Tag Archives: Cars

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? […]

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 […]

July 30

Your Ride is Here

I had a very cool and unexpected experience today (aren’t those the best kind?). My friends over at John Eagle European hosted an event put on by Austin non-profit RecognizeGood, an organization that “[illuminates] selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service” in the greater Austin area.  Every month, RecognizeGood honors a “Legend,” someone who, to […]

July 26

Retail Therapy

Sooo…it’s been a long week, as my lack of recent posts attests. And when a girl’s had a long week, she needs a little retail therapy on the weekend. Now, when your passion is cars, retail therapy is a tad bit expensive. (Hell, when you have my taste in fashion, retail shoe therapy is prohibitively […]

July 15

Cars and Coffee Austin – July 13, 2014

It was a hot morning in Austin, Texas, but Thing 1 and I headed over to the Oasis for some gratuitous car-spotting. Here’s what we saw… A little Ford GT40 action. I got a kick out of this Ford DeLuxe. Oh, ok. I’ll take a little Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Vantage action on […]

February 22

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

There’s a big Italian car show at the Oasis tomorrow. (Remember the Oasis, the site of Cars and Coffee?) Called the Esotico Italiano Automobile Showcase, and part of the 2014 Texas Running of the Bulls, this event is hosted by Lamborghini Club Texas and sounds just like what I would select if heaven was made-to-order. […]

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 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 30

Configuration Nation!

I love online car configurators. Back in the day when I had free time on my hands (I can barely remember it), I used to spend hours building all my dream cars. From what I hear, the Next Generation is now carrying on that tradition. This evening, after a long workday, I decided to wind […]

January 02

Fiatissimo!

Kudos and accolades to my friends over at Fiat of Austin! Word on the street is that they are the “winningest” Fiat dealer of all time, having sold over 2,100 cars since the Fiat brand returned to the U.S. in 2011. If you live in Austin, this is easy to believe. You can’t sneeze in […]

December 29

2013: a Look Back

I never thought the birth year of a blog would be a big deal, but here I am, looking back on 2013 through the eyes of this blog, and thinking about all that has happened since I published my first post on May 25. I have been to car-related events in Michigan, California and Texas, […]

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 20

L.A., From Afar

Although silently lamenting that all the cool car people are in Los Angeles this week for the L.A. Auto Show (Hi Jean! Hi Deb!), social media actually allows me to see quite a lot of what they are seeing (but without all the fun). Having been bombarded on Twitter and Instagram by all of the […]

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 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 10

Meow: Jaguar Driving Event

Yesterday I trekked down to Houston to attend a driving event sponsored by Jaguar USA. Having not had the opportunity to spend any time with the new Jags (which are becoming increasingly more desirable each model year), I was excited to see the cats up close and personal. Jaguar XFR My only complaint about the […]

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 […]

November 02

The Cinquecento Weekend

You know how you meet a person, and within five minutes they are offering to let you drive one of their cars on a hot lap of Circuit of the Americas? Yeah, that usually doesn’t happen. Well, it did to me. (!!!!!!!!!!!!) (Carry on, universe. You are really doing a good job lately.) So what […]

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 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 10

The Bow Tie in My Driveway

The Red MINI took one to the chin in the office parking lot the other day. While she gets stitches, I have a visitor in my driveway. This one isn’t quite as hot as my last visitor. Nevertheless, it sports a dapper bow tie, and I welcome it gladly. Meet the Chevy Equinox. Given how […]

September 03

The State of the Union – an Auto Bubble?

Detroit may still be broke, but what about the car industry as a whole?  As it turns out, following the doomsdays of 2008, car manufacturers are doing better than ever. Sales are soaring, customer satisfaction is up. In fact, General Motors overtook Toyota for the first time in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study for 2013 […]

August 17

“Is That Your Car?” – A Woman in a Porsche 911

I recently had the good fortune to drive and photograph a beautiful 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet. The occasion? It belongs to my employer, and she knew I wanted to drive it. One small reason among a plethora of others that I have a fantastic job. I was out photographing the 911 on the […]

August 11

Time to Step Up, Ladies of L.A.

While researching my recent Tesla post, I came across an article in the L.A. Times that listed L.A.’s top ten cars and trucks by gender. I didn’t have to read past the title to know that I would be disappointed. And, sure enough, I was. The lists are based on data from Edmunds, which pulled […]