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Ayrton Senna 1960-1994

Senna Documentary Film *****

On the recommendation of my co-worker Jordan, I watched the documentary film on the life and death of legendary Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna. Race car enthusiast or not, this is a must see film for everyone. Senna’s life was both triumphant and tragic. Everything you want to know about his life story can be read here. The […]

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The 2014 Toyota Corolla.  One of the worst cars I've ever driven.

Saturday Morning at Alice’s

On Saturday, Sarah and I drove south from San Francisco to visit her alma mater, Stanford University. We took the scenic route and stopped for lunch at Alice’s Restaurant, perhaps the most famous motorcycle destination in the United States. It truly deserves this coveted status and is one of my all time favorites. All of the roads […]

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How do you wreck a 959 on a side street in downtown Zurich?

Wrecked Exotics: The Stupid and the Sensational

I don’t remember how I found wreckedexotics.com but I look forward to their weekly emails.The site is devoted to sensational exotic car wrecks from Lithuania to Long Island. The accidents span the range from the preposterously silly to utterly stupid to terrifyingly scary. Images are sorted by brand of car and archived in a giant searchable database.You can sign […]

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A private tour of the GM Heritage Collection: Automobiles, Artifacts, and Automobilia.

This week I had the pleasure of enjoying an extraordinary private tour of the GM Heritage Collection. I was in Michigan visiting some friends and clients and was fortunate to spend the morning with car dealer magnate David Fischer. David generously arranged the tour and then we headed over to Troy to check out his dealership […]

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A gathering of new friends and old. From left to right: Steve Bauer, Ted Maine Smith, Philip Richter, and Michael Rolls

The 2015 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: A Vintage BMW Motorcycle Bonanza

The Greenwich Concours D’Elegance is now in its 20th year. The show was founded by Bruce Wennerstrom and in its early formative years was heavily supported by legendary Greenwich Porsche/Audi/Volkswagen dealer Malcolm S. Pray Jr. Today the show is a must attend on the top Concours circuit.  Over the last decade it has earned the esteemed status of […]

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The actual first photo I ever saw of a 500E that was published in 1991 in Car and Driver magazine.

Mercedes-Benz W124 500E/E500: The first true four-door Porsche was actually a Mercedes-Benz.

“If the old E-Class was a chunk of granite, the 500E was a chunk of granite launched from a trebuchet. Porsche lent assembly help. Buyers had to agree not to use it to invade Poland.”  – Automobile Magazine, October 2004 The Mercedes-Benz 500E first caught my eye in late 1991. Car and Driver magazine ran […]

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The Cars of Cuba

Ninety miles south of Key West Florida sits the isolated communist island of Cuba. I have always been curious about this socialist paradise. Back in September (months before Obama announced an opening of relations with the island) Sarah and I signed up for a trip to Cuba with the New York City based Knickerbocker Club. […]

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