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Video, Video, y Mas Video

Okay, maybe only two videos.  Not a lot to report in my off road racing world.  We are still looking for a 2 seater class 10, 12, or 1600.  Chassis and suspension only is okay.  Shoot me an email if you know of anything.

A few weeks ago I got to test the 2012 Beetle for Roadfly.  The good volks at VW have completely redesigned it:  no more flower vase, no more doinky little tail lights.  It’s much more butch now and tho the turbo takes a second to spool up, once it does the car is a lot of fun.  The full review should be up on Roadfly in a few weeks.

Photo by Andrew Albosta.  He’s kinda good.

 

I’ve had some good cars since I got back from Santa Cruz in August.  The Mustang Boss 302, Audi A6, VW Beetle, and 2012 Jaguar XK Convertible.  I’m hoping to get the new Miata soon and the 2012 Challenger, which I heard will be offered in convertible but no confirmation on that just yet.  A convertible Challenger just might make me change my devotion to 2 seater RWD convertibles.  Might.  Speaking of RWD convertibles, the last autocross of the season was on my birthday, October 23rd.  I ran in the novice class, which means I’m competing against a bunch of different cars, the only thing we have in common is that we are in our first year of competition.  There were M3s, M5s, a Neon, 335i, GTI, among others…a fairly big cross section.  I got a PAX time of 41.889 and first place was 37.608 in a (I’m not making this up…it’s what the results sheet says) 2011 Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Black Bat Man.  I have no idea what car it actually was.  But I ran with the C Stock people, which were 2 RX-8s, a 350Z, and a Miata.  Compared with those guys I was 3.5 seconds out of first.  At any rate, here’s video of my best run, with an actual time of 50.288.

And just for fun, I got all Roadfly on our baja bug while out at the Powder Puff.  I didn’t have all the fancy Roadfly equipment, and I recruited my mom’s friend Jane to be my camera gal, but I still think it turned out pretty well.  For the in-car segment, that’s my mom riding shotgun.  That was her first time in the car with me and she only shrieked once!

Things for Gazelles are slowly moving forward.  Michele has been working on getting us classified as a non-profit and I’ve been busy brainstorming possible sponsors.  I will definitely talk to the Moroccan embassy here in DC.  I’m here…I might as well use all the resources I got.


Roadfly Posts 400th Car Review

Roadfly’s first car review was for the 2005 Audi A4, so it was only fitting that our 400th review be an Audi as well: the 2012 A6.  Check out my review below.  It’s over 7 minutes long because we wanted to spend some well deserved time in the interior.  It’s a tech geek’s dream come true!

 

I just got back from the  2012 Subaru Impreza launch.  It was my first press trip for Roadfly so I was a little nervous, but had a great time!  We started in NYC with a presentation about the car, including every. single. piece of tech information you could ever want.  Driving impressions are embargoed until Monday October 3rd, but I can tell you that it’s been totally redesigned to be a bit more angular and they’ve really focused on making the Impreza fuel efficient.  In fact, it gets the best mileage of any AWD car available here in the US.  The car will come in 4 or 5 door models. I’m in love with the hatch, but I got the sedan for my test drive.

I’ve got my first radio interview coming up this Sunday, October 2nd on SOCAL Off Road Radio on KCBQ 1170AM at 7pm PST.  Michele and I, along with Team Courage badass Heather Berger will be chatting with host Dave Stall about Gazelles, next week’s Powder Puff, the Team Courage brand, and our general awesominity.  You can listen live online at www.kcbq.com.

Speaking of Powder Puff, time has run out to donate via my Indie GoGo page,  but we raised almost $2000 for  Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center.  It’s not too late to donate, though.  You can go here and donate directly to Cedars-Sinai.

And if you’re in the San Diego area, take a look at my previous post about our fundraiser at Hooters on Monday, October 3rd.

 


Driving for the Dingo

I leave tomorrow evening for VORRA’s inaugural Master Pull USA500 in Reno, Nevada.  We’ll have a day of media, tech and contingency, and I’ll even sneak in a Roadfly review!  Local Motors will be there with their Rally Fighter and if all goes well I’ll get some face time with their Chief Sales Officer and get to drive it around a bit.

I’ll be co-driving or driving about 120 miles total of the 500 mile course for Desert Dingo Racing.  Jim has been an awesome mentor in PR and social media for me.  I’m going to pay him back by showing him how to drive!

 

To be honest, I’m glad the Dingo is ahead in points for the season.  It takes a little bit of pressure off.  We will have six (!) drivers on this race and I want to kick ass.  Just not *too* much ass.  Class 11 is a much slower class than I am used to, and a big challenge for me, besides the usual stay focused mantra, will be to remember that I’m not in a class 5 unlimited.  This race will be slower and rougher than anything I’ve done so far.  Well…almost anything ;)

 

You can follow along if you’re so inclined on the Twitter.  I’m @MMMotorsports and I’ll be using the hashtag #USA500.  I’ll post pics and video as much as I can.

And if you’ve ever wanted to see me in a dress driving what can only be described as one of the oddest production vehicles on the road these days….

 


Funny Hat and Silly Accent

The folks at Roadflydug up some older footage of me testing the 2011 Range Rover out in the mud.  It just proves that I am the textbook example of dork.  An entertaining dork, but dork nonetheless.  Enjoy!


Test Driving the Tesla

Who has two thumbs and got to drive a Tesla around town for two and a half days?  THIS GAL!  This Roadfly reviewing gig is working out quite well.  I’ve been able to drive some boring cars, some expensive cars, some middle of the road cars, but this is the first sexy car I got to drive, and oh what a ride it was.

 

For the uninitiated, the Tesla Roadster 2.5 Sport is an all electric supercar.  It will rocket you, and I do mean rocket you, from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.  And they gave it to ME to drive!   I tried not to think about the $159,150 price tag as I drove around DC.  Instead, I concentrated on the 273 lb/ft of instant torque.  You step on the accelerator and she takes off.  Quick merges are a thing of the past.  Snaking in and out of traffic is a breeze, and beating that Porsche off the line and through the 9th Street tunnel?  Easy.


Photo by Andrew Albosta

It’s highly impractical.  You get 245 miles to a charge, depending on driving style.  I got 175 or so.  If you have a high speed charging station you can get a full charge in 3.5 hours, otherwise charging via 220v, like your dryer outlet, will take about 8 hours.  You can also charge using any old wall socket, but you’ll only get 5 miles of driving for every hour of charging.  The top takes a while to take on and off, there is little cargo space, it practically writes its own speeding tickets, the cup holder is useless, and if I had the money I would have bought my test car that day.

Photo by Andrew Albosta

At the end of Day 2, after having driven around town until 11:30pm, I had a heart to heart with the Tesla.  I told her I loved her, which is funny because A) I’m not gay and B) I really meant it.  I haven’t said those words in a really long time, but it seemed to be the most natural thing to say at that moment.  I love the Tesla.  It is genius.  It is beautiful.  It is the future.

In other news, my interview with Gearbox Magazine was published today.   There are some great pictures and I talk about my experiences off roading in baja and beyond.

Also, the autocross times from last weekend came out.  Due to my multiple DNFs,  I was dead last.  All I can say is, “I’m the best at being the worst!”