Friday, August 25, 2006

CARNIVAL OF CARS: A Drive Around the Auto Blog Block for Friday, August 25, 2006

Carnival of Cars is back! Repairs have been completed on the old Cyber Buggy and we are ready to roar on down the road, so let's get this show moving, shall we!

By the way, I kept all submissions received after the last Carnival on July 21 and am including here all that still seem sufficiently timely or otherwise of interest.

From the July submissions:

Brian at looks at the Busch Series and sees "Cup Lites." That's not good for either the Busch Series or the Nextel Cup, according to Brian, who explains why in detail.

From across the pond comes new Carnival of Cars entrant David at AutoFuture. David is perplexed at the recent success of the Ford Focus II in displacing the VW Golf as Europe's top-selling compact. David, I am sure there are some folks over here who agree with you on that score. And welcome to the Carnival of Cars!

OK, Porsche gearheads (is there such a thing?), the 911 was introduced in 1964, right? Well didja know there was actually a 1963 model as well? Or that Porsche only made 82 of them and actually registered them as 901s? Want to know more? Check out Garageblog for the full report. It's a nice family deal, too, which makes it even better.

If you are a New York City rapper, you know all about the elaborate paint schemes many of your fellow, uh, artists are applying to their SUVs. Good buddy Shouting Thomas at Harleys, Cars, Guitars and Girls ran into an Expedition the other day that you won't believe. Actually, you probably will but ....

Low interest or rebate? Rebate or low interest? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Chuck at Car Buying Tips has the low-down on making that decision. Looks like you might be doing Chuck a little financial favor by clicking on the Capital One ad, too.

Folks have been predicting the oil would run out literally almost since the day after that Col Drake fellow got a modest little gusher up in Pennsylvania. More recently, the theory takes the form of the Peak Oil concept. Joe Kissel at Interesting Thing of the Day lays out the theory in sufficiently plain english that even a journalist like me can understand it.

Jody DeVere of AskPatty was in San Jose for BlogHer06 and the Champcar weekend. Sounds like she had a rather good time, thanks in great part to GM, which sponsored BlogHer06 and did a solid job of taking advantage of the marketing opportunities created thereby.

August submissions to date:

Is George Soros putting the screws to the UAW by investing $200 million in the Chinese Chery export operation? Here's what they have to say about that at DebtBlog:

"They plan to thank the UAW for all their Democratic votes throughout the years by ensuring the U.S. auto companies have to contend with yet another foreign competitor. To make it just that much more challenging, this time the competition's cars will be built in state-sponsored factories, with infinitesimal labor costs."

That pretty much says it all.

If you are really, REALLY into yard sales, you already know about "The World's Longest Yard Sale." It covers three states and was started 19 years ago. For the rest of us out here in the real world who usually drive to much shorter yard sales, Kay Bell with Don't Mess With Taxes offers lots of useful insight and advice.

Kay, by the way, is an absolute jewel of a woman. I know, without ever having met her in person, because she offered to help with Carnival of Cars during the recent unplanned "vacation." There's just something about Texas folks that make them special, you know!

The Auto Prophet was just driving along minding his own business a few weeks back when he happened upon both a Lincoln Navigator and a Cadillac Escalade. Being a true car guy, he of course had to start comparing them. You might be surprised by his conclusion. Remember, he's an engineer in Detroit.

And no, I don't know which car company he works for! But I like the way he thinks.

9D Blog of Development says the secret of Honda's success is the Japanese firm's superior powerplant engineering. I agree. Hey, that's why James Garner won the F1 championship!

You think John-Pierre Sarti knew he was going to buy it at Monza? For sure, Scott Stoddard bore an uncanny resemblance to Jimmy Clark.

Chuck is pretty impressed with RoadLoans. It's worth a click over to Car Buying Tips. He isn't so enthusiastic about the new Pontiac G5, which is another typical GM knockoff Chevy with the Indian's labels. And if you are thinking about buying a used vehicle, Chuck has 10 tips for you.

I love Lyn St. James. She would have won Indy if she had ever gotten in a Penske car. But that's a debate for another day. For now, The Driving Woman offers a full report from the recent annual banquet of the Lyn St. James Foundation's Women in the Winners' Circle gathering.

And moving right along the women in cars meme, AskPatty is getting a flood of questions from women with problems with their cars. She's high on a women's mechanics seminar being offered once a month by Motor City Sales in Dee-troit.

Another new Carnival of Cars entry from across the pond is that of Sally at Odd Thoughts and Other Matters. Sally is focused on the new shopping trolleys from Vauxhall. There's a photo of such a vehicle on Sally's blog, but even with that shot I am not sure exactly what a shopping trolley is.

Even so, welcome to Carnival of Cars, Sally!

Westpundit's Kevin Connors turned on his boob tube recently, eagerly anticipating a drag racing history lesson from "The Alcohol Years (2000)" on the Sundance Channel. Boy, he wuz wrong!

Kevin (see above) is an road racer, so NASCAR's turn-left-only ovals never did much for him. But he took in the NASCAR event at Watkins Glen and was fairly impressed. Having raced on the Glen's grand prix course, I can attest to the fun the NASCAR guys miss by running that dinky little thing they carve out of the Blue Tube.

That Happy Meal with a Hummer promo a couple weeks back? It was one big, evil part of Corporate Amerika helping out another ailing chunk of the Greed Brigade, at least according to a startling biased piece in The New York Times. Alex Nunez at Auto Blog takes it apart in fine fashion.

And by the way, I'm definitely not a "What's good for GM is good for America" type and I still don't understand why GM bought Hummer in the first place. I just don't care for environmental extremism being dressed up as real journalism. Alex, "agenda-driven killjoys" is exactly right.

Are we there yet? No, and if you ask that one more time, I'm gonna ....

Uh, Mad Kane has a problem with red cars. Really, she does. Come on, go check it out, it'll give you a chuckle.

Occidentality is another new Carnival of Cars entrant and right off the bat offers yet another reason why Detroit needs to get out of the fleet sales business ASAP.

Love that word. Welcome to the Carnival of Cars, anonymous person behind Occidentality!

And finally, Shouting Thomas tells you all about Dottie, who dropped dead a year or so ago, Pete, her software engineer hubby of many years, and the Vixen in the back yard. No, this does not refer to an "ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman," but to a four-wheel vehicle powered by a a Bimmer turbodiesel straight six. I promise, it's a post worth reading.

And now that we are back home, it's great to be back on schedule with the Carnival of Cars.

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