Wednesday Wishes

I wish merit mattered more and political correctness and fiefdoms mattered less.

Notwithstanding wish #1 I wish people were less strident in their views. In the big picture none of us knows very much at all.

I wish the epidemic of narcissism would abate. The world would be a MUCH better place.

I wish my wonderful wife would feel comfortable enough about our finances so that she would retire.

I wish I could have just one year without any physical maladies.

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Speaking of wishes:

 

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The top picture is from carsaddiction.com (and is shown here, the About page of this blog), the bottom from tradeuniquecars.com.au. Any regular reader knows of my feelings about the De Tomaso Longchamp. If you said I had to pick one car as the best-looking car ever, this would be it. The exterior was designed by Tom Tjaarda of Ghia. That guy could draw some cars! Jalopnik called him “one of the defining automotive designers of the 20th century.”

Since only about 400 Longchamps were produced—despite being made for more than 15 years—and since most of them were sold in Europe, I doubt I will ever own one. The Longchamp was an original hybrid, meaning a foreign body design but an American drive train.

From the Wikipedia article about the Longchamp:

“The Longchamp featured a long and wide hood to accommodate the American power train, i.e. the 351 cubic inch (5,769 cc) Ford Cleveland V8. The 351 Cleveland, a popular and very potent engine in early 1970s Ford “muscle cars,” was the same unit as that used in the Pantera. It produced a minimum of 330 hp and gave the Longchamp an official 240 km/h (149 mph) top speed. After Ford USA stopped manufacturing the 351 Cleveland V8, De Tomaso sourced them from Ford Australia. The standard gearbox was a three-speed Ford C-6 Cruise-o-Matic automatic gearbox, however around 17 cars were equipped with a five-speed ZF manual gearbox. The suspension was independent front and rear with coil spring and wishbone suspension. Steering was power assisted rack and pinion with vented disc brakes all around, the rear discs being positioned inboard.”

So the car was not just a pretty face.

This would be my first lottery car no matter what machinations were required to acquire it. Obviously, this will be in Ultimate Garage 2.0 just as it was in the first Ultimate Garage I posted.

Speaking of Ultimate Garages, I am still hoping some more of you will submit yours. Be advised, though, I may post them here… 🙂

 

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Peace, Please

As this is a day celebrated by many…

I fervently wish for a calmer, quieter and more peaceful future.

All of this is my opinion, my 2¢:

I think much of the dissonance in the world is due to arrogance and to narcissism. It is fine to believe strongly in something; it is not fine to automatically assign the label of “evil” to someone who disagrees with you. No one has a monopoly on truth, wisdom, good taste, or good judgment. As Shakespeare wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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https://www.carsaddiction.com/files/cars/72__Longchamp.jpg

From carsaddiction.com the picture of the De Tomaso Longchamp that appears on the “About” page on Disaffected Musings.

 

From me, I think, a picture of an Iso Grifo.

 

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From automotiveviews.wordpress.com a picture of a Facel Vega.

 

These are three of my all-time favorite cars and they are all “original” hybrids. For not the first time I will explain that in this context a “hybrid” is a car with European looks and perhaps suspension/chassis, but with an American engine, at least, and maybe an entire American drivetrain.

If you have been reading Disaffected Musings for a long time then you know that the Longchamp is one of my absolute two favorite cars ever with the other being the C2 Corvette. On an unlimited budget I would probably acquire all three of these cars. One can always hope, I guess.

 

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It’s Friday

For a retired person like me Friday doesn’t have the same meaning as for those working in a traditional Monday through Friday job. When I was Director of Baseball Operations for a major league team I often worked Monday through Sunday, especially when preparing my master prospect list or working on a salary arbitration case.

My first date with the wonderful woman who became my wife happened on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We were both working that day, unlike most people. I was working on the prospect list and she was a one-person brokerage office so she seldom had much time off.

As I have written before I don’t believe in destiny. I don’t think anything that happens while you’re alive is preordained. If that were the case, what would be the point in living, in making decisions? We made the decision to meet that Friday and to meet, in general. If I had accepted a job offer close to my hometown I probably would have never moved to California for the baseball job and, therefore, would have never met the wonderful woman who became my wife.

While no one has total control over his/her life a person has a large degree of control. You can decide to do x instead of y. Too many people seem to forget this basic fact.

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The cardiac test results are in and I have mild aortic regurgitation. Aortic regurgitation is leakage of the aortic valve each time the left ventricle relaxes. A leaking aortic valve allows blood to flow in two directions. Oxygen-rich blood either flows out through the aorta to the body — as it should — but some flows backwards from the aorta into the left ventricle when the ventricle relaxes.

Over time this condition could lead to a thickening of the walls of the ventricle, which is not a good thing. Oh well…

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You’ve probably grown weary of all of the photos of C2 Corvettes. It’s a little disturbing to look through the photos on my phone and see just how many are of that car. I was actually a little surprised (self-delusion?) to see so many pictures of, basically, the same car. If I had to guess, I would estimate that a little more than half of the photos on my phone are of automobiles and probably ten percent of those are C2 Corvettes.

This is my other “ultimate” automotive obsession, a De Tomaso Longchamp. I took this photo at the AACA Museum in Hershey in 2016 and the picture doesn’t really do the car justice.

For the same amount of money it will likely cost to build a restomod C2 Corvette I could probably buy one of these. However, the overwhelming odds are I would have to purchase the car in Europe and have it shipped here. That is WAY too much hastle. I could watch my restomod being built or I can buy a car, sight unseen, from thousands of miles away and have to run the obstacle course that is shipping a car across the ocean and getting the car through customs and inspections. That would also leave no money for modifications.

The De Tomaso Longchamp will probably always remain my white whale. So many cars, just one life…

 

 

Thanks, please come back

Thanks primarily to Hemmings readers who clicked on this link that I included in a comment on a Hemmings post about old GM ads, yesterday saw a record number of views of this blog. Thanks, but please come back.

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From classicdriver.com a picture of a Maserati Kyalami, the “bastardized” version of the De Tomaso Longchamp that was produced when De Tomaso purchased Maserati. The resemblance to the Longchamp is obvious, but to me it is not a carbon copy. Do millennials even know what carbon paper is?

Don’t Take Anything For Granted

I had a medical procedure Thursday that required receiving anesthesia. Now, about 13 hours later, I cannot sleep. I have aches and pains all over and my stomach has decided to quit for the day so the last thing I ate (a tiny piece of chocolate covered halvah consumed 7 hours ago) is just sitting and laughing at me. Please don’t take your health for granted and please take care of yourself.

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As I have written before, in my previous blog I listed seven cars that made up my Ultimate Garage and listed about the same number of cars that just missed the cut. I am thinking of a similar set of posts here, but perhaps in more detail. What do you think? I would very much like feedback.

This car is always one of the first two I think of:

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From betterparts.org a picture of a De Tomaso Longchamp. If you couldn’t tell, I LOVE the way this car looks and in its day it was a high performance car. What is the first car you think of when you think of cars you would love to own?

Happy Birthday, Wayne Gretzky

I am not a hockey fan, anymore, nor have I been for a long time. However, I was a big fan of Wayne Gretzky during his halcyon days with the Edmonton Oilers when he was setting crazy records and the team was winning Stanley Cups.

Gretzky was known as The Great One, implying he was at the absolute top of the hockey pyramid. What car would occupy that spot for you? In my previous blog I wrote a series of posts called Ultimate Garage where I listed my seven favorite cars of all time (you know, one for each day of the week). This blog is too new and the readership is not robust enough, yet, for me to do this here, I think. However, here is a picture of a car that merits consideration for the title “The Great One” for me:

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Photo from bestcarmag.com. This is a De Tomaso Longchamp, which would be on my very short list to be considered “The Great One.”