This weekend is a holiday for football fans. Enjoy it and all the commercials too.
If you’re reading this and you live in or around Detroit, turn off your browser and go to the North American International Auto Show. If you’re not in Detroit and you’re reading this, here’s what happened last week in case you missed it.
Like most of my coworkers at Mojo Motors, I’m a car nut, though I might have the ‘itus a bit worse. You see I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. For 7 years I ran an automotive performance shop, did a fair bit of racing (and crashing), and just generally got my hands dirty.
Like any good gear head, I like racing, but it’s always been more about the cars than the sport. I follow NASCAR, but from a technology standpoint it just doesn’t do it for me. Formula One however, is what really gets me going. The thing is, Formula One is also really, really boring.
That being said, I’ve been able to look past the boringness, lack of competition, and lack of action (passes in F1… not so frequent) because the cars are so damn cool. 1300lbs, 900 horsepower, carbon fiber construction, crazy aero – it’s got it all. I mean, the steering wheel alone would confuse an astronaut (see below for evidence). I’ve made the track to Montreal Canada numerous times to attend the Grand Prix du Canada and it’s always worth it. The sound of an F1 car alone is worth the price of admission.
It’s a simple fact – music ruins car videos. After featuring the Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator and its 704 horses as a “Cool used car of the future,” we wanted to know what its engine and exhaust sounded like. Thing is, each one of its videos has background music, effectively overpowering the Camaro’s engine noise. This seems to be a common theme across YouTube on lots and lots of driving videos. For gear heads, this can be depressing or at least we think so. In example one, we have a compilation of Nascar wrecks that should let the listener hear the smashing metal and burning rubber. This isn’t the case.
Top Gear USA Host Tanner Foust
Everyone knows Tanner Foust can drive a car and to give him credit, he isn’t a bad Top Gear host either. The thing is, what if Foust wasn’t a host on the show and furthermore, who could fill his spot as the guy who can actually drive a car? No offense to his co-hosts Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara, but those guys are professional jokesters (possibly eaters too), not drivers.
We’ve assembled a list of drivers we’d like to see in Foust’s spot. Make the jump to read on. [keep reading]