Shop Talk

Some people find pleasure in a beautiful flower, or tasty dish of food.  While I too can appreciate those things of beauty, it is mechanical objects that  seem to most attract me. Ever since I was a kid I would take great delight in disassembling some object to see what worked inside and then (sometimes … [Read more…]

United States Grand Prix

Well, they really did pull it off!   On November 18 the inaugural race at the brand new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track in Austin was held, in the form of the United States Grand Prix (Formula One).  No gear head worth the name would consider missing the first Grand Prix race to be … [Read more…]

Laguna Seca

In 2002 I had the great thrill to participate in a 3-day Skip Barber racing course held at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey California.  Ironically, after living in Monterey for almost 10 years, I rarely visited the raceway, or attended the Pebble Beach Concours.  It was only after Dorothee and I had moved thousands of … [Read more…]

1978 BMW R100/7 Motorcycle

Nothing gets the heart rate going faster than a spin on a vintage motorcycle, and that includes the instantly identifiable BMW Airhead. It has been almost twenty years since I’ve last owned or ridden a motorcycle, and I’d assumed that my yen for biking was past.  Then, for some inexplicable reason, I started thinking about … [Read more…]

Of People and Automobiles

One of my new “careers” has been providing limousine service, mostly for weddings, using “Nigel” our 1959 Jaguar MK IX Saloon. There has been a surprising demand for my services, keeping me busy almost every weekend during wedding “season” (roughly February – October).  My company is called Austin Classic Limo . As a budding … [Read more…]

I dreamt of Flying Lexi

In 2004 I owned one of the best-built cars ever: a Lexus SC300 coupe.  I loved that car.  The interior comfort appointments rival the best-built cars coming out of Europe today.  You were surrounded by REAL wood, sumptuous leather, and every imaginable electronic gadget one could ever desire.  Best of all, the A/C and radio … [Read more…]