Witless Wednesday

It’s about 3:30 AM local time as I start writing this post. I have been up for about three hours after, maybe, 20 minutes of sleep even though I took 10 mg of melatonin. Something is stirring in what’s left of my brain and making it impossible to sleep. I have also been having some physical issues that would be TMI (Too Much Information) to mention here. Like I have written before, it is hell to be inside my head.


I was never a Boy Scout, but I do like to be prepared. Take a look at what I ordered to take care of a car I don’t even have:



If I change my mind and buy something other than a Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk (or buy nothing at all), I wonder if I’ll still enjoy reading this on my computer. I used to like to read the repair manuals in my father’s gas/service station, but mainly the pages with engine specs. Hmm…am I going to end up buying a 1955-56 Packard manual and a 1967-68 Cadillac manual, too?


From this Automobile Magazine article comes this picture of the Acura Type S Concept car that will be introduced tomorrow at a private event during Monterey Car Week before its public unveiling on Friday:













The concept car is, supposedly, not a preview of an actual car, but “will ‘heavily influence’ the design and look of the upcoming second-generation TLX Type S.” I have often wondered why more concept cars don’t end up in production, but am reminded that the Camaro and Challenger reboots were proceeded by the unveiling of concept cars, although those concept cars were obviously almost production-ready. Do most car buyers lack imagination?

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

To whom is that remark attributed? Albert Einstein…

I think everyday life in the modern world too easily strangles imagination. Imagination should not just be about new tech devices. I realize that comment is tinged with hypocrisy given my comment about the lack of imagination in most automobiles today. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Also, I see cars as more than tech devices.

If, somehow, I were to obtain a nine- or ten-figure net worth I suspect I would expend some single-digit percentage of that in the pursuit of building a car, either a one-off or an attempt to build a limited-production vehicle. It is hell to be inside my head.







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2 thoughts on “Witless Wednesday

  1. … hee hee … You can pick up one of those Packard shop manuals at Kanter, Boonton, N.J.
    Kudos to you for ordering the Studebaker shop manual. I DO hope you get a GT Hawk.
    It will be interesting to see what Acura actually does with the production version of that concept car. I’ve felt they’ve been stumbling a little in recent years. Reading around the edges about this concept car, I get the idea they are hoping the production version helps them recover their momentum.


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