Time Machine Test Drive

  • Clarion Builds BMW 2002

    BMW used to tout the tagline The Ultimate Driving Machine, and it resonated with those who paid attention to such things. The people I'm talking about are the ones who love going for a drive just to engage in the act of driving. BMW cars were built to make you happy, feel good behind the wheel, and press on just a little bit harder and more confidently than the next guy or girl out enjoying that same sliver of road. I'm not so sure the brand wears the tagline as well today as it used to, but I recently got a chance to sample a machine that harkens back to when BMW built pure driving...

  • Marty's 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    The Mazda Miata that found its way home: Time Machine Test Drive

    When you run into an old friend after 15 years, can you pick up like no time’s been lost? Reunions are something I normally don’t do. The open-all-night nostalgia factory that is Facebook has pretty much killed them, anyway. But I am all about your serendipity, your stunning...

  • 1988 Ferrari Testarossa
    1988 Ferrari Testarossa: Time Machine Test Drive

    I'm a child of the '80s. This means many things, but in the car world, this means you likely had a set of Hero Cars hanging on your wall. For me, the list included the Porsche 959, McLaren F1, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari F40, and of course, the Testarossa. They say you aren't supposed to drive...

  • 1996 Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbo
    1996 300ZX Twin-Turbo: Time Machine Test Drive

    I had heard people speak of a brand-new 1996 Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbo sitting in Nashville, Tennessee. In fact, I've seen people post photos of it to the Internet and write articles about it. You know what they say, seeing is believing. It's real. And I didn't just see it, or touch it. I actually...

  • 1992 Infiniti Q45
    1992 Infiniti Q45t: Time Machine Test Drive

    In 1989 I was four years old. Even for a guy born with gasoline and oil in his veins, that was much too young to know about, or even grasp how monumental the first-generation Infiniti Q45 was. While I may have only been four years old, I was fortunate as my uncle bought a 1990 Infiniti Q45 and kept...

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