Come feel the raw energy in this commercial from a car brand whose focus should have been longevity rather than excitement or maybe one particular model instead of the entire lineup. Hindsight, right? Anyway, on this Thursday I present you with Pontiac Excitement, just feel the 80’s take you away!!
Archives for December 2016
Let’s be honest Velocity Channel has a lot of shows related to all things internal combustion engine. For those of us gear heads this is the motoring-wheeled equivalent to HGTV or DIY channel, I mean it’s basically car porn for any of us who like tinkering or modifying or restoring or simply driving vehicles. The Velocity Channel has so many offerings appealing to almost every segment (maybe except for those of you hardcore gear heads out there who make their parts) there’s a good chance that at least one show that will appeal to you. With so many shows on the network I’m sure I’ve left one or two off, my apologies!
Just take a look at the poll below, and let me hear from you about what you’re watching.
What's your favorite show on the Velocity channel?
- All Girls Garage (50%, 1 Votes)
- Wheeler Dealers (50%, 1 Votes)
- Legendary Motorcar (0%, 0 Votes)
- Iron Resurrection (0%, 0 Votes)
- FantomWorks (0%, 0 Votes)
- What's My Car Worth? (0%, 0 Votes)
- Garage Squad (0%, 0 Votes)
- Street Outlaws (0%, 0 Votes)
- Junkyard Empire (0%, 0 Votes)
- Fast N' Loud (0%, 0 Votes)
- Motorweek (0%, 0 Votes)
- Bitchin' Rides (0%, 0 Votes)
- Overhaulin (0%, 0 Votes)
- Unique Rides (0%, 0 Votes)
- Graveyard Carz (0%, 0 Votes)
- Chasing Classic Cars (0%, 0 Votes)
- Car Fix (0%, 0 Votes)
- Dallas Car Sharks (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 2
The racing community is wild with speculation about who Toto Wolff will find to pair with Lewis Hamilton for the 2017 F1 season. Who want’s to be the new MB driver AND Lewis’ teammate? Well, there are two who don’t or more to their point their current boss doesn’t. Christian Horner of Red Bull made Toto’s list a little bit shorter recently. The Mirror ran an article Saturday where Red Bull team boss Christian Horner puts everyone on notice that his two drivers are under long term contracts, essentially saying “Go Fish” to the Mercedes camp. Ok, with those two drivers off the table then who are the likely replacements that wouldn’t cause any blood feud with the another team? Sebastian Vettel? Fernando Alonso? Both have another year on their current contracts with Ferrari and McLaren respectively. Whoever it is certainly has be able to hold their own as a teammate of Hamilton. He want’s to flat out race, and maybe being a teammate a distant second. Still though the prestige of driving for the factory team that has proven to be indomitable for much of the season with their hardware let alone the heritage of the team and its expectations can be intoxicating. Still though MB couldn’t be as stressful for driver’s to operate in than the Maranello camp could it?
Valterri Bottas: Good option, except he just signed a new contract so Mercedes would need to contend with that.
Sebastian Vettel: The former four time world champion has another year on his current contract.
Pascal Wehrlein: A lot of promise, and has worked with Mercedes previously. The downside for him is just one F1 season under his belt.
Fernando Alonso: Would probably love to drive for Mercedes, only problem for him is a year left on his current contract.
Esteban Ocon: With a new deal signed at Force India, and even less experience than Werhlein does it make sense for Mercedes to entrust their silver arrow to such a junior driver?
Esteban Gutierrez: Longshot, recently released from Haas. Has shown a temper throughout the team’s inaugural campaign which may have contributed to his dismissal for the 17 season. This is a long shot, but whoever ends up driving for MB will need some spark to match Lewis’ intensity.
Cole Trickle: Well besides the fact he’s a fictional character if that’s all you have on him then I’d like to point out that he won the last race against Ross Wheeler, and won the girl. Boom. [mic drop]
Me: I mean, I’ve certainly watched a lot of it on television. You’d be surprised how good the coverage is on ESPN. EDIT: Homage to Cole Trickle. Seriously, I think my “seat” time on Forza using Xbox One has adequately prepared me. They make those cars for the Big & Tall driver, right?
Jeff Gordon: I mean, he’s retired. It’s not like his racing for Cadillac at the 24 Hours of Daytona would impact any of the 17 F1 season. Plus if it has wheels he can drive it, and probably pretty well.
There are certainly other options, but these seem to be the obvious ones to me. Another option that is so far removed from a reasonable likelihood other than the sake of bandying pedigreed names about is one in which Mercedes calls up Mick Schumacher before his second season is Formula 4. Improbable, but not impossible. Highly improbable though. This is my way of saying who knows who will become the newest driver of the silver arrow. Anything is possible.
I’ll ask the question again, who wants to drive for Mercedes Benz, and who wants to be Lewis Hamilton’s teammate?
Specifically, I’m talking to the individual or individuals who dropped this Merc (website background image for week of 12/5/16) on it’s front rotor instead of leaving it jacked keeping the steering and braking components off the asphalt. Sadly, this is the way I discovered the big Merc, and had no chance to prevent this tragedy. Only you can prevent automotive cruelty like this, and don’t kid yourself we can each help to prevent this in the future.
Admittedly the word “obsession” in the title of this post may be an exaggeration, but I’ve been on a kick lately (4 weeks and counting) to find some great driver’s roads in and around Maryland. After my Driver’s Holiday project, and subsequent video in October, I thought to myself, surely there just have to be roads near me that provide some of the same elements I absolutely love about the roads I found in Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia.
I think to do that you need to answer the following question, what makes a driver’s road? Never mind finding “great” at this point, let’s just cover what it takes to make the list as a Driver’s Road. The basic recipe is simple, take one part geography, and combine it with one part scenery. Finish off with a dash of low use (read no stop-and-go traffic or some other form of congestion – cyclists (pedal variety) and animals, quality of the road surface (I mean if you have to avoid pot holes the entire time what’s the point?), and a pinch of accessibility (you shouldn’t necessarily need a passport or need burn through your entire vacation just to reach). Follow that recipe, and you’re guaranteed to be back for seconds. Geography plays a big part in the potential of a great driver’s road, and without it there’s no need for switchbacks, elevation changes, quick drops or sudden climbs, fast corners, sweeping turns or other elements we crave! Having great geography is spoiled without great scenery, manmade or natural (bridges-vistas-quaint towns-Americana or Carcana sites).
I started exploring the area around Frederick, the following weekend began exploring the area north of Baltimore. Eventually, I ventured farther north into Pennsylvania. After the driving experiences I went back to the atlas, and poured over the roads I’d traveled already. I was able to combine several of those legs, piecing together a nice loop of 40-60 miles. My goal is to create or discover the roads enthusiasts may already know creating 3-4 loops around Maryland that are accessible as day-trips for good driving with good sights.
Check back as I will update this post with those roads and driving loops!
In the spirit of the holiday season, Fiat has provided us with a contemporary Italian take on Christmas and car sales. Though technically it doesn’t qualify as retro or a throwback commercial, it’s entertaining, and in keeping with the holidays sort of. Ho, ho, ho…
I preface this Andy Rooney like rant about a first world problem that is near and dear to my heart, commuting to and from work. Yes, I freely acknowledge that bona fide problems face people all throughout the world, and this admittedly falls well short of making it even remotely close to cracking the Top 1000 list of issues facing humanity. Having said that this impacts me, and because I’m my biggest advocate, this issue needs to be brought to your attention. Sounds reasonable, right?
Why this is important to me you ask? Great question reader! As someone who likes driving, the simple act of not moving while sitting in a running car is tantamount to being forbidden from driving. This in turn equates to a life a little more dreary, for me. I know the adage that into everyone’s life a little rain must fall, but this week has proven to be a virtual monsoon season in the span of just 4 days traffic has been over the top. As a person living near our nation’s capital (cue patriotic music) I live, let’s say for simplicity’s sake, less than 10 miles from my place of work. In most parts of the country the standard ratio of 1:1 applies, whereby each mile should take 1 minute, give or take to reach. The two exceptions to this are New York (city), and greater Los Angeles. And I think we all understand why. Those two geographic regions aside, most of us in this great land can count on something close to the 1:1 ratio. Using this ratio and the distance from my home to my office my commute should take about 10 minutes, plus or minus 3-5 minutes. This past week however I’ve reached a 1:11-1:12 ratio with commuting times of one hour and fifteen minutes to one hour and thirty minutes with one span taking almost thirty minutes to travel 3 blocks.
Let me distill it down to the essence of what it means to be in traffic here in the nation’s capital, “great lengths of time of devoid of any perceptible motion or forward progress punctuated by flashes of little to no movement”. I think I’ve hit squarely on the head with that one.
Thank you for indulging me in a petty rant about an issue everyone deals with each day. This has been cathartic, and I thank you for that. One more day to go to the weekend, I’m due for a commute of just one hour soon, right?