Enzo’s Little Workshop, a.k.a. “The Ferrari Store”

542Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  We’re well into the Christmas shopping season, and maybe we’re wondering what to get the kids.  A little red wagon?  Naw, they’re out of date.  A Little Red Riding Hood doll?  Well, who makes them any more?  So hmmm… what else can we get that’s red…

Well, about a block off of Market Street in San Francisco, on Stockton Street to be exact, is a little place called The Ferrari Store.  No, they don’t have any Dinos, Testarossas, or Magnum, P.I.-style 308s, not even a nice 250 SWB for sale… at least not full-sized ones.  Heck, they don’t even sell spark plugs here. Continue reading

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In Praise Of A Hated GM Small Car, The Fiero 2M4

006You know, any used car can be good or bad.  And people sometimes ask, “What’s a good used car?”  Well, I think that depends on lots of things… first, how good the car was when new, and second, how the previous owner(s) maintained the thing.

The best used GM car I ever had was a red 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M4.  Of course, “2M4” means “2-passenger, Mid-engine, 4-cylinder.”  It was four years old when I got it, had 40,000 miles, I gave $4,000 for it, and it had four new tires. Continue reading

1971-1973 Buick Centurion vs. 1971-1973 Buick LeSabre

Buicks fighting

“Uh-LLLLadies… and… Gen-tle-men! On the left, weighing 4,329 lbs. and standing 54 inches in height with a wheelbase of 124 inches, we have the 1973 Buick Centurion. And on the right, also weighing 4,329 lbs. and standing 54 inches and with a wheelbase of 124 inches, we have the 1973 Buick LeSabre.”

“So, from the “It Rolls” home office here in the great United States of America…”

“… Uh-Let’s get ready to rum-bullllllll!”

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The Natchez Trace Parkway at Highway 96 West

NTP Bridge aerial

Just southwest of Nashville, Tennessee, lies the Northern Terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  And about 8.7 miles down the Trace, where it crosses Highway 96 West, sits this amazing structure.  This intersection also happens to be the first exit after you enter the 444-mile-long Parkway.

Here we are looking East toward Franklin, Tennessee; Google Maps shows a nice picture of it.  And as one indication of the magnificent scenery here, the view from the bridge won me a Car and Driver10 Best Straightaways Contest Winner” sweatshirt and some ink in the January, 2000 issue. Continue reading