February 14, 2009

Radisson 2009: tour du nord 2009


Google Maps

Flicker Set; example; DuctTape.

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June 2, 2007

Autoblog relaunch

Autolog has cleaned up its design, and keeps posting
about twice an hour.

Notable: Relaunch and companion Autoblog Green lusts after
the new MINI Cooper D.

Previously: Autoblog enjoyed the MINI back in 2004, too.

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February 27, 2007

Labrador Pictures

MINI Arctic drive 2007: Labrador.


More pictures:
NHRef, CZMini.


February 21, 2007

Nain, Labrador sees the MINIs

Nain reports CBC’s Tony Dawson had some video of the cars
zooming and zipping around Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The clips were shown on Here & Now.

January 6, 2007

BMW 335i, 328ix, but no 335ix ?

Comment on the joy of all wheel drive.

October 19, 2006

MINI Arctic Expedition 2007

MINI Arctic Expedition 2007 planning.

  • Fundy / Gaspe Loop
  • Maritimes / PEI / Gaspe / Quebec City
  • Labrador + Quebec City
  • Return to Newfoundland


  • 2006 Exotic drive NY/NJ
  • Tri State 48HRS
  • 2006 Newfoundland
  • 2005 Radison, Quebec

  • June 9, 2006

    Matte black on Autoblogging Friday

    Matte black looks great on the new Honda Civic Type-R.
    Analysis. Would look good on a new Bangled 5er or
    Lexus IS, too, with their superflouos stealth
    fighter curves.

    Update 2006 Nov:

    As show-stopping designs go, none proved more popular
    with the paparazzi than a black 575-horsepower Mercedes
    -Benz CLS55. This wicked witch was built by a noted
    customizer, Matthew Figliola of Ai Design in Tuckahoe, N.Y.
    The car’s buffed matte black paint looked like burnished
    steel. Why did it work?

    Because of the “flop”, said Mr. Foose, who is also host of a
    customizing show, “Overhaulin’,” on the Learning Channel.
    The flop is the break in light and dark shading across a vehicle’s
    character lines.

    “When you bring in a matte color, it may have a really beautiful
    flop to it,” Mr. Foose explained. “You know, a light side and a dark
    side, and your eye can focus on that surface. With all the polished
    and reflected surfaces around it, it gives a quality texture.”

    Mr. Foose uses matte or flat black surfaces to relieve the
    “Christmas ball effect” that he says can overwhelm some of
    today’s more extreme designs.

    “When you have a full-polished surface, all you are looking at
    are reflections,” he said. “When you open the hood of a car, and
    you look at the beautiful reflective body forms, you are going
    down to a chrome surface on the engine, and you’re looking
    at a color right next to it that is all polished. It starts looking
    like a Christmas ball next to another Christmas ball next to
    another one.”

    The danger of dull black finishes, Mr. Foose said, is that when
    they are poorly executed “it doesn’t convey quality.”

    “It’s kind of like, ‘O.K., we didn’t have enough money to finish
    this car, so we just matte-finished it.’ ”

    -- SEMA 2006.

    Would like to see an orange

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    May 12, 2006


    STL BMW CCA aka STL BMW Club gave a great technical event: Gateway Tech.

    March 22, 2006

    NoNo saga in customer service

    The saga of NoNo's MINI Cooper and MINIUSA customer service's
    highs and lows.

    mini2: *, nemini: **

    March 21, 2006

    Viking Trail, Newfoundland

    Viking Trail in northwestern Newfoundland:

    MINI_Viking Trail

    From the MINI Unofficial owner's manual:


    January 3, 2006

    White Roof Radio

    White Roof Radio
    Car Talk for the MINI Cooper.

    #14: Targa Newfoundland
    #13: iPods and cockfights.


    #9: with Randy Webb
    #5: Mod for mud: rubber mats.
    But you don't need rubber mats in So Cal.
    It rains on cement, no mud.

    November 13, 2004


    Autoblog's Mini Cooper.

    October 9, 2004

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