Daily Archives: January 14, 2006

Pacific Coast Hellway

I have recently started listening to a podcast called Pacific Coast Hellway produced by a guy named Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff. It is a mix of rants and music sketches. One recent episode was titled You Are Not America… The bulk of it was a rant about red states vs blue states. One part of it was a comparison of of red vs blue. He had one particularly great line that really sums up the difference:

In blue states if someone sees you reading a book, they ask “What are you reading?, in red states they ask “Why are you reading?”

I have to warn you, the language of this podcast is very raw. Mark holds nothing back. It is definitely not Work-Safe or Kid-Safe. If you have tender ears look elsewhere. If not check it out. You wont be sorry.

Best and worst of the auto show

I’m not going to the Detroit auto show this year, because it’s just to bloody expensive. But I have seen what is on display there. Chrysler which has over the last 15 years consistently come up with some of the most amazing concepts ever shown here has come up with a real stinker this year. The new Chrysler Imperial
Chrysler Imperial concept is one of the biggest automotive turds I have seen in a long time. The proportions of this thing suck. The design is derivative, looking too much like the current Rolls-Royce Phantom, but much shorter and taller. What where they thinking?

The Dodge Challenger concept looks ok when seen in isolation, but when you put the thing next to a Mustang you realize that it is huge. It is over a foot longer than the Mustang. and is totally wrong for the type of car it is supposed to be. This type of sporty car is supposed to be compact and fun to drive.

Now having mentioned the mustang I must admit that I have a 2005 Mustang. I have been a Mustang fan ever since I was a kid and family friend of ours had a 1969 Mach 1. I have never been a big fan of Camaros but GM really nailed it with their new Camaro concept.
Camaro concept The proportions are just right. There is just enough of the first generation Camaro that you can see the natural evolution from 1969 to now, but it stool looks modern and muscular. It is everything a modern pony car should be. That being said, I love my Mustang. It is a blast to drive and I love the way it looks.