As Christmas approaches, it seems like there is more and more piling up here in The Garage each week. As a result, some things end up being passed over. Unfortunately, that seems to be happening to the CoW a lot these days. With this being the 49th edition, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing the CoW for almost a full year! While it can be hard to keep up some times, I still look forward to the Carnival of Wheels each week and I hope our readers and bloggers do too. Having said that, let’s all strap in and get ready for a hot lap around the auto blogs.
Wow…sorry folks, I wrote the above on Sunday and now here it is Wednesday and I’m finally getting around to finishing it up. Let’s get on with it and then get back out to the Christmas shopping!
First up we have Jeff Fisher from Driving Enthusiast, who spent some time in LA recently and was able to take in the LA Auto Show. Jeff has a bit of a woody for the upcoming Evo X (don’t we all?) and took the time to get a few detail shots of the cars on the show stand. It’s just a shame that car fans weren’t allowed t come up close. Sorry Jeff, but I was sitting in one yesterday! Still no drive though.
Newcomer to the CoW is Andy Mervin George, from Malaysia who writes Essential Motoring 101. AMG was lucky to go on an overnight press launch of the Honda’s new Stream. It is a cool looking, sporty little 4 door hatch that looks like it could be a good combo of fun and functional.
Over at the Pipstore blog, Alex is doing a great job of blending a retail based site with an info filled blog. Unlike some of the other retail blogs out there, Alex is actually offering his readers value for their time. This week, he covers some of the functions of Active vs Passive safety systems in modern cars.
We’re going to finish up today with another post from Jeff at DE. This time, Jeff is a little miffed that opportunistic new car dealers are already popping 2009 Dodge Challengers onto ebay for a ten grand premium. I hate to say it, but this is what free enterprise is all about. As long as manufacturers and laws allow it, dealers will continue to make a bit of gravy off hot new Halo cars, and why shouldn’t they? The guys who have to have the car that badly are the same ones who would line up overnight for a new gaming console or to see the new Star Wars release. If they want it that badly, let them have it. The rest of us can be patient and pay retail.
That’s it for last week’s Carnival of Wheels. I promise I’ll get this week’s CoW together at it’s usual Sunday time. Bloggers, don’t forget to get your submissions in by Saturday at Midnight to be included.