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

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2013-2014 Honda CBR600RR HRC

600RR frontWe just have a few weeks of nice riding weather left this year, so l thought l’d reflect on what l think is a motorcycle masterpiece.

To quote Honda, “And for 2013 the best just got a whole lot better.  We’ve given the CBR600RR some major updates, including new 12-spoke wheels, revised ECU settings, and a fine-tuned ram-air system to increase torque.  Best of all, the CBR600RR gets a new “Big Piston” fork and retuned rear shock. Continue reading

The Old LEAF Is Falling

(As Nissan introduces the second-generation LEAF, here’s a reflection on the first one.  This post is from 2011 when I drove the first LEAF at a Nissan event.  Hopefully they will soon preview and promote LEAF #2 the same way.)

028 I love automotive public relations events.  They have nice people, free soft drinks and snacks, and lots of brand new cars to play with.  Does life get any better?

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The Most Famous Tractor In The World. Well, maybe.

Hoyt Clagwell You start it up, and pyrotechnics go off that would shame any fireworks display.  Point to one of its wheels, and it falls off.  Point to a second wheel, and it falls off too.  So does the steering wheel.  Grab the wiring harness and the gauges fall out, saying you’re flying at 3,000 feet.  Whatever you do, don’t call it any names or it might chase you around the barnyard.

This is a typical day in the life of a Hoyt Clagwell tractor. Continue reading