Category: Features

Canadian seasonal automotive nostalgia!

It just occurred to me that there’s a winter theme among some of the items that populate the walls, floor and shelves of my home office! Most of this stuff has a historic Canadian connection. First of all, here’s a Rallye des Neiges plate that I acquired from fellow Ottawa MG Club member Bill Pickthorne …

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Killing the Chevrolet Volt

Well, General Motors has cancelled further production of the Chevrolet Volt. Disappointing, for several reasons. The first is that it’s an excellent car, and in my opinion, the best plug-in hybrid (or more accurately, Plug-in Electric Vehicle) on the market. Because of that, I’ve recommended it to people considering a vehicle of this type, and …

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Remembering Route 66… and all that jazz!

As a kid growing up in England in the 1960s, I remember watching an American television show called Route 66. Along with shows like Highway Patrol, it was part of my introduction to life in America. From what I could tell, things looked pretty good over there. Apparently it was usually sunny and everyone had …

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CanadianDriver.com – ran well when parked

Websites come and go, but there’s no website cemetery that I know of. Likewise, there’s no Website Hall of Fame. If there was, I reckon CanadianDriver should be in it. CanadianDriver was the brainchild of Grant Yoxon of Ottawa, Canada. He registered the name in 1998 as what was then called a “link list.” A …

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Monday, Monday – Test Car Secrets Revealed!

It’s early Monday morning, and winter in Canada. The eyelids of most Canadians are reluctantly fluttering into wakefulness as clock radios come alive. First item of the day? The weather, of course. In Ottawa, it’s minus 10 degrees, a light snow is falling, and school buses in the entire region have been cancelled due to treacherous …

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Speed Demons: Boomers to the rescue

Recently I was cruising down Meadowlands Drive in Ottawa where the speed limit is a paltry 40 km/h. There I happened upon an immaculate but slow-moving Toyota Camry, the cleanest and slowest car on the road. Sorry, but I sized up the driver as a Senior right away. Characteristically hunched over the wheel, he was …

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Donut Detour: Tim Horton Hamburgers

Here’s a picture I found at a local flea market. It’s an early Tim Horton establishment that apparently was located in North Bay, Ontario. For people who like cars (and hockey, I guess), it’s interesting to see an original Mini parked next to the big green Ford sedan. What’s that? A Galaxie 500? 1962? And …

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Cars, Cups and Shuttlecraft – Thomas Kellogg’s surprising designs

I must admit that I have a soft spot for the Studebaker Avanti. Do you know this car? It’s kind of a strange one. As the years go by, I’m not sure that the design is holding up very well, although it was controversial right from its introduction in 1962 as a 1963 model. But …

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Driver education: RIP

Recently I published a short article for Autos.ca about the Autonomous Nissan Leaf, a vehicle engineered by Nissan to demonstrate the current state and future possibility of fully autonomous cars: that is, cars that drive themselves. Now you may think that such a technology is not realistic; not practical, but I’m telling you, autonomous-drive is …

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Washington Nissan Leaf Owner Celebrates 100,000 All-Electric Miles

SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and representatives from Nissan today joined Steve Marsh of Kent, Washington, to celebrate a unique milestone – 100,000 all-electric miles driven in his Nissan LEAF. In early 2011, Marsh purchased an all-new Nissan LEAF for his 130-mile roundtrip daily commute. Since then, he has …

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