Category Archives: Best Things Ever

January 20

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Detroit Auto Show 2016

First, the agony: average temperature during my stay in Detroit was 18 degrees. My face is chapped from the cold, and my legs ache from walking/standing for 4-5 hours straight two days in a row. Boo hoo. Now, the ecstasy: Detroit Auto Show, baby! I just spent Monday and Tuesday treating the Detroit Auto Show (or, […]

January 13

Detroit or Bust!

It’s official…Motorista is taking the 2016 North American International Auto Show by storm! As I have every year since 2012 (with the sad exception of last year), I am headed to Detroit for two full days (Monday and Tuesday) of auto show goodness. The press days took place earlier this week, so there’s already a […]

January 04

Glass Ceiling: Smashed

As with everything other than work, I am behind in reading Automotive News, my weekly source of all things automotive. I just started on the November 9, 2015 edition, which includes a 128-page special section entitled 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry (shout-out to my friend Lisa Copeland for being included on this […]

December 26

Beauty on Wheels

Sigh. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is such a beaut. I loved the 2001-2006 generation of its predecessor, the CL Class, and the new (renamed) S-Class Coupe is even better, truly the creme de la creme of luxury GTs. This beast, the two-door version of Mercedes’ flagship S-Class sedan, features a walloping biturbo V-8 and […]

November 29

F-Type = My Type

I have mentioned my love of the Jaguar F-Type in the past, based on a driving experience I had in Houston in 2013 and on my generally excellent taste. 🙂 It is my (not yet) attainable dream car, for sure, and I love using Jaguar’s most excellent online configurator to build various iterations, particularly the […]

October 22

USGP Weekend!

It’s here! The Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, TX kicks off this Friday, Oct. 23, and culminates in the big race on Sunday. Unlike the tragedy of last year, I am here and ready to go! The race weekend actually started today for me, with a pit walk at Circuit of the Americas […]

September 27

Travels in Southeast Asia: Singapore

Greetings, race fans! I’m sitting on the front porch of a beach house at Thong Krut, on the Thai island of Koh Samui. The wind is high, but the air is fresh. It’s Sunday night here, 12 hours ahead of my friends in Texas. What a trip. I intended to blog more frequently, but there […]

August 05

Motorista Goes International

I may be dealing with a self-diagnosed bout of adrenal fatigue (I kept calling it adrenal failure until my sister pointed out that that kills you – important distinction!), but I’m not too tired to be doing backflips-excited about my upcoming trip across the Pacific. You guys, I haven’t taken an honest to goodness vacation […]

August 03

Karma

Heh heh heh.  One down, approximately 1,499,00 to go! Call me evil. Go ahead. 😀

July 27

Grace, At Speed

Somewhere in the whirlwind of the last few months, a most delightful announcement took place that makes me excited for 2016, girl power, and the future of motorsports in general. Ordinarily I would have been shouting this from the heavens on the same day, but I’ve been a little behind… On May 29, 2016, the […]

July 04

‘Merica!

[Edited to say: Gah! Apparently, I did this before. Same title and everything!] God bless America. And its cars. Happy Fourth of July! Boy, patriotism makes me thirsty.

May 01

Pink is More than a Color

Welcome to the month of May! In IndyCar world, that means one thing and one thing only – the Indy 500! Like last year, female driver Pippa Mann is racing in the 500, in partnership with Susan G. Komen. Like last year, I wanted to get involved. Luckily, Pippa has made it easy. Last night, […]

April 18

La Bella Macchina, Jr. – Alfa Romeo 4C

A welcome oasis in the recent Motorista drought – a playdate with the new Alfa Romeo 4C this afternoon! This mid-engined beastie, the little sister of the magnifcent and mellifluous Alfa Romeo 8C, is fairly new to our shores and designed to stir the passions and lead feet of enthusiasts in preparation for Alfa’s USA […]

March 21

Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas

The Pirelli World Challenge sports car racing series had its season opener at Circuit of the Americas at the beginning of March, and your faithful motorsports reporter was there for the Saturday race! (I had plans for Sunday.) I may have mentioned before that I love Pirelli World Challenge, but let me recap: I love […]

February 01

Teach ’em Young, Teach ’em Right

Hi, race fans! I’ve missed you! There’s plenty to talk about – both cars and life – but I just had to share a delightful development in the care and feeding of my young protege, Auto Buddy. You may remember Auto Buddy from his W Hotel rappeling observations and his impudent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. […]

September 30

The British are Coming!

For the second year in a row, I experienced a British Invasion. Expect a full post on the experience later this week. In the meantime, here’s a taste. Also, there were longhorns. And beer. What’s not to love?

September 27

15 Hours of Motorista: Lone Star Le Mans

Last Saturday, I claimed a personal record that probably no one else cares about: I spent 15 consecutive hours at Circuit of the Americas, that amazing racetrack less than 45 minutes from my house. If you count travel, that makes for a  16 1/2-hour day. It was delightful. The occasion was the Lone Star Le […]

September 13

La Bella Macchina: Alfa Romeo 8C

Every now and then, you see something – a sunset, a building, a painting – that just takes your breath away, that makes you feel like you are in the presence of, not some thing, but something. It doesn’t happen to me that often, not even with cars, but it did the other day. Ladies and […]

September 04

My New Twitter Friend, Mario Andretti

Today dawned like any other day – other than the fact that it is my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. That is a story in itself! Happy anniversary, MotoMom and MotoDad! Anyway, back to my normal day. I refuse to watch TV and typically get my news through Twitter, so I scan my Twitter timeline in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]