Winnipeg Free Press: Willy's Garage

Big Three keep on truckin' in Detroit

BY Willy Williamson Willy's Garage. Jan 19 04:00 am

DETROIT— Despite predictions electric and autonomous vehicles would dominate this year’s North American International Auto Show, if the buzz around the show was any indication, it was a trio of trucks from Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers, General Motors,...

Off to Detroit for the international auto show

BY Willy Williamson Willy's Garage. Jan 12 04:00 am

Tomorrow morning I’ll be up bright and early for a flight to Detroit and what promises to be a whirlwind weekend, taking in all the sights and sounds at the North American International Auto Show.

Since 1965, the Detroit auto show has been held at Cobo Center, where...

Standing the test of time

BY Willy Williamson. Jan 05 04:00 am

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado — introduced at an event last month in Dallas, Texas — will be officially unveiled later this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to Chevrolet this debut occurs exactly 100 years after...

Toyota's 86 puts the 'sport' back in sports car

BY Haney Louka. Dec 15 04:00 am

Affordable, rear-drive coupes are a bit of a rarity these days. Sure, there are offerings from Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, and Nissan, all starting around $30,000, but each represents a different variation on the theme.

With a starting price of $29,580, the Toyota 86 has the...

Second Opinion: how much does Nissan's comparable 370Z cost?

BY Willy Williamson. Dec 15 04:00 am

Whoa! Hold on a second here. Don’t get me wrong, I had a riot tooling around in the Toyota 86, but is what Louka’s saying actually true? Does Nissan’s 370Z really cost about the same $30,000 as the Toyota 86?

Never mind the bucketful of additional horsepower...

Safeties made me a better gearhead

BY Willy WilliamsonWilly's Garage. Dec 01 04:00 am

A friend of mine who is 30 years old was recently lamenting how easy it was for old guys like me to get a winter beater on the road when we were his age.

He wasn’t wrong.

Before Manitoba Public Insurance made vehicle safeties mandatory we could basically insure...

Technology agrees with new Mustang

BY Kelly Taylor. Nov 24 04:00 am

MALIBU, Calif. — Trickle-down economics comes to the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Sure, the theory may not always translate successfully into practice as government policy, but it’s working wonders for the Mustang.

A number of technologies developed by Ford’s...

Mustang: a history of greatness

BY Willy WilliamsonWilly's Garage. Nov 24 04:00 am

First generation: 1965-73

The first production Mustang was unveiled April 17, 1964 at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Although officially a 1965 model, Mustang fans refer to the early production versions as 1964 1/2 models due to the early...

It's high time versatile Ranger rides again

BY Willy Williamson. Nov 17 04:00 am

Back in the early ’90s, I mentioned to my friend, Joey Pasternak, that I was looking for a cheap used dirt bike to ride around at our cabin, near Grand Beach.

Apparently there was an old Honda in his friend’s barn — and it was probably for sale. The journey...

Autoplex a reflection of northwest growth

BY Myron Love . Nov 10 04:00 am

The new Jim Gauthier Autoplex — now under construction in north Winnipeg — is a testament to the tremendous growth in business at Jim Gauthier Chevrolet and Jim Gauthier Cadillac Buick GMC, and also Jim and Randy Gauthier’s faith and dramatic growth in the city’s...

Snowblower dos and don'ts

BY Willy Williamson. Nov 04 03:00 am

Gerry Fenske doesn’t have to look outside to check if it’s snowing — he simply waits for the phone to ring.

Fenske, who, along with his business partner Floyd Monkman, owns and operates Floyd’s Power Equipment on Fife Street, has been servicing snowblowers...

Coming to grips with winter tire safety

BY Haney Louka. Oct 13 04:00 am

It’s an event almost as reliable as Old Faithful. Here in Winnipeg sometime between now and late November, we get our first snowfall of the season.

Immediately following that first snowfall, lineups at tire stores and car dealerships start — and available bookings...

Blaze your own trail

BY Willy Williamson. Oct 06 03:00 am

The compact utility vehicle class is indeed crowded, but what makes the new 2017 Jeep Compass — equipped with the Trailhawk package — really stand above the competition is one key element: it can actually be driven off-road.

I know this because mere moments...

Hybrid minivan feeling futuristic

BY Willy Williamson / Willy's Garage. Sep 29 04:00 am

Throughout my week behind the wheel of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, North America's first hybrid minivan, I felt more than a little like Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly from the hit 1985 film Back to the Future.

It wasn’t because of the...

Refined, desirable and expensive

BY Willy Williamson. Sep 22 03:00 am

Back in the day, pickup trucks were designed to haul cargo in the bed and tow a trailer. Creature comforts such as air conditioning and power windows weren’t common — and were often deemed unnecessary to truck purists.

My how things have changed.

Nowadays,...

Champion crowned in Slingshot Racing Cup

BY Willy Williamson. Sep 08 04:00 am

A winner has been crowned in the Slingshot Racing Cup, the world’s first-ever racing championship to feature three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot roadsters.

David Richert, a Manitoba-born professional race car driver, who last year completed a race through the streets of...

South Beach Casino motorcycle show a guaranteed winner

BY Willy Williamson. Aug 25 04:00 am

More than 1,000 local motorcycle enthusiasts made the short, but scenic, trip to South Beach Casino and Resort last Sunday for the casino’s annual Motorcycle Show & Shine. Hosted by the Winnipeg Harley Riders Association and the Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba, this...

Showing them the money

BY Willy Williamson. Aug 18 04:00 am

Automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts have been raising money for charity here in Manitoba for decades. In recent years, members of the local ATV community have followed that trail of benevolence.

On Monday, members of the Eastman ATV Association gathered in the spiffy new...

The right fuel

BY Jim Kerr. Aug 18 04:00 am

Our vehicles are perhaps the costliest single item we purchase next to our homes, so keeping them in good shape makes sense to ensure they serve their purpose for many years.

Regular maintenance of our vehicles helps keep them going, but there is a surprisingly easy way...

Snap-on Tools of Triumph Tour will make pit stop in Winnipeg

BY Willy Williamson. Jul 14 04:00 am

The Snap-on Tools of Triumph Tour will be rolling into Winnipeg on Tuesday, with a trio of fully equipped transport trailers loaded with tools and a pair of mobile Snap-on garages. The event, taking place in the parking lot of the Grant Park Pony Corral Restaurant, is free and...