Tuesday
Feb252014

Test Drive: 2014 Porsche Cayman S

The Cayman sports car has been a huge hit for Porsche and has established itself alongside the 911 as one of the best sports cars in the world. With a pedigree that goes back to legendary cars like the 550 Spyder, the mid-engine Cayman has become a favorite model of the track-day crowd, but most of them will cover a lot more miles in everyday driving than in laps on a track. The Cayman S may be at its best on twisty roads or at the track, but a week spent driving one revealed how well-rounded and versatile this car really is.

First, let’s take a look at the numbers. The Cayman S is powered by a zesty 3.4-liter flat six that produces 325hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Vented and drilled rotors are clamped by 4-piston monobloc calipers on all four corners, and a lightweight spring-strut suspension setup with front and rear stabilizers takes care of the handling duties. Performance is brisk, with 60mph coming up in just a tick over 4.5 seconds. The base price is $63,800 (standard Cayman is $52,600), but the price can go up considerably if you start adding some options. Our test car was fitted with a long list of options that brought the total price to $91,620, which is more than seven grand above the price of a base model 911. Some of those options (like the $6,520 Infotainment Package with Burmester surround sound), are best left off if your ultimate goal is pure performance, but others (like the PDK transmission and Porsche Torque Vectoring) are much more enticing.

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Monday
Feb032014

For the benefit of Mr. Kite There will be a show tonight on trampoline 

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The Hendersons will all be there Late of Pablo Fanque’s Fair, what a scene

With 10 days past, I’ve begun to formulate my own thoughts about this year’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. I’ve seen the opinions of others, and of course I’m aware of the actual race results. But with all due respect to the winners, for me, the competition… at least for this year, wasn’t the story. And… in all honesty, I’m not sure the story was really a story at all. If there’s any story, then it’s more in the form of a “to be continued….” and the cliff hanger was all but missing.

For me, the story left  me feeling suspended in limbo. Sure, the story had a plot, but I’m not convinced it thickened. It had characters, but I’m not sure they were fully developed. And the climax… well, it never happened for me.

Yes, there was an event… there was a race… it was attended by all the usual suspects with the unique scenario thrust upon us by the “merging” of the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Racing. All the parts were there. But not unlike most Super Bowls, the product didn’t meet the hype.

To be fair, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I understand that. I know we need to be patient. But how patient? How long? When are we going to know where this is all going? For me, there were more questions than answers.

The one question I do feel that was answered is one that leaves me very uncomfortable. There used be a joke in Detroit when Chrysler “merged” with Mercedes. It was “How do you pronounce, Damlier-Chrylser?” “The Chrysler is silent.”

Well… how do you pronounce “TUSCC?” “TSK” … in other words, the United is silent.

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Friday
Jan312014

Rolex 24 Video Highlights...