Thorough Thursday

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Recently, I have been mentioning my Ultimate Garage 2.0, which was posted last May/June. Here are all of the relevant links:


The Cars That Missed The Cut, Part One

The Cars That Missed The Cut, Part Two

Car #1

Car #2

Car #3

Car #4

Car #5

Car #6

Car #7

Car #8

Car #9

Car #10

Car #11


Yes, I am aware of the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Nevertheless, please feel free to click on as many of these links as you want.


From this post comes this picture of a beautiful 1954 Kaiser Special:




Anything with Richard Langworth involved is worth reading.


Although the annual January Scottsdale auctions are over for 2020, here is a post on how to buy a car at an auction. Interestingly, the author’s name is Andy Reid. Here is his first and most important tip:


“First and foremost, I would not ever recommend buying at auction if you have never attended a classic car auction before. There is a lot to know and it is very easy for a first-time auction attendee to get excited and bid more for a car than it is worth.”


My wonderful wife and I attended multiple Barrett-Jackson and Mecum auctions before I ever bid on a car. I think that is very sound advice. I knew how much I wanted to bid and I didn’t forget about the buyers premium. Remember this car?



This 2014 Corvette “Custom” was offered at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, which we attended. I knew what my max bid would be and I didn’t deviate. My maximum bid was $65,000 ($71,500 all in) and the car hammered for $70,000 ($77,000 all in). The same scenario occurred the next day on a 2015 Z06 convertible. In the end, it worked out for the best as I found my 2016 Z06 a couple of months later and paid much less.

I’m virtually certain my wonderful wife and I will attend automobile auctions in the future. The experience of having attended many times before is quite valuable.

I would like to read about your car auction experiences.








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Dreams and Nightmares

I have written this line from Diner—if you don’t have dreams you have nightmares—many times, probably more often than regular readers have wanted. I have written less often that I have nightmares, anyway, so I might as well at least have good (day)dreams.

Last night I dreamt I was in a car with friends as we were on our way to an important event. The actual nature of that event is lost to dreamland. I distinctly remember saying to my friend who was driving that we needed to use a specific exit to get to the event. The road began a steep descent into an impressive valley that was the home of a small city. All of a sudden, we are no longer in the car but are scrambling on the roof of a large building. We begin moving frantically in our efforts to reach the event. As we approach a corner of the building I see that the ledge we need to traverse is exceedingly narrow and that we are many feet in the air. I decide it’s way too risky and I turn back…and realize that no way exists to get down from the roof and that my friends have gone on without me. Fortunately, that’s when I woke up.

I can’t tell you how many “dreams” I’ve had similar to that one. For years I had a recurring dream that I was driving and then, in a flash, I was sitting on the road as my car has just disappeared. Could the fact that my parents were Holocaust survivors be playing a role in these “dreams?”

My intense interest in automobiles is an important escape from my nightmares. Daydreaming about having my Z06 souped-up or buying an older companion to it is a necessary, happy contrast to the dark world of my inner mind.


One wonderful dream to be realized would be the end of all cancer. This recent article is titled, “Immune discovery ‘may treat all cancer’” A team in Cardiff, Wales discovered a T-cell and its receptor that could find and kill a wide range of cancerous cells in the lab including lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer cells. In addition, it left healthy cells untouched. However, how this particular cell and receptor work is still not understood. From the article:


“This particular T-cell receptor interacts with a molecule called MR1, which is on the surface of every cell in the human body.”

“It is thought [emphasis mine] MR1 is flagging the distorted metabolism going on inside a cancerous cell to the immune system.”

“‘We are the first to describe a T-cell that finds MR1 in cancer cells – that hasn’t been done before, this is the first of its kind,’ research fellow Garry Dolton told the BBC.”


As an Ashkenazi Jew, my genome predisposes me to many ailments including pancreatic cancer, which is basically a death sentence. Leukemia used to be a death sentence, but many types are now eminently treatable.

One of my annual donations is to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I can only hope that science wins and pancreatic cancer loses before my seemingly inevitable bout occurs.


A much less important dream involves my search for a companion car to my 2016 Corvette Z06. As I have freed myself from the “obligation” to buy something built before I was born and/or built by a defunct American make, the automotive world is my oyster, so to speak. Actually, I can’t stand oysters, but you get my point.

This car, a frequent flyer on Disaffected Musings, appears to me over and over again:


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From a picture of a 1993 Cadillac Allante. The 1993 model is the only year with the 295 HP/290 LB-FT of torque NorthStar V-8. This, theoretically, makes it the most fun to drive of the Allantes. However, the NorthStar engine was prone to issues such as the cracking of head bolts and the optional hardtop was not available in 1993.

In general, this car might flunk out because it would probably fail as a grocery car. When we move to the desert before the end of next year (hopefully, much sooner than that), we will jettison our wonderful little Kia Sportage as we will no longer need AWD capability. However, neither of our Corvettes is really suited for grocery shopping on a regular basis. Ah, the clash of dreams vs. reality…

Still, I think these cars are gorgeous and I wouldn’t mind having a convertible to drive in the desert. Also, Allantes are affordable. A 1991 model sold, all in, at the recent Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale for $7,150. They almost always sell at auction for less than $10,000. Don’t forget, too, that it is easier to get these serviced than a 1963 Gran Turismo Hawk or even a 1963 Riviera.

Once again, and I cannot swear it’s for the last time, if you don’t have dreams you have nightmares.







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Tuesday Time Travel

As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the concept of time travel. One of my favorite episodes of the original The Twilight Zone is “A Hundred Yards Over The Rim.” Cliff Robertson plays Christian Horn, the leader of a wagon train that has been heading west from Ohio for 11 months and finds itself almost out of food and water in the New Mexico desert in 1847. Horn’s son is desperately ill. Determined not to turn back, Horn sets off alone in a desperate search for water and sustenance, which he tells himself he’ll find over the rim of a nearby hill.

Horn crosses the sandy rim and suddenly finds himself in 1961 New Mexico, not that he knows that at first. He is perplexed to see power lines, a hard black road, and a large truck coming at him, horn blaring. As the loud, fast-moving “monster with a face” zooms past the unnerved Horn, he stumbles, accidentally firing his rifle and grazing his arm. He winds up at a diner where he encounters three people, learns that it is 1961 and that his son becomes (became?) a prominent California physician who pioneers new treatments for childhood illnesses. Horn is convinced that it was his destiny to find modernity so his son can be saved and they can continue to California. Armed with a bottle of penicillin he scampers back to the rim chased by the people he met and a policeman. He returns to the wagon train knowing he has seen a glimpse of the future and knowing that his family will arrive safely in California. From his perspective he has been gone for hours, but from the perspective of the others in the wagon train he has been gone for minutes.

From a still from the episode:


John Crawford, Evans Evans, and Cliff Robertson in The Twilight Zone (1959)


My brain has had numerous ideas for screenplays based on time travel. My extremely literal side, though, has always short-circuited any execution of these ideas. Let’s say, for example, that someone wanted to capitalize on modern amounts of wealth by going back in time when things were cheaper. Let’s say that they have the ability to travel through time. This person could have grandiose ideas on how to change the world or simply to become even more powerful. My brain then says: OK, but how does one use modern wealth in, say, 1870? Credit cards didn’t exist, modern currency is different and, besides, displays the issue/series date. Would they have to convert their modern wealth to gold and schlepp all of that gold back to the past? Do you see why it’s hell to live inside my brain?!

I don’t actually have the desire to travel too far in time. My fascination with the topic is more academic than anything else. For example, I think it would be deadly and frightening to travel 500 years into the future without the benefit of the knowledge that would exist then. By the same token, I think the vast majority of people in the developed world in the 21st century would be ill-equipped to live 500 years in the past.

I have written before about my interest in time travel and, not surprisingly, it was in the context of automobiles. If you don’t want to read the entire post linked here, I’ll show the “relevant” passage:



My OCD-addled and ADD-addled brain does a lot of daydreaming. One common theme is time travel. I would love to be able to take a modern ZL1 Camaro, or any other contemporary high-performance car, back 50 or 60 years and run it against a high performance car of that day. The GPS wouldn’t work and neither would my smartphone, but the car would be a revelation to people of 50 or 60 years ago. Not just in raw speed and power, but in handling, efficiency and reliability the modern car is just light years ahead of its ancestors.



My 2016 Corvette Z06, shown below, is simply in another league compared to a 1966 Corvette in terms of engineering. However, aesthetics can transcend time. I still think the C2 Corvette is the best-looking American car ever.



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From Bring a Trailer a picture of a 1966 Corvette.

What do you dream about? To quote the movie Diner for the nth time, “If you don’t have dreams you have nightmares.”







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Monday Mishegas

Well, at least I can root for a team in the Super Bowl. A San Francisco-Tennessee game would have been difficult for me to watch.

In the late 1980s, about five years after the Colts left Baltimore, I adopted the Chiefs as my AFC team, due primarily to the presence of Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas. I even bought a Chiefs tie that I wore regularly until I stopped wearing ties in 1992. (I didn’t even wear a tie at my wedding in 1999.) When the Ravens came into existence the Chiefs dropped to a distant #2 in my AFC hierarchy.

I was a fan of the 49ers when they were led by Joe Montana. However, after the President of the 49ers, Carmen Policy, made a statement in the 1990s that Baltimore football fans should forget about getting a team and should support the Redskins I ceased being a 49ers fan.

In addition, the 49ers interviewed me for a position as a consultant sometime around 2005, but it was obvious during the interview they had no intention of hiring me, but were just doing a favor for the person who had recommended that they interview me. Once again, I am no 49ers fan.

Go Chiefs!


Mishegas: Yiddish word for craziness or foolishness. The way my mother used the word I also assumed it was craziness with a touch of chaos. I can’t even begin to spell the Yiddish word for chaos with the Roman alphabet.



From Barrett-Jackson a picture of the car that represented the first 2020 Corvette with a VIN ending 001. Let me quickly add that it is not my intention to violate copyrights or any other property law. Barrett-Jackson auctioned the car for charity and raised $3,000,000 for the Detroit Childrens Fund when the car hammered for that price.

C/2 commented that the Bullitt Mustang hammered for a bigger price ($3.4 million). That is true, but I would argue it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. The Bullitt Mustang is a car of infinite provenance, the most famous American car ever. The first 2020 Corvette doesn’t even exist, yet. If Steve McQueen had driven a C2 Corvette in the movie and it had a similar ownership story, I think it would have hammered for a similar amount as the Mustang. I’m not picking on C/2, just making a point.



Also from the Barrett-Jackson docket in Scottsdale a picture of a 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible. One car doesn’t make a market, but this car selling for $39,600 all in seems “light” in comparison to the “market” value. Hagerty has been writing for at least a year that the value of these cars is declining. I’m sure 56PackardMan knows this, but I’ll write that the colors are White Jade, Fire Opal and Onyx. A 1956 Caribbean convertible was included in my Ultimate Garage 2.0. Please feel free to look at those cars whether it’s again or for the first time.

My wonderful wife and I commented more than once during the telecasts that a year ago we were at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. The year has moved quickly. I suspect we will be living in the desert before the end of next year, the sooner the better.








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Not Enough and Too Many

If I am to be honest I am not enjoying the Barrett-Jackson broadcasts from Scottsdale as much as I usually do. One reason is not enough Cristy Lee, as in none at all. As mentioned here she is absent from this auction without any real explanation.

In addition there are simply too many restomods (yes, I wrote that), too many pickup trucks and too many Mustangs/Shelbys for my taste. Yes, I can be accused of too many Corvettes and too many Studebakers, but it takes 3 to 7 minutes to read one of my posts. The Barrett-Jackson telecasts will cover 36 hours over 6 days.

Granting that over 1,900 lots are being offered, 115-120 Mustangs/Shelbys (that’s what I counted) are too many. As much as I love Corvettes I am not crazy about Mecum having some auctions where 10 percent of the lots are Corvettes.

I know that auction companies are at the mercy of consignors and buyers. I still think the companies should strive to offer more variety.


I think we are seeing more cars like this at auctions and we’ll see even more:


1986 TOYOTA SUPRA - Front 3/4 - 237075


From Barrett-Jackson a 1986 Toyota Supra that cost $5,500, all in, on Monday the 13th, which was the first day of the auction. Some “experts” recommend staying away from bargain cars at auctions like this because the odds are high the cars are fraught with issues. To quote Einstein, “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” Even if you have to put some money in this car, for example, after purchase it’s still much less expensive than the average new vehicle. In my opinion, it’s also better looking and more interesting than the endless parade of SUVs, pickup trucks and mono-styled cars being offered today.


So as not to be strictly a negative person I can write that the Barrett-Jackson website and mobile app are much improved. Searching is easier and both experiences are much quicker.

An update to the Rivieras…three have been sold in Scottsdale with two hammering at $22,000 and one at $25,000. I think these prices are slightly higher than one has to pay for a ’63-’65 Riv.


Here is an interesting car, IMO, from Tuesday the 14th:



This is a 1957 Lincoln Premiere which sold for $12,650 all in. According to the copy this car was part of a museum collection and was on display for more than 20 years.

If one thinks of Lincoln at all for these years it’s the magnificent Continental Mark II, which technically was not a Lincoln, that garners the attention. Still, this Premiere is quite stylish, IMO.


I would very much like to read your thoughts on the current Barrett-Jackson auction if you are watching. Also, don’t forget to “like” this or any other post by clicking/tapping on the Like button. Thanks.








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I’m probably not posting tomorrow as I assume almost everyone’s attention will be focused on the conference championship games.


Frugal Friday and Super Bowl V

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Second, on this day in 1971 the Baltimore Colts defeated Satan’s Minions…uh, the Dallas Cowboys…in Super Bowl V, which is “Five” for those of you unfamiliar with Roman Numerals. I nervously watched the game by myself in the small living room of our Baltimore row house.

The Colts trailed for much of the game, in which both teams combined for 11 turnovers including 7 by the Colts. About midway through the fourth quarter, with the Colts trailing 13-6, Baltimore safety Rick Volk intercepted a Craig Morton pass and returned it 30 yards to the Dallas 3-yard line. Two plays later, Tom Nowatzke scored the touchdown and, unlike the Colts’ first TD, rookie kicker Jim O’Brien converted the extra point to tie the game.

With about a minute left a holding penalty against Dallas left them with a long second down. Morton was rushed by Colts’ defensive end Roy Hilton and threw high to intended receiver Dan Reeves (yes, the same Dan Reeves who was an NFL head coach for 23 seasons). Mike Curtis intercepted at the Dallas 41 and returned it 13 yards. The Colts ran the clock down to 9 seconds and O’Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 16-13 lead.

In the recaps of the game it is never mentioned that the field goal was not the last play of the game and that after the kickoff Dallas had time for one more play. I had remembered that was the case, but began to be unsure given it was never mentioned. Upon discovering the play-by-play I found that what I remembered was correct, that Dallas received the kickoff and that Morton was intercepted, once again, this time by Jerry Logan to end the game.

When O’Brien lined up for what turned out to be the game-winning field goal, at first I turned away from the TV too nervous to watch. Then, just in time, I faced the TV and saw the kick. After the game ended, I screamed louder than I had ever screamed before and ran outside screaming, without wearing any shoes, into the cold Baltimore day. Our awful next-door neighbor stuck her head out of the front door and threatened to call the police if I didn’t quiet down.

The next day as was our custom, Dr. Zal and I met in front of the department store with whom I shared a last name (it was not our store) to walk to school. We did not speak during the walk, but sang the Baltimore Colts’ fight song the entire way.

The Colts’ win was doubly sweet as the Baltimore Orioles had won the World Series in October, 1970, meaning that for the 1970 season Baltimore had the champions in the two most important sports in the US. I’m not sure if baseball is #2, anymore, and in light of the Astros’ cheating scandal and other issues, major league baseball is in trouble. Still, that was a great time to be a young Baltimore sports fan.


I guess have Buick and the Buick Riviera on the brain. For today’s first Frugal Friday car I present this car from this Classic Cars ad, a 1999 Buick Riviera:

1999 Buick Riviera (CC-1300289) for sale in Cadillac, Michigan

1999 was the last model year for the Riviera. I have always liked the looks of this last generation. The car’s engine appeals to me as well as it was a supercharged V-6 (driving the front wheels) of 231 cubic-inch displacement producing 240 HP/280 LB-FT of torque. This was the same engine in the famous Buick Regal of the 1980s and a tweaked version of the same motor was used in the legendary 1987 Buick GNX although the motor was turbocharged in the GNX and in the Regal line.

The mileage is not listed in the ad, but reading the copy strongly implies the car has at least 120,000 miles. The asking price is $8,495. Only 2,154 Rivieras were built in 1999 at an MSRP of $33,820.


If I don’t show a car other than a Buick I might get stuck on them. 🙂

From this Hemmings ad a picture of a 1989 Ford Thunderbird SC, or Super Coupe:



Like the ’99 Riviera I think these cars look good and have an interesting engine. In the case of the T-Bird this car is powered by a supercharged 232 cubic-inch V-6 (note the similarity to the ’99 Riviera engine) that produced 210 HP/315 LB-FT of torque. The ’89 T-Bird was available with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic; this car has the manual. It has about 64,000 miles and the seller is asking $14,000. Ford produced 12,962 Super Coupes in model year 1989 with an MSRP of $19,823, significantly higher than the MSRP for the base model of $14,612. Almost 114,000 Thunderbirds were produced in total for 1989.

Have a great weekend…







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Throwback Thursday

Remember this?


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From ebay a picture of what I think is a vintage Etch A Sketch. These were introduced in 1960 by the Ohio Art Company.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this toy, or even if you’re not, twisting the knobs moves a stylus that displaces aluminum powder on the back of the screen, leaving a solid line. The left control moves the stylus horizontally and the right one moves it vertically. Moving both knobs simultaneously gives the stylus more range of motion. In the hands and mind of someone with artistic talent amazing images could be produced. For the first ten years of production the screen was actually made of glass, but after numerous protests by safety groups the screen was changed to plastic.

I think a version of the Etch A Sketch is still being manufactured. In 1998, it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Etch A Sketch to its Century of Toys List, a roll call commemorating the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.

Did I ever have one? Yes, but I am severely lacking in artistic talent and quickly grew tired of my Etch A Sketch.


By 1960 about 80% of American households owned at least one automobile; that number was barely 60% in 1940. Remember that World War II halted automobile production for more than three years during that period.

The Plymouth Valiant, which began production for model year 1960, was the first American car to be equipped with an alternator instead of a generator. Alternators charge the battery AND power the electrical system of a car when the engine is running. From (a blog that appears to be inactive) a picture of a 1960 Valiant:


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From the Wikipedia article about automotive alternators:


“Alternators have several advantages over direct-current generators (dynamos). They are lighter, cheaper, more rugged, and can provide useful charge at idle speed. [emphasis mine] They use slip rings having greatly extended brush life over a commutator. The brushes in an alternator carry only DC excitation current, a small fraction of the current carried by the brushes of a DC generator, which carry the generator’s entire output. A set of rectifiers (diode bridge) is required to convert AC to DC. To provide direct current with low ripple, a polyphase winding is used and the pole-pieces of the rotor are shaped (claw-pole). Automotive alternators are usually belt-driven at 5-10 times crankshaft speed, much faster than a generator. The alternator runs at various RPM (which varies the frequency) since it is driven by the engine. This is not a problem because the alternating current is rectified to direct current.”

“Alternator regulators are also simpler than those for generators. Generator regulators require a cutout relay to isolate the output coils (the armature) from the battery at low speed; that isolation is provided by the alternator rectifier diodes. Also, most generator regulators include a current limiter; alternators are inherently current-limited.”


By the mid-1960s all American cars were equipped with alternators. From (.com?) a picture of an automobile alternator:



One reason I favor a 1960s car over one from the ’50s as my Z06 companion is the alternator. I know, of course, that I could have a car’s electrical system upgraded, but that’s just one more expense.







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Where Is Cristy Lee?

Motor Trend’s TV coverage of the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona began yesterday. Very conspicuous by her absence was Cristy Lee, who has been a fixture of these telecasts. Apparently, she won’t be participating in this auction. Here is a cryptic note from her social media accounts:


“This year has already started off crazy busy for me, but in a good way cuz you know I love that hustle. I just couldn’t make it out to AZ this week. Lots of exciting things in the works though-so stay tuned kids!!”


Is she off the Barrett-Jackson broadcasts for good? That would be a real shame. Anyway, from a picture of the gorgeous Cristy Lee:


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Dr. Zal will remember this record, but I doubt many others will. This was one of my favorite songs when I was 11-12 and I think may have been the first 45 I ever purchased. Of course, I still have it. To wit:



While listening to music yesterday this song popped into my head. Even though I have the 45 I decided to buy it from iTunes. I have listened to it 3-4 times since last night—the first time in decades I have heard the song—and am glad that this is my earworm for now.

“Double Barrel” is a reggae/ska song and I must admit it does not exactly have strong lyrics. Something about the beat and the background music, though, is just irresistible to me. By the way, iTunes charged me 99 cents for this song. That is what I used to pay for 45s in the 1970s.


Back to Barrett-Jackson…yesterday a 1963 Buick Riviera was offered for sale. Here is a picture:


1963 BUICK RIVIERA - Front 3/4 - 237283


As my mind starts to think more in terms of one of these as a companion to my Z06—again, barring an unforeseen windfall this purchase is 2-3 years away—I am paying closer attention to auction results and listing prices. This example hammered for $22,000 meaning the buyer paid $24,200 all in. I think two other Rivieras of this generation are being auctioned this week by Barrett-Jackson. Many who follow the automotive market think that the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale is not a good guide to the “value” of cars as they believe the frenzy of the large crowd pushes the prices above market.

I have seen cars like this listed in the $15,000 range on Hemmings and Classic Cars. As these are not very expensive or rare (Buick built 112,244 Rivieras from 1963-65) I don’t absolutely have to have a stock drivetrain.

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Tuesday Tigers

Congratulations to the LSU Tigers football team for winning the National Championship. I wanted them to defeat Clemson. Something I can’t really articulate about Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney just rubs me the wrong way. Also, unless it’s one of my favorite teams I don’t like to see teams repeat as champions. Clemson won the title last year and in two of the previous three years. Oh, Clemson’s team name is also the Tigers.

In my opinion, the most valuable person on the LSU team is passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Joe Brady. He was an offensive assistant coach for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints in 2017-2018 and brought a sophisticated NFL passing scheme and concepts to LSU. Of course, the players had to assimilate and execute those concepts and they did that very well, obviously. Still, it’s like having a ringer.

Brady and the rest of the LSU staff were able to make meaningful in-game adjustments after Clemson’s defense stymied the LSU offense for the first third of the game. Contrast that to the Baltimore Ravens’ performance on Saturday night where they lost as a huge favorite at home in the NFL Divisional Playoff round in no small way due to their inability to adjust to what the Tennessee Titans were doing on defense. Of course, in the Ravens game it was NFL coaches vs. NFL coaches.

LSU QB Joe Burrow, winner of the 2019 Heisman Trophy by the largest margin in the 80+ year history of the award, thrived in Brady’s system throwing 60 touchdown passes in LSU’s 15 games. He is very likely to be the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft in April. (If so, Burrow will go from the Bayou Bengals to the Cincinnati Bengals.) Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is the current odds-on favorite to be the #1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. I guess that’s a football constant; having a great QB is very important. Vince Lombardi used to “complain” that the QB was too important in a team game like football.

I will opine again that I think the College Football Playoff needs to expand to eight teams, the winner of each of the Power Five conferences and three at-large teams. Still, the current system is much better, in my opinion, than either the BCS (which, to me, stood for Bullsh*t Concoction System) or the old way of subjective “coronation” of a champion.


Freedom of speech doesn’t mean anyone else has to listen and that “freedom” doesn’t relieve anyone of the obligation to speak with command of the facts. More people need to adhere to the famous dictum, “Better to remain silent and be thought the fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” An aside: while that remark has been attributed to everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Mark Twain, its origin is actually unclear.


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From Car Gurus a picture, of course, of a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger. At the recently concluded Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida five of these were among the 3,500-ish lots offered for sale. Only one sold, however, hammering for $75,000 ($82,500 all in).

As most auto enthusiasts know the Sunbeam Tiger is often called “The Poor Man’s Cobra.” It is, indeed, a similar concept to the Shelby Cobra, a small, two-seat roadster of British origin powered by an American V-8. As regular readers of Disaffected Musings know I am enamored of two-seat roadsters with small-displacement V-8 engines like the Tiger and the 289 Cobra.

A little more than 7,000 Tigers were produced by the Rootes Group from 1964 to 1967. Initially, the cars were powered by a Ford 260 cubic-inch V-8, but as Ford increased the displacement of that engine to 289 cubic inches Tigers were given that engine. Production of the Tiger ended when Chrysler Corporation acquired Rootes, didn’t want to use an engine built by another company and didn’t have a suitable small-block V-8 of its own.

Despite current trends in the American automobile market, I still hope for a revival of cars like this especially given all of the empty-nester and single-person households in the US. That hope is probably in vain, but what is life without hope?






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Two Years Of Disaffected Musings

Happy Birthday…Eileen!


My wonderful wife and I watched the Bullitt Mustang be auctioned yesterday at the Mecum event in Kissimmee, Florida. Even though we were only watching on TV, we both became emotional as the car was driven to the auction block surrounded by a throng. Once the auction began, however, I calmed down. In case you haven’t heard, or even if you have, the car hammered for $3.4 million, a record price for a Mustang at auction. The car had been owned by the Kiernan family of New Jersey since 1974. From the Mecum story about the car, here is a picture:



As today’s post title indicates, Disaffected Musings began on this day in 2018 with this less than robust post. Frankly, I was in shock that my previous blog of six years was simply deleted without warning by the Evil Empire (aka Google or Guck Foogle). It took me awhile to get over the fact that six years of posts had just disappeared.

I don’t think I go out of my way to alienate people, but I do write forcefully about my beliefs and interests. From the lyrics of “Garden Party” by Rick Nelson:


“But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, you can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.”


It is extremely unlikely that this blog will ever receive thousands of views a day. The Internet probably hosts 250,000,000 to 500,000,000, as in a quarter-billion to a half-billion, active blogs. Barring a “lightning bolt” where some social media “influencer” finds my blog, likes it, and recommends it to their audience, my audience will probably not grow much from here, if at all.

I have to decide if I can live with the number of views this blog receives. On some days I am very discouraged, on others I don’t care.


Here are pictures of the two most important cars in my life. By now, every regular reader should know what they are:



Take care and be well.







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