Posts by Leigh

The Prius of Dr. Moreau

Posted in Baja, Bizarre, Cars, Custom, Hybrid, Subaru, Toyota by Leigh | September 12th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

I have on good word from Mr. Edward Prendick, himself, that Doctor Moreau had not perished on his terrible island, as legend dictates.  Evidence of his survival has surfaced of late, through daguerreotypes of a ghastly creation that one can only dare to attribute to that horrifically disturbed mind.  I confess, my hands tremble as I provide the images below.  I advise that children and the feeble avert their eyes!

The horror!

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RideLust at the First U.S. RallyCross Championship Event

Posted in Cars, Fast Cars, FIA, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Off-Roading, Racing, Rally, RallyCross, Subaru, Volkswagen by Leigh | September 3rd, 2010 | 3 Responses |

As Kurt mentioned yesterday, the first ever European-style RallyCross race to be held in the U.S. took place this past weekend.  Well, I decided to check it out for myself, and on Sunday, I trekked out to the New Jersey Motorsports Park in breathtaking Millville.  I didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve been to stage rallies before and I know the SCCA has off-road autocross that goes by the same name, so I figured it would be something like both, except with multiple cars driving simultaneously and some tarmac in between.  Little did I know I was about to witness a balls out racing spectacle.
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Cardok’s Cunning Carports

Posted in Car Care, Cool Stuff, Design, Garage, Porsche, Toys by Leigh | July 13th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Have at least £42k ($63k) burning a hole in your pocket and need an original place to store your beloved ride?  Here’s a suggestion – British company, Cardok, specializes in custom-made underground parking solutions straight out of Q’s laboratory.

Here’s a clip of the Cardok in action at the Porsche Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Show at Hampton Court Palace:

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Saab Spyker Hires Ferrari Designer Castriota

Posted in BMW, Cars, Classic, Compact Cars, Design, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Favorite Cars, Ferrari, General, Maserati, New Cars, Newsworthy, Saab, Supercars by Leigh | June 20th, 2010 | 1 Response |

CEO, attorney, and automobile designer, Victor Muller has worn several hats throughout his career.  He can add a halo to that list.  Muller, CEO of Saab Spyker Automobiles N.V., has been rightly credited by legions of Saab enthusiasts as the savior of the Swedish marque.

As a former Saab owner who has had a serious RideLust for the Spyker C8 since the day a lucky bazillionaire first drove one into the sunset, for me, Spyker’s acquisition of Saab, back in early 2010, was a striking moment of blissful surprise.  I couldn’t have been more thrilled if I had received a Nobel Prize on my birthday while it rained gold coins and Johnnie Walker Blue.  The Saab enthusiasts I knew were speechless with absolute delight.  After the ups and downs, the near-success of the Koenigsegg purchase of Saab and its devastating conclusion, and the months of worried nail-biting thereafter, the acquisition was truly a dream come true.

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“Rubber” – Another Reason to Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Posted in Bizarre, Funny, Movies, Tires, Videos by Leigh | June 8th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Evidently, a beneficent soul in France has heard my tearful pleas for a movie about a tire that murders people using telekinesis.  And not just any French saint, but Mr. Oizo!

Yes, Mr. Oizo – aka French electronic musician Quentin Dupieux – directed the Oscar contender “Rubber,” a film about a tire that comes alive, falls in love, and splatters human body parts all over the damn place.

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What Are Your Favorite Local Drives?

Posted in Cars, driving, General, Motorcycle, Mustang, Road Trips, Roads, Saab, Subaru, Tips, Travel by Leigh | June 5th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Sometimes when life gets a bit much, the best way to clear your head is to go somewhere far away and drive like hell.  And now that it’s summer, there aren’t any acceptable excuses for staying home.

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Sunday Auto Video Hysteria

It’s Sunday!  Time to relax, grab a beer, work on your car, do anything the hell you want to do because it’s the WEEKEND!  The world is your oyster.

Here are some fun vids perfect for Sunday relaxing.  Sit back, crank up the volume, and enjoy.

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A New Threat from Toyota – Pythons?!

Posted in Bizarre, Funny, Toyota by Leigh | April 29th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Unintended acceleration.  Unintended deceleration.  Stability control instability.  I bet you thought that was the worst of it.  Well now there’s a new threat to drivers from Toyota:  the threat of being asphyxiated alive by snakes.

Python toyota camry

A woman recently purchased a Toyota Camry from a used car dealership in Gonzales, LA.  On Tuesday, she stopped to pick up fried chicken from a restaurant.  When she opened up the box in her car, naturally, a hungry python crawled out from under a seat.

“I threw it in park and hauled tail and I did not look back. I’m running across the highway screaming, ‘There’s a snake in my car, there’s a snake in my car!'”

Evidently, she was about to feast on her fowl fare while driving as she left her car in the middle of a busy highway and ran screaming, barefoot across lanes of traffic, causing great consternation among the drivers of Gonzales.  Read More…

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium RideLust Review

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, Cars, Import Review, Reasonable RideLust, RideLust Review, Subaru, Writer's Rides by Leigh | April 16th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium

Last summer, the air conditioner in my apartment died at the peak of a particularly torturous heat wave.  After one night of bizarre, sweaty dreams, I woke up feeling inexplicably, yet absolutely, convinced that I needed a new car.  I could taste the desire for something ludicrously fast, as if a speed demon had punched me in the face and my mouth was bleeding synthetic oil.  I had the sickening feeling that if I didn’t get this car soon, I would lose my mind.

What I needed had been ingrained into my brain as if from a holy edict.  The car could not be anything less than completely twisted.  The sort of sinister beast that would effortlessly manage 0-60 in a gasp and inspire in my passengers a psychiatrist’s delight of screamingly hideous nightmares.

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