The Gift That Keeps On Giving

For Disaffected Musings (this blog), this post–Where Is Cristy Lee?–is the gift that keeps on giving. I wrote that post in January after she did not appear on the Motor Trend telecast of the Barrett-Jackson auction from Scottsdale. The post had more views in March than in January and after the new season of All Girls Garage premiered without Cristy Lee (she is no longer on the show), the number of views skyrocketed. The post had almost five times as many views in April as in January, nearly four times as many as in March.

I was going to show a chart of the percentage of total blog views that were of that post by month, but decided I didn’t want to bore you. However, 7.7% of all views in the “record-setting” month of April were of that post. Almost five percent of all views for the year are for that single post. Not counting the About page, it is easily the most viewed post in the history of this blog and may even catch the About page.

As I wrote in this post (also a very popular one), I think that Cristy Lee’s departure from All Girls Garage as well as the departure of Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman from Car Fix could very well be a matter of the company that produces both shows, Brenton Productions, needing to reduce costs. It is show business, after all. All Girls Garage costs less to produce with two hosts than with three. As for Car Fix, the two new hosts are probably being paid less than Santiago and Zimmerman would have been paid. Of course, Lee already has another gig as she is now a host of Garage Squad, which is shot closer to her home.

It could be that since both Brenton shows have been on for nine seasons, ratings have declined. That means Motor Trend receives less money per minute of ads, which means they want to pay a smaller fee per episode. Brenton Productions, which also wants to make a profit, needs to cut costs to make up for the smaller per episode fee.

By the way, as for the Barrett-Jackson broadcasts, Cristy Lee probably knew that the January broadcast from Scottsdale was the last one Motor Trend was going to do, at least for the foreseeable future. Whenever the live auctions return, they will be broadcast on the A&E networks like History and fyi. If she bailed on Scottsdale what was Motor Trend going to do, ban her from working on the auction broadcasts?

While I don’t want this blog to be a one-trick pony, if some people searching for Cristy Lee end up as regular readers of the blog, then that’s OK to me.


This video is very funny, in my opinion. Please make sure you un-mute it before starting. Many thanks to my wonderful wife for sharing it with me.


From Edith Wharton via The Muscleheaded Blog:


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”


Please think for yourself. “Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” – André Gide


Numbers nerd/OCD “person” that I am I decided to go through yesterday’s listings on Bring A Trailer and see how many of them I would actually want to buy AND to drive. 332 auctions were active when I conducted my survey and not all of them were for cars. Some were for parts like tires.

First, most BaT cars have a manual transmission. I have not driven a stick for 40+ years and am not re-acquainting myself at this age. Second, A LOT of the cars are from Porsche and Volkswagen, German makes that I consider to be Hitlermobiles. If you think I am being unreasonable, even if my parents weren’t Holocaust survivors, which they were, I don’t think a statute of limitations exists for genocide, mass murder and unspeakable evil.

So, what was the number? Would you believe (I hear Don Adams in my head for some reason) just 18 of 332, or 5.4%. Of course, that percentage would be slightly higher when accounting for the non-car auctions.

This is one car that even surprised me with my interest:


1951 Ford Custom Convertible


This is a 1951 Ford convertible that is really a restomod. It is powered by a GM fuel-injected 350 cubic-inch V-8 and has a four-speed GM automatic transmission. It has front disc brakes and other modern systems although the car is not in 100% working condition.

As everyone knows, many old Fords have been fitted with a GM drivetrain. The reasons don’t matter, but people who are in denial are actually hysterical. Many of the comments for this listing are a debate about the drivetrain. Whether or not one agrees with the practice, no one with a functioning brain can actually deny that many old Fords have a GM drivetrain.

As of this writing the high bid is $10,000. This is not a Frugal Friday post, but that doesn’t seem like a lot of money to me for an interesting car like this. Oh, feel free to conduct the same survey for yourself and feel free not to.  🙂


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6 thoughts on “The Gift That Keeps On Giving

  1. Bring a Trailer has changed quite a bit in the last few years. They no longer have the eBay and Craigslist finds (maybe Kyle K died?) and most of the vehicles have moved to a higher price point. As I’m not into Porches, Ferraris and Lambos, or even big Mercedes, there is less there that I like. I still follow their listings, in fact my last online purchase was thru them. It’s a business and has evolved to what it is today.

    More upmarket, and less need to “Bring a Trailer”.


    1. Thanks, Dirty Dingus McGee.

      Not surprisingly I like looking at cars for sale and have for some time. Every now and then I see a car that had disappeared from my radar screen and am glad when it reappears.


  2. Love the video. I’m sharing that with one of my music teacher friends. Also that 51 Ford <3<3. By the way, we can start working on mutual guest posts, but I don't know how to reach you other than here. Send me an email to touch base – photobyjohnbo at gmail.


  3. The music teacher video expresses my sentiments exactly concerning the panic-induced quarantine. I will step down from my soapbox now and end my rant.

    My comments on the grocery mobile after you move to our desert, Make sure thou hast enough air conditioning for the Oh My Gosh heat thou shalt experience. After parking in the sun to obtain thy groceries, start the car with the AC on full blast and then load the groceries. I speak from 69 years of experience. We anxiously await your arrival and offer our services to help in any way.


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