Donald Trump and the End Game


NOTE: This is a long read. 3400 words. I tried a shorter version but it felt like I was selling the effort short. Sorry. —— If there’s one thing you can say about the western political landscape prior to 2008, it’s that we generally accepted the results of elections and got on with our lives. Here in Australia, we’ve had a bunch of contentious, polarising Prime Ministers over the years but we usually accepted our lot and got on with things after an election – until the sacking of Kevin Rudd in 2010. He was replaced by Julia Gillard after […]

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Please Support Jim’s Ride to Kill Cancer

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This feels kind of awkward. My basis for asking you all to support this ride in the past has been partly based on me working my ass off to provide you with entertaining material to read. I work, therefore I get tacit permission to ask you to help my friend Jim Coggeshall in a great cause. I haven’t worked my ass off on this site, this year. In fact, it was only seven blog posts ago that I asked you to support Jim’s ride in the 2015 Pan Mass Challenge. I haven’t exactly been idle in that time, but I’ve […]

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The Classic Car Market is Now Officially a Game for Mugs


I only started writing out my automotive bucket list 5 or so years ago. I’d owned a lot of Saabs in the years that I was writing about them and my attention started to wander. I bought my first Alfa 33. I bought an MX-5. I bought a few more Saabs and then, when the Muller-era at Saab came to an end, I turned my attention to all-things-but-Saab. I’ve been watching classic car prices ever since and for the most part, I didn’t see prices as being overly intimidating. I remember some time around 2012, I could have bought a […]

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Prince is dead


The greatest musician of my lifetime is dead. Prince Rogers Nelson was 57 when he was reported dead today at his home at Paisley Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I really don’t know what to say but I feel like I’ve got to say something because Prince has been the single biggest musical influence in my life. I didn’t notice the whole Purple Rain thing when it happened. I was a teenage headbanger at the time and some funny-looking fairy with frilly shirts didn’t exactly do it for me. How young and stupid was I? I was a little older when […]

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A Little Bliss


I often stand at the window of my sixth floor apartment with a cigarette and watch the people in the town square below. The reason for being there is the cigarette. The people-watching is just a fortunate byproduct. I like people more when I don’t have to interact with them or think about their acceptance. I’ve seen people moving into the public toilet to sleep for the night. The disabled stall is the one to go for. It’s bigger. Last night I heard a sound like running water and eventually noticed the silhouette of a girl squatting in the shadows […]

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A quick look at the Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show is done and dusted for 2016. It was my second Geneva show, having first attended there as a ‘civilian’ in 2011, just before going to work for Saab Automobile. This time I was there as an employee of Koenigsegg Automotive AB. How times change. Opinions here are my own, of course. It was busy, as you might expect. I barely had any time to post things online as I was so busy talking to people from the press. It’s great to meet the press and it’s productive in the sense of relationships and setting future appointments […]

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When I Am King…….


Do you ever wish you could be the world’s benevolent dictator? We’re actually all better off than we think. We’re living longer, we’re more educated, richer and believe it or not, more peaceful as a species than we’ve ever been (thanks to Jeroen for that link). That’s not to say we’re over the screw-ups, though. That’s not to say we couldn’t all benefit from an omnipotent kick in our collective pants. I wouldn’t mind getting in on the whole dictator thing and of course, I have a few people and things I’d get out of the way so that we […]

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Peak Porsche?

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I read a story on Petrolicious a few weeks ago that piqued my interest. It asked whether we’ve reached ‘Peak Porsche’ yet – a question to which there is no certain answer but one would have to hope that the silliness will end some time soon. There is absolutely no doubt that the Porsche 911 is a rare and truly worthy recipient of the over-used ‘icon’ label. It has endured. No matter which model you talk about over the car’s 50+ year history, the 911 has always been elegant, reliable and in the top quartile of the performance scale for […]

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Support Jim’s Cancer Ride – Please


It’s that time of year again, when I invite you to support a Saab friend has he rides his bike to raise money for cancer research. Right: Keeping calm and carrying on. This is Jim’s 5th time riding the Pan-Mass Challenge and that’s significant. Not only is it his second year riding cancer-free, it’s the first time he’ll have more Pan-Mass challenges under his belt than cancer treatments. Jim’s a four-time cancer survivor, which is why this chance for him to give back is so important. It’s become important to me to support a mate, too. Either Saabs United or […]

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Classics By The Track – Suzuka Circuit


Sooooooo…… One of the great parts about my new job is that I get to attend amazing events sometimes. The first job I did with Koenigsegg was actually a few weeks before I formally started working for them. It was mid-May when I hopped on a plane bound for Japan, to attend the Sounds of Engines event at Japan’s most celebrated racetrack – Suzuka Circuit. There were a lot of cars on the circuit that weekend, typically they were cars that had some sort of connection to the circuit, such as a race win. There were some winning Formula 1 […]

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