Posts By: Jack Baruth

By on March 17, 2014

When we think of the World Wide Web nowadays, we tend to think of it as an eternal now where only the newest and freshest information has any importance whatsoever. That wasn’t why it was created, however; it was meant to be a protocol through which document and information storage could be logically organized and […]

By on March 16, 2014

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When Subaru of Wichita hired a non-union drywall hanger to assist with the construction of its new location, the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 protested by having people stand outside the dealership with a sign that says, “SHAME ON SUBARU OF WICHITA”. So the owner of the dealership had an idea.
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By on March 14, 2014

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What’s the Volkswagen Group’s most profitable brand? Is it Bentley? Lamborghini?

Obviously it’s Porsche. I mean, how much could it possibly cost to make a water-cooled six-cylinder engine and a cheapo plastic interior? How much does an Outback 3.6R cost? Everything over that’s profit, for sure. But how much profit is there in every Porsche?
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By on March 13, 2014

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Honda’s admirably quick refresh of the less-than-perfectly-admirable ninth-gen Civic has been extended to its most desirable variant.
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By on March 13, 2014

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It’s not the flashiest or most handsome vehicle out there. In fact, it’s probably the only car on the market that makes the old Honda Element look good. But for the disabled, the VPG MV-1 is very attractive indeed, because it, alone in the industry, allows a wheelchair user to ride in the “front seat” next to the driver.
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By on March 10, 2014

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This Wednesday night, in Louisville, KY, we’ll be recording our first podcast since our august founder, Robert Farago, gave up the practice in the Cretaceous Era. Those of you who listened to our guest appearances on The Smoking Tire’s podcast know that it’s critical we not let this one turn into an long and drawn-out mockery of various really quite decent people in the autojourno biz. So…

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By on March 9, 2014

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Full disclosure: I’m a huge Lamborghini fan. Enough of a fan that I can get a little worked up about the brand’s directional wobbles over the past decade. Make no mistake, though: if my budget would stretch to a Murcielago, I’d have one. (About the Aventador, I’m a bit diffident.) Ferrari’s transformation from manufacturer of unreliable but pretty cars to merchandising machine and tyrannical allocation scheme has made Lamborghini seem much cooler by comparison. The clinical precision of the Gallardo makes the Dino-successor Ferraris look a bit try-hard and the big twelve-cylinder supercars have the swagger that the FF, 612, and F12berlinetta seem to be deliberately avoiding.

But there are times that one simply wants to turn one’s head away from the catastrophe that is Lambo’s Ferrari-aping merch scheme, and this is one of them.
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By on March 9, 2014

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The largest single shareholder in the Ford Motor Company died in his sleep last night from pneumonia-related complications. Mr. Ford sat on the board (hey, that rhymes!) for fifty-seven years, owned the Detroit Lions NFL team, and was at least partially responsible for the Continental Mark II.
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By on March 8, 2014

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Talk about being fickle! On March 31, 2011, I posted an article to TTAC about MB-Tex guitar straps and wallets. In that article, there are pictures of five guitars, all made by the Heritage Guitar Company of Kalamazoo, MI. In the past three years, I’ve sold four of them. (The H-170 is still with me.) But I’ve purchased something like two dozen Couch straps since then. And now they have a fascinating new product for those of us who like Malaise accoutrements.
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By on March 7, 2014

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As part of a partnership with the nice people at Road&Track, I’ll be writing an opinion piece for them once a week. Because, you know, I have opinions. Today’s rant recaps my attempt to help a friend buy an FR-S. Check it out. And before anybody asks — I stole the above photo from the R&T website, but it’s okay, because I’m the one driving.*

*It’s still not okay, probably.

By on March 6, 2014

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In what is shaping up to be a public-relations disaster for Chrysler, the company has decided to crush as many as ninety-three first-generation and pre-production Vipers. Worst of all, they’re forcing a community college in Puget Sound to crush prototype #4, despite the fact that the school is still using it to train students. The question is: why?
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By on March 6, 2014

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Finish the following sentence: “The only General Motors product to consistently meet or beat the imported competition over the past twenty years has been the ______.”

No, not the Malibu Eco! The Corvette!

I was part of the team at Road&Track that chose the Corvette as the Performance Car Of The Year. Believe me, the C7 is a world-class product. And it’s selling like one. How could GM possibly screw this situation up?
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By on March 6, 2014

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Okay, I admit it: I got the idea to buy and watch the Kenny Rogers NASCAR classic “Six Pack” from reading Delicious Tacos. (Link, and site, NSFW.) But even if I hadn’t found out about the movie’s existence that way, at some point it would have come across my radar screen. This flick has everything: Kenny Rogers, Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, the squared-off ’81 Thunderbird, a sixteen-year-old Diane Lane. Did I mention Kenny Rogers?

The funny thing is this: it’s not a terrible movie at all.
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By on March 3, 2014

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Today’s article on Caroline’s transformation into a “pinup girl” was one of the most popular things we’ve run in some time. (One of the most popular things that didn’t involve automatic-transmission technology, anyway.)

For those of you who want to see more of the cars and the girls, TTAC After Dark is here to serve. None of the photos are strictly NSFW, but you might not want to sit there and look at them in the company of your boss (or your wife). Click to continue:

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By on March 3, 2014

Full disclosure: your humble author is a Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) shareholder. Seriously, I think I have, like, ten shares. So you should view the above headline and video with suspicion and the proverbial shaker of salt.
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