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An Irish Reformation

Friday, August 31st, 2012

In my most recent trip abroad, I had the opportunity to tour Ireland and Scotland, a trip that shall live long in the memory, but which was marred driving, and in a car that was far too poorly made for the rough roads of the island of St. Patrick. Throughout Ireland, I drove the Peugeot 5008, and experience I would sooner forget, and one that I described here:

So poor was my experience with the roads of Ireland that I have created a Top 10 list for road improvements for the country. It is list of priorities for the government, if you will.

1)   Better signage – Need to know which road I’m on and how far away the next town is and wherever else the road will take me. Markers to denote each kilometer or mile would also be of great use. (more…)

NOT reviewed: Porsche 911

Monday, August 27th, 2012
Porsche 991

Porsche 991

I had hoped to be delivering a much overdue review of the new 2013 Porsche. Unfortunately, when I went into Porsche of North Scottsdale, the salesperson was far more interested in making a sale and dealing with other customers than he was handing me the keys for a test drive. Nice of him to make me feel like a teenager.


How I ended up at the chiropractor: The Peugeot 5008

Sunday, August 26th, 2012
The Peugeot 5008 in Ireland

Ah, Ireland!

The French do many things well. Most of them go without saying, and include wine, food, and fashion, but also lesser-known things such as architectural engineering and aerospace. On the opposite end, there are a number of things that the French do poorly, including war, sanitation, and worst of all, automobiles. Of all the countries I have visited in my 31+ years of life, it does seem to me that the one country most hostile toward the automobile is France.

Weekend entertainment: a visit to Jay Kay’s garage…

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay has some impressive toys. Known to Top Gear enthusiasts as the former Board-Topper (twice), Britain’s Fifth Gear took a tour of the superstar’s garage and play land, which includes everything from a Segway to a Rolls-Royces to any number of Go-Karts…

Video of his first appearance on Top Gear:

Video of Jay Kay’s 2nd record breaker:

Also, check out his review of the Lamborghini Miura on Top Gear:

MINI: Like walking down memory lane (in the pitch black darkness)

Monday, November 9th, 2009
Radar Love...

Radar Love...

Haley’s comet has passed overhead again, or so it would seem, because my mother just had me arrange a new car for her. To preface this article it is worth mentioning that my mother suffers from what I like to call “look-aholism”. That is, she sees a car on the road that she likes and then she mulls it over repeatedly, until finally, something catastrophic happens with her current car and she is induced into buying a new one.

She started this trend with the Chrysler LeBaron convertible, by no means a looker, but nearly as gnarly as compared to today’s Sebring. It was a 1989 model, and before you ask, it was not the Maserati-produced version with the goofy removable hard top. It was the run-of-the-mill LE model with white exterior with maroon interior. I hated that car. Oh sure, it was a bit of fun to drive, but to sit as a passenger, especially in the back, where I inevitably got placed, was a painful experience. Exposed to the cool summer elements in the wild west of Nebraska, my senses were assaulted by the noisy, cold, and face-distorting speed produced by that 4-cylinder turbo racing down dirt roads at 80 miles per hour. So now you know the answer to the question: why not the Mazda Miata? Because my mother likes to torture her children in the back seat (a feature distinctly lacking in the Miata).


Test Drive: 2007 BMW 335i Coupé

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

2007 BMW 335i Coupé in Blue Metallic

At Beyond The KM, we are constantly inundated with letters from readers asking about car buying advice. One such letter read:

“Dear BTKM,

I want a car that costs $41,575, comes from Europe, and breaks my neck as I accelerate. Which car should I buy?”

Another recent letter read:

“Dear BTKM,

I need to spend at least $41,575 on a German car with two doors, an engine, and those great flappy gearbox paddles! Which car do you recommend?”

If you are one of those two readers, boy have we got the car for you. Welcome the 2007 BMW 335i Coupé. (more…)