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My passion is also my business, as I am with the Toronto based Hav-A-Kar Auto Group. I sell or lease any make of car, van or truck available in Canada. My interest in all things "car" has helped me with my many clients in Ontario over the past 20+ years. Please give me the opportunity to assist you.

Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27: Those lucky cops!

We've all seen this dreaded view in our rearview at sometime over the years. Hard to do anything but pull over and give the officer a, "What me?" look. But what if you decided to give him a "go"? What if you decided that, the high powered motor under your hood and that race tuned suspension, you are so proud of, would have no competition from that cruiser? You could easily make a clean get away. Right? Maybe, just maybe. But take a look at what some police departments around the world have in store for you.........

Sure, you knew I'd show the Dubai police cars, since I've shown them before. Just think of any exotic supercar, even the electric BMW i8, and you'll find it in green and white livery, being driven by this desert kingdom's police. But what happens when their oil money runs out?

Other police agencies have decided that, they need something a little special, but don't have the big bucks of Dubai. Cities like Tokyo.........



..........which has recently added three Nissan 370Z's to their fleet. Sure, they say that they are PR cars, but who are they kidding? You don't think that, these speedsters won't find their way to the nearest expressway to haul over the local speed jockeys' rides? Think again, friendo.

Or how about the Aussies? They must have bedlam on their highways, based on the rolling stock that they are using to overhaul their scofflaws. Something about their Mad Max future? Lucky is the copper to be behind the wheel of what the New South Wales police recently took delivery of........


A nice practical wagon from Audi. Smart move, except this one is the RS4, which any car person knows is
the ne plus ultra of the A4 line. Pretty slick and very fast. You'd think that this RS would be enough, but that's obviously not the case, when you see what else has joined their fleet.......



At the top is a Lexus, but you know that it's not just any old Lexus, this is the kinda powerful RC-F. Terrorize those Aussie roads and you'll see it in your rearview. Now, you think that your ride is possibly a bit quicker than that RC-F? Ok, point taken, so the NSW police can haul out their new Falcon XR8 Sprint. With just a titch under 500 hp, this one will hunt you down like a starving cat after a fat mouse.

Europe has always been the home of the fast exotics and the autobahn in Germany gives those lucky citizens a chance to really exercise their powerful rides. But, not everyone who drives the autobahn is 100% responsible, so the local police might need to pull them over for a brief educational chat..........


......but, you have to catch them first. What's better than this Audi? With the power under that rear spoiler, even those wickedly fast 911's, would give trying to make a run for it, a second or third thought.

Now in North America these days, having anything but the standard bread and butter sedans is unusual. The reason? Even those plain Jane police sedans are packing big power, making the days of the manufacturers offering police package Camaros and Mustangs, but a memory. Yet, as always there are exceptions to the rule, like this Challenger being used by a sheriff's department in south Florida........


.........or in Texas, where the highway patrol has this killer SRT version.........


But, in this case, this super hot Challenger was donated by NFL star, Mario Williams. Nice gesture, eh?Maybe Sidney Crosby might want to consider buying something interesting for his local police in Nova Scotia?

No police package on the Camaro, but the New Jersey state police felt they needed one, at least for evaluation.......


Mustang? Couldn't find anything over here, but of course, our friends in Dubai have that covered as well......


......with this Shelby to go along with their hotted up Camaro. Hey, based on what they are paying for the big iron in their fleet, these cars cost chump change. Cheap and quick.

Lucky cops? You bet, if you are the one with the keys to one of these wild rides. Thinking of speeding? Ok, so be ready to suffer the consequences, but in the cases above, don't even think for a moment of making a run for it. But maybe you should, just to make the copper's day.

Until next time.......



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24: Those strange ads

Print ads for cars and accessories. Getting folks limited attention and getting it quickly is the name of the game, or at least it used to be, so that is why all the ads I'm featuring today are not quite current (not by a longshot).

Some poor shmo named "Tiny" has his Porsche for sale and wants to get your attention.........

Think about it. Is he trying to sell this to someone who is considering penis enhancement therapy, or otherwise, or is he just stating the obvious for someone looking to get into a lightly used German sportscar? Either way, he gets our attention in a kind of unusual way (I wonder if he sold his Porsche?)

Honesty in advertising? Daihatsu sure nailed it in this ad for their minivan, you know the kind that sells well in most countries, not including Canada or the USA. Great ad, but honestly, does this poor guy think that this van would pick up anything, other than a bunch of kids going to soccer practice and possibly their moms?


Delusional? Of course, but feel his pain, since even Tiny or Joe's Porsche is going to be too expensive for this guy. A fella can dream!

And talking about dreaming.........


......this ad for an early '50's Henry J is just plain laughable. Don't know this car? Not surprised. This was a plain Jane, cheap (in every way) car introduced to a car crazy American public at a time, when they weren't looking for a smaller car, or at least a cheap smaller car. The first ones didn't even have an opening trunk. Sears tried selling an almost identical version, called the Allstate. But a sports car? Not a chance and everyone knew it. So this ad is a complete joke. Get people's attention and then let them down.

And this ad is almost as laughable, although we didn't know it at the time.........


Ford shows all those costly collector cars and hints that their upcoming Pinto might be in the same category. Well, as you know, it wasn't. Better to have said, "Have a blast in your new Pinto!", if you get my meaning. And unfortunately, it would have been the honest to goodness truth.

Another Ford ad, meant to test the bond of a good marriage? Not necessarily, but it got your attention, right?


Maybe, she should swap places with the poor under achiever in the Daihatsu van?

Now let's go way, way back..........


Who wouldn't want a car that could take you to church on Sunday and then plow the fields on Monday? Just add the handy Pullford and sell your pesky hay eaters. Now, considering that the car in this add, was only a few hundred dollars, the Pullford was very costly. Maybe, it would have been better to keep your old horse after all?

And saving the best (at least in my opinion) for next to last.........


What a clever accessory(?). Use your car's exhaust to clean the upholstery and at the same time, leave the lasting smell of exhaust fumes in your car's interior. Wrong in so many ways. But what the heck did they know back in the '20's and '30's? They probably knew that, there was a sucker born every minute.

Remember this one?


A classic. Simple, to the point, humorous. Almost as funny as the underestimating of their diesel's emissions, but it got readers's attention immediately and in this case, probably held it, as this is something they would talk about around the water cooler.

Try to find ads these days that, strain credibility or are at the very least funny. Tough to do, but when and if you do, please let me know.

Until next time........


Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19: Ford's pride and joy is Canadian!


Beautiful car. Fast (200+ mph), gorgeous (just look at it), expensive ($400K) and Canadian. This is Ford's new pride and joy, the GT. Built to raise Ford's sporting cred on the street and also on the track. A place where the original GT40 of the mid '60's distinguished itself by winning at LeMans and making it an all GT40 podium in 1966. Not bad for an upstart.


Now just called the "GT", this one will be out shortly and will be available to a select few. How select? You have to submit your resume to Ford. Well, not quite, but you have to prove to Ford that, you will be a worthy owner, so a little begging would be a nice touch. Buying it to drive it, not to store it, until the price goes even higher. Shame on you for even thinking about doing such a thing.

But what is really cool is this.........


Just a building, you say? Absolutely correct, but behind these walls in a suburb of Toronto, lies the sole assembly line for the impressive GT. Ever hear of Multimatic? Probably not, unless you are a car person, then you'll know that they have been racing Fords for years, as well as supplying production parts to many of the big car manufacturers. Multimatic has plants in the US, Europe and Asia. And most people have never heard of them.

Did you know that they were the brains behind the very exclusive Aston Martin One 77?


The entire One 77 production was exactly seventy seven (77). Exclusive, but all one needed was over $1m and a friend at Aston Martin. Multimatic also raced an Aston for a while throughout North America.






























And the Canadian driver, who drove the Multimatic Aston Martin, also did much of the on track testing for the new GT. That driver is a LeMans winner, as well as a series champion, where he and his co-driver race a Mustang GT350 (of which he also did developmental work for Ford). Who is this lucky guy?


The one on the right in this pic, taken at Daytona, USA, is Scott Maxwell. Obviously very talented and equally obvious, very well respected. My brush with greatness? He works out at the same university gym in Toronto that I do. Before you ask, no I can't get you a new GT thru Scott. I know him well enough to congratulate him on his latest win or to ask him how the testing is going (he's now sorting out the GT's street version).



So, back to Multimatic. A company not really well know among the general public, and one in Canada to boot, will be tasked with building Ford's long anticipated supercar. This says a lot about the company. Kind of funny, though that an iconic American car, will be built in the Toronto area. So this......... 


......will become this.........


......practically in my backyard. And, it also will have been set up to race and drive by one of my workout buddies. 

We, as Canadians, are always looking for things that say, "Hey, look at us! Look at what we've done or at what we can do." Must be something about living in the shadow of the big, ol' United States of America (kind of like I feel about my older brother and me).

Congratulations, Multimatic and to Scott. Way to go, Canucks!

Until next time......





Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17: Cuba, here they come!

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that you should stay away from Cuba, now that the Americans can visit. Nope, I'm just saying that before those huge crowds of US tourists start landing in the fall, you should try to visit this very interesting island. Nothing wrong with those folks who live south of our Canadian border (well, maybe those crazy gun laws, but that's another story), but curiosity about this formerly forbidden destination has peaked interest to a very high level. And this fall, it is predicted that, there will be over one hundred flights per day landing from the US.


The draw? Maybe the aspect of it being a time capsule right next door. Although many people understand, there are still thousands upon thousands, who think that the Cuban roads are filled with pristine American rolling stock from 1960 and back. Boy, are they in for a surprise.

This old Olds and the Buick below it, are much more typical of what they will find, rather than a hero car typical of their local cruise night........

Not to say there aren't a few cars that, somehow have survived the ravages of the past fifty plus years of no access to a local NAPA Auto Parts store, but they are rarer than American tourists over the past years........



Cuban ingenuity and Russian car/truck parts have kept these old hulks of American iron in passable running condition. Cars that, in the US would have been consigned to the wreckers long ago. No surprise to find a Lada motor in an old Chevy........


Or a good set of truck rims and tires to carry your baby to its destination, a few cautious feet at a time..........


Or maybe just a mishmash of parts from a variety of cars, put together to resemble something, but not quite what it started out as........


Oh yes, I believe there will be more than a few disappointed car aficionados, landing in Cuba for the very first time. Those with dreams of finding a great old classic and having it shipped home to the envy of their neighbours or other car buddies. Think again, muchachos, as this is the reality check..........


  ........locals using their self taught abilities to give the family's early '50's Cadillac another few years (days? weeks? months?) of service. Or taking the motor out of an old Lada to put in one of these even older heaps......


And speaking of convertibles, there are probably more now than when Kennedy pulled the plug on car shipments to this tropical isle. Tourist dollars beckoned, so off came the tops of more than a few Cuban Chevies, Fords or whatever. Add a few strategic metal braces and rake in the bucks from driving those Canadians and Europeans around in your old piece of nostalgia. Gives new meaning to shake, rattle and roll.

I remember seeing an old English Ford (late '50's Consul) and knowing what it was, but still the body was just a little off. Closer examination revealed that every square inch had been redone with body filler. The lines were basically the same, but not quite. Hey, at least it still ran.

So by all means visit Cuba, but try to get there before the island becomes packed with Americanos. Enjoy the people, the history, the scenery and those old cars, but be quick about it.........

 

.......since your time is very quickly running out.

Until next time.......



Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13: Just not your day?

 Sometimes it's just not your day. No matter what you had hoped for, it was just not going to happen. For example to illustrate this oh, so clearly, we have this obviously well off dude, standing by his pride and joy. Something gets his attention, like maybe another car falling from the sky? Now, really, who would have thought that, this guy would have anything to worry about on any other day. I can understand a piano falling out of the sky, heck, I've seen it in many cartoons, but another car? Obviously, not his day.

Why would I bring this up today? No reason, except that if you check your calendar, you'll see that this is the rare and usually nerve wracking........


Now, do you see the connection? What else might go wrong for us folks happily behind the wheel of our rides on this trepidatious day?

Enjoying sightseeing in the mountains on a beautiful summer's day, when out of nowhere the mountain you are passing by, decides to collapse. How inconvenient, since you are running late for lunch and you are oh, so hungry.


Sure, you didn't go down the hillside with those rocks, but small consolation. Friday the 13th?

Or the classic boat launch fiasco, when, a bit distracted (on your cell phone?), you drive into the water, instead of backing in with your boat. I'm sure that this happens all time with the inexperienced boater, but the date was Friday the 13th. Go figure.


And who hasn't experienced the embarrassment of driving one's car onto the railway tracks?


Easy to do, particularly when the signs aren't quite as clear as they should be. Thank goodness the 4:15 from Berlin is running late. Friday the 13th, again?

Ever come across a tank on the road and be a tad concerned that, he may not have noticed you in his rearview? Friday the 13th, yet again?


And by the way, I always give tanks a wide birth on our city streets and highways. What's the point of saying, "I'm sorry.", when the whole front of your car is under his tread?

And of course, there is the classic car full of poorly sealed paint cans........


Again, who hasn't made these short trips, thinking no one is going to run into me or me into them. Shortsightedness on the worrisome Friday the 13th? Hard to ignore the obvious.

You try to do your best to be prepared for nature's worse........


. You've been smart and lifted your wipers off of the windshield, so they won't freeze onto the glass. Did it help? Nope, but you still shoulder the blame, since it happened on Friday the 13th.

Disgusted? You bet, after all, there were no warning signs and while texting, it's dam hard to keep an eye on the road. Some sort of warning would have been nice. Inattentiveness? Maybe, but since it was Friday the 13th, I think I know where the blame lies.


And wouldn't you just feel a touch sheepish, if out for a Friday jaunt with your buds in your "to die for" exotics, you got involved in this predicament? Of course you would, but there's that date again, Friday the 13th. Consider yourself an innocent victim of the calendar.


Friday the 13th? Think positive and you'll have nothing to worry about, since the cop coming up behind you probably only wants to say, "Hello." Just another friendly gesture on an all too unfriendly day.......


Everything will turn out for the best, just enjoy the moment........


Until next time.........