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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 24, 2019 at 01:37. 12 comments

What Do You Want To Know About The BMW M850i Convertible?

What Do You Want To Know About The BMW M850i Convertible?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

For years when I ran this website remotely from Austin, I’d make fun of my New York City-based coworkers whenever they’d complain about their summer heat. I thought they were cowardly, soft. It’s not really hot if it’s under 105 degrees!, I’d say to them over and over again, as they searched for ways to boot me out of...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 23, 2019 at 22:15. 14 comments

Here's Subscription Mobility Company Lynk & Co Breaking Nürburgring Records, As They Do

Here's Subscription Mobility Company Lynk & Co Breaking Nürburgring Records, As They Do

Lynk & Co is a new venture from Volvo owner Geely that ultimately aims to get cars on the road in a novel way: through month-to-month “subscriptions” designed to be far more flexible than the current cumbersome dealership and ownership model. What better way to show how viable that is than setting a couple of Nürburgring records in a Lynk & Co race car?

2020 Lynk & Co 01: Driving The SUV You...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 23, 2019 at 19:30. 1 comments

St. Lucia -- 'China Shop'

St. Lucia -- 'China Shop'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Here’s something upbeat to end your week on. 

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 23, 2019 at 04:10. 18 comments

If You Want Fun, Do You Buy A New Mazda Miata Or A Cheap Used One?

If You Want Fun, Do You Buy A New Mazda Miata Or A Cheap Used One?

Everyone knows the current Mazda Miata is fun, but I don’t think it gets enough credit for being the engineering marvel it is. The car weighs about 2,300 pounds, depending on equipment. And despite 30 years of improvements in safety technology—much of it required now—that’s only about 200 pounds heavier than the original one that launched in 1989. That’s amazing, and a testament to how...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 22, 2019 at 22:50. 12 comments

We're Really Doing This, Aren't We

We're Really Doing This, Aren't We

By now you’ve no doubt seen those Mercedes-Benzes with the illuminated LED three-point stars in the grille. Mercedes describes this accessory as “subtle,” “sophisticated” and “eye-catching.” I think it’s only one of those things, the last one, and with any luck you—a person of class and taste—agree with me. But that’s not how the German Luxury Car War of Attrition works.

It goes something like...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 22, 2019 at 19:45. 10 comments

People need to stop throwing rocks and vegetables at me whenever I tell them “The Oldsmobile Cutlass

People need to stop throwing rocks and vegetables at me whenever I tell them “The Oldsmobile Cutlass

People need to stop throwing rocks and vegetables at me whenever I tell them “The Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Quad 442 was America’s E30 M3.” Haven’t you ever heard of a little thing called FREE SPEECH?

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 22, 2019 at 19:30. 1 comments

Vampire Weekend -- 'Sympathy'

Vampire Weekend -- 'Sympathy'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Father of the Bride, 2019.

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 22, 2019 at 03:50. 8 comments

Folks, The Nissan GT-R Might Be Here For A While

Folks, The Nissan GT-R Might Be Here For A While

It feels like just yesterday when I, a young, eager, bright-eyed car blogger still capable of feeling emotions, was writing about the next Nissan GT-R . It’d be faster than ever, I thought! It’d have hybrid power next time, like that Nissan LMP1 car nobody remembers now! We were even gonna call it Mecha Godzilla, because that seemed clever at the time. But like a next-generation Z, if you’re...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 21, 2019 at 21:05. 19 comments

GM And Ford CEOs Now Say Shareholder Value Is No Longer What Matters Most

GM And Ford CEOs Now Say Shareholder Value Is No Longer What Matters Most
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

The CEOs of General Motors and Ford claim the business world needs a shift in priorities, Geely’s hard hits in the home market foretell of more bad things to come, Walmart is suing Tesla and much more on The Morning Shift of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

1st Gear: Doesn’t That Sound Nice

Let’s...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 20, 2019 at 19:45. 18 comments

Here I am (fancy man) with my Adventure Wife as we get into our 1987 Nissan Terrano

Here I am (fancy man) with my Adventure Wife as we get into our 1987 Nissan Terrano

Here I am (fancy man) with my Adventure Wife as we get into our 1987 Nissan Terrano. Do not let our attire fool you! This is how we always look when we go rock climbing.

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 20, 2019 at 19:30. 6 comments

Kenny Loggins -- 'This Is It'

Kenny Loggins -- 'This Is It'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

It’s late August. It’s still real hot outside. Why don’t you cool down with some smooth music?

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 19, 2019 at 19:30. 1 comments

The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar -- 'Sidewalks'

The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar -- 'Sidewalks'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Every time you see me pulling up in Aventadors, just know we’ve been grinding on them sidewalks.

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 16, 2019. 9 comments

Handsome Boy Modeling School -- 'Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)'

Handsome Boy Modeling School -- 'Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

All you ever gonna be is another great fan of me. 

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 14, 2019. 5 comments

Summer’s winding down fast

Summer’s winding down fast

Summer’s winding down fast. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to take the ol’ Scoupe down to the shore before it does!

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Tempest, The Podcast About Our Complicated Relationship With Cars, Is Back For Season 2

Tempest, The Podcast About Our Complicated Relationship With Cars, Is Back For Season 2
PodcastsOur good and nice words, straight to your ear-holes.  

Cars are more than just hunks of metal that get us from point A to point B. The best ones have unforgettable stories to tell. From a 94-year-old Tuskegee Airman whose life was full of racing glory to a pool shark with a proclivity for Jeeps to a woman who swears her cars are cursed, this podcast is where you can hear some of those...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 12, 2019. 14 comments

Jaguar Land Rover May Run To BMW For New Crossovers: Report

Jaguar Land Rover May Run To BMW For New Crossovers: Report

You know, I often forget that Land Rover was owned by BMW for a brief period in the 1990s. This is important information, I know, but in my defense I have a lot to keep track of in any given day. At any rate, in the latest example of the future of the auto industry being tie-ups, partnerships and joint ventures , we could soon see BMW reunite with what’s now called Jaguar Land Rover for more...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 09, 2019.

The 'Time Of Reckoning' Is Here In China

The 'Time Of Reckoning' Is Here In China
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

There’s no end in sight to China’s auto industry woes, a top National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official is out, and did you hear Uber lost a ton of money? Again? This and more for The Morning Shift of Friday, August 9, 2019.

1st Gear: Things Are Not Getting Better In China

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 08, 2019. 24 comments

Tesla Defends Its Safety Claims As It Maybe Faces A Wider Investigation

Tesla Defends Its Safety Claims As It Maybe Faces A Wider Investigation
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

Tesla stands by its safety claims despite repeated questions from America’s auto safety regulator, General Motors looks at investing in EV charging infrastructure, Ford recalls some new SUVs and more for The Morning Shift of Thursday, August 8, 2019.

1st Gear: Stand By Your Car

As noted in

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 08, 2019. 20 comments

What's The Worst Car You Can Rent Right Now?

What's The Worst Car You Can Rent Right Now?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

As you may know, our latest set of rotating corporate overlords recently moved us to Times Square. It’s area of New York I had previously worked very hard to avoid, or at least treated like going to war—you only do it when you have to and you expect bad shit to happen when you do. (I was pleasantly surprised to learn,...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 07, 2019. 14 comments

Dead, For Now: Volkswagen Golf R

Dead, For Now: Volkswagen Golf R

I can think of few cars that have received near-universal praise on the level of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf R . Loved for its power, handling, all-wheel drive, practicality and premium feel, it’s finally worth the extra cost over the also-great GTI. But if you want a new seventh-gen Golf R, your time is running out.

Volkswagen this week announced changes to its 2020 model year...

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