A Year Of Cars

Today’s post is being written a little later than usual in the day because I had to have my third thyroid ultrasound. (Or was it my fourth?) I have a multinodular goiter; in plain English, I have multiple growths on my thyroid gland. Actually, most people my age have something growing on their thyroid.

Three years ago, one of those growths was biopsied. Two days later, the nurse for the ENT doctor supervising the care of my thyroid “condition” called. She asked, “How are you?” I answered, “You tell me.” When she said the growth was benign, I almost fainted from relief. One of the growths on my thyroid is “troublesome” according to my doctor, which is why the gland needs to be imaged on a regular basis.

OK, that exposition is way into TMI land…


During yesterday’s same-day, but not live, NBCSN broadcast of the Mecum auction from Indy, Stephen Cox asked the crew if they could have any three cars given to them for free, but they all had to be from the same model year, what cars and what year would they choose. As soon as I saw it I knew what I would say and texted Scott Hoke.

I know I have written about this year and these cars before, but I must confess that I don’t know if it’s in this blog or the last one. Anyway, I would choose model year 1963 and these would be the cars:


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Appropriately, all of these pictures are from Mecum. The top automobile is, of course, a 1963 Corvette “Split-Window” coupe, the middle is a 1963 Buick Riviera and the bottom is a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. 1963 was the debut model year for the Riviera and the Avanti and was the debut year for the second generation Corvette and the only year for the now legendary split-window. I have to say that the Avanti in the photo looks better than any other one I have ever seen.

OK, I pose the question to you. If you could have any three cars in history given to you, but they all had to be from the same model year, what year and what cars would you choose?







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Monday Musings

The world is not binary, but it seems that the public debate on virtually every topic assumes that it is. That’s the “if you’re not with me you’re against me” mentality. Sorry, but the world is not that simple; the world is not binary.


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Photo from cargurus.com.

OK, what do the three cars have in common? The car at the top is a Studebaker Avanti, the one in the middle is a Buick Riviera and the one on the bottom is a Chevrolet Corvette (duh!). All three of these were introduced for the 1963 model year. Well, the Corvette, of course, was introduced in 1953, but the legendary C2 was introduced in 1963.

That seems like an embarrassment of riches that three such ground breaking and iconic vehicles were introduced in the same model year. Sergio Pininfarina said that the Riviera was “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built; it has marked a very impressive return to simplicity of American car design.” What do the bottom two cars have in common? They were both designed under the auspices of Bill Mitchell, who was in charge of GM styling. Mitchell supposedly said that of all of the cars he designed or of which he supervised the design, the one of which he was most proud was the 1963 Riviera.

American companies have always been capable of great things, but just because they are American doesn’t mean their products are automatically great. The world is not that simple; the world is not binary.