Slapdash Saturday

Who says Arizona has no bodies of water?!



This is a picture of Lake Pleasant (appropriately named, I think) where my wonderful wife, her parents and I spent part of New Years Day. I mean, c’mon, a lake surrounded by mountains on a cloudless, dry New Years Day with high temperatures in the low 60s. How can it get any better?

The dew point is about 20° here right now; in parts of south Florida the dew point is still in the 60s! No thanks, I’ll stay here. Yes, it will be very hot in the summer, but I don’t think a dry 105°-110° is any worse than a humid 90°.


This piece from Classic Cars is one in a series of looks at 2020. This article chronicles the rapid growth of online automobile auctions in response to the damn virus. I enjoyed this sentence: “But in the middle of March, everything came to a stop faster than an F1 car heading into a hairpin turn.” I’m not even a big fan of auto racing.

I think the rapid move to online auctions speaks to the advantage of an economy where the private sector makes most of the decisions in terms of allocating resources. Can you imagine government being able to pivot so quickly? I maintain that’s not possible.


“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

– Winston Churchill


I know Dirty Dingus McGee has bought cars via an online auction; has anyone else? I have made some half-hearted bids on Bring a Trailer, but knew that little to no chance existed that I would wind up owning the cars. BaT listings show scores of photos and the seller is almost always available to answer questions.

I think online auctions will be the dominant form in the future as the low overhead and low commissions will be a competitive advantage. Even if you have not done so already, would any of you consider buying a car in an online auction?


Some more blog stats…

The number of views that were referred by search engines in 2020 was seven times higher than the number for 2019 and 85 times higher than the number for 2018. I have no idea how “sticky” that referral pipeline is. Of course, I wish that the total number of views for 2020 had been seven times higher than 2019 or 85 times higher than 2018.

From my perspective, I think it’s unfortunate that 86 percent of those referrals from search engines in 2020 were from the Evil Empire, aka Google. I didn’t think that their share of the search market was that high, but maybe this blog is not a representative sample. I haven’t used any Google product for three years. The fact that I still have to delete Google cookies from my computer every week is just more evidence of their criminality.


I am just beginning to formulate ideas for Ultimate Garage 3.0. It seems like I wrote about version 2.0 just a few months ago, but May of 2021 will be two years.

I am struggling to make these choices organic. I do not want to simply repeat the same 11 cars that I listed in 2.0, but don’t want to change just for the sake of change. In addition, my feelings about various cars are difficult to compare to each other.

I think at least five cars will stay the same; you can guess as to their identity. Why not limit 3.0 to just the “core” cars? What fun would that be?! 🙂

I don’t think I will write posts on the cars that just missed the cut as I have done in the past. However, I will begin to show cars that are under consideration, but not locks, such as this one:


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From Classic Nation a picture of a 1956 Continental (don’t call it a Lincoln) Mark II. In conversations with friends who are car people, some of them have “complained” about lack of representation of Ford and Mopar vehicles in Ultimate Garage 2.0. I am NOT a proponent of quotas in any aspect of life and that applies to this exercise. I think decisions about inclusion/exclusion should be made solely on the basis of merit, whenever possible, and it’s possible far more often than the SJWs will admit.

However, I also don’t want to exclude cars just because they were made by companies of whom I am not the biggest fan. For me, FoMoCo will always have the shadow of its disgusting founder hanging over it. Will that affect my decision to ultimately include or exclude the Mark II? I’m only human, but I will try to be as objective as possible about something that is subjective in nature, as paradoxical as that sounds.










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10 thoughts on “Slapdash Saturday

  1. Ironic that you should mention my online purchases today. Yesterday I started my year off at 8:30am by winning an online auction. I mentioned I was watching an auction on a Ford Windstar van. Well, I pulled the trigger and won it. All in price of $3400. 2001, 18,400 miles, municipality owned, had a friend go look at it and he said it seemed to be as advertised. Monday I’ll do a wire transfer and then go pick it up later in the week.

    So far, knocks on wood, I have yet to be screwed on an online auction. Perhaps I’ve been lucky, but due diligence I think plays a part in it. If something seems “too good to be true,” I’ll back away in a heartbeat. Bring a Trailer has been the best so far, but Hemmings is a very close second. Both have VERY engaged sellers, with a few exceptions, and are operating on a perceived “trust” based on their name.

    Like you, I think online is going to be the new normal for a while. All of the big names, Barret Jackson, Goodings, etc have already gone to online for the foreseeable future. Hopefully the regular auctions will come back eventually because it’s nice to see able to see the vehicles in the “flesh”.


    1. Yes, quite ironic, sir. Thanks for sharing your experiences and interesting to read that you’ve had, basically, completely good experiences with online auctions.

      As I have written, I purchased my 2016 Corvette Z06 without ever having laid eyes on it and, so far at least, it has worked out just fine.


  2. I have not bought a complete vehicle at an online auction. That said, I have bought a few used parts for my truck project on eBay. The parts I purchased were those I needed/wanted that were no longer manufactured or rebuilt. If needs be, I could be enticed to purchase a vehicle at an online auction. As DDM says, due diligence is a requirement.

    Yes, the private sector has the ability to pivot and adapt much faster and more efficiently than government. It is one of the blessings of God-given liberties freely exercised by the people, provided the government hasn’t interfered with regulations.

    I anxiously await your postings on Ultimate Garage 3.0.


  3. Consider Firefox. Downloaded it recently after years on Chrome. It blocks so many cookies and ads when you crank up the settings.


  4. I use Firefox and the “add on” Adblock Ultimate. It blocks every ad, even on Youtube, but you can turn it off for any site you visit, like I did here. And it’s free. Hard to beat it. For tracking cookies I run the free version of Super Anti Spyware. I usually let it scan every other day, depending on my computer usage, and it seems to work well.


    1. Thanks, DDM. I have used Firefox for three years, but am a little reluctant to use a “max” ad blocker because, in the past, similar add-ons have interfered with normal operations. Besides, it’s not ads I’m really trying to block, it’s Guck Foogle putting cookies on my computer to track my usage even though I haven’t knowingly used a product of theirs for THREE years.


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