Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The End of the World!! Ehrenberg is Being Enforced

Things are heating up in Nomad world. 

Bob has been accused by certain unnamed members of the tribe of giving out locations and coordinates of best free camping spots.

Nice view up Bob's nose with mustache growing right up into it.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Doug Doesn't Know How to Say Phaeton - W12 Was a $120,000 VW Ultra-Luxury Sedan

Doug does a vid on Phaeton, lists all the "quirks" except one - how to say the name of the car correctly.

Doug now claims he says PHAETON correctly.

Yes, I am saying "Phaeton" correctly. No, it is not "fay-tin." Yes, it has three syllables.

But guess what! He's still wrong as is merriam-webster that he quotes.

It's definitely FAY-t(o)n and TWO syllables which is the more acceptable pronunciation.



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Lamborghini Urus World Premiere

LAMBORGHINI URUS Video, Exterior, Interior

Lamborghini Urus: 
Design, performance, driving dynamics and driving emotion – pure Lamborghini DNA 

Suitable for everyday driving in a range of environments 

4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine with 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque for maximum performance 

Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and top speed 305 km/h
4WD system with active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering for perfect handling 

Carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilization for maximum safety and comfort 

Up to six different driving modes + EGO mode available via ‘Tamburo’ driving dynamics selector

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nomad Book Reviews

Bob's blabbering on talking about books now... not forgetting his own little pamphlet naturally... in the same breath as Travels With Charlie by Steinbeck.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

20 years of the pioneering Prius

20 years of the pioneering Prius: 'Prius' is based on Latin for 'to go before.' Since its launch in 1997 as the world's first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle, the Prius has endeavored to carve open a new era. This year, it celebrates its 20th anniversary.Toyota launches special website to commemorate 20th anniversary of the Prius. This site will be updated from time to time throughout the year.

GALLERY | TOYOTA Global Newsroom

GALLERY | TOYOTA Global Newsroom: Photos of the Prius and its history can be found here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jalopnik Article Mentions Nomadic Fanatic, RTR 2018

Jalopnik Article mentions Nomadic Fanatic, Adventure VanMan and even Bob Wells' RTR 2018 (without naming it) although not entirely in a complementary sense.

Stranded And Cold In The Mountains, This Guy Is Selling His Land Cruiser To Get His Life Back 

 Inspired by traveling YouTubers like Nomatic Fanatic and AdventureVanMan, Schaeffer and his partner Sarah Lacefield left their day jobs (he sold fragrances, she worked in retail), sold their Honda Civic, and headed west in a Toyota Land Cruiser they had purchased from a highway patrolman.

After trying to find work on the coast of Oregon, Schaefer says he and Lacefield “ended up going broke,” and decided to drive to Quartzsite, Arizona to meet up with hundreds of other “van-lifers,” who they said were planning to spend the winter there.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Daily Kanban: Portrait of a Con Artist...

Portrait of the Con Artist as a Stung Man

Who has Musk conned?
Once a mere over-promiser, Mr. Musk has become a con artist. Model 3 reservation holders had confidence that their deposits would reserve them a vehicle but instead of holding the deposits in escrow Tesla appears to have spent the money on general operations. His march across this Rubicon continues. Roadster Founder customers have been invited to pay full price for a vehicle less likely to arrive shortly after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics than shortly before the 2024 Paris Olympics. Tesla again does not appear to have guaranteed that the $250,000 deposits, being five times the median household income in the USA, will be set aside. Many reports have called this a stealth cash raise. If they were in error, Mr. Musk would have directed vigorous invective at them by now.
Thanks, Elon!

Living in a Car on $800 a Month

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Taxis is one of my interest, so here's some taxi related news not a month old.

On October 23, 2017 Toyota launched a new dedicated taxi vehicle, the JPN TAXI, where "JPN" stands for Japan and "TAXI" stands for, you guessed it, taxi.

 The press release goes like this (quoting):

Toyota City, Japan, October 23, 2017―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) launched a new taxi vehicle, the "JPN Taxi." The new model became available today at Toyota and Toyopet dealers nationwide.
The JPN Taxi embodies the spirit of Japanese hospitality. It was developed to provide usability and comfort to a wide range of people, including children, seniors, wheelchair users, and visitors to Japan from abroad. Toyota aims to change Japan's landscape, develop barrier-free cities, and transform Japan into a tourist-oriented country by promoting the widespread use of its JPN Taxis.

The new model showcases a people-friendly, universal design that provides usability and comfort to a wide range of people through continual innovations and improvements, from grab handles to the overall vehicle structure. Design features include a low, flat floor, making it easy for customers to ingress and egress from the taxi, a wide-opening, power rear sliding door (left side only) and space to accommodate wheelchair users3.
In addition, the taxi is designed to beautifully complement the cityscape while at the same time being easily recognizable as a taxi. This is achieved in part due to the car's styling, which aims to transcend trends and serve as a timeless classic model, as well as the body's deep indigo (koiai) tone, a traditional color that has long been a symbol of Japan.

Furthermore, this model offers the driver an optimal range of vision, in part through innovations to the position and shape of the pillars and the use of fender mirrors. As a design priority for this taxi model, functionality was improved by positioning the dashboard instruments and other devices in the taxi to allow easy access, including the placement of the GPS system and taxi meter in a spot that is easy for customers to see.
Environmental performance and power performance were both taken to new levels. By employing a newly developed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid system, the new model offers 19.4 km/L4 fuel economy and sharply reduced CO2 emissions. Enhancements were made to safety equipment, including adding the Toyota Safety Sense C package and six SRS airbags as standard features.

Toyota began its venture into the taxi industry in Japan in 1936 with the introduction of the Toyota Model AA. In 1953, Toyota released the Toyopet Super RH model and other vehicles, which have become fixtures helping transport many people over the years. Toyota taxis have and will continue to travel greater distances than the average vehicle and be used in the toughest road conditions. This could be considered the starting point for automobiles that pursue a vision of ideal automotive development.
Toyota looks forward to exhibiting its JPN Taxi at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, and also plans to use the taxi to greet visitors from around the world in 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gran Turismo Sport - Colorado Springs-Lake 1ST PLACE - Ford Focus Rally Car

Tesla Model 3 Steals Chrysler Crossfire Rear Suspension

More bad news for Elon, Tesla Model 3 caught stealing aka closely copying the Chrysler Crossfire MB rear suspension.

So, to recap, the all new and wonderful 2018 Tesla Model 3 uses the 1999 Chrysler Crossfire Mercedes-Benz rear suspension set up?! Wow, that's real progress right there.

Thanks, Elon!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Next Generation Toyota Century 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota is debuting what it calls the Next-generation Century at Tokyo Motor Show 2017 now taking place in Tokyo and has released some press photos and one video.

The press-release reads as follows:

The new 3rd generation Century carries on the tradition of master craftsmanship and high-quality monozukuri (all-encompassing manufacturing) while realizing high-demand environmental performance and a design layout that pursues passenger comfort. The interior and exterior design injects new charm into the Century in line with its heritage. Moreover, the new Century features advanced equipment and comfort amenities only suitable for a luxury limousine.
Specifically, the Century is now powered by a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid system for outstanding fuel efficiency. In addition, the wheelbase has lengthened, the height difference between the scuff plate and floor has decreased, and the height of the door opening has increased, all of which are refinements improving the rear seat riding experience. The intricately glamorous and chic exterior is highlighted by traditional Japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lamps. The interior features a raised ceiling design and exclusive fabric while the adjustable rear seats (with massage function), are upgraded with a power leg rest for first-class comfort and a sophisticated riding experience.

But is there a place for the third person on the back row?
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New Toyota Century Promo and Exterior Interior Views

Sunday, October 29, 2017

LADA Vesta SW Cross and Vesta SW Estate Wagon

 Here's more automotive news here in Russia, not more than a couple months to couple days old.

The Lada Vesta SW Cross, which is a 5-seater crossover based on the Lada Vesta, is on sale here in Russia starting on October 25, 2017, having entered production on September 11, 2017.

There is also a related Lada Vesta SW which is an estate wagon.

No sightings yet but here is a press kit of official photos:


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Living in your van sucks

Take this Bob Wells, Nomadic Fanatic, Randy, Dilan Magaster, etc. etc.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Employee Letter to Tesla Board

Employee Letter to Tesla Board

The second is that we are facing a set of challenges – challenges that are holding us back from working as effectively and efficiently as we would like. We have raised these issues repeatedly , but they remain unresolved. Your guidance navigating them would be invaluable as we work to become the most profitable and productive auto company in the U.S .

One of the most serious issues concerns our health and safety . In 2015, the last full year for which data is available, w e ha d an injury rate that was far higher than the industry average. For that year , data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that our injury rate was higher than that of sawmills and slaughter houses. Accidents happen every day. Severe incidents frequently impact moral e and cause delays in production. We are losing great workers who are valuable to both our production team and to their families while they spend time on medical leave, recovering from preventable injuries. Legal obligations aside , it is bot h financially prudent and morally imperative for management to inform workers of the risks we face on the job.

The results of third - party health and safety audits that have been conducted at the facility in the past three years should be readily available to workers and Board members , so that we may understand the risks that experts have identified and monitor progress toward improvement. If it is to be effective, f rontline Tesla workers need to have access to, and a voice in, the company’s safety plan (kno wn in California as the Injury and Illness Prevention Program) , and the ability to review accurate data about the progress we are making toward those goals. Along with access to good information about hazards and injuries, a second cornerstone of a good health and safety program is worker participation in identifying solutions. Effective health and safety programs in manufacturing empower workers to make decisions about equipment, rotation schedules, ergonomics and more. We urge you to make our safety your priority as Board members, to demand information from management about health and safety issues in the factory, and to hold management accountable to best practices.

The second challenge we have revolves around the process through which workers are evaluated and promoted . There is currently no clear policy for how workers like ourselves might advance at Tesla. There are no guidelines for what is expected of us, or what defines success. Many of us have worked hard for years with the vague promise of a raise , to no end . We experience a great deal of workforce turnover due to the financial insecurity that we face at Tesla, and we strongly believe that a defined understanding of success and reward will have an impact on product quality . Petitions have been delivered to management asking for clarity on this issue, but we have heard nothing. We encourage you to ask management to provide answers to our questions, so we can move forward with the knowledge that hard work will be rewarded, and so we can plan for our families’ future s .

The second challenge we have revolves around the process through which workers are evaluated and promoted . There is currently no clear policy for how workers like ourselves might advance at Tesla. Many of us have worked hard for years with the vague promise of a raise , to no end . 
Isn't that clear? You don't get promoted at Tesla. You are just worked to near death and then thrown out by making you quit.

Thanks, Elon.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tesla Shares Plunge

Tesla shares are having their worst week in over a year - falling after lower-than-expected deliveries, rising competition in the electric car market, and today's safety test results.

They've fallen about 13% this week, wiping off nearly $8bn from the company's market value and losing its status as the most valuable US car maker.

Thanks, Elon.

Is the Musk con over yet?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Motorhome Nomenclature

Motorhome Nomenclature: Whether it’s a Class A, B or C, we take the confusion out of motorhome categories Classes of motorhomes sometimes create confusion, especially to those new to RVing. Even those with RV exper…


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica - GRAND TOUR - Need for Speed Rivals

Need for Speed Rivals - GRAND TOUR - Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica

Bug Blitz livery.

Gran Turismo Photo Dump: Need for Speed Rivals - GRAND TOUR - Lamborghini G...: Need for Speed Rivals - GRAND TOUR - Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica Bug Blitz livery.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vanlife: GOP baseball shooter lived in a van for 3 months

GOP baseball shooter lived in a van for 3 months

The Illinois man who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team in Virginia Wednesday lived in a van for three months, the FBI said.
Inside James Hodgkinson’s van was a white poster with a cartoon image of President Trump that read "Chicken in Chief,” according to photos taken of the vehicle.
Other photos revealed the van belonging to the raging GOP critic had dark curtains and blinds on the inside.
The 66-year-old had been staying in the van since March, the FBI said.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jean-Claude Briavoine and the Niva (Lada 4x4) Then and Now

Jean-Claude Briavoine and the Niva then.

Jean-Claude Briavoine and the Niva (Lada 4x4 Urban) now.

Jean-Claude Briavoine, born October 7, 1934 is a French racer who specialized in raids rallies.

He began his career with the French Rally Championship Gr.2 on Ford Capri (2nd in 72, and winner of the Tour de France automobile group in 1973) and then went on to the all-terrain rally on Bab Buggy, winner of the French Cup in 74 , he finished 3 rd of the Abidjan-Nice raid in 76 and won in 77 on Renault 12 SINPAR, participated in many Paris-Dakar, third in 81, second in 82 in a LADA NIVA. He won the rallies of Tunisia then the one of Algeria in 1981. He won in 1983 the rally of the Pharaohs always for Lada Poch.

Jean-Claude Briavoine also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for example the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1977, he finished 17 th in 1978 on Porsche GT.

JC Briavoine is a Grand Touring instructor for "Pilotage-passion".


Friday, May 5, 2017

New Land Rover Discovery 2017

Discovery 5 I believe, sighted last month at some promo event here in Moscow

My verdict: looks good on the outside but not so much inside but maybe an entry-level trim. in Moscow: New Land Rover Discovery 2017: Discovery 5 I believe, sighted today at some promo event here in Moscow My verdict: looks good on the outside but not so much inside ...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Retro Motors at Metropolis Mall in Moscow April 1-30

Retro Motors at Metropolis Mall in Moscow.

I think it will stay on until April 30 and I visited it on April 9, 2017.

It's the fourth major auto show that I have seen since start of blog in 2013.

Here are some car mugshots from short action cam videos I made.

Entire video playlist on this show is here.

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