Sunday Supplement

I had no intention of posting twice today, but had to share this excerpt from this article:

 

“All around us, the automakers around the world are engaged in a humiliating retreat the likes of which we haven’t seen since, uh, August of this year in Afghanistan. In this case, however, there’s no Taliban rushing forward to take pictures with swimming pools and Blackhawk helicopters. Rather, the manufacturers are rushing to kneel before the “EV,” a device which has yet to prove itself more than a toy for rich people and city dwellers. There is no clear pathway to a national EV infrastructure, nor is it clear just where the materials for all of the batteries will be sourced. In any event, the vast majority of the batteries and electric motors will come from China, so this spectacular act of cowardice isn’t just stupid, it’s also suicidal. Should the people who are “on the right side of history” have their way, tomorrow’s automotive market will have the worst of all worlds: Cars will be cheaply built from ecologically catastrophic materials by slave labor in a manner calculated to primarily benefit a Communist dictatorship, but they’ll also be massively expensive and about as long-lived as a BIRD scooter. Good times ahead, I tell you. [Emphasis mine]

This slouching towards a particularly moronic take on Gomorrah could be stopped in a heartbeat if the automakers were helmed by people with courage, vision, and a willingness to work together. They could declare, as a group, that they have no interest in fulfilling any EV mandates, whether state-based or national, and that any governmental entity that published such a mandate would have to figure out a way to keep going on the cars they have now, like Cuba in 2010. We’ve seen this coordinated behavior out of American corporations for any number of social-justice goals in the past few years—but they won’t do it to ensure their own survival. More precisely, they won’t do it to ensure the survival of their employees, because it’s obvious that all the CEOs will receive a golden handshake on the way out the door of whatever EV-policy has to be unwound by their successors once the realities of supply and demand set in. To wit: There’s not enough supply of the batteries, and there’s statistically zero demand for the cars.”

 

For the nth plus nth time, blind adherence to ANY ideology is a path to disaster. Smug, self-righteous and arrogant people do not have the answers.

 

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My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have offered good wishes to my wonderful wife, who also appreciates all the good wishes. She will be having major surgery on Friday the 10th.

While her doctor is saying all of the right things now, until you know you don’t know. I guess I’m channeling my inner Yogi Berra. I also think writing the blog is a good distraction from the bad distraction.

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My brain, or what’s left of it, is still offering strange dreams. Early this morning I dreamt I was in a checkout line in a grocery store. I was having much difficulty remembering what had been rung up and what had not. To add to the confusion, a cashier change occurred while I was in line getting checked out.

When I finally finished I realized that two eggs had somehow escaped from the carton and been broken in the cart. The only comment made by onlookers was, “Gee, I didn’t know you could buy six eggs instead of a dozen.”

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Congratulations to the college football teams of Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati for being named to the College Football Playoff (CFP). Don’t ask me why, but I really wanted Cincinnati to make the playoff. They are the first team from a non Power 5 conference to earn a berth in the CFP, which was instituted in 2014. Discussions are currently underway to devise a playoff system with more than four teams, but–not surprisingly–reaching an agreement has been difficult.

I am not surprised that Alabama was seeded Number One as I don’t think the committee wanted an Alabama-Georgia rematch in the semifinals. Georgia was seeded third and would have played Alabama right away if they had been seeded second. The two teams played yesterday in the SEC Championship with Alabama winning easily over previously undefeated Georgia. I have no idea who’s going to win and don’t really care; I am just hoping for three good games. Besides, any year when Notre Dame doesn’t get in is a good year for me. As I have written before, I have probably watched more college football this season than in the previous ten seasons combined.

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In the nearly four years that I have been writing this blog I have noticed that on Sundays during the NFL season, the number of views/visitors is lower than on every other day of the week. Even though these football fans don’t submit comments they must be reading the blog Monday through Saturday.

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Although my Small Car Saturday feature was a bust, I still have an interest in small cars. I am thinking about showing interesting cars with a wheelbase under 100 inches. Something like this would qualify:

 

 

This is a 1965 Corvette restomod, which was probably my favorite car at the Mecum auction in Arizona in March of 2020. If it still has the stock chassis (I don’t remember), then the wheelbase is 98 inches.

The first few times I was near a C2 Corvette I was surprised at just how small the car seems to be. A C7 Corvette has a wheelbase about 9 inches longer than a C2 although overall length is about 3 inches longer.

Anyway, in this post from earlier this year in which I showed “odd” cars I realized that all of them were on the small side. I guess I must like small cars and this is my blog. I’m not sure if I will make such posts a regular feature with its own title or whether I will just show them from time to time. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

 

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I cannot comprehend how anyone can support the “Palestinians” after reading the truth about them. Oh, actually I can; it’s called hateful, ignorant anti-Semitism.

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The fountain in Fountain Hills, Arizona, driven by three 600 horsepower turbine pumps, sprays water at a rate of 7,000 gallons per minute through an 18-inch nozzle. With all three pumps under ideal conditions, the fountain reaches 560 feet in height, though in normal operation only two of the pumps are used, with a fountain height of about 300 feet. When built it was the world’s tallest fountain, a record it held for over a decade.

Although we only saw it run for about three minutes, we were finally successful in seeing it in operation. We had driven to Fountain Hills a couple of times previously and arrived during its scheduled time of operation, but it was not in service. By the way, almost no one else was watching the fountain when we were there yesterday.

We came very close to buying a home in Fountain Hills. I think it’s very likely the house we did buy has appreciated more rapidly than the one we didn’t. Of course, unless we’re going to downsize and move to a place where the real estate market isn’t as hot, then the increase in our house’s value, and our equity, is not really relevant.

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The WordPress editor is, once again, acting up today. Among other things, that makes it difficult to format text and to add media–like pictures–the longer the post gets. I have quite a few photos I would like to share, but will have to save many of them for a day when the editor is more cooperative.

 

 

My wonderful wife and I attended the Pavilions auto show yesterday and, once again, it was sparsely attended. Perhaps it was the light, intermittent rain or the fact that many of the “snowbirds” have left the area. Maybe it’s because the word isn’t out that the show has resumed.

Anyway…this is a restomod 1954 Hudson Metropolitan. The car was basically hand-built by its owner. It has a supercharged small-block Chevy engine and a 700 R4 automatic transmission.

 

 

This is a 1967 AMC Ambassador. Of course, I always enjoy seeing cars from defunct American makes.

 

 

Did I mention that the house we almost bought in Fountain Hills had a 360° view of mountains? We have a nice view now, but it’s not 360°. Oh well…

 

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As I get older, my inhibitions diminish. Yesterday, walking from my car to the supermarket I passed another C7 Z06 in the parking lot. I noticed the driver was in the car, but the ignition was off. Ten years ago I would have never done this–and certainly not in the mid-Atlantic–but I knocked on the drivers side window. The driver rolled down the window and I pointed to the Z06 logo on the shirt I was wearing. Turns out Mike is a very successful businessman who has owned a lot of nice cars.

Our conversation only lasted about five minutes, but he invited me and my wonderful wife (I told him she also has a Corvette) to a little Corvette gathering. That gathering was this morning and below are some pictures. Oh, I am really disappointed that in the last 2-3 days almost all of my readers have disappeared and no one is commenting. If I had been writing a blog ten years ago I probably wouldn’t have mentioned that, either.

 

 

I don’t know if you can tell, it wasn’t easy trying to get all eight cars in the picture, but that is one of every Corvette generation. The C5 pictured might have been the only one at the event. Lots of C7s and C8s, though, and more C1s and C2s than I have seen in awhile.

 

 

This 1954 Corvette is owned by a nice man named Frank, originally from New York, who has owned the car for 30 years. In his book, 1001 Corvette Facts, Steve Magnante broke the C1 generation into two chapters. The first for 1953-55 and the second for 1956-62. Here is what I sometimes call a C1B Corvette, I think from 1957:

 

 

The cars are different enough in appearance to be called C1A and C1B, in my opinion, even though they shared the same chassis.

I guess I didn’t take as many photos as I thought and some of the ones I took are not usable here for many reasons. A tangent…I don’t know how the readers who don’t comment feel about the non-automotive content. In these times of turmoil and polarization I don’t know if such content is an asset or a liability. I feel strongly about some issues, such as Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks (like, duh, that’s the right of every sovereign country), but I don’t know how much the “silent” readers want to read my take on non-automotive issues. Yes, it’s my blog and I can write what I want, but I don’t want to write in a vacuum.

Not that I don’t want to read comments by those who regularly submit them, but I would like to read comments from those who read and have never commented. Thanks.

 

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I thought this pair of comments by Steve Dallas and me were worth putting into a post:

Steve Dallas:

How about Christianity morphing out of Judaism? Everyone seems to forget Judaism is by far one of the oldest religions, if not THE oldest religion. It is an ugly time in the World regarding anti-semitism. And totally agree with your sentiments!

As for buy versus build, it is a trade-off as in anything. Buying a built car will always be cheaper. Nowadays, wheels are not very expensive so that issue is not an issue at all. Paint gets expensive but one could always “wrap” a vehicle for the same effect and at a fraction of the cost! Going with a “wrap” can offer many more color combinations and result in a pretty cool effect.

Guess, like I tell clients/friends…..what do you plan on doing with the car? The more power one installs the less reliability you will achieve in the long run. If all you want is the fun, cool driver, buy one close to what you want then make the changes and be happy till you find whatever HP you have is NEVER enough, you really wanted a manual tranny, not a slushbox or whatever the next build becomes.

Honestly, to build a righteous vehicle requires a lot of many hours, prep work and cash! Lots and lots of cash. You put something together and find it either wont work the way you thought or find something later that looks and/or performs better. No, today’s auction pricing has stabilized and maybe even dropped a bit as the times change and fresh younger buyers emerge. Look at Mecum-IL, prices were very reasonable and some nicely built resto’s were had for a fraction of their build cost. That will always be true of any vehicle one builds for love….what you like may not appeal to the next buyer(s).

And auctions like Mecum, BJ and such have limited times for so many cars to run across the block. They pick and choose what will sell in their minds as its all about the “numbers” and bragging rights (beyond the obvious money-making). How about an “auction house” set-up to mimic the street-corner car sale? Sell what ya brung….in a massive warehouse setting with online viewing and sales along with weekend auctions? LOL (sorry for rambling)

 

Me:

Steve, please don’t apologize. I very much appreciate the thoughtful comment and all of your thoughtful comments. If you ever want to write a guest post, that would be great. That offer is extended to all regular readers. I have posted 27 days in a row and wouldn’t mind a break soon.

It is highly unlikely that my restomod will ever be on the track. I can’t really afford a ridiculous HP build (1,000+) and I think 550-600 HP is plenty for the street. I want a modern, reliable car with power, handling and comfort. I disagree with calling modern automatic transmissions slushboxes, though. My wonderful wife’s 2015 Corvette has the 8L90E and its shifts are amazingly quick, not to mention much more precise than almost any human being could manage.

Like you wrote, more horsepower means less reliability. Another tradeoff like every other life decision. I don’t really want to put in writing how much I expect to spend on the restomod build, including the donor car. Besides, I won’t really know until I do it. I am going into this with my eyes wide open; I know this will be, by far, the most expensive car I will ever buy barring a huge lottery win.

Thanks again and I appreciate your expert view.

 

By the way, it’s amazing how the number of views/visitors doesn’t change on Sunday from 1 PM-7 PM Eastern during football season.

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