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Highlights: DMCC Round 6 - Final Round 2014

Posted Sep 16th 2014 12:58PM



Round 6 of the Drift Mania Championship Canada (DMCC) took place at Sanair Raceway in Quebec this past weekend. This was to be the 6th and final round of 2014 for the hugely popular pro drifting series in Canada.

The weather for the day looked to be "iffy" at best. Cold, grey, and with rain in the forecast, it was anyone's guess as to what the weather gods would bring. Fortunately the morning practice went off smoothly with the rain holding off and the cold temps boosting power and power delivery for all the cars.

Click down for the highlights and the recap.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Jeremy Alan Glover / AOL

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Canada's most prestigious auto event

Posted Sep 15th 2014 6:00PM



Before we had the automobile, we had horse-drawn carriages; and where there is an opportunity to travel in personalized vehicles, there will be people competing for top honours in the beauty, design and style department. It's said that in 17th century France, the aristocracy was so enamoured with how stylish, grand and beautiful their carriages were, they decided to begin showing them off on weekends and holidays... Thus, the Concours d'Elegance was born. This year's prestigious event in Cobble Beach continues in that same automotive tradition, celebrating the finest and rarest antique, vintage and classic cars right here in Canada.

The 2nd Annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance was held over this past weekend by the stunning Cobble Beach Resort on Georgian Bay, and it was undoubtedly a roaring success. Similar to the infamous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a gorgeous golf course played home to some of the most desirable, interesting, and rare cars in existence.

Click here for our full photo gallery and highlights from the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

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Top 10 new cars that we wish were sold in Canada, but aren't

Posted Sep 12th 2014 11:00AM



We're not exactly starved for cool car choices here in Canada or North America, but as human nature dictates - we're always going to lust over the things we can't have. Throughout the years, we've lusted after countless classic forbidden fruit machines like the Nissan Skyline, Ford Escort Cosworth, Peugeot 306 GTI, Utes from down under, Toyota Altezza, Honda Civic Type-R, Holden Commodore, and the Ford Falcon just to name a few.

If we were to compile a complete list of all the cars we can look at but can't touch, we'd be here longer than it took Frodo to make it to Mount Doom from the Shire. Instead, we've put together a list of 10 new cars that you can buy in Europe or Australia right now, but can't hope to own here in Canada.

There are plenty more that we would love to have but these 10 are the ones that make the list for today.

Check out the list below or in gallery form here.

Most Fuel Efficient SUVs and crossovers of 2014

Posted Sep 10th 2014 10:00AM



SUVs and crossovers are here to stay and it's easy to see why. They're extremely useful for hauling cargo - the human kind and the other kind - furniture, musical instruments, hockey equipment, and any and all supplies needed for camping trip or a week away at the cottage or a road trip adventure.

Gone are the days when you had to pay out the nose at the fuel pumps for the added versatility an SUV brings. Or even better, gone are the days when your only option for a family hauler with cargo room was a (*shudder*) minivan. With SUV and crossover fuel economy numbers now rivalling sedan numbers, it's easy to see why their popularity has exploded over the past 2 decades.

Consumer Reports set out to compile a list of the SUVs that net the best fuel mileage. They've calculated their mileage numbers from equal parts city and highway driving using a precision flow metre - this enables us to give you the real-world economy numbers. We've put the top 39 vehicles together and ranked them in order from first to last for you. We know when you're out shopping for a new vehicle, it can be very time consuming and even stressful trying to dig up individual fuel economy numbers and oftentimes, you can only find the numbers that the manufacturers put out in their brochures.

Check out the entire 39-vehicle list below or in gallery form above if you want to put some context to the vehicle models. Note: All figures are converted from MPG to litres-per-100 km.

News Source: Consumer Reports

Top 10 easy ways to lower your car insurance

Posted Sep 8th 2014 3:01PM



Car insurance costs can sometimes be equal to or even higher expense than your monthly car loan or lease payment. There's no getting around having to pay for car insurance in Canada; if you own and operate a vehicle, it's insured and you're paying for it.

While we don't have a "magic formula" to bring the costs of insurance in Ontario or any other parts of Canada back down to more reasonable levels, we do have 10 easy tips that could help lower your mandatory car insurance payments. We often get messages from readers asking about insurance saving tips, so here you are! Some of the tips may seem like common-knowledge, but these quick money-saving tips could really come in handy.

Click here to check out the list in gallery form or continue reading below for the full rundown.

News Source: Bonus Point: Toronto Star, IBC

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Mother allows son's deadly motorcycle crash footage used in controversial PSA

Posted Sep 5th 2014 8:00PM



This motorcycle crash video below may will be hard to watch for many of us. 38-year-old David Holmes was tragically killed on his motorcycle when he collided head-on with a driver in a Renault in Norfolk, England while travelling at close to 160 km/h (156 km/h or 97 mph). His mother Brenda Holmes, along with Norfolk Police have since produced a 3-minute video with the full support of his family which shows the crash captured from David's shocking point of view. It is their hope the video and the resulting safety campaign will act as a PSA promoting road safety for cars and motorbikes alike.

Holmes was travelling in one direction and the the driver of the Renault was travelling the opposite way, when the driver of the Renault made a right hand turn (the equivalent to our left hand turns) directly in the path of Holmes and his motorcycle. The driver admitted to not seeing Holmes or the car travelling behind him before executing the fatal right hand turn; he was prosecuted in April. Despite the fact that David was indeed travelling well above the posted speed limit, a number of other drivers had seen both the motorbike and the other car before the fatal collision.

While this video does not contain any graphic images of the rider, it's still very hard to watch, nonetheless. His mother Brenda and the police know that public opinion will be divided upon release of the PSA video.

Click here to view a few versions of the PSA video and for more information and quotes from the police and from Holmes' mother.

News Source: EDP24, NorfolkConstabulary, AOL ON via YouTube

Formula Drift Canada recap and highlights

Posted Sep 5th 2014 10:00AM


Labour Day Weekend was the first and hopefully, not the last Formula Drift Canada round. St-Eustache had the fortune to play host to rabid drifting fans from all over Canada, old and new. With record numbers in attendance and standing room only on holiday Monday, we'd say it was a roaring success.

Formula Drift is the premier drifting series, as you know, and this round was a special and important one for us Canadians. It was the first time in the history of the series that our boys could compete against FD gods Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Charles Ng, Dean Kearney, Chelsea DeNofa, and Forrest Wang on our home turf.

Click down for our recap, highlights and results from the raddest motorsports event to hit Canada (for drifting fans) all year.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Ronnie Fung / Jeremy Alan Glover

Top 10 most expensive celebrity cars and surprising facts you didn't know

Posted Aug 28th 2014 10:59AM



While we don't ponder upon what celebrities do, say, buy, or wear on a regular basis, we are certainly curious about what they drive from time to time. Why does it matter you ask? It matters because some of these celebrities have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal and as gearheads, we're interested to know what people would buy if money were no object.

So without further ado, we present to you an updated list and photo gallery of the top 10 most expensive celebrity cars of 2014, which features a few of the same celebs listed from previous years along with some surprising facts like over half of the most expensive celebrity cars belong to Bugatti-driving rappers like Birdman, Flo Rida, Little Wayne and The Game (shocker!).

If you find some of these exotic car a little out of your price bracket, don't worry as our post on the top 5 affordable celebrity cars and top 10 celebrities who drive cheap, ugly cars is proof not every famous star cares about showing off with their car.

We won't spoil the list for you, but the gallery also lists the pertinent specs, customizations and prices of each car, so click here to check out it out.

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News Source: FinancesOnline

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Experts warn Canadian consumers of increasing car loan debt danger

Posted Aug 26th 2014 3:59PM



It's nearly impossible to drive around the city and miss the signs that are plastered over the front of every car dealership in town. Signs that advertise attractively low looking bi-weekly and monthly payments for a brand new car are everywhere these days, you merely need to open a web browser or magazine and be bombarded with more of the same.

While the sticker price of many of today's new mass market cars have come down slightly, the monthly payments have come down significantly more via the ability to stretch your payments out over ever increasing lengths (some of which range up to eight-year terms). The ability to hop in a brand new car with exceptionally affordable monthly payments is very appealing, especially here in Canada.

We hesitate to use the word "sales", as Gerry Cloutier, General Manager of a Hyundai Dealership in Ottawa says, "People don't buy price, they buy a payment." He goes on to add "Today's buyer wants monthly payments around $200, a goal made attainable by longer loan terms and low borrowing costs." Well, according to a report put out by Automotive News, us Canadians may be in for a rough ride ahead in the upcoming years... READ FULL STORY

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News Source: Automotive News

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