The younger of my mother’s two sisters who lived in the Baltimore area, my aunt Lea, used the word Kookoonoomonia to describe crazy behavior. My aunt Lea has been gone a long time, but she lives on with us because my sister, my niece and I use the word Kookoonoomonia all the time.
Lea had a tough life. She was a Holocaust survivor as was her husband, Henry, who actually survived a concentration camp. He was murdered by two POS who robbed his grocery store in Bloodymore, Murderland about 20 years after the end of World War II. Once again, I despise when people say that everyone gets what they deserve. NFW!
I think Kookoonoomonia describes my obsession with automobiles. For the second consecutive Sunday my wonderful wife and I attended a car show. While it is great to see interesting cars and to chat with friends like C/2 and with strangers, I have a strong sense that my attachment to automobiles is a little “off.” On the other hand, no doubt exists that I am at least a little “OCD” so it’s not like I have much choice in the matter.
I took a fair number of pictures yesterday, but these are the four I want to show today.
These two pictures are of a 1913 Stanley Touring Model 76. While I have absolutely no desire to own a brass-era car I do appreciate their significance. In the first decade of the 20th century it was not clear that gasoline engines would be the dominant form of power for the automobile. Steam-powered cars were popular as were, yes, electric cars. The introduction of the electric starting system and generator by Cadillac in 1912 was a huge factor in the death knell of the steam car and the long slumber of electric cars.
These two pictures are of the exterior and interior of a 1955 DeSoto Firedome convertible (duh). The Firedome was powered by a version of the first-generation Chrysler Hemi; displacement was 291 cubic inches and in Firedome spec it produced 185 HP/245 LB-FT of torque. Only 625 Firedome convertibles were produced in 1955. The “MSRP” was $2,824. The more upscale Fireflite convertible was priced at $3,151; only 775 of those were produced that year.
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