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Category Archives: General Automotive
Anti-Drunk Driving Systems
America has always had a fairly tolerant attitude toward drunk driving. Back when I first started driving (way last century!) cops would escort drivers who had too much to drink back to their homes and stand guard outside to make … Continue reading
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Getting On Track
And now for something completely different! A story of a man, his car and a race track full of tight, twisty turns. The challenge? Drive as fast as you dare without spinning off into the weeds. Technically, it’s a High … Continue reading
Posted in Track Days Tagged high performance driver ecucation, hpde, Miata, Thompson Raceway Leave a comment
My New Roadster
In 1955, a neighbor took me for a ride in his Jaguar XK-120. It was Olde English white with red leather interior. I still remember the smell of hot oil, the sound of the exhaust, the feel of the wind … Continue reading
Posted in General Automotive, Vintage Vehicles Tagged Allante, Cadillac 2 Comments
Are Fuel Cell Cars The Answer?
According to Gas 2.0, Ford, Mercedes Benz and Nissan have decided to pool their resources to bring affordable fuel cell vehicles to market as soon as possible. Most of us have no idea what a fuel cell is or why … Continue reading
Posted in General Automotive, Technology Tagged fuel cells 1 Comment
Peugeot’s New Hybrid Technology Is A Lot Of Hot Air.
And that’s a good thing! Today’s automotive world is obsessed with hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars. All of them have one glaring weakness – the batteries they need to work are heavy and expensive. They also contain lithium, a … Continue reading
Posted in Compressed Air Hybrid, Fuel Economy, General Automotive, Hybrids Tagged compressed air, Peugeot 1 Comment
Does Stuff Make You Happy?
I have always wanted a 1952 Jaguar XK 120. My pediatrician owned one. He was a friend of the family and one summer day he took me for a ride in it. I still remember being 7 years old and … Continue reading
Posted in General Automotive Tagged C7 Corvette, happiness, Marsha Richins, The Atlantic, Universtiy of Missouri Leave a comment
How Much Does Your Car Cost To Own?
The new car market currently offers 4 types of cars: Conventional Cars, Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrids and Electrics. Prices vary from about $10,000 to $40,000, with luxury and premium models costing much more. Many manufacturers are offering low interest loans and … Continue reading
Posted in General Automotive, Hybrids, Technology Tagged depreciation, electric vehicles, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, resale value 1 Comment
For car enthusiasts everywhere, Merry Christmas from Rhode Trips.
Posted in General Automotive, Vintage Vehicles Tagged Merry Christmas, Morgan, Santa 1 Comment
Would YOU Buy A Diesel?
When gasoline prices in America first hit $4.00 per gallon, consumers suddenly started demanding more fuel efficient cars. Gas guzzlers like the Hummer disappeared overnight. Sales of full size trucks and SUV’s plummeted. Manufacturers were desperate to build more fuel … Continue reading
Posted in Diesel Power, Fuel Economy, General Automotive 17 Comments
Rinspeed, a Swiss corporation founded by Frank M. Rinderknecht in 1977, has long been known to the motoring world as a center of creative ideas. In March, 2013, Rinspeed will introduce its latest concept, the microMAX. What is it? Well, … Continue reading
Posted in General Automotive, Technology Tagged driverless cars, electric vehicles, microMAX, Rinspeed 1 Comment