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Go Like Hell *****

For Enzo Ferrari, the internal-combustion engine was a symbol of life. It had revolutionized society. He had watched it all happen during his lifetime. He spoke of automobiles as if they were animate. Cars possessed unique behaviors. They breathed through carburetors. They were skinned with metal. “Ferrari’s aim,” he once told a reporter, addressing himself […]

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RUSH *****

Directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, RUSH gives the audience an insider’s view of the competitive and dangerous world of F1 racing during the 1970’s. The film’s plot focuses on the bitter rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British racer James Hunt. Chris Hemsworth plays the carefree James Hunt and Daniel Brühl plays the always serious Niki […]

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Steve Jobs’s Garage

Shortly after his death, I read Walter Isaacson’s revealing biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs. It’s a great read, primarily because much of the book was carefully researched and written while Jobs was still alive. Over a two-year period the author conducted over forty interviews with Jobs. He also interviewed family, friends, and business associates. […]

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Rennwerke: To a Porsche, it’s the Mayo Clinic

About fifteen years ago I discovered Rennwerke Porsche. Owned and operated by John “Cheech” Fernandes, Rennwerke is the only place I trust to work on my Porsche. Cheech has been in business for decades and has earned a reputation for quality, service, and excellence. The entire team at Rennwerke cares deeply about both car and customer. Cheech’s business […]

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NYC Icon: A classic Checker Cab from a bygone era.

The Nissan NV 200: The Taxi of Tomorrow?

This morning I hailed a brand new Nissan NV200 taxi. With styling inspired by an anteater, the NV200 has slab-like sliding doors and room for four people. This summer the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission won a final court ruling that grants them the sole authority to require all current cabs to be replaced by the NV200 in the […]

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Burma-Shave: The Verse by the Side of the Road

“In times of continuous change it is difficult to recognize small beginnings. But in the fall of 1925, and again during the following year, one small beginning took place that would later catch the fancy of, and amuse, whole generations of highway-faring Americans.” I first learned about the famous Burma-Shave advertisements when I was about […]

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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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