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Firebird Open Drift
Posted Monday, August 11, 2008

We showed up at an open drift event to see the local scene and run Allen's Corolla through it's paces. ...
 
In the Niche: (Part 1)
Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Allen: Where have all the rear wheel drive (RWD) economy sport compacts coupes gone (maybe this market is a little too specific)? Are they gone for good? If you haven't figured out by now I'm a big fan of oversteer and not the kind that involves your "good friend" the E-brake, Austin. I've been keeping up with concept cars that are being produced in the past few years in hopes that they will fill this "Niche market", like the Saturn Sky or Pontiac Solstice when they were still concepts. It turns out that GM decided to make them convertible roadsters, sadly. With the demise of the beloved Nissan 240sx in 1998 there has been nothing to fill the void. Nothing for me to hope to drive sideways and still get the 28 miles per gallon while cramming (And I do mean CRAM.) my family, friends,...
 
Cars with Heritage (The Z)
Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

There are not very many Japanese cars with as long a running production history as the Z car. It has stayed a constant even though its Mothering company changing names from Datsun to Nissan. It even manged to survive the gas crunch and the few years that was removed from the market. The Datsun Z car was first produced in 1969 under the alias of the 240 Z. It came equipped with a straight six engine producing a whopping (I wouldn't hold your breath for this.) 151 horsepower (HP). It was designed to be an enthusiast car with only two seats on a RWD platform. It came equipped with disk brakes and a 4-wheel independent suspension. To complete the package, Datsun made the car with refined body lines and an extra long hood to house the extremely long straight six engine making it...
 
Suppressing my "URGE" to...
Posted Friday, December 7, 2007

I was glancing around the other night, in hopes of finding a concept car that would meet my profile. You know the rear wheel drive, lightweight, enthusiast's car I love so much, and guess what happened to appear. Something to spring life back into my hopes. Something that I could drive sideways and all I have to do is suppress my urge to... vomit. Nissan's concept the "URGE", has a lot going for it in my book but looks are not one of them. The silver and light blue offset by electric yellow is overwhelming to my senses and makes me almost want to cringe. Being the man that I am, I stuck with it and flipped to the specifications page that Nissan had. The Urge is designed for the video game era. It is intended to come complete with an X-Box and the steering wheel is suppose...
 
The New Nissan 370Z
Posted Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm really excited about the new 370 Z car that is being produced and feel like Nissan has come full circle with this new Z. The new styling and major redesign of the chassis captures the references from every Z car, and glaringly so from the 240Z. But the new Z car has also capture its own unique styling that I can only describe as a contradictory "sharp-roundness" not found in any other vehicle except in the Nissan line-up (The New Maxima). The headlights and taillights sharply encase the roundness and flares of the wheel wells. The shortened rear of the car and sharper line of the rear hatch add to the meanness factor. But I can't forget about the inverted fangs in the grill that surprisingly add to the lines and aggressive stance of the car. In short, the car screams "Drive me...