Stories written by Charles Darveight
Personal motto: Pedal to the metal.
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Mercedes SLS AMG 5 doors. We need it!
Just try picturing the most beautiful car in the whole wide world. A five meter long SLS AMG with four seats, decent storage space of around 350-400L, 4 functional doors and two children on the back seats, delighted by the amazing sound coming out of the engine that became a classic on the day it was mounted on the v... Continue Reading →
Supercars - Luxury Escorts of the Auto Industry
Supercar owner? You probably think you’ve got the best car in the whole world. You might have a Ferrari 458 that makes you feel like a million dollars. But did you ever get behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Gallardo? Or, why not, the Lamborghini Aventador, or even the… Ferrari FF? Not to mention Mc... Continue Reading →
The future is bright, the future is... Orange
2044 AD. Nürburgring. Sunny with a hint of smog, but hey, this is a technologically developed society, so that’s rather normal. A bored pelican goes about his morning exercise routine on an artificial tree’s branch installed courtesy of the German state. Trees, mind you, are now merely a relic of a l... Continue Reading →
The Grind. The German Side
The Faroe Islands. 2011. The Grind. Just like every year, beaches are flooded with blood as the pilot whale hunt ensues in the towns “chosen” as grounds for slaughtering the poor mammals. At least 1,000 pilot whales are killed annually for the sake of a tradition that somehow managed to break through the... Continue Reading →
Life at Nurburgring
Between two helpings of bratwurst and a pint of “pure” beer, Hans and Otto admire the Nurburgring racing track from up high: proud and vast, a veritable bitumen serpent, undulating beautifully in the natural, German Sun’s light. Everything around here is natural, perfect and shipshape. Even t... Continue Reading →
France! Liberté, égalité and a whole lot of communism
I never was what you would call a “fan” of the French. They’re simply annoying. They’ve got this unbelievable tendency of being backwards compared to the rest of the world, they’re lead by a president whose ego is further augmented by his short stature-derived insecurity, they keep inven... Continue Reading →
We’re going to the US. EU sucks.
I wonder... how prepared the guys over in the US are to take in a wave of immigrants of about... 500 million people by 2050? I’m already considering it, after reading the new projects fleshed out by the old buggers standing on piles of cash (Euros, no less) from the European Parliament. Specifically, by 2050... Continue Reading →
Start stop technology. The oil crisis. Geneva.
The oil crisis looms over us menacingly yet again, one blown out of proportion by social rebellions perfect for filling even more the pockets of filthy rich sitting on crude wells or those of stock market pretty boys who get all worked up doing lines hidden away in fire escapes during their short breaks from “w... Continue Reading →
Jimmy Choo vs. M5. Louboutin vs. AMG. Catwalk cars.
Not long ago, I went along with a friend to visit a veritable modern temple, a museum of famous shoe designers. Ok, I must admit it was actually a Dubai mall during the sales season, but you can imagine I got literally dragged around from store to store as she hunted for a (read “several”) pair of “... Continue Reading →
Wacky Laws, Uncanny Regulations, Zombie People
Recently, there’s been quite some fuss over a new traffic regulation which, by initial accounts, is quite strange (to say the least) and has good chances of being enforced in Paris. Specifically, pedestrians who wish to cross the street will have to raise their arm in a certain, previously established way, an... Continue Reading →
Automotive Industry Gotchas. Buying a Good New Car Without Getting Screwed
I’ve seen it one too many times: people purchase a new car and, as if on cue, problems which would have otherwise been easy to avoid start pouring. I thought it might be helpful to at least some of you if I shared the experiences and frustrations gathered over the years from acquaintances who went through the o... Continue Reading →
Audi Cayenne Turbo / Audi Touareg. Porsche’s Obituary
The Porsche-VW relationship has always been rather odd and soap opera-ish. Their intertwined journeys through time offer thrills and twists reminiscent of Maurice Druon’s acclaimed novel “The Accursed Kings”. In this case, Porsche is the “accursed” one, seemingly forced to deal with V... Continue Reading →
The Concorde. Mystery Solved. Regress instead of progress.
The Concorde (or Concord for UK beer bellies) was a technological marvel, an accomplishment that could be considered even more important than the so-called Moon landing, which, regardless if it actually existed or not, it certainly required a lot of painstaking work so that today we may enjoy the famous black and whi... Continue Reading →
Car of The Year 2011: just another Eurovision
It’s already a known fact that the Nissan Leaf has been voted as European Car of the Year for 2011. It was a very close call, at Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s loss. To be precise, the 100% electric Nissan got 257 points, whereas the beautiful Italian managed only 248. Just in case anyone cares, 3rd place wen... Continue Reading →
Choosing the ideal car
The task of choosing a new car has become a painstaking journey. Take, for example, two friends of mine who were looking to buy a new automobile. On one side was their yearning for a prestigious, resounding brand and lots of advanced features and options. On the other were the banks, neighbours, kids and the fina... Continue Reading →
From Dacia 1300 to Dacia Logan/Duster. The History of a Controversial Brand
Nicolae Ceausescu (former Romanian president/dictator) in 1966, about the new Dacia 1100/Renault 8 car: “It’s just right for idiots”. The history of the Dacia brand couldn’t have begun in any way other than with a statement from world-famous communist dictator and spiritual father Nicolae C... Continue Reading →
Better Cars, Smaller Profits. The Automotive Industry at the Crossroad
Profits posted by the great automobile makers follow such a steep, descending trend that it becomes pretty obvious that their strategy for the future must change, and quickly. They’re probably aware of that, judging by the flood of „new” cars that are heavily based on old platforms and concepts a... Continue Reading →
The Astounding SUVs. Eppur si muove
When Porsche announced they were going to launch an SUV, a wave of protests from brand fans (and not only) emerged, raging like a cataract in a thunderstorm. Journalists snorted in disgust, further supporting the heated views of the most vocal Boxster/Cayman/911 clients or of those that, since childhood, only dreamed... Continue Reading →
I have to admit it, the Japs from Toyota can really overcome any barrier. Maybe the word "man" is written deep in their genes. Maybe their brains have a few connections which are missing from European or American car manufacturers. They acknowledged their recent recall scandal and managed to get over it, wh... Continue Reading →
Weight, Fuel Consumption, Future of Cars. The Electric Apocalypse...
... This communist effort to "somehow" reduce car CO2 emissions in every part of the world - for which the whole planet is now trying to take part in - is hilarious, ridiculous and totally unproductive. Everyone is reporting myriads of successes in this area, with astounding 10-20% in emission reductions, m... Continue Reading →