Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Nasty Little Car!

This car is just like the small toy HotWheels version
Except that it actually runs.
And it is very very fast.
And it is very very loud.
With a Big Block Chevy 502 motor and SuperCharger,BF-Goodrich G-Force P215/60R14 tires in the frontand a single Sumitoma HTRZ II 285/35ZR18 tire in the rear,it will smoke any other microcar out there.
It uses Premium 93 Octane Fuel
Yes, there is a switch to make it throw flames out about 4 feet on each side
Manufacturers:Body by Bayerische Motoren Werke, Munich, GermanyEverything else done by The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum.

Yeah, I know it's not car related, sorry!

We need a national "Stupid" insurance. In the light of the recent mountain top rescues, both successful and unsuccessful, I propose a new insurance requirement.

Since it is so expensive to go a fetch this outdoor twits, I suggest that an insurance requirement similar to malpractice insurance, so that when they must be rescued, the rescue organizations will be reimbursed for their out of pocket costs.

Excuse me if I feel that some lame brained idiot decides to go in harms way and expects the public to pay the consequences. Don't you feel this is a bit out of whack?

I know this type of insurance might be expensive, but if you can't pay, don't go, or at least don't expect the public to pay for your rescue! Also these assholes who feel that carrying an electronic locater with them is violating their space or their outdoor isolation rights, then there should be no rescue when they go missing! All outdoor nuts going in harms way should have to file a climbing plan similar to a flight plan so that in the event someone can be found, other than tax payers to foot the rescue bill, then the rescuing parties would have a general idea where to look.

'Scuse me for being so insensitive, but gimme a break, the public should be as irate as I am, because there is apparently there is no end to the whacko's that go in harm's way, so it's about time someone said something!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Barn Finds - All Over The World?

"So, this guy buys a house on a plot of land in Portugal. This property has been vacant for 15 years. He moves in and goes off to explore his new property. He finds a locked barn on the property. He breaks in and finds dozens of classic cars in pretty good condition."

The above quote, came from an unknown source, and although I am not above swiping the ocassional news item from parts unkown, this particular item has been all over the Internet for the past couple of weeks, so I am only repeating what is common knowledge.

Barn finds, are a particular interest of mine. I have traveled a lot and in my travels I keep my eyes open for the odd car in the weeds and I give locals the third degree about local stored vehicles. I do so, because this turns up an ocassional classic for sale, but every now and then I find "Barn Finds"! For instance, one time in Iowa, the locals directed my attention to a retired printer who collected antiques. He, it turns out, had close to 150 classic vehicles stored in every vacant building in this dying farm town. Most were unrestored classics, but some were daily drivers when they were parked. None of which he would part with for decent prices, he was an Old Cars Price Guide person and wanted top dollar for everything, restored or not.

No I don't remeber which town it was, just that it was in Iowa.

I just mentioned it here to make the point that it can pay to keep your eyes peeled for classics, no matter where you are!

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