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Tracing Roots At The BMW Museum Tracing Roots At The BMW Museum

Why do I visit automotive museums? For the majority of my life the answer would have been easy, “to see vehicles that I can’t see anywhere else”, but that went out the window when I moved to Los Angeles. Between what I might see on the street any given day, and the various meets that happen regularly, there’s no…

The Dinan S1 M2 Is Gloriously Excessive The Dinan S1 M2 Is Gloriously Excessive

I can’t remember the first time someone called me a “glutton for punishment”, but I know that it’s a phrase that’s been directed my way often. Whether jumping down stairs on a skateboard, driving obscenely long distances in a car intended for track use only, or choosing to guard the biggest guy on the basketball court…

Ferrari Friday: Charles Pozzi Edition Ferrari Friday: Charles Pozzi Edition

I’ll be sharing many more photos from Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille over the next couple of weeks, but for now, these Charles Pozzi Ferrari race cars will have to do.

Enjoi These "Bitchin' Camaro" Decks As Wall Art Enjoi These "Bitchin' Camaro" Decks As Wall Art

Boy is it good to be back on Kinja. I’ve been out there getting “paid” to write about “real automotive news”, but that hasn’t been completely satisfying, so here we are, talking about skateboard decks.

Not A Parent Trap: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature Not A Parent Trap: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

I’ve heard it time and time again, “X-Crossover isn’t vehicular punishment”. It’s a statement that is as profoundly annoying as it is painfully stupid. The whole concept of a crossover is to pair the drivability of a car with the functionality of an SUV, and if that’s akin to vehicular punishment, then based of…

You Don't Drive A Hellcat, You Experience It. You Don't Drive A Hellcat, You Experience It.

I’m about to ask you to read a little over 1,500 words, so I’ll keep this introduction brief. Prior to spending a week with this Redline Red Tri-Coat Pearl Challenger Hellcat, I had only driven one at Willow Springs for all of 5 laps. I had just gotten out of a Viper GT and before the Viper I had been in a Charger…

Have A Great Memorial Day Weekend Everyone! Have A Great Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, so get out there and play with your toys. If you don’t have any toys, make a new friend, and see if you can play with their toys. I haven’t been on a motorcycle for two years, so I won’t be hopping on this Ducati 1299 Panigale S, but I think the Challenger Hellcat…

My First Visit To The Long Beach Grand Prix Was... Informative My First Visit To The Long Beach Grand Prix Was... Informative

When _______ reaches out to you last minute, and asks if you’d like to come down to the Long Beach Grand Prix, there’s really no choice but to say yes. Not because you want to stay on their good graces, but because you know lots of people would kill for such an invite, and on some level it’d be insulting to them not…

Driving This BMW 2002 Changed My Life Driving This BMW 2002 Changed My Life

How many life changing experiences have you had? Were they related to a place, person or thing? At best, a life changing experience is a combination of all three, and at worst it’s dependent entirely upon a thing.

Happy Easter Oppo!

Hope everybody is having an enjoyable Easter Sunday, I know I am. If your day has been just so-so, maybe direct your browser over to Podomatic or iTunes, and download the latest episode of Untitled Car Show, on which I am the guest.

NYIAS 2016: The Future Is Going To Be Alright...Probably NYIAS 2016: The Future Is Going To Be Alright...Probably

Another New York Auto Show is in the books for this guy, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I often wonder if I’d gotten into the automotive media racket at a younger age, would I have gotten jaded just as quickly? As much as I love cars, I have an equal dislike of auto shows.

I'm At The New York International Auto Show, What Do You Want To See? I'm At The New York International Auto Show, What Do You Want To See?

I’m here at the annual industry rub & tug/circle jerk(whichever you prefer) known as the New York International Auto Show. All around me is a beautiful mess of industry heavyweights, wide eyed interns, bumbling local media, and sweaty technicians. There’s even a Matthew McConaughey here, pretty sure it’s the real one…

How Was Your Week Oppo? How Was Your Week Oppo?

Feels weird to not be as active in the Oppo community as I once was, so I’m going to make a regular thing of checking in on Fridays to see how everyones week was. You can stretch your responses back to include the previous weekend since that’s when the highlights occur for most people.

Bangin' Gears-Episode 1: Worst Car Show Ever? Bangin' Gears-Episode 1: Worst Car Show Ever?

If you’re aware of #cupgang and #cupbangers (yes, that’s what they call their fans) then you’ll have some idea of just how bad this video is. For those of you unfamiliar with @cupgang, you’re in for a real treat.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 Brings The Funk & A Lil Bit Of Noise The 2017 Cadillac XT5 Brings The Funk & A Lil Bit Of Noise

Last week I made my way to Dana Point, which despite being just 66.9 miles from my apartment in Venice, took me nine hours to do. The details of my arduous travel day are inconsequential, all that you really need to know is that I went above, and beyond to get there so that I could drive the 2017 Cadillac XT5.

God Bless This Mess Was A Success God Bless This Mess Was A Success

I don’t own a Porsche, but thanks to the folks at Dietz Motorcraft and Stuttgart Automotive, I now a piece of one. More on that later, for now I’d like to share some photos, and thoughts with you related to my experience at what I would consider the best kind of automotive community gathering.

Keep It Simple Stupid. Keep It Simple Stupid.

I have a good friend who races some seriously fast machines, but what does he drive as a daily? A base model 1992 Jeep Cherokee with a 5spd manual.

This Volvo V90 Ad Is So Good You'll Watch It Thrice This Volvo V90 Ad Is So Good You'll Watch It Thrice

Nailed it. That’s what Volvo did here, and on pretty much every level too. The attention to detail is impeccable, the cinematography is exceptional, the sound design is excellent, they just hit it out of the park. The music might not be to everyone’s liking, but I think it fits perfectly with the vibe of the spot.

Whatcha Wanna Know About The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V? Whatcha Wanna Know About The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V?

The first time I got to drive the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V it was at Willow Springs raceway, and the car was shall we say, fatigued, from a day of ham-fisted automotive critics flogging it around the track. All I got was one warm up lap before the vehicle decided to go into some kind of limp mode that wouldn’t allow me to…

What If Infotainment Systems Didn't Exist? What If Infotainment Systems Didn't Exist?

What do people shopping for a new vehicle these days value the most? Is it power? Nah, most vehicles are within striking distance of of one another thanks to turbocharging running rampant.

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