Long Weekend? Time For A Road Trip!

So it’s the long weekend, eh? First one of the summer to boot! If you are one of the “cool kids”,  we hope you are. The weekend is already planned: you have bought your fireworks and your 2-4’s are chilling in the fridge in advance of the good times that are sure to come(fireworks and alcohol are not a great combination). Your bags are packed and you are ready to go to your friends cottage/camping/road trip/hunting/fishing/something else wickedly Canadian. You probably even have some road tunes loaded up for the drive.

What do you take on this momentous weekend? This is THE long weekend. This is the long weekend that signifies summer has finally arrived, that warm weather is going to stay! Tans will be had and lakes/pools/ponds/watering holes will be jumped into. The long weekend to kick off long weekends deserves a chariot of epic proportions.

The classic:

Moms station wagon, preferably with wood paneling and the rear facing “backy-back” seats.

Pros: you can pretty much guarantee that it will not break down and will provide supreme comfort for you and your passengers. They can seat 9 and swallow all your luggage. Wood paneling.

Cons: Will drink approximately the same amount of fuel as an oil tanker at full speed that is going into a hurricane. Hope you like AM radio. Air conditioning? You mean rolling down the windows, right?

The modern take:

Minivans are great vehicles. They are ubiquitous on our byways and highways thanks to their relatively cheap price, modern conveniences and decent fuel economy.  Features like built in refrigerators, multiple T.V’s and 56 cup holders are not uncommon on these beasts.

Pros: I just mentioned them…. see above.

Cons: if you have 7 or 8 passengers you may not be able to take all of the gear inside the car, strapping stuff to the roof is nerve racking on the highway (We love that person who is holding down luggage strapped to the roof with there arm, while doing 120 in the fast lane, we just don’t to be behind them). Minivans are also sometimes seen as “uncool” or “mom why can’t we have a convertible?!”

The selfish person:

“Since we are all going to the same cottage this weekend why don’t we carpool?” Your response:  “sorry I will be getting out of the office late on Friday, I will meet you up there.” This is a brilliant ploy to ensure that you can drive your sports car…. You’re not getting out late on a Friday! It’s a long weekend!

Pros: You pick the music, you drive the speed you want and you get to choose when and where you stop. You want to take the back roads instead of the congested highways so you can carve corners? no problem.

Cons: you get to the cottage and feel alienated because you missed all the funny jokes and amusing stories on the way up. Nobody to split gas with but yourself. You were “that guy in the sports car” who was weaving in and out of traffic.

The hard-core:

So you and your friends decide to borrow your uncle’s 15 year old camper and hit the campgrounds. This is great because you don’t need to unpack your tent! This is going to be an epic weekend!!!!!

Pros: you are all traveling in the same vehicle and you can take everything with you, including the kitchen sink! You can cook while driving!

Cons: you get to the beer store and realize you can’t park. You are cruising comfortably at 90 because the cross wind is threatening to tip you over. It has not been cleaned in 15 years…. The toilet just broke.

These are tough choices. No matter what your long weekend brings you we would like to wish you a happy May 2-4 / happy birthday Queen Victoria. From all of us at Auto|One,

Summer is Coming!!!

While you have been busy at home getting ready for the summer. You know, painting, fixing, scrubbing, vacuuming, dusting, fixing, tightening bolts, untightening bolts, seeding, planting, disinfecting, etc… we have been getting ready for summer as well. At Auto|One Group we get ready for summer a little differently. We don’t fight about chores with the better half, nor do we discuss the future placement of deck furniture. At Auto|One we get ready for summer by delivering and servicing summer toys!

We recently sent some fantastic vehicles to eager customers. Some old, some new, some exotic, some muscle, all will leave a smile on your face. If you combine the horse power on these highlighted deliveries it would equal the power of every rocket ship,ever built, in the world.

Tony Curalli delivered a current classic and a future classic. The future classic is a 2005 Ford GT. These are exceedingly rare cars that pay homage to the classic Ford GT 40 that surprised everyone at the Le Mans back in the time of leaded fuel. This car will compete with anything that comes from Italy, Germany or Japan and generally walk away from them in competition.

The 1969 Mustang Mach 1 is one of the most sought after muscle cars of all time. Introduced in 1969 it was only offered in the fastback style and came with a wide array of engine and transmission options. This one is Acapulco Blue (hippie talk for bright blue) and it has the most desirable 4 speed transmission and the big 429 cubic engine appropriately named “Cobra Jet” if you are not yet convinced that this car is the business, the shifter is over a foot long and it angles back towards the driver for maximum drama when shredding tires.

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Jack Xiao is another sales consultant of ours.  He has had a very busy spring season! Jack delivered a stunning white Ferrari 430 coupe. White on Black, F1 transmission, Daytona seats, and fender shields… we all took a moment to fall in love with its timeless lines. The classic Ferrari colour is red, but I think it makes a much better statement when you show up to the party wearing white.

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Jack also delivered not one but two Ferrari 458’s! these are impressive vehicles in pictures to say the least. Seeing them in person is hard to do because of the halos that are on top of the cars. Magical: they sing like angles but scream like demons when asked. Any-artist-you-have-ever-loved could not have done a better job in sculpturing the wild lines. The interiors should be on display in the Smithsonian.

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Not to be outdone, Barry Cox delivered a white new Dodge Viper to a lucky driver. This car is the super-villain’s choice of super car. loud, mean and hard to handle. The Dodge Viper takes no prisoners, and it does not have to. When you have 640 horsepower lurking under the hood of your car…. you call the shots.

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Congratulations to the owners of these beautiful machines! We hope they bring you years of envious looks and the occasional traffic violation!