The firm house lingers, though averse to square
With the new city street it has to wear A number in.
But what about the brook
That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
I ask as one who knew the brook, its strength
And impulse, having dipped a finger length
And made it leap my knuckle, having tossed
A flower to try its currents where they crossed.
The meadow grass could be cemented down
From growing under pavements of a town;
The apple trees be sent to hearth-stone flame.
Is water wood to serve a brook the same?
How else dispose of an immortal force
No longer needed? Staunch it at its source
With cinder loads dumped down? The brook was thrown
Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
In fetid darkness still to live and run -
And all for nothing it had ever done
Except forget to go in fear perhaps.
No one would know except for ancient maps
That such a brook ran water. But I wonder
If from its being kept forever under
The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
This new-built city from both work and sleep.
Like a brook in the city, beneath our civility lies a dormant enthusiast. We spend much of our time talking about Kia Rios and Mini Countrymans, but is this not just a displacement activity for our restless passions? It’s easy to become consumed by the banality of the city, burying our fire deep down inside, but it’s just as easy to become consumed by its opposite. There is the Everyman, there is Passion, but somewhere in between is Balance.
It’s simply overwhelming. There’s too much. How can one person possible stay on top of it all the awesome car videos??
Relax. It’s ok. Just close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath. We’ve done the work for you so pop some corn, grab a beer, and enjoy the eight must-see videos for this week. Don’t have the time right now? No worries, you’ve got all week. Bookmark it and come back when you’re ready to bask in the glory of the automobile. Enjoy!
1. Sebastian Thrun on Google’s Driverless Car:
He’s passionate, he’s persuasive, and he’s showing us a glimpse of the future. As long as there are still closed race tracks, count us in!
Faster, hairier, and louder cars are after the jump!
The Spanish Grand Prix stumbles onto the Formula 1 calendar this Sunday at the Catalunya Circuit, just 30 short minutes northeast of breezy Barcelona. For no reason in particular other than that we had the opportunity, CarEnvy is flying to Spain to experience Formula 1 properly. This will be our first time in a country that hosts an F1 race WHILE the race is actually happening AND in a country that actually cares about the sport AND as that country cheers on its Ferrari-driving hometown hero. To add even more to this story, Fernando Alonso has just extended his contract with the Prancing Italians until 2016. Even the stories have stories.
CarEnvy won’t actually be attending the race, in part because there are others who will provide more in-depth and knowledgeable coverage than we ever could, and in part because we’ll be in Madrid, Bilbao, and some city that likes its compost (Something de Compostela?), not Barcelona.
But what the others won’t show you is the feeling of a country as it climbs up and down Freytag’s pyramid – with the rising action, climax, and falling action – from the Cirque du Soleil-shaming circus of an F1 race.
It will be entirely unlike experiencing an F1 race here in Canada, or anywhere in North America, for that matter.
We will also be highlighting the distinctive and rare automobilia that we come across in España. Check back frequently for updates from the country that gave us El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, regarded by people who can read Spanish as one of the finest pieces of literature of all time.
Hey, it wouldn’t be called carENVY if you weren’t occasionally envious if us. Wish us well.
To line up a McLaren F1-GTR, Pagani Zonda, Ferrari F40, and KTM X-Bow is an accomplishment in and of itself. But you really have to take pause when you find out that all 4 wündercars are owned by the same British bloke. Blimey!
Ferris Bueller is famous for taking a day off to sit back, gain some perspective, and enjoy life. He’s been immortalized by popular culture for his care-free nonchalance and devil-may-care attitude. But Ferris’ irreverence wasn’t the only star of the movie, there was also the small matter of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT with which he co-starred.
And speaking of Ferraris and Days Off, let’s take a peek at Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car for the 2011 season. It was just revealed today and it’s called the F150 in recognition of the best selling vehicle in the entire world, the Ford F-150. Or it could be named after the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unity, it’s tough to say.
We never get tired of Nurburgring videos. There’s something about watching a master flog a fast car at crazy speeds around the Green Hell that makes us giggle and gawk like teenage girls stalking that creepy vampire kid from the “Twilight” movies. Whether it’s a GT3 or a GT-R or a GTS, feeling the elevation changes as the scenery flies by is always a great way to waste away an afternoon on YouTube.
Strictly speaking, the Ferrari 599XX is not a street car. It’s a limited-production track toy for those anointed by the Factory as being worthy. Regardless, they’ve broken the record for a “production-based, non-street-legal” car, whatever that means.
What we think it means is a new Ferrari busted up the seven-minute barrier on its way to a lap time of 6:48:16. And that’s fast. Wicked fast.