Weekend Wheels: BMW’s new 440i Coupe puts on a brave face

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Case in point, Crocs footwear.  Yet it’s tough to gaze at the buck-toothed, engorged-kidney’d, Edvard Munch The Scream face […]

The athletic Cadillac CT4

Weekend Wheels: Think of Cadillac’s athletic CT4 as a four-door Camaro

For starters, it rides on pretty much the same rear-drive chassis, or platform, as Chevy’s muscley Camaro two-door coupe and convertible.  Yep, there’s a little bit of Camaro in every […]

Weekend Wheels: Land Rover’s new Defender is the coolest 4X4 by far

It’s the new off-roading benchmark, the ultimate go-anywhere-and-everywhere vehicle.

Weekend Wheels: The new Corvette Convertible is the best ‘Vette yet

If Chevy’s all-new mid-engined Corvette Stingray Coupe wasn’t already tempting enough, this latest retractable hardtop convertible version is the veritable icing on the mince pie.

The Ocean Alexander 36L at MarineMax.

Four spectacularly over-the-top gift ideas

Choose from a yacht, a mobile winery, the entire floor of a luxury hotel, and a portrait like no other.

The Spur outside the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. All photos by Howard Walker.

Bentley’s new Flying Spur is a 207mph magic carpet ride

To drive. Or be driven. That’s the dilemma.  Do you slide behind the wheel to pilot the world’s fastest four-door sedan — 207mph flat out? Or luxuriate in the back, […]


Weekend Wheels: Hyundai’s new 54mpg Sonata Hybrid

Hybrids. Remember those? Not so long ago they were up there with iPod Shuffles and BlackBerrys as the cool thing to have.  Today? Eh, not so much.  Remember when we […]

Shelby Mustang GT500

Pony Express: Ford’s 760-horse Shelby Mustang GT500

Let me introduce you to Juno. This NASA space probe, currently doing loop-di-loops around Jupiter, has the distinction of being the fastest man-made creation ever.  How fast? When it left […]


Weekend Wheels: Taking flight with the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Wait, what happened to the bump? I clearly saw the gnarly, Detroit-style pothole looming fast. Waited for the ker-thump as a tire dropped into it. Waited for the thudder-judder in […]

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The author, left, with his 'chauffeur,' Mario Andretti.

I took a thrill ride with Super Mario at the St. Pete Grand Prix — and lived

I’m strapped into the back seat of a screamin’ IndyCar race car. In front of me is my chauffeur, an 80-year-old Italian called Mario. Yep, that one.