IndyCar watch party August 31

The Fashionable IndyCar Watch Party – Sayonara 2014

Paraphrasing – greater love hath no woman than she who invites a friend over to watch IndyCar on a Saturday evening. I speak of Thea Wood, my good friend and style guru, who answered my Facebook plea for a watch party venue for the IndyCar race last night. Normally, I go to a neighborhood watering […]

RenCen August 30

GM Recall: My Article in Texas Lawyer

Excited to have been published in the most recent issue of Texas Lawyer, a weekly legal newspaper, on the topic of the General Motors recall and the Valukas report. My article is geared to an attorney audience and has some legalese, but it is mostly an overview of the findings in the Valukas report, so […]

RenCen August 24

GM Recall: the Valukas Report – What It Is (and What It Isn’t)

The “Valukas Report,” otherwise known as “Report to Board of Directors of General Motors Company Regarding Ignition Switch Recalls,” is a 325-page document (including the Table of Contents), with 1,356 footnotes and seven appendices.  It has been mentioned fairly frequently on the news and in Congressional hearings. As I wrote previously, I have read the […]

Rappel 9 August 22

My Rogue Protege

Ah, Auto Buddy – up to no good. My littlest reader challenged me to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What could I do but accept?? This young man’s already out of my hands… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJx49xI5A8c And there’s a little tease of the Red MINI, for those of you who have not met her yet. What […]

ER August 20

The Prius and the Python

Reason #1,000,002 why the Prius is a hateful, hateful vehicle: it will cause you to crash into a firehouse with a python wrapped around your neck. And ultimately result in DWI and theft charges. All the Prius’ fault, of course. Think I’m on a bender? Read further. These are the things that make life worth […]

RenCen August 18

GM Recall: Cast of Characters

As promised, I am kicking off a series of posts on the General Motors ignition switch recall. You may have heard about that little recall – it’s been in the news just a bit. I’m skeptical of the news, myself, so when I heard GM had hired an outside attorney to conduct an internal investigation […]

Profile - wall August 13

New Gigs

Hey, race fans! I’m still here – really. Life stays busy, and then gets busier, so it’s hard to blog every day or every other day, like I have always tried to do. I’m not complaining – it’s good to be busy. But I didn’t forget about you! Other than real-life work, I’m up to […]

IMG_5932 August 10

Cars and Coffee Austin – August 10, 2014

Ah, Cars and Coffee. The only Sunday of the month where I cheerfully rise “early.” Sunday mornings have been scorchers around here lately, but that’s nothing to a true car fan. Just add a little strategic hydration, and you are good to go. I must say, I get a kick out of all the 20-something […]

Atomic Phlegm 2 August 06

Dubious Colors: Edition One

Ever since I was visually violated by a purple Lamborghini, a deepening dread has lingered in the back of my mind: there are many, many cars out there in horribly fugly colors. I had no intention of going out to look for them, because dubious. I exist in a righteously indignant state most of the […]

Caterham 2 August 02

Seen in San Antonio: ’88 Lotus Caterham Super Seven

Spending some time with friends in San Antonio this weekend (quick aside – isn’t it awesome to have good friends of many years, the kind where, when you’re with them, you feel like you’re home?). In true Motorista style, while being kidnapped by my mom/teacher girlfriends for a scintillating trip to the teacher-supply store and […]

L1090679 July 30

Your Ride is Here

I had a very cool and unexpected experience today (aren’t those the best kind?). My friends over at John Eagle European hosted an event put on by Austin non-profit RecognizeGood, an organization that “[illuminates] selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service” in the greater Austin area.  Every month, RecognizeGood honors a “Legend,” someone who, to […]

PortageGarage 2 July 29

MotoristaVille

I have found the perfect Motorista abode and, as luck would have it, it’s in Detroit! Well, Hamtramck, anyway. Behold, a vintage service station, the Portage Garage, with attached duplex. All for the fine low price of $99,000. If those rusty old cars convey with the property, you’ve automatically got three restoration projects at your […]

Felix July 27

The Roomba as Transportation Device

Met Max-Arthur, possibly the coolest cat in existence, and certainly cooler than the Poet and Felix. Max-Arthur rides a Roomba. In costume. Yes, this really has nothing to do with cars. I am hereby making it relevant by pointing out that Max-Arthur has cleverly adapted the Roomba for personal transportation. Thereby tying this all together. […]

Volkswagen-Beetle-Series-1-1956-Portland-Oregon-Speed-Sports_12381 copy July 26

Retail Therapy

Sooo…it’s been a long week, as my lack of recent posts attests. And when a girl’s had a long week, she needs a little retail therapy on the weekend. Now, when your passion is cars, retail therapy is a tad bit expensive. (Hell, when you have my taste in fashion, retail shoe therapy is prohibitively […]

L1090510 July 22

Cadillac Becomes Electric

The Cadillac ELR. The coupe the Cadillac CTS coupe should have been. The packaging the Chevrolet Volt should have had. It was my favorite debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and I paid special attention to the production version displayed at the show this year. The ELR is beautiful, and I have been excited […]

Bri July 19

When Dogs Drive…

Check out this very cool thing an SPCA group in New Zealand did with a few of their rescue dogs – they taught them to drive a MINI Countryman! Please do not ever show these videos to Thing 1 and Sasquatch. Especially since there is a MINI in their driveway. (Although I’d like to see […]

Pippa helmet July 18

Early Christmas?

If anyone would like to donate to a fabulous cause AND make one little Motorista very happy, consider this: The special pink Susan G. Komen helmet Pippa Mann wore in the Indy 500 is being auctioned on eBay, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. This is the actual race-worn […]

IMG_5797 July 15

Cars and Coffee Austin – July 13, 2014

It was a hot morning in Austin, Texas, but Thing 1 and I headed over to the Oasis for some gratuitous car-spotting. Here’s what we saw… A little Ford GT40 action. I got a kick out of this Ford DeLuxe. Oh, ok. I’ll take a little Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Vantage action on […]

IMG_5735 July 12

I Love This Guy

Congratulations to my favorite IndyCar driver, Josef Newgarden, on his podium finish tonight at the Iowa Corn Indy 300! Josef is a young up-and-comer who has had mixed luck this season, but he is a mature and intelligent driver and, by all accounts, a wacky and fun-loving part of the IndyCar paddock. Take a look […]

RenCen shuttle July 11

General Motors, the Fortress

Here is an interesting Part Two to my Alternate Mary Barra Interview. I merely intended to ask the questions. My dear friend, the brave, barnstorming Ashleigh Burroughs (my collaborator on Project Keychain), decided to actively try to get answers to my questions. So she tried to track down Mary Barra. Head over to her blog, the […]

RenCen July 08

The Alternate Mary Barra Interview

You may recall my recent annoyance with Matt Lauer’s sorry excuse for an “exclusive” interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra. Barra doesn’t give many interviews, even to the local Detroit press, and Lauer completely muffed his opportunity to ask relevant, meaningful questions of one of the world’s most powerful women, at a crucial time […]

IMG_5725 July 05

Second Annual Father-Daughter GP of Houston: the Daughter Version

Lessons learned at the IndyCar Houston Grand Prix: rain won’t kill you, and the world’s best hamburger is made in a school bus. Dad shared his version of the weekend with you a few days ago. Now you get to hear what really happened. ;) Saturday The weekend began at 5:30 a.m. for me, which […]

Guardian Building July 04

‘Merica!

  Happy Fourth of July, America, and thanks for all the great cars!

L1090160 July 01

Second Annual Father-Daughter GP of Houston – the Father Version

Dad and I are in recovery mode after our awesome weekend at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston. I say recovery mode because we had so much fun we about overdosed. :) I’m still sorting through photos, and have been busy at work, so am not yet ready with my own post about our Second […]

Barra June 26

News Flash: Woman Can Be Mother and CEO at Same Time!

Hurry quick, someone get Matt Lauer some impressive journalism award! The Pulitzer, perhaps? Granted an exclusive, one-on-one interview, Lauer got this juicy bombshell from Mary Barra: General Motors’ first female CEO can be a CEO and a mom. At the same time. Holy crap. Stop the presses. Because, good to know, right? That’s definitely the first […]

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