Entries in MV Agusta (9)
Yes..another Friday the last one of the month , and another Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, the usual is served.
Its a good thing that Barrett-Jackson raised money for charity, and people made an effort to make compelling purchases knowing that it was going to charity. Yes...totally a good thing.
The sale of the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance on the flip side was an exercise in utter poor taste. Kudos to Jalopnik for taking the high road on this Pontiac.
Another point we found interesting a few cars (usually expensive) were represented with "re stamped block" if you are familiar with collector cars think about this for a moment...its like saying "its not numbers matching, but we re stamped the block to make it seem its numbers matching". At some point the question will be "Is it real or re stamped?".
Is it an indication that the Barrett-Jackson business model is "tired" and "opaque"?
Yes...the Rolex 24 is tomorrow!
If you are an MV Agusta fan may we suggest that you spend a few minutes browsing The MV Agusta Collection.
Almost the end of the first month of the year, are you in the direction of your vision for the year? Are you on track with your resolutions? This week end besides watching the Rolex 24 is an ideal time to calibrate, and perhaps recalibrate for 2011 to achieve your visions.
The 2011 Trust Barometer is...here.
The results of RM Auctions in Arizona...here, yes the 300SL Gullwing did very well at 1.375
Come in, its brisk outside, we have espresso (even a double if you want) and biscotti, make yourself comfortable.
Was this the week of the leaks? Although human nature wants transparency, in our brave new world of social media human nature is not very interested or perhaps even disturbed by "raw transparency". Fascinating....to see which lessons will be learned, and the futility of human talk not emulated by the walk.
In case you missed it, we started a Christmas Gift Guide here, comprised of items that have caught our attention through the years. You will notice that most have an enduring, timeless aspect. Hopefully we can assist you in solving one of you gift challenges...yes we know, nobody has a gift challenge.
It does not have anything to do with cars or bikes, if you want a crisper understanding of the Canadian political landscape, we urge you to subscribe to iPolitics for succinct, and refreshing perspectives.
We often mention that time is a formidable competitor, two years ago, yes 2 years...we shared our thoughts on the emerging New Reality that would impact us all. If you have a moment browse through our thoughts of the time, they still resonate...perhaps more today than 2 years ago.
You surely know that Jimmie Johnson won his 5th consecutive Sprint Cup Championship, an incredible feat! Sadly we don't follow NASCAR the way we used to a few years back, and to think that Dale Jr. is on the same team!
If you know, or remember anything about Stovebolt Six engines, tell us about it, leave a comment.
In case you did not know, really how could you not know? We also post thoughts...here (yes we think you should bookmark it).
Perhaps "someone" at Honda Canada finally questioned how come everyone else was up in 2010 except Honda? How come Hyundai was ahead of Honda (mind you they both start with an H)? Perhaps "someone" even asked why Honda was trending similar to Toyota in Canada? Bottom line: someone must have asked a few questions, and perhaps even have been reading our thoughts; in November Honda and especially Acura sales went through the roof (to catch up with 2009).
Looks like GM might just start breathing down Ford's neck.
Do we have to tell you that we were totally overjoyed that MV Agusta is now in Canada...here.
When F1 racing was simpler, if you remember Francois Cevert...take a look...here.
Breaking: Yes its true MV Agusta is finally in Canada...
James Paladino of Motovan (L) and Umberto Uccelli of MV Agusta (R)
The official press release...
Come in, its that time of year, the leaves are on the ground, the trees are bare, its wet, its raining, its not so cold (interesting), its dark...its fall.
In case you forgot, its the 5th Vroom Room of October, remember the 5 week ends in October? We are also on the cusp of month end, next week will be the sales figures for the month.
Absolutely...the espresso and biscotti are served...enjoy!
This week is the AJAC test fest for the Canadian COTY award, want to know the class winners follow the #AJAC ashtag.
We started the week with Overdrive celebrating its 50th anniversary, if you are a truck aficionado, perhaps you even had a subscription to Overdrive at one time. Or you simply appreciate truck nostalgia...take a look.
The biggest city in Canada has a new mayor, Rob Ford...fascinating to see all the ink that flowed over the mayoral race in Toronto. Even our town has a new mayor...we had a feeling that it was going to be a new mayor for our town!
A few days ago, The Colonel shared additional thoughts, and timelines on the Canadian leasing landscape. Its fascinating to see how pundits focus on the "moment" omitting to see how actions/events developed to create the moment, and where it will go. If you are interested, and you should be, since the Canadian auto financial service landscape is evolving. The Colonel's thoughts are...here.
Just a thought...are some manufacturers diversifying into the business of recalling vehicles? Is it a case of "If you can't sell them, try recalling them"? (a bit of sarcasm this morning) Its a good way to have customers revisit dealers, call customer centers, basically strengthen ties with the manufacturer and dealer. Is the recall the next CRM?
The Bond 007 Aston Martin sold for over 4M at the Automobiles of London by RM...here.
This past week if you have been reading that hybrids, plug in hybrids, electric cars are not for everyone. You knew that all along (didn't you?)...the fellow with the horse probably shared the same sentiments towards the motorcar.
From Gartner the top 10 strategic technologies for 2011, the following caught our attention
Social Communications and Collaboration. Social media can be divided into: (1) Social networking —social profile management products, such as MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn and Friendster as well as social networking analysis (SNA) technologies that employ algorithms to understand and utilize human relationships for the discovery of people and expertise. (2) Social collaboration —technologies, such as wikis, blogs, instant messaging, collaborative office, and crowdsourcing. (3) Social publishing —technologies that assist communities in pooling individual content into a usable and community accessible content repository such as YouTube and flickr. (4) Social feedback - gaining feedback and opinion from the community on specific items as witnessed on YouTube, flickr, Digg, Del.icio.us, and Amazon. Gartner predicts that by 2016, social technologies will be integrated with most business applications. Companies should bring together their social CRM, internal communications and collaboration, and public social site initiatives into a coordinated strategy. The top 10 are here.
We just got word that Nike is featuring the MV Agusta F4 in its latest NFL ad campaign...here. Speaking of motorcycles, in case you forgot the EICMA show opens in Milan next week on November 2, you can easily follow on Twitter using the #EICMA hastag.
We conclude with our usual "old race cars" this is a 700 photo collection...yes 700...Click
Its warm, its summer, its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable.
We have an incredible chilled cappuccino!
Sales in Canada were quite good for July, with the usual leaders and laggards. One thought is Hyundai the new Honda? What do you think?
You may have missed our "moment" with a mini van...take a look at our review of the Sienna SE.
While doing the review of the Sienna, we discovered that Toyota offers a mobility version, we were impressed with the fact that Toyota would make an effort to facilitate acquiring a mobility version of the Sienna. Especially that we have had the opportunity to interface with a few individuals that required a mobility van to get around.
We agree its warm, its wonderful, we are experiencing and enjoying the Dog Days of Summer, and hope you are taking advantage and doing the same.
In case you missed it, how could you? You still have time to contribute your thoughts on Certified Pre Owned.
There was an article in a Milwaukee newspaper about what Harley-Davidson should do to attract younger buyers, while remaining true to their brand. With insightful comments from several consultants, pundits, analysts. It revolved around how to recalibrate the H-D brand away from Boomers, towards Gen Y's.
Simple question is a Gen Y, going to ride his 'ole man's V Twin? What do you think?
In the meantime Harley bought MV Agusta (one of our links) which is the ideal Gen Y motorcycle....go figure. Imagine a Brutale 798....at an interesting price, offered for sale in the MV Agusta showroom of a Harley dealer.
Our usual old race cars, its a fascinating story by Lou Galanos and pictorial of the 1965 12 Hour Sebring race with Ford, Chaparral (GM) and Ferrari...here.