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Racing...What Happened?

If you have been to races with Mark Donhue driving a Javelin, George Follmer in a Mustang, Bruce McLaren in a McLaren, Jim Hall in a Chaparral, Don Garlits in a Swamp Rat. Lets not forget Gilles Villeneuve in a Ferrari, or Dale Earnhardt in #3.

You saw these guys live, not on TV...lets just say that you have been around racing for a few years or is it decades.

There was something about "being there" the sights, sounds, the experience was unique and memorable.

The folks racing had a "brand-image-persona" about them that was captivating. There were always the folks that had less resources, with many wondering what they could/would do with more resources. need cubic money to race, and especially to win.

At some point, racing became the "business of racing". Today it is absolutely the business of racing.

What happened along the way?

Its a huge business with a myriad of stakeholders all trying to make money from racing, through a variety of agendas.

Agreed...there are some racing series that have some ties to the good ole days of racing. While some tracks hark back to the earlier days too.

In general money, corporate PR, TV coverage, the quest for eyeballs, technology, and more money has overcome and surpassed the human side of racing.

Will racing have a compelling human side in 2016? What do you think?





Vroom Room

Good Morning,

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

At one point we were die hard NASCAR fans, and huge Dale Earnhardt fans. Yes...we had the unique opportunity of seeing Dale at Daytona almost 20 years ago. Imagine for a moment if there would be a Sprint Cup NASCAR race in Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Think about this for a moment...

The "good ole boys" racing at Ile Notre Dame, and socializing at Thursday's on Crescent...

Last Sunday we watched the start and the last 20 laps of the Geico 500 at Talladega. It was memorable to see Junior win, remember his father by showing 3 fingers to the fans, and get emotional in the winners circle.

Wondering why Ford is behind the 8 ball with Canadian sales? Simple...not enough pick ups, really not enough pick ups to keep up with demand.

Freightliner just launched the Inspiration the first autonomous truck to e granted a license.

If everyone is pressed for time. If a ton of folks do not read, ever wonder who the folks that comment on automotive sites are all about. Folks that never owned a motorcycle commenting on "riding a motorcycle" makes you wonder.

Back to some point the demise of e-mail is that most folks do not read, often do not remember what they read. If you evolved at a time when the "office memo" with the often long distribution list on top, usually generated by an assistant to a high ranking individual in the organisation.  Back in the day content on paper probably captured more attention. Today digital content has a propensity of getting lost...not read.

Old Ferrari's from Concorso Ferrari 2015...enjoy.




Vroom Room

Good Morning!

The last Friday of the month, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.

Looking back its been a positively frigid month. Although global warming is a reality, February was influenced by an unrelenting cold jet stream all month long. In addition to breaking a myriad of records for COLD. Must be winter...

Good thing gas is less expensive, and perhaps we are old school; with cold overnight and early morning temperatures we believe in warming up any vehicle for a few minutes.

Daytona 500

Did you notice the empty stands?

A typical NASCAR race at Daytona, which culminates in yellows, frustration, and NASCAR that tries to end a race on a green flag. Good thing the teams have appreciable budgets to wreck cars, and endure the litany of yellows, then red if a yellow is not enough.

Its the business of racing, not the sport of racing.

The exercise becomes intellectually insulting...and generates empty stands.

Congratulation to Joey Logano for the win, and being at the right place at the right time.

Canadian Sales

It will be revealing next week to see the February sales numbers for Canada, and the initial impact of the Alberta effect will start making its presence felt. As well as the frigid climatic conditions in eastern Canada.

If you missed our Apple and Cars take a look for our perspective.

Sebring Saga 1965, yes...50 year ago.





427 Mystery Motor

If you are of a certain age you remember reading that in 1963 (over 50 years ago) Chevrolet had a big block mystery motor for the Daytona 500.

At the time, what we understand today as a big block Chevy intrigued a ton of people, Junior Johnson, and Smokey Yunick were involved with this mystery motor.

It was the engine that would replace the venerable 409.

Watch an epic dyno run of an original over 50 year old Smokey Yunick tweaked mystery motor. Notice the simplicity, the timing light, the age of the guys around the engine.





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 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 extensive photo coverage of the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona.




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. 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.




Conversation with Joey Logano 

Informative interview with Jay Leno and Joey Logano...



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.



Junior Wins the Daytona 500

When a video is worth a gazillion words...



Dave Marcis

We caught this video on Dean's Garage...its cool especially if you have been following NASCAR for a few decades. Its a reminder to the days of the "good ole boys" racing...