Brendan McAleer

Automotive Writer and Photographer

Vancouver, BC

Brendan McAleer

Likes cars, loves stories.



Review: 2017 Range Rover SV-A Dynamic is like a supercharged Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has more than 775 rooms, including its own post office, movie theatre, and jeweller’s workshop. It is opulently furnished, impeccably decorated, and filled with artwork from all over the world. Imagine if there was a supercharged version. This, roughly, is the idea behind the new Dynamic version of the Range Rover SV Autobiography, the latest machine to emerge from Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

Faceoff: Tesla Model X vs. 1912 Detroit Electric

Two electric cars sit atop a century-old hydroelectric dam, separated by three feet and 104 years. One is a Tesla Model X, the long-awaited crossover from the forward-looking California-based company; the other a less-well-known Detroit Electric, which by virtue of its high roof also rates as a crossover.

Why Honda sold cars in Canada before it went to the U.S.

“It’s a motorcycle with doors.”. With these words, Lane Pryce announces the good news that fictional advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Price has landed the account for Honda’s new car. It redlines at 9,500 rpm and only has 57 horsepower. responds Don Draper incredulously. The Mad Men clearly have their work cut out for them—but maybe they should simply have taken a look North.

In search of the greatest Alfa Romeo ever made

With the launch of the Stelvio crossover and the Giulia sport sedan, Alfa-Romeo is back in a big way. To get a better idea of the essence of Alfa-Romeo, we polled some Alfisti to find out which were the greatest ones ever made. “For me, it’s the Tipo 33 Stradale,” Ralph Gilles replies without hesitation.

Arresting developments: How Canadian police are replacing the Crown Vic

You see the shape, you check your speed. Even if you’re a careful, cautious driver, the silhouette of a Ford Crown Victoria is enough to provoke a quick peek at the speedometer, just to be sure. For more than a decade and a half, the Crown Vic has been the mount of choice for police agencies across Canada – but there are fewer left every year.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: First Drive

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Review: 2017 Ford Raptor is lighter, stronger and comes with the wildly fun Baja mode

Hurtling across a dry lake bed at 150 km/h, the new Ford Raptor is closing in on its electronic speed limiter, but still not nearing its potential. Minutes later, we’re coming up fast on a stand of scrub brush. We slow to about 100 km/h, just in time to catch the swell of a dune. The 2,500-kilogram truck bounds into the air like it was Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.

Ken Carter was Canada's Evel Knievel, but more bonkers

In the late ’70s, the “Mad Canadian” began plotting what would have been the world’s greatest daredevil stunt, a mile-long jump across the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-propelled Lincoln so dangerous, even Evel Knievel admitted he wouldn’t attempt it. Morrisburg, Ontario, 1979. Ken Carter, the man they called the Mad Canadian, sits in a rocket-propelled Lincoln Continental at the foot of a enormous ramp.

Little cars, big dreams: We go inside the Hot Wheels design studio

Here’s some automotive excitement you can hold in your hand: the keys to a bright blue, stickshift Camaro SS, and a rally-striped one-64th scale version of the car. Talk about a pair of Hot Wheels, one powered by a 455-horsepower small-block Chevy V-8, the other fed by imagination. Pop the cardboard off the plastic bubble, tuck the toy in your pocket and hit the starter button.

Punk, passion and the darling dune buggy

Punk’s not dead; it just needs a jump-start. Luckily, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the bizarre career of Nardwuar the Human Serviette, madcap interviewer and punk-rock legend, it’s that you always show up prepared. A quick bit of work with a screwdriver, attach the leads and the air-cooled glory of the Evaporator’s VW dune buggy bursts to clattery life.

Review: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a Nürburgring record-setting sedan ready to take on BMW

Alfa Romeo is back. The 8C of several years ago was an expensive rarity. The two-seater, mid-engined 4C is an interesting weekend toy. The Giulia sport sedan, on the other hand, marks the proper return of the brand to North America. Good news: it’s a monster. Leading the charge is the twin-turbo, 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio version, an Italian riposte to the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63S.


Brendan McAleer

Brendan McAleer first drove a stick-shift at the age of eight, and it's been pretty much downhill from there.

He has written stories on everything from a mint-condition Hyundai Pony to a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. His work appears in the Globe & Mail, Time's TheDrive,, Road & Track, and elsewhere.

His inbox is always open to hearing about the machines that move us, physically and emotionally. He currently resides in North Vancouver, British Columbia.