Father’s Day Special – The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Driving

A lot of people ask me what my favourite car is. It’s a loaded question that I used try to qualify and explain. Now I usually just blurt out whatever automotive device currently has my eye. But you know what no one ever asks me. What is the most fun I have ever had behindContinue reading “Father’s Day Special – The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Driving”

Graded – 1980s Subarus

Welcome back to Graded. Here we discuss legendary marques, models, or trim packages and affix a letter grade to a selection of vehicles falling under that topic. The grades mean nothing and are completely arbitrary. I fully encourage you to tell me what I got wrong and how you would grade them instead. Have someContinue reading “Graded – 1980s Subarus”

Micro Machines – Simple Brilliance

I’ll get back to the Growing Up Gran Turismo series soon, but first I want to take a break and discuss an entirely different kind of racing game – Micro Machines. It’s a game I never actually owned but very close family friends had a copy for their original NES. Every time we visited theirContinue reading “Micro Machines – Simple Brilliance”

Garbage Pail Cars

Here’s a million-dollar idea I have neither the ability, artistic talent nor means to pull-off. Garbage Pail Kids – but for cars. Those of a certain age will remember the fabulous Garbage Pail Kids trading cards that came to prominence in the 1980s. Funny, controversial, gross, crude – these cards really had it all forContinue reading “Garbage Pail Cars”

Ode to an Alero

A Love Letter to My First Car Everyone remembers their first time. The anticipation, excitement and nervousness. The thoughts spinning around their head. Am I really ready for this? What if I’m making a huge mistake? Is this really the one? Yup, owning a first car is a big deal. For me, the path toContinue reading “Ode to an Alero”

Choices – 1989 Manual Minivans

Welcome to a new-ish feature on AutoLobotomy.com. An evolution of a series I used to write years ago, seemingly similar cars are pit against one another in a battle for your affection. It’s like trying to choose your favourite child (although some days that’s easier than others). Your task, if you agree to accept it,Continue reading “Choices – 1989 Manual Minivans”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two

December 23rd, 1999. I was a first year University student home for Christmas break. Broke as hell, I did what many students did when stuck at home for a month – went back to work at my high school job, trimming produce at a local grocery store. I had an early afternoon shift that day,Continue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two”

Choices – ’80s Compact Two-Seaters

Welcome to yet another new feature on AutoLobotomy.com. It’s an evolution of a series I used to write years ago, where I pit seemingly similar cars against one another in a battle for your affection. It’s like making you choose your favourite child (although some days that’s easier than others). Your task, if you chooseContinue reading “Choices – ’80s Compact Two-Seaters”

Find of the Day – ’86 Toyota Corolla

Those who love mundane 1980s Japanese metal, there is an well-preserved 1986 Toyota Corolla for sale on autotrader.ca. Finished in grey with a multi-tone grey interior, details are scarce on this economical commuter. But the interior and exterior appear to be in excellent shape considering the mileage and price. A picture of the odometer showsContinue reading “Find of the Day – ’86 Toyota Corolla”

The Day I Learned I Wasn’t as Good of a Driver as I Thought I Was

On my 16th birthday I forced my dad take me to get my learner’s driving permit. I wasn’t waiting another single day to be able to drive. I had already been waiting far too long in my underdeveloped teenage mind. I passed the written test with flying colours and began my driver training immediately. EightContinue reading “The Day I Learned I Wasn’t as Good of a Driver as I Thought I Was”