April Fools

I was originally going to write an April Fools joke to start today’s post. You know, my wonderful wife and I won the Powerball last night! Psych! April Fools! Believe me, in the 1-in-300,000,000 chance we did win, I wouldn’t write about it here, even in jest.

In any event, a frightening depression has enveloped me in the last few hours. One would think that being just hours away from our second and “final” vaccine shot against the damn virus would bolster my spirits. I don’t think this funk has anything to do with vaccines or the damn virus.

Perhaps it’s the apparent speed with which the first quarter of this year disappeared that is the source of my “blues.” Every week, every month seems to go faster than the last. Unlike Secretariat’s amazing performance in the 1973 Kentucky Derby–when every quarter-mile was faster than the previous one, and yes, that does mean his fastest quarter mile was the last one–this acceleration of time with time is no prize.

Anyway, I don’t know why my mood has dropped so sharply. I do know that it makes writing today’s post much more difficult. The continuing issues with the WordPress editor not keeping the toolbar on the screen as the post lengthens and not updating the word count in real time are also annoying as hell.


On this day in 2010 the Chevrolet Camaro was named World Car Design of the Year. The award was presented to Chevrolet at the New York International Auto Show. From newcars.com (not a secure site) a picture of a 2010 Camaro:


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I think the newer Camaros are sharp looking cars and are a great update of the first-generation design. They have not done that well in the market place, however, being outsold by the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Rumors persist the car will be discontinued in the next one or two model years.

In the US, sales of the newer Camaros (fifth- and sixth-generation, if you must know) peaked at about 88,000 in 2011, the second year of production. By 2018, sales dropped to about 50,000 and to fewer than 30,000 for 2020. As a comparison, Ford sold 61,090 Mustangs in 2020 and Dodge sold 52,955 Challengers. All of the ponycars have seen their sales decline, but the Camaro decline is the worst of the three.

Some have argued that the Corvette and Camaro have too much overlap and cannibalize each other’s sales. FCA, now Stellantis, gave the Challenger more breathing room by making the Charger a four-door sedan. The Mustang has a status all its own.

(On a tangent and speaking of the Corvette: in February the average price for a new one was over $86,000. Remember that the base price is barely $60,000. I believe this means the Corvette is taking customers away from other performance cars that are still more expensive than the Vette, even at $86,000, and that the C8 is very popular.)

I think the writing is on the wall for the Camaro. The Mustang is safe, but will almost certainly become a hybrid or electric car in the not too distant future. As for the Challenger, its future is unclear in the wake of the merger with PSA Group that formed the new company, Stellantis.

Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean all change is all good.






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Hit The Pause Button

Like many other people, I’m sure, it feels as though someone has hit the pause button on my life. This feeling is worsened as my wonderful wife and I are trying/waiting to move to the desert and that process has an indeterminate end.

Today, I am turning the tables. I am hitting the pause button today. I will not do any chores today nor will I run on my treadmill or get my x,000 steps. After I finish this post I am going to veg for the rest of the day to the extent possible given my OCD.


Although I am always happy to see Cristy Lee, now part of the cast of Garage Squad, I have to admit I miss Heather Storm’s presence on that show. Here is a picture of Storm from her website:



Apparently, it wasn’t her idea to leave Garage Squad and she wasn’t happy that her departure was announced before she could let “the world” know. Although I am 99.99% sure she will never read this I wish Heather Storm the best. Yes, this is old news. Hey, I’m an old guy.


This article from Classic Cars is about HBO being sued by a car dealership featured in an HBO series. From the article:


“A car dealership featured in the HBO series “I Know This Much is True” has sued the production company for negligence after a massive fire destroyed the business and its contents, including dozens of vintage cars used in the making of the show.”

“The Ellenville, New York, car dealership seeks around $8 million from Calling Grace Productions, which filmed the dramatic series starring Mark Ruffalo for HBO.”

“The dealer claims that a transformer used to charge camera batteries burst into flames after midnight on May 9, 2019, and that a security guard on duty had fallen asleep and was not alerted until explosions occurred when the fire was well-advanced.”


If HBO and the production company are really dragging their feet in paying for the damages, then shame on them. I have long thought that much/most of Hollywood is oblivious to the real world. My wonderful wife and I used to subscribe to HBO, but eventually realized that we almost never watched any of the channels. Within a week of cancelling our subscription it was as if we had never subscribed. I think we cancelled HBO 15 years ago.

In general, the Hollywood “machine” does not care about my demographic. About two-thirds of movie tickets are purchased by people 21 or younger. I have not been in a theater since 2007 and almost certainly will never set foot in one again. I watch very little TV; basically, if it’s not a Mecum auction, something on Motor Trend or an episode of American Pickers, then I’m almost certainly not watching. Oh, I have to amend that list. My wonderful wife and I have become hooked on The Zoo on Animal Planet.


Of course, on this day in 1914 Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo. His wife Sophie was also killed. The assassination was the spark that ignited World War I as Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war on Serbia, triggering actions leading to war between most European states. The Serbian military played a major role in organizing and arming the assassins.

Obviously, a blog post is not the venue for discussing the causes of World War I. It is true, however, that Europe has avoided a large armed conflict for 75 years. Virtually no one alive today was alive during World War I and few people living today were alive during World War II. History often has a way of being re-written and not always in a more accurate way.


On this day in 1966 Pete Estes, then President of the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, announced a new car model. The internal designation was XP-836, but the car is known to the world as the Camaro.

I still think the first-generation Camaro, model years 1967 to 1969, is the best-looking of the model. The car became available to the public in September, 1966, a “normal” time for the introduction of a new model. For years, the cars for a model year were introduced in September/October of the previous calendar year. Without further ado, from Barn Finds a picture of a stock 1967 Chevrolet Camaro:


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This is not one of the many Camaros that have been modified with larger wheels and tires, with custom paint and custom hoods, not to mention modern drivetrains. While I prefer the looks of the 1968 model, because I don’t really like the vent window on this car, I think all three years just look great. I would never use this car for the In Or Out? feature because it seems as though it would be In for most people.

Enjoy your Sunday. I’m going to try to do the same.









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