Paul Williams

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Remembering Route 66… and all that jazz!

As a kid growing up in England in the 1960s, I remember watching an American television show called Route 66. Along with shows like Highway Patrol, this was my introduction to life in America. From what I could tell, it was usually sunny; everyone had a car; there were a lot of police. But I …

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Betta Getta Jetta! – 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Betta getta Jetta! Hey, I didn’t make that up; saw it on an American VW dealer’s website. Come on down! Getta Jetta! Okay, enough of that. With significant improvements the Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan acquires new exterior styling for 2019 and is now built on the modern MQB platform shared with Golf, Tiguan and some …

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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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2018 Chevrolet Volt: An owner’s perspective – Part 2

2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 1 With just over 5,000 kilometers on the odometer, I’ve owned my Satin Steel Metallic 2018 Chevrolet Volt for five months. And for four of those five months it has been cold. Very cold. So I will have relevant comments for those driving an electrified vehicle in …

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2018 Kia Rio 5-door — heating up the segment

Used car dealers must be having a tough time these days. Why? New car dealers, that’s why. What with their competitive pricing, easy financing, and long, comprehensive warranties, new car deals are more attractive than ever. But the kicker, I think, is the availability of sexy new features — like heated steering wheels and advanced …

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CanadianDriver.com – ran well when parked

CanadianDriver.com was the brainchild of one Grant Yoxon of Ottawa, Canada. He registered it in 1998 as what was then called a “link list.” A link list was an early type of website, wherein a list of URLs related by common subject was pretty much the entire content of the site. You want to know …

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2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 1

After many years of test-driving cars and writing review articles for various Canadian media outlets, I’ve finally bought a new car. It’s a 2018 Chevrolet Volt, a model that’s interested me since its introduction in 2011, and even before that, actually, as a concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007. Then it was …

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