October 23, 1988 |
Yes, the holds of the galleons leaving Europe for the New World are filled with fresh automotive trinkets from Wolfsburg, Coventry, Stuttgart and Sochaux. And, yes, trading for one of these Old World novelties will require more than a few of your hard-won beaver and muskrat pelts. At $70,000, Porsche's revised 928 S4 sounds more like a numbered Swiss bank account than a car-model designation. And the new Jaguar XJ-S convertible, at 56 big ones, isn't exactly keeping the blue light winking at K mart.
November 15, 1990 |
Morning practice had ended at The Coliseum sports complex in Voorhees, N.J., and center Ron Sutter sat in the Flyers' locker room with beads of sweat dripping off his chin. While his teammates stripped out of their uniforms and disappeared into the steaming shower room, Sutter wiped his face with a towel and remembered Pelle Lindbergh. "All of us told Pelle that he had better slow down in that car or it would kill him," Sutter said. "Guys were afraid to drive with him. " Sutter shook his head and added with a sad smile: "He was still a kid and kids have got to learn: You drink and drive and you can get dealt some bad cards.
March 26, 2012 |
It comes in an eye-popping shade of orange and zooms from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in less than four seconds with a feature called "launch control" on its way to a top speed of 200 m.p.h. - if you dare. And most buyers come to Chester County's sleek new McLaren Philadelphia dealership insisting on the fully loaded model at more than $300,000, or roughly 50 percent more than the current median price of a house in the region. Who buys such a pricey set of wheels when so many are standing in unemployment lines, drowning in underwater mortgages, and feeding their families with food stamps?
October 12, 1990 |
John W. McPartland Sr., 53, of Folcroft, a longtime Inquirer pressman, union stalwart and classic-car enthusiast, died Tuesday from injuries received in a car accident off Route 13 just south of New Castle, Del. Mr. McPartland, a journeyman pressman who worked at the newspaper for 35 years, was killed along with a passenger, Gisela M. Pama, 48, of New Castle, Del., when his silver 1982 Porsche and a truck collided at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday, said Delaware...
May 14, 1987 |
He allegedly left flowers on her red Porsche. She allegedly left him a note containing her phone number at the luncheonette across the street. Although it may seem like the makings of a love story, the tale of George Pepe and Patricia Hand will be played out in a federal courtroom in Camden later this month. Pepe, of Paterson, N.J., was one of seven alleged members of a North Jersey cocaine-distribution ring who went on trial in federal court in Camden in February. Hand, of Millville, was one of the jurors selected to hear their case.
November 8, 1993 |
Delaware Avenue, move over. Cherry Hill is threatening to burst onto the dance floor with an all-under- one-roof night-club complex. Right there on Route 70, where that trendy nightspot named after former 76er Rick Mahorn has been for two and a half years. It's got a new owner, and it's about to get a new look. Or perhaps we should call it an olde look. Because Mahorn's - the rocking joint where bouncers began using metal detectors to check the guests after a murder in the parking lot in 1992 - is set to become an over-30 night club called Klub Excalibur.
April 16, 1989 |
Pitcairn Enterprises of Langhorne has added an Isuzu franchise and a new customer-service reception area, both made possible with the leasing of a 20,000-square-foot building at Lincoln Highway and Woodbourne Road. The Isuzu showroom, which takes up about 1,500 square feet, opened last week. The dealership is managed by Pitcairn's Ray Bromley. Pitcairn's Oldsmobile dealership takes up most of the newly leased building, the former site of Ethan Allen Galleries and, most recently, Brace-Sooby Motors.
March 13, 1986 |
For the pampered Porsche, the adored Audi, and the well-loved Lincoln with the silver spoon in its grill, comes the hottest hit from California since wine coolers: Detailing. Steve's California Detailing, to be exact. We're talking car cleaning here. Detailed car cleaning, direct from the land of bean sprouts to Main Street, Manayunk. Consider the lambswool buffers for the paint job on the Mercedes, the Q-tip massage for the Jaguar on the Jaguar's hood, the cotton diaper rubs for the Rolls' rump, the badger bristle brushes for the Bentley, the leather creams and antenna lube for the Lotus.
December 4, 2011 |
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a hot-rod variation on Jeep's superb new premium SUV. You could think of the SRT8 as the domestic answer to the Porsche Cayenne S or the alphanumeric-happy BMW X5 xDrive 35i. You could also regard this good-looking beastie boy, with its 460-horsepower Hemi V-8 and Brembo racing brakes the diameter of the earth's orbit, as the sport ute counterpart to the 556-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. Just as the CTS-V was the most fun I ever had in a wagon, the SRT8 gave me the best rush I ever experienced in an SUV. The SRT8 gets its considerable 2.5-ton self from zero to 60 in about 4.5 seconds.
August 21, 1988 |
Vincent G. Kling, the famous Philadelphia architect, was asked if he wanted to drive the new Jaguar XJ-S convertible I was testing at the time. "Terrific," he replied. Pretty soon, we were barreling down a windy back road near his lovely estate in Chester County's Charlestown Township. As we came to the end of a tree-arched straight, we were confronted by a rather mean little switchback that would require Kling to turn the wheel to the left, then whip it back. We were moving, but the sharp bend didn't seem like too much of a problem - until we saw the black Porsche coupe coming the other way. Both cars entered the bend at the same time.