Best of Oppositelock: June 21, 2013S

Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes the Paris Air Show, 24 Hours of Le Mans and more.

Best of Oppositelock: June 21, 2013

A Mustang is by definition, a wild horse. It's an animal that even in this day and age, still answers to no man - a breed that roams free across the great vastness of America in packs, both for safety and for companionship. The same could be said for Mustang owners as well, if we're being honest. Go to a car show. Go to Texas. Go to an IHOP on a Saturday night. You can usually spot them congregating near a local watering hole. They're a proud bunch too, Mustang owners, and they love their fast, loud cars so we'd be remiss if we failed to mention this one small detail.

So declared American TV presenter, Richard Hammond, on a rose-goggled Top Gear race through the Rivieras Italiano and Français. While his born-fifty co-presenter, James May, had chosen a shiny bathtub in which to travel, Hammond had opted for the classic luxury of a Ferrari Daytona. I mention this because recently, I too have found myself ashamedly invoking such sentiments of auto-affinity, although for a much more modern Italian chariot (that bit after the comma only works if you read it in Jeremy Clarkson's voice and mannerisms).

Best of Oppositelock: June 21, 2013

I had the opertunity to attend the Paris Air Show (PAS) Wednesday. PAS isn't your typical go see the aerobatic team, maybe a jet powered semi and some warbirds kind of thing. It is an international aviation and space trade show and it is one of the largest in the world. Companies like Airbus and Boeing will sign deals at this show in the billions of dollars. PAS is not just a show for commercial aviation, but it also a military show.

So I have a rental, its sorta good, its sorta bad. Looks pretty good, I really like hatchbacks, and I really like white cars. Yurg, hub caps. It's got a good looking front end though. I found the seat position kinda sucked, there was a lot of adjustment, was odd that it was part manual part electric, but I found the position didn't let me see the stalks very well.

Best of Oppositelock: June 21, 2013

After two more qualifying sessions, the first slowed significantly by rain, Audi's dominance at Le Mans hasn't changed, it's only become more official: Audi's three R18s, numbered 1, 2 and 3, will start in overall positions 1, 2 and 3. How did the rest of the field fare?

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"The Japanese manufacturer has revealed that it will experiment in qualifying tonight with exploiting the extra three liters of fuel tank capacity that gas-powered LMP1 chassis were awarded ahead of Le Mans.

Every automotive company has a certain design language that lets differentiate them from other automakers. Lexus for example has their "spindle" front grille, BMW has the kidneys. However, their are certain aspects in design that are there in all vehicles. There are two headlamps, a front hood, a trunk, a roof, wheels at each corner, and so on. This is the conventional way of designing an automobile. My question is why?

Best of Oppositelock: June 21, 2013

Each year the town of North Vancouver organizes an Italian (and French) car show on Father's Day. It's been a tradition for quite some time that in recent years has faced some stiff competition from other local Father's Day car shows like the Dunderave Porsche Show and Ride. Nevertheless, I decided to attend the former, and here's what I was treated to...

I drove the new Mercedes E 63 AMG saloon, with the 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 engine and 7-speed automatic gearbox (AMG MCT Speedshift). It's the top of the E Class range and costs £73,745

As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.

Fun Discussions

There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion over the the last day. Have a look and chime in on some of them listed below:

Just the #tips

Honourable Mentions

These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock: