Throwback Thursday

First, a little housekeeping. I sent the link to yesterday’s post to my next-door neighbor who owns the McLaren 570S. Among the things I learned in his prompt and thoughtful replies was that he bought the McLaren used and did not pay anywhere near MSRP.


Although this is not an apples-to-apples comparison, yesterday marked the day on which blog views for 2019 for Disaffected Musings surpassed those for all of 2018. The 2019 numbers for visitors/likes/comments passed those of 2018 2-4 weeks ago.

Besides the fact that this blog did not begin on January 1, 2018, the comparison is not apt because a new blog takes awhile to find an audience. I don’t know how many active blogs exist, but I suspect the number is in the millions. (Actually, some estimates place the number at 500 million!) For the nth time I think this blog should have 5-10 times the number of views/visitors it actually receives. However, it’s impossible for someone to read a blog whose existence is unknown to them.


Although I have cancelled my subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket after 21 seasons I thought I would note that NFL training camps begin very soon. In that vein, I am using some of Throwback Thursday to show an evolution of football helmets. From are three photos, courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Tennessean, showing the development of the NFL helmet.


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As noted in the first picture and incredibly enough, it wasn’t mandatory that an NFL player wear a helmet until 1943. I also think players who were already playing then could still play without one.

I am not an engineer, but I think a potential mitigation against concussions is to have padding inside AND outside the helmet. The plastic shell could be encased in a high-density foam that could show the team colors and logo. Maybe a company is already working on such a helmet.


How or why I made this connection I have no idea, but with the official unveiling of the next-generation (C8) Corvette just a week away here are the production figures for every year of the first-generation (C1) Corvette:


1953 300
1954 3,640
1955 700
1956 3,467
1957 6,339
1958 9,168
1959 9,670
1960 10,261
1961 10,939
1962 14,531


Many of those produced in 1954 were unsold for a long time which is why 1955 production was limited to such a small number. The total for the C1 is just 69,015 with 52% of those produced in the last three model years. Although I appreciate the significance of the C1 I am not a big fan of the car. Except for the 1961-62 models, the styling seems dated to me without being timeless. Of course, that is just my opinion. Many Corvette enthusiasts like this model not just the most among C1s, but the most of any Corvette:


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From a picture of a 1957 Corvette. Of course, that year is notable as the introduction of the fuel-injected engine, the legendary “fuelie” that would be available in that form through the 1965 model year. This car displays the Fuel Injection logo on the front fender in the cove.

1957 is also notable as the year Chevrolet/GM first offered an engine with 1 HP per cubic inch. The highest-rated fuelie was rated at 283 HP and the displacement was 283 cubic inches, an increase from the 265 CI offered in the first Chevrolet V-8 of 1955-56. I have read in many places, probably first in Modern Classics: The Great Cars of the Postwar Era by Rich Taylor, that those engines actually averaged 291 HP on the dynamometer, but that the marketing department liked the appeal of 283/283. Despite the notoriety of that engine, only 0.67 percent (43 of 6,339) of 1957 Corvettes were ordered with option 579D, the 283 HP fuel-injected engine.










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6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. Does your neighbor have the $5K/year warranty? Tyler Hoover of Hoovie’s Garage documents the saga of his owning a MacLaren(the previous owner of his car had over $130K in repairs under his warranty).


  2. I know they are not necessarily in your wheelhouse, and I may already know the answer, but what in your opinion is the most reliable “supercar”? Some say the NSX. Does your wife’s Vette get a nod? PS, the definition of a “supercar” is pliable.


    1. Great question, sir. By definition, “supercars” simply can’t be as reliable as a garden-variety car. Strictly anecdotal, but I have heard that Lamborghinis are actually quite reliable now. I mean, under the skin they’re basically German. I might not want to own a German car, but I respect their engineering acumen.


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