The Truth About Cars » W Christian Mental Ward http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +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 » W Christian Mental Ward http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Five by Five: Mental’s Favorites (and Yours) in 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/five-five-favorites-mine-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/five-five-favorites-mine-2015/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:30:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256393 It seems like a fine tradition here at TTAC for the contributors to look back on their work over the past year and actively seek feedback. The comments are my favorite part of this site, and it’s because of them that my work has shown up elsewhere. That’s a long way from the first contribution I emailed Bertel […]

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It seems like a fine tradition here at TTAC for the contributors to look back on their work over the past year and actively seek feedback. The comments are my favorite part of this site, and it’s because of them that my work has shown up elsewhere. That’s a long way from the first contribution I emailed Bertel […]

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TTAC Goes Karting, And So Should You! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-goes-karting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-goes-karting/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140994 One of the great secrets of TTAC is how little we, the writers, know each other. I have met our fearless leader, Mark Stevenson, exactly once. I have met Sajeev exactly once — and he was wearing a judge’s robe and a headdress. I have met Murilee exactly once, and he was berating me for […]

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One of the great secrets of TTAC is how little we, the writers, know each other. I have met our fearless leader, Mark Stevenson, exactly once. I have met Sajeev exactly once — and he was wearing a judge’s robe and a headdress. I have met Murilee exactly once, and he was berating me for […]

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Latest Harebrained LeMons Scheme: It’s A K Car, Pass It On http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/latest-harebrained-lemons-scheme-its-a-k-car-pass-it-on/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/latest-harebrained-lemons-scheme-its-a-k-car-pass-it-on/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:45:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486682 As with most harebrained schemes, this one started on innocently enough. But like a  Sorority President’s profanity laced email, the greatest K Car ever raced is making its way across America. Like the video reading by Michael Shannon, it is bringing all who experience it the same joy and probably more profanity. But unlike those […]

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As with most harebrained schemes, this one started on innocently enough. But like a  Sorority President’s profanity laced email, the greatest K Car ever raced is making its way across America. Like the video reading by Michael Shannon, it is bringing all who experience it the same joy and probably more profanity. But unlike those […]

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Sunday At The Drive-In http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/sunday-at-the-drive-in/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/sunday-at-the-drive-in/#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2013 15:04:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486439 The best movie so far this summer is not really a film. Jaguar just revealed its new platform to promote the new Jaguar F Type. A 13-minute short film called Desire. It’s not original but it’s still better than GI Joe: Retaliation. Should you see this new film? Hell yeah you should; it’s awesome. As […]

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The best movie so far this summer is not really a film. Jaguar just revealed its new platform to promote the new Jaguar F Type. A 13-minute short film called Desire. It’s not original but it’s still better than GI Joe: Retaliation. Should you see this new film? Hell yeah you should; it’s awesome. As […]

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Abu Dhabi Dispatches: Porsche Track Nights http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/abu-dhabi-dispatches-porsche-track-nights/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/abu-dhabi-dispatches-porsche-track-nights/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:41:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483924 Ever since the TTAC Corporate jet dropped me off in Abu Dhabi, a reoccurring criticism has been “Who cares about Abu Dhabi?” Is Abu Dhabi a center of automotive design? Renowned for its automotive innovation? A world class automotive manufacturer? A breeding ground for world class drivers? Not yet, but it has a race track. […]

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Ever since the TTAC Corporate jet dropped me off in Abu Dhabi, a reoccurring criticism has been “Who cares about Abu Dhabi?” Is Abu Dhabi a center of automotive design? Renowned for its automotive innovation? A world class automotive manufacturer? A breeding ground for world class drivers? Not yet, but it has a race track. […]

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Abu Dhabi Dispatches: How to get your 2013 Hummer (wait..what?) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-to-get-your-2013-hummer-wait-what/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-to-get-your-2013-hummer-wait-what/#comments Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:55:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479743 Yes, the death of the Hummer brand is old news and was long overdue. But in the vein of Tom Cruise, when your public image goes bust, go back to what you do best: GI Joe. I kit you not. At the International Defense Expo here in Abu Dhabi, the folks at AM General had […]

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Yes, the death of the Hummer brand is old news and was long overdue. But in the vein of Tom Cruise, when your public image goes bust, go back to what you do best: GI Joe. I kit you not. At the International Defense Expo here in Abu Dhabi, the folks at AM General had […]

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Abu Dhabi Dispatches: How I Nearly Met Jack Baruth At The International Defense Expo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-i-nearly-met-jack-baruth-at-the-international-defense-expo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-i-nearly-met-jack-baruth-at-the-international-defense-expo/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479291   A few days ago, I was at the International Defense Expo here in Abu Dhabi. It prides itself as “the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.” Many tanks were on display, among them an armored Audi A8. I wanted to inspect that car a bit closer, when a man approached the […]

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  A few days ago, I was at the International Defense Expo here in Abu Dhabi. It prides itself as “the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.” Many tanks were on display, among them an armored Audi A8. I wanted to inspect that car a bit closer, when a man approached the […]

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Abu Dhabi Dispatches: How Cadillac Markets To The Truly Affluent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-cadillac-markets-to-the-truly-affluent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/abu-dhabi-dispatches-how-cadillac-markets-to-the-truly-affluent/#comments Sat, 02 Feb 2013 12:59:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476104   I got to attend the 2013 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship two weeks ago. Let me be blunt, I hate Golf. I don’t know if I hate because I am no good or I am no good because I hate it, but I do know it is slow, so I don’t play, and I certainly […]

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  I got to attend the 2013 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship two weeks ago. Let me be blunt, I hate Golf. I don’t know if I hate because I am no good or I am no good because I hate it, but I do know it is slow, so I don’t play, and I certainly […]

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TTAC Has A Correspondent In Abu Dhabi, And He’s Mental http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/ttac-has-a-correspondent-in-abu-dhabi-and-hes-mental/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/ttac-has-a-correspondent-in-abu-dhabi-and-hes-mental/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:47:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475709 Abandon all hope: Mental Ward is now TTAC’s man in Abu Dhabi and surrounding sheikdoms  For the next year, or until they kick him out, Mental will deliver a sandstorm of desert dispatches. Here is the first. There are more than a few web sites dedicated to abandoned exotics in the Middle East. They – cars […]

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Abandon all hope: Mental Ward is now TTAC’s man in Abu Dhabi and surrounding sheikdoms  For the next year, or until they kick him out, Mental will deliver a sandstorm of desert dispatches. Here is the first. There are more than a few web sites dedicated to abandoned exotics in the Middle East. They – cars […]

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Capsule Review – 1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II, AKA – The Great Southwest Escape. Take Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/capsule-review-1999-land-rover-discovery-series-ii-aka-the-great-southwest-escape-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/capsule-review-1999-land-rover-discovery-series-ii-aka-the-great-southwest-escape-take-two/#comments Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:09:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474418 Yesterday, we witnessed Sandy being picked up by Mental Ward. Today, we follow both on the roadtrip through America. Will they make it? Just east of Philly, it had started snowing pretty well. During the first (of many) fuel stops, I pulled the light covers. At speed, the lights off the snowflakes resembled the cockpit […]

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Yesterday, we witnessed Sandy being picked up by Mental Ward. Today, we follow both on the roadtrip through America. Will they make it? Just east of Philly, it had started snowing pretty well. During the first (of many) fuel stops, I pulled the light covers. At speed, the lights off the snowflakes resembled the cockpit […]

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Capsule Review – 1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II, AKA – The Great Southwest Escape. Take One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/capsule-review-1999-land-rover-discovery-series-ii-aka-the-great-southwest-escape/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/capsule-review-1999-land-rover-discovery-series-ii-aka-the-great-southwest-escape/#comments Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:39:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473899 Murilee Martin and his merry band of adventurers have already weaved a fascinating tale of a harrowing escape from the vile Super storm Sandy after the Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest in New Hampshire. I have a much less exciting tale, but along the same ilk. Between deployments, I jumped at the chance to take the helm of […]

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Murilee Martin and his merry band of adventurers have already weaved a fascinating tale of a harrowing escape from the vile Super storm Sandy after the Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest in New Hampshire. I have a much less exciting tale, but along the same ilk. Between deployments, I jumped at the chance to take the helm of […]

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Porsche Owners Are Jerks. Ask Me Why I know http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/porsche-owners-are-jerks-ask-me-why-i-know/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/porsche-owners-are-jerks-ask-me-why-i-know/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:38:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432610 Unless you hate cars and live under a rock, you have undoubtedly seen the recent pictures of the Porsche 911 whose driver tried to take a shortcut through freshly poured concrete. It has been emailed, Facebook’d and even posted on my own message board with snarky comments about the arrogance and ignorance of Porsche owners. […]

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Unless you hate cars and live under a rock, you have undoubtedly seen the recent pictures of the Porsche 911 whose driver tried to take a shortcut through freshly poured concrete. It has been emailed, Facebook’d and even posted on my own message board with snarky comments about the arrogance and ignorance of Porsche owners. […]

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My El Camino Is Cooler Than Your Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/my-el-camino-is-cooler-than-your-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/my-el-camino-is-cooler-than-your-hybrid/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:44:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428416 Marketing hybrids is a challenge. You just can’t get past the one failing point of hybrids. Hybrid are simply not cool. Deal with it. Do you know what is cool? An El Camino is. Save your redneck jokes, my red El Camino was born cooler than your hybrid when it rolled off the Fremont California […]

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Marketing hybrids is a challenge. You just can’t get past the one failing point of hybrids. Hybrid are simply not cool. Deal with it. Do you know what is cool? An El Camino is. Save your redneck jokes, my red El Camino was born cooler than your hybrid when it rolled off the Fremont California […]

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My Life With A Midget http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/my-life-with-a-midget/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/my-life-with-a-midget/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:36:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427483 The 72 MG Midget beckoned to me from Craigslist like an opened pack of Oreos grinning from the cupboard. I ignored the wisdom of all my gearhead buddies, insisting the little yellow car would be different; it would not leak, not rust, and be as reliable as a nail. Of course, it isn’t, it’s British. […]

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The 72 MG Midget beckoned to me from Craigslist like an opened pack of Oreos grinning from the cupboard. I ignored the wisdom of all my gearhead buddies, insisting the little yellow car would be different; it would not leak, not rust, and be as reliable as a nail. Of course, it isn’t, it’s British. […]

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