Weekly Roundup: The Dark Hemingway Edition


What do you do with a bunch of rum and grapefruit juice, anyway? If you’re my pal Chris from Canada, you Google around until you accidentally stumble on Hemingway’s favorite cocktail. But since Chris isn’t the kind of guy to follow someone else’s recipe blindly, you mix it up a bit. This is The Dark Hemingway:

  • dark rum ( gosling black seal )
  • real grapefruit juice ( not from concentrate )
  • fresh lime juice
  • lots of ice
  • dash of dark maple syrup

Stir well, or shake….garnish with a slice of lime. After three of these, “with maybe too much rum”, Chris found that he’d fallen asleep and missed the end of the movie he was watching. I’d call that a success.

Saturday night is just a few hours away, so stir up a Dark Hemingway while we cover this week’s contributions.

Brother Bark considered the purchase of a Focus ST and inquired as to the desirability, real or imagined, of mid-sized sedans.

For R&T, I tested the Dunlop Direzza “Star Spec” under race conditions, got a bunch of mouth-breathing Lewis Hamilton fans upset, and drove 1,700 miles at slightly below the speed limit in an old mid-engined two-seater.

At TTAC, I pondered the ridiculousness of Uber Select and detailed a most illogical purchase experience that swung from frugal hatchback to old-man sedan.

Last but certainly not least, I collaborated with Peter Dawson and the new Mazda MX-5 Miata for an article on California’s Route 33 in Zoom-Zoom Magazine. This isn’t a car review; Zoom-Zoom is Mazda’s house publication. Rather, it’s 2500 words on the unique sights and experiences available on this old-school “road to nowhere”. I don’t think I’d want to make a career out of travel writing like this, but it was a great opportunity to spend two enjoyable day behind the wheel of my favorite small roadster ever. Also, the folks who hired me to do the job seemed very anxious that I emphasize the danger of being all alone on Route 33. “Like a brand-new Miata is going to break down,” I said. I suppose I could have crashed it. Left out of the story: the hilarity of them giving me an automatic transmission Miata because they weren’t sure if I could drive a stick.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy your drinks, ladies and gentlemen!

22 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: The Dark Hemingway Edition”

  1. Avatarjz78817

    The piece about Rosberg kind of sums up why I’ve never been able to get into Formula 1. The drivers are a bunch of prima donnas, “team orders” bullshit dictates at least part of the outcome of a race, and it’s all run by a classist, sociopathic muppet who clearly believes Motorsport should be reserved for the wealthy and wants to keep it that way. Plus the racing isn’t really that exciting anyway; the most notable thing apart from Hamilton and Rosberg diva drama is how we’re all supposed to be amazed at Verstappen.

  2. Avatarjstyer

    +1 on the Zii star specs…

    We run them on the WRL Miata, and E30. Best of the “near beer” track tires we’ve used.

      • Avatarjz78817

        Don Gooley Cadillac sold those things for some reason. I remember seeing them when I was like 11. I had no idea they were fluffed-up Fieros until much later.

      • Avatarhank chinaski

        That car was the subject of an infamous C&D cover, IIRC.

        I likes me some Dark and Stormy….dark rum and ginger beer.

  3. Avatar-Nate

    Damn Jack ;

    You jusdt now discovered SR33 in your forties ? .

    It’s a fun road with some good side trips off it too .

    Try it on your favorite Moto in Spring or Summer, I like it all year ’round .


  4. AvatarAthos

    Had to google that rum. Seems like a nice drink. And a must try (both). Available locally as regular and family reserve versions

        • Avatar-Nate

          Just wait until you’re old and have cholesterol issues ~ the damned Medicine works but isn’t compatible with Grapefruits (insert crying face here) so no more delicious Ruby Red Grapefruits for breakfast, drinky etc.

          Dammit .

          I do so love me some Run drinks =8-) .


    • AvatarCharlie

      It’s crazy to me that the C3 corvette was so slow. Was the regulatory environment at the time that restricting on large displacement motors, or was GM just putting in the bare minimum effort because they knew (assumed) that whatever they made would sell?

      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        It was the combination of a couple of factors. The introduction of unleaded gasoline forced everybody to lower compression ratios and reduce their timing a bit. First-gen catalytic converters did a lot to restrict airflow. And GM was, of course, arrogant as holy hell in simply forcing their customers to suffer instead of looking for creative ways (like Honda’s CVCC engine) to deal with the problem.

        Electronic engine controls made it possible for Ford to bump their 302 from 110 horsepower in 1979 to 225 in 1988; at the same time GM went from 160hp in the smogged California 5.7 to 275hp.

        • AvatarCharlie

          Seems like a perfect storm of anti V8 factors. Separately, how would you compare those Dunlops to the Falken Azenis RT615K that you run on your porsche? For any sizes I’d run, the Falken’s have a price advantage. Did you notice a discernible improvement of the Dunlops over the Falkens?

          • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

            Dunlops are definitely faster tires. I don’t think they wear as well. I have about 9k miles on the Azenis, with maybe 1k of it being track/autox, and they are still in good visual shape.

  5. AvatarDirtRoads

    I’m not really a Nico fan, but I’m REALLY not a Hammy fan, so I’m happy for Nico.

    I want Ferrari to dominate like the Schumi years. Yup, I want to be bored with red cars winning all the damn time.


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