Bucket List: Jaguar / Land Rover Event (Part 2 of 2)

Me (in blue), and my instructor in the Jaguar F-Type

Me (in blue), and my instructor in the Jaguar F-Type

In Part 1, I shared a bunch of pictures and tried to put into words how much fun it was to slog a bunch of Land Rover vehicles over hills, into mud, ruts, and sand.  In Part 2, I’ll be attempting the same thing, only on the Jaguar side, where I actually got to drive a Jaguar F-Type S Convertible around Summit Point Motorsports’ Jefferson Circuit.

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Bucket List: Jaguar / Land Rover Event (Part 1 of 2)

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Me (in blue) and my instructor-for-the-day, who goes by DVD.

Ever since the movie The Bucket List came out, everyone’s crafted their own, and I am no exception.  Most of mine are automobile related, as you can imagine.  On the weekend of June 29th, 2014, I got to cross two items off my list; legitimately off-roading, and driving on a race track.  In Part 1, I’ll go through the off-road section of my day with the crew at Summit Point Motorsports Park and Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover.  Part 2 will detail my seat time on the track in a Jaguar F-Type S convertible, and wrap up the day’s fun.

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Replacing an Heirloom: Bye-Bye BMW, Hello, er, BMW? (Part 2)

1992 BMW 525i 01In Part 1 of this 2-part series, I chronicled my ownership of a family-owned 1992 BMW 525i, including it ups and downs.  Click here for Part 1.  In this part, I’ll be going through the replacement process, from narrowing down the literally hundreds of choices, to finding the car I wanted.  Continue reading for Part 2.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (1/2013 – 4/2014)

OwnersLog2Two and a half years.  A personal record for having kept a vehicle.  That just goes to show the staying power of a pickup truck, especially one as well-sorted as the Ford F-150.  Although it isn’t my daily driver any more (there’s a new car in the fleet for that purpose), it still gets worked out – whether it be foul-weather duty, hauling, or going on road trips. Continue reading for more details about the past quarter with my F-150.

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Replacing an Heirloom: Bye-Bye BMW, Hello, er, BMW? (Part 1)

1992 BMW 525i 01While I never got around to blogging about it, a 1992 BMW 525i resided in front of my house for the past two years, recently replaced by another car.  This post will serve as a chronicle of its journey under my ownership.  The 525i was a gift from a relative, and though it only accumulated a shade more than 5,000 miles in its two years in my care, I learned a lot from it, and wish it well with its new owners, wherever and whomever they may be.  I’ll dip into some of the technical bits, but don’t fret – I won’t stay long.  I hope you enjoy reading about my BMW as much as I enjoyed owning it.  So, let’s get started …

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We Live in a Great Time For Automobiles

2015 Ford Mustang ConvertibleWhile automobiles were just beginning to mature around this time in the 20th century, their popularity and status is waning (at least in the US) early in this one.  As recent studies suggest, the all-day Saturday test drive has been replaced with Internet research and social media polling.  Up to 11% of new-car buyers don’t even test drive the car they end up buying.

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