with various companies offering kit cars. My brother Matt was out and about on Sunday morning and came across this Cobra kit car sitting on the side of the street. He’s become quite a reliable car spotter out in L.A.–and he’s clearly not afraid of the egg-fryingly hot temperatures out there (unlike me, who is happy to sit in air conditioning the entire day). Thanks for the pickup, Matt!

Spotted by: Matthew R. Davis

Cobra Kit Car Rear

-Albert S. Davis

Jonny Lieberman shows us why the Lexus LX570 is worth its price of entry.

Jonny Lieberman of Motor Trend is one fantastic entertainer. And while not a whole lot of people buy the top-of-the-line Lexus SUV, he shows us all why more people should enjoy it. Not too long after this, he shows us some shortcomings–specifically, by doing a decent amount of damage to the underside of the front and rear bumpers. Unconventional? Yes. Worth watching? Of course it is. Go take your lunch break, watch this video, and then tell your boss it’s time to trade in his Mercedes. He’ll thank you later.

-Albert S. Davis

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione at the Amelia Island FOS

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The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cars we’ve been blessed with this century thus far. I mean, just look at it. The quintessential essence of the Italian Sports car, this 8C was deep red with a body of sleek curvaceous sexiness.

Many people tend to think right to Ferrari, but remember, Alfa Romeo is the real “Original Gangsta” of Italian sports cars. Enzo Ferrari raced Alfas himself, and his race team, Scuderia Ferrari, saw legendary success with Alfas before they were able to build their own cars after the War. Alfa Romeo was where so much of what we hold dear about Italian cars now all started, and the 8C Competizione marked the return of greatness to the brand. Greatness Alfa continues to push for today with the 4C and the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Feast your eyes!

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1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2015 Radnor Hunt Concours

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Interior

When it comes to Cadillac and the Fifties, everyone thinks of the crazy 1959 model, with its gargantuan chrome bumpers, oversized hulking body lines, and sky-high fins. That’s a shame, because it means that the cleaner styling of the mid-Fifties models often gets overlooked. This red Biarritz convertible featured some fantastic cues, such as the lashings of chrome everywhere, and a great license plate. For those of you who don’t know what it means, “GOOMAH” is a colloquial spelling of the Italian “comare”, which is a term used for a mistress. According to the owner’s wife, she asked for this plate because the owner spends more time with the car than with her. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2015 Radnor Hunt Concours

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