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At one point in time, I belonged to three different unions. Can't remember all of them, but I do remember there were three. I may still be a member ('retired in good standing') of the American Federation of Musicians, Local... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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When did 'cold snap' become 'polar vortex'? Did I miss another meeting? And what the heck is a 'frost quake'? Is that like a 'frost heave'? Whatever, this has been among the worst winters in living memory. And among other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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A couple of years ago, a road-testing colleague from the US (wish I could remember who it was) told me of driving his eight-year old daughter in one of the rare 'entry-level' Hot Rods du Semaine road-test cars we sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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OK, so maybe you couldn't find a snow brush. But you can't even push a button? I know for a fact that all cars this new have rear window defrosters. Westbound 401 approaching DVP, 10:48 a.m., Monday February 3, 2014.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
As the only engineer in history to graduate without taking a course in statistics, I may not be the right guy to apply the old joke about the three types of liars - liars, damned liars, and statisticians. I mean,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
Another 25 cm of Global Warming fell on Kenzie World Headquarters over the weekend. As I always say, it's been doing that in this part of the world for, oh, 15,000 years or so. So, why does it come as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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There are so many Car/Truck/Utility/Technology of the Year awards, it's not surprising that people get confused. Various magazines and web sites have their own awards programs, each of which may have their specific - well, 'prejudices' may be too strong... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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A somewhat belated Happy New Year to you all. I trust you all had a Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year. I think Jerry Seinfeld might have been on to something when he simply... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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Hope the above thumbnail photo collage got your attention. That's a preview of my 2014 Charity Photography Calendar in support of Parachute, Canada's leading injury prevention organization, which is hot off the presses. As always, some pretty cool cars, shot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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ROUND KNOBS FOR RADIO VOLUME AND TUNING! I know; type face that big is usually reserved for "Cure for Cancer Found'', or "Maple Leafs Win the Stanley Cup''. But in the car game, this is huge. And to me, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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The saddest piece of news I have heard since learning that the BMW X6 sells better than the 5 Series Touring Station Wagon did in its best year ever - the X6 is ugly and goes downhill from there -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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Yes, the ninth annual Kenzie Car Calendar in Support of PARACHUTE is now available for ordering. To cut to the chase, please visit my web site and click on 'Calendar' to place your order. Alternatively, allow me to summarize: Even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
...whichever Ontario Provincial Police officer was driving westbound on the 401 near McCowan Road at 4 p.m. last Friday afternoon, come on! I know police cars have their Daytime Running Lights (DRL) disabled because they might have to sneak up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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This is a Nissan Versa Note. 'Note' the colour. Someone surely "...pushed it through a horn, 'til it was born, into a..." Thanks to Wheels colleague Jil McIntosh for this one. She figured I was the only other one at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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Many car makers are adopting the colour 'blue' to indicate that their cars are 'green'. Don't ask me why; ask their marketing departments. The new Honda Accord plug-in Hybrid is one such. It even introduces itself to you by having... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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We test all the new cars and trucks at Test Fest. This car, spotted in the parking garage of the Hilton Fallsview Hotel where we were all staying was far from new. It is a Suzuki Cappuccino, a tiny two-seat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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Again, I apologize for being pretty much incommunicado during the past week. I was at the AJAC Test Fest, evaluating all the new cars and trucks to determine the Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year, and I just never... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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All last week I was testing cars. So what else is new? I test cars all the time. But last week was the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car/Utility Vehicle of the Year Test Fest, where we bring all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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From the 'It's a tough job but somebody's gotta do it" file, I spent most of Wednesday thrashing a fleet of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series coupes around WiIlow Springs raceway in California. Once I figured out how to set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
In their Don Quixote-like pursuit of their distorted view of traffic law enforcement, our police departments continue to find creative new ways to catch us driving at speeds our road networks have obviously been designed to handle. I drove by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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...because they can't pay cash. Hahahahaha... No no, I mean they never give up. And while fresh air is supposed to be good for your health, I'm afraid some of those bike helmets they wear may allow too much sun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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Well, sort-of the masses. A starting MSRP of $36,395 isn't exactly cheap - you can buy a Ram 1500 for as little as $26,995. But the new 3.0 litre V6 turbo-Diesel engine option, the only Diesel available in a light-duty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
This video (you have to click on 'WATCH' in the little white circle in the middle of this YouTube page) shows the reveal of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade in New York City Monday evening. Weather conspired to prevent me from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
Don't know if you all watch 'Mythbusters' or not, but it's a terrific and entertaining TV show that takes commonly-held beliefs and puts them to the scientific test. They decided to see if roundabouts really were more efficient than four-way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat
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On our way to the Leafs' season opener against the hated Senators Saturday night (the parade route IS planned...) my friend Arn took this photo out the window of the Porsche Cayman I was driving at the time. The pic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Jim Kenzie's The Driver's Seat