Its April Fools, its Friday, its the Vroom Room...come in make yourself comfortable, we have cappuccino and biscotti.
We are heading for another election in Canada on May 2, hopefully it will clear the air in the Canadian Parliament, while getting rid of a stalemate that has engendered increasing animosity. In the meantime do keep in mind that folks in other areas of the planet have demonstrated, been killed, to have the privilege to vote.
We urge you to vote! It will be interesting to see the role and effect of Social Media during the campaign.
If you are a fan of Canadian Air Farce a tribute to Roger Abbott...here.
Perhaps you heard that David E. Davis Jr. passed away, one of the many eulogies is...here. What is so special about some 80 year old guy that was writing about cars during a different time.
Lets turn to The Colonel who has a better recollection of that time.
At one time the only source of automotive information for enthusiast were the "buff publications", and depending on one's inclination and preferences some publications became "de rigeur" monthly reading material. In my case Hot Rod, Car and Driver, and Road and Track were the monthly must read. Lets focus on Car and Driver, and David E.Davis Jr. in the early 1960's these guys were ahead of their time, with views that were thought provoking, irreverent, and often opened different, and fresh perspectives.
Those were the days of automotive writers that could write a story to ignite your imagination through the printed word. The days were manufacturers formed unofficial allegiances through their PR departments with various publications. They were the days when publications could literally get a vehicle or a model go viral (to use a modern term) within a targeted customer base.
At that time Car and Driver made it a point to publish stories that captured the attention, and imagination, be it the early Cannonball Runs, the infamous rigged GTO comparison, the Repo Man story, technical features and a myriad of others.
David E. Davis Jr. was the conductor at Car and Driver that kept the monthly irreverence coming. Will there ever be another like him? Probably not, times have changed, everyone can be a publisher, information is much easier to find. In many ways David E understood 50 years ago, what we understand today as the social autosphere, its the people, the experience, the passion that make a compelling difference. A fascinating read by Jean Jennings on the start of Automobile magazine and David E...here.
We started our Dealers section several months ago...here surprising the velocity of time. Last week we attended a Corvette tech session...here, and today is the last day of the Catch a Mazda 2 promotion...here.
As you may have noticed in March we shared our thoughts and experiences on a few 12 cylinder cars, just scroll down....yes David E, was one individual that would mention that a true enthusiast should ideally own, or at least experience a 12 cylinder car.
Just an old car...if you remember a Triumph TR3....here.