Weekend Wheels: Kia’s new K5 is full of surprises

The first surprise? Maybe that this beauty pageant shoo-in is a Kia. Biggest surprise? The astonishing value for the money.

Weekend Wheels: Infiniti’s QX80 still rocks

The Infiniti’s cabin design continues to draw potential buyers like a moth to a flame, though I still can’t look at the big QX with its evil-eye headlights and not see a Star Wars Stormtrooper.

Weekend Wheels: Ford’s galloping all-electric Mustang

When you hoof it in Ford’s new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover, there’s definitely no shortage of giddy-up. Soon as you press that “start” button, this dark horse of the electrified world will be ready for some serious horseplay.  Yup, it’s the mane deal. And you heard that straight from the horse’s mouth. I know, I […]

They bought Jack Kerouac’s house in St. Pete. Now what?

Ken and Gina Burchenal weren’t planning on buying Jack Kerouac’s old house on 10th Avenue N. in St. Pete’s Disston Heights neighborhood.  They were heading to lunch one lazy Saturday morning last October. One of their kids had told them about an open house at the nondescript brick ranch home on the corner of 10th […]

The Colossus of Roads: Cadillac’s super-sized new Escalade

Remember those heady days when you thought a 36-inch TV was the pinnacle of big-screen viewing pleasure? You know, the one that made those Mork & Mindy reruns look so enticing.  Climb up — way up — behind the wheel of Cadillac’s latest and greatest 2021 Escalade and feast your peepers on its jaw-descending, industry-first, […]

Weekend Wheels: BMW’s new 440i Coupe puts on a brave face

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Case in point, Crocs footwear.  Yet it’s tough to gaze at the buck-toothed, engorged-kidney’d, Edvard Munch The Scream face of the new 2021 BMW M440i Coupe and not quietly ask yourself: What the heck were they thinking? But, then there’s that other famous saying […]

The athletic Cadillac CT4

Weekend Wheels: Think of Cadillac’s athletic CT4 as a four-door Camaro

For starters, it rides on pretty much the same rear-drive chassis, or platform, as Chevy’s muscley Camaro two-door coupe and convertible.  Yep, there’s a little bit of Camaro in every CT4. Elvis, who loved his Cadillacs, would have been proud. Or maybe not. Less impressive, and definitely not in keeping with Cadillac’s old “Standard of […]

Green Light Cinema: The Little Movie House That Could

If you’re a movie lover, spare a thought for Mike Hazlett. Back in March, he was all set to open his new indie movie theater, Green Light Cinema, in the heart of downtown St. Pete. Then Covid struck. With a vengeance. “We were going to have a grand opening. Lots of VIPs. Champagne. Popcorn. Lots […]

Weekend Wheels: Land Rover’s new Defender is the coolest 4X4 by far

It’s the new off-roading benchmark, the ultimate go-anywhere-and-everywhere vehicle.

Weekend Wheels: The new Corvette Convertible is the best ‘Vette yet

If Chevy’s all-new mid-engined Corvette Stingray Coupe wasn’t already tempting enough, this latest retractable hardtop convertible version is the veritable icing on the mince pie.