Neptune!

My wonderful wife and I were watching an episode of How The Universe Works on the Science Channel. (Sorry, I will not refer to it just as “Science.”) The episode was about the Ice Giants of the Solar System, Uranus and Neptune. As always, I was struck by the sheer appearance of Neptune.

 

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From JPL and NASA a picture of Neptune. Once again refraining from “breaking the butterfly upon a wheel” I will simply note my awe.

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As it turns out my recently purchased 2016 Z06 was not exactly treated well by its original owner. How else does one explain tires that needed to be replaced after 4,400 miles? Also, the driver side window weatherstripping/seal was all messed up creating a whooshing sound while driving. I fixed that myself. I should be able to pick the car up today (wow, you must be strong! bad joke…) and looking forward to driving it when the weather warms up. Like I keep writing, Arizona sounds better to me every day.

By the way, I really like this picture. The car looks like it’s shooting laser beams:

 

 

Note the light artifacts next to each side view mirror.

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No one from the UK has responded to my question(s) about Brexit. It’s a giant cluster f*ck in my opinion. Theresa May’s plan, the only one also approved by the EU, has been defeated three times by Parliament. The Parliament, however, cannot reach a consensus on any other plan that they might approve. The deadline for a decision is ten days away. I will ask again: can’t the EU just say, “the deadline is here and you’re out of the EU?”

Let me quickly add that I am neither for nor against the UK leaving the EU. That is the decision of the UK population. As Americans we resent interference from abroad and I will not assume I know enough to take a position. Unfortunately, I think that most Americans don’t know enough about their own country, let alone assume that they can make judgments about others.

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Speaking of the UK:

 

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From smiths-instruments.co.uk a picture of the TVR Cerbera. This car was produced from 1996 to 2003. The Cerbera was not really a refined car as it lacked ABS and traction control. However, it would fly. Unlike previous TVR cars that used engines built by other companies like Rover, the Cerbera was powered by an original TVR V-8. The larger of the two “regular” engines—as opposed to a few for a special edition—displaced 4.5 liters/273 cubic inches and produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT of torque. It was a normally aspirated engine, which makes the specific output very impressive.

In some ways the Cerbera was a British version of an American muscle car, designed more to look good and to go fast in a straight line. In two years the first Cerberas will be legal to import to the US. I won’t be doing that myself, but I really like the car.

 

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Frugal Friday, Einstein Edition

Yep, that Albert Einstein was a really smart guy. This article from physics-astronomy.org is about an “insane” test of his theory of relativity and that theory passed the test.

The test had to do with measuring gravitational redshifting as a star orbited around Sagittarius A, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. As predicted by Einstein’s theory, new measurements revealed the redshift. According to the article, this result was based on 26 years of observations.

Remember that Einstein had no computers, no calculators. Many of his theories resulted from “thought experiments,” mental exercises without the use of data, but that used deductive reasoning to reach a conclusion.

I wonder what Einstein would have thought about today’s high-tech automobiles. Maybe nothing at all.

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Speaking of high-tech automobiles, here are some more pictures of the new member of the family:

 

 

 

 

Friend and Disaffected Musings reader/commenter C/2 has named the car “The Red Rocket.” I like that name. In all honesty, in my brief time behind the wheel the most impressive feature of the car has been the brakes. The stopping power is phenomenal. Thanks to my amazing niece who helped me get the grime and gunk off the car that it accumulated during its 2-3 days on an open car carrier.

Of course this is my life, though, which means almost nothing goes completely as planned. The car has some issues, even with just 4,400 miles, so I am taking it to the nearest Chevrolet dealer next week to get those issues sorted. Fortunately the car is still under its bumper-to-bumper warranty. Even with the issues I feel very good about the decision to eschew the buying/building of a restomod C2 Corvette and buying a car like this, instead.

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OK, for Frugal Friday here’s a car that has been featured before:

 

 

From Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo (or GT) Hawk. That was the last model year of the three that this final iteration of the Hawk was offered for sale. Of course, the roots of this car go all the way back to 1953 and the revolutionary Studebaker coupes introduced that year.

The ad copy is short and the mileage is not given. Still, for a car of which only 1,767 were made that model year (only 14,789 were made in the truncated three-year run), the dealer is “only” asking $14,950. Studebaker closed its South Bend, Indiana factory in December, 1963 in the middle of 1964 model year production. After that, all Studebakers were manufactured at its Canadian plant; the GT Hawk and Avanti were discontinued.

OK, maybe I’m just a nut about these cars. OK, maybe I’m just a nut and these cars have nothing to do with it. I think this car would be an inexpensive entry into collector cars. Getting the car serviced might be difficult, though. This car just missed making my first Ultimate Garage and is still a contender for Ultimate Garage 2.0. I keep hoping that more readers will submit theirs.

 

Also from Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Rambler convertible:

 

 

Even though not mentioned in the ad this has to be a Rambler American model as that was the only one offered as a convertible that year. Of the roughly 160,000 Rambler Americans built in model year 1964 only about 9,000 were convertibles. The dealer is asking $12,595.

If you had one of these you almost certainly would have the only one within a large radius of your house.

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Throwback Thursday, Birthday Edition

Happy Birthday to my Wonderful Wife! Happy Birthday to my Sweet Sister! Yes, my wife and sister share a birthday and it’s two days after mine.

Thanks to my wonderful wife who made the greatest birthday present ever possible. That’s only fitting because she is the kindest, cutest, sweetest, most wonderful person ever!

Happy Birthday To Me!

 

 

Yes, I finally sh*t and didn’t stay on the pot. This is my new car: a 2016 Corvette Z06 in Long Beach Red Metallic over Dark Gray WITH the Z07 performance package. My thanks to Kim of Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City who tolerated my being a pain in the ass during the purchase process. My thanks to Mike who delivered the car and was very conscientious about taking care of it.

That is not a picture taken yesterday when the car was delivered. The delivery was late in the day, it was dark and the car is less than clean after being on an open car carrier for 2-3 days. This picture was sent by Kim at the dealer.

What a world! I bought a car sight unseen and without a test drive. However, the car still has four months left on its bumper-to-bumper warranty and 28 months left on the drivetrain warranty.

I am VERY excited about driving this car! Wish me luck; I promise I won’t gush about the car…too much. 🙂

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From classiccars.com a picture of a 1953 Corvette. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, 1953 was the first model year for the Corvette. Despite what Mercedes-Benz claims, the Corvette is the longest running automobile model in the world. (Mercedes-Benz claims its own SL model, that it is discontinuing, is the king of longevity because no model year 1983 Corvettes were sold. Corvettes with 1983 VINs were manufactured, but more importantly new Corvettes were sold in the 1983 calendar year. They just happened to have a 1984 model year designation.)

Only 300 Corvettes were made for the 1953 model year and, not surprisingly, the cars are quite valuable. They were all Polo White over Red and powered by a “juiced” Blue Flame inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.

It’s not really hard to comprehend the metamorphosis of the Corvette with the benefit of hindsight, but I doubt that many people in 1953 could have imagined a car like the C7 Z06. Never mind Bluetooth, satellite navigation, rear AND front cameras, airbags and the like. In 1953 the Corvette engine produced 150 HP/223 LB-FT of torque; a 2016 Z06 Corvette engine produces 650 HP/650 LB-FT.

 

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