With the summer season in full gear, even a true Autosavant can have trouble keeping up with automotive news around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the stories that made news this week, and a look at the vehicles that have passed through the Autosavant garage.
The appropriately named Plymouth, Mich., once again played host to the wonderful Concours d’Elegance of America a few days ago, and the event … eh, you know what? Let’s just skip to checking out a random assortment of the many amazing vehicles that were on display.
Sometimes, with our minds almost completely immersed in the car business, we forget that not everyone reading this site pays as much attention to cars and the car business as we at Autosavant tend to do. This reality landed in my inbox this morning with a comment pointing out that I referred to the acronym CAFE without defining it in the article about the 2015 F-150 moving to a mostly aluminum body. Let’s take a step back and explain what CAFE is, in the context of the auto industry. (If you want to know what it is in the context of a place to eat lunch, you’re on the wrong website).
One of the UK’s largest sites to initiate a , Auto Trader (not the same AutoTrader site that lists new and used cars for sale in the US), conducted a survey which gave a list of what the nation believes are the best songs to play when driving. Whether you’re head banging to a bit of Queen or flying down the motorway to the well-known, Beach Boys, we all have our own favourite song to play in the car.
Question: What did the Shah of Iran, Cheech and Chong, Leonid Brezhnev, and Idi Amin have in common, apart from being wild and crazy guys? Answer: They all owned at least one Citroën SM each (). Good taste isn’t something we associate with these gentlemen, but in this case it emerged, no doubt accidentally: the SM is one beautiful machine, an artifact for the ages. And its beauty is more than skin-deep.
Even before moving to its current digs in pleasant Plymouth, Mich., the event now known as the Concours d’Elegance of America was considered among the top handful of such exhibitions in the world; it was definitely one of just two or three top-tier concours shows in this country, along with Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. Now, sprawling across the grounds of the ritzy St. John’s Inn, the Motor City’s other international auto show has taken a much higher profile of late—but they still gave me press credentials anyway!