how to wash your car

right off top gear, how to wash your car from a professional car washer, to charges 5000 USD to detail some supercars.

1 rinse citrus degreaser
2 rinse with water high pressure
3 sponge with soap ph neutral shampoo
4 rinse more with water
5 shammy car dry with microfiber towel
6 wheels with special ph neutral
7 green clay to pick up microscopic dirt with spray
8 fine scratch with rubbing compound and electric polisher
9 prep car for wax with zymol
10 wax sets harder than concrete and sets for 6 months (carnuba wax)

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red is hot

one of the most beautifully designed gts out there, the continental gt. this one in red is really hot, with 22" wheels. for some reason, i feel that the beautiful teardrop shape of its design is simply awesome to behold. right next to it, also drop dead gorgeous in red, a merk cl65 amg, with a v12 bi turbo. the top of the line coupe, right before the slr. both are about 180000 USD. i understand the reason for the bentley, but why the heck would mercedes come out with the 65 amg line of cars for the sl, cl and s classes when they already had amg spec 55 cars for those lines. the 65 amgs have about 100bhp more than the 55 amgs, are about 50000-70000 USD more. probably because of the bmw m5. i guess they simply had to top 500 bhp.

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2005 ferrari F430

the ferrari f430 is one of the best cars out there right now. even if some people comment on the styling, i think its gorgeous, beautiful lines. you can get a modena 360 for about 130000 CAD right now i believe. the modena has been out since 1999. production ended at the end of last year. jeremy clarkson commented on how he prefered the f430 over the enzo any day of the week. personnally, haven't had the privilege myself. though i would point out that some supercars make excellent investment. the problem is to find out which. hot rods have become really a good investment, some sales and auctions going into 6 figures. i think the enzo (399 where built), the murcielago 40th anniversary in verde artemis (50 where made), the bugatti veyron, maybe the carrera gt (1500 where made and production ended this month) are modern collectors items.

i have to say that the veyron is somewhat of an ugly brute. it reminds in of the philosophy behind the design of the vw phaeton. "Volkswagen has registered 100 patents on various innovations in the Phaeton. One interesting patent is for the 4-Zone Climatic Air Conditioner, which allows a separate temperature for each quarter of the vehicle, and is draft-free." from wikipedia.

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memoirs on a rainy day

the title of this blog is from my journal that i started at age 15. i think this blog will be more diverse than my journals, maybe somewhat less personal, but hopefully entertaining.

still listening to the sounds – dying to say this to you – running out of turbo.

swedish bands. my favorites, kent, the cardigans.

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dying to say this to you cover photo

since listening about the sounds and hearing their album – two tracks were on csi miami a few weeks ago, i got the album dying to say this to you. i thought that leslie feistbroken social scene, was the girl on the left. actually new york misshapes dj leigh lezark is on the left and her friend alexis paige is on the right.

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lamborghini murcielago lp640

its being called the enzo killer, lamborghini unveils the lp640 version of the murcielago supercar. its design has barely aged since its september 2001 launch. 640 bhp with a 6.5l v12 engine. i think it looks smashing and cant wait jeremy clarkson to review it on top gear. the no nonsense interior carbon fiber, vaguely reminding of the bmw m3 csl, the beautiful lines and the spectacular exhaust make this an exquisite supercar. i especially like the dark gray body on black wheels. its going to be offered at 15-20K$ above the price of the "normal" murcielago. audi has been making good work with lambo. im impressed with audi / vw group. from bentleys to the bugatti veyron, they are really pushing it.

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2006 BMW M5 E60

im going mad for this sedan. msrp in canada is about 120000 CAD. its about 90000 CAD in the US, since the canadian dollar is so high. right now i drive a 2004 subaru wrx sti. the m5 is unique in its slot for the moment. audi 2006 rs4 with 420 hp is a smaller sedan, the size of the bmw 3 series. the new 2007 audi s6 is coming out with a 5.2l fsi v10 from the lamborghini gallardo, since audi / vw owns lambo. the rumors are that a twin turbo rs6 is due out next year. the 2007 s8 also has a similar engine with 450 hp i think. the s6 is already in direct competition with the m5, how will the rs6 stand up? maybe with a dsg gearbox and close to 600 hp would be my guess. price is probably going to be an issue. the 2003 rs6 was already at 100000 CAD. now the rs4 is at 100000 CAD. i imagine the rs6 will be close to 120000 CAD. thats a lot of money. one third of my condo.

until the s6 comes out in north america, the cls 55 amg is pretty much the only competitor in this segment. but i guess, then its again all about the bimmer vs merk debate. even if jeremy clarkson found the idrive and the sat nav woman super anoying as well as the multitude of settings, i believe most m5 owners enjoy fiddling with that sort of thing. i know i would.

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