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Insider Report: I'm sorry, sir, your warranty doesn't cover 'stupid'

This video of a remote-started Lada teaching its owner a lesson reminded me of a customer I dealt with back in the early '90s, in the early days of aftermarket remote starters.

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This video of a remote-started Lada teaching its owner a lesson reminded me of a customer I dealt with back in the early ’90s, in the early days of aftermarket remote starters.

Many folks were disappointed that these exciting new devices, which allowed one to access a toasty, warm car on a cold morning, weren’t being installed in cars with a manual transmission. One customer was absurdly upset and screamed and yelled at his service advisor, the service manager and the sales manager in a misguided attempt to convince them to install a remote starter in his new car, which had a manual shifter. Eventually, he went away and left us alone.

About a month later, the same vehicle arrived at the dealership on the back of a tow truck, with the front end caved in. But, rather than graciously acknowledging the error of his ways, this consumer came in and freaked out about the damage his faulty car had caused to itself and his home. When asked what had happened, he said the car leaped ahead when he pressed the start button on his remote starter. I’m sorry, sir, but your vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty does not cover “stupid.”

If you’d like a visual, check out the video below. This is why you don’t install a remote starter on a vehicle with a manual transmission!

Meet the original Monkeymobile
When I was a little kid, I mean six or seven years old, I used to rush home from school (yes, little kids did that on their own in the Seventies) to spend time with my TV friends. Specifically, the Beaver and The Monkees. Of course there was Batman and for the life of me I can’t remember the others right at this moment. I could relate to The Beav, but Batman and The Monkees rocked my world, because their cars were just so cool. I loved the groovy lines of the stretched GTO with the top cut off and it seemed perfect for those happy-go-lucky musicians.

Mel Gutherie must have similar memories to mine, because when presented with the opportunity to actually buy the Monkeymobile at an auction, he snapped it up. Not only did Gutherie get to own the car of his dreams, but he bought it from non-other than George Barris, who had done a bit of his own customization to bring the car up to date. I would love to drive this machine.

Watch Kimi Raikkonen spin the Ferrari LaFerrari
You know that old saying that “to make an omelette, you’ve got to break a few eggs”? Well, there is a similar one in high performance driving that says “if you don’t spin sometimes, you aren’t going fast enough.” That saying applies to pretty much everyone who has ever driven on a track, including each and every past World Champion, including Finnish jokester Kimi Raikkonen. YouTuber and Insider Report regular Marchettino was on hand at Maranello to catch the Finn doing some shakedown laps in the unfortunately named Ferrari LaFerrari. With 963 horsepower, the spiritual successor to the iconic Ferrari Enzo is gorgeous despite its name and blows copious amounts of flame when the throttle is released. It also proves to be enough of a handful that a baseball wearing Raikkonen spins the car at speed. No helmet for this guy!


Harris Monkey flogs the McLaren P1
One of the highlights of this year’s Canadian International Autoshow here in Toronto is the appearance of the ultra rare McLaren P1. /Drive’s Chris Harris recently had a chance to get behind the wheel of a pre-production mule at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi UAE. At night.

This video is a full half hour long, so I am going to just post it here for all to enjoy without my commentary. I am going to watch it later with my kid, who is obsessed with McLaren cars. Knowing the guys at /Drive, I bet this one will be epic!

Pushing the virtual divide: another one I haven’t watched yet
Given that I haven’t had a chance to watch the half hour McLaren P1 video above yet, it is of little surprise to me that I have yet to watch the following hour and a half long video from another guy who I am pleased to call a friend. Tamir Moscovici is the Toronto based filmmaker behind the Urban Outlaw video and a bunch of other cool automotive things that I have shared here in the Insider Report. He was recently contracted by Playstation to film a documentary about Kazunori Yamauchi, aka Kaz, who is the creative mind behind the wildly successful Gran Tourismo video game franchise.

I have seen a couple of trailer’s and I KNOW the video must be incredible. Tamir, I promise I will set aside some time to watch the whole thing tomorrow. Dear readers, I hope you do the same!


  • Insider Report: I'm sorry, sir, your warranty doesn't cover 'stupid'
  • Insider Report: I'm sorry, sir, your warranty doesn't cover 'stupid'
  • Insider Report: I'm sorry, sir, your warranty doesn't cover 'stupid'
  • Insider Report: I'm sorry, sir, your warranty doesn't cover 'stupid'
  • Insider Report: I'm sorry, sir, your warranty doesn't cover 'stupid'

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