Quick Review: 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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Press days at the Detroit Auto Show are now done and dusted. I didn’t follow things in detail but there were a few standout cars and announcements that made enough noise to be heard over the miles. All pics borrowed from Autoblog. I’ll put them back when I’m done. Promise. —— Buick Avenir Concept OMG! … Continue reading “Quick Review: 2015 Detroit Auto Show”

First Cars – Saab and Alfa Romeo

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I was cleaning some stuff up at home yesterday when I found the following photos of my first (and second) Saab and my first Alfa Romeo. I figured they were nostalgic enough to share here on the website. First, I have to apologise for the poor quality photos. These are photos of photos and the … Continue reading “First Cars – Saab and Alfa Romeo”

Video: Petrolicious Alfa Giulia Super Ti

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Want to spend 7 minutes feeling good about the world? Watch this superb new film from Petrolicious. It features one of the nicest guys you’ll ever see driving one of the nicest little Alfas you’ll ever see. It’s a car he built himself and he did such a good job that he ended up working … Continue reading “Video: Petrolicious Alfa Giulia Super Ti”

Are Saab 99’s (slowly) becoming collectable?

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Are there any collectable Saabs yet? I think some of the traditional favourites are on their way to semi-collectable status. Recent content online seems to suggest that certain models are starting to pop up on people’s radar. I wrestled with using the word ‘collectable’ in this headline because it implies dollar figures far in excess … Continue reading “Are Saab 99’s (slowly) becoming collectable?”

Saab Snippets – Time, Koenigsegg And Double Dipping

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Time It’s well past December 31, which is the time we all expected a decision from Mahindra as to whether or not they were going to invest in the ghost of Saab. NEVS’s money was expected to run out by then and Mahindra were going to provide two tranches of funds IF the deal was … Continue reading “Saab Snippets – Time, Koenigsegg And Double Dipping”

PSA: Explaining “You Can’t Call Yourself A True Car Enthusiast (Gearhead) Unless You’ve Owned An Alfa Romeo

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Hemmings had a post on Facebook overnight that drew some amusing comments. Here’s the post: And here are a few of the comments: One good reason (Of Many) not to watch “Top Gear”. That’s why I don’t watch their show. SNOBS! Overrated, just like that idiot. You’re not a real gear head unless you’ve built … Continue reading “PSA: Explaining “You Can’t Call Yourself A True Car Enthusiast (Gearhead) Unless You’ve Owned An Alfa Romeo”

OnStar: The Future Of Driving Is Creepy

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OnStar and an insurance company called Progressive recently announced the latest developments in creepy connected driving. Available soon on certain GM vehicles, OnStar will be able to track and record your driving behaviour and then share that information with Progressive, who may (or may not) offer you a discount based on your driving. From the … Continue reading “OnStar: The Future Of Driving Is Creepy”

Classics By The Beach – January 2015

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After a stinking hot Saturday, Hobart turned on its best conditions on Sunday – 21 degrees and sunny – for the first Classics By The Beach for 2015. And the people and cars turned up accordingly. It was a bumper field today, with many of the best regulars plus a fantastic gathering of ‘occasionals’ too. … Continue reading “Classics By The Beach – January 2015”

Happy New Year 2015!

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2014 was a crap year. I’m glad to see the back of it! Ebola, Islamic State and other branches of fundamentalist terrorism, lost airplanes, Russia and Ukraine, right-wing extremist parties in Europe, conservative governments here at home. All of them – especially the conservatives here at home – have conspired to provide me with a … Continue reading “Happy New Year 2015!”

1986 Alfa Romeo Sprint First Photos

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It’s Christmas morning! Merry Christmas to all of you! We did Christmas dinner last night so I’ve got a little time this morning to post up the first photos of the Alfa Romeo Sprint I bought yesterday. Here is the car in our front yard, which is starting to represent an automotive palliative care ward … Continue reading “1986 Alfa Romeo Sprint First Photos”