Sometimes, work in the real life version slows things down in The Garage. Over the past week, we’ve been dealing with month end, year end inventories and the like which means I haven’t had an awful lot of time to keep up on all the happenings in the blogosphere. That’s one of the nice things about the CoW. It let’s everyone keep up to date with a few of the weeks hot topics. So, without further ado, let’s strap in for a hot lap around the auto blogs.
First up, Jeff Fisher is reporting on Car & Driver’s report of a press day road test of a JDM Mitsubishi Evo X. Even though it’s not the same as the cars we’ll see here in North America, it’s still pretty cool. This is kinda fitting for us here in The Garage, because if all goes well tomorrow we might have some special Evo stuff to share with our readers.
Mike from Hybrid Car Review has posted some pretty interesting stats regarding the number of Prius’ the Toyota has on the road. It means that somewhere, there are an awful lot of environmentally responsible motorists happily commuting in their Hybrids. The funny thing is, Mike mentions: And you thought you were imagining things when you thought you saw the Prius everywhere you go. Here in the Toronto area, I find it’s the opposite. I rarely if ever see them on the road. Weird, but they must be selling them somewhere else.
Car insurance. You can’t live with, you certainly can’t live without it. The problem is that some people pay as much for insurance as they do for car payments. Why is that? Because insurance companies sometimes take advantage of the fact that people don’t shop. You’ve used the same company for years, and your rates go up, so you pay them. Sometimes though a bit of shopping can save literally thousands of dollars a year. Over at Grad Money, they’ve compiled a great list of discounts you should be asking for that can save you a bundle.
Newcomer to the CoW is Doris Chua from Doris Goes Shopping. This week, Doris is sprucing up her tired old (3 years old is old?) car with some new seat covers. Because she’s getting tired of that old jalopy, Doris is checking out a cool vehicle selector tool.
Another newcomer is The Digerati Life, where they’ve discovered the true cost of keeping a vehicle on the road. Some of you might be surprised. I’ll give you a clue: vehicle ownership ain’t cheap!
Over at RaceDriven, Brian has a few words about the state of NASCAR’s points chase. Also, it sounds like there has been some question as to what cars the Busch series will be using in the future. Brian thinks DW might have the answer with the surplus of about to be obsolete Cup Cars.
Few racers will disagree that the easiest, safest way to begin in motorsports is to attend an autocross. It really is amazing how much one can learn from zinging around a lot full of cones in 2nd gear. One of the Patrolling Pansies, Henry has put together a killer list of things a new autocrosser should be doing at his first few events. I’m having a lot of fun reading these guys each week.
Every now and then, the blogging world surprises me with some good old fashioned news reporting stuff and this week it comes from Sheila Scarborough. The Edmund’s blogger had a sit down with non other than Ashley Force. The two talk about women in racing, team dynamics and the rock star factor. The interview took place one day before Pappa John had a scary accident that left him with some pretty severe injuries. One thing is for certain though, this family will continue to be a strong Force in drag racing. Pun intended.
That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Wheels, it’s been a fun one. Be sure to visit again next Sunday for the Canadian Thanksgiving edition. Bloggers, be sure to get your submissions in by Saturday at Midnight.