My Dinner With Some Dodge And SRT Engineers

This past week I managed to spend some time with the new lineup of Chargers and the engineers that helped make them. Though they rejected my offers to provide dinner, I did manage to sit down with them for a meal and a series of inane questions, delivered with intensity and a light mist of masticated food. » 10/24/14 10:45am 10/24/14 10:45am

My Dinner With BMW Product People

While in Vegas on BMW's dime to drive the new 2 series and 4 series convertible, I managed to accomplish my two favorite things to do in Vegas: visit America's only full-release Gertrude Stein-impersonating masseuse, and ask a bunch of dumb questions to car company bigshots. Here's how it went down. The car part, I… » 1/23/14 4:00pm 1/23/14 4:00pm

My Dinner With Some More Fiat Engineers

While I was testing the Fiat 500e, I found myself once again fortunate enough to be able to share a meal with some of Chrysler/Fiat's engineers and designers. As always, I took advantage of the opportunity to propose some ideas for cars that fit into my own perverse agenda, and I got some quality feedback. » 4/17/13 6:07pm 4/17/13 6:07pm

My Dinner With Some Ford Engineers

It's happened again. When Ford invited some journalists out to test the new C-Max, there was, of course,a dinner involved. For many auto journalists, these dinners represent over 25% of our monthly intake of both vitamin steak and vitamin gin. I even have a doctor's note to make sure I get what I need. » 9/12/12 12:00pm 9/12/12 12:00pm

My Dinner With Ford SVT Engineers

I found the Ford SVT engineers to be a great group of guys. They all seem to genuinely love their jobs, and each of them seems to have a real passion for their products. So that's great. Still, it doesn't mean I couldn't annoy them to the verge of tears and with my inane suggestions, which is what I did. Because… » 5/22/12 4:00pm 5/22/12 4:00pm

My Dinner With A Fiat/Chrysler Engineer

While out in Vegas to review the Fiat 500 Abarth, one exciting moment was that they had captive drivetrain engineers there to answer questions and explain things. So, one night at dinner, thanks to a cunning arrangement of tables as obstacles and excellent seafood buffet access, I was able to corner one and make him… » 3/08/12 12:00pm 3/08/12 12:00pm