Commentary: Lessons From The Grosjean Crash in Bahrain

The Haas F1 car burst into flames. However, Grosjean climbed out of the car with seconds to spare. He was lucky. Or, as one of the medical staff that tended to Grosjean was quoted in Autosport that he was "lucky by being unlucky."

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 MINI Countryman

Fast forward to 2003 when BMW sorted out what they wanted to keep from its acquisition of Rover Cars. They loved how MINI changed the automotive universe back in 1959, so the Bavarians wanted to sow more lightning from the bottle. Well…they did.

Commentary: Black Friday…All Month Long!

Of course, we can repeat the statement about how strange this year had become thanks to an unwanted virus that have already taken the lives of over 250,000 Americans so far. This health crisis not only forced us to become creative about our stay-at-home Thanksgiving plans. It also altered our annual holiday shopping routines.

V&R Stories: A Thought For The Holidays…

I wrote this back in 1995 – twenty-five years ago – when I saw a crisis in a community I belonged to. It was a crisis of priorities – family, yes, but what if you said you welcome "all" and not welcome those who really have no where to go on a given family-oriented holiday? At the time, the response was nil. I have seen things evolve from this since I first wrote this. The spirit of this piece has evolved from community to culture – and I'm glad someone has taken the spirit of this piece to heart. Maybe several someones…

COVID-19 Update: Not Your Usual Thanksgiving This Year

The tradition of seeing our families and friends over Thanksgiving has been tinged with the pall of the COVID-19 pandemic. What was a traditionally lucrative set of days for the travel industry, with packed planes, trains, buses, highways, restaurants, hotels, and such has become an uncertainty.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2020 BMW 3-Series

The Bavarian purveyor of "the ultimate driving machine" have been on this site before. In some controlled settings, such as drive events put on by media groups or the company. That 20 minutes behind the wheel of a car with the Roundel badge can be the most stressful thing I have ever done that year. You get one small shot with a BMW – and the pressure is on to deliver something for the Bimmer fans and owners that read this website.

Commentary: The Culture of the Roundel

In the automotive world, one expects a certain level of excellence from the products made by the Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. The automobiles BMW produce delivers exactly what serious automotive enthusiasts want: Performance and handling without compromise. It is a reward for the driver who needs an instant dose of vehicular therapy to take on the road in his or her BMW by fulfilling motoring excellence at every corner.

My Favorite Vehicles From 1977

The year 1977 was a watershed moment in the automotive industry. The OPEC Oil Crisis was already over. However, the lessons learned from the crisis began to trickle down into the products North American automakers rolled out.