Sunday, September 23, 2018

World Leaders Cars (15)

141. Somalia: Land Cruiser. 2007 car: Mercedes S-Class.

142. Sri Lanka: Mercedes-Maybach. 2007 car: BMW 7-Series.

143. Ukraine: Mercedes S-Class. 2007 car: Mercedes S-Class.

144. Bosnia: Audi A8. 2007 car: Audi A8.

145. Cambodia: Mercedes S-Class. 2008 car: Mercedes S-Class.

146. Oman: Range Rover. The sultan has been ill for years and the last sighting of him in a car was 2015! 2007 car: Maybach.

147. Austria: Mercedes S-Class. 2007 car: Audi A8.

148. Armenia: GMC Yukon. 2007 car: BMW 7-Series.

149. Barbados: Mercedes ML/GLE. 2008 car: Mitsubishi Pajero.

150. Cameroon: Range Rover Klassen. 2007 car: Mercedes S-Class.

Mercedes S-Class: 42
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser: 29
BMW 7-Series: 15
Audi A8: 9
Lexus LS: 9
Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon: 6
Mercedes Gelandewagen: 6
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser Prado: 6
Jaguar: 2
Land Rover Discovery: 2
Range Rover: 2Aurus Senat: 1
BMW X5: 1
Cadillac: 1
Chevy: 1
Citroen DS7 Crossback: 1
Hongqi: 1
Honda Accord: 1
Hyundai Equus: 1
Hyundai Santa Fe: 1
Isuzu MU-X: 1
Lincoln Navigator: 1
Mercedes E-Class (old): 1
Mercedes GL: 1Mercedes-Maybach: 1
Mercedes ML/GLE: 1
Proton: 1
Rolls-Royce: 1
Skoda: 1
Toyota 4Runner: 1
Toyota Sequoia: 1
VW Touareg: 1
VW Transporter: 1

Bentley alternatives

Does anyone watch Fifth Gear? It's a bit boring, but so is Motorweek.

Rowan Atkinson's Aston Martin

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Honda LaneWatch

I saw a Clarity with a camera appendage below its passenger side mirror. I had no idea this has been available since 2014. Has anyone used it? Is it any good?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 highlights so far

The year is 3/4 over! The lowlight has been Bourdain's passing. But we should definitely celebrate life.

January: Finishing the Pan-American Highway. One of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

February: Baku gifts from Tarlan.

March: @rchen starring in Autoweek's cover story.

April: Spring break in Palm Desert, California.

May: Wedding in Sedona, Arizona.

June: Austrian dinner with an old friend. I got to catch up with a college bud and I got to check a country off my list.

July: Lake Michigan vacation. So serene. Summering in the Midwest is very underrated.

August: Bonneville Salt Flats. My travel bucket list is now one item shorter.

September: We spent a few days down in Laguna Beach. The last time we were there, we were on our babymoon (vacation before birth). The boy loved it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Orinda Car Show 2018 photos

The local car show is a favorite because it's so close to home (Bay Area traffic, even on weekends, is getting ridiculous) and because there is always a diverse mix of cars. It's not just ultra-expensive supercars or 1960s hot rods.

This Isuzu-Lotus-Kia Elan belonged to a spectator. I also saw a Cayman GT4 with the vanity plate APX NOOB.

This E12 528i is beautiful and very rare. Here is an intro produced by Driving While Awesome.

Next to the BMW in the glare is a Panoz Esperante! I really appreciate these Georgia-built cars. The owner was very patient when explaining the car to passersby. Is it Italian? Is it American? Is it a Ford kit car? He was very patient. He bought it new in 2001 and told me that he saw another Esperante at the show and it's the more aggressive version.

I took a few photos of this Audi 4000S and was ready to walk away when I saw the functioning QUATTRO pattern on the rear defroster. What a neat idea!

I had no idea that there was such a thing as a Vanden Plas Supercharged. Apparently, it's sort of a stretched XJR with a more supple ride.

The unappreciated 968 in a sea of 911s.

Has anyone here owned or driven a 968 before?

Here is a 1979 Ranchero with lights from a Thunderbird(?).

And here is the souped up Esperante. It's apparently a JRD. It came with an enlarged Ford engine and a supercharger and cost over $150,000 new. I had never heard of it before.

Eating the Globe: Serbia

An eagle-eyed friend informed me that a Serbian church is having a food festival today, so I took advantage. The food was cooked by amateurs and was unfortunately not that great. I had the lamb and the Serbian version of crepes. One had feta and spinach. The other had ham and cheese.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Friday, September 07, 2018

Tour of $250m Los Angeles mansion

The Smoking Tire podcast described this mansion recently. I just hope it gave a lot of laborers lots of work for a while.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Brazilians are sick of Venezuelan migrants

Kansai Int'l Airport typhoon damage

Maybe this wasn't such a great idea after all.

In the mid-90s, Kansai airport was built on an artificial island to relieve congestion at Osaka airport. It is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Kansai is now the third busiest airport in Japan. The recent typhoon flooded the entire airport and a boat has crashed into the bridge.

Weird Peugeot ad running in Brazil

Monday, September 03, 2018

Land Rover Darien Gap merchandise

How did I get here?

I was looking for my Darien Gap military maps. I could not find them and suspected that someone threw them away. So I went on eBay to find replacements and came across this Land Rover Darien Gap collection.

Of course, I bought a couple of mugs and a business card holder.

But what's really crazy is the Darien Gap leather jacket. Check out the details here.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Honda Beat McLaren

NatGeo Darien Gap program

My obsession with the Gap knows no bounds. Here is a documentary about a storekeeper traveling south on a boat and migrants traveling north on foot.

Chrome trim on a 2012 Fisker Karma

Photo taken by S at an Oslo dealer.

Globe for the blind

Saturday, September 01, 2018

World Leaders Cars (14)

131. Uzbekistan: Mercedes S-Class. 2008 car: Mercedes S-Class.

132. Tanzania: Toyota Land Cruiser. 2007 car: Mercedes S-Class.

133. Vietnam: Toyota Land Cruiser. 2008 car: Toyota Crown.

134. Vanuatu: Isuzu MU-X. 2008 car: Mitsubishi Galant.

135. Angola: Mercedes S-Class. 2008 car: Mercedes G-wagen.

136. Cuba: Old Mercedes E-Class (very austere). 2007 car: ZIL.

137. Cote D'Ivoire: Mercedes S-Class. 2007 car: VW Touareg.

138. Ghana: Toyota Land Cruiser. (This photo was taken before he became president but he was seen recently riding in it (same license plate).) 2008 car: Mercedes S-Class.

139. Honduras: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. 2008 car: Chevy Suburban.

140. Serbia: Audi A8. 2007 car: BMW 7-Series,

Mercedes S-Class: 39
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser: 28
BMW 7-Series: 15
Lexus LS: 9
Audi A8: 8
Mercedes Gelandewagen: 6
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser Prado: 6
Chevy Suburban: 5
Jaguar: 2
Land Rover Discovery: 2
Aurus Senat: 1
BMW X5: 1
Cadillac: 1
Chevy: 1
Citroen DS7 Crossback: 1
Hongqi: 1
Honda Accord: 1
Hyundai Equus: 1
Hyundai Santa Fe: 1
Isuzu MU-X: 1Lincoln Navigator: 1
Mercedes E-Class (old): 1Mercedes GL: 1
Proton: 1
Rolls-Royce: 1
Skoda: 1
Toyota 4Runner: 1
Toyota Sequoia: 1
VW Touareg: 1
VW Transporter: 1