Precast

Podcast: Lieberman's Got Edge
So Jonny tells me that he's returned from a first class junket to The City by the Bay and by the way his new best bud ace auto scribe Dan Neil's coming over…
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Precast: Occam's Edge, Two-for-One Pagitude, Hoons R Us, Eleanor Rows So Svelte, OTT $$?
I'm of two minds on this whole hoonage business. One one hand, it's entirely possible to hoon about in a high speed car at significant velocities without end…
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Precast: Audis on Parade, VIP Vs. Bling
For many years, US President Abraham Lincoln thought that deporting slaves was the only workable solution to an intractable political issue. In 1861, a &ldqu…
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Precast: Ferrari Four Wheelin', I and I, Steering Clear of the M6, Bangle RIP?
A four wheel-drive Ferrari? On one hand, it sounds like a bald-faced betrayal of Ferrari's brand proposition: extreme rear wheel-drive performance cars prone…
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Precast: Do Mitsubishi's Dream of Electric Sheep?, Volvo's Manic Depressive Designer, AMG PC
My first car was a golf cart, courtesy of The Ocean Reef Club. Actually, props to the parental units. They handed me the key to the open-sided electric conve…
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Precast: Death Proof Digression, Video Games, Mercury Falling, Ring Ring
My first ever dream car was the Batmobile, and yes, I'm talking about George Barris' Lincoln Futura riff. Looking back, it's funny how I totally missed the T…
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Podcast: Maybach Jr., Aston's Alphanumerological Excess, Midas Muffler, Alpha Ferrari, DCT Uber Alles
It’s been a while since my description of the Subaru B9 Tribeca’s front end as a “flying vagina” got TTAC banned from… BMW&rsq…
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Precast: Paris Not Hilton, MINI and Diesel Redux, The Hannitization of GM
When I moved back to the US from the UK, I was delighted to discover right wing media commentators. After living in a country with a media dominated by anti-…
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Precast: Medusa S-Type, PAG Knock-offs, Hammond Better, DP
Jaguar is one heck of a brand. The company took the automotive world by storm, not once, but twice. The first revelation arrived just after WWII. England ent…
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Precast: Hammond Injured, Veracruz Taillight, Crossover and Out or Justin Time?
You may have noticed that I haven't posted a precast in a couple of days. Truth to tell, TTAC contributor and former Car and Driver editor Stephan Wilkinson…
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Precast: Limo Love, Gord, Toyota Brands Earth, Miatamino, Endo
Limos blow. They're unsightly, often comical beasts that exchange comfort for size (well, length) and offer all the tactile pleasure of a mid-market motel (p…
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Postcast: Killer B, Karmann Resurrected, Sports Customs, Nanny This, Racing Line
The American automotive media is just as obsessed with the thrill of the new as the industry itself. Even though websites like this one (OK, not exactly like…
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Precast: Bugatti Puh-lease, Cellular Mitosis, Breath a Lie Sir, China Uber Alles, Forever Ford?
Yes, yes, the next installment of the Ford Death Watch is coming. Who'd a thunk I'd write 90 episodes of the GM Death Watch only to watch Billy's Blue Oval B…
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Precast: Maybach's Pearl Jam, Alfa Redux Redux, Porsche Mule
As the son of a Holocaust survivor, the Maybach brand gives me the heebie-jeebies. Which is kind of strange. I've got no beef with Mercedes, a brand whose pr…
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Precast: Wiesmann, CL63 AMG, HEMI Slowdown?
Whatever you can (or cannot) say about BMW, the company makes some damn fine engines. Jay Shoemaker's review of the 335i hailed their direct injected twin tu…
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Precast: Hydrogen Hype (Still), Panda Laid Bare, I Sing the Auto Electric
As you will hear in today's precast, my first forray into Ferrari ownership brought me face-to-face with the studied indifference that is England's erstwhile…
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Precast: V12 Diesel Audi, Hornet No VeeDub, Baby Junketeers
I suppose I should get myself into a lather about the fact that GM has lured collegiate journalists to Las Vegas for some major junket action. As listeners t…
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Precast: Hydrogen-Powered 7-Series, Drop-Top 300C, New G35, Fiero Redux?
So, BMW develops a flex fuel gas/hydrogen powered vehicle and we're supposed to give them tree-hugging props? I don't think so. I give them far more credit f…
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Precast: Super TT, Paris DUI, RS60 Replica, GM Warranty, CLS Wagon, Renault Show Car

It’s one of those happy, clappy news days when pistonheads have a surfeit of stories to investigate from the privacy of their cubicle. I sometimes wonder what creates this compulsive fascination with four-wheeled transportation. The standard take on the subject is that the automobile represents freedom. Supposedly, congestion, high gas prices and environmental responsibility have destroyed this traditional romantic association between the car and the proverbial “open road.” (Personally, I think National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation had a lot to do with it.) But this perceived wisdom fail to realize that the car isn’t just about going towards something new and exciting, it’s about moving away from stuff that drives you nuts: Mom, Dad, the Boss, Wife/Husband, kids, etc. A large part of TTAC’s mission is to help aid this process of escape– if only for ten minutes and three seconds. If you haven’t tried this precast thing, go for it. The only thing you have to lose is the stress of not being behind the wheel.

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Precast: Nissan Qashqai, Mulally Doolally?
Car names are a happy hunting ground for motoscribes and headline writers. Nissan Armada? Please. Versa? Vice springs immediately to mind (and not because of…
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