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Friday
Jan202017

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, and please tell your friends to join.

Today is the inauguration of a new President in the US, and you have to wonder if it will generate less or more opinions, comments, tweets...what do you think? Have you noticed that from Canada all we hear usually has some sort of negative undertone. There has to be a few upsides...that are discreetly kept out of the limelight.

Lets not forget Kevin O'Leary running for the Conservative leadership. Do you think we will have our own show in Canada in the months to come?

The auto business was a pioneer in going global over a generation ago. Reflect on this for a moment, its global, its huge, it has a myriad of stakeholders. Taking this global business and trying to roll back time and make it local...is easier said than done.

Yes...Scottsdale is buzzing with all sorts of auction activity especially as the week end approaches. 

Talking of collector cars, how about collector tools...do you remember the speedwrench?

The 2018 Mustang is a cool looking car, and you have to wonder why Ford unveiled the car so early.

Have you noticed that diesels continue to get slammed as being "dirtier" than expected? Which begs the question who really knows what is going on in the various black boxes that control motors in any vehicle. What programming, codes, algorithms are actually doing, and when...click.

We have often mentioned a shoebox Chevy. Well...yesterday watching Barrett-Jackson a blue 1956 Chevy 2 door post with a 502, automatic, independent rear suspension, Morrison frame rolled on the block. "That's a shoebox Chevy..." a few individuals want this car...it finally sold for 152K.

Some cool old cars and racrs too from the Bicester Heritage.

 

 

 

Friday
Apr082016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Canadian Sales

What can you say, March was another record month, and obvious the first quarter of 2016 smashed all previous records. It simply reinforces the ongoing migration from ownership to mobility. It remains fascinating that most pundits, and analysts are stll talking about ownership.

If like us you have an interest in computers from the early days going back over 30 years. Not so much how to use various software, but the evolution of the personal computer. An informative article on Regis McKenna and Apple.

Do you have the feeling that folks in the US are developing some sort of guilt for selling too many vehicles? "We are selling way too many, there is something wrong with this picture, when will the sky come crashing down". In Canada we should be scared silly...reflect on this for a moment.

Our usual old race cars a fascinating video of the 1962 Players 200 at Mosport...enjoy.

 

 

Monday
Jan112016

Why Shift Gears?

The holy grail of every auto pundit is to have a vehicle with a manual transmission and a clutch pedal. To actually shift gears with a 5 or 6 speed manual transmission.

There is something totally cool about shifting gears with a clutch pedal, as well as something totally antiquated.

Which begs the question "Why would you want to shift gears?"

Old School

You are old school, and still believe that shifting your own gears provides increased vehicle control. Way back in the day it was the way to go.

2016 Reality

Your brain does not integrate with the computers and lines of code in the vehicle as well as another computer. Think about this for a moment.

8 and 9 Speed Automatics

The rule of thumb was/is that a manual transmission should have an additional gear compared to an automatic with a torque converter. Imagine for a moment a 10 speed manual transmission, and who will actually shift all those gears with a clutch pedal.

When is it fun to shift gears?

You have to go back to the day of mechanical cars, with a mechanical clutch, and a 4 speed manual with noisy synchronizers. Back to the day when the driver was the "computer" and the "lines of code" controlling the entire car.

Old school V8 with a carburetor, and a 4 speed manual with a mechanical clutch linkage is a ton of fun on a Sunday morning.

The rest of the time

Let the computers, algorithms, line of code do a brilliant job in shifting gears on that 7-8-9 speed automatic. Don't even bother with the paddle shifters, just let the algorithms do their job.