Surly Sunday

An administrative note…instead of my usual posting in the morning Mountain Time, as we will be attending the Barrett-Jackson auction every day through next Sunday, I will probably be posting in the evening. For those of you on Eastern Time the posts will arrive fairly late in the day, maybe even after midnight.

I’m just not in a good mood today. Although my wonderful wife and I had much fun yesterday (thanks, K Squared) the reality that dreams are elusive and that life is finite is weighing heavily on me. The continuing madness of the developed world is no boon to my psyche, either. Maybe I should stop reading Why Evolution Is True. Here are some links to pieces along with their titles:


FIRE [Foundation for Individual Rights in Education] finds Syracuse University creating prohibitions against “threatening mental health”–even with a single remark. From the piece: “the school has restrictions of expression that would be illegal at public universities (Syracuse is a private school).”

Diversity training doesn’t work, ditto with microaggression training, implicit bias training or any mandatory DEI [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion] training.

Bard College begins “decolonizing” its library as Pecksniffs comb the stacks searching for bad representations of “race/ethnicity, gender, religion and ability. This story has a personal connection as my (i)ncomparable niece graduated from there, although that was more than 25 years ago.


For the nth plus nth time, NO ONE has a monopoly on truth and wisdom and neither does ANY ideology. Applying the “standards” of the early 21st century to the words and actions of people who lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is nothing but temporal and ideological arrogance of the worst order. If I had a college-age child and they had the combination of attributes that would, theoretically, make attending college a good fit, I don’t know if there’s any institution I would want them to attend.


This Hagerty piece is a list of 10 cars that can now be imported to the US under the 25-year rule. Although I can’t say that any of the listed vehicles excite me (a Renault Kangoo van?, NFW), the article does make me think of a car that actually could have first been imported last year, the TVR Cerbera:


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While the car was only available with a manual transmission and was missing features like traction control (sounds like the British version of the Dodge Viper, doesn’t it?), something about the car–besides the styling–just grabs me.

From the Wikipedia article about the Cerbera:


“Prior to the Cerbera, TVR had purchased V8 engines from Rover and then tuned them for their own use. When Rover was purchased by BMW, Peter Wheeler [owner of TVR at the time] did not want to risk supply chain problems should the Germans decide to stop manufacturing the engine. In response, he engaged the services of race engineer Al Melling to design a V8 engine that TVR could manufacture in-house and even potentially offer for sale to other car-makers. In an interview for the television programme Top Gear, Wheeler explained ‘Basically, we designed the engine as a race engine. It was my idea at the time that if we wanted to expand, we ought to make something that we could sell to other people. We’ve ended up with a 75-degree V8 with a flat-plane crank. The bottom-half of the engine to the heads is exactly as you would see in current Formula One engines.'”


The original V-8 Cerbera engine, which was naturally aspirated, produced 360 HP/320 LB-FT of torque with a displacement of 4.2 liters/255 cubic inches. The 4.5 liter version (273 cubic inches) produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT in standard spec and 440 HP/402 LB-FT in “Red Rose” tune. As the car only weighs about 2,400 pounds, the power to weight ratio makes the Cerbera very fast, like 0-60 MPH in four seconds fast.

Only about 1,500 Cerberas were produced during its run from 1996 to 2006. Once again, I must rail at the lunacy of my not being legally allowed to own a car like this, one deemed safe enough to drive in the UK which is not exactly a third-world country, here in the US until it’s 25 years old. I won’t show another picture of the current Alpine A110, but that is a car I might want to buy and is a car many American car enthusiasts would at least want to test-drive. No, no, no say the bureaucrats. Shaking my head…


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In Or Out? 10

First…I had another dream in which I began a journey in a car, but did not finish it in one. I dreamt I was on a frantic trip to get from Point A to Point B, for reasons lost forever to dreamland. The road had many steep hills and sharp drops. At one point, the car warned me not to travel on a certain road, not because of road or weather conditions, but because of “political” reasons! I had intended to ignore the warning, but before I ever reached that road I found myself making the journey on foot as my car had just disappeared. I wasn’t even particularly surprised by the disappearance, just determined to reach my destination. However, I woke up before I finished my journey or reached the road I was supposed to avoid. WTF?!


For this edition of In Or Out? I am waiving the five-vote minimum. The car shown and discussed today is one that is not likely to be familiar to most of you.

This car was featured on an Edd China episode of Wheeler Dealers as well as the newer, but less than scintillating spinoff, Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car. Beginning next year, it will be legal to import the first model year of this car into the US as production began in 1996. I present the TVR Cerbera:


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From Parkers of the UK a picture of the TVR Cerbera. TVR was founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson (whose name was used to name the company) and Jack Pickard. Yes, it is a British car.

The company history is littered with liquidations and ownership changes. If you want to know more, you can read this. The Cerbera was significant in TVR history since it was the first car made by the company that:

1) Was not a convertible

2) Had four seats, all previous TVR models were two-seaters

3) Had an engine developed and manufactured by TVR

The Cerbera did not have traction control or ABS. It was also an extremely light car, especially given the power of the engine. The Wikipedia article about the Cerbera states that at some point in production the cars were available with an inline six-cylinder engine, but I had always heard that the cars were only available with TVR’s own flat-plane crank V-8. The final iteration of that V-8 (not including the “special” Speed Eight Red Rose) displaced 4.5 liters/273 cubic inches and produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT of torque without forced induction. The Cerbera only weighed about 2,600 pounds and with the most powerful engine could accelerate from 0-60 MPH in well under 4 seconds and, supposedly, be capable of speeds approaching 190 MPH.

I really like the “wild” styling of these cars. They have a chopped look about them that is not excessive, in my opinion. Like virtually everything else, I think balance is the essence of successful automotive styling.

The Cerbera was manufactured from 1996 to 2003. Foreign cars can be imported into the US without having to meet DOT regulations as long as it has been at least 25 years since they were built. The actual number of Cerberas produced is unclear, but is not likely to have exceeded 2,000 and may be as few as 1,100.

OK, good people…the TVR Cerbera, In Or Out? Oh, the name Cerbera was derived from Cerberus, the three-headed monster of Greek mythology that guarded the entrance to Hades.







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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.



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


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.


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.


Speaking of the UK:


From 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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