The Rolex Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park

[Please to enjoy another fine edition of You Are There by Jalopnik stringer and Lime Rock denizen, James Gribbon.] The cloudiest part of this past Labor Day in rural Connecticut was my head. I was winding down after a long weekend, which was ending on a high note. I was entering Lime Rock Park for the Rolex Vintage… » 9/06/07 2:00pm 9/06/07 2:00pm

You Are There: The 2007 ALMS Northeast Grand Prix

There's a bit of folk wisdom that goes, "It 's not who you are, it's who you're with." Once, in Miami visiting my sister, we went to one of those impossibly hip clubs in South Beach, where her friend knew the staff. We were whisked past the plebes in line to a section of the club cordoned off just for us, while… » 7/09/07 4:00pm 7/09/07 4:00pm

You Are There: Period Cars Spotted at "Indiana Jones" Sequel Filming

They're filming the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. this week, and I stopped by to score some photos of the prop cars used in the production. Producers have run several streets on or near the Yale campus through a time machine, giving the already venerable… » 7/02/07 2:30pm 7/02/07 2:30pm

You Are There: SpeedTV's Forza Motorsport Showdown, Episode 3

The morning of the second mod day rolled around, and I woke up in a good mood despite the insistent nagging of a low-grade hangover. Bourbon's all fun and games until you arise with a steel band around your skull and Technicolor breath. I grabbed a few cereal bars and an energy drink at the set and looked around for… » 3/14/07 2:00pm 3/14/07 2:00pm

You Are There: SpeedTV's Forza Motorsport Showdown, Episode 2

I stood in the shower the day after the first set of races and tried to loosen up painfully stiff muscles in the hot water. Today was to be a modification day before the autocross and drifting events. What that meant for me so far was that I'd gotten to wake up a little later than usual, which along with a cereal bar… » 3/07/07 2:01pm 3/07/07 2:01pm

You Are There: SpeedTV's Forza Motorsport Showdown

It's official. Any idiot in America can to be on reality TV. I'm proof. I was there the whole time Speed TV was filming the new series, "Forza Motorsport Showdown," which premiered last Thursday (11:00 pm EST). And that's why I'm going to be your guy behind the scenes of the show. Here's how it works. Teams of… » 2/27/07 12:00pm 2/27/07 12:00pm

You Are There: Inside a Ford Edge Focus Group

Automakers spend millions on qualitative market research, but few outside the industry really know what goes on inside one of their secretive new-model focus groups (sorry, automotive review sessions). Only those who've made it past the byzantine approval process know for sure. According to one reader, stories of… » 12/19/05 8:30am 12/19/05 8:30am

You Are There: At the Arizona International Auto Show

Our buddy Chris stopped by the Arizona International Auto Show in Phoenix over the weekend. It was 145 degrees in the shade, the peyote was flowing, the Armadillos were trying not to give anyone leprosy, and the locals were shooting at polecats from the portholes of their Gulfstream trailers. Next year, we're going… » 11/28/05 7:32am 11/28/05 7:32am