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August 31, 2020

Although you probably already agree that this classic Japanese roadster is an automotive icon for the ages, today I want to finish convincing you with these five reasons why a Mazda MX-5 is always a good idea.

1. It's The Roadster of a Lifetime

Without a doubt, this is the highlight of the Mazda MX-5 . Despite the passing of the years, the Miata still retains the essence of the roadster of a lifetime. These driving sensations ar...

April 13, 2020

The joys of being an automotive enthusiast come from the subjective qualities of a car. No one reads car reviews or watches Top Gear in order to learn about the specs of a vehicle. They want to know how a vehicle feels, far beyond the numbers on the paper. They want those numbers to come to life and have meaning. It is this very reason that often the most competent cars on paper tend to leave the driver feeling cold. When I dr...

July 19, 2019

We took a look at a base 997-gen Carrera on Clutch Kickhttps://youtu.be/q50pB62lZFM

The video summarizes everything pretty well but here are the highlights.

The front end of the car feels light, and it is. Its main appeal is the insane amount of rear end traction that becomes very apparent during corner exit. It's a very unique feeling vehicle. There is also something magical about Porsches. The throttle calibration, pedal pla...

July 5, 2019

I will start by highlighting the obvious, and that is that if you have arrived at this blog post, it is very likely that you are evaluating the idea of ​​buying a Toyota 86 . Well, do it, buy one. It will be difficult for you to regret not having an 86 every time you're on a twisty road or at a track day.

OK, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk details regarding the latest iteration of what...

We took a drive in a 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage recently with the correct manual transmission. If you want the full spiel, take a look at the full Clutch Kick review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSWxQ8TuL4o

But in the words of Doug Demuro, "Here's why the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is considered the most analog modern sports car."

The V8 Vantage is very old school. It was offered for most of its life with a manual transm...

February 3, 2018

I once heard a track day instructor at Willow Springs declare, "Tires and braking are everything." A recent Facebook post from Road & Track reminded me of not only that instructor's point about the importance of tires but winter tires in particular. So, with the cold season in full swing last week, we headed up to Alpental in a not-so-likely chariot (at least according to most Washingtonians); the...

February 13, 2017

Being someone who values the driving experience over practically everything else, it came as no surprise to family and friends when I decided on an NB MX-5 Miata as my new daily in October of 2016. At the onset of Seattle’s wettest, coldest and darkest months, I set off in a RWD, 6-speed roadster. By no means was my decision to purchase a decade-old Miata at the beginning of winter practical or sensible. I was forgoing comfort...

March 30, 2016

About a 45-minute drive south of Seattle sits one of the Nation's epicenters of automotive history. LeMay - America's Car Museum, or ACM, is the preeminent hub for car culture in the Pacific Northwest. At any given moment, ACM houses around 350 cars of a rotating total that exceeds 3000 vehicles.

As part of the rotating exhibits, ACM is currently celebrating BMW's centennial milestone with the exhibit named BMW - Propelling a C...

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