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30 September, 2005

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up...without driving a stick!

Ok, so there are lots of folks out there that like to claim the Audi DSG automatic transmission (and it is an automatic) makes the manual transmission obsolete. I don't buy that shit. It is, in my humble opinion, the best automatic transmission out there. But quite frankly I get pissy when people use the phrase "row through the gears" like it's a bad thing. It's called driving a car, people, learn how. No really, learn how to drive. If you don't like to control a car through three pedals and choose not to, that's fine. That is 100% acceptable. In that case I highly reccomend one of my brethren with a DSG transmission; it really is awesome. But to not be able to drive any car in a pinch? That's just crazy. The guy in this anecdote is a loser--plain and simple.

23 September, 2005

ManCar if the Weekend

Alright, I would be remiss not to include this bad boy as a MCotW at some point. Quite frankly, if you don't understand why the Bugatti Veyron is a sexy piece of carflesh, then I don't want you around this website. I wonder what our lovechild would look like if I were ever lucky enough to spend the night with him.

20 September, 2005

A3 Cabrio!!!!

Oh, how I wish I could go topless! Thanks to our friend at the German Car Blog for this little nugget about the upcoming A3 Cabrio.

VW Jetta GLI review...

Why would I point you to a VW Jetta review? Because it's a natural option to compare with myself, the Audi A3. And I'm not afraid of the comparison! Anyway, Car and Driver mag seems to think the comparison is natural as well, as they mention me a lot in this review of the Jetta GLI.

19 September, 2005

Vanderbilt? 3-0?


Now, let me be clear. I am a car. But even cars know that SEC college football teams just aren't supposed to lose to Vanderbilt. Yet, that is exactly what the University of Mississippi football team did this weekend. So, I thought I would post a picture of me parked in the middle of Manning Way on the Ole Miss campus. This is a similar image to one that I stitched together from three others and posted weeks ago. I show up better in this one, though. In light of the state of Ole Miss football right now, that's probably a good thing!

16 September, 2005

ManCar of the Weekend!

I don't even have the words this week. I just wish I could water ski! Click on that bad boy to find out just what it is. Hint: it's a bloody Corvette!

15 September, 2005

MSN autos reviews the A3

Check out the review that MSN autos had on their front page recently. Yet another complimentary review! They also have a link to a video walkaround if you're on a broadband connection which is very cool.

13 September, 2005

Where I am now


Just in case anyone was wondering what my life is like here in Bennington, Vermont, I have a picture taken just the other afternoon. That's me right next to the house on the left there. I like Vermont. There are lots of twisty roads and the weather hasn't been nearly as hot as it is in Mississippi. But I hear the snow is coming!

12 September, 2005

Yet another A3 review...and news about Greer, SC

This one is from the NY Times. If you're curious, you can read it here.

Also, apparently a worker at the Greer, SC BMW plant that I visited two weeks ago has been stealing Navi units. Dude looks like he has a lazy eye to me. But as Autoblog points out, the Navi units are supposed to be stolen after the car is bought! Right?

09 September, 2005

MCOTW

I've been dreaming about that Caddy for weeks now, and so you may be wondering when there will be a new ManCar of the Weekend. Does that mean you don't like the Caddy? I've been left alone by Driver (who is understandably busy starting a new job) so I've been listening to my Sirius radio a lot. Channel 13 is All Elvis, all the time, and so Cadillacs have naturally been on my mind. One more weekend won't hurt, will it? Am I addicted? I will spend the weekend contemplating that very question.

07 September, 2005

Driver is usually better than this...


...parking-wise, that is. I can't believe that he parked me this close to another car, much less two of them! Ugh! I just can't be bothered with door dings and the like. Luckily for Driver, I escaped this situation on Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA without incident. I did enjoy the conversations I had with the Jetta 1.8T parked to my left, though. He was a true VWAG gentleman.

06 September, 2005

Here I am in Greer, SC

Why Greer, you ask? Because there's a BMW manufacturing plant there. I cruised on in there, heckled a few X5's (I'm a Q7 gal myself), took this picture, and I was on my way. Did you know that in 2002 one out of every six BMW's were made in South Carolina? I didn't either, but apparently it's true! I wonder what the ratio is now...

05 September, 2005

Driver's been ignoring me lately...

...what do you think I should do to get back at him?

01 September, 2005

Still settling in...

Ok, so I haven't posted pictures in awhile. There's been a bit of culture shock coming from Mississippi to Vermont. Cars here actually use their turn signals!

Anyway, in lieu of the promised pictures I have a link to a ranking of the universities in the US where students study the least. What does this have to do with cars? Nothing. But having spent much of my young life in Oxford, MS, I'm amused by the #1 school on the list. Check it out.