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No Cruisin’ In Winterpeg…

Remember that post about “spring is here”? Apparently I lied. While driving the wife to work yesterday morning, snow flurries appeared fast & furious. By the time I was coming home, you couldn’t even see the Red River while crossing the Osborne South bridge.

Since Winterpeg proved Global Warming wrong yesterday with one last snowfall, here’s what’s going on everywhere else:

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If you’re still looking for a summer car, eBay has a decent selection right now. Check out this perfect 1964 Impala SS 409, a ready to rock ’29 International Harvester rat-rod pickup, one very clean ’73 Datsun 240Z, one not so clean ’73 Datsun 240Z, and the Batmobile.*

The Batmobile

*Rocket launcher sold separately

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Just when you thought the government wasn’t out to get gearheads the Toronto Star reports that the loophole allowing 15-year old cars to be imported from Japan and Europe will soon be changed to 25 years. Although Transport Canada claims they’re going to consult with the public first, it sounds like the proposed change will be a done deal in 18 months.

Of course, this is all being done under the guise of “public safety,” to ensure powerful cars such as Nissan’s Skyline won’t end up in the hands of teenage kids. Never mind that the Ecotec 2.4 litre engine in all those Chevy Cobalts can reach in excess of 800 horsepower, enough to push your kid’s pizza delivery car to 200 mph.

Imported Nissans in the parking lot at St. Vital

These two imported Nissans were brave enough to go cruising in last night’s cold & snow

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Speaking of fast cars, Tesla Motors will begin taking orders for European-spec cars with delivery slated for 2009. In typical Tesla style, they’re reserving a meagre 250 of their electric supercars for export to the old world. Meanwhile 600 stateside customers are still awaiting their plug-in Ferarri killer.

photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Of course, if you can’t afford the estimated $92,000 USD price tag, Jeremy Clarkson of the BBC show Top Gear has an energy saving option for you:

See ya Wednesday!

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