Category Archives: Bucket List

December 19

God Bless Texas. And John Hennessey.

All you need is John Hennessey and a Texas toll road to get the new Corvette Stingray to 200 mph. With the blessing of the Highway Patrol. Click here for the article and video about how Hennessey did it. Only in Texas, my friends. Although…it might have been a good idea for him to have […]

December 16

Motorista’s Christmas List

In case you were wondering…I would gladly accept the following for Christmas this year. I figure if you divide the purchase price by the number of readers I have, you guys shouldn’t be out more than $1,000 or $2,000 apiece. Bargain! http://www.lotusofaustin.com/web/used/Lotus-Elise-2005-Austin-Texas/1471237/ Isn’t it a beaut? 2005 Lotus Elise, red over saddle leather, manual transmission, […]

December 13

Detroit Bound

Brace yourselves, race fans. We’re going to the Detroit Auto Show. And not only are we going to the show. We are going to the press preview – the first two days of the first week of the show (the public can’t get in till the weekend). We’re going to see everything as it happens. […]

November 22

F1 Sunday – the Rest of the Story…

Where was I before real life interfered? Oh yes – the USGP. In my grandstand seat on Sunday, sipping a COTA Flame, waiting for the races to begin. As I write this, the temperature hovers around freezing and the rain is pooling in my backyard. Last Sunday it was 86 degrees without much of a […]

November 19

And Now?

After two very busy workdays, on the heels of USGP weekend, it occurred to me in a quiet moment this evening: I have nothing car-related on my schedule. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. This has not been the case since…when? August? July? Good grief. What does one do with a wide-open calendar? I hear my dad, […]

November 17

F1: Sunday, Part 1

Vettel wins! Surprise, surprise. Still, it was exciting. The battle for 2nd between Romain Grosjean of Lotus and Mark Webber of Red Bull was epic. RoGro held Webber off and took P2. Given that Lotus is one of my favorite teams, I was quite pleased! And exhausted. Go, RoGro, go! Too busy with work to […]

November 15

F1: Friday

Those blasted Formula cars are fast. I really had to work to get some good photos to show you guys. It’s funny how you can tell the difference between classes of cars based on the ease with which you can capture them with your camera. After the first F1 practice, the Ferrari Challenge cars held […]

November 14

Almost Famous

I’m pretty chuffed to be featured in the November issue of Austin Lawyer, the monthly publication of the Austin Bar Association. They did a really nice write-up about this blog, and included quite a few of my photos (if you’re a frequent flier, you will recognize many of them). I’m especially happy that they included my […]

November 14

F1: Pit Walk

On a clear day, you can see COTA from miles away. This afternoon, I watched the tower get closer and closer in my windshield, giddily anticipating the weekend ahead. And, in racing, the weekend apparently begins on Thursday. As a perk of having married my seat for 14 years, I got passes to Thursday’s pit […]

November 12

F1 Countdown: le Schedule

What do you have to look forward to this week, you ask? Well, only an up close and personal view of Formula 1 through me, your friendly, devoted blogger! I can’t wait to tell you guys all about the weekend and let you see it with me. I’ll be on Instagram and Twitter throughout the […]

November 11

The Sunday of Difficult Living

This car blogging is a rough gig. There are just so many things you have to DO and GO to and PUT UP with. And there is NO rest for the weary. For instance, this past Saturday I drove two-and-a-half hours to Houston to tame some wild cats. I intended to spend the weekend down […]

November 03

Hot Laps

I got up this morning, drove to Circuit of the Americas, took about ten hot laps around the track, and drove home. Bucket list item accomplished before 10 a.m. HOLY CRAP!!!!!!! Bucket list experiences are kind of surreal. I just like BEING at COTA. Then, last weekend, I got to ride in a pace car […]

November 02

Vintage Sunday: the Pace Car Edition

A weekend at the races will leave me in a good mood for at least the next week. I really don’t require any sweeteners.  But add a pace car lap to the mix, and I’m pretty much guaranteed to be on a high for the next month. So if you notice me being extra chipper […]

November 01

Origins

Almost every car conversation I have leads to the inevitable question, “So, what got you interested in cars?” Or its variation, “How long have you been interested in cars?” I never know quite how to answer that question. Although there are plenty of other things in life that are important to me, cars and racing […]

October 27

Vintage Saturday: Racing Minis

Title kind of speaks for itself, don’t you think? I have lots more photos from Saturday (and not a lot from today – my camera’s memory card got cantankerous, making my camera unusable from 10:30 a.m. on), but I’m a little tired from RIDING IN THE ASTON MARTIN PACE CAR and BUYING MY FIRST RACING […]

October 18

Senna’s Race Car

I had rather a bit of fun today. The local Aston dealership, Aston Martin of Austin, has on display the car that Bruno Senna and co-driver Fred Makowiecki drove to victory in the LMGTE Pro class at the World Endurance Championship race I attended last month. I couldn’t resist going by to take a look. […]

October 14

Lotus and Me: a Love Story

I am in love, and she is British. Wait. That didn’t come out quite right. In these instances, it is unfortunate that cars are referred to in the feminine… You may recall last month’s visitor to my driveway – a beautiful red Lotus Evora. (In case you forgot, I wrote about it here, here, here […]

October 12

M-Pressive

I am not a morning person. I hold very dear the weekend mornings in which I can sleep as late as I want (usually 11-ish; back in the college years, it was mid-afternoon and occasionally evening!). However, some things are worth getting up early for. A BMW track day is one of them. Through the […]

October 09

Happy Place

Anywhere a Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTS race is happening…                      

October 07

H-Town Double Down, Round 2

Day 2 of Father-Daughter Grand Prix of Houston Weekend dawned rainy and cold, the USF 2000 cars throwing spray into our faces as they skittered past on the soaking track. The rain had mostly stopped by the Pirelli World Challenge race, and gave way to beautiful blue skies and a very comfortable breeze for the […]

October 05

H-Town Double Down, Round 1

Turns out my dad had always wanted to go to an IndyCar race. And now he has. Hot diggity. It was hot indeed at the Grand Prix of Houston today. We baked, we broiled, we dried out, then broiled again. It was fab. We watched IndyLights, ProMazda, IndyCar and a little Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCB. […]

October 03

Double Down in H-Town

Camera? Check. Schedule? Check. Spotter’s guide? Check. Tickets? Check. Dad? Soon to be in transit.   Having a little father-daughter time at the Grand Prix of Houston this weekend. The festivities begin tomorrow with a ride to Houston in the Red MINI and continue Saturday and Sunday with Pro Mazda Championship races, the Pirelli World […]

September 30

Shaken and Stirred

No, it’s not James Bond’s car (that was the DB5). But the Aston Martin DB6 in these photos struck a truly beautiful pose at the British car show this weekend.               I wasn’t sure who/what David Brown was, until I did a little Internet research. Legacy.     I […]

September 29

British Invasion Weekend

So, the British invaded Central Texas this weekend. More precisely, the Texas All British Car Days show was held in Round Rock today. I was planning to go as a camera-wielding spectator. Instead, through a combination of happenstance and generosity, I ended up being a camera-wielding JUDGE. And since it was raining off and on, […]

September 25

Action Shots

Hey there, race fans. The week has been busy, and I have been derelict in my blogging duties. And I have so much to tell you about!  There’s the full review of the Lotus Evora, a snapshot review of the Mercedes-Benz SLK, a more coherent debriefing of my ALMS/WEC weekend and more! Plus, I’m attending […]