Spark EV Photo Gallery

When I went up to GM's Baltimore operations in White Marsh, MD I took a lot of pictures of the Spark EV.  It took me awhile to go through my pictures and figure out which ones were good, and which ones could be moved to the trash.

Luckily I was the first group of journalists to get a chance to drive the Spark EV, but the sun wasn't out when I took pictures in the morning.  I later came back to take better pictures of the later in the day when the sun was out so the Spark EV could shine in all it's glory.  While it's not a style icon I don't think it doesn't seem to be a bad looking car.

If you would like to use any of these photos on your auto blog or auto news site, you are more than welcome.  However you must give credit and provide a link to the source (this blog) if you do so.  Please contact me first as well just so I know were the images are being used.

Howard County Speed Cameras

In case anyone wants to know all the locations of Speed Cameras in Howard County, I thought I would post this list.

  • 4500 blk. Doncaster Drive
  • 4600 blk. Roundhill Road
  • 5000 blk. Ilchester Road
  • 6500 blk. Freetown Road
  • 6600 blk. Seneca Drive
  • 6700 blk. Old Waterloo Road
  • 7200 blk. Oakland Mills Road
  • 8400 blk. Savage Guilford Road
  • 9300 blk. Mellonbrook Road
  • 10100 blk. Donleigh Drive
  • 10200 blk. Old Frederick Road
  • 12500 blk. Frederick Road
  • 16800 blk. Old Frederick Road
  • Centennial Lane
  • Old Stockbridge Road
  • Vollmerhausen Road
  • 3000 blk. St. Johns Lane
  • 3100 blk. North Chatham Road
  • 4000 blk. Crescent Road
  • 5700 blk. Cedar Lane
  • 6000 blk. Stevens Forest Road
  • 6700 blk. Old Waterloo Road
  • 9100 blk. Northfield Road
  • 9500 blk. Kilimanjaro Road
  • 9600 BLK. Whiteacre Road
  • 10300 blk. Quarterstaff Road
  • 10400 blk. Green Mountain Circle
  • 12100 blk. Wood ford Drive
  • 14000 blk. Carrs Mill Road
  • Centennial Lane
  • Rogers Ave

Even though I don't live in Howard County I think it is important for people to be aware of of Speed Cameras and their locations around the Baltimore-Washington metro area.  Citations and tickets issued through the speed camera program are only a $40 fine and there are no points added to your driving record.  Still, that $40 can add up quickly if you are not careful.

I found this list on the Howard County Government website and so it is the most accurate it can be as of this writing.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about Speed Cameras in Maryland.  Are they good or bad?

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee is having it's 6-month anniversary tomorrow morning.  My friend Gypsy Jack has told me it's turned into quite a big and fun “gearhead” meetup for people from around Maryland and Pennsylvania.  People will even drive up from Virginia for Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee to my understanding.

The Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee not only attracts a wide range of people, but cars and vehicles are diverse too.  Classics, tuners, exotics, sportbikes, cruisers, lowriders, hot rods, etc.  You name it, someone is going to come by with it, probably has, or eventually will.  Check out some pictures from Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee.

Where: Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley MD, 21030

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Why: Because you like talking with other gearheads!

People usually gather in front of the closed Best Buy, since that is where the most parking is.  Most people go over to Caribou Coffee to get coffee.  Some people stay until 10:30 but I believe most are out of there by 9:30.

FYI after or before) Cars and Coffee I would recommend going to the Pennsylvania Dutch Market on York Rd.  All you do is take a right on York Rd and go for about half a mile and then turn left onto Ashland Rd.  The baked goods, donuts, and food there is AMAZING and it's run by Amish.  Also the coffee here will be better in my opinion.  It's a great thing to do if you have out-of-town guests or want to treat yourself.  The Amish have me hooked on their apple fritters and cookies!

Videos from my Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park

For those that follow my blog closely you probably remember my epic roadtrip from Irvine, CA to Baltimore, MD.  On my roadtrip I saw a lot of really cool places, people, and things.  One of the highlights of the roadtrip was my visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.  A truly beautiful place!

Even though I took a lot of pictures at the Rocky Mountain National Park, some of which you can see here, I finally uploaded videos I took during my visit last summer!

All the videos were taken driving up Trail Ridge Road and as I took in all the sights, sounds, and views of the stunning park.  Getting higher gave you a better view and experience of the nature and surroundings.  Of course driving up the narrow roads with 300 foot drops off the side can be a little nerve-racking.  It was fun as well though!  I highly recommend you go visit if you ever get a chance.

Took me long enough and hopefully I will get around to uploading more pictures and videos I that have languished on my laptop for a long time.  Watch the videos below at least and let me know what you think!

Cross Keys Exxon, Your Baltimore Neighborhood Mechanic

Cross Keys Exxon

UPDATE – The manager of, Mike Sullivan, unfortunately passed away.  This repair shop is now under new management.

If you are looking for a reliable Baltimore auto repair shopin the area, look no further than Cross Keys Exxon.  Located conveniently on the corner of Falls Rd and Cold Spring Lane near Roland Park, Guilford, Hampden, and Medfield Cross Keys Exxon has been providing general auto repair services since July, 2007.

Owner and Master ASE Certified Mechanic Mike Sullivan runs the shop with his special blend of friendly service and attention to detail.  He tries to make sure all customers are happy with work performed, which includes anything from oil changes to engine replacements.

Mike has been a mechanic since 1972.  He's seen it all when it comes to fixing cars.  He even was a technical trainer for a major auto repair chain, showing other mechanics all around the Baltimore metro area how to perform auto repairs.

What sets Cross Keys apart from the other shops in the area, is Mike takes the time to explain services and repairs to customers.  Cross Keys doesn't try to “upsell” on unnecessary jobs and services like most auto repair shops and chain operations.  The mechanics focus on what is needed and what they feel is best for the car and customer.

Services provided at Cross Keys include, MD State Inspections, Oil Changes, Tire Rotations, Routine Maintenance, Computer and Electronics Repairs,  Engine Replacements, Transmission Replacements, and any other mechanical repair your car or vehicle could need.

He tries to ensure that all auto parts he buys and uses for vehicle repairs are quality parts.  He likes ordering from local parts supplier, such as Standard Auto Parts (which is a family run business), that are as concerned with quality as he is.

Since Cross Keys is close to Johns Hopkins and Loyola he offers a 20% student discount on labor (not parts).  All you need to do is to show a valid student ID to receive the discount.

Best part of taking your car to get fixed at Cross Keys, you can pick-up and drop-off your car 24 hours a day 7 days a week!  There is gas station attendant at Cross Keys Exxon at all times, which allows you to easily drop your car off safely if you work odd hours.  Additionally if you need to pick-up your car after the shop closes, it's not a problem since the attendant accepts payment from customers.

Sullivan has been happy to be in business for almost 5 years, “I am the neighborhood mechanic that everyone can feel comfortable coming to” says Sullivan.  He hopes to continue repairing cars, trucks, or whatever you might bring in for repair for many more years with the same level of service he has come to be known for.  If you need a great neighborhood mechanic, give Cross Keys a call.

Cross Keys Exxon

4434 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone: #410-366-6828 

Website: http://crosskeysexxon.com

St. Patrick Day “Tipsy Taxi” Service

Happy St. Patrick Day!  I am sure most people in Baltimore will be celebrating this holiday by going out to a bar or restaurant and having a few drinks.  Why not have a little fun, right?  It is important to remember to not drink and drive though.  You not only endanger yourself when driving intoxicated but fellow drivers and passengers on the road.  If you are going out tonight you might want to remember to call the “Tipsy Taxi.”

What is the Tipsy Taxi?  It is a collaboration between the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Yellow Cab that tries to keep drunk drivers off the road on holidays that usually involve consuming large amounts of alcohol.  To help with St Patrick's Day celebrations they are offering the service tonight.

That means on St. Patrick Day, Saturday March 17th, between from 4 pm – 4 am anyone who is at a Baltimore city restaurant or bar can call (#1-877-963-TAXI) and get a Free Ride home.

There are a few restrictions to using Tipsy Taxi though.  You must 21-years-old and need to live in the Baltimore metro area.  The taxi rides are Free but after $50 bucks, the rest of the ride is on you.  Still it is a pretty sweet deal and a good idea to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.

Supposedly the Tipsy Taxi line is busiest between 12 am – 2:30 am.  So keep that in mind if you call then.   Remember if you are drinking tonight please call the Tipsy Taxi number #1-877-963-TAXI.

Have fun and stay safe!

Win Free Tickets to Baltimore’s 2012 Motor Trend International Auto Show – February 9th-12th

Free Tickets!

The 2012 Motor Trend International Auto Show will be heading into Baltimore this weekend.  I am sure there are a lot of gearheads that are excited about the Auto Show as well as eager consumers looking for a new car this year.

Like last year, Adam's Auto Advice is giving away tickets to the auto show.  This year I am giving away 10 free tickets!  All you need to do is “Like” Adam's Auto Advice Faceboook page and leave a comment below telling me why you deserve these free tickets.  People can include funny car stories, adages or maxims, or just a fun reason why you need a ticket.

For additional chances to win you can also follow my Twitter feed and make sure to Tweet and ReTweet this giveaway.  If you want to be even more ambitious you can become a Facebook Friend, add me to your Google+ Circle, and also include Adam's Auto Advice Google+ Page.

I think you get the idea.  Follow me on social media to get a chance to win, but your chances increase the more social media platforms you follow me on.  You can even increase the likelihood of winning these free tickets by leaving comments on these social media platforms and getting the word out about this giveaway.

Please leave a valid email address when you leave a comment below, so I can contact you if you do win.  The contest ends Thursday February 9th at 11am.  Again, there are 10 tickets in this giveaway.  I will choose the winners based off how much they have shared my content and shown the most enthusiasm for my promoting my website.  Winners can pick-up tickets or have them mailed.  However, I am not responsible for tickets lost in the mail or tickets arriving late via the USPS.

The 2012 Motor Trend International Auto Show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from February 9th-12th (Thursday-Sunday.)  For more information please visit:  http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/baltimore/