2008

TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Housecleaning Giveaway Extravaganza, Day 2
TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Housecleaning Giveaway Extravaganza, Day 2

OK, pencils down. We have a winner for Day 1 of TCC's giveaway extravaganza--and it's Jack, who commented on the Day 1 post to win a BMW 7 Series press kit, Moleskine notebook, and marvy 7 Series pen. Jack gets points for trying to make us all laugh on a trying day in automotive history: "Will...Read More»

Twelve Days of Christmas: The Tailgate Sling Chair

OK, so we’re not aware of many things more useful than a barbecue pit or a hoops backboard attached to your truck’s trailer hitch. But then, on our way out west, we skimmed through the best catalog you can shop from at 35,000 feet—yep, Skymall—and found the perfect accoutrement to your...Read More»

The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]
Big Three Bailout Dead; White House Signals TARP Action

With the collapse of the Congressional bill to offer $14 billion in loans to the Detroit automakers, attention turns this morning to the White House, to Wall Street and to the UAW. The White House signaled this morning that it may open the TARP fund of $700 billion--established to resuscitate the...Read More»

Mrs. America 2008 Maureen MacDonald
Mrs. America Taps NASCAR for Charity

When you hear the word "tasteful", your mind might not immediately drift to images of beauty queens or NASCAR drivers. However, turn your attention to the reigning Mrs. America, Maureen MacDonald, 'cause she's clearly a class act. Crowned back in September, the enterprising North Carolinian picked...Read More»

diesel fried chicken
Veggie Across America: The Point

Our fuel came from restaurants. We took what was destined for the trash bin and turned it into fuel to drive across the country in an old diesel Benz. We didn't have to drill, baby, drill. America could power fleets of school buses, industrial equipment, government service vehicles, farm equipment...Read More»

old US 80
Veggie Across America: LA Arrival

We made it! Thanks to the Majestic Diner, refuel biodiesel, mechanic Dan Halfhill and his wife Sabine, my flexible boss Marty Padgett, and a rock-solid reliable 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD turbodiesel with 330,000 miles, Hugh and I made it from Atlanta to Los Angeles fueled by about 105 gallons of...Read More»

BMW 7-Series kit
TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Housecleaning Giveaway Extravaganza, Day 1

The office is a mess--and it's been that way for a while. So get ready with your keyboard and your comments-- TheCarConnection.com is getting rid of some fun gear and you can win it without hardly lifting a finger. All you have to do is write a comment on a story you see here at TheCarConnection...Read More»

Collezione Automobili Lamborghini
Twelve Days of Christmas: Lamborghini Gear

In seeming contradiction to the angry Bull's ferocious image, Lamborghini invites you to celebrate Christmas with a range of items from Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, including "baubles, bears, candles and cushions." They suggest ordering the items in the special matte black and white colors...Read More»

Gran Torino movie
Gran Torino: The Movie Is the Metaphor

Nothing says "the holidays" quite like a gentle snowfall, a hot mug of cocoa, and a multiplex packed with serious, heartfelt dramas. And among this year's crop of Oscar hopefuls, there's one that looks to warm the hearts and engines of even the most grizzled gearheads: Gran Torino. The movie stars...Read More»

Bosnia speed sign
The Rules of the Road: Bosnia, Herzegovina Go Graphic

You have to admit, the U.S. has a hit-and-miss record on consumer safety. On the one hand, we don't allow melamine in our dog food. On the other, we have warnings on our cigarette packs like--and I paraphrase--"Smoking may cause lung cancer. Just saying," while other countries devote half the...Read More»

2008 Tesla Roadster
Tesla Hands Over Roadster #100 to Oprah's Right-Hand Man

While it busies itself lobbying for $400 million in Big Three Bailout money, electric-car startup Tesla says it's handed over the keys of its 100th Roadster to its new owner. KickingTires.com reports the pop-culture tidbit attached: the new owner isn't Governator Schwarzenegger or one of Tesla's...Read More»

2009 Acura TSX
Honda Delaying Diesels for U.S.?

We've reported before that the diesel-powered Acura TSX has been "delayed indefinitely," but now the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Honda's diesels are on the back burner because of expensive materials. The Freep might have missed the story from October, in which it was reported that the...Read More»

Detroit Tiger Stadium
Big Three Bailout: The Votes Still Aren't There

The White House and Congressional leaders are finally in sync on a Big Three bailout--but Republican senators against the current version of the bill floating around the Capitol have enough votes to block it. The Associated Press reports the votes still aren't there for a bridge-loan package for GM...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
Honda Has Most Repeat Customers, J.D. Power Says

When it comes to bringing buyers back to the showrooms, no brand does it better than Honda, according to a new survey from the marketing-research team at J.D. Power and Associates. Power's Customer Retention Study for 2008 reports that Honda saw 64.7 percent of its buyers return when shopping for...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 V-10
Audi Heading Back to Super Bowl

Last year, German automaker Audi went to the Super Bowl for the first time in decades--advertising during the NFL championship game with a spot that showed off the brand and its wunderbar 2008 Audi R8 supercar. Audi says the spot was so successful, it's heading back to the big game in January...Read More»

Mio and Navigon GPS
Twelve Days of Christmas: GPS Units

Considering the number of portable GPS units on the market, it seems that as a nation, we have an incredible fear of being lost and/or not knowing where we are. Regardless of how fun it would be to dart down a rabbit trail commentary regarding our national consciousness, your author will stick to...Read More»

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Veggie Across America: Driving Old US 80 and Tracing History

Our journey from Atlanta to Los Angeles has not been without its share of frustrations and setbacks. Thus far we've encountered breakdowns, a treacherous snowstorm out of Carlsbad caverns, frigid refueling adventures, and an outright hostile convenience store lady in a remote, dry county in the...Read More»

the coop #1
Veggie Across America: Food from the Heartland

Hugh and I were determined not to eat a steady diet of fast food, trail mix, and protein bars from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Currently in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we have somewhat fulfilled this mission, though I admit I am writing from a diner with pancakes, eggs, and bacon sitting right next to my...Read More»

Veggie Across America: Fueling Up

How to get 15 gallons of waste vegetable oil from a 100-pound container into a Mercedes fuel tank? Strength and patience. Plus some trial and error. Rest stops are great--anywhere that we don't look like terrorists and attract unwanted attention with our collection of funnels, containers, rags, and...Read More»

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