REVIEW—Bond is back, and in a big way. SPECTRE is the most expensive 007 movie made to date, and possibly the priciest movie of any kind, ever! As the prior Bond effort, Skyfall, did pull in over $1.1 Billion a certain amount of budget latitude for SPECTRE seems appropriate. The good news is, you see virtually each dime spent up on the big screen. As in other episodes of the Bond franchise, tempting global locations beckon us, and special effects are riveting. And, most of SPECTRE has a life-like quality to it. This is high-art.
REVIEW—The world of tires is a bit like the latest, trendy beverage. There’s a whole lot of hype, and you don’t really know what you’re going to get until it’s too late. We gathered a set of three curiously interesting tires. Pirelli came to play with the P-Zero Run Flat tires. Yokohama is touting its new Advan Neova AD08 R. The final player is Bridgestone with the RE-11. After conducting a direct back-to-back comparison of the products, here are the results and our real world driving observations. To keep this as fair as possible, we use the supremely competent installation of CEC Wheels in Los Angeles.
PRODUCT REVIEW— Testing windshield wipers in Southern California summer months during a five year historical drought presents somewhat of a challenge. And yet, here they are – a pair of 24-inch, all-weather wiper double blades that, according to the manufacturer, wipe and scrub simultaneously – pressed against sixteen-year-old windshield on the test car – a BMW 740 iL. Fortunately, Blanca and Linda, and other tropical storms have provided enough rain for a meaningful test.
BACKSEAT DRIVING—BFGoodrich asks Andrew Comrie-Picard, the 2014 Rally America champion and one of the team members to pilot a win in the Baja Challenge class at the Score Baja 1000 race, to take its All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires for an all-day test drive in the off-road hills of Calamigos Ranch, just off of Mulholland and Kanan Dume Road. Editor John Grafman goes along for the wild ride.