Monday, May 16, 2022

Regular Car Reviews reviewed the TSX wagon

They like it! And they quoted Foucault.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sicilian train ferry

This is rad.

Facelifted Audi S8

The suspension is amazing. It's also cool that the car's body will rise 2.5" when the door opens for easy ingress/egress.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Central California Coast trip

I had to make a quick work trip down to San Luis Obispo this week. On the way back, I decided to take the scenic route-- Pacific Coast Highway. It was quite eventful.

I took Highway 101 down. It's semi-scenic, mixed in with farm land. When I got to my hotel, there were three '32 Roadsters parked in front of the lobby.


For dinner, I decided to check out nearby Avila Beach. You may recall that in the 1990s, Unocal destroyed the small coastal town with a massive oil spill. I went to Mersea, which was near the end of a pier. The meal was excellent. The old man sitting next to me at the bar hitting on the young bartender was not so excellent.



There is still a little bit of seafood processing done on the pier.



We have been watching Stanley Tucci's Italy food show on CNN and the scenery reminded me of Sicily.

The next morning, while I was checking out, I bumped into the owners of the three roadsters. I asked them what they thought of Plymouth Prowlers. They said that people are free to like whatever car they like, but a Prowler would not be invited to a '32 Roadster show. 

This red example does not have a single part from the original 1932 model car. It has 700+ horsepower. 75 fellow Roadster are expected at the hotel that day for a meetup.



Instead of driving back up 101, I took Pacific Coast Highway. I stopped to see these sea elephants near Hearst Castle. The California sea elephants were hunted to extinction. A few animals from Mexico showed up here in the 1990s and the population fortunately exploded. It was cool to watch them with a bunch of amazed European tourists.


Near Big Sur, I grabbed lunch. The seafood platter was all frozen and out of a bag, and expensive. The gas wasn't cheap either. I saw a Bentayga and couldn't imagine how much a fill up would cost. At least the view was nice.



There were a few construction zones where everyone had to stop for long periods of time, and this is what the roadside looked like.



It's looking likely that I'll be getting the Alfa this summer. So this may be my last road trip with the Acura. At 90,000 miles, it drives like new.


Once I got back to civilization in Carmel, I came upon a broken down 240Z Scarab. The clutch had gone kaput. I offered the driver a ride but a tow truck was already on its way. I had never heard of a Scarab before. They have V8s. It looked like this:



Friday, May 13, 2022

Two car chases in two weeks

The Bay Area is wild with crazy drivers. In the past two weeks, I was a "part" of two chases.

1. Two weeks go, this carjacked Porsche 911 Turbo was going over 100 mph and crashed and hit four cars. I was stuck right behind it just as over a dozen officers ran up to it.



2. Yesterday, I was at a red light when I saw a red minivan taxi about to rear end my car at a high speed, followed by five police cars. I decided to floor it and enter the interaction to avoid the hit. The chase continued and this was the result.


Matt Damon Superbowl crypto ad

This was from just three months ago. What a crock of shit.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

1992 Microsoft Excel ad

 

Vijay Mallya's Bangalore mansion


Another way to capture rockets

There's more than one way to skin a cat. This company shoots smaller (than SpaceX) rockets into space and lets a helicopter catch it on the way down. It semi-successfully did this recently. The helicopter caught the rocket but had to let it fall into the ocean because it was making the helicopter too unstable.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Eating the Globe update

I've got three countries lined up.

1. Moldova: I ordered Moldovan honey online months ago but have yet to receive it.

2. Vanuatu: A Berkeley kava place serves kava from there. I'm going to try it out with Chris.

3. Eswatini: A friend is going to share some Eswatini strain marijuana with me. Thanks, friend!

If you Bay Area people know of any ultra exotic new restaurants, please let me know. I've eaten food from the following countries:

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City

North America: Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, USA

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

Victory Day 2022 parade

Welp, I'll never see this parade in the same way again. I'm frankly surprised that Defense Minister Shoigu is still around. No aircraft were flown due to "weather". The Aurus Senat convertible looks...derivative.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Car ferry from Denmark to Iceland

I'm reading a Lonely Planet book about road trips. In the section about Iceland's Ring Road, it said you can bring your car by taking a ferry from Denmark! I had no idea. This ferry holds 800 cars and stops in the Faroe Islands along the way. This looks fantastic.




Max and Yuki race swamp cars

Florida men!

Mercedes EQS is a big boy



Friday, May 06, 2022

Who is in Miami for the race this weekend?

Follow @rchen on Instagram for some A1A content.

Hot school lunches in Japan

Our boy is going to be in kindergarten this fall. Every California school kid gets a free hot lunch at school, so I'll be interested to see how it compares with Japanese lunches.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

I'm going to Cuba!

Unless I end up going to Suriname on a whim, Cuba in November will be my first trip on a plane since February 2020. I am very excited about learning the culture, checking out Havana, and spotting weirdo cars. I'll post more as the date approaches and I do more research. I'll be on an official government-approved educational tour so everything is regimented and I'll have government minders with me almost the whole time.



335d spotting

You'll have to take my word for it. That's a 335d. 425 lb ft of torque!


Ben the Excursion owner is also collecting Saab diesel convertibles

I don't even know where to begin. You remember Ben and his taste for unusual cars.

Well, he shared with us one of his recent purchases, a Ford Excursion.

Here is his report...

Hi!

 

So…. Yeah, I bought an Excursion in the UK, it’s a big beast but I do like them big boned!

 

Bert is a 2004 6.0 TD Limited with 157k on clock. Been in the UK since 2005. I don’t have much history but he is super clean, little corrosion on the rocker panels. However the driveline has been forgotten about in routine servicing so having to rebuild the front axle in the UK is not an easy task. Parts alone from the US have cost over $1000 with Tax and Delivery, plus I still need more! All started after first trip home lost the front brakes, seems the previous day they did some work to them but bent the hose and it was then rubbing on the tyre, eek. Vice Grips to the rescue and continued on my way at a little slower speed but still made it 150+ miles home.

 

Plan is to hoon about in on the school run for a few weeks when fixed then put Bert on a boat back to the US as he is worth more there at the moment and have a road trip to find a junk yard Mustang that my son wants to rebuild and use Roadkill style, while Bert is on sale but could be used to tow etc. He has been attending the https://under17-carclub.co.uk/ here in the UK for a year and has been enjoying that but wants a RWD car that he has revived or resurrected to use on the days and as it has to be manual he is on the hunt for a pre-70’s Mustang or equivalent then get it back to the UK.

 

Also seem to be collecting Black Saab 9-3 Diesel Cabrios at the moment as got 3 so far and maybe another on the way! Plus still have the Disco3, 110 Defender and Volvo V70 D5 (aka La Cucaracha) and a few others.




Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Russia Victory Day parade rehearsal

I want to see this sh*t.

Early 90s Honda Accords

Today, I saw not one, but two Accord coupes on the freeway.


This is my favorite generation Accord. Probably due to a strong case of nostalgia. Motorweek was not thrilled with it when it was introduced.


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Ukraine arresting traitors

Ford Excursion in the UK

One of this blog's AVID readers from the UK owns an Excursion. What?

Let's see if we can get more details from him. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Overlanding Ford Excursion

I am not a big fan of the gigantic Excursion, but this actually looked good. I wonder what kind of mileage it gets.