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Photos: Toyota FJ Cruiser

In Photography on August 29, 2008 at 7:45 am
The Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams edition

The Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams edition

Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams edition

Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams edition

Comment: Beware of ‘Journalists’

In Comment on August 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm

This was scrawled into my dayplanner a month or so ago, and had forgotten about it until now. Enjoy.

I’m in business class, behind one of the top auto writers in the country. He’s got a brochure and booklet for the 2009 Mazda 6 on his tray table, beside his laptop, typing his story.

It’s an appalling article, even calling the engine — in a car he hasn’t driven — as “one of the smoothest and quietest in the segment.” Come on.

Oh, and do you think, “active adaptive shift control” are his words, or the marketers?

Photo: The Junior Lux Brigade

In Photography on August 21, 2008 at 7:21 am
Mercedes C230, BMW 323i, Lexus IS250 AWD

Mercedes C230, BMW 323i, Lexus IS250 AWD

Comparing vehicles is always a lot of fun, and these three were just similar enough to make it interesting. This was for a comparo that will appear in World of Wheels Magazine next month.

Comment: On drives

In Comment on August 13, 2008 at 6:55 am

Lights and lanes, ticking by. Thoughts and dreams walking by. Body at ease, mind at the ready. Driving…

So much of life in the West is devoted to the pursuit of wealth and status, with personal happiness seemingly related to both but really a different idea altogether. I say idea because although 10,000 can pack a comedy theatre and enjoy a few laughs, true happiness is personal and exclusive to that person.

For me, it’s driving without a destination. Despite the backlash I get for saying that I both enjoy driving and that I do it for fun, one person driving one modern car affects the environment far less than you’d think. What I’m on about here is keeping clean your mental health.

What does it for me is the motion. The fact I have control over an object that can move me far faster through the world than I am capable is an absolute rush. It never gets old. Thinking ahead becomes a necessity, and adding traffic to the road mean that I have to start flowing in relation to those around me.

When movement permeates my thoughts, my heart slows. My fingers and toes rest. It’s like standing in the shower with warm water running over my face. At. Ease.

I’m saying to you to find what puts you at ease. What takes you away from life. What allows you to disconnect without losing yourself in the process. Whether it’s exercise, reading, art…do what makes you happy and keep doing what makes you happy on a regular basis. Find yourself through happiness, true happiness.

Video: Le Mans Classic

In Video on August 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm