As I read my assignment, my heart began pounding – Formula Experiences. Formula, I think to myself, as in Formula race cars? Am I dreaming? Someone pinch me . . . I’ve done a lot of cool things behind the wheel: participated in dozens of autocross events, raced in 24 Hours of LeMons and Chumpcar, driven the canyons outside of Los Angeles, and traversed the wilds of Australia’s Fraser Island in a 4×4 Suzuki Jimny. But I never dreamed I’d have an opportunity to ride in, let alone drive a true race car. That’s something for the bucket list. One & Only And that’s exactly the concept Peter Heffring, entrepreneur, software CEO, adventurer, and avid racer – along with his team of highly skilled mechanics – have debuted at Virginia International Raceway, or more locally known as VIR. The place sat vacant until 2000 but has grown considerably in its nearly two decades. Peter’s vision, Formula Experiences, is one … [Read more...] about Fast Cars & Pounding Hearts: An Exciting Day With Formula Experiences
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It used to be the weekend ritual – as much a part of the routine as mowing the lawn and a Sunday roast. Now washing the car has virtually disappeared off our driveways - consigned to the metal dustbin of nostalgia with Chopper bikes and glass milk bottles. Back in the Seventies and Eighties, applying a bucket of soapy water and a sponge to the family saloon in all weathers was regarded as a sign of manliness. Today a third of men and three-quarters of women surveyed admit they have never cleaned a car in their life. Washing the car was a chore to some and a labour of love for others. Whether it was the inexplicable joy of polishing a chrome bumper, or the time-consuming struggle to extract dirt from an intricate alloy wheel, Sunday morning with a hosepipe was a way of life. Nowadays, we take the easy route - often paying for our motors to be pampered at pop-up car washes. Hundreds of them have sprung up at redundant petrol stations, or in the far corner of a supermarket car park. … [Read more...] about How to wash your car properly to protect the paint – and add value
Your car may be the most valuable thing you own. You’ve worked hard and made many payments to get that title. Whether looking for a new vehicle or just letting go of the monthly gas expense, you deserve to get the most you can out of selling your car. To this end, we’ve put together 12 no-fail steps to help you get the maximum money possible from a buyer. Step 1: Selling Your Car Starts With Documentation Used cars are harder to sell to private individuals. Most people worry that there may be something hidden in a vehicle’s past that could lead to major repairs or make it unsafe to drive. What you need to do is ease their concerns with as much documentation as possible. There are a few ways of doing this. You can provide all of your maintenance and repair records, and you can purchase a CARFAX report to show potential buyers. 1. Gather up those repair and maintenance records if you have them. This shows that you’ve given the car regular oil changes, tune ups, … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide To Selling Your Car For Top Dollar
The Kia Stinger ignites passionate debate like few other cars we’ve driven at CarAdvice. With a big engine up front, loads of space in the middle and power going to the rear, there was no shortage of hype. As soon as it arrived in Australia, we knew we wanted to buy one. Here it is, resplendent in Hichroma Red. Think of this as a rolling logbook, a little window into life with the cars in the CarAdvice stable. You’ll find the most recent entries at the top, and the older instalments at the bottom. Expect to see monthly updates from here on out. They might be longer, more in-depth breakdowns of specific trips, or sentence-long snapshots of foibles that have popped up. Let us know if you have questions about the cars and we’ll try to answer them. Most of all, enjoy! THE BASICS 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si Purchase date: October 2017 Price paid: $60,985 Odometer (06/03/18): 11,300km Options, Modifications Service costs Interval: 10,000km (car … [Read more...] about Cars We Own: 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si diary
FINAL REPORT - scroll down for earlier reports“Do you know what?” my partner asked me as we homed back in on Calais after 1500 miles in a week in the BMW 320d xDrive, adding those to the 15,000 miles racked up in the previous 11 months. “I’m really going to miss this car.” Why did she think that? “I don’t know why...”Ah. But as strange as it sounds, I’m with her on that. Well, I do know why, but I understand what she meant: the 3 Series is one of those cars that gets pretty much every little thing right, in such an unassuming way, that it makes life with it so easy, enjoyable and rewarding almost without you ever really noticing it.Whatever the 3 Series’ status and reputation as a stellar car to drive and a fine all-rounder, though, it still arrived in our possession last summer with a lot to prove. Back then, it had just undergone a facelift and its position as the star pupil of the class it had ruled for so long was under … [Read more...] about BMW 320d long-term test review: all the car you’d ever need?