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Monday
Jul252011

ALMS at Mosport

At times you simply have to take in the entire 360 degree atmosphere of motorsports (racing), although you see more actual racing on TV, when you experience the entire spectrum of racing in person there is no substitute.

VP by the barrel + Extract the transmission folksWhat better way than at Mosport one of the Canadian shrines of racing, who has recently come under Canadian ownership. Yes...Mosport is a storied venue, and hopefully the Canadian owners will continue what the previous owner (Don Panoz) started. By the amount of folks that were present, motorsports is alive and well in Canada. 

To start a Sunday morning with the unique fragrance of racing fuel...yes that familiar fragrance wafting through the air. In addition its a glorious day, its warm on the direction of being hot, it will be totally cool.

Its the ALMS race with many familiar players on the scene...we appreciate fast cars, and the folks that make an effort to go fast.

Jake...Yes we have our own preferences, or soft spots, or whatever else you would like to call it. When you have preferences, you have a better understanding of the competition, rivalries, and the intellectual games that will get played out during the afternoon.

One must get up close and personal with this years GTI Class winner at LeMans, and take in the entire experience.

As well as understanding that their major competitiors for this race are set up next to them (BMW), and the other is not very far (Risi/Ferrari).

Corvette...

 

The car...

 

Yes...they won LeMans..

Up close...

These guys are fast...

 

Another look...

With the coolest coach...

The other fast car...

Hardly working on this car...

Flying Lizard...

More Flying Lizard...

Jaguar...

More Jaguar...

The Jaguar coaches...?

Patron...

The cars...

More cars...

Access to the Patron Hospitality was so exclusive that there was hardly any folks all day. Almost comical, a good lesson that you can make something so exclusive that no one will show...although its only tequila.

Pits...

More pits...

One of the supporting Porsche race...

 

Track...

Do we have to tell you that we have a ton more photos that we will upload on our Flickr account.

The race results from Autoweek are...here

LPR 

Monday
Jul252011

Eurocopter X3

Cool flight demo with novel camera positions...enjoy!

 

 

Saturday
Jul232011

Vintage Racing

By now you know that we have an affinity for "old race cars" the Kohler International Challenge at Road America is probably as good as it gets for vintage racing. Its Saturday take a few minutes enjoy the extensive photo gallery, that will surely fire up memories...here.

In the meantime...

 One more...

 

Friday
Jul222011

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

Its Friday, yes...its the Vroom Room come in, we have cappuccino and biscotti make yourself comfortable. 

Agreed...we have been under/in a heat bubble this week, breaking a few records.

Did you notice, The Colonel missed a Vroom Room, imagine after all these years missing a Vroom Room...he did...he atoned and shared some of his thoughts...this week.

We must have started something in Canada with Car Wars last year, with the fender to fender competition between BMW and Mercedes. When BMW blinked we mentioned that some folks were not counting correctly...this year it seems that again the count is not correct...YTD June BMW 14,454 and Mercedes 14,502 they might just start "trading paint" during the next 6 months. As usual, same as last year some folks count the Sprinter when comparing sales. Lets agree to keep the Mini, smart, Sprinter, motorcycles out of the count...what do you think?

Perhaps we should throw CPO vehicles in the count, they are fender to fender with CPO too...YTD June BMW is at 6,482 and Mercedes at 6,124. Yes we have been mentioning Certified Pre Owned for some time now.

There is a real possibility that BMW and Mercedes will be trading paint with new and CPO vehicles in the following months till year end....stay tuned.

If you remember Stanley Mouse, and perhaps had a "something" air brushed leave a comment. 

Take a moment to peruse Nowness...here.

The ALMS race is at Mosport this week end...

This week its a bunch of old dragsters, and a drag racing video from way way back in the day. The long lever is not a shifter, it the brake lever...take a look...here. If you went to drag races when the "flagman" was starting the races...leave a comment.

 

 

Thursday
Jul212011

New Product

The other 50% Everyone knows or should know that the auto industry is product driven...

Its always interesting, fascinating, to experience new products first hand and subsequently witness how they perform in the Canadian market.

Not as easy as it seems to ensure that a new product performs well in a market, there are numerous factors that can influence the performance of the product...although the actual product is at least 50% of the content....the other 50% be it price, marketing, PR, financial offers, incentives all make a contribution or detraction on the market performance. 

Lets look at a few new products we had an opportunity to experience...

2011 Hyundai Sonata: This car caught our attention...primarily the styling...it was a wow moment for us that a Korean car finally "looked good". At the time we said "In a competitive mid size sedan segment this new Sonata stands out with its evocative styling, comprehensive standard features, new engine with direct injection. Its a robust and enticing value proposition!"  The Canadian market this year is saying YTD June 2011 - 9,269 Sonatas vs 7,228 in 2010. 

 

2011 Ford Explorer: A few months ago, we had an opportunity to experience the new Explorer, easy to simply conclude that it was another SUV, among a ton of SUV's out there. Interesting truck, lots of features, family sized, and Ford did their due diligence. At the time we said "Its a superb full sized SUV for the family that is active, enjoys travelling with a vehicle, seeks adventure, requires a rear seat for adults, or full sized children. While providing exceptional on road and adverse condition capabilities that inspire confidence." The Canadian market this year is saying YTD June 2011 - 4,686 Explorers vs 2,236 in 2010.

 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Have been around forever, they are a fixture in SUV land. There was a certain coolness about this new one, we kept on thinking that the truck drove like a Benz (it is a Benz underneath). At the time we said "Its one of the coolest SUV's we have had, the interior is superlative, it drives really nice, it has all the infotainement features with a strong sound system". The Canadian market this year YTD June 2011 - 5,024 Grand Cherokees vs 2,189 in 2010.

 

2011 Buick Regal Turbo: This version with the turbo motor is an exceptional car, evolving in a competitive segment, with established and entrenched competitors. At the time we said "Perhaps Buick did not blip your radar...may we suggest that you experience the Regal with a Turbo. Its impressive, its as good as (you know the brands), and will trigger a memorable intellectual process that Buick is a premium car." We were fearful that perhaps GM would not follow through with the other 50% to move this car in its market segment. The Canadian market this year YTD June 2011 - 1,391 Regals vs 1,116 in 2010.

 

Yes...the other 50% is a fine balancing act!