An administrative note…instead of my usual posting in the morning Mountain Time, as we will be attending the Barrett-Jackson auction every day through next Sunday, I will probably be posting in the evening. For those of you on Eastern Time the posts will arrive fairly late in the day, maybe even after midnight.
I’m just not in a good mood today. Although my wonderful wife and I had much fun yesterday (thanks, K Squared) the reality that dreams are elusive and that life is finite is weighing heavily on me. The continuing madness of the developed world is no boon to my psyche, either. Maybe I should stop reading Why Evolution Is True. Here are some links to pieces along with their titles:
FIRE [Foundation for Individual Rights in Education] finds Syracuse University creating prohibitions against “threatening mental health”–even with a single remark. From the piece: “the school has restrictions of expression that would be illegal at public universities (Syracuse is a private school).”
Bard College begins “decolonizing” its library as Pecksniffs comb the stacks searching for bad representations of “race/ethnicity, gender, religion and ability. This story has a personal connection as my (i)ncomparable niece graduated from there, although that was more than 25 years ago.
For the nth plus nth time, NO ONE has a monopoly on truth and wisdom and neither does ANY ideology. Applying the “standards” of the early 21st century to the words and actions of people who lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is nothing but temporal and ideological arrogance of the worst order. If I had a college-age child and they had the combination of attributes that would, theoretically, make attending college a good fit, I don’t know if there’s any institution I would want them to attend.
This Hagerty piece is a list of 10 cars that can now be imported to the US under the 25-year rule. Although I can’t say that any of the listed vehicles excite me (a Renault Kangoo van?, NFW), the article does make me think of a car that actually could have first been imported last year, the TVR Cerbera:
While the car was only available with a manual transmission and was missing features like traction control (sounds like the British version of the Dodge Viper, doesn’t it?), something about the car–besides the styling–just grabs me.
From the Wikipedia article about the Cerbera:
“Prior to the Cerbera, TVR had purchased V8 engines from Rover and then tuned them for their own use. When Rover was purchased by BMW, Peter Wheeler [owner of TVR at the time] did not want to risk supply chain problems should the Germans decide to stop manufacturing the engine. In response, he engaged the services of race engineer Al Melling to design a V8 engine that TVR could manufacture in-house and even potentially offer for sale to other car-makers. In an interview for the television programme Top Gear, Wheeler explained ‘Basically, we designed the engine as a race engine. It was my idea at the time that if we wanted to expand, we ought to make something that we could sell to other people. We’ve ended up with a 75-degree V8 with a flat-plane crank. The bottom-half of the engine to the heads is exactly as you would see in current Formula One engines.'”
The original V-8 Cerbera engine, which was naturally aspirated, produced 360 HP/320 LB-FT of torque with a displacement of 4.2 liters/255 cubic inches. The 4.5 liter version (273 cubic inches) produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT in standard spec and 440 HP/402 LB-FT in “Red Rose” tune. As the car only weighs about 2,400 pounds, the power to weight ratio makes the Cerbera very fast, like 0-60 MPH in four seconds fast.
Only about 1,500 Cerberas were produced during its run from 1996 to 2006. Once again, I must rail at the lunacy of my not being legally allowed to own a car like this, one deemed safe enough to drive in the UK which is not exactly a third-world country, here in the US until it’s 25 years old. I won’t show another picture of the current Alpine A110, but that is a car I might want to buy and is a car many American car enthusiasts would at least want to test-drive. No, no, no say the bureaucrats. Shaking my head…
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