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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Montreal’s Worst Roads

Photo by Kate Tompkins
I’m not sure whether our roads are worst in the spring, when the freeze and thaw cycle has made old potholes bigger and created new ones, or right now when the potholes are hidden by the snow and slush filling them. Either way, they’re bad. The Canadian Automobile Association does an annual survey of the worst roads in Canada, with the hope of giving those in charge a push to do something about them.

You can find a list of the worst roads in Quebec, listed by region, HERE. I’m pasting their list of the worst roads in Montreal below. Judging by the names, they’re ignoring those of us in the ‘burbs, but some of ours are pretty bad, too.

1              Boulevard Gouin Est
2              Rue Notre-Dame Est
3              Rue Sherbrooke Est
4              Avenue Papineau
5              Rue Saint-Zotique Est

How about it, guys? Do you agree, or do you regularly drive one that’s even worse?


Thursday, November 24, 2016

First World Car Problems

Photo - prnewswire.com
Ever had one of those days when you’re already running late when you get behind the wheel, only to find out you’re nearly out of fuel, and will need to make a pit-stop on the way to work? What if your car could order gas for you, so you never ran out of fuel again?

That’s not something in the distant future, it’s happening right now in San Francisco. But there’s a catch. You have to own a Bentley. Bentley Motors has partnered with Filld, a gas delivery service, to make it possible. Participating Bentleys notify the service when they have less than a quarter tank, and the service then tracks down the car (it doesn’t have to be in its garage) and fills it.

Filld hopes to expand the automated fuel order to other manufacturers. In the meantime, drivers of lesser cars in California can use the Filld ap (Android and iOS) to have gas delivered to their car.




SOURCE Filld

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Goodwood Revival in Style

I woke up to our first snow of the year yesterday, so naturally I spent some time online looking at cruises and exotic vacations. And did I find a winner! Check out this offering from Road Scholar: London to NewYork: Classic Cars & the Goodwood Revival.

This 20 day vacation (September 3 to 22, 2017) starts in England, where you get to tour the Morgan Car Factory, Castle Donington at Silverstone, and the Jaguar Car Factory, followed by three days at the Goodwood Revival, a tour of the Brooklands Motor Museum, and more. Finally you sail to New York aboard the Queen Mary II, which should make the trip more appealing for those with non-car fan spouses.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Steven Tyler to Sell His Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for Charity

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy
winner Steven Tyler to sell an extremely rare Hennessey
Venom GT Spyder to benefit Janie’s Fund at Barrett-Jackson’s
46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in January 2017
(Photo: Business Wire)
You can always count on Barrett-Jackson to have a seriously collectible vehicle at their auctions, and the 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction next January is no exception. Up for grabs, at no reserve, is rock star Steven Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, one of only 12 Venom GTs built to date and the first convertible Venom. The entire hammer price is going to Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charity for abused girls.

Have to admit, my first reaction was “a Hennessey what?” and “is that related to the Dodge Viper?” which shows I’m not up on my supercars. The press release describes it as:

“the convertible version of the record-setting Venom GT that recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center in 2014. This specific vehicle belonging to Tyler is the first of the six Spyder convertibles produced. The 7.0-liter V8 engine produces 1,244 horsepower that muscles the 2,743-pound convertible from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-200 mph in 14.5 seconds. This car also has a custom JL Audio stereo system befitting a rock and roll superstar.”

So I checked out Hennessey’s page and found that it’s based on a heavily modified Lotus Exige chassis, and yes, it is street legal. They also have far better photos than the one that came with the press release.

If you’d like to bid on the car, or anything else on the auction, you can start the process at http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home. If you’d like to order your own Venom, or just want more details on it, check out the Hennessey Performance Engineering web page.

If you want to know more about Janie’s Fund, the charity named after the 1989 Aerosmith song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” check out the web page.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Another Formula Race for Montreal

Got a recent press release from the City of Montreal that they’ll be hosting a formula electric race next summer, and not just any race but the FIA Formula E Championship. The eprix Montréal Race is slated for July 29 and 30, 2017.

No real details yet, other than the course location, which I’m quoting directly from the press release:

“The urban race course will be set up around the installations at Société Radio-Canada, one of the event's collaborators. The race will start in an eastbound direction along boulevard René-Lévesque, between rue Panet and rue Plessis, will include 14 curves over 2.75 km, and at specific points along the course, drivers will reach top speeds of 265 km/h.”

Could be interesting and certainly a chance to get a look at some serious electric cars.



SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Buy Your Own Austin Museum

SOURCE Campen Auktioner
A Danish museum devoted to Austin cars is currently at auction online (auction ends November 8). The museum contains 47 Austin vehicles plus memorabilia, and is to be sold as one lot. For a look at the collection and more information on the auction, check out the YouTube video below. I don’t know if it will still be up after the auction, but auction house Campen Auktioner’s YouTube channel has other videos of interest as well.



SOURCE Campen Auktioner

Decarie Motors Celebrates 70th Anniversary with New Showroom for Bentley and Aston Martin Vehicles

New state-of-the-art Bentley and Aston Martin Montreal
Showroom (CNW Group/Decarie Motors)

Good news for lovers of British luxury cars in Eastern Canada. Decarie Motors, at 8225 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, will be opening their new showroom, a 46,000 square foot expansion, this week. The press reveal with VIP guests will be November 2 (tomorrow night), and will show off the Bentley Bentayga SUV and the new Aston Martin DB11.

New state-of-the-art Bentley and Aston Martin
 Montreal Showroom (CNW Group/Decarie Motors)
No, I won’t be there—writing this blog hardly qualifies me as press—but the press release did have photos which I’m happy to share.



SOURCE Decarie Motors