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With the able assist of a few contributors, we close 2016 with a significant surge in viewership, along with – we believe – a significant bump in our collective enthusiasm. With that, we’ve asked those same contributors to provide us with one highlight from the past (passed?) year, along with something that – while less significant – is worth an Honorable Mention. Here, then, are our highlights…

2016 txGarage Recap


Normally when I use that phrase I’m about to throw one leg over a motorcycle. This year I was about to climb into Ford’s new 2017 F-150 Raptor in the Anza-Borrego desert of Southern California. I was only there because someone else couldn’t make it, but am very glad I got to go. This marks thirty years in the automotive and motorcycle press business. For most of those years I was organizing events like the Raptor drive, so for me this was a real treat. The Ford F-150 Raptor was the perfect ride to end 2016. Big. Fun. Competent. On the road and off. More truck than I am driver, but that’s OK – drive it around as a daily driver and enjoy it. For me, this was the highlight of my year.

The Honorable Mention: Nissan Titan‘s 5-yr 100,000 mile warranty. In a time of increasingly expensive electronics and related hardware, Nissan underwrites the owner with a real warranty. Bumper-to-bumper.

Alan Pease, Austin


Day Dreams Do Come True: The biggest highlight for me this year was testing cars during the Texas Auto Round-Up at Texas Motor Speedway in May. Not only was it my first big event as a professional automotive journalist, but I also got to check off a few items off my bucket list. That included driving a Dodge Viper on a real race track, sliding a Dodge Hellcat Challenger through a corner, and laying down rubber in a Shelby Mustang GT350R. And the chance to spend time with people who share my passion for automobiles while driving cars that I used to drool over was such a surreal moment for me. I kept wondering when I was going to wake up in my bedroom holding on to my pillow like a steering wheel. It was a milestone in my new-born writing career. 

Honorable Mention goes to the 2016 Buick Regal GS AWD. It was notably the only vehicle I reviewed this year that I would consider buying with my own money.



There were numerous highlights, but the one that will endure is a long weekend with BMW’s new M2. As I wrote recently, with the M2 we discover BMW still builds viscerally compelling – or compellingly visceral – sporting machinery; its new M2 is stunning in its compact muscularity, with moves like Fred Astaire and the seductiveness of Ginger Rogers.

Honorable Mention is the imminent arrival – after a long, long wait – of Alfa Romeo’s Giulia sedan.

David Boldt, Southlake


This year yielded a ton of memorable moments with my family and friends, and most of those moments happened while inside a vehicle. At the top of my list is my annual vacation with the family; this year we took the all-new Chrysler Pacifica from Dallas to Destin, Florida. Another quick memory was from a Hyundai event that I attended early in the year. We drove the new Elantra from New Orleans, Louisiana to Long Beach, Mississippi – all while dodging tornados and severe thunderstorms in the area. 

Honorable Mention goes to my time with the new Honda Civic Coupe. I’m happy that I can enjoy driving a Honda once again.

Adam Moore, Dallas

[Lead photo by: Denilson Sibrian (DS Photography)]

David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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