As a young car enthusiast reading car magazines, I used to wonder what it would be like getting to meet all manner of special car people, just like the writers did. What a thrill it would be to meet artists, celebrities, racers and even race fans who shared my love of cars. Fast forward a few decades and here we are visiting the Carnival of Wheels. Each week, car bloggers and readers alike join up for a bit of an automotive love in. It just gets me all warm and fuzzy. Now that you’ve got that wonderful visual, strap in and hold on while we take a hot lap around the blogosphere.
Usually, we hear about brawling over at our brother blog 8 Feet, but lately there has been a bunch of dust-ups in the racing world, both on and off track. In ALMS, an on track battle has been brewing all season between Mika Salo and Tomas Enge with the cars acting as hockey gloves. The series penalties weren’t enough to deter these guys and as Brian from RaceDriven points out, the team has taken things into their own hands. On the topic of Formula 1, Brian has a few words about last week’s activities. It’s hard to say what was more soggy, the European GP or the court proceedings.
I hate to say it, but stock details and big business commentary cause me to glaze over. Steve Faber from Debt Free delves head first into the business side of Alternative Energy Investing. If you are into stocks, it probably does make some sense to pay attention to this market, as it’s only going to keep growing.
Not only do lucky Aussie guys get to look at sexy blondes with great accents and tans, but Aussie bloggers get to spend quality time with some pretty sexy cars. I’m beginning to get more than a bit jealous of Alborz Fallah from Australian Car Advice. This time, he and his team spent some quality time with nothing less than a 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe. Lucky buggers! Suffice it to say that they loved the car, but it’s a great post with lots of great history and useless but intriguing info. A must read.
While they are a necessary evil of business today, there is no questioning that cell phones are a distraction to drivers. As people become more & more addicted to text messaging, the problem gets worse. Arvind Devalia lives in the UK, where cell phone use while driving is illegal. Of course policing cell us on the road is more than a bit of a challenge and Arvind is doing his part to make it socially unacceptable to talk or text while driving. Just another blogger working hard to improve the world, one sticker at a time! Great Work Arvind.
Regular readers of The Garage know that I’m a big fan of vintage automobilia. This week, Tim Abbott from Walking The Bershires has unearthed a cool old map that had belonged to his grandfather. This 1956 gem details the route from New York to sunny Florida. From pines to palms, this map promises to avoid big city traffic while following the historic coast. Nice find Tim, this map is worthy of a road trip! Be sure to send pictures.
Finishing things up on this sunny Sunday afternoon is a bit of comic relief from Jeremy at WTTF. What a great idea, electrify the passenger seat so the significant other wants to go for a drive. I used to work with a girl who installed one of these inventions on her chair in the business office at a dealership and kept the controls close at hand. I’ll bet she was a fun date!
That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Wheels. Be sure to drive by next Sunday for the next edition. Bloggers, don’t forget to get your submissions in by Midnight on Saturday. Have a great Sunday dinner!