Can you Park Here or Not?

I genuinely didn’t know what to do when parking in downtown Toronto recently.

Possible Outcomes:

– there is no No Parking sign, and that’s my Jeep parked directly behind the meter, it’s ok

– but this is a Canadian thing to do, take a moment to warn others of a ticket, staying could be a $50 mistake

– or is this a trick, to keep that space open and available, hmmm

Went with Canadians being Canadian, and moved.

Found at Peter & Adelaide West, here’s a map.

If you know the answer, please advise in the comments.



Helping to Break in a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

A friend recently took delivery of a 2016 Porsche GT4 (non-car nerds: it’s a rare model, there’s like, 4 in Canada.)

He messaged me, “want to come help break it in?”


This is only my 2nd time around the big track at Mosport.

I am loving this.

Then I see the odometer.

Me: there’s only 390 km on this thing?! It’s too soon to be doing this!
Him: [smirks] you sure?
Me: Very! I wrote a column about it – 1,000 km minimum before you go nuts
Him: it’s okay Keri, we’ll get there, we just have to keep going around

So we did.

He had to be interviewed before Porsche would even sell him the car, isn’t that crazy? Now there’s a column topic.

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

3.8 Litre engine
385 horsepower
309 lb.-ft. of torque

Rear-wheel drive
6-speed manual transmission only

0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds
Top speed of 295 km/h

Starting at $96,500
This one $117,500

There’s even a G-Force monitor.

Look what he did to the tires HAHA.

Then the best thing happened.

“You want to drive it Keri? You can’t on the track, but here.” He tosses me the keys and walks away.

I’m standing there open mouthed, he’s not even coming to supervise?

No way would I be this cool with my new car.

So I sound good, I turn on the SPORT button – automatically blips the throttle on downshifts – and the sport exhaust too.

First things first – let’s do a photoshoot.

Come ON this back end.

Driver-oriented interior indeed.

And I’m off.

First Porsche I’ve driven, and is it always this easy?  There’s zero learning curve, it’s just … intuitive is the word?

Loved the gearbox and engine note, inside is ergonomically beautiful, and how refreshing is the lack of steering wheel controls.

I hang a right out of the track and it’s around the block, again, again, again until okay go back in and stop pushing your luck.

But not before I stop inside the tunnel, put the windows down and rev it for quite a while.

Blog tag = 2016 Porsche GT4

(Photo by Angelo Parisi)




I’m On the Mazda Website

Specifically, my words are featured on the 2015 MX-5 sales page – here.

First time this has happened to me!

And of all my reviews to be quoted, this one’s a favourite. In my bio, it’s 1/3 I use as examples of my writing.

Read it on Autonet.

Ironically, this review was tough to write, blogged about why here.

Plus points for the photoshoot, which made it into the elusive blog tag – Special Car Photos.



What is HD Radio in New Cars

If a new car offers HD Radio, it means it’s a richer type of radio in 2 ways:

1 – the sound is digital, so it’s less noisy than analog FM

2 – it allows the radio station to transmit both audio and data

See how much information is on the screen?

How to contact the station via text or Twitter.  Then the screen refreshes, and shows the artist and song name that’s currently playing.

Many auto manufacturers offer HD Radio as an audio upgrade in new cars.

Example – the above screen is in a 2016 Mazda3 in which HD Radio comes standard, second trim (GX) and up.