The problem is properly ditching an airplane in the open ocean is very difficult. Heck I’m not sure how many pilots could have pulled off what Captain Sullenberger did and that was in the calmness of the Hudson river. Doing the same thing in the swells of the open ocean, perhaps at night and keeping the aircraft in… » 10/18/14 11:42pm Saturday 11:42pm

I have a friend who knows him well enough to be offered access to Jay's garage to work on his cars if he ever wants (so far as I know he's never taken Jay up on the offer) and he says that Jay is just a regular car guy who's just as excited about his cheap cars as his expensive ones. This does not surprise me in the… » 10/15/14 10:33am Wednesday 10:33am

Kind of an exaggeration? I have 21k on my FiST and the worst mileage I've ever had is greater than 25 and that was including a dozen long ProSolo runs in 100 degree temperatures. Methinks either something was wrong with your test car's MPG display or the engine. Real-world MPG should be 25 at the worst up to maybe… » 10/14/14 1:19pm Tuesday 1:19pm

Cheating is rampant in SCCA road racing but not so much in Solo. IMHO one big reason for this is that Solo implements serious penalties for cheating which can include more than disqualification but also payback of any monies won, both as prize money and contingency and even a "death penalty" ban that can last as long… » 10/13/14 5:10pm 10/13/14 5:10pm

I think there may be other reasons too. As someone who has been unsuccessfully trying to sell a car priced in the mid-teens it’s become obvious to me that few people have over $10k to spend on a used car and even of those people shopping in that price range few can qualify for non-dealer financing. So I think like… » 10/07/14 11:08am 10/07/14 11:08am

I had a ’66 Toronado in college. It was a great looking car but was like someone had blown up a normal car to 150%. Absolutely huge tires and wheels but unstoppable in the snow when you put on snow tires. The 425 V-8 was awesome too, it would take off from 50 so fast the drum speedo would turn so fast you could not… » 10/07/14 1:57am 10/07/14 1:57am

To me the most memorable was the 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Rain was rumored but hadn’t hit when the cars headed out on the formation lap. One driver stopped to pit for wets and decided to start from the pits while everyone else started on dry weather tires. It started to rain almost immediately and… » 10/03/14 11:54pm 10/03/14 11:54pm

I can’t speak for anyone else but the thing that finally got me to sell my bike and hang up my helmet was the cell phone. American drivers are simply paying no attention to their driving and won’t even notice a motorcycle until they hear a thump under the wheel of their SUV and go, “Huh, what was that?”. I rode from… » 10/03/14 2:24am 10/03/14 2:24am

IMHO the best thing VW Group could do to help US sales is to bring in the entire Skoda lineup. Skoda’s cars which are often bigger than equivilent VW models and a good value which IMHO aligns more with what the American public is looking for in a car. Sure they’d have to introduce a whole new brand to the US but it… » 10/02/14 11:06am 10/02/14 11:06am