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David Traver Adolphus

You may very well be walking around in pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants, Billy Joel-style, thinking you are the bee’s knees. Other people, however, may be walking around wondering if there’s a Miami Vice musical casting call nearby. more

Aug 23, 2017 11:32 AM Air Bag

For any driver at any time, bad things can happen. Branches and poles just fall down sometimes, animals run out of nowhere, and motorcycles going 90 appear before you can react. Ordinary situations can escalate in seconds and sometimes there’s ... more

Jul 26, 2017 11:12 AM Air Bag

“Ha ha ha,” you’re thinking. “What’s this idiot going on about now? Mirrors?” A childish question, but not one a child might ask, because children aren’t interested in the minutiae of adult life and if yours are, you probably have other things to ... more

Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM Air Bag

“Success breeds excellence” is what I’m sure a management consultant once said before chortling along home with five Gs for their day’s work. What actually happens is success usually breeds laziness and the desire for a profit spiral that ... more

May 24, 2017 11:13 AM Air Bag

No matter how nimble and lean the automotive industry becomes, however many Silicon Valley practices it adopts or innovative business leaders are hired, it will always be slowed down by the basic fact that it actually makes things. more

Apr 26, 2017 11:56 AM Air Bag

Any mulyak with a phone can stick a car on Craigslist (actual text from a current ad: “Something on paint. If u scrub it seems like it may come off but I don’t have the time or energy”) or ask for $48,000 for a 2001 Suburban (“motor was replace 2 ... more

Mar 22, 2017 11:31 AM Air Bag

Even if you have no opinion of or interest in old cars, you’ve probably had some pop culture exposure (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang/Grease/Jay Leno/Fast and the Furious/Patrick Dempsey/Wiz Khalifa), depending on your tastes and/or generation ... more

Feb 22, 2017 11:06 AM Air Bag

It’s been a confusing weather year so far. Is it going to be icemaggedon or tornadoes and record rain and warmth? Why not alternate both! I bet you’re hatethanking me now for those snow tires I convinced you to get for the 1.6 days a year you ... more

Jan 26, 2017 10:42 AM Air Bag

There’s a story about the 1985 Saab 9000. Together with Fiat, Saab developed a modern front-wheel drive platform to be used across brands including Lancia (Thema) and Alfa Romeo (164), the Type 4. The idea was that these weak companies ... more

Dec 21, 2016 11:19 AM Air Bag

The changing seasons bring with them many problems. Many of these are well known and easily dealt with (watch out for drunk drivers on New Years’; it gets cold so wear warmer clothing). Some of the ones that can really ruin your day, however ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Air Bag

Winter weather is more than just snow, although I don’t think anyone would be surprised by anything this year. As far as your car is concerned, temperatures below 40° are winter, and by Monday, Nov. 7th, the average low is 43, dropping to 40 ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Air Bag

Ford, and Morgan. It’s an unlikely pair: the conservative, patriarchal American ur-manufacturer and the family of English handcrafters. What is the secret that has allowed these car companies to be the only ones that have gone through most ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Air Bag

In the April AirBag I talked about my love for road trips and a half-baked scheme to find the literal end of the road, which it turns out is in Quebec about 1,552 miles north of Chattanooga in a straight line (2,141 miles by road, each way) ... more

Aug 24, 2016 2:44 PM Air Bag

Wolf Blitzer: Good evening America, and welcome to CNN’s 2016 Presidential Town Hall Meeting here at the Dora, Alabama, Town Hall. I’d like to thank Dora Mayor Robert “Robbie” Busby and the City Council for hosting this event. more

Jul 28, 2016 10:46 AM Air Bag

Nothing was settled in the early days of the car: Three wheels or four? How would you steer—a ship’s tiller? Which side would you drive on? Would you sit side by side, or facing each other, like a carriage? All of those answers ... more

Jul 13, 2016 10:07 AM Cover Story

In the old car world from which I come, there have been two great bubbles over the last few decades. The first, in the Eighties, was for Ferraris, some of which as much as quadrupled in value in less than 10 years and then, from about 1988-1991 ... more

Jun 22, 2016 11:49 AM Air Bag

As I wrote about back in February, I had a huge flood at my office and my entire reference library was destroyed—literally thousands of books and magazines, along with the other stuff a person accumulates ... more

May 25, 2016 2:17 PM Air Bag

As with many of my writing-about-cars peers, I’m an inveterate road tripper. I drag my family along back roads to everywhere, including taking the kids to school in the morning and when there’s an excuse to go somewhere, I take it. more

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM Air Bag

There are two ways you can think about car ownership. You can...not think about it, like you don’t think about any other appliance, until it breaks or otherwise doesn’t meet your needs. It’s never going to make you happy ... more

Mar 23, 2016 10:45 AM Air Bag

About 15 years ago, I quit (OK, was fired) from a retail job and decided that with nothing to lose, it was time to see if I could make a go of it writing about cars. Amazingly, it turned out I could. It also turned out that ... more

Feb 24, 2016 11:27 AM Air Bag

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