Tag Archives: Porsche

March 21

Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas

The Pirelli World Challenge sports car racing series had its season opener at Circuit of the Americas at the beginning of March, and your faithful motorsports reporter was there for the Saturday race! (I had plans for Sunday.) I may have mentioned before that I love Pirelli World Challenge, but let me recap: I love […]

February 21

Cars and Coffee Austin – February 8, 2015

Okay, enough sad! Let’s get back to happy, aka Cars and Coffee, from two weeks ago. Spyker C8 Spyder McLaren P1 Scenes And then the Italians took over… Thank you for your indulgence. Never look a Camaro directly in the eye. My favorite car there, of course. The SRT Viper racer.  

September 19

Cars and Coffee Austin – September 14, 2014

Too busy to talk! But feast your eyes upon these…        

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 […]

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, […]

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 04

More Carrera of the Americas, Because Porsche

Turns out I took a LOT of photos yesterday. So won’t you indulge me while I do another post? They’re Porsches, after all.     Love the Martini livery! Classic. Green means GO! And so they did. Good night!

May 03

Carrera of the Americas – Saturday

Apparently there are benefits to public speaking. After my recent presentation to the Hill Country Region of the Porsche Club of America, I snagged a very kind invite to attend the 2014 “Carrera of the Americas,” a PCA race weekend held at Circuit of the Americas. I went out there today and snapped a few […]

April 23

A Condo for You…and Your Car

I have never been to Florida, and never had any real desire to go. But now I’m moving to Miami. Why, you ask? THIS. A luxury beach condo tower, with an elevator that takes you AND YOUR CAR right up to your condo, and leaves you AND YOUR CAR in your condo. DESIGNED BY PORSCHE. […]

April 21

Swoon: Porsche 918 at Circuit of the Americas

Remember this car? Remember this track? How about we put them together, and throw in Patrick Long, a fabulous Porsche factory driver and all-around good-looker. Let the swooning commence. If only we could see Patrick’s face… And, HEY, did you notice he’s got the $1,800 seatbelt??  

April 10

For My New Porsche Friends…

Had a great time speaking to the Hill Country Region of the Porsche Club of America today! Not only are they fun folks, but they let me, a non-Porsche owner, in the door AND listened to me ramble about this blog, racing and cool Porsche stuff in general. My first automotive speaking engagement! As promised, […]

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 […]

March 06

Geneva Motor Show: the Lowdown

The Geneva Motor Show has come and gone…but fear not! My friends over at Automobile Magazine have great coverage of the show that was. See here for their take on the hits, misses and revelations of Geneva. Having read their analysis and scoured the web for all the info on Geneva, here are my impressions […]

March 04

Geneva!

The Geneva Motor Show is happening! Alas, I am not there. However, I have been keeping up with the gossip, and will have plenty of opinions and news to share, including cars/concepts from McLaren, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Mazda, Jeep and Maserati. Of course, it’s already 10 p.m. and I have still have things to […]

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 14

Be Mine

My Valentines are of the four-wheeled variety. I win. Here are a few of my recent loves. And my current steady, the Red MINI.          

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 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 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. […]

December 24

Strong Women: Cindy Olson Bourland

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the strong women in my life. The women who lead by example, who mentor me (whether knowingly or not), whose lives and choices provide me with a daily reminder that opportunities should be grasped, setbacks make you wiser, and limitations are in the eye of the beholder. As my life […]

December 20

Gift Guide for the Gearhead

This may be a bit late…but if you’re a procrastinator like me, it’s just in time! Allow me to present Motorista’s First Annual Gift Guide for the Gearhead. In case you know any… Branded Swag Does your favorite gearhead love a particular make or model above all others? Your choices are endless for branded hats, […]

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 […]

September 16

Would You Like a $1,800 Seatbelt With Your $845,000 Porsche?

So I was configuring my Porsche 918 Spyder today when I came across one of those bizarre, inane things that must be shared so that we can all engage in collective head-scratching. As you may know, the base price of the 918 Spyder is $845,000.  That’s the price of – what? – three Lamborghinis? I […]

September 09

Oh, Frankfurt…

Today I am pining for Frankfurt. Bet not too many people say that… The 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show is happening this week. Or, to use its proper name, the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung.  All the European manufacturers are unveiling hotly anticipated new cars and concepts, such as the Porsche 918 Spyder, Jaguar C-X17 concept, BMW i8, Mercedes-Benz […]