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 […]

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 Ocean Alexander 36L at MarineMax.

Four spectacularly over-the-top gift ideas

Choose from a yacht, a mobile winery, the entire floor of a luxury hotel, and a portrait like no other.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The author, left, with his 'chauffeur,' Mario Andretti.

I took a thrill ride with Super Mario at the St. Pete Grand Prix — and lived

I’m strapped into the back seat of a screamin’ IndyCar race car. In front of me is my chauffeur, an 80-year-old Italian called Mario. Yep, that one.

Wheel Base Garage

Hot Wheels! The WheelBase car condo is having a grand opening!

Remember Howard Walker’s story about the new complex that he called “a Four Seasons for your Ferrari?” We covered WheelBase Premium Garage Condos in our Home Design Issue because it seemed a unique architectural combination: housing for cars and a comfortable place to hang out for car owners. Well, if that piqued your interest and […]