Son Of Not So Frugal Friday

Believe it or not, I was originally going to call this post Audacious, Belligerent Son Of Not So Frugal Friday. Talk about a buzzkill…

Maybe this post is a combination of Ultimate Garage and Million-Dollar Challenge. Then again, maybe this post is just my pulling the pin, burning it down, just saying f*ck it. (Oh, please feel free to click on the links to other Disaffected Musings posts or to other sites on the Internet. I am never going to publish a hyperlink to an unsecured site.)

In an episode of Transplant the young, ambitious surgical resident asks the attending physician in charge, “Haven’t you ever just wanted to burn it down to the ground?” a reference to the latter’s seeming obsession with doing things by the book and not making waves. Surprisingly, the attending answers, “Yes,” and then says she did that once or twice. She then says that she was the only person who got burned.

Still, the temptation to thumb our nose at convention and behavioral constraints can, at least sometimes, just be too overwhelming to ignore. While I might be able to buy one of these cars if I decided to significantly deplete my net worth, I am just not wired to pull the pin or to say f*ck it. Here is an exercise in automotive fantasy, in car porn, if you will.


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From nuvomagazine a picture of an Aston Martin DB11. The V-12 AMR edition of the car starts at about $275,000.

As I have written before, I don’t think Aston Martin have (using the British convention of a company needing the plural conjugation of a verb) ever made an unattractive car. The damn virus has hurt the company not long after it seemingly turned itself around to be profitable and even became a publicly-traded company on the London Stock Exchange.


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From Curbside Classic a picture of a Chrysler Ghia ST Special. Only four of these were built and they have been offered at auction and bid up to $450,000.



This is the gorgeous Rondine concept car drawn by the legendary automotive stylist Tom Tjaarda. Every time I watch Bitchin’ Rides I spend at least 30 seconds dreaming about winning the lottery and having Kindig-It Design build me this car, but over a modern chassis, of course. How much would that cost? I really have no idea, but the $500,000-$750,000 range sounds reasonable.

Contrary to what I have written before about a 1967 Corvette restomod or DeTomaso Longchamp being my first acquisition after winning a huge lottery jackpot, I actually think I would set a Rondine project in motion first, then buy/build the other two cars.


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From Wikipedia and not in Rosso, a picture of a Ferrari 812 Superfast. I mean, I couldn’t resist putting this car in this post. Just the name “Superfast” is compelling enough for me to want to buy the car. How much? The “base” MSRP is about $340,000.

Note that even in this exercise in car porn, I have not included any seven- or eight-figure cars. Too many of them look like pods. I am just not enamored of the looks of the Pagani Huayra or any Koenigsegg. I don’t care how fast or futuristic they are.

OK, before my mood deflates as I realize I can’t really have these cars, I am just going to call it quits. As always, please feel to indulge your own automotive fantasies, whether or not they fit the definition of an “Ultimate Garage” or not. We would like to read about them.

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Observations For Hump Day

In a TV commercial for an online university the institution’s President says that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. In my opinion, that is sheer, unadulterated bullsh*t. Neither talent nor opportunity is equally distributed. I have written this before: people may have equal rights under the law, but not all people are created equally. Oh, work ethic isn’t equally distributed, either.

I know people who intuitively understand Einstein’s theory of relativity and others who wouldn’t understand it if they spent every day for five years in a classroom being taught about Einstein. I know people who are innately superb athletes and others who couldn’t make a layup more than once in every ten attempts no matter how much they practiced.

I think we all start out unequal and those who succeed figure out what they can do well. Some people have more options than others. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


Well, I wasn’t wrong after all. It was not a glitch that prevented me from accessing the classic editor in WordPress, but a permanent change in the path that I had previously used. The classic editor is still available, but not from the path I had used for almost three years. Oh, I still can’t stand the new block editor.


According to 365 Days Of Motoring, it was on this day in 1899 that Literary Digest printed, “The ordinary horseless carriage is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.” Here are some more bad predictions from this:


“Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company.” – a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor Lee DeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for his Radio Telephone Company in 1913.

“There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.” – T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, in 1961 (the first commercial communications satellite went into service in 1965).

“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” – Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” – Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superiure de Guerre

In the prologue to The Population Bomb Paul Ehrlich wrote, “In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate…” Yet, never has food been more abundant on a world-wide basis than today. Starvation that exists is largely due to political causes and wars, not overpopulation.


Repeat after me: history is replete with examples of the folly of human beings trying to predict the future.


From Hagerty via Classic Cars comes this piece titled, “Millennials and Zs eager to enter collector car community.” Here is the most interesting passage in the article, in my opinion:


“Much of the ‘death of driving’ handwringing by the media in the wake of the Great Recession was based on data showing younger generations were getting their licenses later, buying their first vehicle later, and buying fewer vehicles compared to previous generations at the same age,” Ryan Tandler, survey lead [for Hagerty], is quoted.

“This conflated buying power with demand. The recession hit younger generations harder and delayed a host of major purchases and life milestones. As Millennials aged into greater buying power and started families, their purchase behavior looked more and more like other generations.”

“The lag was due to the disproportionate blow the generation took in the recession and the unique burden of student debt. It took them longer to recover their buying power, but not as long as it has taken the myth of car-hating young people to die.”


At a local Cars and Coffee event my wonderful wife and I used to attend before COVID-19, I would estimate that at least half of the participants were under 40. We saw a lot of Japanese cars and cars from the 1990s and first decade of the 2000s, but this event usually had at least 300 cars from all eras and countries.

As long as I have any degree of mental acuity [what mental acuity? 🙂 ], I will almost certainly have an interest in automobiles. I believe that attraction will exist for many people of subsequent generations, but I could be wrong, of course. I can’t predict the future with absolute certainty, either.


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From Motoring Research a picture of a car with a timeless appeal, in my opinion: an Aston Martin DB11.









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