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2014 Hyundai Equus

'14 Equus lead

Ever buy a generic drug? Most of us have – because we know it’s the same drug as the name-brand drug. Just costs a lot less. If it works the same, who cares about the label? This is the mindset to have when considering the Hyundai Equus. It’s a large luxury sedan with standard V-8…

Another One Bites The Dust

hpp lead

Some unhappy news came in the mail yesterday. A notice that my favorite car magazine – High Performance Pontiac – will be ceasing publication after the October issue. Pontiac itself, of course, ceased building – scratch that, selling – cars almost ten years ago (in 2006) and really – if you’re a purist like me…

More Than Just Your Papers, Please . . .

fingerprint lead

Do we live in a police state? What other state forces non-criminals to submit to fingerprinting in order to obtain permission to drive? Or merely to exist? The state of Texas does. So do the states of California, Georgia and Colorado. Soon, the entire UnitedState (singular usage, in the interests of editorial accuracy)  is likely to…

2014 Scion tC

'14 tC potential

By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS . . . not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the younger set to afford driving one as a result of extortionate…

Rx’ing the REX

REX1

I bought my ZRX1200 brand-new, back in ’03. It seems like yesterday – but it was a lot longer ago than yesterday that I gave the front end a good going-over. Thank the motor gods for short-lived tires. I needed a new front meat (the rear one got replaced last fall) so the other day…

Clover’s Grampa

ur Clover pic

It’s easy to get hung up on what’s legal vs. illegal. Clovers are completely hung up on it. And this may be – probably is – calculated, deliberate. The desired object. A very clever trick, to keep the minds of people occupied on the irrelevant and the pointless. Kind of like the false choice presented by…

Saw The Weirdest Thing …

handi lead

Sunday evening, the wife and I went for a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As we were leaving, a guy on a newish Harley rolled into the overlook parking lot. And dropped his bike. I got out to help him get it back up. That done, I got back in the car and we began…

Don’t Be That Guy. . .

rolling roadblock

You know – Clover. It’s actually pretty easy. The Don’t Do’s: * Don’t pull out in front of people – and then fail to accelerate quickly enough such that the driver you pulled out in front of is forced to brake hard or swerve to avoid rear-ending you. If your car’s not quick enough do…

2014 Nissan Rogue

'14 Rogue lead

Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded. But one thing there’s not a lot of in this segment…

Monkey Paw

monkey paw

Since we’ve been discussing things simian (per my latest rant) I figured now would be as good a time as any to stick my paw out and remind everyone that this site depends on your support to stay afloat. We just upgraded to a new, higher capacity server – in order to serve you better,…