Wow, life has been crazy in the real world lately, which means that the virtual world has been taking a back seat lately. Like the farthest back seat on a big yellow bus. It has been all I can do to create a post here and there every couple of days, let alone put together the Carnival of Wheels. Hopefully, life will return to normal soon, and with it the publishing frequency. For now, let’s share a pint and cruise some of the submission for the CoW that I was supposed to do last Sunday.
First up on the grid today is a newcomer who calls himself mleighto and writes a blog called Car Show Kiosk. mleighto has submitted a post about the care that needs to be taken when purchasing a clone type car. This is a pretty touchy subject with many people and I’m sure our own Gary Faules may have a comment or two on this post.
Our fave commercial blog here at the CoW has to be the auto parts sales folks at Pipstore. This week, they are talking about the marketability of automotive styled items. They missed out on one scary thought though: that Nissan tent was already done by Pontiac for the AZTEK!! Pip Pip old boy!
Over at RaceDriven, Brian thinks that the new, maturing racing surface at Bristol and the COT are going to work well together. Now if we can just get Brian to stop drinking while he’s posting! Man, da gramer in dis one wuz a bit ruf!
We have a newcomer to the CoW in the form of a a guy who calls himself Swollen Pickles. One of SP’s many blogs is MotorDude. Great title! His first submission to the CoW is his Top 5 car chase scenes. Not a bad list and one that can always stir up a bit of conversation. Now can somebody find that guys some cream for his swollen pickle!
Just for fun, I had to repost my fave scene from SP’s list. I’ll give you a hint that it isn’t where I think it should be on the list!
They say that Ford spent ten million bucks making the 2008 Mustang Bullitt sound exactly like the car in the movie. If this is true, then I think there will be a lot of unnecessary double clutching when we take one to Lime Rock this July!
Another newcomer is The Littlest Guy, who has a long post about carbon and it’s importance. I’m sorry TLG, but it’s too long and I’m sad to say that I didn’t read it!
Yes, I’m crusty as hell lately and I’m not normally like that. Life sucks sometimes. Get over it!
Yet another newcomer to the CoW is Arthur Gibbs, who writes AutoInsuranceSelect. This week, Arthur has a post about the incredible Bugatti Veyron. Perhaps an odd topic for an insurance blog, but at least Arthur has the stones to tell us who he is!
That said, I wonder what the insurance on a Veyron is worth.
Over at Lemon Law Vehicle, Alex Maas has a post about the Wiesmann GT MF 5. I must admit that I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about these cars. M5 powered. 507 ponies. 3.0 0-60. All pretty heady stuff! The problem is that I can’t quite figure out the visual. Sort of a cross between a Moggie Aero and an XK-120 with a bit of beer barrel mixed in. One thing is for certain though: those numbers add up to one mean MF!
To finish up, we’re going to head back to the Car show Kiosk, where mleighto has a few recommendations on what to do before you fire up your pride and joy for the first time this spring.
That’s it for this week’s extra crusty hot lap around the auto blogs. Forgive my rare crust, as I have a number of friends and family whose health I’m worried about and it is beginning to catch up with me.
Crust aside, for those of you who are new to blogging or publishing of any sort for that matter, lose the BS names. In the pro blogging world, they call it transparency. If you can’t show your readers who you are, you can’t be an authority on your chosen topic. Grow some balls and put your name on what you write. Your readers will thank you for it!
The next Carnival of Wheels should hit the net somewhere around next Sunday. That’s April the 6th. If you are brave enough to be included, get your submissions in by Saturday the 5th at Midnight.