Escape from New York: Notes on Disaster Preparedness

11.19.2012

Jamie Kitman's debrief on surviving Superstorm Sandy and a consideration of vehicles for the post-apocalypse, this way.

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Lana Del F-type: Launching the New Jaguar Sports Car

10.11.2012

Jaguar launches its new F-Type, but an auto show from more than 50 years ago still looms large. Jamie Kitman explains.

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Misery Is in the Eye of the Beholder

09.07.2012

Worst Car Ever? For Jamie Kitman, the competition is intense-- and "winner" is a transitory title.

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It Helps to Know Someone in the Business

07.19.2012

How did Jamie Kitman come to own Colin Chapman's very own '69 Ford Cortina Lotus Mark II? Read on! 

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Riding Shirty

06.12.2012

Just because you're on a bike doesn't mean you own the road. What is it about riding a bicycle that brings out the self-righteous creep in so many of my fellow New Yorkers?

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Vulgarians at the Gate: The Revenge of the Super Utes

05.11.2012

Luxury SUVs: They're vulgar, they're pricey and they're selling like hotcakes.

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Lost in the Land of Lincoln

04.25.2012

“My wife and I are looking for a non-descript automobile from a deeply damaged luxury brand, preferably based on an obsolete Mazda6 platform. What can you do for us?”

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So You Want to Buy an Old Car? (I Know I Do)

04.04.2012

Being too busy to write the book, The Sixteen Essential Habits of Old Car Whoredom, I offer here as many tips for buying old cars. Don’t bother sending me your thanks...checks and wire transfers will do nicely.

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The Lost Art of Backing Up

03.12.2012

Remember when you had to turn around to look behind you? Thanks in good measure to the jacked-up behemoths that began to roam the land en masse in the ‘Nineties, it’s become a largely futile practice.

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The Long-Term Fallout from Short-Term Thinking

02.22.2012

There’s a reason continual growth is so elusive -- it’s an evolutionary non-starter. Everything must come to an end. So why do car companies continue to chase the impossible dream of eternal earnings ecstasy?

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On the Joys and Dangers of Being Swedish

01.27.2012

Volvos were once thought to be safe, long-lasting and fuel efficient. What happened?

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The Dodge Dart Rides Again

01.16.2012

Hey, Tom and Ray, are you sitting down? Maybe you better. I've just returned from the Detroit Auto Show where I caught a glimpse of the first real progeny of the Fiat-Chrysler marriage.

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Christmastime for the Telecommunications Industry

12.27.2011

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Clause. Just ask the telecoms of the world who are rejoicing in the surprise overruling of the NTSB's recommendation to ban the use of cell phones in cars by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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The Compleat Guide to the Electric Car Movies of Chris Paine

12.07.2011

Who killed the electric car? Chris Paine's 2006 documentary of the same name made the case that General Motors had more than a little something to do with it.  In his latest film, The Revenge of the Electric Car, Paine depicts the most recent chapters in today's modern EV saga.

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Leaving the Leaf: When Anxiety Becomes Anger

11.16.2011

What's the biggest problem with electric cars? As any blow-dried TV anchorman or ordinarily intelligent house cat can tell you, it's lack of range. Because once you run out of juice, there's literally no going back.

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