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Formula Fun: The Rise of Mighty Max, and Monaco Madness

A lot has happened since I last sat down to talk about the current happenings of F1. Max Verstappen going to Red Bull, the Mercedes boys taking each other out, and Lewis Hamilton is finally triumphant in Monaco. Of course, theres’s also the 2017 rules, the silly season has started, and I have musings on the future of the sport. … Continue Reading

Waxing Poetic About This Enthusiasm of Mine; My New Miata

Those that have known me for a long time, or know my car history, remember that I had an Honda S2000 a few years ago. It was a brilliant car that I owned during a very rough time in my life filled with loss, breakups, and the transition out of the first phase of growing up. That car met a horrible death not long after I moved to Austin, and even though the 944 I had after that taught me a lot, I never loved it as deeply as the Honda.

I loved what I experienced with the S2000. The open road and the open sky with a friend by my side. When I decided to move on from the Porsche and try something new, I thought about all of the great times I had with the Honda. This led to my decision to try a Miata on for size. This isn’t a breakdown of the car I bought and it’s not a full introduction, but please, let’s be a bit haughty and emotional together. … Continue Reading

The Cayman GTS, a Flat-Six Celebration

When a buddy of mine offered me the keys to his 2015 Cayman GTS for a few days I knew I was literally being presented an offer I couldn’t refuse. I have always liked the plucky little Cayman, even if the big boys in the 911 department seem to have strangled the car power wise to keep their pet project the king.

Of course, I never actually knew how good the Cayman was, and as the platform switches away from the flat-six to a flat-four I thought this GTS would be a good way to experience the ultimate in the road going Cayman. So with keys in hand and a fresh tank of 93, I took off to explore the world of the mid-engined Porsches.

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The 944 Post-mortem

I sold “Red Sonja” last week and bought an NB Miata.

When I first bought my 944 it was on the suggestion of many in the Austin automotive community. It was in good shape, it had a wonderful engine, and it was the right color. I was very excited to join the world of Porsche ownership and camaraderie. But, after a year, I have some thoughts on the car, and some more on the state of Porsche ownership in general.

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Formula Fun: Bahrain, China, and You

Since we last spoke, Nico Rosberg has continued a streak that has seen him take two more wins. He’s becoming the driver with the most wins without a championship. After taking three on the trot this season, and six on the trot overall, it’s hard to see him as anything other than the main threat to Hamilton’s crown. Combining a few errors and bad luck has seen Hamilton barely hold onto second in the drivers championship, under threat from a resurgent Red Bull, and a Ferrari that looks poised to be a real threat.

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Collected Thoughts on MotoGP 2016

Yes it’s a tad late, but I have finally gotten my thoughts all together after the MotoGP race at COTA. From thoughts on riders, to the series, to the way that it all came together. It was a great event, but a war of attrition in the race. An amazing turnout for both MotoGP in the states and COTA in general.  … Continue Reading

Ride.Drive.Give: Fast Cars, Great Cause

When my friends in the Austin area told me that the Center for Child Protection here in Travis county was hosting a fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas, I thought I should give it a look and figure out what this event was all about. When I arrived at Ride.Drive.Give I was blown away by the scale of the event, and how charitable the Austin automotive community really is. Great cars, an amazing track, and a cause that no one can argue isn’t noble and just. The event was one of the best I have ever experienced, and I think it needs to be highlighted for the benefit of the cause and organization.

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The Cult of the Good Doctor

When you think of the greats of motorcycle racing, you more than likely think about people that are still riding. Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, and the Doctor himself, Valentino Rossi. Fast in anything with an engine, the Italian is a living legend and more than likely the greatest motorcycle rider to have ever existed. But that’s not the end of it.

Instead of being hated like Vettel, or possessing the presence of Schumacher, he has the most dedicated fanbase in the world. He comes down to earth as a real personality, not some untouchable god of racing. That cult of personality is fascinating, and I never really saw it to its extreme until now. … Continue Reading

What do you want to know about the 2016 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas?

That’s right everybody, it is MotoGP time once again. With the loss of the races in Indy and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, this race at COTA marks the only time that MotoGP will be hitting the shores of the US of A. And unlike last year, I have media access for this weekend so I’ll be in and out of the paddock all.

So, my dear readers, if there is anything you want me to try to tackle this weekend please let me know in the comments.

Formula Fun: Thunder Down Under

This time last year I was talking about how the race in Australia was a curious one. We had more retirements than any race the year prior, and the Mercedes duo were able to walk away with it again. This year was different in as many ways as it was the same. It was still a Mercedes one two, with a Ferrari behind them, but that isn’t the real story of this years Australian GP. … Continue Reading