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”

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”

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”

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”

Irrational Love – Subaru SVX

The Subaru SVX was like nothing else that came before it or after it. It was a 2+2 personal luxury coupe full of oddities. Launched in 1991 during the height of Japanese sports car boom, the SVX was designed to compete with the likes of the Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi GTO, Nissan 300ZX and Mazda (Eunos)Continue reading “Irrational Love – Subaru SVX”

Irrational Love – Triumph TR8

This is one that will divide the internet; my love for the Triumph TR8. Many people loathe this little wedge-shaped coupe, but I think its cool. Maybe it is my love for cars so ugly they’re endearing, or maybe it’s the concept of stuffing a V8 engine into a small British car. Either way, IContinue reading “Irrational Love – Triumph TR8”

Irrational Love – Subaru BRAT

Why do we all love the Subaru BRAT so much? It’s because of the seats, right? Or was there more to it? On the surface, the two generations of BRAT were rather unremarkable. Short for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter, the Subaru BRAT was just another compact pickup truck to hail from Japan in the lateContinue reading “Irrational Love – Subaru BRAT”

Irrational Love – Pontiac 6000 LE Wagon

There a couple of cars I remember from my childhood. There was a problematic Mercury Zephyr wagon, a funky 1982 Toyota Tercel coupe and a two-tone 1991 Chevrolet Astro van. But nothing burrowed its was deeper into my psyche, or took a bigger piece of my heart, than our 1985 Pontiac 6000 LE Wagon.  Continue reading “Irrational Love – Pontiac 6000 LE Wagon”

Irrational Love – Oldsmobile Aurora

I don’t remember the first time I saw an Oldsmobile Aurora. There wasn’t this ah-ha moment were one drove by and my life changed forever. It was more of a slow burn, with these unusual cars burrowing their way into my psyche over time. The more of them I saw, the more I was captivatedContinue reading “Irrational Love – Oldsmobile Aurora”