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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.

 

Friday
May092014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its warmer, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, join the conversation, leave a comment. 

You should know that The Colonel is hyper busy these past weeks with a myriad of stuff on his agenda, he feels that its keeping him "current"...need we say more.

A few days ago FCA (Fiat Chrysler Auto) held a press conference to present their 5 year plan, its a great strategy to create and gather media coverage, with every pundit chiming in with an opinion or a comment. Lets just say that 5 years is an eternity, and many "things" can change. 

By now we all know that Sergio Marchionne is a shrewd, and astute individual. Agreed...Chrysler is selling a ton of vehicles in Canada.

Must be a sign of the times, earlier this week we were watching an interview with a high profile Canadian executive that obviously makes a ton of money. There was a layer of "BS" surrounding this executive that was overwhelming (being polite). All of this at a time of increased transparency, and clarity.

If Millennials watched that interview, they would totally lose faith in Boomers.  

We need to vent a few rants this morning:

1- Start/stop technology on vehicles, it hopefully saves a ton of gas, while making the driving experience unpleasant. Especially when creeping in traffic, or leaving an intersection when the light turns green.

2- Back up cameras are emerging as a standard feature. Here is the deal, a rear view mirror is simple, and replicated in every vehicle. Back up cameras should be simple and identical to a mirror. Now that the novelty has worn off the cameras every manufacturer should have the same rear view mirror (camera). Yes, still need a rear view mirror for the times the camera lens is dirty.

On a different note we came across a 45 year old road test of a 1969 Mustang Boss 302, look at the 0 to 60 and quarter mile time. Today a mid size sedan is almost as fast, notice that with 3.91 gears in the back its doing 118 MPH at 8,000 RPM.  

The catalogue for this week end RM Auctions in Monaco, and a unique and original Ferrari 275 GTB/C.

This week its new races cars from the Continental Tire Grand Prix of Monterey 2014...enjoy. 

 

Friday
Nov222013

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, back from the "fishing trip" come in make yourself comfortable enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation.

Its good to get away for a few days, changing scenery and climate, disconnecting from the wired world, enjoying simpler things, while meeting interesting folks from other parts of the planet. We encourage you to "go fishing" especially in a warmer climate at this time of year.

Do you find it fascinating to hear analysts, pundits, often repeat the same things with a slightly different "flavour" month in and month out, convention in and convention out. We could keep on here but you surely get the "landscape" we are referring to...gotta wonder at times.

Back in 2008 we coined "New Reality", as we often see when something is a little too ahead of its time, time must run its course prior to become a current issue. Interesting to finally see the "mainstream" no longer focus on the recession, and start focusing on the "New Reality". 

Its fascinating to see the behavior of CMS (Citizen Main Street)in an environment of inexpensive credit; bringing it close to home...the inexpensive credit has been fueling the auto business in Canada to new heights, while dumbfounding many observers.

Think about this, CMS gets subsidised rates to punt the trade in value risk further down the road...reflect on this for a moment.

The RM Art of the Automobile Auction generatied strong opening bids.

Impressive photo gallery from Bonneville Speed Week...enjoy

 

 

Saturday
May182013

1953 Ferrari 340/375MM

Cool video...enjoy!

 

Tuesday
Dec182012

427 Cobra

Yes...we saw this car during our last visit at RM Auctions, and heard it run...enjoy!

 

Thursday
Aug302012

Ford GT40

The GT40 that sold for $11,000,000.

 

Friday
Aug172012

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

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

Yes...its Pebble Beach and the various activities in Monterrey this week end. Browse the RM Auctions catalogue to give you a feel for the week end.

Although a little long, an informative presentation by McKinsey on The Social Economy. At times we truly wonder how many pundits are truly grasping the impact of the social economy. Or simply focusing on various components of social media, as it applies to the auto industry, and especially auto dealers. 

Whe you read that a dealer gives away a car in a Facebook contest to garner followers. With the winner of the car is so far removed from the dealer's reasobale AOR that it defies good sense. It makes you wonder.

If you are involved in the auto industry, you heard that BMW "padded" their July sales in the US. Do you think for a moment that every other manufacturer was an innocent spectator. In the game of putting money on the hood or the trunk to move metal, that money applies for customers and/or dealers to generate RDR's (Retail Delivery Report). 

Fascinating article in the Globe and Mail, What Canadian CEO's are asking Jim Flaherty, you have to wonder where the heads of some of these leaders of industry are situated.

Our usual old cars from Carmel Concours on the Avenue 2012.

 

Saturday
May262012

The Dingman Collection

Totally cool...enjoy!

All the information from RM Auctions on the Dingman Collection.

 

 

Saturday
Apr142012

1953 Ferrari 375 MM

Imagine over 300 HP...

 

Wednesday
Apr112012

1957 Ferrari 625 TRC

Yes...its a Testarossa...enjoy...the sound...the story...