Archive for August, 2009

25
Aug
09

Getting Caught Up….

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So what’s new with you guys? it seems slow here, post-wise, so I thought to give everyone a quick heads-up. as mentioned before, AutoKinesis turned 2 recently, and as such, is going through some kind of internet puberty. We’re experiencing profound changes that are new and strange to us.

The regular update schedule (meaning the at least 1 post a week schedule) is hereby suspended while we work out this exciting growth period behind the scenes. Here’s some of the stuff that’s happening:

  • There is now a true “we” as AutoKinesis is no longer a one man operation, and has been blossoming into an ever growing team. sweet!
  • domain name change soon, no longer the brutally long and complex address, but something simple to remember
  • new location. AK blog will still be running and gunning, but the main content will be on our very own site.
  • New stuff!! you’ll get the articles, pics and snarky commentary of old, but more videos, events and content.
  • new look, new logo (same name, we’re not taking a page from “SyFy” and calling ourselves “AutyoKinysiys”)

That should bring you up to speed for now. Let me make it clear that this isn’t one of those indefinite we’re-under-construction messages that people put up and disappear forever, the time frame for our metamorphosis is very specific. Plus, I’ll still drop news and hints here while we plug away at it.

Right, now back to work….

-Alex K-

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07
Aug
09

Working Class Hero: Ford Transit Connect at Autosavant

Hello there,

Here’s a sample of my Ford Transit Connect review. Read the whole thing at Autosavant.com. Enjoy!

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Today, I am a baker, delivering exotic, towering cakes across the city. I am a carpenter, picking up works of art to be ornately framed at my Beverley Hills gallery. I am a florist, arranging elaborate set pieces and decorations for lavish events big and small.  Why the fluctuating vocations? Because today, I am in the Ford Transit Connect.

The Transit Connect is Ford’s newest addition to the commercial truck world, a place populated by various vans, pick-ups, and box trucks; all very useful, but all quite large and cumbersome. In some aspects, large is good. You need “large” when moving the contents of a house or delivering pianos. But what about when “large” is simply “too much”? That is to say too much wasted space, too big to get around and, regrettably, too much money? You’ll notice at this point ingenuity and compromise struggling to prevail as a family minivan pulls double duty transporting dogs for grooming or a station wagon is used for catering. Vehicles being stretched beyond their initial intended capabilities by hard working people making do.  The Ford Transit Connect answers this need by being a durable, efficient, high-capacity vehicle while remaining compact and affordable.

How does one test drive a work van? With work of course, as several Los Angeles business owners allowed myself and companions the opportunity to swing by in our Transit Connect and discuss how, if at all, the T.C. would be of use to them. Before setting out, we gave the Transit connect a once-over. Under the hood you will find a 2.0L I-4 engine giving you a max output of 136 hp. All this is married to the front wheels with a 4 speed automatic transmission. Seems underwhelming at first, but there’s more. The front sports an independent MacPherson suspension, but you’ll find leaf-springs in the back. As for brakes? The front wheels get discs while you’ll find drums in the rear….

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Today, I am a baker, delivering exotic, towering cakes across the city. I am a carpenter, picking up works of art to be ornately framed at my Beverley Hills gallery. I am a florist, arranging elaborate set pieces and decorations for lavish events big and small.  Why the fluctuating vocations? Because today, I am in the Ford Transit Connect.The Transit Connect is Ford’s newest addition to the commercial truck world, a place populated by various vans, pick-ups, and box trucks; all very useful, but all quite large and cumbersome. In some aspects, large is good. You need “large” when moving the contents of a house or delivering pianos. But what about when “large” is simply “too much”? That is to say too much wasted space, too big to get around and, regrettably, too much money? You’ll notice at this point ingenuity and compromise struggling to prevail as a family minivan pulls double duty transporting dogs for grooming or a station wagon is used for catering. Vehicles being stretched beyond their initial intended capabilities by hard working people making do.  The Ford Transit Connect answers this need by being a durable, efficient, high-capacity vehicle while remaining compact and affordable.

How does one test drive a work van? With work of course, as several Los Angeles business owners allowed myself and companions the opportunity to swing by in our Transit Connect and discuss how, if at all, the T.C. would be of use to them. Before setting out, we gave the Transit connect a once-over. Under the hood you will find a 2.0L I-4 engine giving you a max output of 136 hp. All this is married to the front wheels with a 4 speed automatic transmission. Seems underwhelming at first, but there’s more. The front sports an independent MacPherson suspension, but you’ll find leaf-springs in the back. As for brakes? The front wheels get discs while you’ll find drums in the rear.

03
Aug
09

Vanderbilt Cup Autocross ’09

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Hey Everyone,

Last week, me and my trusty Mustang participated in the 2nd annual Vanderbilt Cup Autocross, the exciting addition to the Vanderbilt Cup concours d’elegance. Here’s some photos and video:

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-Alex K-