Teri Lou Dantzler, a landscape photographer and grandmother, purchased a Ford Transit to accommodate long road trips. Teri Lou Dantzler, a landscape photographer and grandmother, purchased a Ford Transit to accommodate long road trips. Teri Lou Dantzler, a landscape photographer and grandmother, purchased a Ford Transit to accommodate long road trips. Surfer and graphic designer Tasha Rivard lives in a 2010 Transit Connect in Carbondale, Colorado. Surfer and graphic designer Tasha Rivard lives in a 2010 Transit Connect in Carbondale, Colorado. Rebecca Gross, a former Air Force captain and champion cyclist, depends on her 2017 Transit cargo van to get her to cyclocross and mountain biking events eight months out of the year. Rebecca Gross, a former Air Force captain and champion cyclist, depends on her 2017 Transit cargo van to get her to cyclocross and mountain biking events eight months out of the year. Rebecca Gross, a former Air Force … [Read more...] about Just Right – Ford Transit Connect Makes Living on the Road Easier
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Ask anyone where their dream driving road ism and they’ll probably tell you it’s somewhere in Europe. Perhaps somewhere near the Alps, or that one road in Romania that was on Top Gear with the impossibly long name. Some might say the Pacific Coast Highway in California or Route 66. But most probably wouldn’t say Japan. That’s because they haven’t heard of the Venus Line. (Full Disclosure: McLaren Japan provided the car for this story.) A country roughly the same size as California with one of the most densely populated cities in the world doesn’t sound like the ideal place for a road trip holiday but as I’ve discovered recently there are some hidden gems here. After stumbling across a popular driving spot near Lake Miyagase in a McLaren 570S Spider, I got the help of another McLaren to explore a different part of Japan. For a long time, I had been looking forward to visiting the Venus Line in Nagano Prefecture, 140 miles west of Tokyo, in the … [Read more...] about Japan’s ‘Venus Line’ Is The Next Great Driving Road You Should Experience
From Street To Airstrip Purpose-built racing machines may always be faster, but there’s something undeniably badass about cranking your street-driven car to 110%. Is this my inner-hoon talking, or do regular grown-ups also get excited at the prospect of running an 8-second pass in the same vehicle that takes you to pick up milk and bread on the way home? I felt less alone in the universe after hearing the field of entrants of MotiveDVD‘s Tuners Edge GT-R Challenge and Drag Battle burble into Cootamundra, a sleepy little town four hours southwest of Sydney. As bold as the owners and tuners are, Australian streets are no place to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Andrew Hawkins, the owner of Motive DVD, found a better option: a street surface without the risk of a police chase or a rogue Toyota Camry to ruin your fun. A remote, 1,000m-long airstrip. At this private venue, drivers wouldn’t have to worry about running too fast without … [Read more...] about Australia’s Fastest Street Drag GT-R’s Face Off
The car industry has been a little boring of late. Perhaps its the relentless slew of bombastic press releases, with their spittle-flecked enthusiasm and manufactured hype. Maybe it's the lack of truly exciting design, and the increasingly congruous appearance of mainstream cars. Or it could be the unwavering sense that the automobile is dying, and that the things we love – so firmly rooted in the 20th Century – will be historical artefacts by the turn of the 22nd. It's easy to feel a little disheartened by it all. This mood lasted precisely one morning. Because at 12 noon I phoned a man called Matthew Quitter, who runs London Electric Cars, for a scheduled interview that truthfully sounded pretty dull on paper. And a few hours later I met him in a car park in Lambeth, where he set about reaffirming my love for the motor car and rebuilding my faith in its future. Matthew has taken a 1953 Morris Minor and replaced its petrol engine with an electric … [Read more...] about A prelude to e-Minor – how this prototype electric Morris might change the world
After years of dreaming about it, my wife and I finally bought airfare to New Zealand. Our flight will take us from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, and then onto our final destination of Auckland, New Zealand for a total flight time of just over 24 hours! Wait what? 24 hours in coach sounds like a miserable way for an XL-sized individual such as myself to start a vacation. So, as my headline alludes, a little bit more gets you a little bit more. We decided the added cost of upgrading to Premium Economy was well worth the money to help make our journey a little bit more enjoyable.I recently had the opportunity to spend almost a week behind the wheel of a 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature edition, and I can tell you that the 10 percent premium in price that the Signature edition demands is well worth it. We are faced with this life decision constantly, to upgrade or not, and in the case of our long-term Mazda CX-9, we should have upgraded!One of my favorite aspects of the CX-9 is its … [Read more...] about 2017 Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD Long-Term Update 2: Get the Signature?