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Monday
May112015

Getting Started

Great way to start the week...

 

 

Thursday
May072015

This Is Formula 1

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Friday
Apr242015

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

We are in the second half of the month, you surely have noticed  the frequency of automotive ads in the various platforms increase in intensity. You can dare greatly with an SRX, snap your fingers and get a Ford, ya ya ya to a Jetta to name few that caught our attention.

In Canada now that the Federal Budget is a done deal, and the Duffy Trial continues, its been fascinating to observe the various opinions from a myriad of pundits, experts, analysts. Yes...you have to be your own editor.

Our friend Michael Banovsky spent a few days with a Viper in Los Angeles, and generated an interesting story in Petrolicious with an historical perspective on Vipers. Which reminded us of a Black Viper Roadster, chromed wheels, Fort Lauderdale, cruising on the A1A with the Strada Crew a few years back.

You must have noticed that we pay little to no attentionto fuel economy of vehicles. Must be the lasting horsepower thing that "it takes gas to make horsepower".

With sales of trucks, SUV/CUV steadily increasing in Canada. One wonders who really pays attention to fuel economy. As you can appreciate when vehicles are higher off the ground the frontal area, and wind resistance increases. Pushing air requires horsepower. JD Power has just published an informative study Fuel Economy Economics which reinforces the element of fuel economy perception.

Our usual old race cars from the David Love Memorial.

 

 

Friday
Apr172015

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

The days are getting longer, and finally the climatic conditions are milder...must be that time of year. Hopefully you started you motorcycle.

Have you noticed how RM Auctions presents vehicles in catalogues for auctions? The catalogue for the upcoming Andrews Collection is simply stunning...take a look.

Yes...we are Ferrari fans, been like that for a few decades, there are all sorts of stories, reviews, road tests about Ferrari's from a myriad of pundits. Interesting that after he passed away a few year ago, it seems everyone knew Luigi Della Grotta, and Nicola in Montreal, although less people knew George Wooley from way back in the day.

Take a few moments or bookmark it, this is a fascinating experience/story about, Fiorano, an F12, and Kimi.

It would seem that The Benniss from last week attracted attention. Agreed we took a different and imaginative approach.

Have you noticed that every manufacturer is scouring the planet to find a more cost effective location to assemble vehicles. Technology empowers this scouring, while robots that handle complex tasks on assembly lines make it simpler to relocate to cheaper locations.

Needless to mention that Canada is on the losing end.

If like us you have an interest in older cars, and follow auction results. This report of the Auction America Ft.Lauderdale sale offers unique insight with comments on 99 cars, that sold, or did not sell, how much they were paid, how often they have been at auctions.

We urge you to take a few moments to review the article...here.

 

Sunday
Apr052015

Ferrari Daytona

Go for a ride in a 1973 Ferrari Daytona with a carbureted V12...

 

Friday
Apr032015

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

 

The Vroom Room in a Garage Complex this morning.

Its Good Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, we have cappuccino this morning, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Not to sound redundant, we have been telling you about the impact of low oil prices and the impact on the Canadian economy for some time now. Take a look at an opinion poll of Canadian executives.

From Ferrari a cool infographic of the Sepang F1 race.

In case you missed 2015 Canada Digital Future, which we believe is a must read, scroll down.

In case you never noticed, please go to our Welcome page to see the various publishing platforms we use for Strada on an ongoing basis. Not to honk our horn, perhaps we are unique in using several formats and platforms to publish our content.

Canadian Sales

Challenging climatic conditions, thousands of vehicles snowed under at Autoport (Halifax), pradigm shift in the oil patch made for an interesting March and 1st quarter.

At first blush its almost like VW with a 2,24 unit increase in March saved the day, since March sales increased by 3,046 units in Canada.

Considering the myriad of challenges it was a great month, and an impressive first quarter.

Cadillac CT6

You surely know that we are Cadillac fans, their latest offerings are world class. The CT6 is surely world class as a car, lets see what it does for the brand, and more important in sales pitted against formidable competitors. What do you think?

Why the garage this morning? from a few years back...the Strada Garage.

Our usual old race cars from the HMSA Spring Club Races 2015...enjoy.

 

 

Tuesday
Mar172015

Paddle Shifter Revisited

We still wonder why many street vehicles have a paddle shifter. From one perspective it makes sense, some have gear selector buttons on the consolde or the dash, and no actual means to select a gear.

The paddle shifter becomes the gear selector.

It probably goes like this: "Here is the D button and these dainty plastic paddles behind the steering wheel will enable you to shift gears if you so desire".

Perhaps there is a longing for the H pattern shifter accompanied by a clutch pedal which is truly on its way to extinction.

Lets take a look at a few points:

In the early days of drag racing, when a torque converter was "slow" and a manual was slow to shift. Racers would resort to modifying the synchronizers in the manual transmission (crash box) to improve the power shifts that often led to clutch explosions.

The purest of manual transmission had spur cut gears and no synchronizers. Talk about driver engagement, double clutching, rev matching to upshift / downshift. Does it sound like what a paddle shifter car does it all by itself (aided by technology).

Those were also the days of race driver having callouses on the hand he was shifter gears with. Especially around the classic Nurburgring.

More recently Corvette Racing was losing a competitive advantage by having a shift lever to change gears on the XTrac transmission. A few milliseconds here and there at the end of a lap, and race it makes a difference.

In addition to making a driver's life easier: "Let's forget the clutch pedal except to start and put more wear and tear on the transmission". In a competition environment a paddle shifter is a requirement. For street use not so much.

Why do all these street vehicles have paddle shifters?

Watch and listen...Michael Schumacher (we wish the best) use a paddle shifter.

 

Friday
Mar062015

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

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

After enduring the coldest February on record, we will hopefully get a warmer March  with spring like climate. Warmth as we all know is conducive the car sales at this time of year.

The Geneva Auto show opens this week, as you can imagine there was extensive coverage of the various press events on the interwebs. Yes...the Ferrari 488 GTB caught our attention, yes the AMG GT3 has a captivating Mercedes nostalgia look.

Our perspective on Canadian sales as of February, just scroll down.

Yes...we started doing reviews for this year, its hopefully a little warmer with less snow. As you can appreciate doing reviews in winter is challenging, especially the photo shoots. Stay tuned...

We found it interesting to read comments from some established auto journalists that for some reason still think that "someone owes them something" and are slowly realising that its a new reality. Its been a new reality for a few years.

A few weeks ago we mentioned that oil companies were absolutely not comfortable with the price of gas below a dollar a liter. You have surely noticed that gas is up to over a dollar since the past few weeks. While the price of a barrel of oil is almost a constant for the past month.

Our usual old race cars from the Goodwood Member Meeting, a superb photo gallery.

 

 

Friday
Nov212014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

Have you noticed that Chevrolet with the Camaro Z28 and Ford with the Mustang GT350 are reviving old pony car memories from 2 generations back. Yes...Chrysler stuffed the equivalent of an "old school Hemi" in their Challenger. Lets ask the question "What would you rather have a German turbo something with paddles, or a Detroit V8 something with a clutch pedal?"

What do you think "Boomers" with "Millenial" offsprings relate to most? Especially if the Boomers went to Trans Am races way back in the day.

A Ford V8 with a "flat crank" is encroaching on Ferrari territory.

What is a "flat cranK" or a "single plane crankshaft"...on a traditional V8 the crank throws are at 90 degrees which generates the tradional V8 sound. A flat crank the throws are at 180 degrees (flat) which generates the traditional Ferrari V8 sound. 

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens this week, while the traditional North American show circuit starts for another year, accompanied by some inspired product, and the usual corporate hyperbole.

The other day we were reading that a publication is offering a "backstage" walk around during press days at the Detroit Auto Show for $495 per person. First thought "Are we reading this correctly?" Second thought "A brilliant way to value the knowledge base of the publication". Third thought "Perhaps we should charge a fee for our knowledge base".

There continues to be talk by industry professionals on the lenght of auto loans, and who is offering these loans. It makes for interesting conversations. As we have been saying "free flowing money" is one element empowering auto sales in Canada.

Our usual old race cars from the Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2014...enjoy the photography.