The Truth About Cars » TTAC 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. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » TTAC Future Writers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Different Reactions To Getting Rear-Ended http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/different-reactions-to-getting-rear-ended/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/different-reactions-to-getting-rear-ended/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:08:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494776 Yesterday I was out for a walk when I saw an accident happen. It wasn’t a bad one, the driver of a small delivery truck came off the clutch and his rig hopped forward and smacked the back of the small SUV stopped at the light ahead of him. The light changed and the two […]

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Yesterday I was out for a walk when I saw an accident happen. It wasn’t a bad one, the driver of a small delivery truck came off the clutch and his rig hopped forward and smacked the back of the small SUV stopped at the light ahead of him. The light changed and the two […]

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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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Reeling In The Years: Tugging Americans’ Hearstrings http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/reeling-in-the-years-tugging-americans-hearstrings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/reeling-in-the-years-tugging-americans-hearstrings/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:38:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493946 July 4th is almost upon us and all you bashers of things American made can suck it. We won the wars with our All American can-do attitudes, our American know-how and our All American steel. If it wasn’t for us you’d all be speaking German and Japanese and be using the metric system to measure […]

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July 4th is almost upon us and all you bashers of things American made can suck it. We won the wars with our All American can-do attitudes, our American know-how and our All American steel. If it wasn’t for us you’d all be speaking German and Japanese and be using the metric system to measure […]

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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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Life On Wheels: Mobility SVM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/life-on-wheels-mobility-svm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/life-on-wheels-mobility-svm/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491735 Here’s a confession. I found this cool thing and I want to tell you all about it because, frankly, it is interesting and if it reaches the right person it might just change someone’s life for the better. My problem is that I don’t know how to begin an article in a way that doesn’t […]

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Here’s a confession. I found this cool thing and I want to tell you all about it because, frankly, it is interesting and if it reaches the right person it might just change someone’s life for the better. My problem is that I don’t know how to begin an article in a way that doesn’t […]

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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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Gettin’ Lubed: I Was A Minit Lube Minuteman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/gettin-lubed-i-was-a-minit-lube-minuteman/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/gettin-lubed-i-was-a-minit-lube-minuteman/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:06:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491628 I still remember them. Tall and clear eyed, their square jaws clenched tightly as a sign of their strict discipline and inherent resolve, they dressed in perfectly pressed brown shirts and marched in straight, ordered ranks before the camera. For them there was only duty and their duty was their honor. Nothing would sway them […]

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I still remember them. Tall and clear eyed, their square jaws clenched tightly as a sign of their strict discipline and inherent resolve, they dressed in perfectly pressed brown shirts and marched in straight, ordered ranks before the camera. For them there was only duty and their duty was their honor. Nothing would sway them […]

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South Carolina Studying Computer Networked Electronic License Plates http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/south-carolina-studying-computer-networked-electronic-license-plates/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/south-carolina-studying-computer-networked-electronic-license-plates/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:53:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491265 South Carolina’s WSPA TV is reporting that the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is considering doing away with stamped metal plates and replacing them with new, electronic tags that would be linked to a central computer database. According to WSPA’s website, the new plates use “electronic paper” technology that can hold an image without […]

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South Carolina’s WSPA TV is reporting that the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is considering doing away with stamped metal plates and replacing them with new, electronic tags that would be linked to a central computer database. According to WSPA’s website, the new plates use “electronic paper” technology that can hold an image without […]

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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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A Little Context From A Forgotten Photograph http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/a-little-context-from-a-forgotten-photograph/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/a-little-context-from-a-forgotten-photograph/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 21:46:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489505 We have all been there, posing proudly with our car alongside some curvy country road on a sunny afternoon. It doesn’t matter if the car is new or old, is just going through the break-in procedure or is on its last legs, what matters is the moment. A photo like this is a powerful talisman […]

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We have all been there, posing proudly with our car alongside some curvy country road on a sunny afternoon. It doesn’t matter if the car is new or old, is just going through the break-in procedure or is on its last legs, what matters is the moment. A photo like this is a powerful talisman […]

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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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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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More Than 550 Classic Cars For Sale In One Ebay Auction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/more-than-550-classic-cars-for-sale-in-one-ebay-auction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/more-than-550-classic-cars-for-sale-in-one-ebay-auction/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 13:20:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486335 If you have a half million dollars in your pocket, you can be the opening bidder on a lot of 550 classic cars located at a family owned towing and storage lot in Apache Junction, AZ and listed for sale on Ebay right now. According to the ad, the business has been in operation since […]

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If you have a half million dollars in your pocket, you can be the opening bidder on a lot of 550 classic cars located at a family owned towing and storage lot in Apache Junction, AZ and listed for sale on Ebay right now. According to the ad, the business has been in operation since […]

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Discovery’s Fast N’ Loud, Where Cars Meet Reality TV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/discoverys-fast-n-loud-where-cars-meet-reality-tv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/discoverys-fast-n-loud-where-cars-meet-reality-tv/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:17:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485894 Time was, the only time you could see cool cars on TV, outside of reruns of the Rockford Files and Starsky and Hutch, was on Saturday Mornings on The Nashville Network. Those programs, aimed at shade tree mechanics and the average do-it-yourselfer, were about as interesting as a high school auto shop class’ instructional videos. […]

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Time was, the only time you could see cool cars on TV, outside of reruns of the Rockford Files and Starsky and Hutch, was on Saturday Mornings on The Nashville Network. Those programs, aimed at shade tree mechanics and the average do-it-yourselfer, were about as interesting as a high school auto shop class’ instructional videos. […]

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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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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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Mooneyes: Breaking Down Cultural Barriers, One Hot Rod At A Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/mooneyes-breaking-down-cultural-barriers-one-hot-rod-at-a-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/mooneyes-breaking-down-cultural-barriers-one-hot-rod-at-a-time/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:22:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484022 Honmoku street is a wide, tree lined avenue that bends through the southern “Naka” district of the city of Yokohama. Close by sits the massive port, the gateway through which so much of Japan’s industrial output is sent to the world, its tall cranes working ceaselessly and with no regard for human concerns like the […]

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Honmoku street is a wide, tree lined avenue that bends through the southern “Naka” district of the city of Yokohama. Close by sits the massive port, the gateway through which so much of Japan’s industrial output is sent to the world, its tall cranes working ceaselessly and with no regard for human concerns like the […]

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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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Cop Drives Cop Car: 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/cop-drives-cop-car-2012-dodge-charger-pursuit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/cop-drives-cop-car-2012-dodge-charger-pursuit/#comments Sat, 06 Apr 2013 18:54:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483788 My takedown of the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan Taurus generated almost two hundred comments. Having recognized what the people want, I immediately began scheming for rides in the Ford’s two major competitors in order to give it to them. An E-mail, followed by a visit to the municipal sales manager at Lexington’s Freedom Dodge- Chrysler- […]

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My takedown of the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan Taurus generated almost two hundred comments. Having recognized what the people want, I immediately began scheming for rides in the Ford’s two major competitors in order to give it to them. An E-mail, followed by a visit to the municipal sales manager at Lexington’s Freedom Dodge- Chrysler- […]

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