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and the Pogues Quinn How one winnipeg man has a found a way to build a bond with his teen daughter. by Craig Lawrence
’m a dad. Three kids. Nineteen and 17 year old girls, and a 12-year-old boy. And, I have to say–so far, so good. My wife Lisa, and I think we’ve got good people living with us. They seem to have a good sense of themselves, treat others well, are curious, smart, and interested in exploring what the world has to offer. Things crumble a bit when we consider the state of their rooms, and their complete inability to notice things such as the grass needing to be cut, or that the dog hasn’t been fed. But other than that, we seem to be on a good footing.
The second factor getting in the way of a parent/child bond or connection is the age difference. Parents and their kids are defined by the fact that they are a generation apart. Young people and older people think differently. For most parents, the simple fact that they are parents has caused them to become more calculated and reflective. The spontaneous and invincible approach to life their kids enjoy isn’t really a factor for parents. To paraphrase Corinthians: “When I was a kid, I thought, talked, and acted like a kid. Now that I’m a man–I don’t.”
Like any dad, what I want from my kids–besides a comfortable retirement–is a relationship. A connection that goes beyond “because I said so”, and takes into account that they are independent, free-thinking, and capable people. People worth spending time with. But it’s hard. The first obstacle is the fact that a parent’s job is to make decisions on their kids’ behalf, and that sometimes those decisions will involve a “because I said so”. Parents don’t like using them, and kids certainly don’t like hearing them. But, for the sake of expediency and efficiency–they’re a fact of life.
Finally, and this is especially the case with kids in their later teens, they’re becoming their own people and developing lives removed from the family home. University, jobs, boyfriends, girlfriends, and unbelievably active social lives contribute to that inevitable distance.
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This is where I was with our oldest daughter Quinn. Quinn and I have always been close, but as she started to establish a life outside the house, I found the opportunities we had to really talk to each other were being replaced by hurried
conversations regarding using the car, what time will she be home, and why can’t so-and-so get out of his car when he picks her up, and actually come to the door and shake my hand? All the clichés of life with teenage girls were starting to happen to me. And, as I had no intention of living life out of an Archie comic, I looked for something to get Quinn and me back on track. Imagine my surprise when that something turned out to be a group of 50–60 year old Irish/English traditional Celtic musicians with a keenly developed punk sensibility whose band name is a shortened version of a vulgar Irish expression. Ladies and gentlemen–the Pogues. The Pogues (from Pogue Mahone–the Anglicized version of the Irish for “kiss my arse”), formed in London in the early ‘80s, and from the moment I heard the first notes of “London Girl” in the Unicity Sam the Record Man in early 1986, my musical life changed forever. Sometimes described as a cross between the Sex Pistols and the Chieftains, the Pogues are known and notorious for a few things. Primary among these is the fact that Shane MacGowan, their lead singer and www.winnipegmen.com
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songwriter, is still alive and probably shouldn’t be. Shane’s alcohol consumption is legendary, and unfortunately most of what is written about him focuses too much attention on that and not nearly enough on the fact that he is considered by folks such as Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, and Bono as one of the best songwriters of the 20th century. The man’s a genius. And, the man likes a drink. Another important aspect of the Pogues is that they are one of the best live acts out there. They are frequently cited in “Bands You Must See Before You Die” lists, as their concerts are chaotic, shambolic, often drunken affairs that feature positively brilliant music played by a truly superb group of musicians. And if Shane is “on” (he’s always drunk, but occasionally he’s catatonic) it’s a concert experience unlike any other. A true rollicker. The band has had a troubled history. The midto-late ‘80s were their heyday. Several albums and non-stop touring. Then, in 1991, the band grew so tired of Shane’s boozing that they kicked him out partway through a Japanese tour. The band continued on in various forms before coming to a shuddering halt in 1996. In 2001, the band reformed for a brief Christmas tour of the UK. This happened again in 2004 and 2005. Encouraged by the overwhelming response, in the spring of 2006 they started an annual tradition of an eastern US tour that culminated with a St. Patrick’s Day show in New York. I went to New York in ’06, Chicago in ’07 and ’08, back to New York in ’09, and then returned to Chicago this year. (The band didn’t tour www.winnipegmen.com
the US in 2010.) In each case, the concert was the primary reason for making the trip, but the rest of the 2 or 3 day trip became full-on guys’ weekends. My travel partners were my brother on a couple of occasions, and other guy friends on the others. (And, in 2009 in NYC, my friend Dust Rhino Blair and I took our wives. Which was very nice.) The weekend usually involved a hockey game, dingy blues bars, and as many pubs as we could encounter. When the Pogues announced in late 2010 that they would be returning to the eastern US in the spring of 2011, I immediately put plans in motion to be in Chicago for the first show of the tour. My first phone calls were to my previous trip-mates, all of whom were unable to make it, and it was starting to look as if this Pogues trip would be solo. Until Quinn asked if she could come. My first reaction was vague panic–for a couple of reasons. First, did I really want my beautiful 18 year old daughter in the middle of a Pogues audience? While not necessarily dangerous, the typical crowd at these shows is probably 75 per cent male, all of whom are beer-soaked as they bounce along in the mosh pit and bellow along with Shane. It’s St. Patrick’s Day every night–without the fights or the puking–and as much fun as these shows are, did I really want Quinn in the middle of it? Secondly, we were going to be in Chicago for three nights and three full days. The concert was on the first night–leaving a lot of time to fill before we came home. What the hell were we going to do, and more to the point, what were we going to talk about all that time? Quinn and I have never had a problem communicating,
but this was the first time ever it was just going to be the two of us for an extended period of time. The potential for dead air was very real. Then, I realized this was it. This was the opportunity I had been hoping for to reconnect with my oldest kid. As well, it would be a useful way of establishing a relationship with each other as adults. Three nights and three days of just the two of us was exactly what we needed. And, I’m happy to report it all worked out beautifully. Quinn and I had an absolutely fantastic time. The concert was brilliant, Shane was in fine form, and I’m very proud to say that Quinn spent almost the entire show up against the barricades at the foot of the stage bellowing along with the beer-soaked hooligans that surrounded her. The rest of the weekend was occupied with two other concerts, a little shopping and sightseeing, the Art Institute, and hours and hours of talking. About music, politics, relationships, her future, my comfortable retirement, and so much more. We don’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but that’s good. The weekend gave us the opportunity to discover that about each other. Quinn’s a smart, informed young woman, and is somebody I’m going to enjoy getting to know from this point on. So, to the Pogues–thanks. You’re not likely the first choice most would make when looking for relationship guidance, but you outdid yourselves when it came to Quinn and me. Cheers. M summer 2011
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Manitoba’s Hottest Man
Meet the winner of our latest contest. by Jon Waldman
photography by Ian McCausland
e’re all used to getting those odd phone calls and emails, letting us know that we have won a contest; yet for the most part, we can’t seem to remember ever entering a contest at all, and thus can quickly dismiss the communication as a scam.
In the case of Manitoba’s Hottest Man, the case was similar, but the reward and contest were very real. You see, Cliff McGillvary had no idea that his girlfriend, Crystal Oleschuk, had entered him in the competition and it wasn’t until he received the notification that he had won that he knew his girlfriend went behind his back. “I was surprised,” he says. “I didn’t realize there were so many participants. I’m just excited.” The contest, which was sponsored by HOT 103 and Winnipeg Men/Winnipeg Women Magazine, found some of Manitoba’s most unique and attractive males. Along with this spread, Cliff also receives a weekend luxury vehicle car rental from Nott AutoCorp, a cut and style makeover from Berns and Black Salon and a pair of tickets to the Kings of Leon concert courtesy of HOT103. A native of The Pas, Cliff moved to Winnipeg in January 2010. Currently an aircraft maintenance engineer, he is ambitioning to become a commercial pilot. He says that he has already gained his part of his certification and is well on his way to accomplishing his goal. The source of his inspiration to take to the skies is simple. “I didn’t fly until I graduated and went to Calgary for a year to work. That was the first
time I had flown and just became interested in aviation,” Cliff recalls. Almost immediately, Cliff began looking for education opportunities, but finding that his new home wasn’t going to be viable, he returned to Winnipeg to get the first stage of his development set. “I started looking at schools in Alberta and figured it was financially tough to do, so I took another path,” he explains. “I got my aircraft maintenance engineer certification, so that when I did my pilot’s (training), I would have a lot of experience and it would probably be easier to find a job because of my experience in the same field.” With the money earned from his new career, Cliff moved forward with his career plan. Outside the cockpit While this ambition has driven Cliff for the last number of years, it hasn’t completely enveloped his life. Instead, this natural athlete spends a lot of time outside from studying pursuing sports excellence. At the moment, Cliff is part of a slo-pitch team that participates in both provincial and national competitions. Now in his second year with the team, Cliff can be found on the field twice a week playing back-to-back games. “It’s pretty competitive,” he remarks. Cliff is also part of two men’s basketball leagues (one at each the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg), plays hockey in the winter, trains at Goodlife’s downtown location every day and loves mountain biking. Congratulations to Cliff McGillvary, Manitoba’s Hottest Man for 2011. M
The entry If Cliff was surprised that he won in the first place, he was certainly taken aback even more when he heard Crystal’s entry, which reads: “I think I’ve found your perfect man. I am still, to this day, trying to find something wrong with him but I can’t. His looks speak for themself… he should probably have already been posted in some Abercrombie and Fitch magazine. But on the other side, usually good looking guys have a downfall when it comes to personality. Nope not with him. His mom raised him to be an absolute gentleman. He is ambitious, career-oriented and good at every sport in the book. He also knows how to treat a lady. If I were a guy from Winnipeg, I think a few helpful tips from this guy would be no harm. We need more positive role models out there and I think he would be perfect to represent Manitoba.” Not surprisingly, Cliff was taken aback by Crystal’s words. “It puts a big smile on my face,” he says with a chuckle. “That’s why I’m dating this girl – she’s pretty awesome like that and smart too. It’s an honour for someone to say that about me.”
THE RUNNERS UP Three Manitoba men were named as runners up, including: • Winnipeg Men/Winnipeg Women’s own Chef Rob – “Rob is a super hand- some, uber-talented guy! Not only is he an AMAZING chef, but has the kindest heart and a beautiful smile. He is for sure one of Manitoba’s HOTTEST Men!” – Anonymous • Carl Miller - “Carl Miller should be Winnipeg’s hottest man because he is wonderful inside and out. He is every kind of perfect. He is my grandad and he’s amazing and would do anything for anyone.” – Dayna Hogg • Christopher (no last name given) “Chris is an unbelievable man. He is very caring of everyone around him, and is always there for everyone. He is trustworthy, honest, caring and thoughtful.” – Monika
WE ROUND UP THE BEST MODELS FOR 2011.
by Kelly Parker
ummertime, and the livin’ is easy. Freedom from all of those winter layers, and long days of sunshine and summer breezes. For many, that means hitting the road on two wheels. Winnipeg Men touched based with reps from a few prominent motorcycle dealers in town to bring you up to speed on a few of the most exciting bikes on the road.
Headingley Sport Shop, 5160 Portage Ave. www.headingleysport.com “The newest and probably most exciting model would be Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 Vaquero. They’ve tuned the engine to deliver peak power in the passing range between about 50 and 75 mph. Designers were taking their cues from 60’s-era muscle cars, so it’s got these muscular lines that flow very nicely. The fonts used in the digital dash and on the dashboard is all kind of inspired by that era and that look. Despite its retro-modern look, it certainly isn’t without the modern amenities–fuel injection, cruise control, electronic throttle-value actuation, a high-spec audio system with iPod compatibility and two-way communication compatibility. With this segment, people are looking to hit the open road, but they don’t necessarily want a big, full-on touring bike, nor a stripped down machine with only some soft saddle bags, either, which is kind of why this segment developed.”
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero: Engine: 1700 cc 4-stroke, V-Twin Transmission: 6-Speed with Overdrive Fuel Consumption: 6.5 L/100 km (44 MPG) Colours: Ebony, Candy Fire Red Overall Length: 2510 mm (98.8 in.) Seat Height: 730 mm (28.7 in.) Weight: 379 kg (835.6 lbs) MSRP: $19,999
How to Join a Riding Club Some prefer the solitude of the open road. Others like to congregate with others of their species. If the social side of the sport is as important to you as rubber and road, join a club. “There are so many different types of riding clubs”, explains Keni Harvey. “Some are exclusive to factories, like our HOGs (Harley Owner Group) although we do have open rides after our meetings.” The ownership groups are affiliated with the manufacturers, and information about group benefits and registration is available at their respective websites. There are several other options for twowheeled fellowship. Amoung them: Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers: Founded in 2006 in Guelph, ON. CMC now has 82 chapters with over 5,000 members across Canada. Any make/model of motorcycle is welcome and passengers, partners/spouses and family are welcome. Membership is free. (www.cmc023.ca) Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba: Its stated mission is to encourage the ownership, use, preservation, restoration and maintenance of classic and antique motorcycles. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at Harley-Davidson Winnipeg, 1377 Niakwa Rd. E. (www.classicbritish.ca) Coalition of MB Motorcycle Groups: Motto: It’s not what you ride; it’s because you ride. A non-profit organization promoting the safety of Manitoba’s motorcyclists by encouraging education, promoting legislative reform, and disseminating information to aid in “the continued safe enjoyment of two-wheeled motorized transportation”. Individual memberships are $25, with a family membership available for $35. (www. cmmg.org) Reborn Renegades [Winnipeg Chapter of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc.]: Founded in the spring of 1998 by an informational meeting of seven interested Christian bikers to combine a love of riding and spreading the gospel. Membership is granted through an interview process, and a patch much be purchased upon admission.
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Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra LImited Engine: 1584 cc Air-Cooled Twin Cam 103™ Transmission: 6-Speed with Overdrive Fuel Consumption: City: 6.72 L/100 km Hwy: 4.36 L/100 km Overall Length: 2525 mm (99.4 in.) Seat Height: 745 mm (29.3 in.) Weight: 400 kg (881.85 lbs) MSRP: $27,309
Lonestar Harley-Davidson, 231 Oak Point Hwy. www.lonestarharley.ca “If I had to pick just one, it would be the Electra Glide Ultra Limited. It’s got a lot of extra features that a regular Ultra does not have; the 28-spoke wheels are chromed up beautifully, and awesome decaling and paint, but it also has heated handgrips, which are great for Winnipeg Fall and Spring riding. It has a beautifully decorated control panel, extra power in the back end of the bike with a 12-volt recharge outlet in the tour pack. They’ve got a really high fuel capacity. The aircooled twin-cam just works very well, especially with the overdrive six-speed transmission, which really stretches out those kms. The seats on this bike have been redesigned from previous years, and they’re a very comfortable riding saddle. With the way the backrest and everything holds the passenger in, many fall asleep on the backs of these bikes–we call them ‘the couch’; they’re that comfortable.”
Sharing the Road It’s kind of like the old conversation about encountering a bear in the woods; they are far more afraid of you than you are of them, but there are things you need to do to stay safe. The basic issue is this: you are protected in a large vehicle, while the motorcycle rider is unprotected and vulnerable on a relatively small machine. According to Brian Smiley, Media Relations Officer at Manitoba Public Insurance, between 2005 and 2009, there were 1,700 motorcycle-related collisions. Of those, roughly half were the fault of the motorist, and most–if not all–happened because the motorist simply didn’t see the motorcyclist. “Driver’s are not shoulder checking, and they are changing lanes and cutting motorcyclists off”, says Smiley. “A motorcycle is not a large object,” he adds, “and in many situations, they are in the motorist’s blind spot. The motorist might signal, but they don’t shoulder-check, and they’ll just move right over and cut that motorcyclist off.” Another leading cause of these accidents occurs when the motorist doesn’t see the motorcyclist when entering into traffic from a side street, and the motorist just pulls right in front of the motorcyclist, cutting them off. “I’m not sure if they just don’t see the motorcyclist or whether they feel that the motorcyclist should just stop”, says Smiley.
Ronds Marine, 1350 Dugald Rd. www.rondsmarine.com “It’s called a Victory High-Ball. It’s basically a 2012 model, but it has already come out. What’s unique about it is that it’s a throwback style; a bobber with the ape hanger handlebars, and spoked wheels with big whitewall tires. It’s painted in flat black, and it’s just a stripped down, bare-bones, throwback kind of motorcycle – very 50’s retro-looking with all of the modern technology built into it. It hasn’t got many bells and whistles, but has this very cool, old school styling, and it’s a bike that the motorcycling community has really been very excited to see come onto the market – and it’s priced very well.”
Therefore, there is only one tip to be offered: At all times, do everything you were taught in Driver’s Ed about knowing what is on the road with you, and where it is. That means shoulder checking before a lane change, and confirming that there is no oncoming traffic–including harder-to-see motorcycles–before entering the flow.
Victory High-Ball Engine: 1731 cc 4-stroke 50o V-Twin Transmission: 6-speed overdrive constant mesh Colours: Solid Black Overall Length: 2350 mm (92.5 in.) Seat Height: 635 mm (25 in.) Weight: 300 kg (659 lbs) MSRP: $15,059
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Racer david richert is making his mark on the world stage. by David Schmeichel photography by Grajewski Fotograph Inc.
our typical race car narrative tends to follow a course of familiar twists and turns: A young gearhead spends his adolescence obsessed with engine parts, pit crews and speed, and within years is busy tearing up the track, hoping to land the one big break that’ll lead to top-tier success.
But the path to the pros isn’t always an easy straightaway, which explains why Manitoba-born David Richert has taken a slightly different tack while pursuing his ultimate goal of Formula One glory. Though he’s racked up his share of victories on the track — including a recent series of strong showings in Austria and Italy earlier this year — Richert’s real focus is on winning the battle off the track, by using his business savvy and marketing acumen to position himself as the highest-profile racer in Canada. “It’s one of the hardest things to do, because I really want to win on the race track,” says Richert, a 29-year-old Niverville native who believes race car driving is as much a business as it is a sport.
He spent the next few years scouring the internet for information related to Formula One racing (when he wasn’t hard at work cleaning pig pens or gathering chicken eggs at his parents’ farm, that is). Eventually, the newfound passion led him and a friend to their first real world race, watching the infield road course at the Grand Prix in Indianapolis. The experience shook him to his very core — quite literally, in fact — and instilled in him a fierce respect for the skill and prowess required to control a Formula One car. “I’ve always said that you could hate cars, but if you got to see a race in person, you’d be blown away by how fast these things can go,” says Richert. “When you stand next to the race track and see a car coming at you at 330, 340 kilometres an hour, and just 50 metres before the corner, it hits the brake and goes down through six gears, you can literally hear the thumping of the downshifting in your chest when it goes by,” he continues.
“But I want to win on the race track at the highest level, and the only way I can see myself (doing that) is to come up with the funding that will allow me to learn and progress through those initial levels.”
“At Indianapolis, where there’s a concrete grandstand on one side and the big pit lane grandstands on the other, to hear a Formula One car come screaming through there doing 20,000 RPM’s, you can really only last one or two laps with the sound bouncing off before you have to put in ear plugs — or your brain will explode.”
By industry standards, Richert was a bit of a late bloomer. Thoroughly uninterested in cars as a kid — “I didn’t know the difference between a two-stroke and a four-stroke engine; I couldn’t care less about that kind of stuff,” he admits — Richert didn’t catch the racing bug until the age of 17, when he saw the Australian Grand Prix on television.
When he returned home, Richert decided his best bet was to gain some experience racing go-karts — not the amusement park-style models, mind you, but those built specifically for racing. He aligned himself with the Manitoba Karting Association, whose members raced at the speedway in Gimli, and bought his first go-kart and trailer.
“What drew me was the fact the cars were so fast — the fact that a human being had to try and control that vehicle at those speeds,” says Richert, who also admits that — as a kid, anyway — he’d sometimes check out the Molson Indy on TV, but only to see the crashes.
“My learning curve was very fast — it had to be, because starting at the age of 20 set me way behind what other drivers were doing,” he recalls. “Most of them started when they were six, seven, eight years old … I knew if
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I ever wanted a shot at racing Formula One, I was going to have to advance through the initial stages extremely fast.” True to his word, Richert quickly graduated from his first set of wheels, a 5.5 Hondapowered kart, for a beefier two-stroke, 125 cc Rotax. He took Rookie of the Year honours
ter of a million to race the entire season in that kind of car.” Luckily, Richert had an ace up his sleeve: a degree in marketing from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Armed with a distinct advantage in the realm of networking, he began beating the bushes
These days, Richert has plans to raise his profile even further, by expanding the breadth and scope of his brand through calculated corporate partnerships. Already, he’s one of only a few Canadian racers to make a name for himself on the international stage, and with a slate of appearances at prestigious events this spring and summer —including such world-
“ In the span of a year and a half, I went from not ever racing anything to sitting in a high-performance Formula Renault race car.” two seasons in a row, and in the fall headed to a racing school outside Montreal, where he learned to drive an open-wheel, single-seater F1 car under the same team of mentors who’d trained Jacques and Gilles Villaneuve. After that, he headed to a test session with a professional racing team in Savannah, Georgia, where — despite having less experience than his peers — he was deemed the racer with the most natural ability. “In the span of a year and a half, I went from not ever racing anything to sitting in a highperformance Formula Renault race car, which is what I’m driving now,” says Richert. “But I also realized it didn’t matter how fast you were on the track — it mattered more how much money you had, and whether you could afford to pay for your own racing. At that level, we’re not just talking $10,000 or $20,000, we’re talking about needing a quar-
in search of sponsorships and representation, and by 2008 had landed an invitation to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, the only clean diesel-powered race series. It was there that his philosophy began to pay off. Though Richert describes his on-track performance as “mediocre” (noting he intentionally hung back to avoid damages to his car, since racers are required to foot repair bills themselves), he did manage to win the Jetta TDI Cup Media Contest by drumming up more publicity — for both himself and the Volkswagen brand — than any other driver.
famous tracks as Imola and Monza, where he’s racing for Team Torino Motorsport — he’s confident his skills in the boardroom and behind the wheel will empower him to a cross the finish line a winner. “To me, that’s the biggest part of racing,” says Richert, whose tenacity recently led to a lucrative sponsorship agreement with local denim manufacturer Silver Jeans. “It’s proof that if you can win off the track, you’ll get the chance to win on the track, as well.” M
Richert’s reward was an all-expense-paid trip to Germany, where he was free to race without worrying about crash-damage collateral. He repeated the trip in 2009, this time to help launch the 2010 Golf and TDI Golf, after winning the Jetta event’s public relations contest for the second year in a row.
Richert during a lap at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy where he placed 16. He will be returning to Italy for futures races this season including one at the world famous track at Monza.
OPEN ROAD Itâ€™s time for top down enjoyment.
You get to stage in your life that you want to reward yourself or rid yourself of the minivan days and slip into something a little more comfortable. There are two vehicles that often get a lot of this attention and these are the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes SLK.
Porsche continues to update their 911 model to ensure that it remains on the shopping list of anyone looking at this segment. Although the Cayenne has become a top seller for Porsche over the last few years, the 911 is the still car that most people associate with the brand and Porsche knows this. Mercedes has taken the popular SLK model and re-designed it bumper to bumper for 2012. In the showroom by the time this story gets out, the newly designed SLK is something that anyone who enjoys driving will want to take a look at. It has a front grill that resembles the very hot SLS AMG and an extremely appealing curb appeal with new body paneling. For many, performance in this category is important, but for many more, comfort is equally as important. Although we would love to get out on the track or the open road each weekend, the reality is that we want to be able to get in, have the top seamlessly go away, take a sip of our coffee and head out to the office, run errands and just enjoy every minute of the drive. Both the 911 and the SLK allow this. They are comfortable in the driver cockpit and easy to drive. Both manufacturers realize that people want this comfort and looks as much as the race inspired performance.
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2012 Porsche 911
2012 Mercedes SLK 350
The 911 is a car that makes you smile each time you get behind the wheel. Porsche has, in the last couple years, started to incorporate the technology that buyers expect such as touch screen controls, ipod docking to allow all of your information to be downloaded for access while you are driving, bluetooth, etc. This makes the car appealing to the customer who is looking for features and performance, as many other manufacturers have incorporated into their sport models. For many years, Porsche maintained that performance came first, but they have quickly caught up any lost ground with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation and satellite radio.
The Mercedes SLK has long been a fantastic looking car that appeals to many. A great roadster that has always had sex appeal and comfort. Easy to get in and out of and a great interior, Mercedes has really stepped on the gas with this re-design. It is sleeker-looking with a longer hood and that SLS-AMG looking grill, the interior is clean and functional and it has performance and fuel efficiency. With slightly larger doors, the new SLK is inviting you to get in, sit down and drive.
Although Porsche is working hard to make sure that the 911 keeps up with technology and comfort, donâ€™t let this fool you into thinking that the performance is being moved to second place by any means. The new 3.6l engine produces 345 HP and 288 ft lb of torque, which will make the butterflies in your stomach jump. The 6-speed PDK (Doppelkupplung) transmission actually has a faster 0-100 kph time than the manual transmission and makes this performance machine the best of both worlds in terms of exhilarating and easy to drive. Each time you start the 911, the sound of the exhaust will remind you of the heritage that you are about to drive out of your garage.
From the moment you get behind the wheel you feel like you just want to stay right there and drive for a long time. The SLK incorporates up to date driving technology including Attention Assist and an optional Panorama Roof featuring a see through panel on the hard top convertible and all of the audio and navigation technology that you will require A great new feature is the Mercedes AIRSCARF. This feature allows us in Winnipeg to drive a little longer into the Fall with warm air blowing around your neck area to keep you comfortable which also adjusts based on your speed. As summer begins and with our fall season seeming to be longer in recent years, now may be the time that you get behind the wheel and see which one is for you. Take our word, after driving both models, we can say for certain that you will not miss your minivan days for very long. You could also find that you may be looking for a longer route to the office. M
or Andrew Stibbard, a partner with MNP in Winnipeg, leadership comes from working together to do the right things for the right reasons. A proud father of three, Stibbard has served in a variety of roles with a number of local organizations and charitable causes, which prepared him for his current tenure: Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (formerly Child Find Manitoba) and future Chair of the United Way of Winnipeg’s annual golf tournament in 2012. Stibbard’s drive to give back has distinguished him both personally and professionally. Over the years he has always made volunteering with organizations such as the Riverview Health Centre Foundation’s Cycle for Life Committee and the Osborne on the Red Condominium Corporation a priority. During his time with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Stibbard has helped to develop a number of initiatives aimed at keeping children safe. These include: awareness campaigns focused on internet safety
and child exploitation; prevention strategies delivered through school systems (such as “TextED.ca” and “Kids in the Know”); and most recently, MissingKids.ca, a newlylaunched website that provides invaluable resources for parents and law enforcement officials.
Stibbard’s “can do” and “roll up your sleeves” approach is engrained in his DNA and has helped make him a successful partner with MNP, one of Canada’s largest Chartered Accountancy and Business Consulting firms. Leading by example, Stibbard brings the same level of commitment to each undertaking and organization that he’s involved with.
“I believe that everyone has a role to play in making our community a place we can all be proud of,” says Stibbard.
“I believe that everyone has a role to play in making our community a place we can all be proud of,” says Stibbard. “Whether it’s a cause that keeps our families safe, or just helping out your neighbour, anything you believe in is worth getting involved in.”
Stibbard describes his outreach work as extremely rewarding and says he’s happy to be contributing in such a hands-on manner. “If these programs can bring about closure, or provide new information, or reconnect a family — even if it’s just one family, it’s completely worth it to me,” he explains.
“We depend on the people of Winnipeg on a regular basis, so it’s important to give back in meaningful ways,” says Stibbard. “The fabric of a community is only as strong as the web. Caring and taking action makes our communities even stronger.” To learn more about MNP, visit mnp.ca.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE HITCHING UP THIS SUMMER
by Kelly Taylor here is something special about camping, but if you’re like me and don’t like getting wet while you sleep, chances are you’re thinking about a trailer. And if you are, or have, a wife like mine, chances are that not just any trailer will do.
When we were shopping, I kept gravitating towards the trailers that our vehicle at the time could tow. My wife kept gravitating towards larger trailers that meant ditching the minivan for something that could really haul. In the end, we bought a cottage. But trailering does bring with it some considerations for a tow vehicle, and you have to keep in mind where you plan to take your new toy. Scott Dube, service shop foreman at Leisure Days RV, says many of the trailers available today can be towed by certain minivans or light trucks. The key is matching your trailer’s weight to the capability of the vehicle. Add 600 pounds to the weight of the trailer to allow for the food, utensils and other items you will carry in the trailer.
Tongue weight: the force pushing down on the hitch when the trailer is hooked up GVWR: the combination of vehicle weight, cargo weight, people weight and tongue weight applied by the trailer GCWR: the combination of vehicle weight, cargo and people weight and overall trailer weight Towing capacity: the weight the vehicle will tow Staying within the manufacturer’s specifications is important, as some jurisdictions watch trailer weight closely, and will, if you’re over, make you unhook the trailer and leave it parked until you can bring a vehicle that meets the requirements. The two vehicles we had on hand for our interview at Leisure Days RV were a 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD and a 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost. The Sierra was a diesel, rated for towing up to 17,800 pounds. The Ford F-150, despite being a gasoline-powered V-6 engine with turbocharger, is rated for 10,600 pounds, identical to the towing capacity of the F-150 with a 6.2-litre V-8 engine.
Dube said, ironically, a common mistake by many drivers is not that they overestimate how much their vehicles can tow. “Actually, it’s the other way around. People underestimate — they think that if the vehicle is rated for 9,600 pounds and the trailer is 7,000 pounds that’s too much. But it isn’t.”
Dube said generally, the only reason to choose a heavy-duty truck — such as the Sierra HD or Ford’s Super Duty line of trucks — is because the trailer demands it. He did warn that you may wish to leave some headroom if you plan to trailer a lot in the mountains, where braking and engine and transmission durability may become a factor.
The key considerations are all outlined in your vehicle’s owner’s manual (you know, that book that is likely still pristinely sealed in shrink wrap in your glove box!): tongue weight, gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and towing capacity.
Another consideration, particularly if you are only buying a truck to trailer and are only trailering a few times a year, is to opt not to buy and instead rent a truck. You get the capacity you need when you need it but without wasting fuel when you don’t.
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When purchasing a tow vehicle, let the dealer know you do plan to tow. The dealer should recommend adding towing packages that add transmission oil coolers, possibly extendable side mirrors, different rear axle ratios and integrated trailer brake controller that brakes the trailer when you hit the brake pedal and allow you to apply trailer brakes only in the event of the trailer swaying. And if you don’t have a lot of experience trailering, consider getting a rear back-up camera on your truck. It makes backing up to hitch on a breeze. Automotive journalist Kelly Taylor is co-host of The Road Trip, heard Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon on CJOB68, and his work appears in publications across Canada and the United States. M The specs GMC Sierra Denali HD 2500 Engine: 6.6-litre Duramax diesel turbo Power: 397 hp @ 3,000 rpm Torque: 765 lb-ft. @ 1,600 rpm Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic Towing capacity: 17,800 lb. Base price: $35,735 (non-Denali model) Price as driven: $59,210 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine: 3.5-litre twin-turbo V-6 Power: 365 hp @ 5,000 rpm Torque: 420 lb-ft. @ 2,500 rpm Transmission: six-speed automatic with selectshift Towing: 10,600 pounds (with Max. towing package) Base price: $35,199 (Super Crew Cab 4x4) Price as driven: $63,615 (Platinum) www.winnipegmen.com
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We take ford’s latest entry into the mid-size suv class for a spin.
ew and improved—a claim made by many a vehicle manufacturer. But can they really deliver? Especially the model that virtually started the SUV craze in North America? We recently tested the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer and found that Ford’s claims are not unfounded.
The interior of the Explorer is spacious with lots of seating, including a motorized third row—perfect for the family demo they’re going for. Plenty of storage space in the back is also great. The centre console gives easy access to a whole bevy of information with dual screens for the driver a great idea allowing the driver to choose what information is displayed. A lack of tactile buttons on the centre console, while looking nice and clean, reduced the accuracy of usage a bit, but the voice command feature made up for that. The voice command system has greatly improved from earlier versions–once you get the hang of it you can string together commands to streamline things. In terms of audio, the sound system is impres-
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sive and gives clear sound for a variety of media, which is great as there are an assortment of inputs for audio devices included.
The Explorer offered nice acceleration when needed and fewer blind spots than on other vehicles of its size. The rear backup camera works well, making parking a breeze. Although a new experience some testers found difficult to get used to, the automatic parking feature is accurate and very easy to do. Finally the automatically adjusting cruise control is a great feature–with gap control to expand and contract the space between the lead vehicle and yours. All in all, we’d say the 2011 Explorer definitely qualifies as a redesign as they continue to adapt to consumers’ needs as the ultimate family vehicle. M 2011 Ford Explorer Specs Engine: 3.5-litre DOHC TI-VCT V-6 Power: 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm Torque: 255 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm Transmission: six-speed automatic Base price: $29,999 (V6 FWD) www.winnipegmen.com
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Ford f150 ecoboost Kelly Taylor hits the road in the game-changing pickup.
by Kelly Taylor erious trucks need a V-8 engine, right? I mean, there’s nothing that quite matches eight snarling, gas-gulping cylinders of power for hauling large trailers and big cargo loads, right? Wrong.
Sure, time was that the kind of torque needed to move large objects was only available powered by eight cylinders or by diesel. Yes, you could get big horsepower out of small engines, but at ridiculously high revs and with puny amounts of torque. And it’s torque that gets stationary objects moving, not horsepower, which is what keeps moving objects moving farther. It’s become almost dogma, to the point that even today, hard-core trucksters will likely still look down their nose at the Ford F-150 EcoBoost V-6 engine and sniff derisively. Until they drive one. The 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6 is the smallest engine in the F-150 lineup. But it’s making the biggest splash, thanks to towing, torque and low-end grunt that rivals its 6.2-litre V-8 brother. Michael Lord, Ford’s regional product trainer who presented the F-150 to Winnipeg media recently, said that at 1,700 rpm—where the real work happens—the EcoBoost has MORE torque than the 6.2. The EcoBoost V-6 and the 6.2-litre V-8 both can tow up to 11,300 pounds. The payload capacity of the EcoBoost is almost twice that of the 6.2. And the EcoBoost’s fuel economy is off by only one-tenth of a litre per 100 kilometers from the base-model 3.7-litre V-6 (EcoBoost 12.9 l/100 km city, 9 l/100km highway; 3.7-litre 12.8 l/100 km city, 8.9 l/100 km highway.) The EcoBoost accomplishes this through turbocharging. Two small turbos compress the air entering the engine to 12 psi, producing 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That won’t mean anything to you unless you’re a gearhead, so put it this way: those numbers used to be the sole domain of diesel trucks.
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There was a time when those numbers weren’t available with V-8 engines. This kind of towing capacity at one time forced buyers into Super Duty trucks. Ford is now expecting that these kinds of towing and cargo capacities will coax those drivers who once needed SuperDuty (F-250, F-350) trucks to step back into the F-150. Ford demonstrated the F-150 at an event at Red River Exhibition Park recently and put its EcoBoost engines up against a 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 Dodge Ram and a 5.8-litre V-8 Chevrolet Silverado. While each vehicle had its strong points, the EcoBoost with its six-speed automatic transmission and standard features such as trailer sway control excelled. The Ram, with a five-speed, will clearly benefit from a coming eight-speed automatic now under development in Germany. Ford’s new six-speed also features a manual shift feature and Range Select, which allows the driver to lock out the higher gears when needed, as when towing through mountains. The transmission will also take downshift commands during hill descent through a tap on the brakes to force a downshift and increase engine braking. While it’s generally true that brake pads are cheaper to replace than powertrain components (an often-heard, and often true, argument against engine braking in normal driving), when towing heavy trailers downhill, the last thing you want is to have had to use your brakes so much that they’re too hot to stop when you really need them. The six-speed also allows the engine to coast at about 1,500 rpm at highway speeds, making for a very quiet ride. The other engines in the F-150 lineup include the thrifty and surprisingly quick on the dragstrip 3.7-litre V-6 base engine, a 5.0-litre V-8 that sounds just as sweet in the F-150 as it does in the Mustang and the 6.2-litre V-8. Lord, the Ford trainer, said questions about the EcoBoost engine’s durability were answered in a grueling series of torture tests on one engine pulled at random and installed in an
F-150 and later in an F-150 Raptor. After completing a series of tests, the same engine, without rebuilding or refurbishing of any kind, completed the Baja 1000, a tortuous 1,000mile off-road rally. Videos of the tests can be found through the QR code in this story or on YouTube (search for F-150 EcoBoost torture test). Carmakers often—and often without cause— use the term game-changer. If ever there really was a game-changer, it’s the EcoBoost V-6 in a pickup truck. M
Scan the QR code to check out the video of the tests, or visit itvwinnipeg.com to see video from the local event. www.winnipegmen.com
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On 30 May 2011, Major-General Dennis Tabbernor handed over his present duties after a distinguished career in the Canadian Forces. During a Change of Appointment ceremony at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, MGen Tabbernor stepped down as Chief Reserves and Cadets, handing the reins to Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett. Canada’s Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, presided over the ceremony. MGen Tabbernor, originally from Winnipeg, was appointed Chief Reserves and Cadets in May 2008 and is retiring in his 44th year of service. MGen Tabbernor enrolled as a Rifleman with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 1967 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before transferring to the Regular Force in 1972. He was posted to Third Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and subsequently served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment and First Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. For a full story on MGen Tabbernor, go to www.winnipegmen.com.
A full house of 500 guests and 200 volunteers were blown away several times through the evening.
Principal Wayne Davies and professional auctioneer Doug Kendall start selling off the 27 guitars up for grabs in the live auction. Photos by Gil Vargas.
Students at Ecole Selkirk Junior High recently raised more than $30,500 for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Students hand-made guitars that were then signed by rock stars, Prime Minister Harper and pro athletes to help raise money for their school programs and also for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
MTC’s Zaz Bajon retires
After 30 years, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is bidding farewell to a great leader in the theatre community as general manager Zaz Bajon retires. A celebratory evening for Zaz was held on June 25 at the John Hirsch Theatre, MTC’s main stage. If you wish to send regards or make a gift to the Manitoba Theatre Centre Foundation in honour of Zaz Bajon, visit www.mtc.mb.ca/zaz or acall 956-1340 ext. 240.
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Grow a row
If you love to garden, Grow-A-Row is an ideal way to share. Winnipeg Harvest invites you to plant a row of veggies for them. In 1986, Ron and Eunice O’Donovan produced more potatoes in their backyard garden than their family could consume. So instead of disposing of the potatoes, they donated them to the Food Bank. The response to their generosity was so positive they decided to encourage others in their own neighbourhood to also donate their surplus vegetables to Winnipeg Harvest. Thus, the Grow-a-Row Campaign was born and has been growing ever since; yielding nearly three million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables. You can help by harvesting an extra row or two of vegetables and donating them to Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Ave. For more information call 982-3663 or visit winnipegharvest.org www.winnipegmen.com
Local organizations provide support and care for manitobans and their families suffering from the fatal neuromuscular disorder. by Kelly Parker
t’s still sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease–after the legendary Yankee first baseman who famously called himself “The luckiest man on the face of the earth” in announcing his retirement from baseball before dying of the properly-named Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 1941, just before his 38th birthday. Fast forward to 2010, and former Montreal Alouette player Tony Proudfoot donated his brain for research in a final act before joining the increasing numbers dying of this motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons located in the spinal cord. ALS isn’t just afflicting athletes, of course, but in the interim between the passing of Gehrig and Proudfoot, science hasn’t learned much more about the cause of the incurable disease. What it does know amounts to this: The disorder is a progressive, fatal, neurodegenerative disease characterized by rapidly progressive weakness and muscle atrophy that eventu-
ally affects the diaphragm. As a result, most patients die of “respiratory compromise” and pneumonia within five years, although some survive much longer (while some die within weeks of diagnosis). It affects about 3,000 Canadians and roughly 200 Manitobans, although numbers are growing, with 10 new cases confirmed in one recent 11-day stretch. About 10 to 15 per cent of ALS is inherited, according to Dr. Wenre Ilse, neurophysiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Manitoba, and in a small fraction of those patients, a gene has been identified that correlates with it, but he says it’s speculative whether the product of the malfunction of that gene is actually responsible for the ALS. In the remaining patients, ALS just happens. That randomness is one of the scariest aspects of the disease–which can take an alarming number of forms, and which is diagnosed as ALS only because certain common denominators are present. Although science knows what
happens, it has few clues as to why, meaning that its research efforts can be akin to trying to grab smoke with your hands and put it into a bag. “There has been all sorts of speculation about what (the contributing factor) is,” says Ilse, “including increased environmental toxins, but the fact is, no industrial toxin has been demonstrated to be relevant. Other theories include more exposure of people to each other, more international travel and more distribution of other agents that might be relevant, but in the end, we don’t know.” Riverview Health Centre is surprisingly cheery given its reputed role as a palliative care facility (although rehabilitation and long-term care are also offered). At the door of a room about halfway down one second-floor hallway, I am ushered in by Carole Wright to meet her husband Ian, who greets me warmly from his large, motorized chair facing a huge window and the sunlit trees beyond. The room is appointed with a large TV–on which he has been enjoysummer 2011
health ing the hockey playoffs, despite the exit of his Habs from the picture. Wright’s story is like so many others. “I was diagnosed in 2008,” explains between breaths facilitated by the ventilator tube in his neck, in the halting way familiar to many who saw actor Christopher Reeve interviewed, “but I really noticed that something was wrong about three years earlier. My golf game went into the tank, but I always put it down to physical fitness, so I began a program to improve that. It didn’t, so I finally realised that something was wrong. I went to a doctor, then to a neurologist who diagnosed me. That process took a couple of meetings and an MRI, so it took a long time”, and also encompassed trips to Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic and to Toronto. All opinions led to the same conclusion. “That’s it. You know, I had it”, says Wright of his reaction to the diagnosis. “I went into a period of my own research, talking to people throughout North America who had the disease–two of whom had had it for a period of 13 years or so–and then I went into an analysis of different institutions that offered cures, and I found that none of them really cured anything.” When the diagnosis was confirmed, ALS Manitoba stepped in right away. “We’re involved with the client right from diagnosis to six months after death,” explains Diana Rasmussen, Executive Director and Client
Services Coordinator for the not-for-profit organization, “staying in touch with the families. I go out and do home visits with them to see how they are managing.” ALS Manitoba offers a number of programs to those living with ALS including an equipment program–for anyone who has equipment prescribed for them–the LVR Program, which is a breathing bag it purchases which it then trains clients and caregivers to use, a tube-feeding bag program, buying them by the case to supply to the client at no cost. “All of this is for the client,” says Rasmussen, “but ultimately it helps the family because it doesn’t have to worry about the cost of purchasing equipment. ALS is one of the most costly diseases because there is so much that needs to be done. Families might end up in a situation, for example, where they might have to modify their home in some way, and we try to provide input as to how they might use available resources to limit some of these costs.” ALS Manitoba offers education and counseling for families and clients, including a children’s program to provide education and discussion for children of ALS clients, who can also take advantage of a bursary program to go to camp, for example. The organization also operates BrummetFeasby ALS House, the only home with care and support in North America. The four-bed home on Sturgeon Creek provides a place
where clients can come for respite–to spell off the family or for care while the caregiver is out of town, for example–or they can live out their lives at the facility, cared for by a mix of professional and non-professional staff to look after their needs. The annual June Walk for ALS and numerous other fundraising initiatives are essential in enabling ALS Manitoba to offer these services and support that are so invaluable to both patient and family. Wright says his experience with the medical system (particularly the nursing staff at HSC, where he was hospitalized for over a year), ALS Manitoba and Riverview have all been very positive. “It’s amazing what can be done today for people as far as the occupational therapy,” adds Carole. “They’re one step ahead of you all the way. They know what Ian’s abilities are as far as movement so that he can make (his chair and room electronics) work. It’s really quite incredible.” Meanwhile, the relentless pursuit of more knowledge about the disease continues. “We certainly know much more than we did in the past,” concludes Dr. Ilse when asked about research progress toward a possible cure (or more likely, a slowing or reversing of symptoms), “and we know more about the features of what happens with ALS, so I think it would be reasonable to say that we’re closer; how much closer, it’s hard to say.” On the web: www.alsmb.ca M
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redrawn, evenly spaced
fashion This summer
How to wear...
SHORTS Keep cool this summer in these cool hued color combos.
On the green
For a work-related round
Sometimes you need a more traditional look - try mixing traditional prints like plaid and argyle. Brax Golf shorts, $215, shirt, $155, knit vest, $195, and belt, $125; Alberto Guardiani Sport shoes, $325; Hugo Boss hat, $75. All from Hanford Drewitt.
This bright look isn’t just easy on the eyes, it’s easy on your skin, too, with shorts that are UV proof. The mesh-paneled shoes allow for some breathability. And don’t forget to wear sport-style socks that won’t sit up on your calves. Alberto Golf shorts, $175; Hugo Boss Golf shirt, $110, and belt, $175; Boss Orange socks, $18 for two pairs; Alberto Guardiani Sport shoes, $325. All from Hanford Drewitt, 354 Broadway, 957-1640, www.hanforddrewitt.com.
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For a more casual day at the course
For a tournament
Go green with Hugo Boss the hat doubles as tee and ball marker storage. Hugo Boss shorts, $195, golf shirt, $155, belt, $135, shoes, $275 and hat with tees, $75. All from Hanford Drewitt.
OUT AND ABOUT Backyard BBQ
Just the thing to impress the in-laws but still leave you in comfort. With coloured shorts like these, be sure that your shirt picks up on the shade. Scotch & Soda shorts with belt, $115; J. Lindberg shirt, $125; Bed/Stu shoes, $99. All from Danali.
Fun in the sun
For a day at the beach, this shirt works as a UV protector. Alberto Golf shorts, $175; Hugo Boss shirt, $65, shoes, $225, and belt, $135. All from Hanford Drewitt
They may not be called the Jets, but weâ€™re proud of them none the less. Scotch & Soda shorts, $115; Red Jacket t-shirt, $59; Bed/Stu shoes, $59; Nudie Jeans Co hat, $59. All from Danali, 100-530 Kenaston Blvd, 489-0577, www.danali.ca. www.winnipegmen.com
I’ve always liked the Queen song I’m in Love with my Car. The reason is that I’ve always loved every car I’ve ever owned. Now before you think I must have had some really cool cars to love them so much, I have to admit a couple of things. I don’t know anything about how a car works. I’ve never changed the oil or given a vehicle a tune up. I wouldn’t have a clue about the first place to start. I’ve always relied on others who know so much more than I do to take care of the maintenance of my cars. All the same, I’ve loved every one of them. From the first one–an early 70s Capri I bought with savings from a part time job at a sports store–to the last one I bought in 1998. Yeah, I bought my last car in 1998, 13 years ago! More on that later. I bought the Capri from a friend of my brother’s and was so excited to go and hand over the cash and pick it up. When I got there I discovered it was a standard (something my brother failed to mention) and was horrified. I didn’t know how to drive a standard! I was too embarrassed to tell the guy, so I handed over my money and sat in it until he went in his house before I tried driving away. I’m sure he heard the noise as I lurched the car down the street trying to figure out how to work a clutch. But to my great relief, after about 15 minutes and 10 stalls, I made it to the end of the block and out of his sight. Since then there have been a parade of used cars under my command of every description. After the Capri died when the rear end seized and I 360-ed across eight lanes of highway– while I was driving up to Timmins from Toronto for a radio job interview–I bought a more sensible car...a Volkswagon station wagon! Yeah, they made one back then and it was the ugliest thing you have ever seen. The key was, it looked like a tank and drove like one and after the near-death experience with the Capri, I thought it was a safe alternative. Actually, I bought it cheap because nobody else wanted it. Before you even ask, no, the heat didn’t work! This one ended up leaking oil on my friend’s driveway where I stored it for about four months after I couldn’t afford to fix whatever the hell was wrong with the engine. My friend’s Mom finally called someone and had it towed
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away, and proceeded to scrub her driveway everyday for the next four months until she realized the oil was never going to come off. I’ve owned a number of vehicles after that, including several family vans as the kids were growing up, until I leased my Honda Civic in 1998. I only planned to keep it for the duration of the four year lease, but I became so attached to it I bought out the lease and have had it ever since. I would actually love to have a new car. In fact, I’ve had my eye on the BMW Z4 for the last few years since the kids have grown and there is no longer a need to cart them around. The problem is that the Civi just won’t die! I really, really want that Z4, but every day when I hop in the Civi and throw it in gear, it still keeps performing and getting me where I want to go. Every time I see my mechanic for an oil change, I cringe as he exclaims that it will certainly last another three or four years! I know what you’re thinking. Just give it to one of your boys and get that Z4! Problem is, it’s been with me for so long now, I have to admit I’m in Love with my Car! Damn Hondas...they just won’t die! Everyone I know has been in a great accident and had their old car written off so they could go forward and buy that next great vehicle. So do me a favour. I could never walk away from the Civi now. The relationship has lasted too long. If you see me driving down the street just broadside me and end it! Summer’s here and the convertible Z4 is calling my name!
Funny that this issue would be devoted to vehicles because I, like many of you, was in the market for one. The need came rather suddenly, unfortunately. A couple of weeks ago, someone decided to veer into my lane and I ended up in a pretty major fender-bender that not only wrote off my truck, but racked up my neck and back! I actually didn’t feel stiff and sore until a couple of days later, which according to some experts happens quite often. The other vehicle looked just as bad as mine did, but luckily no one was severely hurt. As we have all heard or seen before, when it
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comes to an accident there is usually someone at fault–not always, but definitely most of the time. Without trying to make this sound like a police incident report, I will just say that seconds after impact, once I realized what had just happened I was ready to blow a gasket! That feeling automatically changed as soon as I stepped out of my vehicle and saw these tears running down this woman’s face as she was constantly saying she was sorry and that she did not see me. With her bottom lip quivering, she went on to say that she was from a small town and didn’t do a lot of city driving, but had come into town for an appointment. This was also her first accident. I don’t know if it was the tears or her story, I was starting to feel like a shmuck for being mad about being shmucked! What is it about a woman’s tears that turns us men to mush? Anyway, since this wasn’t the first time I had been in a wreck, I thought I would take the high road and walk her through what needed to be done...exchanging of licenses, to calling a tow truck for her, etc. Even the police were onsite to take our statements and luckily there was one witness who was working at a building about 200 feet from where it occurred. As I was walking back to the radio station, I decided I better make my claim with MPI, and I just wanted to say how helpful the MPI reps were to deal with. In under a week, I knew my vehicle was totaled and it wasn’t going to be fixed, they were very informative and patient when it came to answering all my questions. When I went to meet with MPI, they told me I was being charged my deductible until the case was closed and once that was decided I would be reimbursed. No problem, I understood that they had to do their due diligence and make sure that all the facts were checked. However, it seemed to me it was an open and shut case. Don’t take my word for it, there was a witness who saw it the way it happened. There was only one question left, and unfortunately, I’ll never get the answer. You see, the woman who hit me and caused me all these minor inconveniences decided in the end that this accident was my fault! According to an MPI rep, this kind of stuff happens way too often and that’s why I am telling this story. The way I see it, this woman made two wrong turns that day: one into my truck on Stradbrook Ave…the other, in good judgment! M www.winnipegmen.com
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The Summer 2011 issue of Winnipeg Men magazine featuring spotlites on race car driver David Richert, great cars, motorcycles and boats for t...