In honor of this holiday season, please enjoy this gift from ThatCarBlog to you.
May your stockings be filled with 5w30.
May the shine on your clearcoat never get dirty.
May your turbos spool quickly, your headers flow free.
May your camber be set to the perfect degree.
May your rotors be vented, as well as cross-drilled.
May your bottom end never need a rebuild.
May your rear differential be limited slip.
May your tire tread compound give you ultimate grip.
May you rapidly shift with your dual-clutch transmission.
May your dampers and springs provide well-tuned suspension.
May your crankshaft be forged, as well as your wheels.
May you have dancing visions of automobiles.
May your overhead cams have both lift and duration.
May your roadways be clear on your Christmas vacation.
Time flies. It was just about a year ago that ThatCarBlog kicked off with my inaugural post. A lot has happened since then: Cash For Clunkers came and went; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act doled out several billion dollars to help improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, primarily through electrification; automobile manufacturers introduced a few new interesting vehicles; a few Toyota Priuses got Christined and took their drivers on a wild ride; oh, and BP broke something that they don’t know how to fix…
Unfortunately, I’ve been busy the past month, and haven’t had time for a single update. To my recollection though, not much has happened during the past few weeks, automotively speaking. We’re still waiting for the public release of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf later this year – signifying the mass-market introduction of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the U.S. (One thing that has happened is that a few automotive journalists have had the chance to drive the Leaf, and were quite impressed!) Mercedes did reveal the first prototype of the all-electric version of their SLS AMG, which is drop-dead gorgeous, although the color-scheme for the prototype is questionable… Tesla Motors’ initial public offering of stock is right around the corner, with much speculation as to whether it’ll be a success or a flop. …Oh, and BP has done basically nothing to stop the oil-geyser that they created in the Gulf of Mexico, despite spending over $2.3 billion.
…OK, so maybe a lot has been going on in the last month. The automotive world doesn’t stop just because I don’t have time to think about it. (Or because the World Cup is happening. …Hhhmmm, maybe that’s why I haven’t had time for ThatCarBlog in the last couple of weeks!)
Anyway, Happy Birthday to ThatCarBlog. Thanks for reading! Now, it’s time for Brazil v. Portugal!
Car maintenance is important. So is website maintenance. Unfortunately, the recent changes I made to this site (essentially, migrating from a Windows server to Linux) weren’t as seamless as I had hoped, and it’s preventing me from adding additional posts (without jumping through hoops). Stay tuned…
My name is David, and I’m a car guy. I love fast cars. I love beautiful cars. I love practical cars. I love internal combustion engines, the smell of gasoline, and the taste of oil. I race Porsches. …I’m a car guy.
I also have a Master’s degree in environmental management. I believe in science – that the earth is round, that gravity keeps us attached to it, and that our fossil-fuel-based energy system is gradually heating it up. Yes, cars, it seems, are like chocolate and beer: so good, yet so bad for us.
I have a lot of thoughts about cars – how we use them, how we fuel them, and what lies ahead. The current state of the auto industry makes it an appropriate time to be thinking about cars. I intend to capture some of these thoughts here. Perhaps somebody will read these thoughts, and think about cars, too.