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September 2011 - DrivingScene

Archive | September, 2011

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Conflict Of Interest At Autoblog

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

You're Fired

Autoblog has fired writer Jeff Glucker in response to an allegation of conflict of interest that arose yesterday. Mr Glucker posted an article on the site concerning a contest being run by Nissan while he was simultaneously under contract with the third party company that was running the contest for Nissan. Clearly the case could be made (true or false) that Jeff had a financial interest in the popularity of the contest and used his position at Autoblog to increase that popularity.

Props to Autoblog for taking quick and decisive action on this issue, although we are personally sad to see Jeff go as we always enjoy his writing. We hope both Jeff and Autoblog learn something from this episode and both are able to put it behind them. And here’s hoping that Jeff is able to find employment quickly again.

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Top Gear’s Carlympics – Not What We Had In Mind

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

As some of our enterprising readers pointed out yesterday, Top Gear thought of doing a car olympics too. However, as you’ll see in the video, their idea was a bit different than ours.

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Car Olympics Anyone?

Posted on 26 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

BMW Olympic CarBy Adam Kaslikowski


There should be an automotive olympics. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that. When the Olympics were invented sometime in 776 BC, I’m betting that the only reason they wanted to see who could run the fastest was because the car hadn’t been invented yet. Maybe they set up the whole event in anticipation of the day when giant robots would be ferrying us around and keeping our togas clean. Well that day is here, so it’s time to stop watching Kenyans in spandex jump into a sandbox and start watching Ferraris drop the clutch at 5,000 rpm. Best of all, in the car olympics there is no segregation by sex! These are equal opportunity sports, where the only thing that matters is talent. I’m exited about this idea. Hit the jump to see a breakdown of the events I had in mind…

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Is The UAW Running Out of Money?

Posted on 25 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

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The United Auto Workers is in dire straits at the moment. They’ve done some “back of the napkin” calculations and discovered that they will run into serious financial problems in 5 years if something drastic doesn’t change at their organization.  With that looming over their heads, they are getting desperate. Case in point – they were planning on buying an ad during this year’s Superbowl to try and turn public opinion against foreign automakers who have spurned unionization. It would have cost over $3 million. Keep reading  to see how they got here…

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Event: 2011 Last Call

Posted on 24 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

Today we were privileged enough to attend the 2011 Last Call put on by the Utah Transporter Association. First of all, it was a great show full of friendly people and expertly organized, so thanks for that UTA. Adjacent to the Volkswagen Southtowne dealership, the event lot was crammed full of all kinds of air-cooled V-Dubs, from the obligatory Beetles to Transporters of all stripes, a couple of Karmann Ghias, and of course at least one dune buggy. With classic tunes blasting overhead, we meandered about and talked with a few owners who were standing by the cars. Everyone was friendly and having a good time, so we did the same. Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this event next year!

Check out the gallery after the jump to see just a sampling of what we found there.

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We’re Headed to SEMA and CES!

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

Driving Scene is going to this year’s SEMA show and the CES show in January! 2 major conventions, both in Vegas, both in the next 6 months. We are going to be tired of hotel rooms and casino buffets by the time February rolls around. We are excited to bring you coverage of these two major shows in the auto world. Let us know in the comments if there is anything in particular you are interested in, and we will be sure to fully cover it.

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Review: Drive

Posted on 21 September 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

Review: Drive
Written by Adam Kaslikowski

The first third of Drive is basically about me: a BAMF that can drive anything, quietly broods, and has married women wanting his body (wow, I don’t even know where to start correcting you on that claim – ed.). But you already knew all that because it is a movie called Drive starring Ryan Gosling. Beyond basically starring my stunt double, there are a lot of things going on with this movie. It has equal parts cheesy moments and ultra violence. But is it any good? Keep reading…

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