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  • State of the Wagon Address – 2024

    State of the Wagon Address – 2024

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    My fellow North Americans, the station wagon as we know it continues to be replaced by high riding versions of itself. As a serial car buyer I’m always car shopping for the next thing. Lately I’ve considered replacing my Wrangler Unlimited with something a little more comfortable, a little quicker (300 horsepower or more), has…

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  • I’m 2-for-2 Fighting Tickets with Off The Record

    I’m 2-for-2 Fighting Tickets with Off The Record

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    Let me get two things out of the way right up front; no one is paying me to write this post, and yes I should maybe slow down behind the wheel. That first bit? I’m referring to the fact that this will sound like an ad but it’s in fact just me being supremely impressed…

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  • We’re Testing the 2023 Can-Am Outlander XT 700

    We’re Testing the 2023 Can-Am Outlander XT 700

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    As the ATV and UTV world continues to evolve, the mid-level machine remains an integral part of the industry. For many buyers these vehicles bridge the gap between entry-level and big-bore four-wheelers, with satisfactory power and a body capable of withstanding the abuse of rough terrains, all while being reasonably priced. Can-Am has done just…

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  • What is Rennsport? A look into the celebration of all things Porsche

    What is Rennsport? A look into the celebration of all things Porsche

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    Over the course of my weekend at Porsche Rennsport Reunion 7, I heard a common refrain that no other brand in the world could bring people together in the same way. No other automotive manufacturer has the fanbase, the motorsport history, or the 75-year common thread of enthusiasm to carry a festival like this one.…

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  • The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a solid yet imperfect ATV hauler (REVIEW)

    The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a solid yet imperfect ATV hauler (REVIEW)

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    Toyota tried to outdo the American trucks at their own game when the brand debuted the second generation of the Tundra for the 2007 model year. Burly styling and a beefy optional 5.7L V8 paired with Toyota’s famous reliability and durability, which was prioritized over cutting-edge tech over the vehicle’s run through 2021, meant it…

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  • My Land Cruiser Prado – Modifying It; Part 3

    My Land Cruiser Prado – Modifying It; Part 3

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    My 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has now been on US soil for over a year. For better or worse, it was completely stock when I bought it. It was well maintained but it needed some modernization. After some basic maintenance updates, I began modifying it. First, it received a new radio and suspension. I…

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  • Cars and Mountain Bikes: Everything is going electric?

    Cars and Mountain Bikes: Everything is going electric?

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    I love cars. I also have come to love mountain biking. And it’s been fascinating to watch the rise of electrification in both of them. The parallels are remarkably similar. Both weigh more and both cost more. The initial embrace has been a mixed bag. But more and more of them are finding favor with…

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  • Road-tripping the 2023 Toyota GR86 846 miles in 105-degree heat

    Road-tripping the 2023 Toyota GR86 846 miles in 105-degree heat

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    Small cars generally aren’t seen as ideal for long road trips, but I stand firmly in the camp of supporting small, light sports cars as the right tool for effectively any task they can reasonably handle. And so, I found myself road-tripping a 2023 Toyota GR86 Premium from Connecticut to Virginia Beach and back through…

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  • Balancing Act – Rally and Rampage with Brandon Semenuk

    Balancing Act – Rally and Rampage with Brandon Semenuk

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    I think rally racing is some of the best bit of motorsport on the planet. You can keep your boring-ass Formula 1. NASCAR only gets fun when you invite Kiwis to run courses with real corners. And endurance racing has its highline events, but rally is always the real deal. Besides car stuff, I also…

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  • The Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S has one big shortcoming (& we fixed it)

    The Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S has one big shortcoming (& we fixed it)

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    Let’s face it, the Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S is a near-perfect ATV. It’s incredibly fast, supremely comfortable, and multi-talented beyond what most think a four-wheel-drive four-wheeler can manage. But it’s designed for fun, not utility, and as it turns out that’s a bit of a problem when you need to carry tools, sustenance, wet…

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