Posts Tagged: Miata

2012 List: Every car I drove this year

Continuing my douchey humblebrag list of cars I’ve driven in the past year, here is my list for 2012. Same disclaimer applies: some I drove for ten minutes, some for a week.

Up until just two-and-a-half years ago, the most powerful car I had ever driven had 315 horsepower (BMW M Coupe). Thanks to greater opportunities, and ever-soaring horsepower figures in this crazy age we live in, that number has been topped countless times in some unexpected ways. To put it in perspective, 9 out of the 11 Ford models in this list have 365hp of more. Continue reading…

Just the beginning: Experiments in Light Painting

Lightpainting is a process where you take a long exposure image at night, and selectively illuminate what you want to show up with conventional lights (not flashes). So instead of a strobe, you can use a flashlight, and whatever you don’t hit [paint] with the light will stay dark. You have to go somewhere that’s pitch black, because the long exposures (15 seconds or more) will amplify any ambient light in the background or reflect on the car. Finding somewhere completely dark isn’t easy when you live in a city of sprawl such as Houston, Texas.  Continue reading…

Guest Post: Dave Russell on why turbocharging isn’t always a great idea

I can remember being a kid and thinking, “why doesn’t every car have a turbo?” Now, as an adult with a few years of HPDE experience under my belt, my motto has changed to “NA all the way” – let me clarify.

This discussion pertains specifically to road courses and track driving in general. Also, there’s a big difference between cars that come forced-inducted from the factory, and the world of aftermarket turbos and superchargers — I’m only talking about aftermarket applications. Continue reading…

Best of 2011: ‘The List’

It’s been an amazing 2011. Because of some amazing opportunities I’ve had through CultureMap, the Texas Auto Writers Association and a few very generous friends, I’ve been able to drive a huge variety of different cars this year. Some for ten minutes, some for a week. Here is the list of (more or less, I may have missed a few) every car I’ve driven in 2011:  Continue reading…

An Instagram account of a Cresson Track Weekend

This weekend I drove at MSR Cresson (3.1) with The Drivers Edge and had an unbelievable time as usual. Many of my friends know I’ve become fixated on the iPhone photo app Instagram, not because I think it’s a serious photo taking tool, but because it’s fun. And actually, in exactly the same spirit of analog lomography, cross processing and using aged rolls of film, you get unexpected results and some happy accidents. I plan to post other content from this event but these are images taken with my iPhone as I wandered around the paddock.

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