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Friday
Jan132017

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday the 13th, its the Vroom Room, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation and please tell your friends to join.

Last week there was a substantial pile up of vehicles on the 401 eastbound, fortunately there were no fatalities or serious injuries. You have to wonder how AV's be it cars and heavy duty trucks would have handled the situation of blinding snow, icy road, stopping in time.

Take a few minutes browse the RM Sotheby Arizona 17 auction catalog...click.

NAIAS by the comments from the experts, pundits, journalists was a boring affair this year. Are we forgetting that auto shows are directed at consumers that actually pay an entrance fee and hopefully are assisted in making a vehicle decision.

Detroit is cold in January, if pundits stay in the right hotels its as simple as jumping on the People Mover to Cobo Hall. Have to go somewhere else get a cab from your hotel. If folks are seeking the killer reveal that will attract eyeballs for their publication auto shows are perhaps no longer the place.

The success of an auto show is the attendance from consumers.

What caught our attention at NAIAS, the Kia Stinger, the Lexus LS500 that finally broke the mold, the GMC Terrain by its poor (being polite) styling, the refreshed Camry.

Miss our thoughts on Canadian Sales for 2016?...click.

Stunning photography in this collection of the Best Vintage Racing of 2016...enjoy.

 

Friday
Dec092016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

We are getting closer to Christmas...

Cadillac vs Lincoln

Lets roll back to a time when Cadillac and Lincoln ruled the luxury segment in North America. Agreed...we can have a lengthy discussion about what happened, now lets focus on today.

Year to date November Cadillac sold 10,815 units in Canada which is behind last year (11,155) while Lincoln sold 7,732 which is ahead of last year (7,088). You have to wonder how Cadillac can be behind, and Lincoln ahead.

In November Cadillac sold 62 CT6's while Lincoln sold 56 Continentals which is very close. This will get interesting in 2017 observing Cadillac and Lincoln.

Nico Rosberg retiring from F1, we applaud the decision from a balanced individual. There are other things in life than fighting it out within a winning team. Interesting that his father Keke was not in the paddock when he won the championship. Perhaps just a coincidence...or not.

Passion

Through the years we have often mentioned passion, and if you are wondering where the Strada passion comes from...click. It goes back a few generations and a few years, and we still don't have all the answers. But we still have a ton of passion.

Its from the start "Passion in everything that we do. We don't follow, we lead...".

An informative opinion on autonomous vehicles, mobility and car dealers...click. 

John Glenn...Godspeed.

Our usual old race cars from the Ferrari Celebration at Daytona...enjoy.


 

Saturday
Nov192016

1990 Ferrari F40 

If you had an opportunity to peruse an F40 back in the day, or is it way back in the day. There was a mechanical aspect about the car that was beautiful, the immense after coolers under the rear glass, the starkness of the interior.

Lets not forget the performance...an informative walk around with Jay Leno.

 

 

Friday
Nov182016

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.

We hope that by now you have your winter tires on the vehicle you will be using this winter. Yes...its Canada and we will get snow at some point. Be assured that the entire Strada Crew had a winter tire week end, swapping summer for winter tires on several vehicles.

Its the week end that the driveway turns into a pop up tire shop with wheels, tires, jack, air impact wrench, different lug nuts, wheel locks, the entire experience.

The other day we were reading that the AJAC Test Fest is encountering some headwinds with diminished participation and interest from manufacturers. It will be interesting to see for how much longer manufacturers will remain star struck by a "guild".

The annual show season is starting today with the opening of the LA Auto Show.

We all know the acronyms SUV and CUV, get ready for UUV (urban utility vehicle) which is lurking on the horizon. At some point we might all be driving a turbocharged, all wheel drive 4 cylinder utility box. Reflect on this for a moment.

Are you tired with all the prognosticators, crystal ballers, experts, pundits, analysts, that have emerged this past week with all sorts of sound bites on the US election. We agree with you...its tiring dealing with  the same eyeball seeking "pablum" over and over. 

Our usual old race cars, an awesome photo galley of Ferrari Racing at Daytona.

 

 

Saturday
Aug202016

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 

Informative walk around with Jay Leno, 4 cam engine, 6 Webers, gated shifter, Nardi steering wheel, Campagnolo knock off alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires...enjoy.

Yes..."Everyone should experience a V12 in their life."

 

 

Saturday
Feb272016

Ferrari 488 GTB

Go for a ride with Harry from Harry's Garage with a Ferrari 488 GTB

 

 

Monday
Feb082016

The Auction Action

Now that the Scottsdale auction dust has settled, and if you are of a certain age that you remember some of the cars.

 

What caught our attention in no particular order.

Trans-Ams:

Wow after being dormant for decades these cars have gone through the roof price wise. Yes...The Colonel owned a black 1977 Trans Am back in the day. Nothing very exciting or tuggin your heart strings about a Trans Am with a lazy 400 or an even lazier 455.

Resto Mods:

Agreed its probably a ton of money to engineer, and build a totally cool "resto mod" and some of the cars were epic. But the prices...were stratospheric on most of the stuff.

GNX:

Takes your breath away, guess if you bought a GNX back in the day, and kept it. Obvious that a V6 with a turbo resonates with some folks in 2016 when turbo's are all the rage on 4 cylinders.

GTO:

When a brown Judge convertible with a 455, 4 speed, and something like 4.33 gears does cubic money. What can you say...or what else is there to say. Then the conversation turns to Ram Air IV's in GTO's with the endura front bumpers...The Colonel remembers to short life span of these engine.

Back in 1972 The Colonel would order Pontiac LeMans Sport with the GTO front end, even ordered a Le Mans Station wagonwith a 400 and a GTO front end. You have to wonder what that wagon would do in Scottsdale.

One Off:

Some of the stuff is just plain ugly, with awful proportions. But...its a one of one by so and so. Still ugly with awful proportions.

Corvette:

Do you have have the feeling that they are becoming an industry. Find one that is a mess, turn it into a resto mod, by accident find one that was an old race car with spotty provenance...Wow.

Maserati:

Wow...epic prices what else can you say.

Ferrari:

By now its a staple product at any auction that will bring cubic money. Think of this Testarossa's that were interesting back in the day are increasing in price.

Mercedes-Benz:

Yes...a 540K set a record and probably deserved it. A wide body SEC from back in the day...go figure?

 

 

Friday
Feb052016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

Its a 1935 Chevrolet

For a Corvette fan it was a joy to see Corvette Racing finish 1-2 in GTLM at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Especially the last 15 minutes when number 3 and 4 were racing each other in a purposeful fashion. More impressive this was after 23 hours of racing.

Canadian sales for January, what can you say a record month, an epic month, almost increadible but true.

A thought on vehicle weight. If you remove weight you can raise the level of performance with a smaller engine, or you can immensely increase the performance by decreasing the weight, and increasing the size of the engine. Guess which direction we would go...yes drop the weight, increase the engine. Guess which direction manufacturers are going? Precisely drop the weight, and decrease the engine.

The 1935 Chevy Coupe, by now you know that we have an affinity for hot rods. You can click on the photo to make it bigger. Notice the chopped top, and the angle, the stance, the louvers on the hood, the pan under the grille, the kidney wheels. Yes...its bare metal. What colour would you paint it?

You certainly heard the various comments about Apple and the softening sales of iPhones, the subsequent deterioration of the share price. At some point how many iPhones can you sell? Especially when the carriers control the sales more than Apple (in North America). In the same thought vector, how many vehicles can you sell in Canada when you have reached 1.9M in 2015?

In case you misssed it, we started Tip of the Day its our way of giving back on our 10th anniversary. Do we give a step by step tip, or advice? You know that its not our style, we offer advice and a direction for the thought process.

If you have been around small block Chevrolet engines for a few decades, you surely remember the early versions of the engines. This build is considered "old school" today. Take a look at Part 1 and Part 2. It will carry you back a few decades just looking at the photos, while refreshing you memory.

An impressive photo gallery of the Cavallino Classic 2016 held as usual at the Breakers in Palm Beach.