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David Traver Adolphus

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

You may not have thought about it, but “the car” has been disappearing. Buyers, particularly people with young families, prefer small SUVs and crossovers. A lot. And crossovers aren’t cars. A car...well, you know what a car is. more »

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Air Bag

We can look around us anywhere, on any day, and literally see the effects cars have had on, well, everything. The existence of suburbs, paved roads, shopping malls, chestnut blight and rural electrification are related... more »

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Air Bag

In a recent debate with Pulse managing editor Gary Poole, he claimed someone said they never washed their car because it “wastes resources.” Gary said he kept his car washed because it “improves your gas mileage ... more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:25 PM Air Bag

Whether we realize it or not, we’ve been benefiting from Dieselgate for years. When the modern TDi engine was introduced, VW took a loss on each one they sold—that was a $7,000 engine. more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Air Bag

In this third and final installment of “The Cheapskate’s Guide to New Cars,” it’s time for the vehicles you hate to love: Minivans. If you’ve playing along at home, you’ll remember this isn’t about quality, but quantity ... more »

Sep 23, 2015 12:46 PM Air Bag

Last month I took a look at some quality sedans on which you should be able to get a great deal this fall. The key is that right now, dealership lots are really filling up with 2016 models—but there are still plenty of unsold ’15s. more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Air Bag

Cheap cars are kind of a hobby of mine. I want to see people get into the right vehicle and not get shafted in the process. There are many existing online tools to help you, like TrueCar pricing, Consumer Reports dealer invoices ... more »

Jul 29, 2015 4:55 PM Air Bag

This year I have dedicated too much of “Airbag” to complaining about cars. That’s wrong, because I love cars. So as promised, this month is going to be about what many car nerds, like me, consider the single greatest car of the 20th century. more »

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM Air Bag

I was recently reading Car and Driver’s 1969 road test of the Fiat 850 sedan, because that’s what I do in my free time. The 850 was was supposed to compete with imported economy cars, especially the Beetle, which, if not fast ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM Air Bag

Nothing can obscure the math: Even if you can afford a new car, you shouldn't buy one, at least not from a financial standpoint. more »

Apr 22, 2015 4:16 PM Air Bag

As it is spring, when as far as I’m concerned everyone’s thoughts should be turning to cars, it seemed like a good time to look at some that are more affordable, actually on-sale, and potentially even practical enough ... more »

Apr 1, 2015 5:21 PM Cover Story

These may have been the greatest three months ever for supercars. Why, and what does it mean to you? Sometime around the middle of February I lost track of this year’s supercars. more »

Mar 26, 2015 10:33 AM Air Bag

When I bought a new car last fall, I went in with a plan. And while there are some details to my plan, it can be summed up in one sentence: Buy an unpopular car at the right time. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:57 PM Air Bag