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 […]

Profile - wall 2 June 25

Still Here!

Hello, world! Yes, Motorista is still truckin’ along; June has just turned out to be a really busy month. Between vacation, skyscraper rappelling, obtaining a mascot, and working, there hasn’t been a lot of time for le blogge.  My bad. Lots of good things coming up, though – Dad and I are off to Houston […]

IMG_4529 June 20

In Praise of the Manual

Sometimes the “easy” way is the best way. Sometimes the “harder” way provides a richer, more rewarding experience. Such is the manual transmission. I did not learn to drive on a manual. Frankly, I was scared enough with the automatic. Worrying about shifting and using two feet for three pedals might have sent me over […]

Porsche headlight June 18

This is Opportunity Knocking

Here you are, race fans: the opportunity of the year. Do you recall that lovely Porsche I blogged about last year? This one? It could be yours. Yes, Cindy is putting this fine chariot up for sale, and I thought you might like to know about it. Here be the data: 2009 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet, […]

Rappel 9 June 16

Motorista’s Auto Buddy

Introducing Motorista’s youngest reader (a little man off to a good start in life, may I say), a kissable lil chunk named Otto Budde, who came all the way from Houston to be kissed post-rappel. Otto is not often impressed. Nevertheless, he has earned the official title of Motorista’s Auto Buddy. Because every well-rounded child of […]

Rappel 4 June 14

Motorista Goes Aerial

I have rappelled 478 feet down a 38-story building and lived to tell the tale. The end. Ha – not quite. In fact, there is a tale. It involves skyscrapers, ropes, kids with wishes, family, friend, babies, dogs, duct tape and more. First, the scheduling gods smiled upon me such that almost my entire family (all […]

Profile - wall 2 June 12

I’m Baaaack!

And just in time to jump off a building! It was nice to take several days off from (real) work and the blog and to spend time with family in Galveston, but it’s good to be home and getting back in my groove. There are lots of things to talk about, like the GM investigation […]

L1070878 June 06

Greetings from Galveston! (With a Side of Classic Mini)

Hello all – I’m still here! Between my Detroit weekend, a busy work week and getting ready for a family vacation, there hasn’t been much time for the old blog. But I haven’t forgotten you! I’m in Galveston for the next several days and looking forward to some good car spotting. I’ve already seen a […]

L1090148 June 02

Detroit GP! Sunday

More Detroit, more racing, more delight! Sunday, the second day of the “Dual in Detroit,” brought a warmer sun and a track devoid of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship cars (although they were still in the paddock!), but the Pirelli World Challenge and IndyCar races were every bit as fun as they had been the […]

L1080125 May 31

Detroit GP! Saturday

Greetings from beautiful Detroit! The skies are blue, the foliage is green, and the air is filled with the sound of race engines and the smell of exhaust fumes. Belle Isle, the beautiful (newly christened) state park located on the Detroit River between Detroit and Canada, played host today to the Pirelli World Challenge, TUDOR […]

COTA tower May 28

A Non-Silent, Scream-Worthy Auction

The Indy 500 Pink Watch Party may have concluded, but we are not completely done with pink yet. Be aware, race fans, that Komen Austin is hosting their annual Perfectly Pink Party this Saturday, May 31, and the auction items are pretty fab. I am referring specifically to the F1 Package (scroll about 2/3 of the […]

L1080109 May 26

CTS Vsport – Not Your Grandmother’s Cadillac

To borrow slightly from a common saying, what floats like an aircraft carrier and stings like the world’s largest wasp’s nest? Answer: the new Cadillac CTS Vsport. Here’s the background: beginning with its renaissance in the early 2000s (remember the splash the all-new CTS made in The Matrix Reloaded?), Cadillac has increasingly focused its efforts on […]

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