Cars Were First

I wasn’t going to post today. I have not been feeling well for a week or so. In an email to my friend and former neighbor, MB, I wrote “Ah, to be an Ashkenazi Jew in his seventh decade…” Sorry about quoting myself, I really hope that’s not too pretentious.

In addition, as I have written I am simply not a fount of material at present. Whether it’s a post-1,000th post letdown (an odd phrase but consider the source), the purchase of the 2015 ATS taking away a large source of blogging material, the lack of new and exciting ICE-powered cars or whatever, ideas for blog posts are just not readily forthcoming.

Then, I just decided to remind myself and my readers about how long cars have been important to me. My wonderful wife and I really enjoy a show called Auto/Biography on Motor Trend. Tim Donahue and Michael May research and discuss cars that are interesting for reasons other than their styling or engineering. The first episode ever aired was about a Ferrari Dino that was found buried in a yard in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

The most recent episode was about cars that were “ahead” of their time, although one of the featured vehicles was a motorcycle apparently built around 1915 that included technology that didn’t appear in mainstream bikes until decades later. Anyway…one of the featured vehicles was this:



While we were watching the show I suddenly hit pause and ran to my office. Although I hadn’t looked at this book (Automobiles of the World, Albert Lewis and Walter Musciano, © 1977) in years, I remembered that the Brubaker Box was in it.

Why did I buy this book in the late 1970s? My History “term paper” in my senior year of high school was titled The Development Of The Automobile And Its Effect On 20th Century American Society. The book was research material. Yeah, that’s why I bought it.

I have written before that cars were my first passion. Before I discovered sports or music or girls, I made notes about cars in a composition notebook. Remember these?


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Oh, how I wish I still had my cars notebook! Remember that I come by my automobile obsession honestly. My father, a Holocaust survivor, was a mechanic who operated and later owned a gas station back when gas stations also fixed cars and didn’t exist to sell snacks and lottery tickets.

I know that much of the information in this post has already been published here. I just thought it might be a good thing to remind everyone of where cars rank in my hierarchy.


EVERYONE should read the comments! Since I know most of you don’t, I will show a recent comment exchange between David Banner (not his real name; Congrats on the new job, Doc!) and me:


David Banner: “…would love to see your take on the electric car world after the last few weeks of trends: GM going the full Monty on electric, ExxonMobile losing as much as the GNP of Namibia in selling gasoline, and the inevitability of the “ICar” and the threat to Tesla, GM, and FiatChrysler…”

Me: “My take on electric cars is that it’s inevitable they will become the dominant paradigm in personal transportation, but that Internal Combustion Engine powered cars will be with us for decades to come. Remember that more than one BILLION ICE vehicles are owned by people all over the world and millions more are manufactured every year. They are not just going to disappear in the next 10-20 years unless governments confiscate them, which, in my opinion, is wildly inappropriate.”


I’m sure some of the SJWs want to confiscate ICE cars and think they have the right to do so. OK, I propose that the US government confiscate all dogs. After all, almost 5 million dog bites are recorded every year in the US and almost a million of those require medical care.

Government exists to protect property rights, not to usurp them. Government is not a panacea populated by supermen. It is lost on the SJWs in this country that US carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 20% just since 2000 despite a population that is still growing.

To paraphrase a famous line from Animal House: smug, self-righteous and arrogant is no way to go through life.








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