Monday, November 9, 2009

Stuff

Not much has been happening on the car front, as the racing season is over. I will soon be dropping the race car at Pascal's, where it will spend a good part of the winter. Pascal will be freshening up the interior of the car and taking out the transmission so it can get some much-needed attention. The synchros were grinding pretty badly in 3rd and 4th gears.

I haven't been driving that much, actually, as I seem to be able to get a lot done on foot. I mostly use the street Civic on weekends and to go to basketball practices and games. My girls' team lost their first game 35-31, but they played quite well and I have no complaints. After several losses, my own men's team finally won a game.

I've been going running twice a week with a group from my local Running Room and it's working out quite well. I no longer have Nico as a running partner as he is now training with his ski club for the cross-country ski season. I plan on participating in the Ottawa marathon in May 2010 and several Running Room regulars will also be doing this race. I know you're not supposed to have a target time for your first marathon, but I would really like to qualify for the Boston marathon with a time of 3:15:59 or better!

I've notice a couple of new cars on the roads these days:

New Golf: nice update to the sixth generation. Still a bit big for my tastes, but a good-looking car.

New Mercedes E-class: blah... nothing exciting about this car.

BMW X5M: what a great-looking SUV! Flared arches and huge wheels and brakes make for a serious-looking vehicle. I like it.

Nissan 370Z: I've mentioned it before, but the more I see this car, the more I like it. It looks like a moder front-engined Porsche. Nice.

Cool cars spotted:
Ferrari F430
Ferrari 328
Bentley Arnage
Porsche 997 turbo
Audi R8
Audi S8
Audi RS4
AMG C63
BMW 2002
Austin Healey 3000
Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin DB7
Maserati GT
Maserati Quattroporte