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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

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

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

2012 Chevrolet Volt Review

Although it could be the way of the future, there’s something odd about plugging in your car. It’s like having a giant cellphone parked in your driveway, powering up. And that’s the biggest mental hurdle you need to leap when you drive a Chevrolet Volt—the way you’ve fuelled up your car since you got your … Continue reading

2012 Nissan Juke Review

The Nissan Juke is a true crossover. At first glance it looks like a sporty, two-door coupe—until you notice the nearly hidden rear door handles. It also has the deep wheel wells and tall profile of a small, Jeep Wrangler-like SUV. And that’s the point. The Juke crosses over different car categories (compact car, crossover/SUV, … Continue reading

Giddy up. My new dream car is a truck

I’ve decided I want a Ford Bronco. Not the bloated monster-truck style Bronco or even the bouncy Bronco II, but the square Bronco from the mid-seventies. The one with the small tires and wheels that made it look like it was hiking up its pant legs to wade across a creek. It’s the simple design … Continue reading

Globe Drive story on La Carrera Panamericana

7 days, 100 cars, 3,000 km, one crazy race Most people travel to Mexico to soak up the sun and enjoy some fruity umbrella drinks at an all-inclusive resort. A few others, though, come for the treacherous roads, day after day of high-speed driving followed by intense fatigue and, sometimes, the odd broken bone. And, … Continue reading

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