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The American Road #12: 3-Door SUV – USA Shooting Brake.

Bill Crittenden continues his series: The term “shooting brake”, rarely heard in the American automobile market, in modern usage refers to a type of car that combines aspects of a coupé and station wagon. Essentially, it’s most often a 2-door or 3-door station wagon (pick your name…they both refer to two side doors and one rear door). Continue reading

American Road #11: Clowns To The Left, Jokers To The Right

roadBill Crittenden continues his American Road series with a look at lane discipline stateside: In the past few years, as the internet and Twitter have allowed me to connect to people from all over the world, I’ve discovered a thing many other countries have that Americans do not: “lane discipline”. I’ve noticed this especially recently as the UK has started ticketing drivers who cruise along in the middle lane without anyone to the left of them. Continue reading

The Secretary of Transportation

Crittenden Automotive LibraryWith Tony Bennett crooning ‘If I Ruled The World’ in the background Bill Crittenden wishes he was Secretary of Transportation in the USA: Weird title, I know. It was inspired by a discussion of CVT gearboxes with DriveWrite’s Geoff Maxted where he said he’d ban them as king and I suggested writing about how he’d rule the roads as king. So while we may assume that CVTs will soon be banned under the forthcoming hypothetical rule of King Geoff I (Hey, less of the hypothetical – It’s only a matter of time. Ed.), he also suggested I come up with the same for the United States. Continue reading