So I picked up the V-Wagon thursday night and promptly sat in traffic with it, not really giving me much time to sample all of the various experiences it has to offer, however following that, this weekend we took it on a short road trip to San Diego (or the Whales Vagina) to have dinner with a friend down there. This is just a rough account of the various thoughts that crossed my mind on this journey.
Hello again dear reader(s?), today I would like to address one of my biggest pet peeves about car punditry in general, the displacement argument. I know everyone has their favorite engine, and their favorite maker, and it is over these loyalties lines have been drawn in the sand and decades long rivalries have been born, Ford vs Chevy, Import vs Domestic, Boost vs Displacement etc. I would like to stand up and say, you’re all wrong. No wait hear me out…
So dear readers (my pluralization of that is pure optimism at this stage) we have been working diligently on putting the LeMons racer back together and managed to fit some new goodies to make testing easier, namely a passenger seat so we can do ride-alongs when testing to get better feedback and for teammate critiquing. We are booked into a track test day on Sunday at Streets of Willow and things are looking good when on my way to the shop that Saturday morning it occurs to me…….we dont have eye bolts for the passenger side harness. No harness, no ride-alongs, and anyone familiar with racing knows that if you need a specialty part on a weekend, good F-ing luck. (more…)
Dear LeMons Judges,
Since you’re here you are wondering why we should be allowed to join you at this years misguided Arse-freeze-a-palooza…Well lets looks back on some of the lovely times we had at Thunderhill last year
Looking at this, at the time I was pretty certain that chicken was a hallucination caused by the absinthe but maybe I’m wrong I mean you cant photograph hallucinations can you….right? (more…)
Ok so the closing of the 405 for 2 days in LA pretty much signifies the end of life as we know it. The evil lord Satan is going to ransack this town and destroy all that I love and hold dear…or at least thats what many would have you believe. Oh don’t get me wrong, its going to suck; the mouth breathing, hybrid driving masses are all going to crawl out of the woodwork and en-masse forget how to drive, all over the place, instead of just in one nice corridor I don’t have to commute through, and that will back up other avenues etc etc etc until the roads are so jammed with smug, entitlement and stupidity that another riot breaks out. (more…)
So lately I have been interspersing weekends spent at the shop with weekends spent at my own garage banging on my project supra. For those of you that know me, you probably doubt its existence. Dont worry many do, its been out of commission for a LONG time….BUT in a flurry of motivation that hasn’t been witnessed since they told Sarah Palin she could be governor if she found Waldo, I have been POURING money and time into my supra to get it back on the road. (more…)
OK Ill freely admit I was never a fan of convertibles. I always looked at them as compromised. As being less stiff than their hardtop counterparts and as a result being somewhat less serious, less of a true car guys car. Lopping the top off a car also had a few unwanted side effects that came with it, mainly everyone around gets to hear you singing along to Phil Collins, or watch you drum along on the steering wheel to Def Leppard. Not a moment most want to share with most of the world. All this makes me going out and buying an S2000 a little unusual, however Ive always liked the car and its high-revving nature, and it doesn’t come any other way than as a convertible so when I picked it up my immediate list of mods included finding a OEM hardtop for it, which once bolted on would likely never come off. I may be changing my mind on that. (more…)
I know this is supposed to be about our race effort, but I think this topic is both pertinent and relevant so here is how this is going to go down…Im going to get out my soapbox and rant a bit and in return, ill never tell anyone about that trip to Vegas or why you needed those pills…deal? I thought so.
So last night I sat down to watch LeMans with Steve McQueen and, of course since I’m a complete petrol-head, i was in 120 minutes of ecstasy, but as I was watching it I started taking notice of all the little things, and I’m not referring to plot subtleties (there is almost no plot) but rather the differences in what motivated the characters in the movie and how they carried themselves. What I am referring to here is the insatiable drive for achievement. To race for the sake of racing and compete for the sake of competing, even if no sponsorship or big dollar endorsement is on the line. This is of course not unique to this film, but it is a theme that is carried out amongst all the truly great films for those of us with a touch of pre-mix in our blood and carries over to real life for those with a thirst to go 1 inch farther just for the sake of it, or 1 mile faster just because. One has to recognize the willingness of these men to drive what were basically road-going missiles equipped with only the barest safety features and the most rudimentary understanding of aerodynamics and take them at over 230mph through a circuit composed of country roads, and this is no fiction, this is the truth of motorsports past. This was our concord moment, the zenith of endurance racing lunacy, achievement for the sake of achievement and the moment at which speed and safety met at their most polar of opposites. (more…)
So I have just spent the better part of a Sunday talking with Cadillac dealers…and It has lead me to one conclusion: Cadillac dealers are hugely unprepared to deal with the enthusiast customer. There simply hasn’t been a Cadillac worthy of an enthusiast market since America was involved in a popular war…yea…seriously…think about it.
I walked into a local dealership in the hopes of getting a peek at what the costs might look like on a CTS-V Wagon as well as just looking over the finer details like interior construction and how the plastic bits look like they will age etc, when I am confronted with what is easily the least prepared salesman I have ever encountered.
When can i buy a CTS-V wagon? (more…)
Well as a new year rapidly approaches there has been a changing of the guard here, as some teammates have departed for personal reasons, and new, and as-of-yet un-jaded individuals have rushed forward to hurl themselves on the hand grenade that is our team. I’m never quite sure how to explain what time with us is like but I think Gary Larsen summed it up best. (more…)