2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S Test Drive

Today a friend at work made my day. No, scratch that. Made my week. The whole department lunched out today to say goodbye to one of our contractors who’s contract ended today. As is typical some people offered to drive, and others, myself included took them up on the offer.

Today however, as we were walking out to my friend’s car, he offered to let me drive. You see, he drives a 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S, and when I start looking for a new vehicle later this year or early next, I am seriously considering going with the same vehicle. Continue reading “2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S Test Drive”

Singer Porsche

I am on quite a car kick lately. I think you will have to deal with it for a while as I am, and always have been pretty keen on cars. I love the blending of the aesthetics, engineering, and of course, the speed and handling. If you had to label me, I suppose you could say I am a Porsche guy, but in reality I truly adore all cars. Be they swift and beautiful or ugly and slow. I just love cars and the engineering that make them go.

Being more of a Porsche guy I really dig the 911 across all the years and submodels they have made. I am also the type of person who really appreciates a great outlaw car. Sure, fully restored to factory is a noble and worthwhile effort, but for those cars that may be a little too far gone to make it worthwhile to take them back to factory, going outlaw is the only way to go. Continue reading “Singer Porsche”

When I Grow Up

I did things a little bit backwards when it came to leaving home after highschool. I had been scratching out code on computers and doing basic websites out of high school. After a brief stint loading luggage and pushing commercial jets around (awesome job by the way), by the age of 20 or so I had my first job as a software tester. All this happened before I ever started college.

A few short years after starting doing software testing, where I was writing automated testing code in various languages, I was asked to join the development team.All that said, I have been in the software industry for about 20 years now. Continue reading “When I Grow Up”

NASCAR 2015 Begins

I have already talked about my love for Motorsports and all things automotive, so it is no surprise I suppose that I find myself sitting here logged into work while watching the Daytona 500. Now I was a fan of NASCAR when I was younger and my favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt and his number 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet. I admit, I like many others somewhat fell away from NASCAR racing after Dale died in a tragic crash coming around turn 4 at Daytona in 2001. Continue reading “NASCAR 2015 Begins”

No Hanger Queens

This image depicts my ideas of how a fine automobile should be owned. I have always hated  the idea of an amazing car that only sits in a garage somewhere, never driven as they were meant to be. In fact, I have always promised myself, that I would never, ever own a hanger queen no matter how nice my car may eventually be. For this post, I went ahead and looked up exactly what hangar queen meant, and I guess it isn’t exactly what I use it for, but I still like my use of the term. Continue reading “No Hanger Queens”

Work Like A Pit Crew

One of the many blessings I have in my life is an awesome brother, who would give you the shirt off his back in a snowstorm. We have a great realtionship, but do to a bit of georgraphical distance don’t get to see each other that much.  One thing we do every year to at least get some time in together is to attend the 24 Hour Rolex race at Daytona International Speedway each year.  As an added benefit, he works for a company involved with the automotive industry and can sometimes get us a little extra access to the race such as the pit area.

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