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Weekend Warrior | Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Oct 20th, 2011 | Categories: Autos | by Michael Williams

If I was on a naming committee at Cadillac I’d suggest adding the word “merging” to the moniker for the Detroit car maker’s high performance CTS-V sport wagon. You know, CTS-V Wagon Merging Edition; because all you want to do when you drive it is get on the highway and merge. Another possible name could be the CTS-V Wagon Darth Vader Edition.

Love the stealth inspired styling or hate it, you can’t help but to have near-blackout inducing amounts of fun driving one of these machines.

The 2012 CTS-V Wagon has a modest 6.2L supercharged V8 power plant. Wonderfully, Cadillac even offers it with a manual six speed transmission for about as much torque as I have ever experienced in a car. Just talking numbers, it has 556 horsepower and performance stats (0-60 in 4 seconds) that rival that of a BMW M5 (and for thousands of dollars less). Like I said earlier, like the angular styling or not, you can’t help but to want to drive this car — at least for a weekend.





The Great Outdoors | Yakima Ridge Runners

Aug 21st, 2011 | Categories: Americana, Autos, Video | by Michael Williams

The Yakima Ridge Runners off-road club was not afraid to have a good time driving-hard through the rugged lands of Washington State.

Filmed in the late 1940s or 1950s, these two amazing videos feature all kinds of fun with Willys CJs over all types of terrain. The films represent a look into life of another time — a free spirited American adventure. The old school clothing (which includes gratuitous amounts of khaki and wool plaid jackets), camping and of course off-roading is all incredible to see. In between the log jumping, river crossing and winching I noticed a few signs from Snoqualmie National Forest. Probably safe to say that the current stewards of our National Parks would frown upon this type of activity today.





SLS AMG FTW

Aug 18th, 2011 | Categories: ACL for DRIVEN, Autos | by Michael Williams

If you follow me on Twitter you might have had an idea of what I was up to when I said I was flying from NYC direct to Stuttgart. The gents at DRIVEN thought, for some odd reason, that I would be a good person to send to Germany for a two day mission centered on all things Mercedes-Benz. Coincidentally, this mission happened to include driving the SLS AMG (the famous Merc supercar) as fast as I possibly could around a massive airfield-turned-test-track in Malmsheim. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday. Read the whole story at DRIVEN.





As It Happened | J Class Regatta

Jul 7th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Autos, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern

While Michael was off gallivanting in Europe we headed down to Newport at the behest of Bentley to check out the J Class Regatta. Our whirlwind tour included a day on the water watching the yacht races, dinner and drinks at the historic Castle Hill Inn and some time behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental GT the next day. The sleek J Class yachts, ranging from 119 – 135 ft., were constructed between 1930 – 1937 to compete in the America’s Cup; this was the first competitive J Class regatta in the U.S. since the ’37 Cup, when Ranger (funded by Harold S. Vanderbilt) successfully defended the trophy against the British challenger Endeavour II.