Sunday Substance

I have been meaning to share this for quite some time, but it has slipped through the cracks until now. Regular readers of this blog know of my extreme distaste for the new editor that WordPress (the platform that hosts this blog and many, many others) is trying to force on its users. Recently, they announced they would extend support for the Classic Editor (not the new Block[head] editor) at least through the end of next year.

What I have been meaning to share are the results of a recent survey conducted by WordPress itself, primarily to gather information about professional users; that is, people who use WordPress to design and to maintain websites for customers. More than half of professional users are still using the Classic Editor. I suspect that is the reason WordPress is supporting it through the end of next year.

To me, that is very damning evidence about the new editor. The people for whom this new system has allegedly been devised are not adopting it anywhere near as quickly or completely as WordPress thought. The “new” editor is actually not that new, anymore, as it has been available and pushed by WordPress for years.

The lesson and message should be obvious, but I’ll state it, anyway: WordPress, Keep The Classic Editor!

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The title of this piece is Einstein Wins Again. Here is the beginning:

 

“An international team of researchers from ten countries led by Michael Kramer from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has conducted a 16-year long experiment to challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity with some of the most rigorous tests yet. Their study of a unique pair of extreme stars, so called pulsars, involved seven radio telescopes across the globe and revealed new relativistic effects that were expected and have now been observed for the first time. Einstein’s theory, which was conceived when neither these types of extreme stars nor the techniques used to study them could be imagined, agrees with the observation at a level of at least 99.99%.” [emphasis mine]

 

Not only is it difficult for most people to understand Einstein’s genius, it is difficult to attempt to describe it in words. I fear we have reached a point where people like him are suppressed in the interest of “equality.” People may have equal rights under the law, but all people are not created equally. Einstein was sui generis, which is just a fancy way of saying unique, or one of a kind.

 

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This recent piece from Hagerty reveals their Bull Market list for 2022. Imagine my delight when this car was listed:

 

1966 Pontiac GTO front action

 

Although the specifics are about the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the heading reads 1966-67 Pontiac GTO. Of course, and for the nth plus nth time, my first car was a 1967 Pontiac GTO:

 

Maybe I shouldn’t be so delighted to see the car included in the list since I haven’t owned it for 40 years. The Hagerty piece lists Highs and Lows for each of the ten cars. The last “High” for the GTO is quite humorous:

 

Highs: The definitive ’60s muscle car; paperwork available from Pontiac Historic Services makes documentation easy; several body styles and drivetrains; only slightly less rugged than an anvil.

 

I recommend that those of you with an interest in cars, which is most of you reading this, should read the Hagerty piece.

 

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K.I.S.S.

I want to thank “Professor” T for a wonderful breakfast. He was the person I hired for career guidance after I left the San Diego Padres in 1999. It turns out that he and his wife have lived in the Phoenix area for almost 20 years. “Professor” T is most insightful.

For example, after just one or two meetings in 1999 he said that I would not be happy as “a cog in a machine” and urged me to find an independent or semi-independent way to earn a living. Of course, he was right, as I have always chafed at working for somebody else and it was only doing something in which I had a very high level of intrinsic interest (baseball, but that was then and this is now) that enabled to me to work in an office setting for somebody else.

During our conversation this morning, he “disagreed” with those who created mountains to climb. Left unsaid was the truth that life will throw enough mountains at you on its own.

Related to this notion is today’s post title: K.I.S.S., Keep It Simple, Stupid. (I always call myself “Simple.”) Einstein said, “Every problem should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

It seems as if some people believe that if they solve their self-created problems, that makes them smarter than others or better than others or special. That’s a pile of sh*t, in my opinion. Life will give you enough problems on its own.

People who are obsessed with outdoing or outsmarting the world almost always just outsmart themselves. Very few can actually play the game by their own rules. The vast majority must play the game as given or not play.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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So, what kind of car does “Professor” T drive? Would you believe a Hyundai Veloster Turbo?! I did not get a picture of his car, but here is a picture of a Veloster I recently showed:

 

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Of course, I asked him if he likes his car and the answer was a resounding “Yes.” While we still do not have a final disposition from the at-fault driver’s insurance company about what they want to do regarding our ATS, we have to prepare for the possibility that they will total the car and we will have to buy a replacement. (Yes, this is well-worn territory, but I cannot assume that everyone knows the plot.)

Knowing someone who owns one of the cars under consideration is an important data point. It certainly makes it more likely we will take a test drive in this car; that is, of course, if we can find one to drive. The car shortage is very real.

Have a great weekend…

 

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Brownian Motion Thursday

Brownian motion is the random motion of particles suspended in a medium (a liquid or a gas). In 1905, Albert Einstein published a paper where he modeled the motion of pollen particles as being moved by individual water molecules, making one of his first major scientific contributions.

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From an Israeli newspaper comes a story with this title and sub-head: “Israeli study: Babies born to vaccinated moms have COVID-fighting antibodies. All 40 infants in Jerusalem research have antibodies, suggesting they are born with immunity to coronavirus, according to Hadassah doctors.”

The caveat that the presence of antibodies in newborns doesn’t prove they will protect against the virus is noted in the piece. However, Dr. Dana Wolf, head of the virology department at Hadassah Medical Center, strongly believes they will.

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Recently, most of the country changed the time on their clocks to move into Daylight Savings Time. According to a report from CarInsurance.com, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the few days following the change is the second most dangerous period to drive in the US. Take an hour of sleep away from a sleep-deprived country and…

In general, driver fatigue, caused primarily by lack of quality or quantity of sleep, is among the leading causes of traffic accidents in America. My marvelous mom was an intelligent person. She used to rail against the bi-annual clock changes. The fact that Arizona doesn’t engage in the foolish practice was not a reason we moved here, but it is a nice bonus.

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I always knew I wasn’t the only WordPress blogger who disliked the Block Editor and favored the Classic. This post is called “[T]he tyranny of the new and shiny at wordpress.” By the way, the post author is way more adept at using a computer than I am. He has also been blogging on WordPress since 2013.

I have also thought that the WordPress push to move every blogger to the Block Editor–or Blockhead Editor, as I call it–smacked of tyranny, while granting this issue is not really important enough to use that description. Once again, I have to state that it is likely I will discontinue blogging on this platform if I HAVE to use the new editor.

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From BMW CEO Oliver Zipse via Phil LeBeau of CNBC: “BMW has no plans to stop developing internal combustion engines because demand for ICE vehicles will remain robust for many years to come.” Finally, an automotive CEO who understands the real world!

The “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” approach to EVs taken by so many car companies ignores reality. First, well over a BILLION ICE vehicles are being used all over the world with millions more still being manufactured every year. Second, some segment of the vehicle-buying public will continue to prefer them for “many years to come.”

Do we really want to put all of our transportation chips into the EV basket given that makes us extremely dependent on raw materials from other countries? In addition, upgrading the electric grid to accommodate millions of EVs being charged every night will not happen overnight. For the nth time, blind adherence to ideology is almost never a good idea.

A picture I took of an example of a very famous BMW, a car that influenced design and has become legendary despite only 252 examples ever being produced, the 507:

 

 

In what I consider to be a practical policy, BMW has committed to having half of its new vehicles being electric by 2030. Remember that, at present, EVs have only a 2%-3% market share and that share has not really grown much in the last few years. (Hybrid sales have increased, however.)

Although I won’t be around to see it, I think it’s very likely that EVs will become the dominant paradigm in personal transportation some time in the future. However, ignoring the realities of the present is fraught with peril. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Oh, history is replete with examples of the folly of human beings trying to predict the future.

 

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Saturday Stuff

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: “They want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.”

– Albert Einstein

 

In June of 1916 Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the curvature of spacetime which propagate as waves, traveling outward from the source, transporting energy as gravitational radiation. In February of 2016, the existence of such waves was confirmed when researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (bka LIGO) published the first observation of gravitational waves that were actually detected on Earth in September of 2015.

Where are the Einsteins of today? Maybe the answer is there aren’t any, that Einstein was sui generis. I think that’s too bad for all of us.

 

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From Science ABC a picture of Einstein in a less than serious moment.

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From Cadillac at 100 : Legacy of Leadership a series of pictures showing that Cadillac concept cars are not just a recent development:

 

 

Of course, these concepts were an exercise with a purpose, the execution of a front-wheel drive, two-door luxury coupe that came to fruition with the introduction of the “modern” Eldorado in 1967. Lead times for model development were much longer then although they are hardly short now. By the way, I think a “modernized” version of XP-727 number 3 would also make a great basis for a super-luxury car.

I have always been extremely fond of the first generation of the modern Cadillac Eldorado. Such a car was named as a member of my Ultimate Garage 2.0. At some point I would like to have one of those “Ultimate” cars as my own besides my 2016 Z06. Although prices have increased lately, a 1967-68 Eldorado is still the most affordable car among those in Ultimate Garage 2.0. At 221 inches in length I would have to have a garage at least a little longer than 20 feet, though.

 

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Fried Friday

Many thanks to my wonderful wife’s parents for providing us with safe harbor.

Power was restored shortly before Noon yesterday, about a day ahead of the preliminary estimate by the utility company. We returned home mid-afternoon. I know many people fared worse, even much worse, and some are still without power, but I have to admit that I am fried, I am frazzled by events.

Looming large is the seeming disappearance of any interest in our house, which has now been on the market for about a month. We had no showings at all last weekend and it’s now been well over a week since the last one. We made a token reduction in the asking price just so the house will appear when people search for listings where the price has been reduced. Almost all potential home buyers begin on the Internet and one field that can be searched is houses that have had price reductions.

We can’t enjoy living in the desert until we sell this house. Technically, I guess we could, but after having had a very bad experience in moving out of state without selling our house first, we do not want to tempt a repeat.

Logistically, moving without selling this house would be very difficult. After the Equifax breach of 2017 we froze our credit files; they remain frozen and we hope to never have to un-freeze them. We cannot obtain a mortgage with frozen credit files. While we could, theoretically, liquidate more of our equity/fixed income holdings to raise sufficient funds to buy a house without a mortgage, we will not do so. We are completely debt-free and will do our damnedest to stay that way, but do not want to reduce the size of our investment portfolio any more than is absolutely necessary. The proceeds from the sale of our current house will provide most of the funds for buying a home in the desert.

We also do not want to be 2,000+ miles away from a property we still own, from a property on which we would still be liable for taxes, insurance, etc. I cannot describe how painful it was to pay property taxes for more than four years on a house in which we would never live again, in a state in which we would never live again.

I don’t think it will help, but please send us good thoughts. We cannot remain in this state of limbo. (I’ve never heard of that state. Is it on the East Coast? 🙂 )

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On this day in 1906, Cadillac was granted a trademark for its crest. From this Hemmings article a picture of the original Cadillac crest:

 

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Of course, the symbol used by Cadillac has changed over the years. The fortunes of the company have changed as well.

For decades, Cadillac was the leader in American luxury cars. Now, Cadillac is struggling to find an image and products that will give it a strong position in the automobile market. In 1985, new Cadillac sales in the US were almost 300,000 units and about 2% of the market. In 2019, Cadillac sales were about 156,000 units and less than one percent of the market. (Data from CarSalesBase. Based on some of the data I have, a 300,000 figure for 1985 would have been more than three percent of the market.)

Once again, I will offer my opinion that Cadillac should manufacture a super-luxury car, both as a way to make a profit and as a halo car that will enhance the image of the company. In the recent past I have offered the Cadillac Elmiraj concept as a basis for such a car. I am also a fan of this Cadillac concept, the Cien (picture from GM Authority):

 

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How many US households have a net worth of $10 million or more? The answer is more than a million, probably about 1.3 million to be more precise. Virus or not, many wealthy people/families still live in this country. Cadillac wouldn’t have to have a large percentage of these people/families buy a super-luxury car in order to make the project profitable. In addition, of course, foreign buyers might be interested.

Cadillac’s previous failures with the Allanté and the XLR might still be casting a shadow on sentiment regarding the development of a super-luxury car. Of course, neither of those cars were actually pitched towards the highest end of the automobile market. What is that remark supposedly made by Einstein? “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

 

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Monday Musings It’s March, 2020 Edition

I doubt many of you watched and many of you are probably not even aware, but the “Underwear Olympics,” AKA the NFL Scouting Combine, concluded yesterday. Many teams used to be suckered into liking a player without good game tape because he had “performed” well at the Combine. Long-time NFL coach and current Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians had this to say (the remark is taken from here): “The tape don’t lie. The combine lies. You can fall in love at the combine and get your ass broke.”

Albert Einstein’s oft-repeated remark is quite appropriate here, yes even in football. (By the way, does anyone besides me think Einstein would have been a great football strategist if he had studied the game for a few years?) “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

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Apparently, the first shipments of C8 Corvettes did not occur last Friday as anticipated/hoped. However, photographs from the assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky show hundreds of C8s parked outside, supposedly ready for transfer. From this post comes a link to this video.

For Corvette fans like me (and my wonderful wife) the success of the C8 is important. I have written before that I think if the C8 fails that will be the end of the Corvette. From Corvette Forum yet another picture of a C8 Corvette:

 

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The more I see them, the better they look. I hope to see one on the road before the end of this month.

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A picture I took yesterday while my wonderful wife and I were driving through an equestrian/Old West park. I love horses although I am not a rider or outdoor person in any way. I was, however, once part of a group that owned a thoroughbred race horse. She actually won twice while under our 14-month ownership and we broke even, which is better than the vast majority of horses do for their owners.

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On this day in 1990 a team of drivers completed a two day trial during which they set a dozen land speed records with a Corvette ZR-1 and a Corvette L-98. The cars did not have mufflers or catalytic converters, but otherwise were stock. Records broken included 5000 miles in a time of 28:46:12.5, 5000 km in a time of 17:40:53.7, and 4221.3 miles in 24 hours. The average speed for all record runs were 170-175 MPH. The ZR-1 set the 24-hour record, driving over 4200 miles at an average 175 MPH. The trial occurred at the Firestone Test Center in Texas. From this Hemmings article a picture of a 1990 Corvette ZR-1:

 

1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

 

The ZR-1 debuted in model year 1990. The engine was the result of a joint effort between Chevrolet and Lotus; the engine had four overhead cams and 32 valves. It was rated 375 HP; the base Corvette engine for 1990 was rated 245/250 HP. The base engine had different outputs depending on whether or not the car was a coupe and its rear axle ratio. Don’t ask…

The base price of a 1990 Corvette coupe was $31,979, but the ZR-1 option cost an additional $27,016. Believe it or not, over 3,000 ZR-1s were ordered out of a total Corvette coupe production of 16,016. (The ZR-1 was only available as a coupe in 1990.)

 

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Time For A Stroll

Does anyone still use the word “stroll?”

From this Corvette Blogger post comes the news that, according to QuoteWizard Insurance, the Corvette is one of the least accident-prone vehicles on the road. The author of the post makes the common sense argument about the Corvette’s superior handling playing a role (I would have also mentioned the brakes) as well as the fact that, face it, Corvette drivers tend to be of an age that drives more carefully even though careful driving and Corvettes may seem to be mutually exclusive.

In the Corvette Blogger post I didn’t see any reference to accidents per mile driven, but Corvettes do not tend to be driven a lot. Here is a chart from ISeeCars via another Corvette Blogger post:

 

STUDY: Top 10 List of Most Driven Cars

 

I wish I were on pace for about 4,700 miles for the first year with my Z06 coupe. I have owned the car almost 11 months (!) and have still not reached 2,600 miles. I don’t think anyone should be surprised by the cars on the least-driven list. I also suspect that cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini were not included in the study. It’s too bad the median number of miles driven by make/model is not displayed. Once again: smug, self-righteous and arrogant anti-gearheads do not want to understand that most high-performance and collector cars are not driven a lot of miles. A gratuitous picture of my car:

 

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“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

– Albert Einstein

I believe that even when we have computer chips planted in our brain that can spit out the history of the universe at a billion words a second, some things that are important in life and life outcomes will not be able to be accurately modeled and predicted.

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I am not a professional evaluator of football players. I don’t even play one on TV… 🙂 Oh, that’s not a crack at someone like Mel Kiper. Mel and I have been friends a LONG time.

I will still offer my unsolicited and probably uninformed opinion that if it weren’t for injury, Tua Tagovailoa is a better prospect than Heisman winner and National Champion Joe Burrow. Why do I think so? Tagovailoa had two very successful seasons in college whereas Burrow really had just one. Subjectively, I think that Tagovailoa’s vision, decision-making and accuracy are simply better than Burrow’s, which is not a knock on Burrow. I think those aspects of Tagovailoa’s game are almost unparalleled.

Any draftniks out there who want to comment on this?

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Hey, Mick Lennon of the former Mick Lennon Car Photography website! Where did you go? I hope everything is OK.

 

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Frugal Friday and The One That Got Away

First, is it really November, 2019?

Second, can “it” be “The One That Got Away” if you are unaware of “it” at the time. I’m going to rule Yes.

 

 

From Bring a Trailer a picture of an almost perfect 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk. This is how I envision my GT Hawk looking if/when I buy it. Maybe I would want a slightly darker green, but this car just looks awesome to me. It even has both the clock and tach on the instrument panel. Fewer than 1,800 of these were built for model year 1964 before Studebaker closed its South Bend facility and the Gran Turismo Hawk (and Avanti) were no more.

This car was auctioned on BaT last July/August selling on August 2 for $15,250. I think that’s $16,012.50 with the buyers commission. Even though I have had the idea to buy one of these for quite some time, I wasn’t explicitly looking when this car was available. Had I known who knows what I might have done. I still had the BMW Z4 at the time and that could have been an obstacle. By the way, in the comments the seller claimed he had more than twice the sale price in the car and that the car was “all there.”

Money is important, but it isn’t everything. Albert Einstein once remarked, “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” I don’t ever want to be the type of person who knows the cost of everything, but the value of nothing. Car restorations should be a source of satisfaction for the person involved above and beyond the value of the build. By the way, I did not grow up with money and, as the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.”

 

Perhaps inspired by my friend Joe’s very recent purchase of a 2016 Corvette Z06 convertible, I have decided to show an affordable C6 Corvette. From Car Gurus:

 

 

This is a 2010 Corvette in 2LT trim plus navigation with about 46,000 miles in Crystal Red Metallic over Cashmere. The seller is asking $21,995. These cars are powered by a 6.2 liter/376 cubic-inch V-8 that generates 430 HP/424 LB-FT of torque. The NPP “two-mode” exhaust option would raise the maximum output slightly to 436 HP/428 LB-FT.

A beautiful, modern Corvette with more than 400 HP for a little more than $20,000…that’s a great deal, in my opinion. What do you think?

 

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Haphazard Friday

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

– Albert Einstein

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Elvis Presley died on this day in 1977. At the risk of incurring the wrath of many readers I must confess that I am not and never have been a fan of Presley. I don’t like his music and I could never get through more than five or ten minutes of any of his movies. Different strokes for different folks…Oh yeah, Presley once shot his De Tomaso Pantera after a fight with his girlfriend.

Babe Ruth died on this day in 1948. When I followed or cared about baseball I was a huge fan of Ruth and his unbelievable accomplishments. As Bill James has pointed out, Ruth’s last game in the major leagues (1935) is now closer in time to the end of the Civil War than it is to today.

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Has any of you ever watched The Great British Baking Show? I think the show is actually called The Great British Bake-Off in the UK. Our local PBS station airs the show and my wonderful wife and I are hooked.

Every season the show begins with 12 bakers. In each episode the bakers have a signature challenge, a technical challenge and a show-stopper challenge. At the end of each episode one contestant is named “Star Baker” and one is eliminated. However, the final competition episode actually has three bakers.

In the episodes aired here, which are older, the judges are Paul Hollywood (yes, that’s his real name) and Mary Berry. Berry left the show three years ago when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4. The show has been produced since 2010.

Unlike American competition shows The Great British Baking Show does not feature contestants fighting with each other. The difficulty of making the items given to them provides enough tension and the tension seems more genuine. Hollywood and Berry have an unusual, but endearing on-screen chemistry.

After the competition has ended the series shows what it calls Masterclasses where Hollywood and Berry (supposedly) make some of the items that were given to the contestants to make during that season. In my opinion, these shows are even better than the competition. The banter between Hollywood and Berry is hysterical, at times.

My mother’s parents were bakers in Poland before World War II began. I began baking when I was a teenager; believe it or not, I had much more patience during that time than I do now. My mother also baked; frankly, her pastries were too dry for me, but she liked dunking her cookies. When I began baking I used less flour than she did so that my cakes or whatever would be moist. My mother would always try to sneak extra flour into my batter and issue a stern warning that my batter was too thin and that my cake would fall down in the oven. I can honestly say that never happened.

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A car like this was offered for sale at the Mecum auction currently taking place in Monterey, California:

 

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From Hemmings a picture of a 1966 Buick Riviera. The badging on the front fender reads “GS.”

While I don’t think these cars are as stylish as the first-generation Riviera (1963-65) they are certainly more handsome than most. Other than the boat-tail generation I think Rivieras were well-styled automobiles.

 

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Frugal Friday, Einstein Edition

Yep, that Albert Einstein was a really smart guy. This article from physics-astronomy.org is about an “insane” test of his theory of relativity and that theory passed the test.

The test had to do with measuring gravitational redshifting as a star orbited around Sagittarius A, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. As predicted by Einstein’s theory, new measurements revealed the redshift. According to the article, this result was based on 26 years of observations.

Remember that Einstein had no computers, no calculators. Many of his theories resulted from “thought experiments,” mental exercises without the use of data, but that used deductive reasoning to reach a conclusion.

I wonder what Einstein would have thought about today’s high-tech automobiles. Maybe nothing at all.

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Speaking of high-tech automobiles, here are some more pictures of the new member of the family:

 

 

 

 

Friend and Disaffected Musings reader/commenter C/2 has named the car “The Red Rocket.” I like that name. In all honesty, in my brief time behind the wheel the most impressive feature of the car has been the brakes. The stopping power is phenomenal. Thanks to my amazing niece who helped me get the grime and gunk off the car that it accumulated during its 2-3 days on an open car carrier.

Of course this is my life, though, which means almost nothing goes completely as planned. The car has some issues, even with just 4,400 miles, so I am taking it to the nearest Chevrolet dealer next week to get those issues sorted. Fortunately the car is still under its bumper-to-bumper warranty. Even with the issues I feel very good about the decision to eschew the buying/building of a restomod C2 Corvette and buying a car like this, instead.

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OK, for Frugal Friday here’s a car that has been featured before:

 

 

From Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo (or GT) Hawk. That was the last model year of the three that this final iteration of the Hawk was offered for sale. Of course, the roots of this car go all the way back to 1953 and the revolutionary Studebaker coupes introduced that year.

The ad copy is short and the mileage is not given. Still, for a car of which only 1,767 were made that model year (only 14,789 were made in the truncated three-year run), the dealer is “only” asking $14,950. Studebaker closed its South Bend, Indiana factory in December, 1963 in the middle of 1964 model year production. After that, all Studebakers were manufactured at its Canadian plant; the GT Hawk and Avanti were discontinued.

OK, maybe I’m just a nut about these cars. OK, maybe I’m just a nut and these cars have nothing to do with it. I think this car would be an inexpensive entry into collector cars. Getting the car serviced might be difficult, though. This car just missed making my first Ultimate Garage and is still a contender for Ultimate Garage 2.0. I keep hoping that more readers will submit theirs.

 

Also from Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Rambler convertible:

 

 

Even though not mentioned in the ad this has to be a Rambler American model as that was the only one offered as a convertible that year. Of the roughly 160,000 Rambler Americans built in model year 1964 only about 9,000 were convertibles. The dealer is asking $12,595.

If you had one of these you almost certainly would have the only one within a large radius of your house.

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