Some shows you will never forget, and our Day in the Park experience this past weekend will surely be one of them. We woke up bright and early to make the 3 hour drive up to Lime Rock Park for the show. The drive is always half the fun of the day with the second half of it consisting of winding country roads. It’s a journey meant for a sports car and what awaits at the destination is always remarkable.
This year we found ourselves in Bugatti heaven. Two of the holy grail Bugattis were in attendance, the Mullin Museum’s Type 57 SC Atlantic and Ralph Lauren’s Type 57 SC Gangloff Drophead Coupe. I mean, these are literally the Mona Lisas of cars (worht untold millions), and they were sitting right there, totally accessible. It was unbelievable!
This was also by far the largest display of vintage Bugattis I’ve ever seen in one place, with around 80 cars present. There were also, of course, many other incredible cars there and it was a fantastic day of automotive entertainment.
Enjoy the highlights!
Continue reading Highlights from our Day in the Park at Lime Rock
Regular drivers in regular cars doing regular things in their regular lives. If you ask most people, they don’t aspire to be just regular, yet, overall, most of us wind up doing regular shit day in and day out. Life defaults to being excruciatingly routine if you let it. The “good enough” mindset sets in, and one day you wake up just another average Joe or Jill. It’s a fact of life. We all make sacrifices in the name of convenience and practicality because to do otherwise usually causes more struggle than necessary. That makes everything work smoothly, but it also totally dulls your life experience, and frankly, it’s depressing.
Compromise is the reality, though. The fact is, most genuinely remarkable things in life are exceedingly impractical and don’t really fit into the lives of most people. In our minds, we’d all love to be that stylish and interesting person who’s always going on adventures, seemingly without a care in the world… or a budget, for that matter. That idealistic perception can never really be fulfilled, but what we all can do is make our compromises intelligent. Okay, maybe you can’t really be the guy who daily drives a sexy classic Italian sports car. Even if you can afford one, if you have a family it doesn’t really work out that well, and that’s not even counting the car’s functional lack of reliability. The dream doesn’t have to die with a boring minivan or nameless sedan, though. There is a very real middle ground that can give you most of the experiences you’re yearning for while also satisfying your practical needs.
Car enthusiasts, like myself, are well aware of this, but the average consumer may not be as turned on to it. I’ve seen a lot of more casual car people go from driving something genuinely fun to something awful like a Minivan or a mundane SUV. It’s sad, and it’s not necessary. Meet Alfa Romeo, a company that makes sports cars of different sizes and shapes.
Continue reading What I Learned Driving the Alfa Romeo Stelvio back-to-back with the Giulia
Compact crossovers have taken the American market by storm in epic proportions. Sales of sedans are declining, and sales of luxury crossovers from brands like Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and the like have gone through the stratosphere. Cadillac’s best selling vehicle is the XT-5, the replacement for the SRX. Meanwhile, BMW started working this segment with the first X5 way back in the Bush Administration. Two Presidents and eighteen years later, we face the new X3, a car that I mocked often when it launched in 2004. Now in its third generation, I took the keys to this blue M Sport (as ridiculous as it sounds) and found it to be quite an eye-opener. Continue reading Test Driven: BMW X3 xDrive M40i (Grade: B)
I’ve always loved the RS 6 and this one has been modified very cleanly. It was a nice sight at Cars and Caffe, standing out in the sea of exotics.
Sometimes style is everything. In the age of Instagram, appearances are more important than ever and brands are having to make the appeal of their products more and more bold.
Land Rovers of old were boxy functional things, meant to go places other vehicles couldn’t. If you bought a Range Rover, that just meant you wanted to bring the comfort of your living room along with you to such remote locations.
My oh my, how the game has changed.
Continue reading Range Rover Velar P380 SE Review: Taking a Different Approach
This elegant barchetta by Zagato is still my personal favorite modern Aston Martin. The wail of a naturally aspirated V12, operated via a manual gearbox, with the wind in your hair… it’s just about perfect!
By 1977, the Dodge Charger was no longer the lithe, sexy muscle car of its youth. Continue reading 1977 Dodge Charger SE at the 2018 Cops And Rodders at DeVry
Well, like all things, this story has to end. It was September 2017, and the Lincoln was running and driving with a new battery, water pump, and fuel pump. The power steering system was still leaking like a sieve and it smelled funny like always, but I did not care. The day I picked it up, I took over running a poker game at a local bar and everyone was genuinely shocked to see me pull up in the thing, especially after I’d killed it on the highway a week prior. With a whole day of driving in hot September temperatures under its belt, I was confident the Lincoln could make it on the trip it didn’t make the year prior–Radnor. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part VI: All Good Things Come to an End.
Context is everything. We all make our judgments off of our own experiences prior to the present in an effort to navigate most-effectively through the world. I had been looking forward to getting behind the wheel of an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport for a while. Infiniti’s range-topping new coupe with more zest than its predecessor, largely thanks to its twin-turbocharged engine making a hefty 400hp. Yes, surely the Q60 Red Sport would be as good as I remember the Q50 Red Sport being, but in a more stylish package. There was a problem this time around, though, a problem I hadn’t had before I drove the Q50 Red Sport. Right before I drove this Q60 I drove an Alfa Romeo, and that set the context bar pretty damn high.
Had I not experienced the Alfa in such close proximity, I’d probably be writing something very similar to what I wrote about the Q50. Something along the lines of “Well done, Infiniti, you’ve upped the bar!” But my experience in the Alfa gave this drive so much more contrast. It highlighted all of the major areas where the Q60 is severely lacking as an enthusiast car.
Continue reading Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD Review: Don’t call it a sports car