Entries in GM (43)
Its Friday on the cusp of a long week end, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.
By now you are aware that Red Bull and Sebastien Vettel are "cleaning up" the competition in F1.
Lets wish Dario Franchitti a speedy recovery.
Think about it for a moment, the assembly line is 100 years old, and created a thriving middle class in North America for many decades. You have to love all the current rationales for winding down assembly lines in Canada usually based on the valuation of the Canadian dollar.
Its not the value of the Canadian dollar, there are more forces pushing assembly lines further south in North America.
In case you missed our review of the 2014 Versa Note.
If you remember we started the year with our first ebook "Money for the Deal" back in January, with an overview of auto financial services in Canada. Its was fascinating a few days ago reading comments from GM that they are concerned about auto credit, and will lease pick ups. It sort of explains why GM that was leading for years in Canada is now in 3rd place. The astutue manufacturers in Canada are connecting all the dots.
A nostalgia moment:
When was the last time you gapped or used a dwell meter on ignition points? Think about that one for a moment, or adjusted valves with a feeler gauge. Tell us about it.
You have surely noticed the talk and comments from industry luminaries and pundits that Gen Y is not interested in cars, like their Boomer parents were a generation prior...has anyone tried driving today in a major metro area?
Our usual old race cars Behind the Scenes at the 2013 Goodwood Revival.
Its Friday, its the Vroom Room come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.
We are entering the "Dog Days of Summer" and perhaps wondering where is summer this year, and also wondering if it will arrive, in the meantime enjoy the warm(er) days.
Make it a point to take some time with your family!
Its great weather to ride a bike (motorcycle) especially if you subscribe to wearing the proper riding gear, its just cool enough to make it more comfortable. Compared to very warm days that making riding a V Twin bike a warm to hot experience.
The Colonel shared his thoughts about being in the people business through cars. If you missed it scroll down...perhaps dealers are overlooking what business they are in...its surely not technology.
The decision was still in the air if GM would build a 6 figure luxury car to become the halo for the Cadillac brand. Last week the decision landed, and GM will not build the halo Cadillac. It seems GM has realised that there is a difference between building competent vehicles, and having the resources, branding, to actually sell high line luxury vehicles.
In Canada most folks have a price point for GM vehicles, and one wonders if there would be a 6 figure price point for a Cadillac car...what do you think?
Canadian Sales...June one of the strongest in recent history, has been another erratic month with winners and losers, although the market is marginally up, it remains a very competitive sales arena, and whoever blinks for an instant loses one month, then tries to make up for it the following month. Although it seems that its always the same folks that are blinking, and trying to make up, and often blinking again.
If you are of a certain age, you perhaps remenber when the Unser family used to own Pikes Peak, and probably read the various stories a few months later in Hot Rod magazine. Times change, cars change, this year Sebatien Loeb shattered the previous record by a wide margin. Enjoy an impressive photo gallery of the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
Our usual old race cars the 2013 Spa Classic.
You probably know that we have a 1979 Camaro Z28 which is part of the family since late 1978, yes almost 35 years ago.
A brief description of the car:
The Colonel took delivery of the car in November 1978, it was a GM Direct Sale, if you are familiar with some GM history, direct sale car was purchased directly from GM, by a GM employee, and delivered by a dealer.
Back in the day the 350 small block generated about 250 HP, with a 4 speed, a positraction with 3.73 gears.
Already in the habit of not leaving anything alone, the 350 came out of the car at about 5,000 kms and was tweaked with an L82 hydraulic camshaft, roller timing chain, original Z28 oil pump, different advance springs in the distributor, thinner head gaskets, and magnesium valve covers. In addition to a few tweaks to the exhaust system including a balance line.
It went from an engine that stopped pulling at 4,500 RPM to pulling strong to 5,500 RPM.
Its never been winter driven, has 30,000 kms since new, was assembled in Norwood, delivered in Montreal, and has been in the GTA for quite some time. Spends its time in a garage under a car cover, and is on its 3rd Delco battery which last approximately 10 years before it no longer takes a charge.
A few days ago with a new battery The Colonel starts the car. Keep in mind that the car was not started for over 1 year, The Colonel is somewhat apprehensive that it might not start.
The usual old car routine, turn it over watch the oil pressure come up (yes it has an oil pressure gauge), pump the accelerator several times, and Wow the car starts first time....unreal.
Warm it up, take it out for a quick spin, still drives like an old car, the 350 still comes on strong, the synchros in the transmission still whine, the brakes settle in quickly, the tires are a little strange from sitting so long, and then they also feel better.
The comment "Did you throttle up? That car still pulls pretty good!"
If you think that after 35 years the habit of winding up a small block and slamming a few gears goes away, NO it does not go away!
Its back in the garage under the car cover!
Why keep the car? Its a nostalgia machine, it reminds The Colonel of when he was younger, small block Chevies, getting on the cam, carburetors, distributors, timing curves, mechanical clutch pedal that you can adjust the linkage, big shifter, positraction, 20W50 oil, and miserable brakes.