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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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My Montblanc Generation, that is. Normally I don't go out of my way for a Montblanc, but this one caught my eye when Fountain Pen Hospital had it for sale on the "back room" page. Montblanc discontinued it some years ago (it's tough to find dates on this model) and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pens and Paper
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I had a chance to visit Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant, where the new F-150 is being built. While the assembly line hasn't changed, the process for stamping and joining the body parts has, and the plant had to make some... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Only the weight of the barb-wire decals keeps it from falling forward onto its nose... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Here's another review of the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid, this time over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Camry undergoes some major styling changes for 2015, including its hybrid version. It not only looks better, but it drives better as well. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's gorgeous and it's relatively well-priced, but the CLA does have some issues, including an engine that gets annoyingly rumbly at lower speeds. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Each year I go to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the huge antique automotive flea market there. But even though Hershey was built on chocolate, I first stop up the road at a candymaker that's even older and, as far as I'm concerned, makes much better candy. Check out my "One Cool Thing" travel piece over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Gasoline (or diesel) isn't the only important fluid in your vehicle. There are several of them and they need to be checked occasionally and, sometimes, changed regularly. Find out what they are in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When Toyota introduced the new 2015 Camry at the New York Auto Show, the company said the car wouldn't be available in beige - a reference not just to a color but to the fact that many people found it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas is all about global products, but somewhat surprisingly, there's a fair bit of made-in-Canada if you start to look around. Take a look at what I found over in my story at the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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No one knows for sure, of course, but there are a lot of people working on it, and I met many of them at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China recently. It's a regular meeting-of-the-minds, held in cities around... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I always liked the CX-5's size and handling, but its 2.0-litre engine could be lacking when it came to moving everything around. The addition of a 2.5-litre has now made this into a sweet little machine. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Next time you're in Las Vegas and your mop's in need of a trim, check out Bolt Barbers. You get a great old-style cut in a caboose! I wrote it up for the Toronto Star's Travel section, so have a look. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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At AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year testing, I was asked to pick my top truck and yap about it on video. So head over to the Toronto Star and have a look! Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I recently visited Chengdu for the Michelin Bibendum Challenge, and I'll have lots on that in upcoming stories. But in the meantime, here's a look at some of the automotive sights that I saw ... check it out over at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's more to gasoline than just refined petroleum. Each gasoline company also adds a proprietary blend of additives and detergents to stabilize it and help keep the engine clean. Find out more in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I was a judge in the Canadian Truck King Challenge, which this year added a new category of commercial vans. We drove them empty, put heavy loads in them, and finally, spun them around some very tight turns and through... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's actually a question I really don't like answering, because pickup trucks are unique among vehicles: the segment has to address a huge number of needs, from people who need them to tow large trailers, to those who just want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big and it's comfy, and it drives quite well: if you're looking for a minivan substitute, the Buick Enclave might fit the bill. But there's still too much hard plastic for the price. Find out more in my review... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The SEMA show - the huge aftermarket trade event in Las Vegas - is primarily about auto parts and accessories. But they have to go on cars, and so there are lots of them as well ... and some of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Well, Christmas has started, it seems. It's November 17, but actually, I've been dealing with Santa and his minions since before Hallowe'en, when the stores started putting out the trees and the lights. And since it's only mid-November, that means that social media is already all ablaze with people whining about how it's "Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays," and how they're not allowed to repeat the fabled phrase. Depending on the person complaining, it's a either plot against them by (a) Muslims, (b) atheists, or (c) the politically correct. Sometimes it's all three, because dammit, they're out to get me!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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If you've never heard of SEMA, here's the scoop: it's a huge trade show in Las Vegas where anything and everything for cars is on display, in the hopes that stores and shops will carry them. I have the sore... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A new face and interior update the Yaris, which has always been a pretty good little car for the cash. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Your car's paint might look like a single layer, but there are actually numerous coats under the shine. Find out more in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The last-generation Transit Connect essentially started the compact purpose-built commercial vehicle segment, and I like the all-new version even better. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca