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VEHICLE-REVIEW-2017-Nissan-Armada-really-huge-really-cozy-and-really-gay

VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Nissan Armada: really huge, really cozy and really gay - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - Ever been invaded by something big and overwhelming and Spanish? During the Renaissance, the Spanish Armada was a force to be reckoned with—until Queen Elizabeth I took it down a peg or three, that is. Today's Armada is Japanese, not Spanish, but it's still something that you shouldn't ignore. The 2017 Nissan Armada, a really huge truck/SUV/tanker/ floating party, is ...


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Skinner Ricketts named CMO of Cars.com - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cars.com announced the appointment of Brooke Skinner Ricketts as the company's chief marketing officer ( CMO ), effective immediately. Skinner Ricketts most recently served as vice president of brand and design at Avant. Previously she was head of brand strategy at Twitter, where she delivered revenue-driving creative ideas for Fortune 200 clients. Prior to her time at Avant and Twitter, ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Nissan Sentra gets its juke on - An engine doesn't necessarily make a car, but it can certainly give it swagger. Take the Nissan Sentra for example. Earlier this summer, I tested the Sentra and mostly liked it. But, when Nissan mentioned shoving the Juke's turbocharged engine under the hood, stiffening the suspension, quickening the steering, and sporting out its exterior, I was ready for a drive. ...


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Auto news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Update: Hyundai has joined Gaywheels' list of gay-friendly automakers. Technically speaking, Hyundai has offered protections to LGBT employees for several years. The company even earned a score of 75 on the HRC's 2015 Corporate Equality Index, and last year, it scored 95. However, it only added LGBT protections this year. —All gone: Ferrari's new $2.2-million supercar has already sold out, ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Hyundai Elantra: Less swoopy, more suave - When first seeing the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra, I didn't really care for it. Sure, it was bound to be a technical advancement over the previous generation, but it seemed less special. Swoopy bodywork had given way to a more upright grille that seemed lifted straight from the mid-size Sonata. Same for the interior. Good, but nothing special. Maybe I ...


Auto-news

Auto news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Uber advancement: The ride-sharing firm Uber will, for the first time, allow users to hail self-driving cars, BBC News reported. Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, and that it's teaming with Volvo. At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take control if necessary, and an observer, Bloomberg reported. The firm first revealed ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Nissan-Titan-XD-All-new-truck-for-an-all-inclusive-world

VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Titan XD: All-new truck for an all-inclusive world - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sam Gomez, Gaywheels.com - Pride is not just a celebration for you June bugs anymore. Still to come in 2016 are Pride events in Austin, Dallas and Atlanta. ( Leave it to the gays to heat things up just as the weather starts to cool down in these hot cities. ) For those of you who need a reliable truck to be as hard-working ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW The 2016 Chrysler 300 hauls class - Once referred to as a "Baby Bentley," the Chrysler 300 has certainly come into its own and is no longer viewed as the poor man's copy of the definitively British, hoity-toity automobile. Can the luxurious and boldly American-made 300, with its sports-like styling, snatch just as many finger snaps as a Bentley? The full-sized family sedan that mixes swag with ...


AUTO-REVIEW-2016-Infiniti-QX50-A-few-inches-can-make-a-big-difference

AUTO REVIEW: 2016 Infiniti QX50, A few inches can make a big difference - Seems like I just can't keep up with those California gays. My colleague and fellow Gaywheels.com writer Jeff Stork got a hold of this pocket-bear-of-fast-cars before I did and really gave it a full workout. He noted the luxury and the speed and the agility and all the fun stuff that Nissan likes to put in its cars—and he loved ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's hard to believe the Maxima nameplate has been with us so long- first appearing on a stretched six-cylinder version of the 810 way back in 1981. So far back, in fact, that the Maxima nameplate predates the Nissan one in the United States. ( Anyone remember "Datsun—We Are Driven?" ) Way back in the day it was a luxury ...


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Auto news: HB2, Danica Patrick - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Honda and HB2: Honda has just issued a third statement about North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT law HB2, Gaywheels.com noted. The statement makes it clearer than ever that Honda opposes HB2 and wants to see the law repealed. However, toward the end, Gaywheels says the automaker also justifies its continued investment in a state that so many other companies have rejected ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Chevy-Volt-Nice-if-theres-a-garage-to-charge-

VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Chevy Volt: Nice ... if there's a garage to charge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sam Gomez, GayWheels - Anyone who has ever tried to eat healthily has experienced sticker shock. Healthy foods, unless you know how to shop and how to cook well, are expensive compared to the quick and easy junk food that ultimately satisfies hunger, too. In the long run, healthy is better, even if the entry fee is a bit steep. The same thing could ...


Auto-news-lawsuits-recalls-and-more

Auto news: lawsuits, recalls and more - —Volkswagen lawsuit: A former Volkswagen employee has alleged that deleted documents and obstructed justice after the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) accused the company of cheating on emissions tests, The Guardian reported. Daniel Donovan says he was wrongfully fired last December after refusing to participate in the deletions and reporting them to a supervisor. The lawsuit says the evidence ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: The fast and the fabulous - Basically, if you need an affordable sports car/roadster, this is one you should test drive. It's peppy alright, giving you a low-to-the-ground ( sorta ) sports car grope grip on the road. Rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission are standard, so make sure you don't drive in the snow or ice ever. Starting at around $25K, it is affordable by ...


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Auto show reveals 'Best of Show' results; other auto news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the 11th consecutive year, consumer voters selected their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's "Best of Show" balloting. The Chicago Auto Show is the only major auto show that polls its attendees' favorite vehicles and exhibit. The results were as follows: —Best All-New Production: Lexus LC 500 —Best Concept Vehicle: Buick Avista —Best Green Vehicle: Chevrolet ...


AUTO-REVIEW-2016-Honda-Odyssey-minivan-sturdy-if-not-the-prettiest-minivan

AUTO REVIEW 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan sturdy, if not the prettiest, minivan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Looks aren't everything. Really. I mean that. There's not much to look at when it comes to the 2016 Honda Odyssey, which is an above-average family minivan in today's market. Oh sure, it's pretty in an understated way. The exterior is not overly stunning, even with a color like Lunar Silver or Modern Steel, both of which are variations on ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-runs-through-Feb-21

Chicago Auto Show runs through Feb. 21 - This year marks the 108th edition of the Chicago Auto Show ( #CAS16 ), which runs through Feb. 21 at McCormick Place. First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. In all, nearly 1,000 different vehicles ( covering ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-Feb-13-21-

Chicago Auto Show Feb. 13-21 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Auto Show will place Feb. 13-21 at McCormick Place. North America's largest auto show, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space of the McCormick Place complex and displays multiple world and North American introductions and a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Dodge-Charger-Rallye-rallying-as-much-fun-as-racing

VEHICLE REVIEW: 2016 Dodge Charger Rallye, rallying as much fun as racing - AUTOS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a difference between a race and rally. In terms of the Dodge Charger, you would race an R/T, SRT, or the all-mighty Hellcat, but you would rally, well, a Rallye. Edition, that is. To drive a Charger Rallye, you choose brains over raw brawn, a V6 over a HEMI, but the underlying car has game no matter its game. ...


Auto-show-has-new-website-app

Auto show has new website, app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Auto Show has an all-new website and will launch an accompanying smartphone app in January designed to enhance the attendee experience and bring the nation's largest auto show to life across the globe. The 2016 version of ChicagoAutoShow.com will have, among other things, historical videos and social-media integration that is purportedly smoother than in years past. The website's ...


Auto-news-recalls-gas-prices-future-thinking

Auto news: recalls, gas prices, future thinking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Recall: Hyundai has recalled nearly a half-million midsize cars in the United States to replace the engines because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail, the Associated Press reported. The recall covers 470,000 Sonata sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years equipped with two- or 2.4-liter gasoline engines. ( The company also is recalling nearly 100,000 Accent small ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Lexus-RX-Eye-catching-very-safe-and-very-gay

VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Lexus RX: Eye-catching, very safe and very gay - Sam Gomez, Gaywheels.com - Some people get very uneasy when they hear me call a car "gay"—as if somehow it's a bad thing to be deemed festive and progressive. Gay is Michael Sam. Gay is Barry Manilow. So given all that great company, you would think car companies would love being known as gay. In 2015, being gay is a badge of honor that ...


AUTOS-VEHICLE-REVIEW-2015-Toyota-Prius-A-handsome-economical-dullard

AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota Prius: A handsome, economical dullard - Just the single fact that the 2015 Toyota Prius' combination gas/electric engine gets 51 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, well, that's very exciting. Given the money you'll save on gas so you can spend it one booze, bears and bud ( in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado ), who wouldn't cozy up to something as ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2016-Hyundai-Tucson-Bigger-buffer-and-sexier-

VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Hyundai Tucson: Bigger, buffer and sexier - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - [Gaywheels' editor's note: Hyundai is one of only two auto brands that remain on our not-gay-friendly list. When will Hyundai get with the program?] The outgoing Hyundai Tucson was a pleasant companion, if a bit, well, girly. If you're into femme crossovers, we're not here to judge. Drive what you like, but wouldn't you like to drive an all-new crossover ...


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Maserati dealership opening in Winnetka, more auto news - In celebration of the grand opening of its new Maserati home located in Winnetka, Illinois, Fields Maserati is holding two private receptions. Guests will have the opportunity, among other things, to see and test-drive the latest Maserati models. The dates are Friday, Nov. 6, 12-5 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2015-Lexus-GX-460-Got-the-money-honey-Get-the-RX

VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Lexus GX 460: Got the money, honey? Get the RX - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - The good news is that if you have always wanted a new GX 460, now is your time to pounce. The sticker runs about $66,000 for all the luxury, bells and whistles, but now in the fall of 2015, you can find some dealer closeouts for a little over $50,000. This car has everything, as you would expect. Blind spot ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2015-Toyota-Camry-hybrid-still-young-and-restless

VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota Camry hybrid still young and restless - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - You have to wonder how anyone can afford a new car these days when the average price for a new vehicle is running about $28,000, and the monthly payment on a new car starts at around $400. In this scenario, this year's Toyota Camry Hybrid ( completely redesigned for 2015 ) is average. But in every other field of consideration, ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-BMW-335i-GT-xDrive-improves-the-quintessential-sports-sedan

VEHICLE REVIEW BMW 335i GT xDrive improves the quintessential sports sedan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BMW's 3-Series is the quintessential sport sedan, setting a tough standard that others struggle to attain. But, it is not perfect. While it's a finely engineered toy from behind the wheel, rear-seat passengers are better left behind. And, luggage space? There's usually enough, but sometimes not enough. A low ride height enhances handling, but makes stooping in less than elegant. ...


Auto-news-Parking-spot-shaming-Speed-racer-Texas-sticker-harrasses

Auto news: Parking-spot shaming; Speed racer; Texas sticker harrasses - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Parking-spot shaming: Los Angeles-based makeup artist Andria Farrell started the @parkingspotshaming social-media account on the visual app Instagram, allowing people to voice their frustrations on just how horrible someone's parking job really was, according to NBC Los Angeles. Vehicles that take up multiple spots, for example, have been cited on the app. —Speed racer: Tesla just debuted a "Ludicrous" mode ...


VIEWS-Did-court-hurt-or-help-with-specialty-license-plate-ruling

VIEWS Did court hurt or help with specialty license plate ruling? - - On June 18, the Supreme Court issued a ruling involving free speech and specialty license plates. ( If you missed it, wrote about it for TheCarConnection.com. ) In a five-to-four decision, the majority found that license plates are state speech, not personal speech, and that states therefore have the right to control the plates' messages. Personally, I'm a little conflicted ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2015-BMW-M4-convertible-makes-you-feel-naughty

VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 BMW M4 convertible makes you feel naughty - I felt so naughty after driving the M4 that I should have had a cigarette. It looks like it will cut a diva and has the engine to serve stinging rebuke to serious muscle cars. What once was the M3 has become the M4, a convertible engineered to make drivers chortle like they just ingested a bottle of Jack while ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-Thats-so-gay-2015-Chrysler-300-big-and-butch-as-you-are

VEHICLE REVIEW That's so gay: 2015 Chrysler 300 big and butch as you are - Chrysler has recently changed its name to FCA: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This name change makes sense, given that 'Fiat' sounds very European and sexy, while 'Chrysler', though technically German, still sounds stodgy and stuck in the 60s, Welcome to the 21st century, where names really do carry weight …. unless you're a car, at which point numbers will do just ...


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Notes: Pantry to move; New Pastoral; Jim Brickman; Auto show's figures - Auto show's final figures are in The Chicago Auto Show concluded a nine-day run Feb. 22 with a 7-percent increase in attendance compared to last year, according to a press release. With more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, the Chicago Auto Show is the nation's largest auto show. The show's media preview this year hosted 18 world ...


Signs-of-change-abundant-at-Chicago-Auto-Show

Signs of change abundant at Chicago Auto Show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Change is happening." Those were the words from Hyundai product specialist Nicole Stober to Windy City Times while discussing the technological advances that have taken place not only with Hyundai, but with a wide variety of vehicles at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Indeed, there were many impressive examples of changes/advances at the event, which runs through Sunday, Feb. 22, ...


Internatl-motorcycle-show-Feb-13-15-

Internat'l motorcycle show Feb. 13-15 - The Chicago Progressive International Motorcycle Show will take place Feb. 13-15 at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. The show will take place Friday, Feb. 13, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will showcase hundreds of street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, side-by-sides and ATVs ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-set-for-Feb-14-22-Uber-apologizes

Chicago Auto Show set for Feb. 14-22; Uber apologizes - The Chicago Auto Show will take place Feb. 14-22 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Called North America's largest auto show, the 2015 Chicago Auto Show spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space and will sport a range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. The Chicago Auto Show ...


2015-Detroit-Auto-Show-recap-Five-best-cars-three-trends

2015 Detroit Auto Show recap: Five best cars, three trends - - The media preview of the 2015 North American International Auto Show has come to an end, and most of us have returned home to reflect on what we saw. After a day of recuperation ( including some much-needed cuddle time with my Xbox ), I've put together a short list of running themes at NAIAS and the most important vehicles ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2015-Toyota-RAV4-Better-than-your-memory

VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota RAV4: Better than your memory - Plus: Chicago Auto Show details. Special to the online edition - My best friend is looking for a new mid-size crossover and, as usual, called for a list of suspects to explore. When I mentioned the RAV4, which is well-loved by another friend, he paused before saying, "Toyotas always seem noisy and soulless to me." While Toyotas do tend towards competence over excitement, that's not categorically true. And, as we found, ...


Auto-companies-at-top-of-equality-index-but-why-Hyundai-

Auto companies at top of equality index-but why Hyundai ? - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has just released its 2015 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), which rates the United States' biggest companies on their LGBT-friendly policies. We're happy to report that the auto industry picked up one A+ member since last year's report was issued, but there's also at least one curious presence near the top. ...


Everyone-loves-the-2015-Mazda6-

Everyone loves the 2015 Mazda6 - - "Soul Red and Black Leather." That's what it said on the Monroney sticker for the 2015 Mazda Mazda6 that I test drove this summer when the National Football League was still considered respectable. The red/black combo describes the exterior and interior color scheme, but what really describes the Mazda6 is a word like stylish. And a word like sporty. And ...


Myth-busting-gay-car-stereotypes

Myth-busting gay car stereotypes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every person on Earth—no matter what race, religion, color, or sexual orientation—suffers from the injustice of stereotypes. As a gay man and a car enthusiast, I noticed that the stereotypes about homosexuals don't stop with how we dress and sound, but also what we drive. I decided to take action and find out if there is any truth in the ...


Auto-news-Porsches-protections-gay-designer-on-Motor-City

Auto news: Porsche's protections; gay designer on 'Motor City' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Porsche's protections; gay designer on 'Motor City' —Porsche's protections: Porsche has new protections and benefits for its lesbian and gay employees, according to Gaywheels.com. The new and expanded workplace policy extends spousal benefits to same-sex couples. However, the company's policy does not yet cover gender-reassignment surgery or associated medical treatments. —Cross' accident: The parents of Illinois state Rep. Tom Cross ...


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Center, MINI's wedding contest in final round - Center on Halsted and MINI of Chicago are presenting the Biggest MINI Wedding Ever. This celebration to kick off pride month and celebrate the passage of marriage equality in Illinois will provide two couples with an all-expenses-paid wedding on the evening of May 31 into June 1. After an extended entry period, the final round of the competition commenced April ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2014-Toyota-Tundra-Bred-by-Uncle-Sam

VEHICLE REVIEW 2014 Toyota Tundra: Bred by Uncle Sam - Toyota has endured sorted success with its full-size pickups. The T100 was nice, but underwhelming. Same was true of the first-generation, not-quite-butch-enough Tundra. By gen-3, Toyota had constructed a new plant in Princeton, IN to assemble its full-girth full-size truck. It later moved to a gleaming new plant in San Antonio, TX, where the 2014 fourth-generation pickup, the first major ...


Fields-Auto-Group-moving-to-Glenview-other-auto-news

Fields Auto Group moving to Glenview, other auto news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fields Auto Group of Glencoe has moved its Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM dealership in Northfield to the "Glen" in Glenview. The new location, at 2800 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview, will be one of the largest Chrysler, Jeep,Dodge, RAM dealerships in Chicagoland. Among the new features in the new 43,000-square-foot facility are: —A larger showroom for optimum vehicle purchasing and to ...


Chevrolet-provides-a-gay-night-out-at-the-auto-show

Chevrolet provides a gay night out at the auto show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chevrolet and GM Diversity Communications hosted an evening for local LGBT community members. Guests were treated to an evening of food, drink and vehicles, co-hosted by leading LGBT automotive journalists Aaron Bragman ( Cars.com ) and Steven Ewing ( Autoblog.com ). The evening began hors d'oeuvres and open bar at a private exhibit in the Near West side that features ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-in-town-Charity-scores

Chicago Auto Show in town; 'Charity' scores - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 106th edition of the Chicago Auto Show is currently running at McCormick Place through Feb. 17. [Photo gallery at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-11&AGALLERY=AutoShowClark .} Nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display in addition hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars. The Chicago Auto Show also features several indoor test tracks and ...


2014-Land-Rover-LR4-scoffs-at-snow

2014 Land Rover LR4 scoffs at snow - VEHICLE REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A winter storm is predicted. Oh, the hysteria. How many inches? Eight? And ice too? Then comes the mass assault on biscuits and gravy, schools close days in advance, and everybody scurries home from work. And, me, when this occurred recently? I laughed, turned on my heel, and casually returned to my office. I had a Land Rover LR4 in ...


Windy-City-Limousine-backs-LGBT-community

Windy City Limousine backs LGBT community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - His career as a limousine driver lasted all of one day. "I was the worst [driver], ever. I quickly discovered that I was and am much better on the other end of the business. I was terrible," behind the wheel, George Jacobs said, laughing. It was 1980 or 1981, Jacobs said, and he owned a car and admittedly "thought I ...


2014-Corvette-Stingray-leaves-enthusiasts-breathless

2014 Corvette Stingray leaves enthusiasts breathless - VEHICLE REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a joy watching the looks on Corvette enthusiasts' faces as the next chapter in a revered history washes over them. Books will be written. Collections will be joined. Races will be won. Fantasies will be fulfilled. Ask any journalist what they thought of the seventh-generation ( C7 ) 2014 Corvette during its Detroit Auto Show premiere last January: they'll ...


Muscle-car-event-takes-over-convention-center

Muscle-car event takes over convention center - The Fifth Annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals—the world's largest all indoor specialty event devoted to such vehicles—took place Nov. 23-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Along with the title items ( of which there were more than 500 ), the event featured muscle bikes; an appearance from American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart; family activities; and a raffle ...


2014-GMC-Sierra-glamorous

2014 GMC Sierra: glamorous - VEHICLE REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trucks aren't meant to be glamorous. Sure, they'll pull a fabulous vintage Airstream trailer, put a wooden Chris Craft boat into crystal water, or carry home that mid-century credenza, but any truck worth its fully-boxed frame can also haul a bed load of dirt, plow through snow, and charge through muddy fields. I guess we'd call that versatile. Whatever your ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-has-revamped-website

Chicago Auto Show has revamped website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Auto Show launched a completely redesigned website in anticipation of the 106th edition of the nation's largest auto show next year. Key features of ChicagoAutoShow.com include: —About the Show: includes directions, show dates and times, interactive displays, special guest appearances and more; —First Look for Charity: the online home for the show's signature charity fundraiser, visitors can learn ...


Roscoes-in-Red-Bull-Flugtag

Roscoe's in Red Bull Flugtag - Red Bull Flugtag—an exhibition of the world's wildest human-powered flying machines—will take place in Burnham Park, 3901 S. Lake Shore Dr., on Saturday, Sept. 21. Flights are 1-4 p.m. Thirty-one teams will launch homemade aircrafts from a 30-foot flight deck over Lake Michigan in an attempt to achieve the age-old dream of human-powered flight. The crew from Boystown nightspot Roscoe's ...


MOMBIAN-Baby-I-can-drive-your-car

MOMBIAN Baby, I can drive your car - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet" goes the old ad jingle. I therefore felt rather all-American on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest to test drive the Chevy Volt as part of the iconic brand's outreach to the LGBT community. Chevy's parent company, General Motors, has been marketing to the LGBT community for nearly 20 years. GM's Saturn ...


Lambda-Car-Club-hosts-invitational

Lambda Car Club hosts invitational - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Lambda Car Club Lake Michigan chapter hosted a Grand Invitational July 17-21 in the Chicago area. Fans of classic cars were able to see them on full display at the Holiday Inn in Countryside. See www.2013chicago.com/ . Photos by Hal Baim ...


Lambda-Car-Club-in-Chicago

Lambda Car Club in Chicago - The Lambda Car Club Lake Michigan chapter presents a Grand Invitational July 17-21, 2013 in Chicago. All events are closed to the public except for a Saturday car show with classics from many eras, at the Holiday Inn in Countryside. The cars shown are invited cars only. See http://www.2013chicago.com/ . ...


Lambda-Car-Club-event-July-17-21

Lambda Car Club event July 17-21 - The Lambda Car Club Lake Michigan will holds its Chicago 2013 Grand Invitational July 17-21. Among other things, attendees will be able to drive Route 66, tour sites in downtown Chicago, visit vintage car collections, take part in a Boystown bar crawl and enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Lambda Car Club International was founded in 1981 as the ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2013-Nissan-370Z-Roadster-touring-with-a-Z

VEHICLE REVIEW: 2013 Nissan 370Z Roadster touring, with a 'Z' - It's hard for me to believe that it's been over 40 years since the first Z car landed on these shores—October 1969, to be precise. In other words, Nissan had a "Z" before Liza did. Of course, back then it was the Datsun 240Z, and it was a remarkably nice, powerful, well-balanced little car. Not quite a Corvette, but a ...


Chicago-Motor-Cars-hosts-goldRush-finish-more-auto-news-

Chicago Motor Cars hosts goldRush finish; more auto news - GRV, the fifth annual goldRush Rally, finished its seven-city run from San Francisco to Chicago June 15 at Chicago Motor Cars, located in West Chicago. Chicago Motor Cars, a rally sponsor and specialist retailer of high end luxury cars and motorcycles, served lunch to participants and offer them a tour of its showroom. More than 60 cars in the rally ...


2013-Mazda-MazdaSpeed3

2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 - VEHICLE REVIEW - Some people (and cars) are just born with that special something—a star power that not only makes them special, but also makes it acceptable for them to be a bit more demanding of the world around them. This phenomenon is often dubbed "being a diva," and it applies just as much to famous people who demand Cool Ranch Doritos in ...


2013-Mazda-CX-5-pounces-like-a-cheetah-

2013 Mazda CX-5 pounces like a cheetah - VEHICLE REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Back when The Love Boat sailed the Seven Seas with a heavenly host of Charlie's Angels, you could get a good small car for about $5,000. As we entered the gay '90s with Hillary and Bill Clinton, the size of our cars increased, and starting prices doubled to about $10,000. Now, in the day of sequestration and Inauguration Day lip-synching, ...


Auto-show-first-for-2013-LGBT-Auto-Show-briefing-held

Auto show: first for 2013; LGBT Auto Show briefing held - AUTOS - Auto show marks first for 2013 The public portion of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show ran Feb. 8-18. This was the first time since 1998 that the show was open to the public on a Saturday. Show organizers decided to shift the dates for 2013 to take advantage of the Presidents Day holiday. The Chicago Auto Show's black-tie benevolent event, ...


Auto-show-runs-through-Feb-18

Auto show runs through Feb. 18 - The public portion of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show will run through Monday, Feb. 18. Feb. 9 was the first time since 1998 that the show was open to the public on a Saturday. Show organizers decided to shift the dates for 2013 to take advantage of the Presidents' Day holiday. Also, attendees can download the Chicago Auto Show mobile ...


Mike-Ettleson-helps-preview-the-Chicago-Auto-Show

Mike Ettleson helps preview the Chicago Auto Show - The 105th edition of the Chicago Auto Show will take place Feb. 8-18 at McCormick Place. The "First Look for Charity" black-tie event will happen Feb. 8. The following day, the show will be open for general audiences—and will mark the first time since 1998 that the show will open to the public on a Saturday. Auto show chair Mike ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-marks-first-for-2013-other-auto-news

Chicago Auto Show marks first for 2013, other auto news - The public portion of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show will run Saturday, Feb. 9, through Monday, Feb. 18. This will be the first time since 1998 that the show will open to the public on a Saturday. Show organizers decided to shift the dates for 2013 to take advantage of the Presidents Day holiday. The Chicago Auto Show's black-tie benevolent ...


2013-Chevrolet-Spark-A-better-micro

2013 Chevrolet Spark: A better micro? - VEHICLE REVIEW - Americans used to look at micro cars and fantasize about flicking them off the roadways with full-size SUVs or V8-powered muscle cars. Then, gas trucked past four dollars a gallon, and we began to think, "Gee, I really don't need 5,000 pounds of steel and gas-sucking family bus to get to work." The Smart fortwo, Fiat 500 and Scion iQ ...


To-buy-or-lease-That-is-the-question-

To buy or lease? That is the question - As an owner of a 1999 Honda Civic coupe with around 140,000 miles on it, I'm often asking myself the question, "Is it time?" As I rubberneck past new-car dealerships and help friends and family members choose the right car for them, the thought seeps in more and more until my synapses scream a resounding "YES, YES, LET'S DO IT!" ...


Auto-show-marks-first-for-next-year

Auto show marks first for next year - The public portion of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show will run Saturday, Feb. 9, through Monday, Feb. 18. This will be the first time since 1998 that the show will open to the public on a Saturday. Show organizers decided to shift the dates for 2013 to take advantage of the Presidents Day holiday. The Chicago Auto Show's black-tie benevolent ...


Northfield-Volvo-is-LEED-certified

Northfield Volvo is LEED-certified - Fields Volvo in Northfield, Ill., has become the first Volvo store in the country to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, according to TriplePundit.com. General manager Pat Hubert said that in order to meet LEED certification, the old building had to be 90 percent recycled. (Fields bought the property and building that was on the site.) In ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2013-Chevrolet-Camaro-ZL1-Addictive-and-outrageously-fun-

VEHICLE REVIEW 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Addictive and outrageously fun - I knew it. I just knew someone, somewhere, would complain about the cabin plastics in a review of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. [The guilty party shall remain nameless, for now.] Let me put this to rest: if you're worried about the grain of the plastic on the door panels, the center console—or anywhere else for that matter—then you've completely ...


2013-Subaru-XV-Crosstrek-

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek - VEHICLE REVIEW - As I thanked and reluctantly said goodbye to my hosts after driving the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, I came to a grateful conclusion: It all could have been so cliched, but it wasn't. On my drive to Honolulu International Airport, inbound traffic was moderate and moving well. Afternoon rush traffic headed out of ...


Auto-news

Auto news - —Audi duty: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago has added intriguing additions to its list of luxury guest services: two custom-ordered 2012 Audi house cars, according to a press release. Audi's flagship sedan, the A8, and its full-size seven-passenger luxury SUV, the Q7, are available as a complimentary amenity for travelers residing in suite accommodations. For more info on Trump ...


2012-Buick-Regal-GS-Paint-It-Black

2012 Buick Regal GS: Paint It Black - VEHICLE REVIEW - I joined Buick during the glory days of the turbo 3.8-litre. (The Grand National was announced the year I started.) Every male under 30 and quite a few of the women at Home Office bought one—myself included—and proceeded to spend a Michigan winter going diagonally, coping with the awesome power and serious lack of traction that black beauty provided. We ...


VEHICLE-REVIEW-2013-Acura-RLX-Concept-Luxurious-sporty-and-green-

VEHICLE REVIEW 2013 Acura RLX Concept: Luxurious, sporty and green - by WILL CHEVAL JR., Gaywheels.com - The Acura RL has always had a hard time fitting in. Much like people you might have known in high school. Trying to hang with the popular crowd but always falling short. The current RL is satisfactory, but in a group filled with the latest and greats from Lexus, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Infiniti, it's tough to demand some spotlight. ...







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