Category Archives: Opinions

July 12

I Love This Guy

Congratulations to my favorite IndyCar driver, Josef Newgarden, on his podium finish tonight at the Iowa Corn Indy 300! Josef is a young up-and-comer who has had mixed luck this season, but he is a mature and intelligent driver and, by all accounts, a wacky and fun-loving part of the IndyCar paddock. Take a look […]

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 […]

July 08

The Alternate Mary Barra Interview

You may recall my recent annoyance with Matt Lauer’s sorry excuse for an “exclusive” interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra. Barra doesn’t give many interviews, even to the local Detroit press, and Lauer completely muffed his opportunity to ask relevant, meaningful questions of one of the world’s most powerful women, at a crucial time […]

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 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 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 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 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 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 […]

April 26

Lexus LX 570: When Only An 8-Passenger, $80K SUV Will Do

It’s good to have auto journalist friends who get media cars. It’s even better when those auto journalist friends are cool people who offer to show their media car to you. I am lucky enough to have such a friend (hi, Derek!), who kindly let me take a peek at the Lexus LX 570 he […]

April 25

Why Jean Jennings Rocks (Also More NY Auto Show)

I’ve talked plenty about Jean Jennings, including how she inspired me and how I’ve gotten to do such cool things with her Jean Knows Cars team (including writing about the 2014 Detroit Auto Show – here and here!). But now you have a chance to see for yourself why Jean is so good at what she […]

April 16

Pining for New York…

Like the dead parrot in Monty Python, I’m pining for the fjords New York. The New York Auto Show, that is. I received an amazingly generous offer of VIP tickets for tomorrow but, hey. It’s logistically complicated and ever so slightly expensive to be a globe-trotting Motorista. So I’m sitting this one out, and living vicariously […]

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 06

F1 Bahrain GP – in Twitterverse

Last race, I wished for at least a few lead changes. Hoo boy! Mercedes listened, and served up quite a corker of a race in Bahrain today. Allow me to recount the action via tweet, ’cause wasn’t that fun last time?? It's #BahrainGP time! 6 laps in, and HAM leads from ROS, MAS, PER, BOT. […]

April 05

That Little Cadillac Commercial

You know which one I’m talking about, right? The one that stirred up all the controversy and set people atwitter. The one that’s been dominating the water cooler (do those still exist?). This one, titled “Poolside”: Honestly, I don’t really see what the big deal is. If I had watched this before I read about […]

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 31

The Racing Weekend That Wasn’t…and a Photo Shoot

So the weekend turned out to be a bit of a bust on the racing front, despite its potential. Bad weather in St. Petersburg, Florida forced the cancellation of the first race (Saturday) of the Pirelli World Challenge. Then, I slept through Formula 1’s Malaysian GP, despite setting my alarm for the 3:30 a.m. go […]

March 29

Let Them Drive…Still

Today, in conjunction with President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Saudi women again protested the ban on women driving by getting behind the wheel. Organizers are focused not just on obtaining the right to drive, but on increased democratic reforms and human rights in Saudi Arabia You may remember me writing about this topic here, […]

March 23

Get Excited About the Alfa Romeo 4C

Finally! Alfa Romeo, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is returning to our fair shores, and it’s bringing a humdinger of a car to herald its arrival – the 4C. This mid-engined, 4-cylinder, two-seater, turbo’d, sexy Italian falls somewhere in between the no-compromises Lotus Elise and the superb but well-mannered new Porsche Cayman. Those lucky […]

March 20

Tomorrow’s Google Doodle Explained

Tomorrow, if you go on the Google start page, you will see a drawing of a man. He will look like a fairly ordinary man – not an iconic profile like Gandhi or Mandela or Martin Luther King. But he is no ordinary man. March 21 would be Ayrton Senna‘s 54th birthday. May 1 will […]

March 16

F1 Australian GP – in Twitterverse

Yes, I stayed up and followed the Formula 1 Australian GP from 12:30 to 3 a.m. (Texas time). No, I couldn’t watch it on TV or use the Formula 1 App (acting dodgy), so I followed the action through the live timing feature on the F1 website (which included good commentary) and on Twitter. Don’t […]

March 15

12 Hours of Sebring 2014

Apparently, there is a saying that the 12 Hours of Sebring is longer than the 24 Hours of Daytona. Having watched this year’s Sebring race, I get it. This year’s race holds the dubious distinction of eleven full course cautions. ELEVEN. As a frame of reference, last year’s had FOUR. This year, there were a […]