There’s still time to celebrate

6 06 2012

Celebrate International Convoy Day, that is.

Mercy sakes alive, we’ve got us a convoy

Find out more at my Autoweek post. It’s part of what I get paid to do all day.





By this time tomorrow, I’ll be on my way to California

2 06 2012

…with my friend Kolin. To pick up a giant Trojan Horse and tow it back to Western Michigan. Non-stop.

Yeah. That’s about as much as I know as well.

A gift from the gods, maybe

What could go wrong?





Freighterspotting at the Boatnerd HQ

30 05 2012

You probably didn’t know boatnerd.com existed, let alone that it had a World Headquarters, but it is very much a real thing. Its real-world HQ is right on the St. Clair River in Port Huron – a prime location for freighter-watching (freighterspotting?).

It also happens to be a prime day trip opportunity for anyone in the Detroit Metro area. I decided to head up on my motorcycle May 14, the day before I surrendered to adulthood and started working the 9-to-5 (the main reason I haven’t been posting at all lately).

I had spent the previous night in East China Township, so I was well-positioned for a quick jaunt to Port Huron. The weather was great, and the ride was just long enough to clear up the last vestiges of my hangover. Perfect.

The boatnerd.com HQ in all its glory

You’d think dedicated freighter-watching would appeal to a pretty small subset of the population. If it does, they all must be in Port Huron, because the Great Lakes Maritime Center was busy – and there weren’t any freighters due to pass by for over an hour. People were playing dominoes, knitting, and having business meetings/lunches; the GLMC, as it is known to insiders, must be a hotspot for Port Huron’s movers and shakers and bored senior citizens. Read the rest of this entry »





Watch a Viper bite the dust in a spectacular fashion

22 05 2012

Looks like you can strike one Viper ACR-X from the registry. SRT Viper Cup driver David Pintaric managed to obliterate his ACR-X at Road America earlier this month – and walk away unharmed.

It’s fire and it’s crashing! It’s crashing terrible! Oh, my!

Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the amazing footage that survived the crash is a weird sort of bonus/consolation prize: Read the rest of this entry »





First Autoweek pieces

21 05 2012
After a week of working, I’ve already got a decent list of stories to my name. Sure, they’re all web-only, and sure, many are just summaries of press releases, but that’s how you learn the ropes. Check them out if you get a chance:
More importantly, they’re a start.




So far, so good

16 05 2012

Yesterday was my first day of my internship at Autoweek. I’m happy to say that I survived. I’m heading back for more today.

Most of the day was spent on HR stuff, getting the lay of the land, and bumbling through computer systems. Normal stuff, but I’m looking forward to doing some writing. There’s a long list of summer events coming up, and always more vehicles to review…

A year ago, that making money writing about cars could be a viable career option would have never occurred to me. It still might not be a viable career option in my case – I’m not going to get ahead of myself here — but I’m that much closer.

Oh, and there’s an espresso maker in the coffee room. That’s about all I need.





Carroll Shelby is dead

11 05 2012

Word is that Carroll Shelby peeled off into the great beyond last night at the age of 89. Sad news, but not unexpected, as he had been in poor health. In any event, 89 years isn’t a bad run for someone involved in motorsports – or someone who lived with a serious heart condition and received both a heart and kidney transplant as Shelby did.

Shelby driving an Aston Martin DBR1 to victory  in the 1959 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Perhaps one of the inspirations for the Cobra?

I met him once, when I was in grade school. I was a finalist in a Road & Track kids’ auto design competition and traveled to the Chicago Auto Show for some kind of recognition event. Shelby was there, an intimidating figure dressed in black. I’m not sure if I said anything, but I got an autographed picture out of the deal. At the time I didn’t know much about his storied career in racing or automotive performance work – I just knew about his most famous creation, the Cobra. And that was enough to impress a young boy geeked about cars.

I’m sure you know the Cobra as well, even if you don’t know anything about its history. There’s a zillion modern copies of it on the road, and I’m sure more will be built by enthusiasts in the future. In that sense, I guess he’s kind of immortal.