Irrational Love – Wagon Racecars

Warning – another automotive nerd is about to go on a diatribe about the coolness of station wagons. Yes, this tired cliché is about to get one more installment. So then, please finish rolling your eyes and let’s get on with it. Long before the Minivan, SUV or Crossover, it was Station Wagons that ruledContinue reading “Irrational Love – Wagon Racecars”

Irrational Love – Pontiac Fiero

When I first starting really appreciating cars, the Fiero was the butt end of jokes.  It was the early 1990s and the Fiero’s sullied reputation was still fresh in many people’s minds. Despite selling over 370,000 examples in a five-year run, highly publicized issues that plagued the early models scared buyers away. I didn’t fullyContinue reading “Irrational Love – Pontiac Fiero”

Confessions – The Worst Car Mod I Ever Did

We’ve all done them; modifications to our cars we’re deeply ashamed of. Sometime the regret is instantaneous, sometimes it’s a slow boil of disgust that eventually festers into full-on repulsion. Over my lifetime, I have made more than enough erroneous enhancements to my cars. But no car suffered worse than my first car – theContinue reading “Confessions – The Worst Car Mod I Ever Did”

Irrational Love – Subaru XT

In the early ‘80s, it seemed every Japanese manufacturer was vying for consumers attention with a two-door, wedge-shaped coupe. Well, every manufacturer but one. Nissan had the 300ZX, Toyora the Supra, Mazda the RX-7, Honda the Prelude, and Mitsubishi the Starion. But Subaru had nothing. At least, the brand had nothing until the 1985 introductionContinue reading “Irrational Love – Subaru XT”

Bad Decisions and a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero

Too good to be true, buyer beware, look before you leap. These are all sage pieces of advice that often get thrown out the window when it comes to the irrational purchase of a cheap performance car. Case in point – my decision to buy a certain, low priced 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero. The 9-2X,Continue reading “Bad Decisions and a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero”

Irrational Love – Bricklin SV-1

Maybe it’s because it was built in Canada. Maybe it’s due to my love of oddball vehicles. But the Bricklin SV-1 is one of my favourite cars of all time despite it being a terrible, terrible vehicle. The name SV-1 stood for safety vehicle one, as the car featured a lot of innovative safety technologies,Continue reading “Irrational Love – Bricklin SV-1”

Beater Miata – Part 2

Roof tar, rivets, sheet metal, bondo, bed liner and industrial caulking. These were the ingredients that but Miata Dumpty back together again. Yes, it may not have been proper, sensible or pretty, but this motley brew of fixes were designed to keep water out of the Miata’s floor. And for two years, including two winters,Continue reading “Beater Miata – Part 2”

Irrational Love – Isuzu VehiCROSS

On the surface, this love doesn’t seem all that irrational. I’m far from alone in my admiration for the Isuzu VehiCROSS. In fact, many consider the funky three-door as one of the coolest SUVs ever produced. But why? Why do we love it so?   It wasn’t because it was fast. The VehiCROSS came equippedContinue reading “Irrational Love – Isuzu VehiCROSS”

Beater Miata – Part 1

One sunny spring day in 2012 my Dad was coming over to our house for reasons I cannot remember. He arrived in town early and decided to kill some time checking out the local yard sales. When he arrived at my house, he casually mentioned that my neighbour one street over was having a saleContinue reading “Beater Miata – Part 1”

Confessions – That Time I Nearly Broke Someone Else’s Arm

Recently, I told the tale of how I broke my arm doing foolish things with cars. Well, today I will regale everyone with the story of how I almost broke someone else’s arm doing foolish things with cars. The year was 1998 and my friends and I were all relatively recent licensees. One of myContinue reading “Confessions – That Time I Nearly Broke Someone Else’s Arm”