The New, New Challenge It was a period that featured trips to Japan, Italy, California, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, but it didn’t feel like a vintage Speedhunting year. 2017 was always going to be a tough one to follow, and I knew from the get-go that 2018 would introduce a new set of challenges. I mentioned these previously in my December editorial, but if I was to summarise everything into one, neat and condensed line, it would be this: I might have the best job in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest. The biggest challenge I faced in 2018, and one which wasn’t immediately obvious beforehand, was the considerable reduction in days out shooting and and hunting speed. Instead, I spent most of my time behind a screen working with the rest of the team to ensure a steady stream of content was coming in from all over the world. The numbers reflect this as well: I’ve never been heavy on the shutter button, but I shot some 62% … [Read more...] about The Look Of The Irish: A Year In Review
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It’s Been A Minute Where the heck have the past seven months gone? It was May when I last brought forth an update for Project RS4, although it barely feels like it was last month. The car had been in the care of Regal Autosport who had eked out another precious 40hp from the 4.2-litre V8 courtesy of a good old carbon clean, a bit of intake work, and an ECU remap. With 420hp on tap and the engine feeling super lively and responsive to boot, I spent much of the year putting miles on the old gal. The whole reason I opted for an RS4 in the first place was for its practicality and fun – a car that I could load all of my camera kit in for shoots during the week, put the dog and bags in at the weekend, and also drive just for the fun of it when the opportunity arose. Was I asking too much? No! And yes, a little bit. As a workhorse the Audi swallows all my kit without bother, but it’s not the most practical thing in the world specifically for my job. The uprated … [Read more...] about Project RS4: More Traction, Less Roll
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!
Time’s A Chainin’ Project GTI is, indeed, still a thing. It’s probably testament to the car that I’ve not had much to write about over the past few months. The last real update of substance was in May, when we fitted the reverse staggered RAYS Volk Racing TE37 Sagas, along with a more recent quasi-update in the shape of a track day experience, where I apparently brought a spoon to a gun fight. The summer of 2018 was a fun one from a wrong-wheel drive perspective; there were lots of incremental changes and lots of driving, but rarely enough at one time to constitute a dedicated update. The car does sit largely the same as it did in May; it’s still a 308hp (at 1.4bar boost pressure) GTI on air suspension which serves as my daily driver, weekend toy, track day and show car all at the same time. At some point during the Irish summer, I passed the three years of ownership mark, which makes this the car I’ve owned longer than any other. The … [Read more...] about Project GTI: It’s Still A Thing
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Automobiles Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by All of the weddings right here on one handy page for you. Beth Feingold and Daisy Freund Beth Jamie Feingold sent Daisy Anna Freund an initial hello on the dating app Tinder in February 2015. They soon realized they were kindred spirits, at least when it came to advocacy for making a better food system. “I noticed a screenshot of her on TV talking about chicken farming,’’ said Dr. Feingold, who responded by asking her about livestock farming. Then Dr. Feingold’s name rang a bell to Ms. Freund, who recalled reading an article on her research on the spread of antibiotic resistance from hog farming, and even citing her research in a paper she wrote for the A.S.P.C.A. linking antibiotic use and farm animal welfare. “It’s rare to meet someone online who works in reforming industrial … [Read more...] about This Week’s Wedding Announcements