Welcome to the Motoring Soapbox!

In the old days, people would take a big wooden soapbox, drop it down on a street corner, step up on it, and begin talking about anything they had on their minds. Hence the term soap box became THE expression to describe the process of shouting out to the world whatever it was that one wished to share.

Ever since I was a very little boy, as early as 2 years old, I was into reading magazines about cars. Of course I don't think I could read at that time yet but I would browse through them looking at the photos. 
It helped that I grew up surrounded by car enthusiasts and for as long as I can remember, and even to this day, I would hang out in the garage and sit inside a car. When I was a little boy I would sit only in the drivers seat of a stationary car and pretend to drive, complete with a radio for my driving pleasure. I was notorious for running down car batteries then but being the first male child and grandchild has its perks, one of which was the adults would just let me indul…

Ferrari 308 Buyers Guide

I was surfing around checking for the value of the Ferrari 308 that was launched in Paris when I came across this site.

Ferrari 308 Buyers Guide

It's by no means exhaustive, but its got a lot of useful information to gearheads.

In the meantime I still haven't found the value of the blue green 308 in Paris ;-)

Ferrari - 70 Years of Emotion video

Though I finished the post about the Ferrari 812 Superfast less than an hour ago, I just had to share this video commemorating 70 years of Ferrari cars.

It's simple, to the point but awesome.


Just in time for the 70th year of Ferrari, the successor to the F12 Berlinetta has arrived in the form of the 812 Superfast. Its an evolution of the F12 design which was already beautiful to begin with.
The 812 builds on that, modifying the lines of the F12 so that the 812 comes out as decidedly aggressive. I suppose if you owned the F12, you'd keep it to use as a sort of  "Gentleman's Express" while the 812 Superfast is what you'd use to sow chaos on the road. With nearly 800 hp (789) on tap, this Ferrari lives up to its name.

Here is the official video from the Ferrari Channel

Ferrari put together an awesome site just for the 812 which you can access here
The photos below came from the Ferrari site and there’s much more material on the official site  that’s sure to keep Ferrari enthusiasts busy.

The NEW Porsche Panamera

The old Panamera was the butt of many a joke in the old Top Gear show featuring Jeremy Clarkson and company. Somehow, none of the hosts had a kind word to say styling wise about it.
Personally. while I didn't find the car scintillating, it certainly didn't strike me as ugly. In fact, seeing the car in the flesh actually invokes a positive emotional response to its "sedan with Porsche power" looks that cannot be described but is something car enthusiasts know. 
But the new Panamera shown in these videos is a different story altogether. It is, to me, a very attractive large sports sedan. Its not a "shooting brake" type of car, its more like a true long wheelbase 911. Very well executed considering that its not a massive departure from the old. 
Perhaps Jeremy might find this one to be a vindication of sorts for the Porsche Panamera. 

I initially thought that the Panamera would boot a mainstay off my vision board but after poring over the Porsche site, I  rea…

2017 Civic type R takes on the Camaro SS and the Mustang GT

As mentioned in my last post, I was going to look into the New Civic Type R vs the Camaro and Mustang.
This came about because the quoted range for the Civic R is 2.48 to 2.8M and a search in the local car marketplace showed a 2015 Camaro with 5T kms on the odometer for 2.695M and a 2013 Mustang with 10T kms on the odometer for 2.45M.

So clearly, if I were a prospective car buyer and I had 2.8M burning in my pocket, I would take a look around to see what else I could get for that sort of money. Actually there are several other interesting cars like a BMW 630i Convertible or a Porsche 996 but to keep things organized, lets focus on American muscle first.
I grew up in an era where American cars were king and the European cars were just becoming popular. At this time, Camaro and Mustang were a whole lot of GO but not much when the road starts winding.
All that has changed today.
In fact, the Camaro is giving the Nissan Skyline R35 a run for its money on the TRACK! I myself was shocke…

2017 Civic type R vs other hot hatchbacks: The agony of choice.

This is of course a purely theoretical exercise. For one, I don’t have the money to buy any of these cars brand new or second hand (in the future). But since the Civic launch was highly anticipated here in the Philippines I figured, what the heck. IF I was getting a hot hatch, which will I buy?
The contenders:

1. Ford Focus RS   - AWD - 350 hp

2. Honda Civic Type R
- FF - 306 hp

3. Subaru WRX STi - AWD - 305 hp

4. Volkswagen Golf R - AWD - 292 hp
There are a lot of road tests by people better qualified than myself so I won’t even pretend to try road testing them. So any evaluation made here is purely based on my subjective observations and conclusions.
First, I do like Hondas. I own a CRV which I love and will probably keep forever. I was one of those who were salivating when the Civic SiR first came out.  
The Subaru has long been on my want list and was one of my favorite cars in Gran Turismo. The Volkswagen Golf has been around for a much longer time and I always found it intriguing b…