Ultimate Garage 2.0: The Ninth Car

“O, what men dare do! What men may do! What men daily do, not knowing what they do.”

– Shakespeare


Reader and long-time friend Carl described yesterday’s car, the Jaguar F-Type, as “sex on wheels.” That phrase has also been used by reader and long-time friend David Banner (not his real name) to describe today’s car, the Lexus LC. You don’t really want to know what results from an Internet search for that phrase, but cars don’t seem to appear anywhere.

The LC was in the first Ultimate Garage that I posted on the blog hosted by the Evil Empire (aka Google). By the way, I did finally receive a settlement from the class action suit involving the Evil Empire and their deleting blogs to avoid paying ad earnings. Fack Fucebook has earned all of the bad press it has received, and then some, but the Evil Empire seems to have faded from view in terms of its wrongdoings.


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I took the top photo in January, 2018 (!) and the bottom picture is from Motor Trend. Obviously, I think the Lexus LC is a stunner. It’s also one of only two cars in Ultimate Garage 2.0 that I have actually driven.

The Lexus LC is powered by a 5-liter/303 cubic-inch V8 that produces 471 HP/398 LB-FT of torque. The only transmission available is a 10-speed automatic, which I think is overkill, but helps the car get better gas mileage for EPA testing. I wanted to write about the forced-induction version of the engine for this car (I keep reading about a twin-turbo motor that will pump out 600+ HP), but Ultimate Garage 2.0 is only about cars that have actually existed.

The car is luxuriously appointed, but is more of a Grand Tourer than true sports car. However, it’s not a slug although it’s, perhaps, a tad heavy for exquisite handling. However, it will accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds, which is very quick.

As for value/price, the LC my wonderful wife and I drove stickered at $101,000, but the salesman offered $10,000 off without my even asking. The base MSRP of these cars is about $93,000. For the “official” Ultimate Garage 2.0 value I am going to use $95,000 because I am going to assume a car with some options, but also with a discount from MSRP.

Once again, I welcome thoughtful comments about this car, any car or any topic. It is doubtful I will post tomorrow as my wonderful wife and I have a busy day planned, weather permitting. Ultimate Garage 2.0 is almost finished, but not quite.








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Tuesday Tangle

I told this story on my previous blog…

In my first full-time baseball job one of my responsibilities was to help the accounting department assign the amortization of signing bonuses for players no longer in the organization. A player selected in the amateur draft is paid a bonus to sign. Actually, undrafted players are also paid a bonus, but it is tiny compared to bonuses paid to players drafted in the first round, for example.

The signing bonuses are amortized over x number of years so if a player is traded or released before that time period then his bonus has to be amortized in some other way. The person in the accounting department with whom I would interact about this issue was someone I knew in college, albeit not well.

One day this person came to me in a panic. We had traded a high-round draft pick who was a huge bust and the accounting department couldn’t find the player for whom he had been traded and to whom the remainder of the signing bonus would be assigned for purposes of amortization. The name of the acquired player was, according to the Accounting Department records, Avisa Slot.

I explained that we had actually traded this former high-round draft pick for a visa slot, not a player named Avisa Slot. Foreign-born players who are not naturalized US citizens, of whom there are many in professional baseball, need a visa to come to the US for the season. Each organization receives an allotment of visa slots and the one we received in exchange for this player was only good for the rest of the season.

My friend in Accounting howled with laughter when I explained who “Avisa Slot” really was. It was funny, in a way, but it was also an admission of a huge mistake by the scouting department.


What do you think of this car?


From corvetteblogger.com (a website to which I subscribe, surprise surprise…not) a picture of a 1961 Corvette. The 1961 model was the next to last year of the first generation Corvette or C1. In all honesty I am not a huge fan of the styling of this generation. While the 1961 and 1962 are cleaner and better looking than the rest, in my opinion, because of the more modern rear deck (which was a preview of the C2) and cleaner front grill, in general I think the C1 design is dated. FWIW, I also think the C3 design (derived from the Mako Shark concept car, the C3 was produced from 1968 to 1982) is dated.

In general I like designs that are timeless and not an obvious manifestation of a particular time period. However, exceptions exist. I like the styling of some pre-war cars (meaning before World War II) and those are definitely “of the period.” A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.


I know what 56packardman thinks, but what do the rest of you think about Facebook and Google and my message that both companies are evil? I am mystified how people just seem to accept how those companies behave.





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