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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee review

My review of the 2014 Grand Cherokee, from the spring 2014 issue of CAA Magazine. This was one of my favourite cars of the bunch I’ve driven over the last few months. It’s a big machine that doesn’t feel big from the behind the wheel. As well, my daughter and wife (also known as the … Continue reading

Women in the driver’s seat

Watching the men’s and women’s Olympic hockey games over the past few days made me think about car racing. Hold on, stay with me. The women’s gold medal game was a fantastic nail-biter. Part amazing comeback by the Canadian women (after being down 3-0 in the third period) and part epic collapse by the U.S. … Continue reading

The $250,000 Muscle Car Mashup

At first glance, the Equus Automotive Bass 770 looks like a macho mixture of a 60s Dodge Challenger and a Ford Mustang with a touch of Ferrari thrown in for good measure — and that’s exactly the point, according to Ian James, the boutique car company’s “brand ambassador” (and a race-car driver who was at … Continue reading

Fast Talker: Canadian IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe

Here’s my story on James Hinchcliffe, which was published in the summer 2013 issue of CAA Magazine. I  interviewed Hinchcliffe at his parents’  house in Oakville, Ont.  His mom and dad were there for part of the interview and offered their own take on his racing career. He’s a good interview — smart, candid and, … Continue reading

Stealing the show

A version of this post appeared on the Totem Brand Stories blog For the automotive world, winter typically means two things: driving in snow and auto show season.  While the cars are always the stars, the shows themselves are almost as competitive. The Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off the season in late November, followed … Continue reading

The cars that drove the culture

This book review appears in the Winter 2012 edition of CAA Magazine Engines of Change-A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars Engines of Change (Simon & Schuster, 2012) by Paul Ingrassia is a fascinating look at the intersection of cars and culture. And it’s as much about the ground-breaking cars of the 20th century … Continue reading

Anis, Sharpe and Wittmer: 2012 Canadian Touring Car champs

 Published in Globe Drive, Sept. 8, 2012 While two class champions had already been crowned, it took until the final Labour Day race weekend of the 2012 Canadian Touring Car Championship season to decide the Touring class champion. When the checkered flag flew on Sunday, Sept. 2, it was Damon Sharpe in a Honda Civic … Continue reading

Canadian Touring Car Championship gets F1, NASCAR spotlights

Published in Globe Drive on July 4, 2012 For the 2012 season, Canadian Touring Car Championship drivers have forsaken IndyCar in favour of NASCAR and Formula 1. Series president John Bondar says “scheduling difficulties” prevented the series from competing in a supporting role at the Honda Indy Toronto. But those difficulties meant that the mix … Continue reading

Is racing still relevant?

I asked myself that question as I watched the closing laps of Sunday’s Bahrain Formula 1 race – an event that became a lightning rod for protesters who say it was simply a PR exercise by the ruling Sunni party to mask its totalitarian regime. Media reports said many F1 teams were “quietly uncomfortable” about … Continue reading

Toronto Star story on fuel-efficient driving

A piece I wrote for the Star’s Wheels section in my role as CAA Magazine editor. It was published on the web Feb. 24 and in print Feb. 25, 2012 PAUL FERRISS EDITOR, CAA MAGAZINE If you’re like most drivers, you’re probably wondering how to reconcile your love of the open road with your concern … Continue reading

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