Sunday, April 23, 2006

Two Blogging Questions: New Blog Host and Links

By Brian from Racedriven

Two Questions about Blogging:

1. I am looking to start a second blog or mirror my current blog and I want to use anyother free blog host, I have tried Wordpress.com (At that time, not must custom HTML work could be done) and currently using Blogger, What are my options?

2. For Blog Links: Link Page or Sidebar? Is it ok to build a seperate Links page for your weblog links instead of putting the links down the left or right side of your weblog on the sidebar?

Discuss..
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Saturday, April 22, 2006

A manufacturer pulling out of NASCAR? creating a lot of buzz thoughtout..

By Brian from Racedriven

This article "Thinking The Unthinkable." about one of the big 3 manufacturers pulling out of NASCAR has created a huge buzz and has many interested, rightnow its just a rumor to most. The first two paragraphys of the article is below:

The Autoextremist.com report: It has come to our attention that serious discussions are taking place for the first time in the conference rooms of one domestic manufacturer in particular on a subject heretofore unthinkable in Detroit. The subject? Pulling out of NASCAR. Yes, it has been mentioned before, and I have predicted it for months now - ever since the announcement was made that Toyota would be buying its way into the France family circus - but we have confirmation that not only are the discussions taking place, they're so far down the road that a timetable for a pullout has been created, taking into account the end dates of existing contracts with individual racing teams currently aligned with this particular manufacturer.

The fact that it has finally come to this is no real surprise. Several years ago, we pieced together evidence that each of the Detroit-based car companies were spending in the neighborhood of $140 million each, annually, on their NASCAR endeavors. That figure accounts for engineering and wind-tunnel work, direct payments to the teams, personal services contracts with the drivers, promotional programs, race sponsorships, advertising, etc., etc. In the Big Picture of things, when multinational companies are spending double that amount for the "privilege" of competing in Formula 1, that would seem like no big deal, but taking into account the factors that matter most to the Detroit car companies right now, that dollar figure is a very big deal. (More...)

My comments: The title says it all, it is unthinkable.. Its simply a rumor and I don't believe it. The article said it was the Car of Tomorrow, a manufacturer pulling out over the COT, I don't think so... things don't add up, Chevrolet and Ford are both multi-champions and Dodge is still growing with there Charger and winning.

BTW: I don't like the Car Of Tomorrow.

Round One Complete, what does everyone think?
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Sunday, April 16, 2006

New York Auto Show -- Part One

by Brian from Racedriven

For the past couple of days or so, I have been reading up on the latest autoshow debuts on Autoblog, Leftlane News and other blogs, plus rsportscars.com and automotive websites, the New York Auto Show is a big autoshow for most automakers with NY being a huge market. I just wanted to comment on some these..

The biggest debuts of the New York Auto Show were:

(Credit: rsportscars.com - Borrowed photo)

The Scion Fuse Sports Car Concept: At least its interesting, from anyway you look at this concept, it has a new style to it, it shows Scion all over it and hopefully if Scion/Toyota does build it, it will come with lots more room then the tC, I can fit comfortablily into the xA and the xB. Now, what about All wheel drive and some more power or a hybrid concept from Scion.

The three Ford Mustangs: including a California Special, a Hertz edition and a Saleen Mustang Parnelli Jones Limited Edition.You got to see these high-res photos of the 1966 Shelby 350H over at Autoblog, I love a great Shelby GT350, I put the 1st photo on my desktop that has both the 1966 and the 2007 together.

Along with a Unique Honda Element SC, a Chrysler 300 LWB and a Mitsubishi Evo X that has a killer looks.

To me, there were also two other things, Honda announcing that it is bringing to market a compressed natural gas (CNG) motivated Civic GX to New York buyers this fall and the a large sight outside the autoshow with 85 Fuel-flex vehicles including ten Suburbans and 75 Chevy Tahoes triple-parked in Manhattan (Credit: Autoblog.com)

Finally, so what about Jeep, the Jeeps Patriot and four-door Wrangler, I will cover them in New York Auto Show part two.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Who Is Media?

So I finally got the approval for media credentials for the 2006 Auto Show. I spoke with some dude from Sams Crispe Communications and he clearly didn't feel blogs are a form a "real" media. Even though I'm in my fourth year of publication ('03 - '06), I'm still not real?

This got me thinking as to what qualifies as a media or journalist. As more magazines close (just today one of own kind closed, MPH has ceased), more people are going to the web for car information. And ad dollars are following. Does Dave Thomas (MPH mag) still qualify since his magazine is closed? I'm not picking on Dave, it's just an example. :)

Do our sites qualify for as real media? Should they? If not, why not? They can't possibly worried about too many people coming in to view the cars. I certainly understand the need for diligence when reviewing who comes, but to be made to feel like third class media is rough.

What say you?