Carnival of Wheels: Edition #54

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Another week has come and gone here in The Garage and that means another Sunday morning sifting through submissions for the Carnival of Wheels. It is interesting to note that 4 out of 5 of this week’s submissions are on the same topic. Obviously the auto industry has some big changes coming and a lot of bloggers are interested. First off, let’s head to one of our long time contributors.

Brian Vermette from RaceDriven is getting all in a tizzy waiting for the 2008 Barrett-Jackson auction to start next week. I must admit that it is exciting watching all the characters have at each other over a hot ride, not to mention the bidder helpers. Who’s gonna win, will it be the hottie or the screamer? What is going to bring the most outrageous number when the dust settles? Will it be Carroll Shelby’s GT500 convertible, or John Schneider’s General Lee? We’ll just have to tune in and watch for ourselves.

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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #53

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Here I sit broken hearted. Paid a dime and? Ok, so I’m not really suffering from a bathroom wall related incident. I’m just a tired old fat guy who is sore from taking yet another header during a kid’s hockey practice. Last week, I think I chipped an elbow, so today when I went down I kept my arms out of the way. Big mistake! All 270 pounds of me landed on my right ass cheek! Needless to say, I’m a hurtin’ unit. Fortunately for the CoW, I can still read some great posts and my fingers still work. We’ve got a couple of newcomers this week and Jeff Fisher has been working overtime, so crack open a cold one, strap in and get ready for yet another quick lap around the auto blogs.

First up we have a general rant from Jeff at DrivingEnthusiast about the nastiness that is the fake air vent or hood scoop. This style vs. function debate has been raging as long as I can remember, and it’s not just on performance cars. A neighbour dropped by yesterday to check out the 08 Focus in the driveway yesterday and the first thing he commented on were the odd looking chrome faux vents in the fenders. Dumb.
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Carnival of Wheels: 1st Anniversary Edition

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Can you believe it? It has been a year since Mark Tapscott put the Carnival of Cars on hold and I decided to start the Carnival of Wheels. That is 52 consecutive Sunday’s of reading some great content from the auto bloggers and mashing it all together for our readers. We’ve met some interesting new bloggers that we wouldn’t have come across otherwise and I’m sure some of their readers have found their way back over to The Garage to share in our automotive ramblings. Ok, enough sappy stuff from me. Let’s strap in and get ready for the last hot lap around the blogosphere for 2008.

First up, as we often do, let’s take a visit to RaceDriven, where Brian presents some possible reasons behind the recent drop in NASCAR’s television ratings. I have a hard time with people or organizations that don’t have the stones to accept responsibility for their own problems, so I find Brian France’s comments unbelievably lame and Brian’s suggestions are far more plausible.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #51

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Welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of the Carnival of Wheels. Ok, so it’s a day late. Again. There is just so much going on in The Garage these days as we get things ready for the other fat man to arrive. You know the one, the guy in the red suit. Let’s take a few minutes before we start into the egg nog and go for a quick lap around the blogosphere.

The last few days in Ontario have seen a complete turn around in the weather, with temperatures well above freezing and the rain threatening our white Christmas. Until this morning that is, when the temp dropped to -5 Cel (23 far). With that in mind, Mike at Hybrid Car Review takes a look at the cold realities of driving a hybrid car in the winter.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #50

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Here we are on week 50 of the Carnival of Wheels. There isn’t anything automotive on TV and the weather outside is frightful. The storm that battered Texas and everything to the north have finally made it’s way to the Toronto area. Outside, the snow that has threatened all night is now beginning to pile up, with giant wet flakes. Getting the Christmas tree later today should be a treat. For now though, the fire is bright and the coffee is hot so let’s get strapped in and take a quick lap around the auto blogs.

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Ok, is it not bad enough that we are living through a the most wintry fall in years here in Ontario, but Alborz from Australian Car Advice has to send me a his Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster review? With shots of the car on the beach no less! Oh well, I suppose the Chrysler 300 AWD tester in my driveway is better suited to this weather anyway.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #49

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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!

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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.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #48

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Here we are on a snowy Sunday morning in Ontario, while some lucky folks like Gary Faules and Lucky are pacing the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in sunny California. I can’t wait for photos. It was really nice of Mrs. G to shovel the driveway this morning after delivering papers, so I’m free to sit here in front of the laptop and blog away to my heart’s content. So grab a java, strap in and get ready for another quick lap of the auto blogs.

We haven’t heard from Jeff Fisher at DrivingEnthusiast in a couple of weeks. This time, Jeff is reviewing an Autoweek review of the new MINI. While I just love the car, Jeff can’t stand it. It looks like the Autoweek reviewer is on Jeff’s side.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #47

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Well folks, not only is the CoW a day late this week, but it was pretty slim pickin’s in the submissions department. Things must have been just as crazy in everyone else’s lives as it has been here. Maybe it’s time we breathe some new life into this weekly lap around the blogosphere. For this week, let’s head on over to one of the faithful!

Over at Racedriven, Brian Vermette is wondering out loud what should be considered the biggest story in racing for 2007. Well, that sort of depends on your perspective now doesn’t it? As Brian points out, Dale Jr. had all sorts of huge news this year. NASCAR has been invaded by Furriners. The Formula 1 circus had all sorts of espionage and a big swingin’ fine. Of course, as Keith from F1 Fanatic was quick to point out, a young lad named Lewis certainly set F1 on it’s ear too. Here in The Garage, maybe the biggest news of the year was when one of our own took the podium at La Carrera! Regardless of how you see it, there was some pretty cool stuff this season, even if a lot of it was off track.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #46

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With the LA Auto Show going on this week, one would think there has been a ton of excitement. Maybe there has been, but it seems to have passed me by. Maybe I’m just a bit on the crusty side, maybe I’m too far away from it all but I haven’t felt the excitement. Today is the last race of the season for NASCAR and that pretty much wraps up all the series I think, so maybe I’m just feeling let down because there is no racing for a while. No worries though, as we’ve still got the Carnival of Wheels to keep us busy on a Sunday morning! So grab a java, tighten down the shoulder straps and get ready for a hot lap of the auto blogs!

First up, we head back over to the land of Race Driven, where Brian is still talking about Bruton Smith and the tracks at New Hampshire and North Wilkesborough. Personally, I don’t think you can move a track. If you move it, you are essentially creating a new track. Something is lost along the way.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #45

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Watchful readers will have noticed that we had some technical difficulties here in The Garage yesterday which precluded the writing of the newest edition of the Carnival of Wheels. Fear not though, as the problems have been rectified and things are back to some sort of normal, so let’s get on with it.

A Brock Commodore without engine and suspension enhancements can be likened to a meat pie without sauce!

That’s what Craig Wilson from AutoFix has to say about the upcoming release of all new Brock Commodores. It’s great to see Craig back in the CoW.
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