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Saturday
May092015

Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

An informative story, and walk around of an original 1936 H-D Knucklehead with Jay Leno.

 

 

 

 

Friday
May082015

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

At one point we were die hard NASCAR fans, and huge Dale Earnhardt fans. Yes...we had the unique opportunity of seeing Dale at Daytona almost 20 years ago. Imagine for a moment if there would be a Sprint Cup NASCAR race in Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Think about this for a moment...

The "good ole boys" racing at Ile Notre Dame, and socializing at Thursday's on Crescent...

Last Sunday we watched the start and the last 20 laps of the Geico 500 at Talladega. It was memorable to see Junior win, remember his father by showing 3 fingers to the fans, and get emotional in the winners circle.

Wondering why Ford is behind the 8 ball with Canadian sales? Simple...not enough pick ups, really not enough pick ups to keep up with demand.

Freightliner just launched the Inspiration the first autonomous truck to e granted a license.

If everyone is pressed for time. If a ton of folks do not read, ever wonder who the folks that comment on automotive sites are all about. Folks that never owned a motorcycle commenting on "riding a motorcycle" makes you wonder.

Back to reading...at some point the demise of e-mail is that most folks do not read, often do not remember what they read. If you evolved at a time when the "office memo" with the often long distribution list on top, usually generated by an assistant to a high ranking individual in the organisation.  Back in the day content on paper probably captured more attention. Today digital content has a propensity of getting lost...not read.

Old Ferrari's from Concorso Ferrari 2015...enjoy.

 

 

Thursday
May072015

This Is Formula 1

Awesome video...with a bit of nostalgia...enjoy!

 

 

Tuesday
May052015

Going Fast

Have you noticed the popularity, and box office results of the latest Fast and Furious? Its almost or it is off the charts.

A few years ago we had a discussion at Strada that 600 HP was going to be the top end of horsepower ratings. Often the Strada Crew reminds The Colonel that today its beyond 600.

We all know that technology is the enabler of massive horsepower in any vehicle. Back in the days of muscle cars massive horsepower was often a lethal weapon, and always recalcitrant on the street.

Lets look at a few points:

  • Horsepower, performance, going fast costs money. There is a difference between reading a review of vehicles that go fast, and owning and maintaining one of these vehicles.
  • Going to the track is expensive, the wear and tear factor of tracking a high horsepower/performance vehicle increases dramatically.
  • The current roads and traffic are totally counter productive to uncovering windows of opportunity.
  • The speed legislations are strict and prohibitive...lets leave it at that.

Why do manufacturers build these vehicles? Because they can, they are technological "tour de force", they are halo vehicles, they create buzz, they reinforce the brand.

Is it a human condition to go fast? What do you think? Being candid its also a ton of work, concentration, adrenalin, accompanied by an element of danger, and very tiring. Agreed...its also fun.

The performance envelope of these vehicles is beyond the understanding of the ambient traffic, which becomes dangerous.

The reality is that you are hauling around a myriad of go fast components to basically use them for a few seconds when a window of opportunity opens up.

Back in the day cooling an engine was always a challenge, a huge fan for traffic conditions was a drag on performance, for some reason radiators were never big enough, and adding an oil cooler was always a good thing. Imagine the v8's with the turbos inside the V, the management system will shut down the engine.

Go to a track, and you can quickly over heat a performance car after several laps, the engine temperature is getting high, the brakes are too hot, the wear factor is also high.

Drive on an autobahn at 200 kph it demands massive levels of concentration, and deep pockets.

Do we really need to go fast, or know that we have a vehicle that can go fast?

 

Monday
May042015

Canadian Sales - April 2015

An amazing month, the best April in recent history.

By now all manufacturers know the routine and increase the level of advertising during the second part of the month. April merely followed along...

The environment:

Gas is not that cheap.

The Canadian dollar no longer buys as much,

Money remains inexpensive and free flowing.

What caught our attention:

  • GM decided to move iron in April and displace FCA for the month.
  • We continue to scratch our heads with Ford.
  • Lexus gaining additional momentum with the NX
  • Is it fair to say Porsche powered by Macan?
  • The Micra continues to make a difference for Nissan. 
  • MerBimAu as usual showing continued increases.
  • The endless migration towards SUV/CUV increases and endures.

One more thing:

Its very competitive and CMS (Citizen Main Street) is the big winner.

 

 

 

Saturday
May022015

Making a Rolls-Royce

Cool video...

 

 

Friday
May012015

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, the first day of May, its the Vroom Room, make yourself comfortable, we have cappuccino and biscotti. Did you know we have been serving a virtual cappuccino at the Vroom Room for several years.

If you have an interest in yachts, this is the first hybrid boat with a single Warstila diesel, take a look at the Feadship Savannah. We think its really cool...

Have you been thinking about a Ferrari 488 GTB? Yes...you can configure your own here.

If you missed our thoughts on Mobile Friendly, we urge you to make it a point to review your online presence.

Did you know that most if not all vehicles with an electric fuel pump, if the engine runs out of oil pressure the fuel pump will shut down. From way back in the day it was a safety feature that if something untoward happened to the car (flipping on its roof) the fuel pump would not keep on pumping.

Today with sensors, and computers the fuel pump shuts down even faster.

Someday we will share the story of a Chevrolet Vega station wagon, excessive oil consumption, oil pressure light coming on, fuel pump shutting down. Aluminum block, no cylinder liners, steel head, and epic oil consumption.

If you live in the GTA have you noticed that premium gas is 21 cents a liter more than regular. If you can afford a vehicle that requires premium, you can afford to pay...must be the thinking of the oil companies.

Today is the start of the Spring Collector Car auction at the International Center. If your agenda permits make it a point to visit the auction, there are some great cars, and Dan Spendick of CCP always makes an effort to have a memorable event.

Our usual old race cars from HSR Mitty at Road Atlanta.

 

 

Thursday
Apr302015

Milestones

Its the last day of the month, we have The Colonel with us this morning; we heard that he has a couple of Milestones on the immediate horizon.

Lets pick his thoughts...

Q: Colonel you have been in the sun?

A: Yes in the back yard cleaning the left overs from winter.

Q: We heard that you have some milestones.

A: Do you really want to go there. Times goes by really fast, and is accelerating.

Q: We heard something about 50 years

A: It hit me the other day that in 2015 its 50 years out of high school, not a big deal.

Q: High school is not a big deal, 50 years might just be a big deal.

A: Precisely, its the time that goes by quickly, half a century...

Q: We heard of another milestone...something about 45 years.

A: This is getting very interesting, where are you picking up all this stuff, and trying to go back in time.

Q: We heard that stuff...

A: I'm sure you did, hopefully its all good stuff.

Q: Are you being evasive this morning...what's with the 45 years.

A: Simple guys...45 years ago I graduated from what was then Loyola of Montreal, now Concordia University.

Q: What is the first car magazine you bought?

A: That's easy Hot Rod.

Q: You are being evasive, Hot Rod...what year?

A: You did not ask it was the August 1959 issue of Hot Rod...I was a kid.

Q: Next year will be another milestone...10 years of Strada.

A: Absolutely...it all started here...click.

Q: That content from 9 years ago, remains relevant today, seems it was written this morning. Although many of the links no longer work.

A: I agree with you guys, its still timely just goes to show as we always say "We don't follow...we lead". The links its almost comical that at a time of big data, inexpensive storage, content seems to evaporate.

Q: The Strada content is all there.

A: Absolutely, our content on Strada is all available.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr292015

Individuals

We subscribe to the mantra that we are not in the car business, we are in the "people business through cars".

Especially at the dealer level with mainstream social media, and mobile usage we are increasingly in the people business.

The auto business is also a great arena to cultivate various egoes, and to assist in displaying these egoes in a positive and negative fashion. Somedays we get the impression of the wheel being reinvented a gazillion times in 24 hours.

We all know the saying "The buck stops here" accompanied by another famous saying "Don't tell me, show me".

Obvious that when you put several individuals together there is the real possibility that it will get political in one fashion or another. Folks hide behind e-mails, use spreadsheets and powerpoints to obfuscate.

Agreed there is always a rampant collection of assholes.

We could keep on going, but you surely get the idea...

In the auto business through the decades there has been a fascinating collection of individuals at every level of the business. In many instances these individual made compelling contributions, at times made monumental mistakes, and often made a difference in one fashion or another.

They were literally a force in the business. We are certain that you can come up with your own names of individuals that made an impact.

Last week we saw a Teutonic individual that had cast a shadow for decades. His passing was in the Teutonic tradition with the required cast of assholes.

The question: Are we going to see more individuals in the auto business in the years to come?

What do you think?

 

 

Tuesday
Apr282015

Lunch Break

From eGarage...if you have an appreciation for Rottweilers like we do its totally cool.