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August 30, 2017 – 4:29 pm | 122 views | Edit Post

One of the reasons I bought my 1978 Datsun 280Z was because I was looking for a platform that was light, had strong aftermarket support, and was light-years away from the brand new cars I drive every day as an automotive journalist. I knew that putting a 40 year old car on a race track wouldn’t be as trouble-free of an experience as it had been with my previous track efforts – a 1995 Mazda Miata R package (sadly lost in a flood) and my (still owned) 2004 Cadillac CTS-V – which meant there was a lot of maintenance that had to be taken care of before I’d feel safe exposing it to a high performance driving environment.

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XM – The End of an Era

January 27, 2009 – 10:01 pm | 2,678 views | Edit Post
XM – The End of an Era

Several years ago, I found myself in the position of owning an automobile that hailed from an era where tape decks were luxury items and most drivers were lucky if their in-car entertainment consisted of both AM and FM bands instead of just the hum of the tires against the asphalt.

Naturally, given the low-rent characteristics of the vehicle – it had been purchased as cheap winter transportation, although it was later converted into a fire-breathing sleeper-mobile – I was reluctant to invest too much money into a stereo system.

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Financial Crisis For Freelance Writers?

January 25, 2009 – 4:59 pm | 2,590 views | Edit Post
Financial Crisis For Freelance Writers?

The current financial crisis facing the automotive industry has been relentlessly covered in the media, with some pundits seeming to take particular joy in the domestic car companies reaping what they deserve for having ignored shifting market currents and consumer demands over a long period of time.

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Cutting To The Chase With Your Demo

November 20, 2008 – 10:37 pm | 2,507 views | Edit Post
Cutting To The Chase With Your Demo

As someone who manages a record label – one which has shifted entirely to digital online releases after initially pursuing a semi-traditional vinyl-release format – I am deluged with email messages from musicians, groups and individual artists intent…