eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

Today’s Clover

dancing Clover

I encountered this Clover Conga today, on the way home: The lead Clover being a motorcycle Clover, who kept about an eighth of a mile following distance between himself and a large commercial truck. Behind the motorcycle Clover, a Prius Clover – who maintained a similarly extended following distance. This extended Clover Conga ends up…

Unmarked Cop Cars: Making The Roads Less Safe

ghost car

Wouldn’t it be easier if they just hit us all with another once-annually additional “fee” (that is, another tax) that would be due Jan. 1 and otherwise left us alone on the roads unless we actually caused an accident? Instead of cops lurking in cutouts on the highway, radar guns at the ready, fleecing people…

“Green” is the Color of Money

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Gas is cheaper than it’s ever been. Well, it would be – if we were just paying for gas. But it’s artificially more expensive because of the taxes – and regulatory costs – tacked on to the cost of each gallon. The taxes are disproportionate (nationally, they account for about 50 cents of the cost…

2015 BMW X5 M

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Some of the quickest cars on the road aren’t even cars – much less high-performance sports cars. This BMW X5 M, for instance. Don’t let the four doors fool you. Let them fool the dude sitting next to you at the light in his 911. With not-far-from 600 hp under its hood, the gag is…

A Bad Month

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Good news – we have tech support! A member of the EPautos Army (ooorgle) has volunteered to stand in for Dom as WP honcho for the site; you may have noticed he fixed the log-in problem and did some other de-bugging. Huge thanks are due. So, thanks! Bad news: I posted the other day about funds.…

Fixing The Cop Problem

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You’ve no doubt heard the term, “checks and balances.” It’s usually mentioned in the context of government – of the American form of government (well, its theoretical form) in particular. The idea that the legislative branch acts as a check on the powers of the executive, while the judicial balances the legislative – and so…

Illinois Hero Beats Up 70-Year-Old Man

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A Hoopeston, Illinois family are accusing officers of brutality after an early morning May 16 encounter between their father and local cops was caught on film. The family says that Hoopeston police barged in without warning and detained their 70-year-old father, who suffers from COPD, emphysema, brain aneurisms, high blood pressure and strokes, after officer…

Shaking the Cup – Updated!

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Some of you have been having issues/noticing a little weirdness with the log-ins. I have no idea what’s wrong, but am trying to figure it out. In the past, I’d ask Dom – our tech guy here at EPautos. But as most of you already know, I had to let him go because I could…

Why The Young Hate Cars

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Well, maybe hate is too strong. But they sure seem not to like them very much. As evidenced by the fact that a record-high percentage haven’t even got a driver’s license – and have no intention (according to what they tell researchers) of ever getting one. How high? Pushing 30 percent (and upticking each year) of…

Easy Fixes First

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The other day, I decided to go for a ride on one of my motorcycles – my old, reliable, never-let-me-down ’83 Honda GL650 Silverwing. It let me down. Keyed the ignition to “run.” Green light for neutral. Fuel tap on. Ready. Pushed the button. Got nothing. This bike has no back-up kicker (damn!) so without…