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Friday
Jan062017

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, the first of 2017. Enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, and please tell your friend.

Hopefully you took a few days off, and this past week was your immersion into the 2017 reality. Its Canada's 150 Anniversary this year. We know Canada has been around for dramatically more than 150 years, but Canada the country will be 150 this year.

Probably not thinking about it, the Camaro is 50 years old this year...click. Reflect on this for a moment especially if you owned a 67 Camaro at one time or another, and perhaps if you still own a Camaro now.

Call it what you want, carbon tax, cap and trade, the reality is that CMS (Citizen Main Street) is paying more for gas in Ontario and a few other provinces. Is it a good thing? Time will tell, but its a great start to the year...or is it?

Agreed...its a busy month, CES going on now, NAIAS next week, the various auctions in Scottsdale, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the World Economic Forum in Davos. Did we forget the inauguration of a new President in the US.

Canadian Sales

Although December was slightly behind last year, its been a record year, on top of a record year. It sort of leaves you for words...WoW. Yes...CMS (Citizen Main Street) is on a serious mobility streak in Canada.

Will it continue this year (2017) good question? What do you think.

Our usual old race cars a Visual Treat from Sebring...enjoy.

 

Friday
Dec162016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

Its almost Christmas and this year we have snow...WoW.

Being disruptive, this past week we looked at some aspects of the auto business in Canada. We asked obvious and perhaps uncomfortable questions, while not providing an answer. Is it gratifying to disrupt (stir s#*t)...what do you think.

We have enjoyed an appreciable drop in the price of gas (remember when premium was almost $1.50 a liter), and an increase in the price of food. This round it will be an increase in the price of gas and a further escalation in the price of food.

You had to wonder who would literally throw away billions in an infantile market share competition (mine is bigger than your) for oil. We have the answers, we have the outcome, and now we have the increase in the price of oil.

Have you been watching NASCAR races for a while? You should know that The Colonel was a huge fan of Dale Earnhardt, yes...saw him race at Daytona too. It will be nice to see Junior back in the 88 car for the Daytonal 500.

In case you missed it, the Can Am racing series celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year. Agreed...you have to be of a certain age to have attended Can Am races...no kidding it started 50 years ago. Even today the thunder of an aluminum big block Chevy is magical.

This year we have snow, and it seems that we will have a white Christmas, perhaps its appropriate to dig up our Suburban Story from a few years ago. As you read various comments regarding winter driving, winter tires, and so on and on. If its really bad save yourself a bunch of trouble and stay where you are, unless its an absolute must.

At this time we get what we call "bubbly" which could be spumante, prosecco, or champagne. Being individuals we have our own preferences depending on the occasion. In our case we have a preference for Perrier Jouet. The challenge is to find Belle Epoque.

As you continue to elaborate your planning for 2017...spend a few minutes reviewing 75 Charts Every Canadian Should Watch In 2017.

Our usual old race cars, if you have a Flickr account you are probably or should be familiar with Louis Galanos who has an impressive gallery of old race cars, and races on Flickr...truly impressive. Obvious that you have to be of a certain age (Boomer) to have such a collection of photos. Today its the 1971 12 Hours of Sebring, if you have followed racing for a few decades you will see a bunch of familiar names and faces.

 

 

Friday
Mar252016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

We agree, the world, mankind, still needs Divine intervention and saving...let's leave it at that. Take a moment to be thankful, and appreciative for what you have; we too often take it all for granted.

Corvette Racing could have probably done a 1-2 in GTLM at Sebring same as Daytona, a #1 is good.

The F1 season opened in Melbourne with expected results, its encouraging to see Ferrari get more competitive.

The Camaro ZL1 with a 10 speed automatic, interesting track car from our perspective.

At some point in your life, have you done something foolish, reckless with a car. No need to answer, we know that we have all had "brain fades" at one time or another. Hopefully not so much today. At Strada occasionally we recount a memorable moment.

In case you missed The Black Charger from a few years ago.

The Suburban Story again from a few years ago.

The Drive Story again from a few years back, the drive was from a few decades earlier.

Imagine for a moment when cars did not have telescoping steering columns, seat belts, ABS brakes, traction control, or crush zones to name a few. By today's standards the car was "unsafe", now get foolish with such a car. Enough...

We all deal with technology on a daily and ongoing basis, Andy Grove of Intel passed this week. An interesting and informative article on Andy Grove.

Next week we will be doing our first review of 2016, and to follow the trend its a truck, stay tuned.

Our usual old race cars, is a fascinating story from the 1966 Sebring race, yes 50 years ago take a look 1966 12 Hours of Sebring.

 

 

Friday
Mar182016

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

A few days ago travelling in northern Saskatchewan, with many side roads being gravel and dirt, the propensity for muddied up vehicles is very high. Well muddied up with a solid layer. Coming up at a distance to a Taurus with what looks like a light bar on the roof. Begs the question why would a Taurus have something that looks like a light bar on the roof?

Precisely...its one of those...and yes in Saskatchewan you can spot vehicles from a good distance ahead of you.

Again, and again you need to be your own editor with some of the stuff that gets published and passed along by folks trying to monetise one thing or another. It almost boggles the mind how some folks drag out stories for the sake of trying to look intelligent. Be your own editor.

Everyone is talking/writing about AV's, sharing, mobility, and then an old school hot rod appears, with a honkin' V8, a manual transmission with a clutch pedal. At times this industry goes from one extreme to the other.

Same as the good ole days, these hot rods fire up everyone's imagination, especially the folks in the auto media, and then linger in showrooms unsold...go figure.

A couple of decades ago the SL was offered with a 6 cylinder accompanied by scarce demand, and success. The SL is being offered with a 6 cylinder again, obvious with a turbo, and reasonable horsepower. We agree V8's are increasingly becoming luxury motors, especially the ones big enough not to require forced induction.

Yes...tomorrow is the 12 Hours of Sebring...let's see how Corvette Racing does?

A stunning photo gallery of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours...click.