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.

The Spur outside the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. All photos by Howard Walker.

Bentley’s new Flying Spur is a 207mph magic carpet ride

To drive. Or be driven. That’s the dilemma.  Do you slide behind the wheel to pilot the world’s fastest four-door sedan — 207mph flat out? Or luxuriate in the back, watching the world whoosh by as the massaging, reclining, heated-and-cooled seats do the pampering? Either way you’ll be overjoyed. This is the spectacular duality of […]


Weekend Wheels: Hyundai’s new 54mpg Sonata Hybrid

Hybrids. Remember those? Not so long ago they were up there with iPod Shuffles and BlackBerrys as the cool thing to have.  Today? Eh, not so much.  Remember when we couldn’t get enough of Toyota’s wonky-looking Prius? Back in 2012, we bought 236,000 of the things. Last year, sales had dropped to 69,000.  There’s a […]

Shelby Mustang GT500

Pony Express: Ford’s 760-horse Shelby Mustang GT500

Let me introduce you to Juno. This NASA space probe, currently doing loop-di-loops around Jupiter, has the distinction of being the fastest man-made creation ever.  How fast? When it left Mother Earth’s gravitational pull in 2011, it was accelerating at an astonishing 25 miles per second. To put that into a little context, a 0.50-caliber […]


Weekend Wheels: Taking flight with the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Wait, what happened to the bump? I clearly saw the gnarly, Detroit-style pothole looming fast. Waited for the ker-thump as a tire dropped into it. Waited for the thudder-judder in the steering. What happened was… nothing.  Here, perched oh-so-stately behind the wheel of the all-new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, it seems minor irritations like blacktop lumps […]