Sunday Sayings

I meant no disrespect by omitting any mention of the anniversary of D-Day yesterday. It can be argued that the ultimately successful invasion was the most important military operation in history. The thought of the Nazis holding on to power, even for just part of Europe, is terrifying. Of course, some would argue that the Soviets would have eventually defeated the Nazis, anyway. Having the Soviets control all or most of Europe would not have been a good outcome, either.


In my opinion, maintaining a healthy skepticism about belief systems is a good thing. Blindly adhering to any ideology is not.


I finally saw my first C8 Corvette in the wild yesterday. During the truncated gathering hosted by the local Corvette club one member brought his 2020 model. The “show” was shortened because the ownership of the shopping center where the group has been gathering every first Saturday from April through October for years decided they didn’t want us there yesterday, or ever again.

I don’t know if we were in violation of state guidelines, and not everyone was wearing a mask (which was disappointing to me), but to tell us we were never welcome back was rather harsh. Without further ado:



Of course, my wonderful wife and I saw multiple examples of the 2020 Corvette while at Bowling Green for the Corvette Caravan last August. Still, to see one in use, with plates, and not on the Corvette grounds was exciting. The car drew quite a crowd before we were ushered away. Oh, the building in the background is a now empty K-Mart. It’s not as if we were using parking spaces that might have been used by customers.

I still think my wonderful wife will buy a C8 convertible in the not too distant future. She didn’t argue very much with me yesterday when I told her my thoughts.


From Mac’s Motor City Garage comes an interesting piece about the 1965-66 Studebakers. Here are the first two paragraphs, although I recommend you read the entire article if you’re interested:


“By all rights, the end of the line for Studebaker as an automobile manufacturer should have arrived on December 20, 1963, when the sprawling plant in South Bend, Indiana was closed down for the final time. But through a curious twist in corporate decision making, Studebaker’s Canadian chief Gordon Grundy somehow persuaded the corporation to continue production at the company’s small but efficient Hamilton, Ontario plant, not far from Buffalo.”

“And so it came to pass that for Studebaker’s last two years in the business, it was a Canadian car maker. In the USA, these final Studebakers were sold under the slogan ‘The Common Sense Car.’ But north of the border, the tagline was ‘Canada’s Own Car.'”


I don’t really know how much Grundy had to do with the decision. By this time, the writing was on the wall and Studebaker’s place in the automobile business was going to disappear, much sooner rather than later. In order to avoid potential lawsuits from disgruntled Studebaker dealers and suppliers, producing in Canada was a convenient option. Still, the Canadian perspective is interesting.

It is known that Studebaker passed on multiple opportunities to be the US distributor for Volkswagen. What is probably not as well known is that they also tried to become North American (or perhaps just Canadian) distributors for Nissan/Datsun or Toyota. Grundy was convinced that the failure of the negotiations with Toyota was due to meddling by one of the partners in the main law firm involved, Richard Nixon. My understanding is that when Nissan/Datsun negotiations were being used as a backup, Toyota found out, became insulted and dropped out. Then Nissan/Datsun found out, became insulted and dropped out. (Maybe it’s the other way around. In any event, a deal with a Japanese automaker didn’t happen.)

From Bring A Trailer a picture of a 1966 Studebaker Daytona Sports Sedan:


No Reserve: 1966 Studebaker Daytona Sports Sedan


Maybe not the most flattering color for the exterior, but that is not a bad-looking car, in my opinion. FYI, the car hammered sold for $10,750 ($11,287.50 all in) in June, 2018.

At just six letters the question “What If?” is one of the most powerful in the English language.








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12 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings

  1. It is always interesting to see a new and unique car for the first time in the wild. Nice shade of red.

    As for the shopping center owners, fear will cause people to do irrational things. This panic-induced quarantine has generated a lot of irrational fear in people. The owners are actually hurting themselves because your club car show actually is a free source of extra people coming to their location, thus generating more traffic for their tenants. Short term thinking.


    1. Even if one thinks the “accepted” figures for cases and deaths are exaggerated by a factor of two in order to get people to “distance,” almost a million cases and more than 50,000 deaths in about 3 months are to be taken seriously.

      My objection is to the permanent banishment. That is irrational behavior. Oh well, if things go according to plan, then we won’t be living here much longer, anyway.


      1. I agree that the virus needs to be taken seriously. My concern is that some of the measures taken by some elected officials were extreme and did violate constitutional rights. Some even bordered on lacking common sense. The vast majority of people understood the situation and acted accordingly. When things went too far and too long then the revolt started.

        The permanent banishment was irrational and was short term thinking. A local monthly Sunday morning coffee car show continued through the pandemic with social distancing in spite of the limits on numbers of people in groups. They were not harassed by authorities. Most people will understand and comply to keep each other safe.

        We await your arrival in our fair State. Now back to working on my router table project.


  2. Mark Twain (Sam Clemmons) is always worth a good quote. One of my favorites:

    “No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.” – Mark Twain

    And a few others I have in my Famous Quotations file:

    “It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man’s character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible.”

    “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

    “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

    I haven’t found the complete quote about him liking his dog better than people.


      1. I have that one of his. Here is another:

        “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. And I’m not too sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein


  3. The Studebaker plant sat dormant and decaying until about 6 or 7 years ago, and was finally torn down for new development – commercial/industrial I think. Apparently there’s a plaque to mark the plant’s existence, efforts to save facades and such having failed (if memory serves).
    On the banishment – our car club experienced the same. We had been invited by a 50s-inspired restaurant to do a weekly cruise night, Sunday evenings. We ran it for more than a full car show season, well attended sometimes upwards of 95 cars. The restaurant did well, the convenience store did well selling cold drinks and cigarettes and gum, I think the KFC at the other end also saw some sales.
    Early next season, police show up and break it up. We find out a patron of one of the businesses complained the whole lot was blocked off and they couldn’t park anywhere. Property owner called the cops.
    Seems our restaurant never informed property management. We canvassed the businesses and found they had no objections to our presence, but the call with the property mgmt was a profanity filled rant about how he didn’t give a f- and how he’ll have us in f-ing court blah blah.
    In the years since we’ve become acutely aware of the ins and outs of holding these things. Often it’s about liability insurance – a car show being outside the regular scope of use of the parking lot, requiring extra coverage. And frankly, I’ve found many property managers don’t care a fig about what might be ‘good for business’ for their tenants if it costs them anything extra.
    It’s a shame as it seems it is getting more difficult to find spaces to hold weekly car gatherings.

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