Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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2023 Toyota Supra

8
We all could use some good news, given the news - so here is some very good news, for a change: The previously automatic-only Toyota...

2023 Chrysler 300

11
Chrysler - the luxury division of Dodge - is down to just two models on offer. One of them probably won’t be around for...

2022 Jaguar XF

11
Jaguar - the luxury brand known for its cars - currently makes only two of them. And only one of them is a sedan.  The...

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric (vs. the Not)

17
Is it worth the extra spend - to the tune of $12,700 - to buy the electric version of Hyundai’s Kona rather than the...

2022 Infiniti QX80

4
There is a boundary layer - of iridium - above which there are no dinosaur bones to be found - because the dinosaurs were...

2023 Mini Cooper

8
Small, economical cars may soon be in vogue again - for the same reasons they used to be in vogue. Money’s tight - and...

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

10
There are two versions of the Wilderness version of two Subaru models - the Forester and the Outback. Each are similar in that they both...

2022 Dodge Durango

11
The last of the V8 Interceptors - from the Mad Max movies - was a car. The real thing may be something like the Dodge...

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

14
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has most of what lots of people want - as evidenced by the fact that the GC is Jeep’s best-selling...

2022 Ford Maverick

33
Trucks used to be affordable, practical things. The new Ford Maverick resurrects that idea - and adds one more.  It is also easier on gas than...

A Small Truck Side-by-Side

13
Here's a first look at the Ford Maverick, which is nothing like the '70s Maverick but very much like the small pickups you used...

2022 Kia Stinger

8
Here is something anomalous . . . a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan that isn’t a luxury-badged (or priced) sedan.  One that's also more practical than other...

Classic Cars

Modularity

37
It's easy enough to make fun of the performance-plucked cars of the mid-late '70s, some of which - including this writer's '76 Pontiac Trans-Am...

The Compliance Song . . .

37
Volare! Back in ’76, it wasn’t just a cruise ship lounge song. It was Plymouth’s new “compact” car - which by today’s standards would have...

The Off-Grid Car

25
The interest in tiny homes - and off-grid living - reflects a growing weariness with being carried along, unwillingly, by the rip-tide of "technology"...

A Case of the Heavies

50
This is a tale of two trucks, kinda-sorta. Both not really being trucks in that while they have beds, like trucks do, neither were...

Sleeping Bag . . .

3
It may not be feasible, soon, to drive my old muscle car - the Great Pumpkin, also known as the Orange Barchetta - courtesy...

How it Survived

27
As people who know me already know, I own a bright orange - technically, Carousel Red - 1976 Trans-Am. I have owned it for...

The Last Camaro . . . Again? 

39
It looks like the Camaro is about to get retired - again. This time may be the last time, though. And it’s different this time,...

Mechanical vs. Electronic Fuel Delivery

37
When I point out the various downsides of electric cars I am often accused of “hating” electric cars. Which I do - but that...

The First is Last . . . Again

95
In about two years from now, the Ford Mustang will be the last new car of its type still on the market - a...

Premature vs. “Planned” Obsolescence

41
You may have heard the term, planned obsolescence. It refers to the policy of General Motors (and others) back in the '50s and '60s...

Remember the Service Station?

79
We have gas stations now. We used to have service stations. These were places were you could buy gas and repairs. They had bays and racks...

Motorcycles

Air-Cooled vs. Water-Cooled Bikes

13
Lots of interest in motorcycles now - for practical reasons. They are a way of dealing with the doubling of the price of gas...

Helmet Laws Are Unsafe . . . and Worse

55
The other night, I went for an evening ride with my girlfriend  - neither of us wearing a helmet, which is no longer legal...

Night Riding

22
Some things are better done in the dark. Riding a motorcycle, for instance.  At night, you do not have the sun in your face. You...

How to Double – Even Triple – Your Gas Mileage

38
There is not much we can do about the doubling-plus of the price of gas, which is a function of our money buying less...

The Art of the Ride

25
Why ride a motorcycle?  You are exposed to the elements. It requires concentration, involvement. You cannot text. You may get wet. You are fully in...

Motorcycles Are Next

52
We live in inverted times. A “virus” that posed a significant threat to about 1 percent of the population was used as the pretext for...

Dumb – As Seen in the Rearview

52
We all do dumb things - which we thought at the time we did them were smart things. One of the dumbest things I’ve...

Drop Forged . . .

60
There’s an old joke you may have heard about tools made in (say it like Trump)  . . . China. It says "drop forged"...

Nostalgia, Already . . .

22
We will sell no wine before it’s time. So said Gallo pitchman Orson Welles, a long time ago. Nostalgia is like that. It takes time...

2022 BMW R18 Transcontinental

6
Time machines do exist. They are called motorcycles. Like this 2022 BMW R18 Transcontinental, for instance. It’s brand-new - but it could be 1932. Until you...

The Emergency Bike

29
I've written before about the soundness of owning - of getting if you don't already own - a motorcycle in order to remain mobile...

Diaper Report 6/28/22

3
This is an update - about my friend the nurse, who got sick coincident to being pressured to take the Jab, else lose his...

How We Used to Drive

13
When you put your car in reverse, do you look back - or look down?  The answer will date you. If you look back, it...

Our Individual Independence

30
Independence Day is not far away and so perhaps it is a fortuitous time to consider declaring ours. As individuals.  The event originally celebrated being the...

Spending it Forward?

36
It’s hot outside, but I am splitting and stacking firewood - in anticipation of when it gets cold, not too many months from now....

BlackRocking . . .

89
Why are billion-dollar "capital" entities like BlackRock buying up hundreds of millions of dollars of formerly privately owned homes? It may be possible to...

Just One Button!

21
There is one button every new car ought to have - to turn off every saaaaaaaaaaaaaafety “technology” in the car, all at once. No more...

Roe and Soros Pallets

124
"Peaceful Protests" are about to start again - now that the Supreme Court has issued its decision vacating the federal "right" to an abortion,...

It’s a Start, at Least . . .

39
The founder and former CEO of Nikola, Trevor Milton, has been charged (again) with another count of wire fraud, in addition to the other...

Air-Cooled vs. Water-Cooled Bikes

13
Lots of interest in motorcycles now - for practical reasons. They are a way of dealing with the doubling of the price of gas...

Diaper Report: 6/23/22

27
Get ready - the "cases" are about to "spike" again. This time, because - so they say - "New coronavirus subvariants escape antibodies from...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show 6/23/22

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Here's the audio of this week's Underground Radio transmit with Bill Meyer over at KMED Radio in occupied Oregon! . . . Got a question about...

Only Twice As High!

39
Isn’t it grand that, just perhaps - and for three whole months - gas may only cost slightly less than twice what it used...

Cycles

Air-Cooled vs. Water-Cooled Bikes

13
Lots of interest in motorcycles now - for practical reasons. They are a way of dealing with the doubling of the price of gas...

Helmet Laws Are Unsafe . . . and Worse

55
The other night, I went for an evening ride with my girlfriend  - neither of us wearing a helmet, which is no longer legal...

Night Riding

22
Some things are better done in the dark. Riding a motorcycle, for instance.  At night, you do not have the sun in your face. You...

How to Double – Even Triple – Your Gas Mileage

38
There is not much we can do about the doubling-plus of the price of gas, which is a function of our money buying less...

The Art of the Ride

25
Why ride a motorcycle?  You are exposed to the elements. It requires concentration, involvement. You cannot text. You may get wet. You are fully in...

Dumb – As Seen in the Rearview

52
We all do dumb things - which we thought at the time we did them were smart things. One of the dumbest things I’ve...

Nostalgia, Already . . .

22
We will sell no wine before it’s time. So said Gallo pitchman Orson Welles, a long time ago. Nostalgia is like that. It takes time...

2022 BMW R18 Transcontinental Walk Around

7
Here's a look at what I used to love about new cars... on two wheels: Full review will be up in the next day or...

The Emergency Bike

29
I've written before about the soundness of owning - of getting if you don't already own - a motorcycle in order to remain mobile...

Don’t Forget to Remember

24
When you're down, it's time to get out. I remembered this important axiom of mental health yesterday. Or rather, I was reminded of it, by...

Old Bike Asterisk *

24
Ever try finding a firing pin for an Iowa Class battleship's 16 inch guns? They probably didn't make very many - and the ones...

New Car Reviews

2023 Toyota Supra

8
We all could use some good news, given the news - so here is some very good news, for a change: The previously automatic-only Toyota...

2023 Chrysler 300

11
Chrysler - the luxury division of Dodge - is down to just two models on offer. One of them probably won’t be around for...

2022 Jaguar XF

11
Jaguar - the luxury brand known for its cars - currently makes only two of them. And only one of them is a sedan.  The...

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric (vs. the Not)

17
Is it worth the extra spend - to the tune of $12,700 - to buy the electric version of Hyundai’s Kona rather than the...

2022 Infiniti QX80

4
There is a boundary layer - of iridium - above which there are no dinosaur bones to be found - because the dinosaurs were...

2023 Mini Cooper

8
Small, economical cars may soon be in vogue again - for the same reasons they used to be in vogue. Money’s tight - and...

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

10
There are two versions of the Wilderness version of two Subaru models - the Forester and the Outback. Each are similar in that they both...

2022 Dodge Durango

11
The last of the V8 Interceptors - from the Mad Max movies - was a car. The real thing may be something like the Dodge...

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

14
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has most of what lots of people want - as evidenced by the fact that the GC is Jeep’s best-selling...

2022 Ford Maverick

33
Trucks used to be affordable, practical things. The new Ford Maverick resurrects that idea - and adds one more.  It is also easier on gas than...

A Small Truck Side-by-Side

13
Here's a first look at the Ford Maverick, which is nothing like the '70s Maverick but very much like the small pickups you used...

Reader Question: First Car for a Teenager?

4
Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Jamie asks: My husband and I enjoy reading your articles on LRC.  My Dad was an avid...

Spammer Hassles/Posting Issues

6
Morning, everyone! I wanted to hip you all to a slight problem we've been having with spam, specifically the spammer in the image accompanying this...

What to Know About Going Old . . . Before You...

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Really old cars are becoming popular again - not so much because they are collectible but rather because they are practical. Some are capable of...
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