Category Archives: Dubious

October 23

F1icane

After weeks of no rain, we’re gettin’ all hurricane-ish around here. On Formula 1 weekend, naturally. But it’s okay. I’m ready. Check my Twitter feed tomorrow for dispatches from a water-logged Circuit of the Americas!

September 09

What’s Wrong with Cadillac

Dear Cadillac, I am young(ish), trendy (somewhat), and a discerning consumer of automotive sheetmetal. According to you, I am precisely the audience you want to target. But you’re not doing it right. I’m in the market for a car this fall, but you are not on my shopping list. Would you like to know why? […]

August 03

Karma

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

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 […]

May 13

Practice Shouldn’t Be Interesting

The IndyCar folks are at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month, getting ready for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Between now and May 24, the teams are practicing – working on setups, seeing how fast they can get their cars to go around the infamous oval, etc. Today was‚Ķwell, interesting. And […]

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 01

That’s a Negative, Ghost Rider

No. Toyota, let’s talk after you fire your ad agency. This is just stupid. Love, Motorista

August 20

The Prius and the Python

Reason #1,000,002 why the Prius is a hateful, hateful vehicle: it will cause you to crash into a firehouse with a python wrapped around your neck. And ultimately result in DWI and theft charges. All the Prius’ fault, of course. Think I’m on a bender? Read further. These are the things that make life worth […]

August 06

Dubious Colors: Edition One

Ever since I was visually violated by a purple Lamborghini, a deepening dread has lingered in the back of my mind: there are many, many cars out there in horribly fugly colors. I had no intention of going out to look for them, because dubious. I exist in a righteously indignant state most of the […]

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 11

General Motors, the Fortress

Here is an interesting Part Two to my Alternate Mary Barra Interview. I merely intended to ask the questions. My dear friend, the brave, barnstorming Ashleigh Burroughs¬†(my collaborator on Project Keychain), decided to actively try to get answers to my questions. So she tried to track down Mary Barra. Head over to her blog, the […]

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 14

Motorista Goes Aerial

I have rappelled 478 feet down a 38-story building and lived to tell the tale. The end. Ha – not quite. In fact, there is a tale. It involves skyscrapers, ropes, kids with wishes, family, friend, babies, dogs, duct¬†tape and more. First, the scheduling gods smiled upon me such that almost my entire family (all […]

June 12

I’m Baaaack!

And just in time to jump off a building! It was nice to take several days off from (real) work and the blog and to spend time with family in Galveston, but it’s good to be home and getting back in my groove. There are lots of things to talk about, like the GM investigation […]

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

April 08

Smart Car Tipping

Okay guys – I do not condone damaging other people’s property. In fact, I don’t even condone TOUCHING someone else’s car unless you have permission. So I’m not really laughing about this. Except… Did you hear about that recent bout of vandalism in San Francisco in the early Monday morning hours, where person or persons […]

April 03

GM Recallgate

By now, you may have heard that small news item about the GM recall. A recall that is now quite massive in scale, and that was precipitated by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. I had all sorts of things to say about Recallgate, […]

March 02

When I Grow Up…

‚ĶI want to be a Dubai police officer. Why, you ask? Consider the following police motor pool: Audi R8 V10 Plus Bentley Continental GT Brabus B63 S (that’s a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG tuned by Brabus) Ferrari FF Lamborghini Aventador McLaren MP4-12C Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (the Gullwing) Nissan GT-R Sadly, the Aston Martin One-77 (a limited-edition, […]

February 12

Damn You, Sinkhole!

What a bizarre story. A sinkhole opened under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky in the early-morning hours today, swallowing eight Corvettes. Perhaps it’s bad of me to say, but I was relieved to read that only one truly old Corvette, a 1962 C1 (first generation; the brand-new 2014 is a C7), was […]

February 01

Because, Tesla Drag Race

The title of this post is the answer to a question that doesn’t even need to be asked. Just watch the following video, and be amazed. Tesla is up to a lot these days, including cross country trips relying solely on Tesla “Supercharger” stations and $0 of gas. I previously expressed surprise that the industry […]

January 03

It’s Not Psychology, Stupid

Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch website posted an article opining that psychology explains why the cars with the highest percentage of male ownership (Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, etc.) are almost exclusively foreign luxury and/or exotic brands. Here’s the ownership chart from their article: Take a look at that, and then indulge me a minute… […]

December 23

As Formula 1 Turns

Just because it’s the offseason, don’t think Formula 1 is taking a break from its standard drama and political intrigue. The annual musical chairs of drivers and teams has taken place, and the music is just ending. Several drivers have switched teams, and some were caught out when the music stopped. The Bleacher Report has […]

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‚Ķit might have been a good idea for him to have […]

November 07

Dumb and Dumber

We now temporarily interrupt our more mature offerings to bring you something that is good ol’ snarky Motorista: AOL Autos’ list of the Top 20 Dumbest Cars of All Time. First of all, what the hell is AOL Autos, and why do I care? Answer: I don’t know, and I don’t care. However, ¬†I just […]