License to Drive (1988), a review:

Just like this movie did last year, I too have turned 30. Just like the main protagonist, I too couldn’t wait until I got my license to drive.

Prancing horse aficionados, don’t get your hopes up, the Ferrari only appears in a dream sequence and used briefly as a prick-mobile. Honestly, being that this was one of the first pics that I found of this movie, I thought a 308 was gonna be used extensively, not a Cadillac like I quickly found out a little later. I have no idea why Corey Haim is holding a British Leyland key with a Ferrari keychain. BTW, the movie was marketed as Daddy’s Cadillac in some markets.

Les Anderson (Corey Haim) is in trouble. Even though he was used as a relationship scapegoat, he managed to secure a date with his dream girl Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham) but needs a license to drive and take her out. Despite having done very well in the practical part of the driving test, he failed the computerized part (with the license being of upmost importance, he shouldn’t have been sleeping during driver’s ed.). Les lied to both his friends and parents about his license test fail… the latter who found out anyway. It didn’t help that he was already in hot water with his father (Richard Masur) over a stunt he pulled when he conceded Les to drive the car alone so he could give Mercedes a lift to her nearby house. A short drive became a short trip, leaving Les’ father to walk with armfuls of new diapers. Mercedes calls a grounded Les in the middle of the night and asks if they’re still gonna go out, to which Les said yes. Les sneaks out -almost catastrophically- the only car available: his Grandfather’s treasured Cadillac, left in Les’ family’s care while he borrowed his son’s (Les’ father) car for a longer trip.

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RIP, Yutaka Katayama, Mr. K

4 years ago, on February 19, 2015, Yutaka Katayama passed away. This post was published in his honor on March 13, 2015 on Dead links have been removed, with only minor editing done.

Mr. K and the 1958 Australian Mobilgas Trial-winning, 10,000+ mile-surviving Datsun 210, part of two-car team he managed. Both finished.

As car-people, we delve into this topic a little more often than most folk. This is how I came to learn not only of the Datsun/Nissan Z-car, but the people behind it. Amongst them a name stood out: Yutaka Katayama. 

Yutaka Katayama was not a racecar driver like James Garner. He did not own a shop like Carroll Shelby that churned out neither hot-rods or limited-edition sportscars. Neither was he a pop-culture icon like Leonard Nimoy that had a taste for cars. He was, to put it bluntly, a salesman (he specialized in advertisement early in his career at Nissan). But not just any salesman, he was a salesman who was also a car guy.

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The General Lee

Dukes of Hazzard celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, so we’re kicking off the celebrations early by re-uploading this post originally published in on June 8, 2016. Minor editing, removal of excess pics and fresh links where needed aside, it’s all the same. tumblr_mz3kaeLqQ31qje3ujo1_r1_1280The General Lee in his natural habitat.

Picture this: a young kid is at home watching day-time TV during summer break. Then a commercial appears: an orange racecar without headlights and a pushbar flies across the air in various scenes. The kid is GLUED to the TV, trying to ID the car to no avail. Then it’s all over. Unlike other commercials, it never reappears. But the imagery is etched in the back of the kid’s subconscious, hoping that one day he’ll find more about it. Continue reading

Bumblebee, a review:

Bumblebee is a new and well-critiqued movie, but given that it’s part of a commercially successful but critically panned string of movies, it’s best that I convince you that there’s more than meets the eye with this one. If I like it (and I did), I’m sure you all will love it!

Warning: spoilers ahead!

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After retreating from a losing battle in home planet Cybertron, Autobot B-127 (briefly voiced by Dylan O’Brien) is tasked by leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) with secretly escaping to planet Earth and set up a base so that the Autobot minority can regroup. Crash-landing in a military exercise led by Jack Burns (John Cena), B-127 is immediately treated as hostile. Things get worse when Decepticon Blitzwing appears bombs ablazin’, heavily injuring B-127 and ripping out his voice box. B-127 uses Blitzwing’s own firepower against him, but the damage is such that he suffers memory loss and emergency shutdown, but not before scanning a vehicle to transform into… Continue reading

Corvette Summer Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Summer has come and gone. But we shouldn’t forget that Corvette Summer is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. In its honor, we bring out this post, originally published on June 22, 2016. It’s been edited in the slightest. 60percent resize b6cd67328118a68dcbbd10ed3d8ecc7c

An irrational fear that I have is that my future daughter (given the family’s track record, it’s gonna be a girl) will inherit her old man’s taste in vintage goodness. The thing is, vintage goodness for her will be stuff from the 2000s and 2010s, most of which I’ve cast aside, preferring to follow things from the latter part of the 20th century. It will be my duty to guide her through the good (Web 2.0, uhh… More Cowbell?), the bad (Web 2.0, reggaeton, Bay-formers, scripted reality TV, etc.) and the ugly (Web 2.0, famous-because-famous “celebrities”, Crocs, Venetian shade sunglasses, Lady Gaga’s influence in wardrobe). Yes, I’ll try to see if she gets interested in some of the things her old man likes. Continue reading