Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes driving in Rome, why we want wagons, hatches and utes, the Jaaaaag XJS and more.
I wrote that I am getting a bit bored one-off hyper/supercars under this post and got some responses along the lines of "what???" But, really I am. Egoista, Koeniggggseggg thing, Chinese supercarthing. To me they're all about posing rather than driving.
This is The Opposite Locker where we try and sort out the cool from the square. You are free to discuss your point of view of the cars, on the board and up to bat, within the comments with an optional use of the "Anna Kendrick Test." This is a discussion system detailing how cool a car is, not how fast, fun, or frivolous it may be, but how well it looks in the cat's pajamas.
I've just returned from a short trip to Rome and found the car culture and the way they treat cars and driving fascinating. Most Rome roads are cobbled and are mercifully free from roadworks, which London seems to perpetually suffer from. Rome's roads are also free from cameras, hatched junctions, yellow lines, red routes, bus stops and infernally complicated roundabouts and junctions. Traffic lights are only put in when absolutely necessary and, from what I could see, drivers can park almost anywhere.
Okay, so my dad and I are planning a road trip from Nashville, TN, to Colorado for the first week in July. Hit up a Rockies game, drive up Pikes Peak, see the mountains, all that good stuff. I imagine the plan will be to either take my Porsche 944 on the journey, or I'll drive the 944 and my dad ride his Suzuki V-Strom. In the event we both chicken out, we'll take my Ford Focus. But... The idea of taking a full bore GT car half way across the country is enticing. And one of my favorite GTs of all time is the Jaguar XJS.
Mr. Kriendler from TTAC made the following statement yesterday on the Twitterverse- "If wagons, Utes etc were commonplace here, we'd just be like the Europeans and fetishize trucks and SUVs". I responded that the statement is probably true but at least we would be able to buy them. Then he followed up with- "But...people only think they're cool because they're not sold here. If they were, you'd ignore them. That was my point."
A couple weeks ago, I took a little bit of flak for saying that Monaco wasn’t enjoyable compared to the Indy 500 that takes place on the same weekend. However, Monaco this year was actually enjoyable because of a few key drivers, and the same drivers have created entertainment out of the last few races as well.
Pretty good turnout. And i was very surprised that with all the stereotypical cars around, it was very tame. The only questionable thing that happened was at some point nearly 40 cars had their alarms going off. Kinda funny actually.
As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.
There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion over the the last day. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below:
- How Do You Describe Car Sounds to a Deaf Person?
- NPoCP.ph: For P300,000/$7,140, own a Group A monster
Just the #tips
- Honda Australia Accord Ad Takes a Swipe at Supercar Owners
- Don't get in this Russian taxi
- Sell the car? No way, man. MOVE.
These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock: