2014 Gumball 3000: Miami 2 Ibiza
Jun06

2014 Gumball 3000: Miami 2 Ibiza

2014 Gumball 3000: Miami 2 Ibiza Albums from the starting grid on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper; rappers Eve, Xzibit and Bun B; musician deadmau5; Mythbuster Tory Belleci; Welsh performer Matthew Pritchard and more line up their supercars (like Team Galag’s McLaren P1 and Shelby Cobra Daytona or MOMO’s Ferrari F40) on Ocean Drive in South Beach for the start of the 2014 Gumball 3000...

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Harley Earl Corvette: A One-of-a-Kind
Jun02

Harley Earl Corvette: A One-of-a-Kind

Not too long ago, I was at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, and I was up close and personal with something I never thought I would be fortunate enough to see in person… the Harley Earl Corvette.  To be honest, before that day in Boca, I never really knew the details of Harley J. Earl’s one-of-a-kind 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (aka Shop Order 10323).  That is to say… I knew it existed, but...

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Piston King Motor Oil by Mail
May01

Piston King Motor Oil by Mail

Does a hatred of running to your local auto parts store to pick up a case of 10W-30 keep you from from being a do-it-yourself-motor-oil-changer?  If so, that’s good.  Because, Piston King Motor Oil, is banking on it.   Piston King is a new brand of synthetic and conventional motor oils that sells exclusively through their online store at PistonKing.com.  But, is it actually easier or cheaper (or even equally as easy or...

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LaForza: An SUV That Really Wants to Be a Ferrari
Apr17

LaForza: An SUV That Really Wants to Be a Ferrari

Last weekend was Barrett-Jackson’s annual auto auction in Palm Beach, Florida.  If you’ve never gone to a Barrett-Jackson auction, let me tell you, it’s quite a spectacle.  The stars of the show were without a doubt the Custom 2013 Ford Mustang Fastback from Need for Speed ($300,00), the first 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 roll off the production line ($1,000,000), the first 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 ($500,000) and a...

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What Would They Drive? Volume 1: Alexander the Great
Apr02

What Would They Drive? Volume 1: Alexander the Great

Julius Ceasar, Florence Nightingale, Attila the Hun, Cleopatra, George Washington, Catherine II, Leif Ericson, Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great… What do these people have in common?  Yes… they’re all serious historical figures who have made indelible imprints on the world.  But, what else?  What other small, obscure, essentially useless piece of trivial information binds these historical personages into a web of...

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2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block
Jan12

2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block

I am very familiar with the second generation Cadillac CTS (2008 to 2013).  My parents actually have a black 2012 Cadillac CTS with the 3.0 liter and all-wheel-drive.  They were coming off of a 2004 Jaguar S-Type when they opted for the mid-range Caddy.  So, needless to say, whenever I’m in Milwaukee for a visit, I spend a fair amount of time driving or riding in that car.   I’ve come to a conclusion regarding the...

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2015 Audi Q3: A Beefier Q3 for North America
Jan09

2015 Audi Q3: A Beefier Q3 for North America

The rest of the world has had an Audi Q3 crossover since 2011.  But, that Audi Q3 is a smaller, gentler Q3… more like a demure Q5 than a stout little SUV-style crossover.  The North American car market didn’t really buy into the last version (especially since it was never available here), so Audi has made a beefier, tougher, meaner, North-American-market-ready small luxury crossover in the 2015 Audi Q3.  The new Q3 is set...

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Horsepower to Reindeer Power Conversion
Dec23

Horsepower to Reindeer Power Conversion

Back for the holidays is the TickTickVroom.com exclusive Horsepower to Reindeer Power conversion. Of all the methods of transport that exist, it must be argued that Santa Claus’s sleigh and eight flying reindeer rank among the coolest and fastest out there (He does make it around the world in one night including several stops, after all).  So, with Christmas and Santa’s annual trek coming up on Wednesday, it got me...

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2014 Porsche Macan Finally Revealed [Los Angeles Auto Show]
Nov20

2014 Porsche Macan Finally Revealed [Los Angeles Auto Show]

On this site, I try really, really hard not to be incredibly cheesy.  It’s an uphill battle, I know, one I frequently lose in spectacular fashion.  But, when talking about the 2014 Porsche Macan that just debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, I won’t even try.  Because, (true to cheesy form) I keep imagining Porsche execs in Stuttgart working on the Macan over the past several years chanting: “I think Macan, I think...

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2015 Audi A3 Sedan Starts at $29,900 [Update, Video]
Oct28

2015 Audi A3 Sedan Starts at $29,900 [Update, Video]

Sometime next year, we (and by “we” I mean the U.S.) will get our hands on the all-new 2015 Audi A3 Sedan (that happened to have already debuted in Europe about a year ago), and it will be priced from $29,900 (plus an $895 destination fee).  That starting price happens to be the same as the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and about two grand shy of the BMW 2 Series, the A3’s rivals in the war of sporty little luxury German...

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