The Best Car for the Beach. A Casual Conversation

Rain wasn’t due for a few more months. Crops were drying up and a lonely Oklahoman farmer feared for the worst. Taking a deep breath he grimly turned his head to the sky. Suddenly, before he had a chance to beg the heavens for rain, the atmosphere turned black.


Torrential rain.

A grin slowly arches across the farmer’s face as he turns, squints, and walks back towards his house.

“There must be a CCC starting,” he happily mumbles under his breath.


Casual Car Conversation (CCC)

By: Mr. Power & Mr. Slide

We start these conversations with simple, yet thought provoking, questions. This week’s will be, “What is the best car you can take to the beach?”


Mr. Slide: Have you ever driven a dune buggy?

Mr. Power: Unfortunately, I have never driven one but they look like supreme beach vehicles. The styling, the swagger, the rawness, it epitomizes everything fun and exciting about going to the beach.

Mr. S: I’d agree. Besides dune buggies, what other cars make great beach vehicles? 

Mr. P: I think there are two different ways of answering this question. One could go whole hog and roll up with a Ford Raptor, or (in a more free spirited way) choose a Yamaha WR250R. Yes, the Yamaha is not a car — it is a motorcycle. Don’t let that fool you though; it has the all the tools to rival dune buggies. Beach parking can be precarious and unpredictable: the bike alleviates all stress however with its small frame and great functionality. As for the Raptor, this beast will have enough cargo space to pack all the boogie boards and beach chairs your heart desires. All while offering the best off-road capability money can buy.

Not a WR250R

Mr. S: If you’re going with the Ford Raptor and the Yamaha, I’d definitely pick the soft-top Toyota FJ40. Its classic style is fantastic and I love the back seats that face each other. Only thing is it might be tough to eat an ice cream and drive a stick (although I know it’s totally possible). Like the Raptor, it too does well on sand. Can’t beat it…. And, as long as we’re getting two choices, I’d snag the Yamaha as well.

Mr. P: Going to the beach is all about having fun, us car enthusiast find it hard to separate the beach from the car that got us there. The parameters for a great beach vehicle are; 4-wheel drive (or a dirt(ish)-bike), luggage space, and most importantly the smile it puts on your face when you drive it to the shore.

Mr. S: Well said, Mr. Power. However, as we all know, the sandy coastlines are ruled by one king — the dune buggy. Respect its reign and get behind the wheel of one.



How to Make Money Investing in Cars

By: Mr. Slide

You hear it all the time.

“Don’t buy that hunk of junk, it’s a terrible investment.”

“Cars make awful financial assets.”

“They immediately depreciate after you drive them off the lot!”

“They’re a waste of money!”


Wrong! Believe it or not, cars can make excellent financial investments — you just need to buy the right ones.

Yes, yes, yes, we all know that certain monsters like Ferrari, Bugatti, and Rolls Royce, always draw a big demand from greedy collectors. However, there are a slew of other vehicles that people (surprisingly) are willing to pay top dollar for. Understand the shared characteristics of these cars and you can become a savvy automotive investor.


What’s Hot Right Now?

First off, the car you’re looking to flip has to have a manual transmission. This is a must. Automatics are more expensive to maintain and collectors don’t have that same psychotic affection for them. Also, please…keep the mileage down. Automotive aficionados prefer pristine (garage baby) cars that haven’t really been meddled with.

Trendiness is another major factor to keep in mind. People often look for cars, or car styles, that define an era. They want a vehicle that will make them think, “Wow! I remember when I used to see those on the road all the time. Those were simpler (better) days.”

S.U.V. Super. Unique. Value.

As Mr. Power pointed out, folks today are obsessed with SUVs. As a result, there is a massive demand for the oldies. Take for instance the Ford Bronco: in the 1970s and 1980s these vehicles were everywhere. They cost $7,500 for the base two-door model in the 70’s, and now they’re selling for about $70,000[1]. That’s an 833% increase in value. If you want to figure in inflation: $7,500 in 1971 is $45K today, which is expensive, however the Bronco flipped in 2017 still brings in a 55% profit. That’s a pretty solid investment.

Seriously, if you have the cash, and don’t mind waiting, investing in cars can be a fantastic way to make some money. You just have to read what people like, buy one, and stuff it in your garage.

Hmmm…I wonder what kind of car could be the next Ford Bronco (hint, hint, Performance Hatchbacks, baby!)

Buy. Store. Sell.

That’s right; The Powerslide is back at it again hyping hot hatches. They are extremely popular on Europe’s narrow roads and ready to explode in America (if we can just get some more good ones). Most of the performance models, like the Honda Civic Type R, the Ford Focus RS, and the Volkswagen Golf R, already come standard with 6-speed manual gearboxes and distinctive looks.

They also have already garnered a tremendous demand from the younger generation. Kids today think they are cool and wish they could afford the marked up prices. However — they can’t ­— but perhaps you can. Buy a hot hatch now, throw it in the garage for 15 ~ 20 years, and boom. Retirement fund.

Ford Focus RS
A Ford Focus RS from


The same way you youthfully dreamed of the 1970’s Bronco is the same way today’s kids fantasize about hot hatchbacks. They have a strange aura about them. An aura you can capitalize on — they are generation defining.





A Brief Look Into The Future of Cars

By: Mr. Power

Up until this point the automotive industry has largely relied on dinosaurs to power their products. Now, as Climate Change becomes even more evident, we must listen to the polar bears and move towards a different energy source to power our beloved cars.


So, What are Our Options?

A hot Tesla from

Option 1: A Shock

Companies such as Tesla have revolutionized the electric car and it looks like it’s here to stay. Other car companies have tried to compete with Elon Musk by reveling their own versions of an all-electric car. These companies include; General Motors, Nissan, and BMW. Frankly, its fair to say that they don’t hold a candle to what Tesla offers.

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Option 2: A Mix

Hybrid powered cars (which contain both gas and electric powered motors), represent the midway point. They harmonically blend technological improvements all while keeping the oil companies happy. They are terrific for now but still rely on the dinosaur juice to get going.

This is water….

Option 3: Something Wildly Different

After electric and hybrid, we begin to get funky with the hydrogen-powered car. Honda is the first major automotive company to venture down this road, and their troubles have highlighted the tasks complexity. Although hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth, it’s easier to extract gold from Fort Knox then to get un-bonded hydrogen.

The great thing about hydrogen though is that it is not at all harmful to the environment. This is because it only disposes water vapor through its tailpipe (or something along those lines).

After weighing these options, and meeting with the polar bears, I’m personally of the opinion that electric power is the best way to go. So next time you scoff at the Solar Panel loving, Telsa driving, Crunchy Granola Dentist, think about how he has chosen to save us all and values polar bears lives.

36,000hp Semi Truck

By: Mr. Slide

Exotic vehicles can be broken down into three categories; ones that you have to drive to appreciate, ones that you have to ride passenger in to appreciate, and ones that you just have to watch to appreciate. The 36,000hp Shockwave definitely falls into the last category.


Combining the power of three U.S. Navy jet engines (each producing 12,000hp) allows this rig to hit 376mph and clear a quarter mile in just six-and-a-half seconds. I know, sounds bananas, but it’s true.



The Shockwave is also one of the wildest looking vehicles ever produced — think RC car with a rocket attached (like from Toy Story) only scaled up by a million. It has double smokestacks that spit out demonic black clouds, an absurd flame throwing tailpipe, and military grade parachutes for “brakes.” It seriously sounds like a rocket ship and resembles a bullet train whizzing by (except it’s 125mph faster). However, it’s just a Chevy…from 1957. Bananas.


Neal Darnell, the brave man who drives Shockwave, claims that he experiences 6G of positive force while accelerating and then negative 9G of force when the parachute brakes eject. That’s more than what astronauts experience during liftoff. In fact, most people pass out at 9Gs of force because blood struggles to reach the brain[1].


So there you have it, one of the craziest vehicles ever made — the Shockwave. You wouldn’t want to drive it, you wouldn’t want to ride in it, but you would definitely want to see it.



[1] Baily, Zoe. “Is the Sun Pulling the Planets Closer to It? | Space Facts – Astronomy, the Solar System & Outer Space | All About Space Magazine.” Space Facts Astronomy the Solar System Outer Space All About Space Magazine, Space Answers,
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Watson, Leon. “One Lorry You Won’t Get Stuck behind: Introducing the 400mph Shockwave, the World’s Fastest Truck That Can Outrun a Japanese Bullet Train.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 17 Feb. 2014,
Toy Story images from: (Left)

The DEATH of the Minivan

By: Mr. Power

The year is 1997, highways are infested with Mini vans. Silver ones, blue ones, or the worst of all — gold ones. All car enthusiast can admit these were dark times for the auto industry. Suburban America was obsessed with Ford Windstars, Dodge Grand Caravans, and the historically disturbing Mazda MPV. Good cars, however they focused too much on practicality and not enough on speed.

The Mazda MPV from

Longevity = Finding the Balance

Flash forward 20 years and the American automotive scene is at another crossroad. Highways are once again plagued with large variants of motor vehicles — except now they’re called SUVs. With subclasses ranging from crossovers to the more extreme 4×4 style, SUVs offer more ground clearance compared to other types of cars. They are also very practical and extremely well rounded. However, their added height leads to pitiful handling dynamics and horrendous fuel economy (comparatively speaking). Also all midlevel SUVs feel the exact same behind the wheel (if you can feel the difference in driving dynamics between the Honda CRV and the Toyota Rav4 you deserve an award). These cars suffer from chronic boredom and they don’t have to! SUV drivers are extremely fun and deserve more than dreary styling, lackluster engine performance, and mundane handling!


I understand that these cars provide more room than other variants of automobiles — thus making for great people carriers. However, there is a great SUV competitor that commonly gets overlooked…The Station-Wagon.

New Volvo V90 Cross Country Driving
Volvo V90 Cross Country from

Wagon Up!

These cars handle better, pack more than enough room, and provide better fuel economy. One of the best manufactures in the station-wagon game is Volvo. Recently healed from its abusive relationship with Ford, most Volvos are being made right here in America (and China). Other manufacturing plants include Sweden — where these cars are more popular than Michael Jordan in the 90’s.


Seriously, look at the all-new V90 cross-country. Volvo has integrated sleek Swedish design with a fruity punch of American ingenuity. Delicious. This car offers all the off-road capabilities anyone would need, a world-renowned all-wheel drive system, and the comfiest seats in the automotive world. So next time you’re looking at getting a new car, don’t just go straight for the SUVs, try a wagon (preferably a Volvo because the Swedish know how to do it best). You’ve driven an SUV — now try something different.

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How To Never Forget Where you Parked

By: Mr. Slide

Everybody can relate to that annoying feeling of forgetting where their car is parked. You step outside the mall after a long day of tedious errand running and boom…it’s like looking at a colony[1] of penguins bunched up on an iceberg. The sun’s harsh rays add to your mall induced delirium, combining for an evil hex that forces you to exclaim, “Drat, where did I park?”


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Obviously, you’re a prideful person, the last thing you want to do is hit the alarm button on your fancy new key fob. That’s essentially the automotive equivalent of having the clerk at the store’s courtesy booth use the all-call to flag down your kid. How could you be so irresponsible? Are you an idiot? It’s your car for gosh sakes, you parked it! Yet in your moment of panic, hands full of groceries, and patience thin, you press that button faster than a ship’s captain lights up a flair.




…oh right, yeah………..haha….sorry…


Then — after raising the white flag — you invoke the power of hearing to help locate the lost chariot. Finally, moments later, you find your grey car…right in-between the other grey one and the silver one. Ha.




Super Solution


“There must be a better way to find my parked car!” you think to yourself as you carefully exit, avoiding other drivers hunting the massive penguin colony. Well, it turns out — there is! The folks over at Find My Car Smarter have released an app that utilizes Bluetooth Smart Technology in order to eliminate the need to hit the shameful alarm button. You simply plug your phone into the cigarette lighter (if you still have one of those suckers); open the app and it will use the GPS to mark where you park. Then, upon exiting the mall, you open your phone and easily navigate the crowded colony. Simple as pie!


……Okay, frankly we can’t necessarily say to buy the app, and honestly it would be way better if everybody just bought cooler cars. You would never forget where you parked because your car would stand out to you. “Ah! There is my nitrous blue Ford Focus RS! I recognize it because I love it, take pride in it, and enjoy driving it!” That’s what you would say. You wouldn’t even need that alarm. The app is fantastic and really helps if you’re in a bind, however buying an unmistakable, unforgettable, car is truly the best option.

Ford Focus RS
A Ford Focus RS from


[1] Also known as a waddle

The Scalpel of Track cars: 2018 Porsche GT3

By: Mr. Power

The 991.2 Porsche GT3, a.k.a. the car that no automotive journalist can hate. Honestly, Porsche has created a car that has ZERO flaws. Seriously; none, zippo, nada. What’s not to love about the 4.0 liter flat six that can punch out roughly 500hp?


An Elite Runner


Image from Car and Driver


Fitted with either the lightning fast PDK transmission, or the more involved six-speed manual, this car can stretch its legs all the way up to 9,000rpm. One would think that the doctors who drive these cars would struggle to control its power. However, Porsche has honed in is rear-wheel steer system that now makes even pizza delivery drivers look clinically clean while hitting racing lines. Porsche has developed this car to be a track ace and (amazingly) hasn’t damaged the GT3 sports car feel.


Less Fear. More Fun.


Image from HD Wallpapers


There is nothing scary about this vehicle. The ABS doesn’t flash every time you stab the throttle, nor are you met with unyielding over-steer in the bends. The GT3 is confidence inspiring, and it dares its drivers to absolutely mash the throttle.


The lucky few that can afford this car (and the even luckier who can get their hands on one) will be graced with automotive bliss. Starting at $144,650 the lucky owners of the Porsche GT3 will be able to enjoy there own little slice of driving bliss. Not many car brands can match Porsche’s sport car heritage while delivering true track reliability.

Mr. Power’s overall grade: 10/10

Where do Your Loyalties Lie? A Casual Conversation

“What was that flash?!”

Two astronauts hovering around in the International Space Station hopelessly stare out the window as a large flash of light transcends from North America. “Was that a meteor that just struck the US?” one terrified astronaut asks the other.

“no…” a third voice whispers from the shadows. “That was the start of a CCC.”


Casual Car Conversation (CCC)

By: Mr. Power & Mr. Slide

We start these conversations with simple, yet thought provoking, questions. This week’s will be, “What side of the fence are you on in the great turbo vs. natural aspiration debate?”



Mr. Slide: Do people really love naturally aspirated engines? Or are they a dinosaurs’ technology that folks are too afraid to stray from?


Mr. Power: I think naturally aspirated engines evoke a certain emotion when inside a super-exotic or beefy muscle car. These types of engines bring three things to the table; better acoustics, linear power delivery, and in some cases easier general maintenance. That being said, in this day in age, people should not be shy about purchasing a turbo charged car. They provide more usable power and better fuel economy.


Mr. S: That’s true, can’t beat the sweet, bellowing, sound of a juicy V8 motoring up though.


Mr. P: Turbo charged cars bring a lot to the table when they are done right. Just look at the Mercedes AMG division. Leave it to the Germans to maintain the boisterous roots of the V8 while delivering even more power. I like the idea of turbo charged cars because they put an emphasis on efficiency, while again, adding more flare and usable power.


Mr. S: One thing about turbos though is that they are EXPENSIVE to fix and you’d need a second mortgage to replace one. I too enjoy their sparkle, but wonder if turbos are in the cards for all car companies. It would be blasphemous for say Mazda to make a turbo charged Miata in-house. A lot of cars just fit natural aspiration.


Mr. P: This is very true. However show me a mainstream car manufacture that doesn’t produce a turbo! The way I look at is that turbos have actually come to save superb naturally aspirated cars — like the Miatas and Audi R8s. Cars that emphasize true driving pleasure will always serve as an oasis for their consumers. They will only become more special and unique as more turbos hit the streets.


Mr. S: The turbocharger, another great piece of engineering stolen from the racing world and adopted into ours.

e-Pedal to the Metal

By: Mr. Power

Self-driving cars are fidget spinners for automakers. All the popular kids are addicted to electric vehicles with autonomous driving technology. At first they were made fun of for their ugly, underpowered, Prius and Smart Fortwo. Then a new student showed up and proved that the power of electricity could accelerate a car from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Tesla caught the eye of all the big dogs and soon everybody wanted to mimic it.


Companies looked at Elon Musk’s baby and simply tried to copy its 100% electric engine. This is like taking a fire truck and painting it to look like a police cruiser. Yeah it’s got the lights and sirens already but it’s not going to drive like the dogs. They failed to examine what makes a Tesla great — its technology.


Until now…


After years of failed electric cars, Nissan has finally teased us with the new 2018 Volt. Set to release on September 6th, it will have the same powertrain as the 2017 model: 107hp, 187lb-ft of torque. However, the famous front-wheel drive Leaf will now come with a choice of batteries ranging between 40 kWh and 60kWh. That’s up big from last year’s standard 30kWh pack.


“wow…those aren’t Tesla specs at all.”


Photo from The Cool Gadgets


YOU’RE RIGHT! The phenomenal thing about this new Leaf is that will adopt a fancy piece of ‘Tesla-like’ technology — the e-Pedal. Granted the name needs some work but this innovative pedal is issuing in a new style of driving for the common citizen. Simply push a switch on the car’s drive selector and the gas pedal becomes all one needs for 90% of their driving.


One Planet, One Pedal




Teslas are able to anticipate the road ahead and come to a stop, but the e-Pedal can take over the role of the brake. The driver removes their foot from the gas and the car immediately begins to decelerate until it comes to a complete stop. This makes me wonder, “don’t most cars begin to decelerate when the accelerator is released?” They do, but not at the rate of the Nissan Leaf. The e-Pedal’s braking is so powerful it will even stop the car on a hill.


I think this mode would be perfect for city driving, the injured, and the ditsy. Good job, Nissan. Thank you for taking a swing at new technology.

You talkin’ to Me? Why Change the Taxi?

By: Mr. Slide

Think about this: you’ve just landed in an exotic city for the first time. You don’t know anything about the town and you’re itching for some sizzling entertainment. Who’s the first person you ask for fun suggestions? That’s right — the taxi driver at the airport[1].

The cabbie will break off into a 45min rant about the best spots in town before dropping you off at your hotel. Five seconds after exiting the vehicle you immediately realize you forgot all the hot spots he mentioned (along with your passport, wallet, phone, and suitcase) in the taxi.


It’s a vacation tradition!



Yellow Cab3

Well, not anymore actually. The automotive company Continental has designed a fancy new (autonomous) taxi replacement. It’s known as the CUbE and it’s absolutely WILD looking.

The CUbE’s perfectly rectangular shape gives it a toolbox-on-wheels kind of swagger. Continental claims that the CUbE’s figure allows the inside to be comfier than a taxicab…c’mon, the inside of a chicken coop is comfier than a taxicab.


Regardless, the main selling point with the CUbE is that it will cut down traffic. Continental claims that the autonomous taxi will be more efficient because it can carry a lot of people, thereby fostering an environment of ride splitting.

Flip the CUbE

Wait, wait, wait…a taxi replacement? Leave the taxis alone; they’ve been through enough with the ride-sharing app fad. Plus, I think the CUbE would be the perfect bus replacement. Imagine that, send the CUbE to the gym for a few months and BOOM — efficient autonomous mass-transportation. The taxis aren’t the biggest threats on the roads…it’s the buses. They’re too big, unattractive, and volatile, replace them with the CUbE and create happier roads for all. Keep the vacation tradition alive.

[1] Or, if your under the age of 40, the Uber driver at the airport (same deal)