The 2016 Geneva International Motor Show's Best Cars

Every year, the Geneva International Motor show becomes a stage for manufacturers to showcase their most impressive and lust-worthy vehicles. This year, I was happy to see lots of attention given to a pure driving experience, though insane exotics were of course accounted for as well. If you want to see what the best cars were last year, you can check them out here. Onto this year's best cars...

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Split Personality: The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

It must be in human nature to label and categorize everything in our world. Music and movies are split into genres, we label others into different socio-cultural groups and we also place cars into different segments and classifications. Though labels can help us understand information as well as aid us in making choices, it can also hold us back. We commonly allow ourselves to be defined by these classifications, often causing us to discredit anything that doesn't fall into our preferred genre. For this reason, manufacturers have often had an easier time selling cars that follow the rules of their segment. Though not often, some cars have stepped outside these confines. One such car is the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

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Less is More: Toyota MR2

Though I wasn't around in the 1987, there are a few important things that happened. Canada introduced a one dollar coin into circulation nicknamed the "loonie", Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television and countless video games were released (Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Metal Gear, etc). All of these have something in common: progression. 1987 was the start of something new, something better. The “loonie” rid our wallets of one dollar bills, Star Trek: The Next Generation garners a whole 1.3 points higher on IMDB and video games were groundbreaking in their respective genres. Something else happened in 1987: Lucas Townsend’s Toyota MR2 rolled off the production line.

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Driving Right-hand Drive in a Left-hand Drive World

The majority of the world steers from the left side of the car. The issue with this is that not all cars were produced with left-hand drive models. In Canada, we are lucky enough to have import laws allowing us to register vehicles that were never officially imported as long as they are 15 years old. As someone partial to the value, performance and reliability provided by 90's Japanese sports cars, three of my vehicles have been of the right-hand drive variation. Now having years of experience driving right-hand drive, I like to think I understand the ins and outs. While sitting a couple feet further to the right may not seem like it would make a difference, there are a few subtleties.

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Prelude: 80's Flashback

Last week, I blew the motor in my Mitsubishi Evolution 5. This wasn't a surprise as I was expecting for the motor to bite the dust, but it was a little inconvenient. Since I had anticipated this event, my new 2.4 litre short block had already been completed but was still in the States. You can read about my plans for the Evo here. Knowing it would be at least a month before my Evo would be back on the road, I needed a beater for work. Two days went by until I found the perfect car: a 1989 Honda Prelude S. 

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RAUH-Welt Begriff Experience

RWB has amassed a huge following amongst automotive enthusiasts and when I heard there would be an exhibit about an hours drive away, I had to go. Though Nakai-san's creations may be over-the-top for some, I have always been a huge fan. The aggressive style and mixture of Japanese and European tuning elements results in a breathtaking display of art on wheels.

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Evolution Evolved: Part 1

For those of you who don't know, I drive a 1998 Mitsubishi Evolution V. It has everything a late 90's rally car needs: a turbo motor, a massive wing and all-wheel drive. Though I love the car, it has been quite problematic in the short time I have owned it. If you want to read about the purchase of the car and my problems you can do that here, but this isn't about problems. This is about solutions. 

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911 Killer? The Porsche Cayman GT4

In the automotive world it is generally agreed that the Porsche Cayman has been held back in order not to eclipse it's older brother, the 911. With a mid-engine chassis, the Cayman is inherently more balanced than the rear-engine 911. Even though they have the Cayman GTS model in their lineup, they have never put GT(insert number here) badge on a Cayman.

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The Middle

Part two of my car history spans the ownership of three cars and two motorcycles. All five of these vehicles possessed different configurations of four-cylinder motors, sparing two which were polar opposites in character. The middle.

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The Beginning

This is part one of my car history. A journey from vehicle to vehicle in the last five years of my life. I am currently on my 7th vehicle after four other cars and two motorcycles. The story begins with my first, longest and most difficult automobile. The beginning.

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