(Last) Weekly Roundup: Pump Yo Brakes Edition

No rest for the wicked. After a triple SCCA race weekend in which I managed to land on the podium despite nursing both a few broken ribs and no small number of resentments, I spent all of last week in Europe working on a new story. Some of it was tedious and some of it was thrilling.

Here’s last week’s contributions, plus one we missed earlier.

It was a double “Ask Jack” week as I considered Ranger/Mustang combinations and Scions as Bimmer replacements. I then asked the readers if we deserve a truly American small car.

For R&T, I explained the sweet science of FWD racing and whined about the ridiculous idea of a Ferrari SUV.

Also, a correction: I forgot to include Danger Girl’s Tahoe goodbye in its appropriate week, so here you go, readers!

This week I’m going to sit around and work on healing. I’m losing precious bike-riding days as we speak. Winter, as they say, is coming. See you later this week!

27 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: Pump Yo Brakes Edition”

  1. Avatar-Nate

    ? We don’t get to hear about the resentments ? .

    I know a delicious back road in California that has a curve just like that .

    I often wonder if anyone has ever flown off it as it’s a remote farm to market road with pickups on it .


  2. AvatarBigtruckseriesreview

    Lamborghini, Ferrari…

    Ultimately all of them will have an SUV and they’ll see sales like they’ve never seen before.


    Because – just like the regular consumer market, Crossovers are giving people the interior space that the cars weren’t. Not to mention the practicality and AWD daily usage.

    I have no idea why professional car reviewers don’t get it. This isn’t about “performance” on some damn track somewhere that no one can spell.

    This is about having the badge I want on the car I want and being able to afford it and use it regularly.

    Rolls Royce SUV.
    Bentley SUV.
    Lamborghini SUV
    Ferarri SUV.

    99% of these things sold will never even see a “track”.

      • AvatarBigtruckseriesreview

        Good luck staying in business long enough to sell any of them if you don’t give the people what they want.

        These “fat people” are the ones with the money.

        Sitting in offices behind computers and eating out for lunch and dinner isn’t something poor people can afford.

  3. AvatarPaul

    As a former mountain bike rider to another, there comes a time you have to pass the baton. We need you doing what you do with writing about cars and life. Please get better.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I’ve told myself I’ll stop leaving the ground when I turn 50… not that I’m getting very high off the ground now. 🙁

      • Avatarbanana

        Come on. With all the plush full suspension bikes, and not to mention “e-bikes”, you can keep riding until you’re 80.

      • AvatarRobert

        My ROE for the twilight of my riding career:

        Don’t jump higher than you’re willing to fall.
        Don’t ride faster than you’re willing to hit a tree.

  4. AvatarPatrick

    Hi Jack:

    I am a big fan of both your and Mark’s columns, always interesting. I check TTAC daily (BTW great to see Mark back on TTAC) but tend to wait for your roundup post here to check out your Avoidable Contact columns. So I have a question for you. Does clicking through from the roundup to Avoidable Contact help you? Not necessarily suggesting that there is a monetary value in the click throughs, but also if there is a reputational value in that editors at R&T see that you have a significant following via the click throughs. Just curious.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      You’re a lot smarter than I am — I never thought about that!

      It probably DOES help that Hearst sees clicks come through from this site. TTAC’s senior management utterly despises me but Hearst is not the same way. So thank you for clicking through from this site, you’re doing me a favor and I appreciate it!

  5. AvatarMrFixit1599

    I learned the FWD trick years ago in a 1981 Subaru GL FWD, and a 1981 Escort. Very fun on gravel and dirt roads, and in the spring on asphalt after all the snow had melted where they used cinders on the road for snow traction in southern Ohio. Not powerful, but get the back end to slide, then power out. Unfortunately it does not work well if you overcook the turn, power out of it, then realize there is another turn in the opposite direction immediately after that, basically an S-turn. 4 wheel slide off the road, flipped the Escort into a tree, ended up upside down in the ditch.

      • AvatarMrFixit1599

        If you are referring to my comment, it’s very specific. My poor escort did not fare well. In defense of the driving technique, it works well assuming you aren’t 17 and stupid, driving on bald tires, and try to take the first corner wayyyyy too fast because of the cinders and brakes not working well at all with minimal traction.

  6. AvatarSteve Ulfelder

    Regarding Club Racing and spectators, I’ve heard it put this way: In NASCAR, the fans know all the drivers’ names. In SCCA, the drivers know all the fans’ names.

    • AvatarWill

      Kind of left field, but sportswriting (the reporting of the event) was Hunter Thompson’s best skill; you saw it in his writing for ESPN and in some of his books when he just focused on the sports. I always link to his articles about football, the man made that game poetic. His other stuff, rather overrated.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I think he’s right. There’s a big difference between MMA and golf when it comes to putting people in the seats.

      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        They’d pull my pedant card if I didn’t point out that plenty of the people who attend golf tournaments don’t have seats. They put up grandstands around the tees and greens of some big events but a lot of golfing fans still like to follow players around the course.

        A cursory search says that even average gold tournaments have higher attendance than record MMA gates.

        What I find interesting about the upcoming bout is that for decades I’ve insisted, much to the vehement disagreement of enthusiasts of Asian martial arts disciplines, that a Marquis of Queensberry prizefighter could hold his own in a fight with a martial artist. Mostly because a boxer knows how to take a real punch delivered with 16 oz gloves.. Now that such a fight is scheduled, between a ranking MMA fighter, and a ranking boxer, most of the money is on the boxer.

        • AvatarWill

          I don’t know about that, but this is the flaw of the fight; one is a puncher, the other specializes in martial arts. Getting opponent to the ground is a big part in winning. From the (street) fights I’ve had, I’ve always wanted to stay upright, gave me a better advantage to land punches. If someone took me to the ground, I lost. We’ll see how well Connor can take a lot of punches, but without being able to grapple, this “fight” seems silly.

        • Avatareverybodyhatesscott

          What I find interesting about the upcoming bout is that for decades I’ve insisted, much to the vehement disagreement of enthusiasts of Asian martial arts disciplines, that a Marquis of Queensberry prizefighter could hold his own in a fight with a martial artist.

          Part of the original point of MMA was to figure this out and you don’t see too many pure asian martial arts disciplines in the octagon anymore unless you’re counting muay thai.

          I love Asian Martial arts movies as much as the next guy, but those fighting styles aren’t real good for actual fights.


        • Avatarrpn453

          Heavier gloves actually reduce the impact by lowering hand speed.

          Boxing would be far more entertaining to me with 4 oz. MMA gloves. Punches come faster and they’re also harder to defend, as you can’t cover up with the big padded shields. MMA fighters have to focus more on being out of range or off target when the other guy throws, as well as using a completely different stance to compensate for kicks and takedowns. But gloves and, especially, handwraps in general are somewhat ridiculous. Nobody can just wing their hands at a guy’s head the way professional fighters do without a high risk of broken hands. Bareknuckle fighting requires a more measured approach.

          No dedicated boxer would have more than a brief puncher’s chance in a fight against a top MMA fighter. But I do believe that boxing is a more functional martial art than many of the traditional martial arts, which were typically never practiced at full intensity against a fully resisting opponent the way that boxing and jiu-jitsu were. While jiu-jitsu was clearly proven to be the most valuable single martial art in a one-on-one context, boxing is probably the single most useful martial art when it comes to multiple attackers.

          The McGregor-Mayweather press conferences have been amusing. This is the first time Mayweather will be fighting someone who knows with absolute certainty that Mayweather wouldn’t last thirty seconds in a real fight with him, possibly including a pure stand-up fight where Mayweather’s small, easily-broken hands could quickly render him useless without gloves and wraps, and where his boxing glove-oriented defence and front-leg-heavy stance would be ineffective. So it’s easy for McGregor to be the more confident of the two whenever they’re in close proximity, even if McGregor knows that he’ll eventually lose the boxing contest in the end. But I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to step in the ring with prime Mike Tyson for the money Conor will be receiving. He’s done a brilliant job with his spectacle of a career, as has Mayweather.


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