Monthly Archives: April 2011

The F100 Millionaire

Most of the advice out there about dealing with the obnoxious rise in the cost of fuel advises you to spend yet more money – on a hybrid or on some other new car. This is not very good advice. The best way to save money, in tight times or other times, is not to…

Big Business? Or Big Government?

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Things are bad – and many blame Big Business, such as Big Banks and Big Oil, as they’re styled, for turning the screws on average people. I’ve got no big love for either. The fact is they are interested in money – your money. That’s what they do. Are you shocked? But here’s the thing:…

“Buy American” … If You Can!

“Buy American” … It has a nice, nationalistic, flag-wavin’ sound to it. But the problem is, there isn’t much to buy anymore (car-wise or otherwise) that’s truly American. Chrysler , for instance, is now controlled by Italian automaker Fiat. And before that, Chrysler was a subsidiary of another foreign industrial conglomerate, Germany’s Daimler AG. Recent…

2011 Infiniti FX50

Infiniti had a bold idea when it created the FX – a macho combo of mid-sized luxury-sport sedan, one-off custom and honky tonk high-end SUV. A “crossover” it ain’t. Its RWD-based chassis – and a suspension that’s very similar to what you’d find under Infiniti’s M45 and G35 sport sedans – means it has about…

Summer Rides…

One of the most scenic (and historic) rides you can take on the East Coast begins about an hour from downtown DC at the Front Royal entrance to Skyline Drive. From here, you can take a leisurely cruise along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Rockfish Gap about 105 miles away near the…

What’s Your Tipping Point?

What’s your tipping point? The point at which gas prices force you to make some change in your current lifestyle – such as the kind of car you drive or how you drive it? This post isn’t an article – just a conversation starter. We’d like to hear from you about how the gas price…

Try Not To Get All Fired Up . . .

Forget about the American Express card – there are more important things the classic car owner should never leave home without. A portable fire extinguisher. Do you have one for your antique/special interest vehicle? If you don’t, remember: All it takes is a leaky fuel line or a bad backfire through the carb to ignite…

The Insurance Geldscheisser

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Insurance is a con. Worse than Social Security, even – because you pay in and (normally) never get anything back. Consider: You pay say $800 a year to insure your car. Over a ten year period that comes to $8,000. Gone. Out the window. You’ll never see it again. Think about this. Most people don’t…

Small Cars That Don’t Suck

Gas is at $4 per gallon already – and it’s just barely spring. By summer it could easily be $5 (or even more) and that reality is is behind a reboot in the popularity of small, high-mileage cars. In the past, though, most small, high-mileage cars sucked – even if they didn’t suck much gas.…