Tuesday, January 31, 2006

One Of Those Days

You guys have all had one right? I woke up this morning to find out my revised "Spin" for the next issue of mph on the Dodge Caliber had vanished off my laptop. That sucks because my rewrite was really good. And if you're a writer you know that third rewrite won't be nearly as brilliant.

Wait it gets better. Then my photoshop won't work. It keeps crashing on start-up. Freezing on one screen. Don't know what to do with this and if you've looked at our site photoshop is kind of important. I had to download freeware to keep the site running today. Luckily I'm liking the new version of Gimp which I used to hate.

Then there was lots of news to run today, spy photos etc.

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And mphblog has been slightly revised and is now updated much more regularly.

Two more hours until the work day ends and counting.

The Automobilist ??

I received a request for link exchange from a fellow named Andy who said he had a blog called the Automobilist, have any of you? I checked his page, actually tracked it for several days, to see what kind of posts he has and if it was interesting or compatible with my blog. I have links to primarilly automotive blogs on my sidebar, many of the guys who cooperate here are listed there. And I noticed that this page, doesn't have any "Original Content."

Now don't misunderstand me, we all refer to other blogs in our posts, and give Hat Tips to our sources. But nobody that I'm aware of, just function like this fellow. He has your headline and the begining of the post, with a link to the original source site. I for my part, always link and hat tip, and usually give my own spin and comments on the subject. That I had thought was the purpose of a blog like mine.

I have a problem with this and have emailed Andy. While I'm waiting for his response, I was wondering if any of you were aware of his site and that he is reposting your material.
His page is; theautomobilist dot com

Check his page, and let me know what you think. I've seen material from most of your pages, including CarPundit, MPH, Jalopnik and AutoBlog.

Further question, if I ultimately don't want Andy linking or reposting material from my site, how should I handle that? Do I have any avenue for grievance? I know he has a Yahoo e-mail address, but that's all.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

What was your First Car and your best car?

We have all heard the question on Speed Channel to famous people, racecar drivers and speed fans, What was your first car? That first car when you were 16 to 20 years old mostly that you had to pay about $900 for to get you to your first job and school. Also What was your favorite or best car and why?

First Car: For me, I have gone through four cars in my short lifetime and three of them were from family. My first car, I had two, I payed $900 for a 1986 Ford Mustang White, V-6 couple and it was classified as a lemon and drove it once, so my first car was a 1989 Chevrolet beretta 2 door couple, 4cyl, silver with over 150,000 miles and I bought it at Rent-a-wreck for $900. I know a rental car, but by the time I was done with it, I ended up replacing the gastank, air scoop and transmission, by far it was a great car for a high school student.

Best Car: My favorite or bestcar was my second car, a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick, 2 door, 4 cyl with about 85 horsepower, hardtop and 4×4. I could get out of just about any snow, ice or mud problem I was in, It got 25 miles per gallon and took me to college and back everyday, it was just about perfect, that tight turning radius was great and it was fun to drive, If I didn’t get into that car accident, I would still have it today and enjoyed driving it. I wish this was my first car..

How about you?


Monday, January 09, 2006

NAIAS Thoughts?

Any thoughts from days 1 & 2?
Best cars,best blogs, best coverage overall?

Biggest thing here on the scene hands down was the camaro. Most reporters here probabably forgot there was even a new Sentra or Camry here.

Anyway you know where to read our reports. Just an awesome show this year.

Who else besides the big boys blogged it by the way?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Cobo Time

Hey guys. I'm here. It's early and the first press conference is stil 45 minutes away.

comment below on what you want to see, specifically, and I'll try to do my best to accommodate. If you want to reuse any of our images for your blog just let me know. Don't expect immediate response but I'll try my best.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Muscle Car Retro Look

I have published this article on both this site and at The Blog for Auto Bloggers. comments…

What does everyone think of The Muscle Car Retro Look and bringing back old name plates? There a touch of an old classic muscle look with modern technology under the skin.

Examples: The Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger, 2008 Dodge Challenger and a possible 2007 Chevrolet Camaro.

“My Take” First off, the idea of bringing back a Muscle Car retro look with an old name plate is interesting and it all depends on the vehicle’s look itself and whats under the skin that counts.

With that said, here they are….

The Ford Mustang: The Mustang doesn’t fit under this article, but I wanted to comment on it anyway. I love the new look, the style and what ford has done with it, most of the mustangs have looked great over the years including the Shelby’s and a 1968 Mustang Fastback GT as in the movie Bullitt, but the lastest model is perfect. Enough said.

The Pontiac GTO & Dodge Charger: Looking at the GTO from the outside doesn’t do it for me as a 1969 Pontiac GTO The Judge does, under the skin is great, but the outside look, looks like a Grand Prix or Grand-am, its a great sleeper car, but something I would buy. The same goes with the Dodge Charger, I have nothing against it, but the only thing I don’t like is the name plate, the name Charger doesn’t fit, plain and simple. Its a four-door sedan, not a two-door muscle car, next..

Check out this 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge”, damn… looks incredible or would you prefer a stock look

The Dodge Challenger Concept: This is only a concept, but the look inside and out great, now that’s a muscle car look period.

The Chevrolet Camaro: I don’t know if this sketch is what they might produce or not, but Chevrolet should bring back the camaro to compete with both Dodge and Ford & for Chevrolet lovers everywhere.

I hope I touch on this topic a little, it is something that is going on right now.

But One Thing: As a NASCAR Nextel Cup fan, I would like to see the Chevy Camaro, the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger complete, the term drive on Sunday and Sell on Monday… plus I like to see something on the track that I can buy in the showrooms, they also look more like racecars.

See Yeah!

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