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Layla – The Boat Tail Riviera

I tried to give you consolation…When your old man had let you down. Like a fool, I fell in love with you, Turned my whole world upside down. – Eric Clapton

Pagani Huayra

Pagani, the pantomime horse of supercar manufacturers has done it again. It has built a machine that pushes the boundaries of what a supercar can be.

New McLaren MP4-12C

Looking for a way to spend that Wall Street bonus money? No? Well you’ve ruined my intro. Okay, let’s say you are. You’re in luck, because McLaren is making a new car. For about $244,000, you can be one of the gilded one-percenters to own the new McLaren MP4-12C.

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  • Rear-end Collision Costs Toyota $242 Million August 18, 2018
    After deliberating eight hours, a Texas jury ordered Toyota to pay $242.1 million to compensate a Dallas family involved in a 2016 rear-end collision that seriously injured two children. The children, aged 3 and 5, were rear-seat occupants in a 2002 Lexus ES300 driven by parents Benjamin and Kristi Reavis on Dallas’ North Central Expressway. While stopped […]
    Steph Willems
  • Documents Show Volkswagen CEO Diess Knew About Illegal Devices August 18, 2018
    Unsealed documents from a German prosecutor’s office shed light on current Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess’ knowledge of the costly diesel emissions scandal. Back in late July, 2015, Diess, having just taken the helm of the VW brand after arriving from BMW, sat in on a fateful meeting, German magazine Der Spiegel reports. It seems that, […]
    Steph Willems
  • Audi’s U.S. Lineup Will Be Free of Manual Gearboxes In 2019 August 17, 2018
    The manual transmission continues to die a slow, lingering death. Audi is now eliminating the manual option from its entire U.S. lineup, not that the majority if its customers will actually miss it. While the 2018 Audi A4 can still be had with a six-speed manual, the refreshed 2019 model will not. The same will […]
    Matt Posky
  • Adventures in Advertising: I Love What You Do for Me, Chuck – Let’s Go Places August 17, 2018
    If it wasn’t for celebrity ad appearances, I wouldn’t know that Jim Rockford James Garner thinks the Mazda 626 is a great buy, or that Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling chooses the Ford LTD over all other domestic two-door hardtops, simply for the cabin noise level. Meanwhile, red-blooded males across America still can’t shake those […]
    Steph Willems
  • Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Makes Appearance for 50th Birthday, Promises 8 Seconds of Not-that-legal Fun August 17, 2018
    In 1968, Ford issued a limited number of lightweight, “335-horsepower” Mustangs intended for the drag strip. While street legal, the vehicles were absolute beasts on the track thanks to the implementation of the 428 Cobra Jet engine. The powerplant utilized the racy 427 FE’s intake manifold and added ram-air induction, a functional hood scoop, and an engine […]
    Matt Posky