Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mobile businesses on a roll

South Florida's car culture is driving more businesses to take to the wheel. Besides food trucks, we now have mobile boutiques, hair salons on wheels, even door to door gyms in a truck.

Here's my Sun Sentinel story on the mobile trend. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rare bug : the VW Beetle Red Rock edition

Found in downtown Fort Lauderdale: the 2010 Volkswagen Beetle Red Rock edition.  What makes it a special edition is the color, which has a brownish-reddish tint, almost like an autumn-orange.

But the color looks different, depending on the lighting (or how dirty the car is.)  It reminds me an orange Jelly Bean with four wheels.

The German car maker reportedly only produced 750 of sweet potato-colored bugs in the US for that model year. This version also has a black sunroof and interior.

So if you see one of these Red Rockers in your city, take notice because there are only 749 others on the road. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Classic Bug

I've seen this classic Volkswagen Beetle during my lunchtime travels in Fort Lauderdale. The car stops me in my tracks and I had to take some photos. It's been parked in front of a home in the Victoria Park neighborhood off  NE 15th Ave and NE Sixth Street. The plates say Alabama, '66, Heart of Dixie.

The Bug strikes me as car art, something to marvel at during my commutes.

If this is your car, feel free to contact me. I'd love to know the year and the story behind it.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fort Lauderdale's crazy rat rod

This car turns people's heads in South Florida so much that people stop and shoot the car with their smartphones and then upload the footage on Youtube.  Here's my Sun Sentinel story on the online fame that follows this customized 1949 Ford which looks like something that rolled out of one of those Mel Gibson Mad Max movies.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Back to the Accord

Beep beep! AOL AUTO published my first-car story which is a tribute to my clunky former Honda Accord which I really loved and still think about. (Yes, I used to have New Kids on The Block hair.) The photo to the left with my shaggy curly hair was taken outside my friend Aime's apartment building in South Beach across from Fienberg Fisher Elementary on Pennsylvania Ave. I was by default the designated driver (because I had a car.) And the photo to the right is how the model looked from the rear. (Note: this car below wasn't mine. Just a clone.)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Small cars with big attitudes

They want to save gas but they don't want to necessarily look like they do. Here's an article I wrote on how the owners of small eco-friendly cars from the Smart cars to Toyota Prius are customizing them like their bigger muscle car counterparts.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Impala impresses

  Consumer Reports recently lauded the new 2014 Chevy Impala, calling it one of the best cars it has ever tested. The vehicle had top honors among all sedans, capturing a ranking owned by Japanese and Euro models for the past 20 years.

In South Florida, classic Impala, those from the early 1970s, remain popular. They've been retrofitted, raised and splashed with cool colors.  Down here, they're known as donks and I wrote an article about the donk culture.  I wonder if the new Impala will become a classic in the spirit of the donks one day.

Some donks spotted just outside Fort Lauderdale.