The Truth About Cars » Future Writers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Want To Be a TTAC Contributor? Here’s How http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/want-ttac-contributor-heres/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/want-ttac-contributor-heres/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1257417 Hello, 2016. Last month/year, I promised you that I’d post details on how to submit your written work to The Truth About Cars. This is the fruit of that promise. If you’d like to be featured at TTAC, here’s what you gotta do. Unlike prior instances of TTAC putting out a call for new blood, this is not […]

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Hello, 2016. Last month/year, I promised you that I’d post details on how to submit your written work to The Truth About Cars. This is the fruit of that promise. If you’d like to be featured at TTAC, here’s what you gotta do. Unlike prior instances of TTAC putting out a call for new blood, this is not […]

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Highway Star: Road Tripping In The Ford Freestar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/highway-star-road-tripping-in-the-ford-freestar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/highway-star-road-tripping-in-the-ford-freestar/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:14:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494309 Sometime in the predawn hours of a day in early August 1974, my father loaded his wife and five children into his recently purchased Chevrolet ¾ ton pickup truck, the adults isolated safely in the cab while we kids were locked like monkeys in a cage under a canopy in the back, and left Snohomish, […]

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Sometime in the predawn hours of a day in early August 1974, my father loaded his wife and five children into his recently purchased Chevrolet ¾ ton pickup truck, the adults isolated safely in the cab while we kids were locked like monkeys in a cage under a canopy in the back, and left Snohomish, […]

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Traffic Tickets On A Sliding Scale? Maybe It’s Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/traffic-tickets-on-a-sliding-scale-maybe-its-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/traffic-tickets-on-a-sliding-scale-maybe-its-time/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:21:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492772 In January 2010 a Swiss court handed down a $290,000 fine on a traffic violation. To be sure , the violation in question was a big one and involved speeds approaching 180mph. Police say that, once they rolled in behind the speeding car, it took it nearly a half mile to come to a complete […]

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In January 2010 a Swiss court handed down a $290,000 fine on a traffic violation. To be sure , the violation in question was a big one and involved speeds approaching 180mph. Police say that, once they rolled in behind the speeding car, it took it nearly a half mile to come to a complete […]

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In Celebration of Fathers: Cars in the Blood http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/in-celebration-of-fathers-cars-in-the-blood/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/in-celebration-of-fathers-cars-in-the-blood/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:12:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477398 As I paused in the driveway and waited for the garage door to open, I felt an unexpected presence by my side. Unbeknownst to me, my six year old son had slipped the confines of his booster seat in the rearmost row and made his way forward past his sisters with surprising stealth. Now he […]

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As I paused in the driveway and waited for the garage door to open, I felt an unexpected presence by my side. Unbeknownst to me, my six year old son had slipped the confines of his booster seat in the rearmost row and made his way forward past his sisters with surprising stealth. Now he […]

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Balls Of Fire, Then And Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/balls-of-fire-then-and-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/balls-of-fire-then-and-now/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:12:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490598 Chrysler’s recent decision to snub a recent NHTSA recall request is big news. I need not restate the facts of the story, if you are a “car guy” and haven’t heard the sordid details, or noticed the dramatic photos of burned out Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberties posted all over the internet in the past […]

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Chrysler’s recent decision to snub a recent NHTSA recall request is big news. I need not restate the facts of the story, if you are a “car guy” and haven’t heard the sordid details, or noticed the dramatic photos of burned out Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberties posted all over the internet in the past […]

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Raging Hormones Pull TTAC Author in Odd Directions – Assistance Needed! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/raging-hormones-pull-ttac-author-in-odd-directions-assistance-needed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/raging-hormones-pull-ttac-author-in-odd-directions-assistance-needed/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:02:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490173 The empty space in my driveway mocks me. The 300 is gone and I know it is not coming back. I have accepted that and I really believe in my heart-of-hearts that the car has gone to someone who will give it the use it actually deserves. But the sun still shines and the money […]

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The empty space in my driveway mocks me. The 300 is gone and I know it is not coming back. I have accepted that and I really believe in my heart-of-hearts that the car has gone to someone who will give it the use it actually deserves. But the sun still shines and the money […]

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Dark Days: Broken Hearts and Blown Gaskets http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/dark-days-broken-hearts-and-blown-gaskets/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/dark-days-broken-hearts-and-blown-gaskets/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 14:41:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489859 She done me wrong. I was beside myself with grief, anger and stress. Things had been going so well when, suddenly, a former lover waltzed back into her life and caused her to leave me in the lurch. Part of me wanted to win her back, to show her I was better than him. The […]

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She done me wrong. I was beside myself with grief, anger and stress. Things had been going so well when, suddenly, a former lover waltzed back into her life and caused her to leave me in the lurch. Part of me wanted to win her back, to show her I was better than him. The […]

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Snow Drifting http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/snow-drifting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/snow-drifting/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 17:31:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489253 The black Nissan 200SX Turbo was only a few years old but it had been solidly thrashed over the years. It had obviously been an expensive, well optioned little car when it was new, but the people into which its well being had been entrusted had obviously not respected that fact. Now it slumped on […]

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The black Nissan 200SX Turbo was only a few years old but it had been solidly thrashed over the years. It had obviously been an expensive, well optioned little car when it was new, but the people into which its well being had been entrusted had obviously not respected that fact. Now it slumped on […]

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Close Encounters of the Japanese Kind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/close-encouncouters-of-the-japanese-kind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/close-encouncouters-of-the-japanese-kind/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 14:10:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488789 At just 10:30 AM the sun was already near its full zenith and it beat down upon the city of Osaka with an intense, angry glare. Waves of heat shimmered up from the pavement and superheated the air which blew around in tepid, weak breezes that offered little respite. Perhaps later, the column of heat […]

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At just 10:30 AM the sun was already near its full zenith and it beat down upon the city of Osaka with an intense, angry glare. Waves of heat shimmered up from the pavement and superheated the air which blew around in tepid, weak breezes that offered little respite. Perhaps later, the column of heat […]

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The Tipping Point http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/the-tipping-point/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/the-tipping-point/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 15:34:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488089 Years ago, I was paid to help a neighbor clean out his garage. It was an old, ramshackle building with a dirt floor and over the years it had been filled with an amazing amount of crap. At the very back, under a canvas tarp, I found a long neglected late 60s Honda CB750 in […]

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Years ago, I was paid to help a neighbor clean out his garage. It was an old, ramshackle building with a dirt floor and over the years it had been filled with an amazing amount of crap. At the very back, under a canvas tarp, I found a long neglected late 60s Honda CB750 in […]

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Mustang by Mazda? When Ford Probed The Possibility http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mustang-by-mazda-when-ford-probed-the-possibility/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mustang-by-mazda-when-ford-probed-the-possibility/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 16:17:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487819 In the early 1980s, as the economy continued to slump and gas prices soared, American car makers were desperate for a way forward. The good old days were gone forever. Under pressure from the Japanese, whose small cars had gone from rolling jokes to serious, high quality competition in little more than a decade, the […]

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In the early 1980s, as the economy continued to slump and gas prices soared, American car makers were desperate for a way forward. The good old days were gone forever. Under pressure from the Japanese, whose small cars had gone from rolling jokes to serious, high quality competition in little more than a decade, the […]

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Something Fun: The 30K Millionaire Challenge http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/something-fun-the-30k-millionaire-challenge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/something-fun-the-30k-millionaire-challenge/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 14:34:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487285 Yesterday, the astute Derek Kreindler added to his already excellent body of work on TTAC another installment of his “Generation Why” series in which he explored Land Rover’s resistance to the current trend of marketing lower cost vehicles to young people. In the body of the article a couple of sentences in particular jumped out […]

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Yesterday, the astute Derek Kreindler added to his already excellent body of work on TTAC another installment of his “Generation Why” series in which he explored Land Rover’s resistance to the current trend of marketing lower cost vehicles to young people. In the body of the article a couple of sentences in particular jumped out […]

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A Celebration of My Mom, Woman Driver http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/a-celebration-of-my-mom-woman-driver/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/a-celebration-of-my-mom-woman-driver/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 18:20:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486982 As mother’s day approaches I think now about my own mother on the other side of the continent and about the journey her life has been. Born in the mid 1930s and raised in poverty, she was dumped into an orphanage by her father after her mother’s sudden death from breast cancer in the late […]

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As mother’s day approaches I think now about my own mother on the other side of the continent and about the journey her life has been. Born in the mid 1930s and raised in poverty, she was dumped into an orphanage by her father after her mother’s sudden death from breast cancer in the late […]

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Swimming In The Pond Of The Japanese Garden http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/swimming-in-the-pond-at-the-center-of-the-japanese-garden/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/swimming-in-the-pond-at-the-center-of-the-japanese-garden/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486940 In some ways my initial move across the Pacific was a lot easier than my return. I was at the end of my personal rope when I went to Japan in 1999 and, even though I was stepping into a dead end job, there was nowhere to go but up. Coming home was quite the […]

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In some ways my initial move across the Pacific was a lot easier than my return. I was at the end of my personal rope when I went to Japan in 1999 and, even though I was stepping into a dead end job, there was nowhere to go but up. Coming home was quite the […]

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Opel Kadett: The One That Got Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/opel-kadett-the-one-that-got-away/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/opel-kadett-the-one-that-got-away/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:18:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485540 At around 2:00 PM on the afternoon of October 6, 1973, more than 200 Soviet built Egyptian aircraft began to assault Israeli air bases and missile emplacements north of the Suez canal and the established line of defense, known as the Bar Lev Line. During the night that followed, Egyptian combat engineers crossed the canal […]

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At around 2:00 PM on the afternoon of October 6, 1973, more than 200 Soviet built Egyptian aircraft began to assault Israeli air bases and missile emplacements north of the Suez canal and the established line of defense, known as the Bar Lev Line. During the night that followed, Egyptian combat engineers crossed the canal […]

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The Old Man and the Camaro: Part 1 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-old-man-and-the-camaro-part-1/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-old-man-and-the-camaro-part-1/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:08:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485062 Author’s note: In order to protect the identity of the victims in this case, some names and details have been omitted or changed. There are a million stories in the Naked City. This is one of them. It wasn’t my case. Chris had asked me to accompany him one morning as he performed some case follow- […]

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Author’s note: In order to protect the identity of the victims in this case, some names and details have been omitted or changed. There are a million stories in the Naked City. This is one of them. It wasn’t my case. Chris had asked me to accompany him one morning as he performed some case follow- […]

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Selling Snake Oil: Great Automotve Ads Of The Past http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/selling-snake-oil-great-automotve-ads-of-the-past/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/selling-snake-oil-great-automotve-ads-of-the-past/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:26:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485083 Sweet, sweet publicity. Although I am loathe to admit it, I am a sucker for a slick ad campaign. Those catchy jingles, perfectly posed photos, and quick camera cuts work their way into my psyche and demand that I throw down my hard earned cash for something I may not need, but God how I […]

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Sweet, sweet publicity. Although I am loathe to admit it, I am a sucker for a slick ad campaign. Those catchy jingles, perfectly posed photos, and quick camera cuts work their way into my psyche and demand that I throw down my hard earned cash for something I may not need, but God how I […]

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Psycho Love: Sticking Your Key In Crazy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/psycho-love-sticking-your-key-in-crazy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/psycho-love-sticking-your-key-in-crazy/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:19:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484511 I saw it this morning. Slipping along the in the dim, pre-dawn light and shrouded in the thin early morning fog that wicked up in wispy tendrils from the damp pavement, it was an apparition, a beast from another age. Like poor Yorick, alas I knew it well and although, in time, it has become […]

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I saw it this morning. Slipping along the in the dim, pre-dawn light and shrouded in the thin early morning fog that wicked up in wispy tendrils from the damp pavement, it was an apparition, a beast from another age. Like poor Yorick, alas I knew it well and although, in time, it has become […]

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Better Brighter Future Delayed: Commercial Airliners Vulnerable To Hacks Via Android http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/better-brighter-future-delayed-commercial-airliners-vulnerable-to-hacks-via-android/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/better-brighter-future-delayed-commercial-airliners-vulnerable-to-hacks-via-android/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:22:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484348 As the technology that will one day network cars together and reorganize the roads in the name of safety and efficiency continues to rush towards us, word comes that the computerized systems used to control commercial aircraft in flight are now vulnerable to hackers via android devices. Net-Security.org is reporting on an April 10th presentation […]

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As the technology that will one day network cars together and reorganize the roads in the name of safety and efficiency continues to rush towards us, word comes that the computerized systems used to control commercial aircraft in flight are now vulnerable to hackers via android devices. Net-Security.org is reporting on an April 10th presentation […]

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Guns and Ferraris: Joe Biden Would Pry Them Both From Your Cold Dead Hands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/guns-and-ferraris-joe-biden-would-pry-them-both-from-your-cold-dead-hands/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/guns-and-ferraris-joe-biden-would-pry-them-both-from-your-cold-dead-hands/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:20:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484516 So on Thursday, the crazy drunk uncle career politician who currently sits a mere heartbeat from the big desk in the oddly- shaped office without any corners went on MSNBC and said this: It’s used to be, Joe, we were dealing almost exclusively with hunters. … There’s a whole new sort of group of individuals who, I […]

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So on Thursday, the crazy drunk uncle career politician who currently sits a mere heartbeat from the big desk in the oddly- shaped office without any corners went on MSNBC and said this: It’s used to be, Joe, we were dealing almost exclusively with hunters. … There’s a whole new sort of group of individuals who, I […]

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Casey Shain: Turning Pure Fantasy Into Virtual Reality http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/casey-shain-turning-pure-fantasy-into-virtual-reality/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/casey-shain-turning-pure-fantasy-into-virtual-reality/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:40:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483694 They say that you don’t regret the things you do as much as you regret the things don’t do. I hope the auto manufacturers are listening, because when I look at so many of the fantastic looking four door sedans on the market today, I feel a sense of regret for what they aren’t doing, […]

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They say that you don’t regret the things you do as much as you regret the things don’t do. I hope the auto manufacturers are listening, because when I look at so many of the fantastic looking four door sedans on the market today, I feel a sense of regret for what they aren’t doing, […]

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Historic Police Car Spotted Responding to call on the Not-So-Mean Streets of Seattle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/historic-police-car-spotted-responding-to-call-on-the-not-so-mean-streets-of-seattle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/historic-police-car-spotted-responding-to-call-on-the-not-so-mean-streets-of-seattle/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:51:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483383 An alert REDDIT reader (manuelv 19) spotted the Seattle Police Museum’s 1970 Plymouth Satellite patrol car responding to calls on the coffee scented streets of dowtown Seattle earlier this week. According to the Seattle Police Museum website, only 53 Special Order Police Satellites were produced in 1970 and 21 of those were purchased by the […]

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An alert REDDIT reader (manuelv 19) spotted the Seattle Police Museum’s 1970 Plymouth Satellite patrol car responding to calls on the coffee scented streets of dowtown Seattle earlier this week. According to the Seattle Police Museum website, only 53 Special Order Police Satellites were produced in 1970 and 21 of those were purchased by the […]

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Lake Michigan Car Ferry, SS Badger, and EPA Reach Agreement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/lake-michigan-car-ferry-ss-badger-and-epa-reach-agreement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/lake-michigan-car-ferry-ss-badger-and-epa-reach-agreement/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 05:04:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482025 The Lake Michigan Car Ferry website is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency and the operators of the Lake Michigan car ferry, the SS Badger, which runs between Ludington MI and Manitowoc, WI, have reached and agreement that will allow the historic steamship to continue operating. The Badger is one of the last coal fired […]

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The Lake Michigan Car Ferry website is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency and the operators of the Lake Michigan car ferry, the SS Badger, which runs between Ludington MI and Manitowoc, WI, have reached and agreement that will allow the historic steamship to continue operating. The Badger is one of the last coal fired […]

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My Fantasy Life Laid Bare Part II: International Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-fantasy-life-laid-bare-part-ii-international-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-fantasy-life-laid-bare-part-ii-international-edition/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:19:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481859 Yesterday I shared with you dear, reader, one of my favorite games, the $5000 Craigslist Fantasy Challenge and you responded with a lot of great cars. Today I thought I would step it up just one more notch and introduce you to that game’s Japanese cousin – the “Goo Game.” Won’t you come and pray […]

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Yesterday I shared with you dear, reader, one of my favorite games, the $5000 Craigslist Fantasy Challenge and you responded with a lot of great cars. Today I thought I would step it up just one more notch and introduce you to that game’s Japanese cousin – the “Goo Game.” Won’t you come and pray […]

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My Rich Fantasy Life Laid Bare: Can You Do Better? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-rich-fantasy-life-laid-bare-can-you-do-better/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-rich-fantasy-life-laid-bare-can-you-do-better/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481671 If you haven’t guessed it by now, I love cars and like a lot of people I spend a lot of time thinking about the ones I might like to own. My daydreams live in an odd place, they don’t run towards the higher plane of pure fantasy where the Ferrari and Lamborghini live, and, […]

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If you haven’t guessed it by now, I love cars and like a lot of people I spend a lot of time thinking about the ones I might like to own. My daydreams live in an odd place, they don’t run towards the higher plane of pure fantasy where the Ferrari and Lamborghini live, and, […]

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