I had the opportunity to see one at an event in Toronto last summer. What a ridiculous machine. Though I think that I hyped up the idea of Pagani so much in my mind that it was a bit like the whole 'never meet your heroes' thing and it didn't quite live up to my fantasy. But I think that probably says more about me… » 5/20/14 4:40pm 5/20/14 4:40pm

Simulation: The New Reality

The car is dead. That is to say feeling, purity, and raw connection have been traded for technology. With technology comes a certain disconnect, a certain digitalization that the industry has forced us to embrace. Sometimes this is for the better, but oftentimes it leaves more traditional drivers longing for an… » 5/18/14 6:26pm 5/18/14 6:26pm

Porsche Panamera: Big, Brutish, And Beautiful

Our parents lied to us. From a young age they attempted to indoctrinate us with the idea that beauty exists only within and that book covers are untrustworthy fiends. And then we grew up and realized that we live in a superficial, shallow, surface-level, judgmental world and perhaps the only thing that our culture is… » 1/14/14 3:02pm 1/14/14 3:02pm

An Enquiry Concerning The Porsche 911

Anniversaries are obsessive events. They are met with contemplation, debate, and sometimes celebration. The 50th anniversary of the 911 is met with all of this and, for me, a weekend with a 2013 Carrera S 'Bronze Edition'. This combination of events creates an ideal opportunity to explore the philosophy behind the… » 9/17/13 10:06am 9/17/13 10:06am

My Martini Does 185

History. Heritage. Nostalgia. Such terms can be found on the pages of glossy marketing brochures or ostentatiously blaring from the podium at Barrett-Jackson. Yet when it comes to the driving experience are these terms relevant? With an opportunity to drive a unique 2007 Porsche Carrera S, I attempted to find out. » 7/12/13 9:54am 7/12/13 9:54am

Driverless Cars: Should We Worry?

Sometimes it helps to zoom out and view the bigger picture. If the manual vs. paddles debate is a mere scuffle, driverless cars represent global holy war for driving enthusiasts. If self-driving cars become commonplace will drivers be staring into the same abyss as their carriage-pulling forebears? » 5/07/13 12:42pm 5/07/13 12:42pm

A Glimpse Of Driving Nirvana

I have a recurring dream in which I am inexplicably granted access to some form of exotic machinery. I can recall dreams where my slumbering mind is graced by a 360 Modena, a Diablo, or in one instance, an XJ220. Apart from the indication that I apparently have some 90's era automobile fetish, there is a similarity… » 4/23/13 11:44am 4/23/13 11:44am

A Driver's Manifesto: In Defence Of Manual

A spectre is haunting the automotive universe - it is the spectre of the paddle-shifted gearbox. All the powers of the industry have entered into an alliance to bring the downfall of the traditional manual transmission. It is our duty, as drivers, to halt the destruction of true driving enjoyment and to rise against… » 4/15/13 11:10am 4/15/13 11:10am

How McLaren Inspires And Seduces

Sometimes going out on a limb can lead to rejection, disappointment, or even embarrassment. Other times it can land you in the driver’s seat of a 600 horsepower super car. Luckily for me, reaching out to the owner of Pfaff Automotive here in Toronto produced the latter result. » 3/28/13 11:28pm 3/28/13 11:28pm