Don’t forget – the Indy is free all Friday.
I love driving. Prefer shifting gears, never a convertible, red is only for bikes and exotics, I'm a purist, wish I could go to the track every week. Driving is a Lifestyle
Don’t forget – the Indy is free all Friday.
They put me at the cutest country inn (see this blog post), and Thursday morning I walked outside to 6 of their HFPs. There’s only 400 in Canada.
HFP -Honda Factory Performance.
Their HFP package provides a ton of modifications direct from the factory, at half of what it would cost you to do it.
In the morning we toured through the country.
It was very scenic, and more nature than I’m used to.
That’s good photo-staging there; my driving partner Kanishka set it up.
We were a good team; neither of us turned on the radio (let’s listen to the engine), and he also hides from the sun (no sunroof never).
See the airplane top left? It was a yellow bi-plane from the 20s that starred in the Amelia Earhart movie. Hello from shangri-la. Needless to say, I was out of my head all day.
I’m certain the automotive journalists of Canada think I’m this loud and hyper girl… opposite, guys! That was a dream-come-true day for me, so there was no containing that amount of joy.
The engine makes that good grrrRRR sound, which I like. Yes I want the car to move when I hit it, but I also want to hear it. When I had that red Civic two weeks ago, I was superfluously revving everywhere I went.
My instructor Daniel Morad, the first North American to win a heat race at the Formula BMW World Final in 2007 YES dude.
Just yesterday Shea climbed the podium TWICE in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car division. YES missy!
This is her mom Erin, and her dad was there too. They’re the cutest family you ever met.
Big big fan of the hazard button. I used it three times during a 40 km highway drive yesterday.
I’ll make a video soon, to show you my technique.
Bottom line: I’m a fan of the Civic because it’s fun to drive. It reminds you why you fell in love with driving in the first place.
Plus, it sticks to the road both in performance, and mechanically.
Then a trolley took us home.
Someone yelled, how fast have you got this thing up to? The driver yelled back, one time 90kmh! We cheered.
Thank you Honda, for one of the most fun driving experiences I’ve ever had.
I love shifting gears, you know this.
Most press cars are automatic. So this week was real refreshing.
Shift, rev, peel, skip from 4th to 2nd, lots of superfluous revving just because I can.
See the pink arrow above? Note the positioning, the clear path from wheel to engaging the alert system? That’s how you know this is a drivers car – Honda Civic SI.
Shifting gears is easy, don’t be intimidated.
It’s like learning a little dance routine: depress clutch, shift with arm, release clutch. See? Easy.
Even in 5″ heels.
Had to give it back Monday to Honda Canada.
This week’s car, an Acura MDX.
Acura is the fancy, higher-end line of Honda.
It’s making me drive slower, like the Navigator did. I guess that’s good.
Been crushing my keyboard, just not with public stuff.
It’s a challenge juggling blog jobs… keep it afloat with content, keep it afloat with logistics, planning and executing, travel, maintaining a steady internet connection, physical maintenance of my tools , this thing is supposed to make money how, and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg.
I love it.
Stay clear of these for a while too, the ‘Service Ontario’ kiosks, they were hacked today.
Cleaning up an identity theft is far more involved than a credit card; use a human teller until they get their machines secured.
Great action shot, eh.
It’s SO NICE to be shifting again, I haven’t since the fall.
Thanks for the PEN, Olympus.
I’ve seen these fellas every Monday for the past four weeks.
That’s me, Robert (General Manager) and Richard (President), hi guys welcome to my blog!
I’m at BHG Media Fleet, one of Canada’s premiere press car and fleet management companies. They’re a class act.
And because they manage a variety of car brands, I’ve been able to return here each Monday, but not today.
Today was a trek… downtown Toronto to Mississauga, then Mississauga to Markham, a 60km journey involving six different buses. Uh-huh.
Luckily, SO luckily, I met Mike at BHG and he kindly drove me to Markham. Thanks, Mike!
We talked cars and the internet along the way, and get THIS: he does not own a cel phone.
Neat eh, because as I’ve harped on you before: it’s good to take breaks from online.
Arrived in Markham at Honda’s Canadian headquarters, and picked up this week’s car, a Honda Civic SI.
It’s standard YES. Haven’t shifted gears since last fall.
See how simple and clean the interior is? This is a driver’s car.
If you hear excessive and superfluous engine revving this week, wave hi as I blur by, wink.
Lastly – apologies for the heavy car-themed-posts these days, but I’m working on something here… remember when I told you:
That’s all I’m going to say for now; you know how jinx-y I am.