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Podcast: Episode 252 – Exploring the new space

We’re in Chris’ new apartment and we’re not in full studio mode yet, but we still want to run things a bit old school while exploring the new. So for Ep252 we bring it back to the original format; The News! We kick things off by talking about the Aston …

Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #78 – Time & Money

On the June episode, we discuss matters time and money: Garrett finished his modular helmet shopping and ended up getting what he thinks is the best bang for the buck. Eric got another offer to trade his Mustang for a bike cash (this time a Harley FXR), but wasn’t …

2019 Nissan Kicks: How To Turn This Whole Thing Around

Nissan’s new Kicks compact ute is a back-to-basics conveyance. It delivers reasonable size, driving character, quirky style, and fuel economy without any kind of whizbang trickery. This isn’t a hybrid, there’s no turbocharger, no variable displacement, no slick compression ignition. It’s a small displacement traditional four-cylinder engine with modest but …

Paying Tribute to My Motoring Roots

Who launched your passion for cars? For me it was my dad. Cars were definitely a thing growing up in the DeGraff house. When I was stroller-bound, my parents used to roll me down the street to the corner of of Brown Deer Road and Pelham Parkway to watch cars drive …

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Japanese van racing and drifting is a good way to kick off your week

 

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There are a number of automotive writers whose content I enjoy reading, but there are very few whose stuff I love. Generally, it’s the stories crafted by , , and that remind me when I’ve been stationary for too long and need to head out in search of adventure. Mr Smith is currently doing just that in Japan, as he’s on assignment for , and this particular tale looks to be one filled with larger than life characters driving oversized and unexpected track machines.

This is Japan’s race van culture, and it appears to be amazing.

, and I highly recommend you follow along. The video clip above is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a fantastic place to start. Did you expect to see a full-size van drifting around a corner at Ebisu to start your day? No, but it’s a great way to get up and tackle Monday head on.

These Japanese van lovers are living their best life… so how about you? 

Personally, I can’t wait to read about this adventure when it arrives in either print or web form for R&T.

The Carchive: The 1973 Vauxhall Magnum

The 2018 World Cup is now in full swing, so I’ve decided to mark it in my own special style by pretending it’s not happening. Perhaps you’ll join me?

“Magnum” is an astoundingly popular name in the automotive world. We’ve seen it before in car form with the Dodge Magnum, we’ve encountered it in articulated truck form with the Renault Magnum, and if I ever find a Rayton-Fissore brochure on eBay for cheap, we’ll meet it again as a luxury SUV. This time, though, it’s a humble British car from 45 years ago. Welcome to the Vauxhall Magnum. Welcome back to The Carchive.

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The News for June 15th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian June 15, 2018 The News!

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ford keeps the GT350 alive with chassis tuning and more downforce

  • Aston Martin unveils new AMR-tuned Rapide in all its NA V12 glory

  • AM Vantage GT3 and GT4 make their debut, will compete next season

  • Japanese road test of ’19 Mazda MX-5 leaks power increase, other new features

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski June 15, 2018 Mystery Car

On June 17th we celebrate Bunker Hill Day, which is the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill. “This battle, which occurred in 1775, was part of the Siege of Boston. This siege took place during the American Revolutionary War, which is also known as the American War of Independence” (). The Charlestown section of Boston celebrates it with a parade down Bunker Hill Avenue. There are cook-outs (don’t call them barbecues), prizes for kids, and towing of illegally parked cars. It’s all fun and games and someone always gets arrested. 

It would therefore make sense that today’s Mystery Car be British. But it isn’t. We’ve had too many British Mystery Cars lately. Make and model, please. This one should be relatively easy, I give it an hour.

Last week’s Mystery Car, a GAZ Chaika M13, was solved by , so please bow to him as he’s the Person of the Moment!®©

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Aston Martin Vantage V600 fitted with a boost gauge from a Spitfire

When you’re looking at ways in which you can personalize your (then) new Aston Martin Vantage V600, there are a handful of ways to go. Some might go with an off-the-book color choice. Others might slap on a set of unique wheels. One delightful person decided to have Aston Martin fit their car with the boost gauge plucked from a WWII Spitfire.

That, folks, is how you do it.

Here though, is our clearest look at that brilliant decision in gauge form.

What it displays is boost pressure from the supercharger. Actually, that would be superchargers because Aston Martin fitted a pair of spinny, breathy bits atop the 5.3-liter V8 sitting under the hood. With the V600, you’re now working with 600 horsepower. 

Aston Martin didn’t build a ton of these Vantage models between 1993 and 2000, and far less were of the V600 variety. This specific car is in fact the last one upgraded by Aston Martin Works.

. It’s expensive. And it’s pretty damn wonderful.

"Unlike any other V600, the previous keeper commissioned Aston Martin Works to upgrade the instrumentation to monitor many more mechanical and ambient parameters. This also includes a superb replacement Supercharger boost gauge from a WW2 Spitfire."

— Jeff Glucker (@jglucker)

Podcast: Episode 252 – Exploring the new space

We’re in Chris’ new apartment and we’re not in full studio mode yet, but we still want to run things a bit old school while exploring the new. So for Ep252 we bring it back to the original format; The News!

We kick things off by talking about the Aston Martin Rapide AMR, Forza Horizon 4, the Shelby GT350, and Rolls-Royce’s Cars and Cognac event. After that it’s time to talk about our own cars and what we’re driving. This week I’m in an Audi R8 Spyder before I swap into a Lexus LC500. The following week I get a chance to sample the new F-150 diesel and I’ll be towing a small Airstream behind.

Finally, we move on to your questions. Patreon first, as always, then Twitter and Facebook. This old format feels right, so we’re going to run it this way for awhile and get back into our groove.

 

Craigslist: 1989 Jeep Comanche Dually

Remember when small pickup trucks existed? The Jeep Comanche, somewhat based on the Jeep Cherokee, was one such pickup. There was no quad- or mega-cap option, only a regular cab, like pickup truck gods intended. But there was a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 driveline and a six- or a seven-foot bed. Over the years there were different engines but not much has changed over the seven years that the Comanche was made. 

Perhaps this is why people love to modify them. We’ve seen a quad-cab Comanche before and now we’re seeing a… heavy duty conversion! 

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Redusernab Asks: What’s the most car for under $30k?

I’ve just spent a week with a very simple yet solid means of transportation; the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. This was the base model packing a non-turbocharged 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that cranks out 185 horsepower. That’s a healthy drop compared to the more potent 2.0T also available, which makes 240 horsepower. This front-drive model starts at $24,950 and the as-tested price is $26,310. For that you have a crossover with fine styling, a sharp interior, and plenty of space in the rear. It’s a lot of vehicle for well under $30,000.Does it drive as nice as my Mazda CX-5? No, the steering isn’t as sharp. But Hyundai has greatly improved its steering over the years, and the Santa Fe Sport is nice off center with some mild rubber-banding on it. The interior looks nicer and more interesting though, compared to the Mazda and it feels like there’s a lot more space inside.

Once you swap to the 2.0T though, you cross above the $30k mark. I want to focus on the good on the better side of $30k. What else out there gives you the most vehicle for your dollar?

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and Alltrack are excellent answers, surely. A Ford Transit Connect Wagon starts right around $26,000 and is plenty of Euro-style van for most. Even the 2018 F-150 starts below $30k. Subaru has a few models that might also qualify depending on what “most vehicle” means to you.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a nice break between a slew of more super and expensive (and less useful) vehicles. That fact that it’s $10k below the average new car transaction price is also refreshing, as I believe that pretty much everything I drive lately is overpriced (relatively speaking).

So what new vehicle seems to offer the most, well, vehicle for below $30k?

When toys are wasted on kids.

Kids, eh? Today’s young’uns have no idea that we used to sit around boxes with curved-glass fronts, which flickered away at less than 50hz and provided us with fewer than a hundred channels. If there was something we wanted to watch, we had to either wait for it to be broadcast, or we had to play it back from a magnetic cassette to which we had recorded it earlier. There then came the battle against tracking, where you end up with pesky horizontal lines of a kind you never see on Youtube.

And then there’s toy cars. Looking at the Matchbox and Corgi toys of my youth, even they seem to have been broadcast in low resolution. What I once thought were perfect replicas of the cars I loved so much, were actually coarse, crude and, in many cases, pretty inaccurate. And when I opened this ‘Junior Rescue’ set by Hongwell – clearly marketed at the younger end of the auto-curious spectrum – it became clear that todays cheap toys are far too awesome.

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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #78 – Time & Money

On the June episode, we discuss matters time and money: Garrett finished his modular helmet shopping and ended up getting what he thinks is the best bang for the buck. Eric got another offer to trade his Mustang for a bike cash (this time a Harley FXR), but wasn’t close the deal in time. Pete recollects about the time walked into the Motorcyclist magazine editorial offices unannounced, because the front door just happened to be unlocked. We discuss what activities we have planned for the summer and, finally, we talk about the record breaking lap times at the Isle of Man TT this year.


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