Posts Tagged ‘cars’


Monday, June 21st, 2010

Busy and lazy. Busy renovating, lazy blogging and being sociable in general. But then I go through pictures and realize; I could do a lot worse.

Swedish Touring Car Championship, some weekends ago.


Summernights. With royal Charlotte-visits.

And then…back to reality.
Props to A. Bergek (and his Nikon D90) for photos.

Need For Speed

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Congrats to Volvo and Polestar Racing - winners of STCC 2009 at Mantorp Park, Linköping.

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It was windy.

Camaros showing off.

Volvo/Polestar mechanics. Race blood. Race kid.

Race dog.

Company car.

Cool Not Cool

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Honestly. Chinese and/or mandarin/cantonese speaking people out there, please explain one thing to me. What. Is. Up. With. The. Name? Geely??

On, Göteborgsposten, I read that Geely (I dont’ even want to say it out loud!) is placing a bid on Volvo. Fine, whatever. We’re all buying each other for some reason and cars will no longer have an original origin. But that’s another topic.

Geely. Just look at it. Say it out loud (if you dare). This is what comes to my mind with the word: Geeky, Eely, Eel, Gills, Eew and so forth. Not really anything nice. Anything…automobile. Anything…substantial. The combination of phonems are terrible. Period.

And what on EARTH does it mean? Such an intensely uncool and discouraging name MUST mean something powerful, awsome and forceful in Mandarin. Or Cantonese. No?

On the bright side, here are some car makers that popped up in my head. They know what a cool name is.

  • Ferrari
  • Maserati
  • Lamborghini
  • Ascari
  • Uhm. Are all of them ending on ‘i’ or is it just me?
  • Zonda (Pagani)
  • Ah, that’s better
  • Bugatti
  • Doh!
  • Porsche
  • Aston Martin
And on the dryer, more boring side side…(yet FAR from the Geely-league)
  • Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda boring boring boring
  • Hyundai
  • Opel
  • Volvo
  • Saab
  • Chevrolet
  • Ford
  • Skoda
  • Volkswagen
  • Dacia
  • Peugeot
  • Renault
  • Citroën
  • …and it might become a never ending list this one.
So what can we learn? If you want to get a good name for your car company, think pasta, pesto, spumante and aggressive Italians.

Fresh Air

Friday, July 17th, 2009

After repeatedly reading tributes on how great the GTI goes in corners and how much fun it is to take is out for a spin on snaky roads it was finally time. Unfortunately I kept ending up behind Sunday drivers and it was only when I left the small isles and was back on the mainland the GTI could stretch properly.

I’m still trying to wipe of that grin that inevitably takes your face hostage. It IS a wonderful little car. But why isn’t there a good Swedish word for hothatch? I refuse to refer to my car as a …kombi. No matter what Transportstyrelsen says in their registration papers.

Waiting FOR the ferry. A longer wait than the actual 3 minute ride ON the ferry. Lucky I have a good view.

Stopping for g…no, wait. No, I was right, it’s just another beautyshot with an abandoned gas station.

R8’s, Porsches & A Prince.

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

and then some! A day well spent in a comfortable 18C at STCC race on Falkenbergs Motorbana. This time WITH a fully charged and remembered camera battery as my companion. That’s why I finally managed to give you this day full of people, petrol, princes and Porsches. The full STCC album for your convenience.

Here the short version with comments.

Winner of the first finals in STCC. But I regret to inform you that I later discovered the error in this photo. Hint: the bubbly aint real bubbly. At all.

“No Chief Commander, we’re serious. We need a faster car in order to pursue the speeders and this sort of beats the Volvo. And we reckon fewer would mind getting a ticket from us in a Porsche.”

The Swedish prince himself in the Porsche race.

Nope. Not Formula 1. Formula Renault. Is that why everyone left at this point? I didn’t.

PM 10:49 - AM 12:10

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

My German tiger and its sister Scirocco (Sciroccos owner would probably say it’s the other way around) teamed up for a beauty shot in the after warmth of the sunset at Hinsholmen yesterday. It’s harder than you’d imagine to shoot cars in a flattering angle, the right light and a dramatic composition. Here’s the first try but by the look of it my first investment this month will be a gorillapod. Kissing the tarmac is the key.

Das Auto. Der Golf.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

I’m a happy kid in GTI heaven.

Some reading and test results for the (G)Tiger for those interested in The Car of The Year 2009:

…the Drama

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Mind, chassis and soul. To be continued.

The Key To…

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The past week has been exiting. To a degree where sleep felt unnecessary, food meaningless and life sparkling. All because of a key and what it unlocks.

To be continued…


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Göteborgs 32nd International Film Festival did not let my cultural needs down. It even added some other, more unexpected input to feed my inner child with a new addition to my eternal wishlist.

I’ll re-phrase:
I want a Ferrari.

Now how did this happen? I was just sitting there in the dark of the movie theater quietly watching a German movie about four men in their 50’s with various personal crisis from last-stage cancer to perfectly well functioning infidelity threatened by ultimatums. And then the beauty gently purred up on the driveway. After that I sort of forgot the story so I will refrain from writing a review on the movie (links to trailer).

Anyway, until I get my Ferrari I suppose I can practise here. Who’s up?