Chicago Drive: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide

The Aston Martin Rapide is an uncompromising four-door sports car. Price as Tested: $199,500   Aston Martin is known for super sports cars, most notably the DB series cars that have been featured in James Bond movies. The first car, a DB5, appeared in the 1964 film Goldfinger, and the more recent Aston Martin DBS scorched... Read more »

Chicago Drive: Audi R8 V10

It doesn’t get much better than spending a week with a 2010 Audi R8 V10. “A girl to drive,a car to love, the music rocks me down the motorway.”   One of my favorite bands, The Scorpions, penned those lyrics in 1979 for a song called Lovedrive. On Friday, July 2, I took delivery of... Read more »

My Baby Arrives, Now What Exactly Did I Get?

My 400 block came from a 1970 full-size Pontiac and the code 48 heads were from a 1969 Firebird 350HO or Ram Air III. Instead of driving with a friend to get my new collector car or flying out to retrieve it, I opted for the delivery service the previous owner had recommended. It cost me... Read more »

How I Bought a Collector Car

The 1968 Pontiac Firebird I had waited a lifetime to buy. It was an eBay find, and I did just about everything wrong when buying it. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted a vintage Pontiac. After all, my mom’s daily driver when I was a kid was a 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV,... Read more »

Chicago Drive: 2010 Infiniti G37 convertible. A tailgater's dilemma.

The retracting hardtop of the 2010 Infiniti G37 convertible renders the trunk almost useless, but it can carry cargo with a little creative thinking. Price as tested: $52,465 Baseball’s opening day signals the unofficial beginning of spring. However, in the Midwest it is traditionally a miserable day with temperatures in the mid 40s and rain... Read more »

Ford's Parts Counter Race Car

Ford Racing is resurrecting the Boss 302 name as the 2010 Boss 302R, a ready-made race car available at Ford dealer parts counters. Ford hasn’t been shy to bring back legendary special editions of the Mustang. We’ve seen plenty of Bullitts, Shelbys, Mach 1s, etc. Now Ford is resurrecting the vaunted Boss 302 name, but... Read more »

First Drive: 2011 Jaguar XJ

The 2011 Jaguar XJ has plenty of road presence, thanks to the attractive corporate face, a coupe-like profile, and a tall, commanding rear end. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Versailles, France, to drive the 2011 Jaguar XJ. Sporting the first all-new styling theme since its debut in 1968, the new XJ represents... Read more »

2010 Chicago Auto Show Slideshow

The auto industry’s traveling roadshow of cars, trucks, SUVs and concepts is here in Chicago…now. From Feb. 12 to 21, Chicagoans can get a look at the latest the auto industry has to offer. This is your chance to touch, feel and sit in the vehicles that might be on your shopping list. Or, if... Read more »

Chicago Drive: 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Want a cool wagon? Check out the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Price as Tested: $55,630 Can a station wagon be cool? The conventional wisdom says no. But the the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon bucks that convention with sharp looks, ready power, fine handling and a luxurious interior. In my humble opinion, the Cadillac CTS... Read more »

2010 Detroit Auto Show slideshow

It’s no secret: 2009 was not a good year for the auto industry. After selling 13.3 million cars and light trucks here in the U.S. in 2008, that number dropped to 10.3 million in 2009. As the automakers hope for an economic turnaround that can boost their sales, they must also create excitement about their... Read more »