(June 21, 2012) I managed to keep my head from exploding while traveling this week. Lexus flew me to New Jersey to drive the redesigned sixth-generation Lexus ES. No, the Lexus folks aren't mad at me; they flew a bunch of journalists to New Jersey for the East-coast press launch.
(June 11, 2012) One of the cars in my driveway this week is a 2012 Honda Civic Si.
I like this little coupe. At $22,355 it's a bit on the pricey side, but a pure hoot to drive. Its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine punches out 201 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty of go for a car tipping the scales at svelte 2,900 pounds.
(May 29, 2012) I'm not sure what's happened to civility on the highway, but, for the most part, it's gone. I don't think much about it until a motorist does something surprising, like, well, something nice.
Although I live in South Carolina, where motorists tend to be less aggressive and more accommodating, there still seems to be the absence of general goodwill and the we're-all-in-this-together feeling of camaraderie that was once in evidence on our roads.
(May 8, 2012) Driving to Key West is always a bit of an adventure. It's easy to forget you are still in the good old US of A, rather than a Caribbean Island.
I am in the Keys at the behest of AAA of the Carolinas for a travel piece. I am one of five journalists in the care of a PR liaison for the Keys. We typically think of getting from Florida City to Key West as just one straight road — and it is — but there is an alternate route from Florida City to Key Largo, the first of the Keys. It's Card Sound Road, a toll road. It costs all of one buck. Be sure and get a receipt!
(April 16, 2012) I drove from Greenville, S.C., to Holden Beach, N.C. over the weekend. It isn’t a bad drive as these things go, but nearly one-third of the 270 miles is on state and county roads.
Infiniti provided the abbreviated version of the FX35, the EX35, for this boondoggle. Its comfortable surroundings and enthusiastic performance contributed heavily to the “fun” quotient of my drive. The window price sticker in the glove box told me the EPA expects it to get 24 mpg on the highway. I averaged 25.5 mpg on my little jaunt.
(March 26, 2012) I'm sitting enjoying a Bitch Creek Extra Special Brown by the Grand Teton Brewing Company of Jackson Hole Wyoming as I write this. I like it! It's the $2.50 Sunday special at one of my favorite Greenville joints, Smoke on the Water. It's where I waste a couple of hours on Sundays when I'm in town.
It's a place where I can blog in relative peace despite the fact that I know several of the folks who work here and also have some pals who put in an occasional cameo. We never formally organize these meetings; they just sort of happen.
(March 16, 2012) Media day for the Atlanta Auto Show was Wednesday. Actually, it's more like media morning because the show officially opened at noon that day. But the morning was packed with press conferences with a handful of manufacturers.
If you follow this blog at all, you probably are well aware that I'm not keen on media day(s) at auto shows. It's a lot of walking around listening to carmaker PR and marketing types talk about cars that either I've already heard about or will hear about ad nauseum in the coming months.
(March 12, 2012) Sometimes what I do to keep a roof over my head is pretty cool. A week or so ago, I got to hang out with the creative forces behind the new Camaro ZL1.
I won't bore you with all the details, but the ZL1 the track-ready version of the Camaro with 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. It slingshots to 60 mph from a standing stop in less than four seconds. Yeow-zir!!!