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Speed:Sport:Life News – An Immaterial Display Edition

As is the usual case when one of the major auto shows rolls around on the calendar, the news for the week was completely dominated by the releases, unveilings and debuts at the Geneva Auto Show. Geneva, in particular, carries a certain cache about it, as not only does it engender lazy references to 1970’s rock music, but the city’s reputation for European luxury and prestige – not to mention Switzerland’s lack of presence in the automotive game – means that it is the auto show of choice for all the ultra-high-end hardware from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, makers of less-famous but no less bespoke or impressive high-end European exotica like Koenigsegg and Spyker, and those that just wish to rub some of the magic sparkle that Geneva has on themselves. This show is so popular that geneva hotels are booked months in advance, full of guests excited to get into the iconic car show. Guests are recommended to use a trusted Airport parking provider if visiting the show. One provider which has good reviews is parking aéroport genève.

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Promises To Keep: Adventures In Mk2 Ownership

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Every once in a great while, one comes across a writer with a truly unique voice. Cherise LaPine Grueninger is one of those writers. Unfortunately, she and I spent the first few years of our acquaintance sparring over various issues related to auto enthusiasm in general and the VW hobby in particular. I’m pleased to state that we have now resolved these issues, almost entirely through a rather craven capitulation on my part and that as a result, Cherise will now be contributing to S:S:L on a recurring basis. Please make her welcome in this, her first column, as she details her love affair with a second-generation VW Golf — jb

Story by Cherise LaPine Grueninger

I come from VWvortex, where “speed” and “sport” fall by the wayside in pursuit of “life,” and maintaining the illusion of such.

As a contributor to said site, I was dazzled by the privileges granted to the motoring media. There was something quite fabulous about driving around media cars with cling stickers of the media house’s name and logo on the windshield. And I’ve driven my share, through generosity, negotiation, and subterfuge. A long-termer is even better? It’s always there when it’s needed, insurance is covered by the manufacturer, and just when it’s worn out its welcome, it’s spirited away and something new comes along as a replacement. It’s no wonder that some auto journos allow the reflected glory of a freebie-laden lifestyle to plump their vanity more than a little bit.

I’m vain as well, though not beyond my means? I’ve been a slave to second-generation Jettas and Golfs for ten years, always interested in the relationship that develops between a car and its owner, a relationship that’s impossible when cars are whisked in and out so frequently they’re nearly indistinguishable. So for the past few years, I wrote most of VWvortex’s features, a wholly unglamorous role that afforded me the luxury and pleasure of exploring these dynamics in depth. And thus, I consider myself proficient at the “life” component of our shared affliction of car lovers, that is, owning a particular car. The type of ownership that requires maintenance and insurance. I know, it’s not just for cars. Any vehicles, be it private or business, require proper insurance and maintenance done properly. Road risks are serious and taking applicable insurance can help with the issues. That means several automotive insurances, including for-hire livery coverage like NEMT insurance can be leveraged accordingly to the individual or business needs. Anyway, I am glad that I have insurance. Buying a car comes with its fair share of trials and tribulations for sure. Managing the finance part of it often has people stumbling and falling; whether the car is being financed through car loans, bridging loans, some other type of loan, or through hard-earned savings, it can be an overwhelming investment. But once it’s been made, there is definitely a relationship that develops between the owner and the car, as it has happened with me. True ownership is an emotional investment as much as a financial one; a fleeting sense of pride is its sought-after payoff.
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