After keeping the LC 500 for more than a month, my neighbor switched it up for an E400 wagon this weekend. Notice that although there is both a hood ornament and one on the grille, the one on the grille is tiny and on the top, making this work, in my opinion. The car is a nice blue that this photo does not do justice.
In the course of a long drive today, my wife and I discussed the idea of keeping my GTI for a long time. Seemed the perfect time to say, “I have been very, very, very, very seriously thinking about getting a toy car.”
In honor of the founding of the USA, please assist me with a CarFax check on a 2001 Corvette Z06, VIN 1G1YY12S015116506 - yes, if you look through my previous posts, I swore that I was going to stick with my GTI, and I will. This example may be cheap enough to fight my wife for driveway space for a toy. I’ve wanted one
Neighbor’s car that is usually under cover.
I stopped by the Poor-shuh dealer out of curiosity and found that a 718 Cayman fit well, had good visibility, but no storage space in the cabin. Did not drive one but told the salesman he was allowed to call me if he found a good used one.
I drove a 2019 ND2 MX-5 Miata while I got my wife’s Mazda3 an oil change and state inspection today. It was the Club with the Brembo package and the Recaro seats. I found a couple of good corners and it ate them up as I would expect.
While I placed third of six today, and my competitors are very, very skilled, I once again found myself looking back at the performance and realizing that I was over-driving my tires and only figuring that out on my last run. Oh well. At least I’m competitive.
Just had these posted to the local SCCA Facebook group - Apparently 4 cars with the Power Tour were stolen Saturday night/Sunday morning while in Charlotte, NC.
I resisted taking a photo of this Urus in traffic, but since it started following me I felt obliged. (I was on an off ramp, felt safe)
Rant: I really find performance trim badges annoying. “R” used to mean something for VW, “M” was a special BMW, “AMG” was definitely not a cosmetic upgrade for a Mercedes, and “ST” would not show up on a Ford SUV. Am I overreacting? And, while it annoys me, is there business risk of diluting a valuable brand, or are…
After reality seemed to set in last weekend . . . the LC 500 is back in my neighbor’s driveway this weekend.
Saturday, after doing much domestic stuff, then hanging out a bit in the afternoon, I decided to do something car related. So I went and test drove a Subaru BRZ (and also explored the inside of a new Corvette).
I sat in the new Arteon at the dealer. Definitely a ton of legroom, even with the front seat set for my 34 inch inseam. BUT, limited headroom in the rear, which should not be a surprise. I was fine, but I have a short torso.
This was my reward for public speaking at a conference in Greenville, SC, finding what is surely a Cobra replica on the street last night. Plus, bonus zombie truck.
It must be tough for my neighbor to drive the Lexus
RX350 RC350 LC500 last week, and this week be driving a Subaru Forester. Maybe he’ll get something more exciting (or at least interesting) for the holiday weekend coming up.
Autocross today was good. It was quite hot at the Michelin Proving Grounds in Laurens, South Carolina, but nice to have a very different type of course set up possible since it is so open. I may need to invest in driving gloves - or relax my grip on the steering wheel.
On Saturday I helped a friend make his ‘65 Chevelle convertible look like a car again so that he could sell it.
My neighbor works for an autobody shop that repairs salvaged vehicles. They tend to be very decent models, and he’ll drive something for a week while testing it before sale. Here is what is in his driveway this week. Lexus LC500. Nice.
Sitting in the sun on Santa Monica Pier after lunch, relaxing at the end of Route 66 until we have to go back to LAX this evening for the next flight home. Trying to stay awake after not really sleeping overnight from Japan. Wife is falling asleep, though.
Little work truck in a color scheme that I liked.