Jack Baruth Chimes In: “Why Diesel Needs To Die”

9 Oct


Anyone who has bothered to ask me already knows the answer. The two greatest automotive journalists who’ve ever lived are L.J.K. Setright and Jack Baruth. Setright, alas, is no longer with us, but left us as his magnum opus the dense and brilliant Drive On, which is a must-read for anyone who claims to know anything about car culture. Baruth has yet to bless us with a book, but in the meantime he’s got a voluminous back catalogue at TTAC and now Road & Track. I could go on and on about why I look forward to his columns, but his work really speaks for itself. Continue reading

Is this absolutely the worst automotive marketing tie-in Tweet of all time?

9 Oct

F**king Pan? This is absolutely the worst automotive marketing tie-in tweet of all time. Seriously, does Buick have some kind of deal with Warner Brothers? I hope they don’t. If they do, someone at Buick should be fired. If they don’t, two people should be fired: the person who tweeted this, and the person who hired them. You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see what a steaming pile this movie was going to be. Continue reading

Will Widows of Fast & Furious Fans Sue Paul Walker’s Estate?

29 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - Paul Walker

Will widows of Fast & Furious fans sue Paul Walker’s estate? There. I put it out there. I’d like to make this a spoof but I can’t. This morning’s announcement that Paul Walker’s daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche has pushed me over the edge. The comments are universal in their condemnation: The lawsuit is frivolous. Roger Rodas was driving. She should be suing his estate. Let me take this one step further. Continue reading

The Only VW Story You Need to Read As Of Today.

22 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat - VW = Das Pollution

What is the VW story and why does it matter? So many non-car friends have e-mailed and called asking what’s happening, I’ve decided to simplify it. I mean, really simplify it, by inaugurating “The Only VW Story You Need to Read As Of Today.” To wit: Continue reading

Columnists Battle Over “Key ‘Em All” Headline

17 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeatAt least someone at the Herald Scotland has some decency. In the wake of Catriona Stewart’s column “Swanky Cars Are A Symbol of a Screwed Up World – Key ‘Em All,” a second columnist has come forward to repudiate Stewart’s loathsome and foolish piece.

Although the Herald itself is still letting Stewart hide behind a blatant headline swap, let us thank Andrew McKie for speaking some sense in the his op-ed in the very same paper. To wit:

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Columnist Supports Keying “Swanky” Cars. Chris Harris Declares War. Join The Fight.

17 Sep

Alex Roy's LiveDriveRepeat

No one wants to see their mother cry. My mother grew up in Communist East Germany. She fell in love with James Dean. She also fell in love with his Porsche Spyder. She dreamed of escaping to America. And she did, where she fell in love with my dad, who drove a silver 356. He sold it when I was born. After he died, she dreamed of owning such a car. She couldn’t afford it, so for her 66th birthday, my siblings and I decided to fulfill her lifelong dream. We bought her a Porsche Boxster. In silver. Just like James Dean’s. And my dad’s. She thinks of them, and her sons, every time she gets in the car. She’s 75, and insists on washing it herself. It’s the best maintained Boxster of all time.

At least it was. Until she called me in tears. Someone had keyed the entire right side, down to the metal. The money was one issue, but it was the other that broke her heart.

Who would do such thing? And why?

Here’s who. And here’s why. Continue reading

WTF: GM Took 5 Years to Fix Hack of OnStar Cars?

12 Sep

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Upon reading the Wired piece about GM’s failure to fix their OnStar hack for 5 years, I Googled for a whole ten minutes looking for an image to describe my incredulity. I couldn’t find one pithy enough, so read into the image what you will. So many articles have covered vehicular hacks recently that to add another summing them up seems like a waste of time. It isn’t. Continue reading