Come on Down!

Come on Down! The Day The Price Is Right Offered a Ferrari 458 Spider – Car and Driver . It was 300 people having simultaneous aneurysms. Then, an instant later, the excitement became a roaring wave of frantic ­communal lust moving through Studio 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. From the audience, it crashed up onto the stage and crested behind the set. There’s never been a moment quite like that split second on March 19 when the door on the set of The Price Is Right swept open and announcer George Gray belted out…

David E. Davis Was Wrong

He said the A-bodies would be the most successful GM cars ever.  Why was he wrong? No v. 1.0 models exist any longer.  There are plenty of 1.5s like this - well, more than zero - and you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a 2.0.  Still, Cadillac Escalade.  Boom, roasted. This?  AYFKM?  Yellow on the outside, brown on the inside?  Bizarro world dog turd is what that color combination is. Nevermind that Papa Don drove one like this - he got the employee discount, or, more likely, they paid him to take this shitbox.…

Driving Like Crazy: You Missed Something

P. J. O’Rourke takes the decline of the American car personally. And not just because his family has sold Buicks for three generations. In his latest book Driving Like Crazy, O’Rourke sees the very story of our nation written in the crazy, chrome-clad arc of American automobilia. From “the sheer genius that transformed the 1908 Model T into the 1965 Shelby Cobra GT500 in a single human lifetime of speeding tickets” to the industry’s decades-long “sayonara,” O’Rourke reflects on where we’ve been and what we drove to get there. But he also knows that cars are…