Category Archives: Driving

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 […]

August 21

Surprises

On the way to work today, I ended up behind a Buick that was quite good-looking. A BUICK. More specifically, it was a red Buick Regal and, I have to say, it looks fairly sporty in motion. I was shocked, and I’m not even being snarky about it. Buick’s SUVs are looking pretty good these days, […]

August 03

Karma

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

July 26

Comeback Kid

So peeps, here’s the deal. This posting once or twice a month gig is not working for me. I miss you guys, plus there are too many rants to be ranted, opinions to be opined, and photographs to be taken to do this on a monthly basis. So…I’m making a comeback! Starting now I’m going to […]

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.

June 27

IS Bigger Better?

Howdy, race fans! It has been much too long since we’ve had a chat. Here’s what I’ve been busy with in the last month or so: running a law firm getting elected to City Council rappelling down a 38-story building (again!) keeping the dogs from eating important documents (FAIL!) Rappelling was the easiest. Now that […]

April 13

Car Hacking: My Article in Texas Lawyer

Are our vehicles’ computer systems the next frontier for hackers? Call me crazy, but I say, if not no, at least not YET. But it’s an interesting topic of discussion. See my recent article in Texas Lawyer for my take on the latest phantom menace: TLhacking_Eby. And goodness knows I’ve been storing up lots of opinions […]

February 04

Self-Driving Cars: My Article in Texas Lawyer

Look out – two posts in one month! How do I even live at this speed?? In a bit of exciting news, I recently had another automotive article published in Texas Lawyer.  Remember the one I did a few months back on the GM recall? Well, the new one is about the legal questions surrounding […]

September 10

Small-Car Syndrome

Today I had the privilege of spending a fair amount of time behind the wheel of the “work car,” otherwise known (by me) as the World’s Biggest Benz-o. I love driving, and I love driving all types of vehicles, including the Benz-o. But going from a MINI to Mercedes’ biggest SUV is quite the study […]

August 10

Cars and Coffee Austin – August 10, 2014

Ah, Cars and Coffee. The only Sunday of the month where I cheerfully rise “early.” Sunday mornings have been scorchers around here lately, but that’s nothing to a true car fan. Just add a little strategic hydration, and you are good to go. I must say, I get a kick out of all the 20-something […]

August 02

Seen in San Antonio: ’88 Lotus Caterham Super Seven

Spending some time with friends in San Antonio this weekend (quick aside – isn’t it awesome to have good friends of many years, the kind where, when you’re with them, you feel like you’re home?). In true Motorista style, while being kidnapped by my mom/teacher girlfriends for a scintillating trip to the teacher-supply store and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

July 04

‘Merica!

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

May 15

The World’s Fastest Petit Four

I’m not sure what it says about me that my latest hero is a confectionary treat. Whatever, who cares. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the World’s Fastest Petit Four: It all started with Cindy‘s birthday party yesterday. At the party were some cute and delicious petit fours, from Paige’s Bakehouse in Round Rock, Texas. If you […]

May 10

The Mad Skills of the Scion xB

My dad sent me this video, possibly as a cautionary tale, but I laughed so hard I almost spontaneously combusted. And then I had to share it. Who knew the Scion xB had such handling prowess? Think what this woman could do in NASCAR…   Image source: Cargurus.com

May 09

The High Up Life

Having driven a Mini almost every day for the past ten years, I take for granted that I’m low to the ground and darty like a mosquito. Isn’t that simply how driving is? No, actually. The other day, I drove a Mercedes-Benz GL450 SUV on an out-of-town work trip. To give you some context, Mercedes […]

May 06

The Corkscrew

Ah, the Corkscrew. One of the most famous turns in racing, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, a quasi-blind turn into a six-storey drop. Woo hoo! I’ve seen it through on-board cameras, but have never watched a race at Laguna Seca. On Sunday, I watched two! The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship held its Monterey […]

May 01

Senna

Ayrton Senna was more than a race car driver. He was a poet behind the wheel, a relentless perfectionist, one of the fiercest competitors in any sport, ever. He was very religious and passionate, and tended to talk about racing in spiritual terms. He was maddening and exhilarating and a true champion. He was one […]

April 30

It Happened – a Reasonably Priced Car Caught My Eye

I know I’m always swooning over Aston Martins, Loti and the like, but let’s face it: for the most part, the cars that you and I can afford are kind of boring (note I said for the most part). It’s a rare car that I can afford that catches my eye. So I was surprised […]