Carnival of Wheels: Edition #62

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Life has been so busy around The Garage that the Carnival of Wheels has definitely taken a bit of a back seat lately. I began this edition a couple of weekends ago and now I’m watching the Formula 1 boys paddle their canoes around Monaco. So let’s get going on this hot lap around the auto blogs, because there are LOTS of submissions!

When the media talks about women in motorsports, usually they are referring to drivers as they are the most visible and possibly the most news worthy. The reality is that women are involved at many levels, but few are seen in a team ownership capacity. Sheila Scarborough from The Driving Woman recently sat down with Lori Morgan from JD Motorsports who compete in the Nationwide Series. In this insightful chat we learn about Morgan’s roots on an Ohio farm, being the Mother figure on the team and get some idea of what it costs to run a car at that level. How does 14 grand a weekend just for tires sound?
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #61

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It seems like forever since we’ve had a morning like this. Here I am, on the deck with a coffee, starting this week’s Carnival of Wheels while the dog tries to decide whether to poo or not. Believe it or not, we still have snow in spots, yet here I am in my shorts enjoying the sunshine, feeling my batteries recharge. This CoW is probably going to come at you in dribs and drabs, as there is still lots of life going on in The Garage, so why don’t we get rolling with a pretty big CoW.

Last week, I bashed Brian Vermette’s grammar and this week, RaceDriven has fired back with a barrage of NBC’s automotive related programming. Can an American version of Top Gear get away with product bashing like the Brits do? Will a full series of the remade Knight Rider create ratings? Perhaps they should have Larry The Cable Guy stand alongside Adam Carolla to give a reel genuine American twist. Maybe cast Gary Coleman as the third spot!
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #56

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This weekend was the beginning of the 2008 racing season, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona kicking things off. We’ve been pretty lucky here in The Garage to get some killer pit lane coverage from Will Faules, while yours truly runs from the SpeedTV coverage to the kids hockey games. Somehow, I even managed to get a nap in this afternoon while I tried to prepare myself for this week’s CoW. That said, it has been a long crazy day with the emphasis on crazy. I’m going to begin this week’s CoW with one quick but striking submission and then I’ll finish up tomorrow.

Over the past months, I have noticed an increasing amount of traffic to The Garage coming from India. Recently the CoW has been flooded with submissions from Indian auto bloggers, which really give us North Americans some idea how many enthusiasts there are in this far away land. None have made me realize quite how different our worlds are so much as CoW newcomer Sidhusaaheb who writes:

It appears almost surreal now. For all of a hundred and twelve rupees, a nearly destitute, sometimes-employed man like me could go and take a close look at some of the loveliest automobiles in the world. Twelve rupees, incidentally, was the to and fro fare for the train ride between home and the venue of the exposition i.e. Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, with the rest being the entry fee.

I’ve been excited to follow our man to Daytona this weekend, while real car guys like Sidhusaaheb hop on a train to grab a glimpse of the vehicles we see every day. The sight of an H2 is a great highlight, where here we see soccer moms battling for a parking spot in them every day. It shows that we are all car enthusiasts, regardless of our location or means, yet our worlds are so very different that many of us experience things daily that others may never even see.

I’m not feeling very eloquent right now, but Sid’s post has affected me.

See you tomorrow, for the rest of the CoW.

Carnival of Wheels: Edition #55

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Yet another week of mind boggling car industry wanking here in The Garage, most of it of little interest to readers so I won’t elaborate. Suffice it to say that I’m happy to be hanging out in front of the laptop on a wickedly cold Sunday afternoon reading this week’s contributions. This week’s CoW is a bit light, but we have some fun reading so grab a cold one and get ready for a hot lap around the auto blogs.

First up this week we’ll stroll on over to the Madeline Kane’s fun place. Mad is looking for readers to submit their very own limerick or haiku. Her own creation is a little ditty about the dangers of consuming Italian Fare while driving.
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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 #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 #44

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Well folks, it’s been an eventful weekend here in The Garage, full of hockey, volleyball and entertaining. Oh yes, there was also to car accident yesterday. Don’t worry, everyone is ok but the Protege5 is going to get at least one new door. It’s a rainy, nasty Sunday afternoon and I think I’m actually going to watch me a roundy round race and enjoy a pint or five. So while we wait for the race to begin, why not grab a cold one and join me for a quick lap around the blogosphere for this week’s Carnival of Wheels.

First on the block isn’t really wheels related, in fact its not even remotely travel related other than the fact that it involves travel. And Sex. If sex is good, then sex related travel must be incredible and Travel Hacker has compiled a list of 25 sexy get-a-ways for you and your co-driver. They all look like fun.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #43

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Welcome back to yet another Carnival of Wheels. Submissions were more than a bit slim this week, with only one submission. In other words, it’s going to be a really quick lap around the auto blogs. Most of our bloggers either spent the week in Tokyo or they are in Mexico cheering for Team California’s Best.

If we’re only going to visit one blog this week, it might as well be a quick topic. Over at Driving Enthusiast, Jeff Fisher is debating whether he should order his EvoX as a 5 speed manual or the new 6 speed SST. Given that the car will be used for some major lapping days, this is a pretty serious decision. So far, Jeff is worrying about top gear speeds. Personally, I’d be waiting to drive the SSt before I made the decision. As my day at Pocono showed, there are vast differences between autoshift systems and a system that doesn’t shift the way you like could make for a miserable track experience.
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Carnival of Wheels: Edition #42

It’s been a crazier week than normal here in The Garage. I took a 3 day business road trip to Connecticut and back, while Gary Faules and the rest of Team California’s Best are on the road trip of a lifetime to La Carrera Panamerica. I was pleased as punch to arrive home yesterday afternoon to find my advance copy of The Driver had arrived, complete with a personal note from Herr Roy. I’m already 4 chapters in, so you can expect to hear more on that topic soon. For now, it’s time to strap in and take a hot lap around the auto blogs for another week. It’s late in the day, so crack open a cold one and join me, won’t you?

Let’s start this week’s CoW with some splash for a good cause. On November 11, GM is hosting a night of stars and cars in Dubai with proceeds going to the Dubai Autism Center charity. As one of the most opulent places on the planet, you can be sure that GM is going to pull out all the stops on this one. I’d love to go, but I believe GM is already sending me to Santa Monica on the 12th. Hmmm..let me think a minute. I suppose I could be convinced to switch venues and join Ask Patty for the trip! Look out Jody, I’ll take the seat next to you!
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