Category Archives: Bucket List

March 01

Esotico Italiano – Classic Lamborghinis

Yes, I’m still talking about the Esotico Italiano (if this is your first time hearing about it, read this and this). But I really thought the classic Lambos deserved their very own post. And so, without further ado…automotive insanity!!   2001 Diablo:               1991 Diablo:         […]

February 25

Esotico Italiano – the Ferraris

Pardon the interruption – I promised you this post yesterday, then got sidetracked by life. Without further ado, the Ferraris from Esotico Italiano! (You can find the Lamborghinis here.)     There were Ferraris of all ages – and mostly in red. 😉 Stripes!   More stripes!   I really liked this 328 GTB. Classic […]

February 23

Esotico Italiano – the Lamborghinis

Well, tomorrow was worth it! The Esotico Italiano show at the Oasis brought together more Lamborghinis (and Ferraris…and a DeTomaso!) than I have ever seen in one place before. And more orange. It was heavenly. Almost as fun as looking at and photographing the cars myself was watching little boys run breathlessly from one car […]

February 22

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

There’s a big Italian car show at the Oasis tomorrow. (Remember the Oasis, the site of Cars and Coffee?) Called the Esotico Italiano Automobile Showcase, and part of the 2014 Texas Running of the Bulls, this event is hosted by Lamborghini Club Texas and sounds just like what I would select if heaven was made-to-order. […]

February 16

The Other 3/4 of the Aston Martin Party

In my recent post on the unveiling of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and Vanquish Volante, I went a little crazy on Aston pics, and ran out of room to include…you know…the Rolls Royces, Loti and Bentleys. Allow me to rectify that wrong. You forgive me already, don’t you?     Remind you of […]

February 10

Seen in Detroit – Race Cars!

Proof that you can take a car girl off the racetrack, but you can’t take the racetrack out of her heart: hundreds of cars to see in Detroit, and my favorites were still the race cars. Like the new Corvette C7.R. Hot, no? It drives the regular Corvette Stingray up the wall.   Mazda’s 2014 […]

February 09

Cars and Coffee Austin – February 9, 2014

Cars and Coffee – possibly the greatest concept in the history of time. And I don’t even like coffee. It’s a pretty basic idea – get a bunch of cars and car enthusiasts together for a laid-back, unofficial car show. The event, which originated in California (I think?), is actually franchised out to various locations, […]

February 08

Aston Martin Party – the Full Reveal

Right up until I smashed my hand in the back door of my house, I was having a fabulous evening. Aston Martin of Austin invited me to attend the reveal of the V12 Vantage S and Vanquish Volante at their dealership. I’d been meaning to take my camera over there for some time, since the […]

February 04

Magic Tricks: Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche continued the rollout of all 5 million iterations of its new 991 series 911 model with the premiere of the new 911 Targa 4 at Detroit. The Targa is distinctive from other 911 models because of its movable roof section – a unique cross between coupe and cabriolet. I snapped a few photos to […]

January 30

Configuration Nation!

I love online car configurators. Back in the day when I had free time on my hands (I can barely remember it), I used to spend hours building all my dream cars. From what I hear, the Next Generation is now carrying on that tradition. This evening, after a long workday, I decided to wind […]

January 28

Seen in Detroit – Crashing the Mercedes-Benz Stand

It occurred to me that if I keep posting about individual cars, you’ll still be hearing about Detroit in August. So I decided to speed things up. A little. Each manufacturer has its own stand at the show, and each stand has its own personality. Having been to three shows in a row, I have […]

January 25

Seen in Detroit – SRT Viper

THIS was a favorite, hands down: the beautiful SRT Viper, shown below in Stryker Green and the new Anodized Carbon Special Edition Package. You may remember that Viper used to belong to the Dodge brand, where it was a rough-and-tough sports car hooligan. Gone for a few years, it returned in 2013 as part of […]

January 25

2014 Racing Season – Starting Now!

Despite a nasty cough, the lingering reminder of the cold I got almost as soon as I returned from Detroit, I wish I was in Daytona this weekend for the Rolex 24! This 24-hour endurance race is the first of the sports car racing season, and the very first race of the new United SportsCar […]

January 17

Seen in Detroit – Nissan GT-R NISMO

I’ve seen Godzilla before, but never looking this good. Can’t believe I almost missed it! Isn’t it beautimous?                       I’d like one, to go, please.

January 16

Seen in Detroit – Porsche 918 Spyder

Remember this? This is the car with the $1,800 striped seatbelt option. Over the base price of $845,000… Oh well, who cares. It’s hot. Look at that coy face. Saying no is not an option. This beast had its own room at the Detroit Auto Show. Sort of like a temple, really. Ain’t no 911. […]

January 15

Detroit Day 2 – Published!

I left Detroit today in a snow flurry, and returned to a big Texas full moon. Sometimes the best part of leaving is coming home. But enough sappiness. More importantly, my second story is up on Jean Knows Cars, along with a photo gallery! See it all here. I will be posting more on the […]

January 14

Detroit Auto Show – Day 2

Well, the Detroit Auto Show has been conquered. Or it conquered me. I admit, I’m pretty tired right about now. I took 814 photos, heard at least five different languages spoken and walked an untold number of miles, back and forth and up and down. It was fabulous. Hopefully, you have read my account of […]

January 14

Detroit Day 1 – Published!

Click here to read my published article on my first day at the Detroit Auto Show. Many thanks to Jean Knows Cars for giving me this opportunity and featuring my work. There are more reveals today, and opportunities for more extensive photography. Can’t wait to see what happens !

January 13

Detroit Auto Show, Day 1

Whew, what a day! I spent nine hours on my feet, combing all the stands at Cobo Hall. I should have an article up on the Jean Knows Cars website early tomorrow, and will post the link as soon as I have it! In the meantime, it is safe to assume there will be lots […]

January 12

Howdy from Detroit

Greetings from the Motor City! I knew I was in the right place when the “Caution – Wet Floors” sign outside the airport ladies room was in English and German. This bodes well, thought I. I had a good experience with Uber, the new hipster taxi service. After I got my bag, I reserved a […]

January 11

Wheels Up

Remember when I mentioned that I would be attending the Detroit Auto Show this year? That was about a month ago, and I was pretty stoked then. Fast forward to today, two days before the show opens to the press, and I’m about to come undone with anticipation. Detroit in January is the best place […]

January 09

Rock Me Like a Huracan

The Lamborghini Gallardo is dead. This is sad. Actually…no, it’s not. ‘Cause check out its replacement: Meet the Lamborghini Huracan. Here are some numbers that might interest you: 601 hp. 5.2L V-10. 4-wheel drive. Zero to 62 in 3.2 seconds. 325 kph. That’s the top speed. Someone convert that to mph and tell me what […]

December 31

Party Like It’s Formula 1

Speaking of parties – since it IS New Year’s Eve – I still need to tell you guys about the  party I went to during the Formula 1 weekend. My Yacht Club, part of the My Yacht Group, hosts a “pop-up” European-style nightclub at Ballet Austin during the three nights of Formula 1. The event […]

December 29

2013: a Look Back

I never thought the birth year of a blog would be a big deal, but here I am, looking back on 2013 through the eyes of this blog, and thinking about all that has happened since I published my first post on May 25. I have been to car-related events in Michigan, California and Texas, […]

December 25

Merry Christmas, from Motorista and the Circus

Merry Christmas, race fans! The Circus and I hope you are having a great holiday, and that you got every car-related gift you asked for. I did well for myself. Meet Helmut, my new racing helmet! Helmut is a Simpson helmet and, more particularly, a Snell 2010 Carbon Devil Ray. His name is much more […]