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Italian Cars Living and Dying in Poland

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Let’s start of with some sad news: Zlomnik.pl, the Polish website that I have come to love, the website that I blatantly stole all these pictures from over the years, is no more. I talked to the man behind the site, the only Polish auto journalist I know, and he basically said that he was done with the site, that he has written everything he wanted to write on it. I certainly understand him, and I also understand that it probably took him a significant amount of time to run and maintain the site, along with some FB pages. He has decided to run a different site, one that deals strictly with obscure and/or interesting cars. Personally, I see where he is coming from.

But there is good news! In my years reading that website I managed to steal enough pictures from it for a few more “Living and Dying in Poland” articles that at least a dozen of you love so much. Today we once again check out the Italian cars that are living and dying there. Funny thing about Italian cars, while they were made under license in Poland, very few were actually sold there, so a vast majority of the cars seen here was likely privately imported. Grab a beverage and enjoy!

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Modern Art Monday: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Kamil Kaluski January 18, 2016 Modern Art Monday

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The modern automotive world is full of amazing new cars. Yet when we look at them, they all seem kind of plain, kind of generic, and kind of similar, if not to each other then to other cars in the maker’s line-up. It’s certainly not everyday that a brand new car just strikes you with its beauty, but it happens. For me it happened when I finally saw the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in person.

My Lord, what a beautiful car. Like a supermodel, there isn’t a wrong line, a bad angle, or a wrong curve on it. Frankly, there are so many curves on it that many of them require careful examination to see. While I attempted to, it is very difficult to show the beauty of this car in pictures. Enjoy.

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Quick Spin: 2015 BMW M235i Convertible

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I try to write a review of every car I drive, but this is not always possible. In 2015 for many, mostly personal, reasons I missed a few. Here are my abbreviated impressions of the BMW M235i.

I’ve owned seven BMWs. They are had the following traits in common: rear wheel drive, in-line six cylinder engines, and manual transmissions. While they all varied in chassis codes (E28, E34, E36, E39, E46), they were true to the BMW fundamentals of being drivers’ cars, whatever that means. They were simply fun to drive, or at least more fun than their rivals. Unfortunately BMW seems to have sort of lost its ways lately. But there is hope and it is called the M235i.

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Quick Spin: 2015 Mazda3

2015 mazda 3 side front

I try to write a review of every car I drive, but this is not always possible. In 2015 I missed a few, so here are my abbreviated impressions of these cars.

Something funny has been happening lately. Every time someone asks me for a basic vehicle recommendation, I find myself suggesting a Mazda of some kind more and more. Last year my sister-in-law bought a CX-5 and now my other sister-in-law is getting ready to buy a Mazda3. Internet car heroes say that the “Miata is always the answer” but maybe it isn’t?

Maybe Mazda is always the answer?

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Quick Spin: 2015 Acura ILX

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I try to write a review of every car I drive, but this is not always possible. In 2015 for many, mostly personal, reasons I missed a few. One of those was the modern interpretation of the classic Integra, the Acura ILX.

It’s quiet and it rides well. The interior is very nice and super comfortable, with all the latest bells and whistles can be expected from a modern premium car. It’s safe, too, with all kinds of traction systems, airbags, collision avoidance, it will even steer itself back onto the road if it detects that it is about to go off. Its dual-clutch transmission might the best one in the business, as it uses a torque converter for smoother take-offs, a common gripe of DCTs. With all that, it’s even reasonably priced and comes with Honda’s renowned reliability.

And yet I can’t seem to love it.

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New England Auto Show: January 14-18, 2016

Kamil Kaluski January 13, 2016 All Things Hoon

New England Auto Show

The big January Auto Show is always Detroit, but what if you can’t get there? Those of us living in New England can enjoy our own auto show, the New England International Auto Show, as known as the Boston Auto Show. As it did for the last few years, it is located at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District and it runs January 14th through January 18th. All the major auto manufacturers will be there, because the Boston area is the sixth largest economy in the country, and therefore we buy a lot of cars, or at least a lot of Subarus, Jeeps, Toyotas, and pickups.

While there won’t be any of the latest concepts there, there will be production vehicles which you may have not seen before, such as the new Lincoln Continental which was just unveiled at Detroit, the new Prius, RAV4 Hybrid, or the Nissan Titan XD diesel. There will be exotics, after-market companies, and on Sunday, January 17th from noon until 2pm, there will be a meet & greet and autographs with Verizon IndyCar Series driver – No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, Simon Pagenaud at the Grand Prix of Boston display. Yes, the IndyCar Grand Prix is coming to Boston this Labor Day.

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V.I.S.I.T.: Volvo 850 ain’t got no roof!

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Ya know what we haven’t done in a long time? A good olde Vehicles I Saw In Traffic©®™ post!

What we have here is a common Volvo 850 sedan, but this one had its roof chopped off. Being that I spotted the vehicle in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a four-season type of place whose residents seem to own only Volvos or Subarus, this owner made a custom top from some kind of a heavy duty, tarp-like, plastic. That makes this Volvo significantly more advanced than the other four-door convertible car ain’t got no roof we have seen. In order to retain proper visibility a plastic, almost (ALMOST!) OEM-like, rear window was included.

Wow. Just wow.

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Quick Spin: 2015 Ford F-150

2015 ford f-150

I try to write a review of every car I drive, but this is not always possible. In 2015 for many, mostly personal, reasons I missed a few. Here are my abbreviated impressions of the all-new aluminum bodied Ford F-150.

It’s amazing how far the almighty pickup truck has come. This vehicle here had the following options, many of which came only on the fanciest of luxury cars not to long ago: power heated and ventilated seats, cameras all around, heated steering wheel, excellent audio system, panoramic sunroof, nav system, power folding mirrors with spot lights (!), LED headlights everywhere, and a power tailgate. Yes, a freakin’ power tailgate! POW, mind-blown!

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For Sale: Acura Integra Type R Rally Race Car

Kamil Kaluski January 11, 2016 For Sale

Integra rally car upclose

The limited edition Acura Integra Type R is much more limited now than ever due to ridiculous theft. Its prices have always been holding steady, but are now beginning to climb, as we have recently seen. Forty-three grand is a lot for Honda which won’t likely be driven much, but to each his/her own.

But here we have something different, and something a lot more affordable than that stock Championship White car that spent its life in a bubble. It’s an Integra Type R that has spent its life doing what it was designed to do – it’s a fully prepared rally car!

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Quick Spin: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR front

I try to write a review of every car I drive, but this is not always possible. In 2015 for many, mostly personal, reasons I missed a few. One of those was the infamous Mitsubishi Evo.

It’s loud. The interior feels at least a decade old. Its five speed manual transmission is a gear short. Its boy-racer looks are a throwback to the first days of The Fast and a Furious and Gran Turismo video game. It wouldn’t be a challenge to write a poetic essay on everything that is wrong with this car, but that would be unfair and shortsighted.

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