Inside Koenigsegg – The Brain

It’s time to go Inside Koenigsegg and explore another aspect of what I believe are the most advanced, extreme cars on the planet. This has been such a good series. In this episode, you go right into the fine detail behind the electronic brain that controls Koenigsegg’s vehicle systems. It’s quite possibly just a little too much information, to be honest, but it continues the extraordinary insight that this series provides and if you want to get an understanding of what it takes to build any modern car, looking at the processes of a small producer like Koenigsegg gives you […]

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NYT Tesla shows EV flaws

Tesla Model S

The New York Times did a Tesla Model S road test recently and the results pretty much solidified the very legitimate fears that people have about electrification of the automobile. It’s called range anxiety and NYT road tester John Broder felt it first-hand and wrote about it in a story on the weekend. Broder’s task was to drive between two SuperCharger points, around 200 miles apart, and back again after an overnight stay. The 85kWh Model S that he was driving has an EPA-estimated range of 265 miles and a Tesla-rated range of 300 miles. Note that it was cold, […]

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VF Holden Commodore – Inspired, Uninspiring

If you’re one of those die-hard Holden fans – you have a red/black jacket and like to cheer your heroes around Mount Panorama, you own a McMansion, have a wife named Shazza or Kyles and you aren’t averse to robbing people, etc etc – then you would have been very interested in last weekend’s news. Last weekend, GM’s Aussie branch let out pictures and information on the newest version of what used to be Australia’s favourite car, the VF Holden Commodore. The big question: will people like it? Let’s start this post with a poll. Here are the old and […]

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Movies: Django Unchained

The first Tarantino movie I saw was Pulp Fiction in 1995. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into that cinema and it’s fair to say I had no immediate idea what I’d just seen when I walked out with my jaw on the floor. Django Unchained is no Pulp Fiction, but it’s still pretty damn good. — Tarantino’s made enough films now for people to know the formula, but not so many that the formula has become tired. A distinct plot with a first class script, excessive stylised blunt-force violence, a killer soundtrack and more often […]

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2013 Automotive Bucket List

It’s time for my annual review of desireable cars in the form of my Automotive Bucket List. What’s in? What’s out? And how likely is it that any of them will end up in my garage? My 2012 Automotive Bucket List looked like this: Subaru Brumby Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon Saab 9-3 Viggen Mid-80’s Porsche 911 Porsche Boxster S Dodge Challenger Saab Sonett III Alfa Romeo 105 Series GTV Mercedes 500 SL RenaultSport Megane Jaguar XKR Obviously, that list is prone to change. Some cars stay on your automotive radar, some cars don’t. Some cars end up in your garage […]

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Saab Sport and Rally Catalog

The Saab Festival is going to celebrate the Saab Sport and Rally days in May-June this year. I thought some people might like to get another look at one of the original Saab Sport and Rally catalogs, this one from 1978. 1978 must have been such an exciting time to be a Saab owner. Saab were still racing, building on a proud heritage and with the Turbo era just around the corner. It must have been a time filled with so much promise for the future. The chance to look through a factory-backed catalog like this and dream about what […]

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Inside Koenigsegg – Test Drive

Koenigsegg Website

It’s time for episode 5 in the Inside Koenigsegg series. This episode features the man with one of the best jobs in the world – Robert Serwanski. He’s Koenigsegg’s test driver, the man who fine tunes every car before it leaves the factory to be with its owner. Robert gives a wonderful overview of what’s involved with the final preparation of the car. It’s incredibly detailed and remember, he does this for every car that leaves the Koenigsegg factory. This is the sort of attention to detail that a Koenigsegg owner’s money buys. Enjoy the film. —— You can see […]

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2013 Saab Festival celebrates Saab Sport and Rally

There’s a Saab Festival again this year!!! Wish I could go, but we have some other family priorities this year that preclude halfway-round-the-world travel. For those who CAN be there, prepare yourselves for a celebration of Saab’s sporting heritage. The theme for this year’s festival was announced by Saab Museum director and festival co-ordinator, Peter Backstrom, earlier this week: The work with the Saabfestival 2013 is progressing and we are happy to communicate that the theme will be Saab Sport & Rally! Remember the orange tuning manual from the 1970’s for your Saab V4? Whether you raced or rallied your […]

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Exhibit: Saab Spirit Lives On

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA, will host a special Saab exhibition from February 23rd to March 17th entitled The Saab Spirit Lives On. The vehicles on display are all owned by Bill Jacobson, owner of Sports Car Service in Wilmington, Delaware. I don’t know Bill but his name’s been on my radar for some time, now. Bill’s long been a prominent figure on the vintage Saab scene and he purchased a number of vehicles from the Heritage Collection when it went up for sale following the bankruptcy. His collection includes one very special Saab – Sonett #6. Actually, […]

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The mystery cars of the Geneva Motor Show

The best motor show of the year is coming up soon – the Geneva Motor Show. You’ll see a lot of cars from companies you recognise in your favourite motoring pages. There are a few companies you’re less likely to hear about, though. Small companies trying to sell themselves every bit as much as they try to sell dreams on wheels. Who are they and what are they offering? Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ones (to me, at least)….. GTA Motor GTA Motor is a Spanish company looking to build 99 supercars – exclusivity is everything […]

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