Category Archives: Detroit

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 […]

September 02

GM Recall: the Ignition Switch

Ignition switch. The two words that cause heart palpitations and cold sweats among GM management, engineers and lawyers. The one small part that will ultimately cost GM over $9 billion. What is it, and what went wrong? The Valukas Report begins with the following sentence: “In the fall of 2002, General Motors personnel made a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 04

‘Merica!

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

February 21

Audi TT Inspiration: the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept

As promised, here is the vehicle that allegedly foreshadows many design cues for the 2015 Audi TT: the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept, shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The distinctive Audi grille Do those headlights look a little familiar? (Hint: check the TT sketches.)       The details are amazing – look […]

February 19

Seen in Detroit – Wheels

I seem to have a thing for wheels. And shifters, gauges and headlights. I always end up with a bunch of photos of car bits and pieces, rather than, oh, you know, the whole car! But what can I say? I like the artsy bits. Here’s a collection of the wheels I saw at the […]

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 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 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 22

Seen in Detroit – Porsche Macan

Yes, I found an SUV I kind of like. To my eye, the newly introduced Porsche Macan (revealed for the first time at the L.A. Auto Show in November) looks much more like the SUV Porsche should have built all along, rather than the bulbous monster Cayenne. I know it’s not tall enough for most […]

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 […]