Car Geeks and Snow

Automobile Staff
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Behind all the beautiful pictures, fabulous features, and raw data there has to be a logistics person to put everything together. It helps if this person is a car geek. Oh, and it's snowing today...

Meet me, Marc Noordeloos, road test coordinator for Automobile Magazine. I am a car geek.

Before hopping on board at the magazine, I managed a historic sports car racing and rally team. During that time I sat shotgun in three LaCarrera Panamericana rallies and managed a fleet of IMSA GTP race cars in the States and Europe.

But onto the weather. As I sit looking out my window at what should be a beautiful, mild October afternoon, all I see are snowflakes. Funny thing, all I can think about is the enormous grin I get when the first proper dump of snow arrives. The wonderful white stuff helps make driving so much fun.

My last car was a Subaru WRX shod with Dunlop Winter Sport M3 tires and it was the definition of winter fun. Decent ground clearance, a tail happy nature when slippery, and the unique flat-four engine note helped make the Subaru a fabulous cold weather companion although all the fun pushed my winter fuel mileage into SUV territory. The high fuel bills could not begin to dull my ear to ear smile. Outside of motor racing, I can think of very few automotive activities as fun as a blast through Michigan's worst.

Snow is a great time to be in a car.Too many people don't go out to a big,empty parking lot and learn what their car will do in the snow in safety.The front drive cars are just totally boring in the snow but that also makes them pretty safe as long as they are'nt overdriven.Rear drive cars can be fun if you can get tractio.But the most fun I ever had in the snow was with a very cheap,very used 1969 VW Beetle.It was rear drive,rear engined and it was a total blast to drive in the snow.Nothing like snow donuts in an empty parking lot in the snow and doing my best WRC imitation in the lot as well.Good times.
After forty years of driving in Michigan, I like to play in the snow as much as anyone. But the bottom line is getting to my destination--and guys playing in traffic can make that a challenge. A couple weeks ago, my brother-in-law had his Vibe GT totaled by a sidewise pickup on I-25 near Monument Pass. And this New Year's Day, driving from Chicago to Ann Arbor in a storm, I passed at least twenty cars in the ditch on I-94. And a couple had taken out other cars while elegantly sliding off the road backward.As usual, SUVs, pickups, and Pontiacs were all well represented--but there was Prius in the ditch, too, a first for my personal life list. The sight reaffirmed my decision to crawl along in the right lane, and save my sliding for empty parking lots.
Marc, you ought to bring down a couple of cars to test in the Chihuahua Express April 11-13. It's like the Carrera, but only three days out of one town, one luxury hotel. 1671 KM, including 541 KM of speed stages. Very cool landscape, and only 220 miles south of El Paso.Gerie
Tis true. . . a strong e-brake and constant lake-effect snow almost made my embarassing times of driving an Oldsmobile Intrigue worth it. Although I've witnessed with a few GM front-drivers that doing too many reverse donuts will definitely destroy your power steering. Who knew?Snowy days are also when old, 19-foot long Cadillacs really show what they can do.
"The SERIOUS staff has been kidnapped and tied to a post in the basement. MUHAHAHAHA!"Is that the smell we've been hearing about on YouTube?
Serious Staff!? Are you kidding, Joel? The SERIOUS staff has been kidnapped and tied to a post in the basement. MUHAHAHAHA!
pleaze. someone shoot these guys. where's the SERIOUS staff?!?
Yes, if you click on the pic you will see a handsome man in a black sweater and khakis with his arms crossed...tis me with that crazy hair.But who cares about that, someone has to have some winter driving stories to add to the comments!
A big, lovable, curly-haired kind of glue.And we looooooooooooooove him.(Seriously, things would pretty much Never Happen around here if it weren't for Marc and his fabulous mane.)
He is the proverbial glue that holds our office together.

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