What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. This week's cocktail comes courtesy of Miami's MC Kitchen by way of Delta's Sky Magazine. Called the Pachamama, the Peruvian-inspired cocktail is sweet, flavorful, and great for sipping. Muddle together two ounces of Florida sweet corn kernels, a whole strawberry, two ounces of molle berry Aya, and a dash of oregano. Add in an ounce and a half of each Pisco Capurro and Verjus soda and shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy.
Weekend of Celebration: One of the highlights of Summer 2013 for me will surely be my visit to England last weekend as a guest of Aston Martin to help celebrate its Centenary. Aston Martin's history has as many low points as triumphs, so it's a small miracle the brand is even still here, but I'm glad it is. Here's my photo portfolio of the celebration weekend.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
Strange Sightings: I was on vacation in Europe last week and spotted numerous Renault Twizy runabouts darting around the cramped streets of Bologna, Italy. Even on the tight, cobblestone alleys, the tiny, two-seat Twizy still looks impossibly small and clown-car-like. On the other end of the spectrum, Amsterdam was littered with American imports – I saw no less than two Hemi-powered Ram 1500 pickups, a Chevrolet HHR, and – strangest of all – a 1980s-vintage Mercury Grand Marquis perched aside a canal in the city center.
Donny Nordlicht, Associate Web Editor
Songs of The Workshop: Did you know that there is an official song about Mercedes-Benz maintenance and service? Choice lyrics include, "I like them to turn me on//I thought that some of them did," and, "Take the load off me//You'll tow me if I break down." You can listen to the short version by clicking here, or you can click here for the full five-minute power ballad. And you thought modern pop music was all inane drivel…
Jake Holmes, Associate Web Editor
Market Dominance: This week, we reported on sales for July 2013, and the Ford F-Series was, no surprise, the best-selling vehicle once again. What’s so hard for me to wrap my head around is the scale of this sales dominance. This month, the magic number was 60,449. I could understand the fact that this is more than 2000 trucks per day, but what surprises me most are the brands that sell less than this one truck. Here’s a list of the entire auto brands that sold fewer units that the Ford F-Series in July 2013: Kia, Jeep, Dodge, GMC, Subaru, Volkswagen, Mazda…the list goes on and on.
Joey Capparella, Associate Web Editor
And Now, For Your Esoteric Edification: Footage of the Isdera Imperator 108i – the wild, Mercedes-AMG-powered, gullwinged supercar of the cocaine era – being exercised at a recent track event in Europe. Glorious AMG V-8 noise – and powerslides! – ensue.
Dammit, I told myself I wasn’t going to cry, even if these are tears of joy. Give me a moment. Here, you can watch that same car tackle the Nurburgring while I collect myself.
Evan McCausland, Associate Web Editor
Dream Cruising: Others at One Automobile Plaza are anticipating the Pebble Beach Concours and Monterey Historics coming up in a couple of weeks. Not me. I’m gearing up for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise the same weekend. Ford, Chevrolet, and sometimes Dodge try to top each other with clever billboards along Woodward Avenue this time of year. This week, across the street from where I live, Ford has constructed a Mustang GT billboard with mannequins in lawn chairs watching the red coupe go by, just as hundreds of Cruiser aficionados do most of the summer long along Woodward, from Ferndale north to Birmingham. A few miles away, there’s a new Buick Regal on display that’s being given away in some sort of raffle. It’s parked in front of a popular Coney Island restaurant, and there’s a cardboard cutout of Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning on the driver’s side window. Sorry, but I’ll take this stuff over Pebble Beach all summer long.
Todd Lassa, Executive Editor