Category: Driving Around

Happy Valentine’s Day from Surfwrench

Cars We Love

Valentine’s Day: another bulls**t Hallmark holiday designed to sell cards, flowers, and chocolate (we’re not complaining about the chocolate). Often times used as an excuse for people to feel bad about their relationship status, it has morphed into a holiday where people love everything — from their pets, to their family members, to the people who make their coffee. However, we know that sometimes love transcends the very thought of life itself. Sometimes people genuinely love their cars.

This makes sense though. In many cases, people own their cars for years. They experience a variety of emotions with their cars: They are sad when their car isn’t working. They are happy when their favorite song comes on the radio. They are mad when someone in a Lexus is sitting in the left lane doing 3 over the speed limit. Because of this variety of emotion, often times it results in a deep emotional bond. There is both monetary and time invested with our cars. How often in nostalgic conversation have you heard someone say, “oh I loved that car” with just an ounce of pain knowing the bond is no more.

With that being said, here are some of the cars that our staff love:

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The Best Fall Drives in New York State

Or, How We Learned to Stop Complaining and Enjoy the Only Reason People Stay in this Godforsaken State

Fall in New York is a pretty special time. It’s that magical sweet spot between the hot and muggy summers and the brutally cold winters. It’s really the only season everyone in New York agrees on being awesome and too short. Seemingly every part of the state comes into it own in the early to late autumn.

With these things in mind, here are a few of the best drives in NYS to enjoy this autumn. They are in no particular order.

Rt. 98 South of Batavia to Ellicottville:

The drive on NY-98 from Batavia to Ellicottville is the perfect chance to break out the BMW E30 or your classic Porsche
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The hills are alive, with the sound of “BRAAAAPBRAPBRAP” Seriously, the entire drive South of Attica through Genesee and Wyoming Counties on Rt. 98 is like a scene out of The Sound of Music. Rolling hills, gorgeous vistas, humongous elevation changes and tight, banked corners: Rt. 98 is hidden gem for petrolheads. Most of the hills around here have gigantic windmills as well all the way to a little Bavarian town plopped right down in the middle of NY: Ellicottville. The absolute best time to go down there is for the Oktoberfest, but mind you, the parking is an absolute nightmare.

Best car to take: Its usually cold up in the hills, and the clientele is definitely upscale. Leave the Buick, take a Porsche for the best results on the undulating roads, fast sweeping curves, and tree lined solitude. Seriously, the Porsche was made for roads like this. However, an honorable mention has to go out to the BMW E30, which we’ve driven on this road hundreds of times on the road to Ellicottville for Oktoberfest and skiing at Holimont and Holiday Valley.  Continue reading “The Best Fall Drives in New York State”