Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 4:38 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 The car business is male turf, with women composing only about a quarter of the workforce. That figure won't be changing anytime soon judging by the reaction to a recent Free Press story I reported about sexism in the car business. The responses, mostly from men, to the story, "Strip Clubs, stupidity: Boys club lingers in the car business," ranged from insulting dismissal to downright rage. Read more: The negative reaction isn't surprising. I've been reporting business news for more than 20 years. When I started covering the futures markets in Chicago in 1998, open outcry still reigned on the trading floors. I went daily to the trading floor in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to write a market report. It was nearly all men there, and while I met some of the best and most professional men of my career, I also met some of the worst. It … [Read more...] about Hate mail reinforces the gender divide in the car business
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When Chad came down from the tower on Friday night at the Throwdown at T-Town, he walked up to one very irate human being, and it had nothing to do with being in the lift, or being on the camera, or being hungry or thirsty. Nope, Throwdown in T-Town was a pleasure for me this year. Here’s what had transpired: the lift was parked next to bleachers, a little closer to the starting line than I have worked from in the past. I didn’t want the Angry Grandpa Chrysler to be in the way of the photographers or videographers, so I had parked it behind the set of bleachers that the lift was next to. During the evening’s events, those bleachers had plenty of fans in them. And a few of the more…um…uncouth ones had been spitting tobacco juice and snot balls behind the bleachers. Right onto an unsuspecting Chrysler’s hood and windshield. I was livid. And I had to live with that Saturday, too, because there isn’t time for a car washing when we’re on the … [Read more...] about Unhinged: Since When Did Washing The Car Leave Me Hungry For A Dessert?
It happens unexpectedly. I'll be driving one of my sons to basketball camp, a baseball game or soccer practice, trying to navigate traffic and the clock, and a nugget of insight will slip from their lips. It could be something trivial about their school day or their new favorite song. Or it could be something a little deeper — a moment of self-reflection that gives this mom of a teen and tween hope that these boys are learning the life lessons that my husband and I harp on. Related: This Mother's Day, Clean Mom's Car It doesn't happen often, but it almost always seems to happen in the car. There's something about these magical machines that elicits these conversations. As Mother's Day approaches, my wish for moms (and dads) is that they also experience these moments with a greater frequency — and have enough space in their day to savor it. Maybe the free flow of information happens because we're not facing each other. My youngest sits in the backseat and my oldest … [Read more...] about 4-Wheel Confessional: Quiet Moments in the Car Make This Mom’s Mother’s Day
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments Post Nation by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. Email the author May 8 at 4:26 PM Email the author The video clip lasts just 20 seconds, but it’s long enough to anger anyone who believes public officials and their loved ones secretly suffer from a strong sense of entitlement. Jordan Hancock, the 22-year-old son of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, had been clocked going 65 mph in a 40 mph zone in Aurora, a … [Read more...] about ‘My dad’s the mayor!’: Leaked video shows Denver official’s son cursing at officer during stop
There’s a lot of talk about “gateway drugs” in this country—but in my experience, it’s irony, more than any particular plant or powder, that ends up getting people hooked. Let me give you a quick example. About two years ago, Sirius XM temporarily replaced the “Love” station with “Yacht Rock,” a playlist that relied heavily on the mirror-polished pop perfection of acts like Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Toto, and Christopher Cross. The name “Yacht Rock” was a nod to a YouTube comedy series by the same name, in which young actors portrayed musicians from that era with outrageous wigs and tongues planted firmly in cheek. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Everything about the Yacht Rock channel, from the logo to the lazily louche tone of the between-song station identification, was triple-dipped in irony. But a funny thing happened along the road to Hipster Town: The channel became so popular that Sirius XM made it … [Read more...] about The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Yacht Club Is the Smoothest Thing Since Steely Dan
Call me cynical, but I was never terribly impressed by the Bentley Continental GT. About eight years ago, I had a chance to lease one for a pretty good rate as a company car, the prospect of which excited me particularly because I'd wanted a Bentley since the debut of the Mulsanne Turbo way back in 1982. After reading up a bit on the "entry-level" winged-B and finding out just how much it shared with the brilliant but slightly star-crossed Volkswagen Phaeton sedan, however, I realized that I could get two Phaetons for the price of one Continental, which I promptly did. The rest of America didn't share my opinion on the matter, however, and therefore the big Bentley coupe has become absolutely omnipresent in places like Beverly Hills and McLean, Virginia. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below As a quiet and luxurious automobile with plenty of street presence, the Continental has always had much to resemble it. While the "hard points" of the interior are identical to those of my old … [Read more...] about Why the GT3-R Is the First Continental That Would Suit the Original Bentley Boys
Necessity is the mother of invention, as is the case for what has long been the defining Japanese sport-utility vehicle in its class. In its early, formative years, despite not being the first on the scene, the Honda CR-V had the field pretty much to itself – though utilitarian and workman-like rather than sophisticated, the first two generations of the RD worked as well as they did because the market for such vehicles had yet to mature, and competition in the arena was scarce. Things looked even prettier when the third-gen RE appeared a decade ago – the car arrived at a time when the demand for SUVs had well kicked in, and it wasn’t a surprise to see adoption rates for it being high. The competition may have started to shape, but the CR-V had also grown up. Far more refined and dynamically involving than its predecessors, the third outing more than held its own against contenders throughout its market life. The fourth-gen RM attempted to replicate that. For a while, … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2017 Honda CR-V review – top of the class, again
Sunday night was good for NASCAR.It’s no secret that the sport of stock car racing has been under a sort of malaise in recent years. Without Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart behind the wheel, the Cup Series needed to create new stars and needed to do so in a hurry.NASCAR used to be weekly destination viewing.But for whatever reason, the fan base didn’t fully embrace the stars from over the past decade. Either they were too rich, too un-relatable or too politically correct to offset the loss of traditional names like Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace.From that standpoint, the star-making machine of the Daytona 500 was a fantastic start to NASCAR’s new era.A day after the fact, there are still strong opinions about what happened on the last lap of the Great American Race. Some say that Austin Dillon blatantly dumped Aric Almirola on the backstretch and others say Almirola was blocking to such a degree that he left Dillon no … [Read more...] about Daytona 500: What we learned during the Great American Race
LATEST REPORT - scroll down for earlier reportsWhen I heard that some relatives who’ve recently become grandparents for the second time needed to change their much-loved 2004 Audi A3 for a more practical model, I offered to show them the Q2.Diane and Gary were considering a Q3 because they’ve been so impressed with the brand that they want to stay with it, but needed four doors instead of two and better access to the rear seats so they could take both grandchildren out.Although the Q2 didn’t offer as much rear seat space as a Q3, they liked the high seating position, especially in the back compared with their A3, and found the 1.4-litre petrol engine surprisingly responsive compared with their current 2.0-litre diesel. Their A3 has fairly stiff S line sports suspension, so they also found the Q2’s set-up more comfortable over potholes and speed bumps.Criticisms were only minor, focusing on the hard plastic trim on the top of the door panels and the … [Read more...] about Audi Q2 long-term test review: do you really need a bigger car than this?
Legendary former British Formula 1 driver Sir Stirling Moss has officially retired at the age of 88.An announcement on his website from his son Elliot Moss, said that his father, who raced in motorsport’s top category between 1951 and 1961 and racked up 16 wins, “will finally retire, so that he and my mother can have some much-deserved rest and spend more time with each other and the rest of the family”.Moss’s first win came in the 1955 British Grand Prix, where he beat then Mercedes teammate Juan Manuel Fangio to the top spot of the podium in his number 12 Mercedes-Benz W196 (pictured below).He is often described as the best racing driver to never have won an F1 World Championship, having finished runner-up four times and third in the standings three times.Moss won several races outside of F1, including the 1955 Mille Miglia, where he drove a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. The year after, Moss won his class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin DB3S.After … [Read more...] about Sir Stirling Moss officially retires at the age of 88