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Friday
Nov072014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

For whatever reason we had the opportunity to watch the final few laps, the restarts, and the altercation in pit lane live last Sunday. A clear indication of the evolution of NASCAR, although entertaining to a point, the silliness of the restarts which have more of an entertainment value, than race value was obvious. Emotions run high, overshadowing good sense...lets leave it at that.

Canadian Sales in October:

As anticipated October was a continuation of the first 9 months. We are seeing the ongoing migration from sedans to station wagons (CUV/SUV). More important after all the comments and opinions are expressed from the great recession to cheap gas. We are seeing a dramatic paradigm shift in how Canadians view their transportation needs, and solve those needs.

This paradigm shift will spur changes in the Canadian auto business in the coming months, and years. Stay tuned for more...

You have noticed the plummeting price of gas, it looks downright inexpensive at $1.19 a liter. There are some dynamic forces on a global basis impacting the current (inexpensive) price of gas.

Have you noticed that as more dealers go to a myriad of social media/technology conferences, in 2014 the best way to sell vehicles and close deals is the old fashioned "sales event/private sale". Its been going on for decades, and it remains the "premier" route to sell vehicles and close deals in 2014. 

It reinforces the lack of Craftsmanship in the Showroom.

Today we might have a few too many links...here goes The Colonel spent an evening in Victoria with Rudi Koniczek a few decades ago. Back then the 300 SL's were not in the millions but still expensive. You would not expect Rudi to change.

Our usual old race cars...an extensive photo coverage of the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona.

 

 

Friday
Jul112014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

 

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment. Yes...do join the conversation, and comment, its always great to exchange thoughts. 

Have you noticed that the initial social media euphoria of a few years ago is diluting, it seems folks are tired of the "social media bubble" and no longer participate in exchanges. 

In case you missed it, we started the week with Assholes.

Think of this, are we reaching the point where safety features in a vehicle imply doing the job of the driver. We are evolving in a direction where increasingly vehicles can get themselves "out of trouble" especially that most folks do not fully grasp many of the safety features on vehicles.

They know the acronyms, they sort of have an idea of what it does, and that's it. Reminds us of the mother that was concerned with a side air bag in the door panel at the time hurting an unsecured child sleeping in the back seat. 

An interesting presentation by Brian France of NASCAR at the Wharton School of racing evelving in the digital world. Yes you can arrive at your own conclusions.

A different perspective of NASCAR from The Autoextremist. Yes...we always tell you to be your own editor and are presenting you with 2 perspectives this morning. Let us know which one resonates with you.

Wondering about this morning's photo? Agreed its huge. Its a cool way to start and plan the day with a superb view. We urge to spend a few minutes early in the day to reflect on your day.

Yes...Corvette Racing is at CTMP (Mosport) this week end.

Our usual old race cars from LeMans.

 

 

Saturday
Jul052014

Conversation with Joey Logano 

Informative interview with Jay Leno and Joey Logano...

 

Friday
Feb282014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

One cool car...Its Friday, last day of the month, its the Vroom Room. Come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Yes...its still winter, with Spring somewhere around the corner.

The other day we were reading comments from a pundit that was trying to explain why some vehicles remain cold inside during short or reasonable trips in cold weather. It was a point of the thermostat working correctly, perhaps a draft entering the vehicle, and other assorted stuff.

Here is the deal: In cold conditions usually in the minus 20C and colder, inline engines take much longer to warm up than V configured engines. Easy in a V engine the inside half of the cylinders are less exposed to the cold. In addition once the engine warms up, and the thermostat opens, the engine will cool down again until all the coolant flowing through the engine and radiator has  fully warmed up. 

Connecting dots: Number 3 makes an appearance after a lenghty hiatus, and Junior wins the race. Think about this for a moment. Agreed...Junior does have a talent at Daytona similar to his father. Yes...we were huge fans of number 3 back in the day. But number 3 reappers and Junior wins...priceless.

If you are in the auto business and becoming increasingly weary from the incessant Internet, Social, Mobile stream of stuff (being polite here) that is floating around 24/7. In case you missed it, take a look at Innovating Automotive Retail you will find it refreshing and thought provoking.

In case you missed it CMS (Citizen Main Street) is doing very well in Canada, better than ever before, in a loan rich and cash poor position. In the auto business we know that CMS keeps on churning the deficiency of trade in over and over, and the moment incentives are tightened sales wither dramatically.

Amelia Island is next week end, to get you in the spirit a glimpse at RM Auctions offerings.

 

Wednesday
Feb262014

Junior Wins the Daytona 500

When a video is worth a gazillion words...