Under The Weather Weather

Of course mere days before the trip to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona I have come down with something. Despite being born and raised in this part of the country, in the last 2-3 years I have completely lost the ability to tolerate the winters here, which are not even particularly harsh. What to do? Hmm…


On this day 15 years ago I had the last conversation, albeit a very brief one, with my marvelous mom that I would ever have. She was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. Although the diagnosis had come a few weeks earlier this was the only time during her illness that she sounded ill. I will note her passing on the appropriate day. I still think about her every day.


So far, the vote is 3-1 in favor of the Aston Martin DB5 over the Jaguar E-Type based on looks alone. I asked you what you thought; for me, while the DB5 is a handsome design and I think some of the more recent Astons are stunning, on looks I prefer the E-Type. Supposedly upon seeing the E-Type for the first time Enzo Ferrari remarked that it was the most beautiful car he had ever seen. I think, though, that I prefer the F-Type to the E-Type. I’m sure those reading in the UK are apoplectic. Oh well…


I guess one could say this picture is a microcosm of my life. I am way into middle age, but I have resumed purchasing model cars. As I have written before I “read” automotive reference books for fun. Many “experts” do advise that a person fill their library before they fill their garage.

On the left is a model of a C5 Corvette, similar to the one I owned but mine was Electron Blue Metallic. On the right is a model of a BMW Z8. I think I paid $30 total for both models. During a televised auction in 2017 or 2018, I think it was Mecum, one of the commentators said that the Z8 and 2005-06 Ford GT are the only two cars manufactured in the 21st century that have appreciated in value. I don’t know if that’s still true because I think the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 have also appreciated.

My mother always used to claim that I was able read by age two. Of course, I have no way of knowing if that’s true, but I still love to read. However, the universe of topics in my reading material has become incredibly small. I’m not bragging and I’m not ashamed; it is what it is.




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2 thoughts on “Under The Weather Weather

  1. Ok, it took me awhile to decide..Tough call for me the DB5 is a great car, but my vote is for the Jaguar.. I walked away from a yellow 67 Jag. roadster for $2500.00 the night of the Battle of the Sexes tennis match Billie Jean King vs.Bobby Riggs. Sept. 20, 1973. I had the money in my pocket..Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda…Yes I had second thoughts.


    1. Many thanks, C/2. Your vote makes it 3-2, Aston. I will not count my vote.

      I think almost everyone has a Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda story. Many of them have nothing to do with cars, though.


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