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To clip in or not to clip in

Some thoughts on riding with clipless pedals (or not, as the case may be) Continue reading

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Driving like a racer (or at least trying to)

Driving an actual race car had long been a goal of mine. Sure, I’d spent a day or so behind the wheel of small Formula Ford-style cars at the Bridgestone Racing School and taken a BMW Winter Driving course. But I’d never had the chance to drive a true purpose-built race car on a track … Continue reading

Driving without drivers

The driverless car began to turn left at an intersection just as two pedestrians stepped off the curb, ignoring the ‘don’t walk’ sign. A warning chirp sounded inside the car and it began to slow, mid-way through its turn. “Jaywalkers aren’t in scope,” said the engineer in the passenger seat to the engineer in the … Continue reading

Shooting Cars: How to Capture that Perfect Auto Image

This post originally appeared on the Totem blog Sometimes, those of us lucky enough to make magazines for a living are asked to share how we shot that image, found that story, nailed down that fascinating person for an interview. Honestly, how we do these things is no secret, and it’s usually much less glamorous … Continue reading

My week with the Ford F-150

I have to admit: I was pre-disposed to like the Ford F-150. I’ve long harboured the idea that I am, at heart, a truck guy. Trucks give off this ready-for-anything vibe; an “I Got This” attitude. They display a sturdiness and sense of purpose that you just don’t find in a car. But, the truth … Continue reading

Racing’s dark days

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is in critical condition after a crash at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, and I’m wondering, again, why I’m a fan of auto racing. According to media reports (here and here) Bianchi’s Marussia left the track at Turn 7,  the same location that Sauber’s Adrian Sutil crashed a few … Continue reading

2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport Review

In an automotive world of increasingly high-tech cars and SUVs, it’s good to know that the back-to-basics Jeep Wrangler Sport 4×4 still exists. The 2014 Wrangler Sport comes loaded with some of the high-tech systems drivers have come to expect in current cars and trucks: electronic stability control, traction control, Bluetooth connectivity, tire pressure monitoring … Continue reading

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

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

Globe Drive story on racetrack designers

From Indianapolis to Daytona to Monaco, famous racetracks can take on a life and mystique of their own. How they’re designed and built can be as complicated and circuitous as the twists and turns that they make race cars endure. Some tracks, like the Indy course at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, aren’t so much designed as … Continue reading

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