Gone Driving!

2018 Mazda6 Signature: Looking good! Still zooming along.

Back in 2008 I had the pleasure of attending the media launch of Mazda’s all-new 2009 Mazda6 in Los Angeles. I liked this midsize four-door sedan for several reasons, notably its price, design, power, handling, comfort and available equipment. So when I got home and a friend asked me to suggest a replacement for her …

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“Sold another one!” Toronto Classic Car Auction

Recently I attended the spring Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction (it’s typically held twice annually, spring and fall, at the International Centre). This is something I’ve done many times over the past couple of couple of decades, mostly as a spectator. I say “mostly” because I’ve covered the auction as a journalist a couple of …

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Carry on Camping: our Canada 150 Cross-Country Adventure!

Part 1: Ottawa, Ontario to Jasper, Alberta 15,000 kilometers in six weeks. A rambling road trip from Ottawa to Dawson City in the Yukon was the idea for our “Canada 150 Cross-Country Adventure.” Accommodation? A vintage Canadian-made Boler trailer, all 13 feet (4 meters) of it, towed by a 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan. This was to …

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What’s the origin of the “boler” name?

Only a few years ago, you could pick up a vintage boler camper trailer for $1,500, maybe less. But over the past five years or so, interest in these diminutive Canadian-built, 40+ year old fiberglass trailers has soared to the point that $10,000 can be asked for an example in excellent condition. Why the demand? …

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