Not the cherry blossoms, which are out in full force. I’m rebuilding the brake calipers on the e30. Track season is coming.
Dave Hord and Warwick Patterson have opened entries for the 2012 edition of the Spring Thaw classic car tour. Last year, my friend Adam and I originally planned on doing it in his ’76 Leyland Mini 1000. Some needed rust repairs just couldn’t happen in time for the event, so we packed up my ’84 BMW 520i and hit the road.
This year, the mini is much farther along, and we’re doing it again. Can’t wait.
For some reason, the comments seem to be broken. Working on it.
Update: switched to wordpress. sigh of relief.
I love seeing vintage cars in daily use on the streets of Seattle. So it’s not unusual to see an MGB like this one in my neighborhood.
What is unusual is that it has no top. Ever.
it’s been a long time since I posted. Fortunately there’s been lots of interesting activity to report. More soon.
Buried in work, but I’ll quickly post two images from last week. Fun time.
Ahem. If there are any of you still out there, a quick note to apologize for the extended downtime; a change of web hosts and other projects made it stretch on for far longer than I had anticipated. I have a big backlog of posts to write about… stay tuned.
With gas prices once again reaching inflation-adjusted prices not seen since the 1970s, many people want to know if the cost of gasoline is actually affecting the way most people decide how to spend their money.
Having driven more eight thousand long-distance miles between the northeast, midwest, and southeast over the past 5 months, I’ve frequently observed that some of the fastest-moving vehicles on the road are unladen Ford F250 pickups. Now, the F-250 is an everyman kind of truck. It’s no accident that George W. Bush drives one to pick up foreign dignitaries visiting his Texas ranch. These are the people driving consumer spending behavior in this country; for proof, go to any Home Depot in the southeast on a Saturday morning.
On a good day, these capable, powerful trucks can achieve around 17mpg on the highway. Not when they’re going 90, though. The F-250 is shaped roughly like a big brick, and as you push them through the air faster, you start to burn exponentially more gas.
In theory, those lousy aerodynamics should make their drivers extra-sensitive to changes in the gas price. So in the spirit of the Economist magazine’s Big Mac Index, I’d like to propose an F-250 index. Just take a statistically valid sampling of the number of F-250s on the highway, and the speed that they’re traveling. If it stays the same, you could conclude that energy prices aren’t really affecting how people behave. If either number declines, there’s a good chance that people are feeling the pinch.
Preparation of the Dart for the BABE rally is well underway. Check out our progress over at the Rallydart blog.