Author - Adam Barrera

Mustang Drifts Japan: America’s performance mainstay is an ambassador abroad.

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Tokyo’s Grand Hyatt garage was the site of a telling diplomatic summit. As flashy ex-pats shuttled out of pricey European and Japanese metal, a red 2010 Ford Mustang found itself in cosmopolitan company. I figured that, among caches of cachet, the muscle-bound Mustang would fidget. However, in a singular moment, the Mustang demonstrated capability without the arrogance of a neighboring Ferrari, individualism without the pretense of a Bentley, and accessibility without the apology of an anonymous Toyota. I could have cried.

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Mustang Drifts Japan: Not Just a B-Movie Anymore


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Speed:Sport:Life and highmileage.org trailed Guinness-setting drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. all the way to Japan, and disappointingly discovered a dearth of wireless connectivity. Go figure. Instead of a live video microblog, S:S:L will bring readers a daily digest of Captain Clutch Kick’s first sideways excursion at Ebisu Circuit. Vaughn’s 2010 Mustang has been tuned with Ford Racing accessories to deliver over 500 horsepower — enough to shred two sets of fresh Azenis per day. Don’t worry, they’re free…

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Automotwitting the Dallas Auto Show: This Time, Less Nausea

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Live video microblogging is a largely uncharted frontier, but S:S:L and highmileage.org’s joint coverage of the Houston Auto Show was a world-first — and a reasonable success. This time, we’re working hard to mitigate camera shake issues while maintaining the immediacy that makes this new medium so exciting. We’ll meet the Ford Taurus SHO’s exterior design team leader for historical context , talk shop with the FBodFather himself, hit up Ferrari and Lamborghini for a sueded sense of speed, and hunt for the most obscure vehicles on the show floor. Click through to the main Utterli feed to find each video as it’s uploaded, and reply to each feed item with questions and comments for an immediate video response!

2009 Houston Auto Show: Livetwitting your Faceblog Off

In December, highmileage.org spiked the S:S:L Kool-Aid with frothing test tubes of interactive content, and at least two people wound up intoxicated enriched by the experience. An experimental media dot-org budget stretches fairly thin, so the humble Houston Auto Show is the testbed for another world-first. The box above contains short, candid, unedited video “microblogs” that highlight the most interesting ideas on display. Watch the full feed here, and log into Utterli to reply with your questions and ideas. S:S:L readers will shape this dynamic coverage, so don’t be shy!

Coverage begins at 9 AM, and will be updated through the day. Click the Play button on the top left to view video clips, and use the left and right arrows to navigate between slides.

Last Stand on the Hill: Burnin’ Down the House

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Yesterday’s Senate Banking hearings were less chiding and venomous than expected — but I still arrived at the finish line suitably toasted. Today, as Detroit presents their case to the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee at an even earlier hour, the goal is to stay out of my roommates’ liquor stash.

The rules have changed slightly:

– One sip of wine for each incorrect quality jab lobbed at the manufacturers.
– Two sips of wine for each unfair fuel economy jab lobbed at the manufacturers.
– Finish the glass if Congress mentions travel to the hearings via Hybrid rather than Jet. (Thanks Doug!)
– Two glasses if the phrase “We’re here because of GM” is uttered… or a forced GM-Chrysler merger is presented as a logical idea.
– One shot every time a Congressman hailing from a state that’s given billions in incentives to foreign manufacturers broadly opposes the loan.
– Shotgun a stolen Shiner Bock if: Daimler is blamed for Chrysler’s woes; Chrysler’s choice of hybrid is criticized; any CEO blames the UAW outright for its role in this crisis.

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It’s My Country, I’ll Liveblog if I Want To: Serious Business

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The sleepless nights are over. Today, we’ll be able to tell whether the most important domestic manufacturing pillar will be afforded a lifeline — and whether millions of jobs will be saved. To soften the seriousness of the Congressional proceedings, I’ll be employing Northern California’s finest, cheapest Cabernet Sauvignon in a drinking game that only Speed:Sport:Life has the dignity to broadcast live.

Here are the rules:

– One sip of wine for each incorrect quality jab lobbed at the manufacturers.
– Two sips of wine for each unfair fuel economy jab lobbed at the manufacturers.
– Finish the glass if Congress mentions travel to the hearings via Hybrid rather than Jet. (Thanks Doug!)
– One shot every time a Congressman hailing from a state that’s given billions in incentives to foreign manufacturers broadly opposes the loan.
– Shotgun a stolen Shiner Bock if: Daimler is blamed for Chrysler’s woes; Chrysler’s choice of hybrid is criticized; any CEO blames the UAW outright for its role in this crisis.

09:08 CDT: Here we go.

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