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Good Morning!

Yes...another Friday, and another Vroom Room, come in we have cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment if you wish.

Do you remember the launch of the Nissan Cube a few years ago, and the hypercube, with a variety of ambassadors across Canada. Mercedes-Benz is emulating a similar launch for the B Class, with B-The Face in this instance you have to be on Tumbler to enter the contest. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds, and develops. especially that its not a frictionless undertaking. 

The other day we on a road trip, we still keep our eyes out for interesting trucks. Its a long standing habit of always checking out trucks on th road. Especially the ones that catch your attention from a distance. 

We start coming up to this trailer with numerous lights instinctively we conclude that a Pete is most probably pulling the trailer, yes the mitre cut stacks are a dead give away that its a Pete. Sometimes you just get lucky to get an unobstructed shot of the Pete 379 probably a long nose too. On that same trip we saw a truck from Reliable Transport and wondered what cars it was hauling. 

From a different perspective, if you ever owned a Chevrolet, any knid of Chevrolet with a 327 and a Duntov cam, this article from Super Chevy on building an old school 327 will resonate. You certainly remember how fast that 327 revved up, and spinning that engine to get performance. Agreed...back in the day you had to be "hard core" to run and over cammed, over carburated engine on the street in a daily driver. 

At some point we will catch The Colonel and have him tell us about his 327, we have a feeling it will be a compelling story. 

Impressive photo gallery of The Dakar rallye that concluded last Sunday. 



Vro0m Ro0m

Good Morning!

Today's Vroom RoomIts the usual Caffe Latte and Biscotti, ahead is a long week end, finally some warm weather, and to our surprise The Colonel just appeared....he seems in fine form. Come in...make yourself comfortable.

You may have missed that GM reported a profit for the first quarter of the year, on their way to an IPO to refund the money they borrowed. Whatever happened to all the shareholders of the old GM? These old shareholders are probably filed in the same folder as the old GM.

This week we are enjoying a GS450h, this car is the hidden jewel of things to come with luxury hybrids. Some cars just fly under everyone's radar screen, if it would not be a Lexus but something else most folks would be raving about this car. 

You surely heard of the teen age son of the Toronto auto writer who slammed a Porsche Turbo through a garage door with fascinating graffiti on the door. We surely don't wish such events on any one, fortunately it was a minor incident and no one was hurt. Wonder what the CarProof report will say about the repaired damages on the car? In the meantime you can read Jack Baruth's thoughts on the incident.

The Colonel has a few thoughts on what some manufacturers are doing:


  • A few days ago I saw a video from local media talking about convertibles, with cars from 35K to 200K; this video is done in a back lot somewhere with garbage dumpsters in the background. Think of this for a moment...a dealer needs "imaged" premises....need I say more!
  • We all know that controversy or shock and awe generate additional eyeballs, and comments. Guess what would happen to the porter at any dealership that would slam a car though a garage door. We all know the answer don't we...!!!
  • The one that really gets me, is the "reviewer" doing a review of a 30K vehicle, then a 40K vehicle, then a 70K, or even 100K + with the same mindset. At some point its going to "bite" manufacturers especially the ones with higher priced products.
  • With everyone in the Social Autosphere competing with everyone else for eyeballs, and considerations from the various manufacturers. Its turning into a sizable ball of grey....yes I better stop now!!!
  • One more...there is coverage, exposure, and quality coverage accompanied by quality exposure, perhaps manufacturers should start understanding the difference.


You may have missed our review of the cube...its here. Interesting that when a car captures your attention even a year later it still a cool car. 

Did you miss it? Some of our documents are published on Scribd and slideshare including the "quick overview" of our reviews. We feel that it facilitates the "transport" of information. Obvious that...if you have suggestions please let us know. 

The TTXGP had their first race at Infineon last week end, the Zero Agni won the race, yes the same folks that build the Zero electric motorcycle.

Enjoy an extensive photo gallery of the Mille Miglia...yes the one that starts and ends in Brescia.