I know, it’s not quite Santa’s sleigh. I mean. It’s not even red. Meet my holiday car, the Chevrolet 4100 LS Auto.
Yes automatic, three whole speeds do their duty transferring power from a carb-feb 4.1 litre straight-six engine. It’s a torquey beast with 320Nm and 116kW of power, the sum of which is sent exclusively to the rear rubbers. Comfort? My dear, this thing is a sofa on wheels. Character? A silky six-cylinder soundtrack and a bonnet that points at the sky whenever you plant the loud pedal. Fuel efficiency? Um. Skip.
But why am I posting a picture of my car? Well, because the holidays have arrived and I’ve committed to putting some milage on a very analogue machine. After a year of driving very powerful but very much digital machinery – wicked whips such as the Audi S6, rivals BMW M2 CS and Porsche Cayman GT4, Porsches 911 Turbo S, Taycan and Cayenne GTS. Shall I go on? Yes, let’s. Then there were the mighty behemoths such as the Mercedes AMG G63, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Alfa Stelvio QV and Lamborghini Urus respectively. Woah, spot the trend – massive four-wheel-drive SUVs with big power and torque outputs including the time I bombed Clarence Drive in the BMW X5M Competiton and enjoyed an X4M Comp just one month later.
Then there was the crown jewel, a Lamborghini Evo hype beast relegating all the passenger metal to a blur. And despite it looking like we’d never see another car launched again, I got to drive the Suzuki Xpresso, new Toyota Corolla, VW T-Roc, Mercedes-Benz V350d, Hyundai Creta, and Kia Rio to name but a few. I drove an Audi A4 to Sutherland and back, Kia Seltos to the Garden Route. Memories were made. Mileage was racked up. And subscribers were gained. And on that note, if you haven’t already – please follow my video content on my channel at https://youtube.com/c/CalvinFisherZA
Thus, in a year that tried to kill us. I’m super thankful for making it through (touch wood) and do so with the love and support of my family, friends and supporters. And of course to the wonderful people at their respective motoring brands who keep me in the metal, who supply me with cars to test for the sole benefit of informing and entertaining you. Four years ago I left the realm of magazines and despite the occasional dalliance with print articles, the internet has been my home. And for the most part, Other People’s Cars has been my brand. And since I’m going on holiday, I must leave other people’s cars alone, and drive my own.
– Calvin Fisher