By naterisch
08/31/2015
The Detroit Bureau bills itself as “The Voice of the Automotive World,” which came as quite a shock to me, since I always thought Satch Carlson was the voice of the automotive world. Anyway, The Detroit Bureau cites an unnamed BMW executive who claims that the next BMW M3—and by logical extension, the next M4—will be plug-in electric hybrids (PHEV). If that’s true—and that’s a big “if”—is the motoring world ready for green M cars?
By naterisch
08/31/2015
Last week, I polished Darth and shod her with bottlecaps. (Her? Darth? Sure—like you  haven’t ever been sent to the Dark Side by a woman?) I was prepared to begin daily-driving the black-on-black ’76 2002—the first time I would’ve done so with a 2002 in 25 years—which was, in fact, the whole idea.
By naterisch
08/25/2015
“Let me tell you about the very rich,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. “They are different from you and me.” Boy howdy; for one thing, as Ernest Hemingway noted, they have more money—lots more. And if you want to see how they spend it, come to Monterey for Car Week. Then pay your way into some of the week’s big-buck events, like the Quail, or the Pebble Beach Concours. You’ll start to wish you had a little more Flagler-Rockefeller DNA.
By naterisch
08/25/2015
Last week, after I attended to the black 2002’s sticky accelerator, I accidentally cleaned off my knees and elbows with Inox stainless-steel polish (sure, laugh it up). The next issues had to do with appearance—no, not mine, the car’s. This was rather remarkable; I had no way to know in advance that once the accelerator was freed, the inexpensive 02 would need so little to be drivable. 
By naterisch
08/17/2015
“Go fast!” Well, it is a well-sighted on-ramp, and there doesn’t appear to be any traffic…. “Go faster!” Yes, master; faster I must go. “Go faster, daddy!” Got it: throttle pedal to the—wait, was that actually someone talking to me?! Indeed, that was my five-year-old son, not the normal “Punch it now!” voice in my head. I think I’ve created a monster.

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