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when Chris Harris became rubbish.

Such a shame, as 2 years ago I used to watch Chris Harris’ reviews on Drivers Republic and thought they were utterly brilliant.  Fast forward to his work with the current Drive channel on youtube—-and with each passing review, I find myself more bored, more annoyed, and frankly in view of tedious, self indulgent reviews which frankly go nowhere except gushing praise or annoyed disappointment.

(1) Chris Harris is exceedingly trying to be Jeremy Clarkson, and is failing miserably

(2) He takes 20 minutes (!!) to do this latest comparison.  Talk about tedious and overbloated.

(3) Anyone who thinks the M135s engine sound better than the RS3 turbo 5-cylinder is on MASSIVE amounts of something…..or has gone deaf…or is paid to say so.

(4) On the BMW payroll? he used to be…probably still is.

(5) He enjoys the sound of his own voice, far more than I certainly do.

(6) Repetitive luddite nonsense…and yet he still prefers a torque converter Automatic gearbox….utter rubbish!

These days, I think Automotive ‘journalism’ has become very cumbersome and quite frankly past-its-sell-date….then again, motoring culture itself is expired.  With every passing week I see new blogs and sites popping up—-all of which are the same stuff regurgitated through a big filter of bland.  Several months before dropping the car-centric IEDEI for a more creative version, I had become progressively disenchanted by ‘petrolhead culture’ and its neverending cliches, stereotypes, and superficiality.  Unfortunately, Chris Harris represents each one of those problems in a uniform package.  Will I watch Top Gear when it comes back? Yes.  Will I watch Chris Harris videos each Thursday? No.

Do i still love cars? Yes.  Do I want to be an active member of online motoring culture? No.

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Rally Heaven.

Chris Harris back in form, riding in a Lancia Delta S4Stratos and 037! 

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video of the day. boxster.

I really like the new Boxster—-i think it’s very aggressive looking, spiffy interior, and just a big time improvement over the prior interpretations.  In fact, it’s the first Boxster i’ve seen that actually looks the part…

Of course I still don’t really care for roadsters, however this sets everything up for the obvious future question:  How great will the next Cayman be!?

Chris Harris has reviewed the new Boxster:

 

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Chris Harris on the Toyota GT-86

My friends at DRIVE are putting together some great videos these days—-and the Chris Harris reviews are definitely going down well in the enthusiast communities everywhere.

The Toyota/Subaru 86 project has been a car I have yet to formulate a proper opinion about.  One one hand, I love the simplicity and the idea—-on the other hand, i hate the hype and its sad future of ‘ricey holy grail’ status.  It’s really a shame, because I think it’s a decent looking car—–but it is nice to see Toyota come out of the dungeon and back into building cars with some sense of passion….as confirmed in this film.

Great video though…very entertaining.

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Video: Chris Harris drives the Audi Sport quattro and Ford RS200

GROUP B GLORY with one of my favourite automotive journalists, Chris Harris.  Excellent!

src: quattroholic

 

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Evo/Chris Harris; reviewing the BMW 1M & Porsche Cayman R

I 100% agree with Chris about the 911R and the ‘R’ badge on Porsches—-it is a bit of novelty, but offensive to put an “R” badge on this Cayman.  Either way—-both cars are great, however i’m not really someone who cares about drifting, per se…..so much of the video where Chris is drifting isn’t my cup of tea.  I am however a fan of both of these cars; although I lust like a barbiturate loaded idiot after the 1M.  Holy grail stuff, for me at least.

either way…cool video.

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Chris Harris on the Noble M600, Porsche GT2 RS, and others…

The Noble M600 is by far and away my favourite ‘supercar’ around at the moment—-it looks amazing, and it is just epic cool from its engineering to its raw turbo madness.   Oh and there’s a F40 and an XJ220 in the video too…

Great video again, by probably the best in the business—Chris Harris.

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nurburgring.

Chris Harris is one of IEDEI’s favourite motoring journalists….here is a video of his experience racing a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on the Nurburgring…

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washing cars blows.

So very true.  Washing the car is about the worst thing one can do with their cars….

A) dirtier cars look better (ALWAYS!)

B) it is never straightforward

C) it sucks, time consuming, and soul less!

D) people who get into the details of washing cars bore the living balls outta me!

i really hate washing cars.  Thank you Chris Harris, for being cool.

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obsessions. gt3.

These days, i  am utterly obsessed with the 997 GT3.  To me, it is the perfect Porsche.  Of course i love ‘older’ 911s….as the simple mechanics of vintage cars appeals to me greatly; but i also live a modern lifestyle, i drive to work in NYC all the time, i drive in the winter, i drive around aimlessly for a laugh, i like technology but not too much.  I absolutely love the GT3.

i also love the line that Chris says in this video that says “I love it when people say these don’t sound as good as the air-cooled cars, cos that is utter shit! this sounds wonderful”……BRAVO Chris…..down with the air-cooled snobs!

they’re coming down in price quickly…i see 2nd hand ones in the $80k-90k range…..996s are down in the $40-60k range.  Audi R8s are floating down to the $80k range as well……i tell you, a couple years from now….and a 997 GT3 in the $60k range, assuming all continues in my life according to plans——-WILL definitely be a frontrunner for my garage spot.

 

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Chris Harris on the Porsche 959 and Ferrari 288 GTO

Chris Harris is cool.  I generally enjoy his reviews.  This is a cool review of 2 cars which were ‘poster’ cars of the 80s…..the 959 interesting me much more….as the poster in my wall as a kid would testify…

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Chris Harris’ E28 M5

Chris Harris is definitely one of my favourite motoring journalists…and he’s recently pulled his BMW E28 M5 out of storage to put to use.

http://community.evo.co.uk/users/Monkey-Harris/blogs/index.cfm/2010/4/19/Monkeys-E28-M5-comes-out-for-Spring

(Chris) “Not a hint of corrosion, the interior is mint and the wheels are unmarked. Can’t wait to collect it later today.”

it looks great…as all E12 and E28s seem to….

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DR drives the new 997 GT3 v2.0

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Chris Harris is by far the best automotive video reviewer i’ve seen in recent times….and this is a great review of the brand new 997 GT3 courtesy of Drivers Republic

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2009 Audi S4 Avant vs. Oversteer (video)

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The new Audi S4 is almost out here in the USA, and is already out in Europe. Drivers Republic have gotten their hands on a brand spankin new S4 Avant, and Chris Harris is gonna try to make it understeer….

wanna see the results? CLICK here to see the video Continue reading

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iedei: the 14th fastest growing blog on WordPress!

file under: EDITORIAL

14th fastest growing blog on WordPress! hurrah! IEDEI was started on a warm, August weekend, with the purpose of covering the petrolhead culture and soul—in addition to some auto news with focus on its relation to car culture, history, and legend.

There are plenty of car blogs out there, the majority of which attempt to cover ‘news’ as it happens.  What i’ve found is that many of these blogs (i.e. Autoblog) appear to simply run on sensationalism, gossip, weak rumours, scouring other blogs for info, treading through other auto websites for scoops, etc.  Autoblog for example, writes a piece of juicy gossip on a monday, retracts it on a tuesday, and then re-confirms it on a wednesday—–ONLY to retract it fully a week later! For all we know, they’re making this stuff up after getting bored…who knows!?   I think it all gets a bit tiring.  I remember having bookmarked several automotive blogs several months ago, and on a particular day I clicked all of them, to find the same tired ‘breaking news’ story about the new Hyundai Coupe.  It’s fine to read it on ONE blog, but I really don’t feel like occupying my time clicking bookmarks only to find the same photo(s) and similar writing explaining and re-explaining what soon becomes old news.

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While i do think those car blogs are entertaining sometimes, and are now considered to be cornerstones of obtaining daily information—I feel what’s missing in many of them is passion.  There is hope, however! A few months ago, I came across a modern news-filled blog that DOESN’T sacrifice passion for the sake of quantity.  Autofiends is a fantastic blog based out of California that does attempt to address the culture of cars, rather than just the bland news stories.  It has a grip on the past, with links to the future—and liasons the in-between.  Well done!

Recently, I discovered a great website out of the UK named Drivers Republic, started by Chris Harris (ex-Car Magazine) and some of his mates/colleagues.  Great video reviews, daily scoops and news, and a growing community-type atmosphere.  What they’ve done is create an e-magazine, the sort of thing which signals the end of those nasty auto magazines such as Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Automobile, etc….the likes of which we are exposed to in the United States.  The UK magazines have always been better, and Drivers Republic has created an innovative, interesting website that’s regularly updated and is ready to evolve into more.  Good job, sirs.

So where does IEDEI fit in to the automotive news world?  This is a blog that attempts to correlate the past into the present.  The production car industry, the racing world, the lifestyle, the accessories, lost archives of automotive legend, new frontiers of the industry, places to go, things to buy, interesting links—this blog is attempting find the SOUL of what we petrolheads spend so much time and energy thinking about and being interested in.   The history of cars changes in relevance every time a new technology or innovation is introduced.  Racing from the past, present, and future are undeniably tied at the hip by a culture—a strong culture of progress, imagination, and most of all fascination.

Grow on! thanks for reading!  WordPress.com has thousands and thousands of blogs, and knowing that people are reading, and that there are people out there into the same things I am, is a GREAT feeling!

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