I didn’t show the item pictured above, or buy it in the first place, because I am a fan of the French Grand Prix in particular or Grand Prix racing in general. The date is the key: July 15, 1922. That was the day my marvelous mom was born.

This is the 17th birthday she has missed. I still think about her every day, in no small way due to the picture of her that sits on a bookcase shelf within sight of where I write the blog. Perhaps if I am still writing this blog in two years I will show that picture in honor of her 100th birthday.


I want to give a shout-out to markcars2014. His work obligations prevent him from reading Disaffected Musings daily (or from posting to his own blog often, which is linked in his “name”), but when he finds time to do so he very actively comments and “Likes” posts. Honestly, I wish more readers would “Like” posts.

WordPress, the platform that hosts this blog, has never sent me a message about number of comments or even about reaching a certain number of views. I have, however, received messages about reaching certain numbers of “Likes.” If you can without inconveniencing yourself too much, please consider “Liking” posts. Thanks.


Some facts that are ignored, but as Huxley wrote, still exist:

Between 2005 and 2016 (I couldn’t find more recent data in my brief search), US carbon dioxide emissions declined by 14% and per capita emissions declined by 21%. The data comes from this webpage.

In the same time period (and from the same source), China carbon dioxide emissions increased by 68% and per capita emissions increased by 59%. I could have picked a longer time frame and the Chinese trend would have looked even worse, but I wanted to compare apples to apples.

Too many people in this country are barking up the wrong tree. Yes, I have written about this topic and used that phrase once before. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley  Oh, I don’t think the Chinese Communists are all-knowing and I don’t think China is an ally of the US.


Somewhat related to the previous topic, from the Wikipedia article about fuel injection systems:


“Benefits of fuel injection include smoother and more consistent transient throttle response, such as during quick throttle transitions, easier cold starting, more accurate adjustment to account for extremes of ambient temperatures and changes in air pressure, more stable idling, decreased maintenance needs, and better fuel efficiency.”

“…Fuel injection generally increases engine fuel efficiency. With the improved cylinder-to-cylinder fuel distribution of multi-point fuel injection, less fuel is needed for the same power output…Exhaust emissions are cleaner because the more precise and accurate fuel metering reduces the concentration of toxic combustion byproducts leaving the engine. The more consistent and predictable composition of the exhaust makes emissions control devices such as catalytic converters more effective and easier to design.”


I do not want to own a car with a carburetor ever again. However, my feeling comes more from my own desire for efficiency than for any other reason. When I was thinking about buying a car like a 1962-64 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk or a 1963-65 Buick Riviera, one of the first things I would have done is to have an EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) conversion kit installed because I want a more reliable, better performing car than the original carburetors could have provided. Maybe somewhere down the road I will be able to buy one of those cars and have EFI installed.


See the source image

See the source image


From smclassiccars a picture of a 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk and from the Volo Auto Museum a picture of a 1963 Buick Riviera. If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.








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