May 31, 2014

Saturday Car Thread 5/31/14 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
— Open Blogger

Welcome to the potluck edition of the Saturday Car Thread.


I can't remember if I've posted this before, so pardon, please, if it's a duplicate:

Someone in SF is exposing the wild 'Truth' about #Tesla, and it includes 'anal itching'.

Yes, friends, all this and more is explained (somewhat) in a small-font pamphlet that Block found, photographed and put up on Twitter yesterday. According to Block, the flyers have been distributed around San Francisco, being left anonymously on the windshields of parked Teslas. We can't quite follow all of the logic thrown together here, but it appears that someone is mad at the electric vehicle manufacturer for its ties to the government, Google and the media.

Then there's this: "Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk." We don't know if Tesla drivers are as extreme as all that, but there was at least one Model S driver who was recently spotted doing some odd moves in and out of his sunroof (see video below). Did we mention that Model S seats are known to cause "anal itching"? Maybe it's all part of the conspiracy.

I'd say the video at the link tends to support those claims. It's possibly NSFW so I can't put it up here.


Moronette, Phoenix Girl, has a riddle for you:

What does 0-60mph in 5 seconds and can carry your paints and ladders?


A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Myrtle Beach SC. (Oh the horror!) and found myself smack-dab in the middle of Bike Week. Which, actually, was pretty cool. It turns out that the bikers classed-up the place just a bit.

There were more beautiful and interesting bikes and cars there than one could shake a stick at, yet I failed to capture most. Some jackass stole my beloved Panasonic FZ8 camera from my truck several months ago and I've yet to replace it. Thus, what follows, are the few cars and bikes that I could capture at close distance on my I-Phone.

I saw lots of these bikes with the really big front wheel.


This Monster Energy Drink truck was massive.


Is this green a standard color offering for Chevy?


The Scorpion


The latest in soccer wagons.


Then, there was this Caddy, which literally stopped me in my tracks. The photos do not do it justice. The paint job was exquisite.


A couple of tidbits from the best automotive tweeps in the biz: Automotive News.

25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Sells Out In 10 Minutes


The Top 10 Safest, Most Fuel Efficient Cars


Ugh. Audi revising own history in light of shocking study of Nazi-era activities


Now, for the only reason you come here:


Who, BTW, (as if we didn't already know) is a really nice guy. I found this old article, from 2008, when he auctioned off a number of his classic cars and bikes for charity.


I have no idea whether this gal has a charitable bone in her body, but I'm betting you couldn't care less:


Please feel free to send any complaints or commendations to me at Twitter: Nied's Dead Horse.

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1 First!

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:11 AM (N/cFh)

2 Second!

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:12 AM (N/cFh)

3 This is boring. Pretty Caddy, Nied's. I. Remember you tweeting that picture.

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:12 AM (N/cFh)

4 but I'm betting you couldn't care less --- nope. full stunned mullet face. those legs go all the way up to...

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:12 AM (x3YFz)

5 Bruce Willis with a goatee is surprisingly hot.

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:13 AM (N/cFh)

6 An Italian El Camino.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 09:14 AM (QupBk)

7 Bruce Willis with a goatee is surprisingly hot. *** I've yet to come across a not-hot version of Bruce Willis.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:14 AM (DmNpO)

8 I avoid Myrtle Beach during bike week.  Especially the one that has memorial day in it.  That one is Black Bike Week and the town turns to shit.  A lot of the shops there close that week.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at May 31, 2014 09:14 AM (T2V/1)

9 The 30" front wheel fad on bikes has to be the most infantile thing I've ever seen, next to Obama.

Posted by: Dick (@DicksTrash) at May 31, 2014 09:14 AM (GrtrJ)

10 7 Bruce Willis with a goatee is surprisingly hot. *** I've yet to come across a not-hot version of Bruce Willis. Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:14 PM (DmNpO) --- Agreed. I wonder if he likes college girls.

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:15 AM (N/cFh)

11 The 30" front wheel fad on bikes has to be the most infantile thing I've ever seen, next to Obama. **** Ahem. Ape-hangers.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:15 AM (DmNpO)

12 How about the graduation ceremony? How did it go?!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:16 AM (DmNpO)

13 I avoid Myrtle Beach during bike week. Especially the one that has memorial day in it. That one is Black Bike Week and the town turns to shit. A lot of the shops there close that week. *** IIRC, three people were killed there last week.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:16 AM (DmNpO)

14 Ahem. Ape-hangers. Different strokes I guess. I like Ape-hangers. It doesn't look like a chopper without them.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 09:16 AM (QupBk)

15 "Ahem.

Ape-hangers."

Ya got me there.

Posted by: Dick (@DicksTrash) at May 31, 2014 09:16 AM (GrtrJ)

16 Zed's dead.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 09:17 AM (QupBk)

17 12 How about the graduation ceremony? How did it go?! Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:16 PM (DmNpO) --- I left with a really expensive piece of paper with the words "Cum Laude" on it. I think that might be a directive...?

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:17 AM (N/cFh)

18 I left with a really expensive piece of paper with the words "Cum Laude" on it. I think that might be a directive...? **** LOLOLOL!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:18 AM (DmNpO)

19 Bruce is good people. Great actor, good man. Thatisall.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:18 AM (x3YFz)

20 13  IIRC, three people were killed there last week.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:16 PM (DmNpO)


Yeah, blacks shooting each other.  I linked to the article.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at May 31, 2014 09:18 AM (T2V/1)

21 I left with a really expensive piece of paper with the words "Cum Laude" on it. I think that might be a directive...? **** LOLOLOL! Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:18 PM (DmNpO) hah! have one as well. Go ye thereforth and cum laude! (I'm a screamer)

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:19 AM (x3YFz)

22 Bruce is good people. Great actor, good man. There is something humanizing in the fact that no sooner did he catch his break and become a big star then he started losing his hair.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 09:21 AM (QupBk)

23 There is something humanizing in the fact that no sooner did he catch his break and become a big star then he started losing his hair. Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 02:21 PM (QupBk) ...and didn't lose a step.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:22 AM (x3YFz)

24 Aussie pro golfer was doing a ute conversion on an E39 M5, think he finished it but I don't recall...sure the thread over on m5board.com is still there somewhere.

If you gotta haul ass then I'd suggest a Mercedes R63, seven seats and 507HP.  It was, shall we say, not a big seller, the total number sold in the US was apparently somewhere under 100.  There's a silver one here in the neighborhood, and I think there might be a black one in town too.

Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 09:22 AM (o+SC1)

25 I and Mrs. JustDave went to see the Gilmore Car Museum near Hickory Corners, MI ("cultural center of the Universe").. Saw a LOT of neat old cars, including a 1937 ('38?) Mercedes convertible that would make a FINE staff car for Alextopia - a steal at $11.7 million ish..
The place is well worth the drive and admission... Neat old Hudsons, Rolls Royces, etc.. and a collection of Street rods.

The Chrysler turbine car was also intriguing - exhaust would definitely discourage tailgaters..:-)


Posted by: JustDave in GR at May 31, 2014 09:22 AM (Wdzoj)

26 A neighbor across the street is having some kind of mini carmeet. Half a dozen or so old hot rods parked out back. Maybe I can snag a few pics. He has his Cutlass out front, all shine up. Big 22" wheels & rubber band tires & all.

Posted by: shredded chi at May 31, 2014 09:23 AM (iTezU)

27 Angry man with rock vs. Lamborghini speeding thru residential area:
 
http://tinyurl.com/nzwg2sr
 
(Daily Mail) Rock wins.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 31, 2014 09:24 AM (cHZB7)

28 Mazel tov, Gingy!

Posted by: speedster1 on the iPad at May 31, 2014 09:24 AM (noB3y)

29 hah! have one as well. Go ye thereforth and cum laude! (I'm a screamer) Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 02:19 PM (x3YFz) Hell I sound like the third act of Macbeth.

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at May 31, 2014 09:24 AM (R8hU8)

30 you guys saw the google cars that have no steering wheels, gas or break pedal? Yeah. Not Fucking Happening.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:24 AM (x3YFz)

31 "Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk."

Completely not caring about any of that.

What causes jets of live steam to come out my ears is that the gooberment has mandated ordinary Joes and Janes buying ordinary cars to pay more for those cars, in order to lavishly subsidize the price of these costly electric statusmobiles, bought and driven by elite prats who earn more than Joe or Jane ever will.

Didn't the Left tell us that "corporate welfare" was an evil thing?

Fen's Law, your all purpose guide, knows all and explains all.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 31, 2014 09:25 AM (noWW6)

32
   Apparently there will be a minor resto for me to assist in this summer.

   Guy has a 64  Chrysler 300 that needs some refreshing and I get to do the engine reseal and check over.  Nothing involved, but it will be coming out.

   Love the big block Mopars.  This one is a 413, 375 horse version.

Posted by: irongrampa at May 31, 2014 09:25 AM (SAMxH)

33 Hell I sound like the third act of Macbeth. Posted by: Velvet Ambition at May 31, 2014 02:24 PM (R8hU why not, right!?

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:25 AM (x3YFz)

34 21 hah! have one as well. Go ye thereforth and cum laude! (I'm a screamer) Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 02:19 PM (x3YFz) --- I think I'll defer to my lovely husband to answer this on my behalf (if he so chooses). Are you still teaching, tango?

Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 09:26 AM (N/cFh)

35 And speaking of Australian cars, went and looked at a Chevy SS last night.

I could live with that. 

Holden went fat on the A-pillars on their most recent Commodores, but at least the hoodline and beltline are down at normal-car levels, it doesn't look like a bathtub with a little box on top like so many recent products.

Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 09:26 AM (o+SC1)

36 Posted by: torquewrench at May 31, 2014 02:25 PM (noWW6) T's Law #8: always have a vehicle you can repair yourself.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:27 AM (x3YFz)

37 Angry man with rock vs. Lamborghini speeding thru residential area: http://tinyurl.com/nzwg2sr (Daily Mail) Rock wins. *** The jackass in the car must have been through there a few times for the man to have been prepared for him.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:29 AM (DmNpO)

38 Are you still teaching, tango? Posted by: Gingy @GingyNorth at May 31, 2014 02:26 PM (N/cFh) I may have told my department chair to go fuck a shovel, so... not really? lol.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:29 AM (x3YFz)

39 you guys saw the google cars that have no steering wheels, gas or break pedal? Yeah. Not Fucking Happening. *** that's a Stephen King novel waiting to happen.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:30 AM (DmNpO)

40 >>Bruce Willis with a goatee is surprisingly hot. *** I've yet to come across a not-hot version of Bruce Willis. - - - Is it wrong that I found the younger Bruce not as hot? Moonlighting Bruce was not nearly as hot as Die Hard or Red Bruce is.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2014 09:32 AM (yCMP5)

41 So then magna cum laude would be a volcano losing it's cherry?
 
And summa cum laude describes a fat Japanese wrestler experiencing much joy.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 31, 2014 09:32 AM (cHZB7)

42 Neighbor is out revving his hog right now. He has new straight pipes- yay lucky us. He's in the sound=power crowd or, in other words, a big fat douchebag.

Yes, he dresses like a pirate when he rides.

Posted by: effit at May 31, 2014 09:33 AM (qURnz)

43 Yes, he dresses like a pirate when he rides. Posted by: effit at May 31, 2014 02:33 PM (qURnz) A lot to be said for that.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:35 AM (x3YFz)

44 The green on that Camaro was a factory color. I think it went away starting with the 2013 model year.

Posted by: Top.Man. at May 31, 2014 09:35 AM (CYR3N)

45 In 1990 I was newly divorced cash was tight, no kids, it was like the Miata was made for me. I put 235K miles on it.

Posted by: Tmitsss at May 31, 2014 09:35 AM (SKAht)

46 37 >> The jackass in the car must have been through there a few times for the man to have been prepared for him.
 
That was my guess as well, NDH.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 31, 2014 09:35 AM (cHZB7)

47 Were I to gift Bergdahl an auto upon his return home, I'd choose from the classic American muscle cars pre-computerized electronics. Whichever has the best traction and handling. (AP) Via prisoner exchanges, Obama finalized plans to pull nearly all American forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been held prisoner since June 30, 2009 by the Taliban affiliate Haqqani network (Afghan/Paki border mountains). For two years, the US State Dept. waited until 2011 to designate the Haqqani a terrorist organization. Three more years later, Bergdahl was released May 31 2014 in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay terrorist prisoners release. Obama says he isn't leaving anyone behind. Careful, Sgt. Bergdahl.

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 31, 2014 09:36 AM (gmrH5)

48 Is it wrong that I found the younger Bruce not as hot? Moonlighting Bruce was not nearly as hot as Die Hard or Red Bruce is. *** Not at all. I agree. There are some men and women who grow more beautiful with age. Paul Newman was one. As are Raquel Welch and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:36 AM (DmNpO)

49 So then magna cum laude would be a volcano losing it's cherry? And summa cum laude describes a fat Japanese wrestler experiencing much joy. Posted by: GnuBreed at May 31, 2014 02:32 PM (cHZB7) I think mine was suma cum laude (no one actually gives a shit). translates from the original latin to a def leppard song title, I think.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:37 AM (x3YFz)

50 >>that's a Stephen King novel waiting to happen There was just a "Silicone Valley" episode where one of the characters got a ride home in a tech CEO's driverless car. It modifies its destination mid-trip -and he can't stop it/get out/redirect it - so he ends up in a shipping container headed for some island. No thanks.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2014 09:37 AM (yCMP5)

51 The green on that Camaro was a factory color. I think it went away starting with the 2013 model year. *** I can't imagine there was much demand for it.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:37 AM (DmNpO)

52 Well, I really do need to go out and take care of the lawn now. I missed the car thread last week and I guess I'll miss it again this week. The problem is that I really need to start looking for another car, and I don't have the first clue how to start. I haven't bought a car in 15 years. Ideally, I'd like it to be as close as possible to the 1991 Toyota Corolla station wagon I currently have, but which is dissolving from rust. I'd appreciate any suggestions. I'll come back and check the thread later.

Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 09:37 AM (sdi6R)

53 There was just a "Silicone Valley" episode where one of the characters got a ride home in a tech CEO's driverless car. It modifies its destination mid-trip -and he can't stop it/get out/redirect it - so he ends up in a shipping container headed for some island. No thanks. **** I changed my cable package and gave up HBO then immediately realized I wouldn't be able to get Silicon Valley, which I really like.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:39 AM (DmNpO)

54 I think the green was offered in 2010 for a Special Addition Camaro. A friend of mine has one that color. The name is Synergy Green.

Posted by: no good deed at May 31, 2014 09:39 AM (ILBCY)

55 Yes, he dresses like a pirate when he rides. **** heh

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:40 AM (DmNpO)

56 Ugh, I meant Edition.

Posted by: no good deed at May 31, 2014 09:40 AM (ILBCY)

57 Caddilac. Sweet, when GM was an American icon. My last GM (396 Chevelle) was 1970. Don't miss them. Or Chrysler. Caveat-  I do have a 63 Valiant.

Posted by: Erowmero at May 31, 2014 09:40 AM (go5uR)

58 I haven't had HBO for years, but I caught that one episode while at a hotel. I'll have to wait for the dvds/streaming to see the rest. Glad Mike Judge has a new project.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2014 09:41 AM (yCMP5)

59 Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 02:37 PM (sdi6R) Same here. Our newest car is a 10 year old Cavalier with 150,000 miles. Other car is a venture minivan. I really like it but it's 15 years old and they don't make much in the way of minivans anymore (most of which weren't that well made to start with). Dreading having to find new vehicles.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 31, 2014 09:41 AM (GDulk)

60 I think the green was offered in 2010 for a Special Addition Camaro. A friend of mine has one that color. The name is Synergy Green. *** IIRC, there's something like 50k bing hits relating to the doucheyness of the word "synergy". Your friend isn't a douche, is he?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:41 AM (DmNpO)

61 FTR I have never driven a Tesla in the State of California.

Posted by: Tmitsss at May 31, 2014 09:41 AM (SKAht)

62 There are some men and women who grow more beautiful with age. Paul Newman was one. As are Raquel Welch and Michelle Pfeiffer. Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:36 PM (DmNpO) It's a weird world. People who were hot at 18/20/22 look like hammered shit at 40. The blend-into-the-background types? sexy at 40.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:42 AM (x3YFz)

63 Your friend isn't a douche, is he? She just really likes green. You sure won't have to worry about losing it in the parking lot.

Posted by: no good deed at May 31, 2014 09:44 AM (ILBCY)

64 It's a weird world. People who were hot at 18/20/22 look like hammered shit at 40. The blend-into-the-background types? sexy at 40. *** that does seem to be the case, doesn't it?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:44 AM (DmNpO)

65 Old ladies almost always tell me I look like Bing Crosby, once in a while Paul Newman, but that's just because of my eyes, which occasionally look blue. it's been happening for decades. My mother-in-law says it's proof I'll age well.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 31, 2014 09:44 AM (ZshNr)

66 She just really likes green. You sure won't have to worry about losing it in the parking lot. *** tee hee! Well, GREEN she got!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 09:45 AM (DmNpO)

67 Ideally, I'd like it to be as close as possible to the 1991 Toyota Corolla station wagon I currently have, but which is dissolving from rust. I'd appreciate any suggestions. I'll come back and check the thread later. Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 02:37 PM (sdi6R) '05 Xterra. Make sure the fuel tank has the gauge bug fixed. Buy 'em on the cheap, no gps, great non-union vehicle.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:45 AM (x3YFz)

68 Oh, and isn't Synergy the name of the computer in Jem?

Posted by: no good deed at May 31, 2014 09:45 AM (ILBCY)

69 IIRC, there's something like 50k bing hits relating to the doucheyness of the word "synergy". Your friend isn't a douche, is he? Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:41 PM (DmNpO) ******* Gotta believe it was the Marketing weenies at Chevy that named the color that are the douchetastic ones.

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at May 31, 2014 09:46 AM (ojnk6)

70 "Is this green a standard color offering for Chevy?" It seems so. The choom clowns that live excessive close to me either have one, or have a regularly-visiting friend who has one.

Posted by: Arbalest at May 31, 2014 09:46 AM (FlRtG)

71 My friend has had a '64 Dart convertible for 30 years now. He got it as a project car; it ran fine, but needed cosmetic restoration. He got a good start on it, then got married, and the project was put on hiatus until this week. He's commenced work on it again! I guess there's hope for my own forlorn project, sitting in the back yard, rotting slowly.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at May 31, 2014 09:46 AM (IAe6t)

72 I see a Candy Apple Green Camaro in Munster IN regularly.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at May 31, 2014 09:47 AM (DL2i+)

73 Some children never get over getting to old for their Big Wheel.
To each his own but I'll take a pass on those.

In fact, I'm off to look at a low miles XS 1100.

Posted by: Gmac- Pondering...something involving rope and a tree at May 31, 2014 09:48 AM (baiNQ)

74 In 1997, we bought a Camaro for each of us. The powerful special celebratory white with orange race stripes, and the metallic emerald green.

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 31, 2014 09:49 AM (gmrH5)

75 car related Oh, the Humanity! New Sacramento, CA Rule Requires That Cab Drivers Speak...English ijreview.com and, they're b*tchin.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at May 31, 2014 09:50 AM (IXrOn)

76 That Ferrari pickup needs a ladder rack.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at May 31, 2014 09:50 AM (IN7k+)

77 Some children never get over getting to old for their Big Wheel. To each his own but I'll take a pass on those. In fact, I'm off to look at a low miles XS 1100. Posted by: Gmac- Pondering...something involving rope and a tree at May 31, 2014 02:48 PM (baiNQ) Could you be a little more specific with "some children?" don't want to jump off on another hordeling until I understand the context.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:50 AM (x3YFz)

78 Posted by: no good deed at May 31, 2014 02:45 PM (ILBCY) Yes, yes it was.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 31, 2014 09:50 AM (GDulk)

79 ...and gmac? This is a car thread. Much like a gun thread, there's much testosterone. just sayin. proceed

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:51 AM (x3YFz)

80 Rental car confirmation for next week is "Chrysler 200 or equivalent". Last year, we got a big Chevy sedan, can't remember which, Caprice, maybe? The year before we reserved the same class of car, "Standard", and when we landed the lady at the desk asked us to wait for 15 minutes after our appointed pickup time, and then gave us a brand new Camaro for the same rate. She had nobody else working there to clean out cars and it was the only one ready. The airport is much like the one on Wings.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 31, 2014 09:51 AM (ZshNr)

81 52  Ideally, I'd like it to be as close as possible to the 1991 Toyota Corolla station wagon I currently have, but which is dissolving from rust.

I'd appreciate any suggestions. I'll come back and check the thread later.

Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 02:37 PM (sdi6R)


Wife got a Toyota Venza a few months ago.  It has been a nice car. Kind of pricy though.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at May 31, 2014 09:51 AM (T2V/1)

82 I am painting my camper this weekend. At least part of it, anyway. Doing it in sections. And, I am one of the few people in the world who actually likes the Ferrari 412. I see them for as little as $15k on eBay sometimes, and I am tempted. But it probably costs $15k to get a tuneup on the V12, so there's that.

Posted by: blaster at May 31, 2014 09:51 AM (rCQHn)

83 When I graduated college after 7 years, they just told me to go quietly. Please. And if that gal doesn't have a charitable bone in her body, well, I'm a fairly charitable guy and I'd be happy to put my bone in her body. It's because I'm a giver like that.

Posted by: Weirddave at May 31, 2014 09:52 AM (N/cFh)

84 Posted about this yesterday in the early morning thread. CAR GUY THE ELECTRIC CRACK PIPE Tesla's two-wheeler boondoggle "bike." http://spectator.org/articles/59437/electric-crack-pipe The author's not impressed.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at May 31, 2014 09:53 AM (IXrOn)

85 '05 Xterra. Make sure the fuel tank has the gauge bug fixed. Buy 'em on the cheap, no gps, great non-union vehicle. Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 02:45 PM (x3YFz) I had an 03 XTerra. You couldn't pay me to own another suXTerra.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at May 31, 2014 09:53 AM (GEICT)

86 Wife got a Toyota Venza a few months ago. It has been a nice car. Kind of pricy though. Posted by: Vic at May 31, 2014 02:51 PM (T2V/1) We have a mazda 6, 2 years old. Great point A to point B car. Cheap, paid it off quicklike. Doesn't have the muscle, but it'll get you to the grocery store. Good average car.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:54 AM (x3YFz)

87 I had an 03 XTerra. You couldn't pay me to own another suXTerra. Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at May 31, 2014 02:53 PM (GEICT) huh. Well, I like mine. It's been through hell and I've beat the shit out of it. It has some tweaks and problems from the factory, but once you get those fixed it's pretty tight. I have low expectations.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 09:56 AM (x3YFz)

88 I have no idea whether this gal has a charitable bone in her body, but I'm betting you couldn't care less:

If I ever meet up with her, I'll show her some charity (Bone Department-wise).

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at May 31, 2014 09:57 AM (IN7k+)

89 AoShq needs some mosaic floors, like this: http://goo.gl/yIxnkN Sure, it looks a bit ratty but it did survive a pyroclastic flow. Could you?

Posted by: Pug O'Mine at May 31, 2014 09:59 AM (27cle)

90 torquewrench, #31: "Didn't the Left tell us that "corporate welfare" was an evil thing?" Yes, but it's the Left who decide when spending tax money on a corporation's efforts is corporate welfare, and when it's Investing in our Future.

Posted by: JPS at May 31, 2014 09:59 AM (9ziuC)

91 Tesla's might be a decent car, they're fast and they look nice .. but .. Tesla isn't making money off it's cars right now, they're making money from trading carbon credits to the tune of $117 million last year from trading with noncompliant carmakers in several states Elon Musk is also counting on rent seeking, not innovation to make his company profitable http://tinyurl.com/nkx84vs

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 10:02 AM (aTXUx)

92 I have no idea whether this gal has a charitable bone in her body, but I'm betting you couldn't care less: Her leg bones are very charitable

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 10:03 AM (aTXUx)

93  @52 - are we talking new, or used?

There's no such thing as 'Toyota Corolla wagon' any longer, at least not in the US.

You're somewhere between a Honda Fit, a Focus hatchback, a Ford CMax, or maybe a Mazda5.  Others may have other suggestions.

Even the RAV4 has gotten big, fat, and VERY heavy.

Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 10:05 AM (o+SC1)

94 7 Bruce Willis with a goatee is surprisingly hot.

***

I've yet to come across a not-hot version of Bruce Willis.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 02:14 PM (DmNpO)

++++

How about Death Becomes Her? He was kind of a schlub in that one. Credit to the make up department, I would imagine.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at May 31, 2014 10:05 AM (IN7k+)

95 25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Sells Out In 10 Minutes The MX-5 is a Miata, which is one of the top "chick cars" Most MX-5 drivers are Barbie Girls or very ghey men

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 10:08 AM (aTXUx)

96 By the By, the 5 sweet hearts released from Gitmo by Fredo are amongst the 5 worst held there and present a clear and present danger to the security of the United States. Oh Joy

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 31, 2014 10:09 AM (nzKvP)

97

What does 0-60mph in 5 seconds and can carry your paints and ladders?

 

Not the GMC Syclone, which could do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and had a more-useful 6-foot bed in the back.

Posted by: steveegg at May 31, 2014 10:10 AM (o44nj)

98 Here's a nice 1937 Chevy Coupe for you .. https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/472818568338223104

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 10:13 AM (aTXUx)

99 @52. scion Xb. Or the xd. Or Kia soul, rio 5 door or the forte 5. Depends on how much you want to spend. I would say go for a 2009 or so xd for best bang for buck and similarity to current ride.

Posted by: blaster at May 31, 2014 10:14 AM (rCQHn)

100 The author's not impressed. I agree with his beef about the performance vs the price but I'm still intrigued with the idea of an electric trail bike. I wish they had a trials configuration because a machine that develops maximum torque at zero rpm would seem to be perfect for that.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 10:14 AM (QupBk)

101 re: Auto Union.

But Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, father of the man who founded post war Porsche, and who's Type 38 #03 and #36 KdF prototypes are on display at the Volkwagen Museum was imprisoned by the French on war crime charges similar to Dr. Brun.  To free his father, Porsche designed for the French a car.  By the time that happened, the older Dr. Porsche's health had been broken.  But he did live long enough to see at Gmund Porsches and Beetles in abundance.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 31, 2014 10:16 AM (Vhw0v)

102 @91 - the last believable data I heard was that Tesla's just about breaking even on the Model S production, credits aside.

They're certainly selling, in huge numbers, it's not unusual to be stopped at a traffic light in the Bay Area and find three of 'em sitting around the intersection.  They're outselling the comparably-priced German sedans.

The selling point in California is not really the tax credits, etc.- $7500 isn't that big an incentive on a $90K car - it's the solo-occupant carpool lane access, which for some people is worth whatever it costs.

Drove a Fiat 500e the other day, if you can live with two doors, and only two adult-size seats it works really well for an 85-mile-range 'compliance car'.  The press says the Spark EV has an even better powertrain, but the Spark's such a complete POS inside that I don't think I could tolerate one if it had a Saturn V underneath it.


Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 10:18 AM (o+SC1)

103 I would like to provide that gal a charitable bone to put in her body. It's only fair.

Posted by: Minuteman at May 31, 2014 10:18 AM (HKyCl)

104 Not the GMC Syclone, which could do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and had a more-useful 6-foot bed in the back. Posted by: steveegg at May 31, 2014 03:10 PM (o44nj) The Aussie GM division makes the Holden Ute, it's what the El Camino would be if Chevy hadn't ditched it

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 10:19 AM (aTXUx)

105 @100 - That whole piece is just a 'it's not a motorcycle because it doesn't go vroom-vroom' screed.   Maybe that Zero bike isn't a terribly impressive piece of hardware, but you might as well argue that Real Motorcycles Have Kick Starters.

As far as a trail-bike version - you'd likely find the battery makes it awfully heavy for that.

Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 10:21 AM (o+SC1)

106 A couple of weeks ago a big dumpster was delivered to the house across from me, a bit down the road. After the delivery, they opened the garage door and I could see that it was packed to the rafters with garbage. Thursday I arrived home and found that they had moved a piece of heavy equipment to the lot and about a quarter of the house was gone. Today, about 80%-85% of the house is gone and, I swear, they have hauled the entire thing away by loading up wheelbarrows and filling the beds of a couple of pickup trucks. I can't even imagine where they are dumping it.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 10:22 AM (DmNpO)

107 Here's one for you fans of the Smokey & The Bandit Trans Am https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/472820596423020544

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 10:22 AM (aTXUx)

108 Hey Vic, how's the Venza? The missus is kinda wanting one.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 10:22 AM (OSzB9)

109

The Aussie GM division makes the Holden Ute, it's what the El Camino would be if Chevy hadn't ditched it

 

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 03:19 PM (aTXUx)

 

The bad news - that, along with every other Aussie-built Holden, goes away in 2016 as GM joins Ford and Toyota in exiting the Australian car manufacturing market.

 

A high minimum wage has consequences, despite what Krugman says.

Posted by: steveegg at May 31, 2014 10:23 AM (o44nj)

110 30 you guys saw the google cars that have no steering wheels, gas or break pedal?

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They go 25 mph and they'll probably crash. Google is calling it the "Danica."

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at May 31, 2014 10:24 AM (4ckfx)

111 I can't even imagine where they are dumping it. Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2014 03:22 PM (DmNpO Probably on the county road going by my house. Seems to be a favorite spot for some.

Posted by: Ronster at May 31, 2014 10:25 AM (8qKcR)

112 As far as a trail-bike version - you'd likely find the battery makes it awfully heavy for that. I wondered that myself so I googled. The Bultaco Sherpa T weighs in at 200lbs while the Zero ZERO FX zf2.8 at 238.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 10:26 AM (QupBk)

113 The MX-5 is a Miata, which is one of the top "chick cars"

Most MX-5 drivers are Barbie Girls or very ghey men


Posted by: kbdabear

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Or straight men who read car reviews and know it's been one of the best sports cars you can buy for the last quarter century.

No, I don't have one, but it's on my short list.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at May 31, 2014 10:27 AM (4ckfx)

114 Gas gas makes a kids electric trials bike. It's very cute.

Posted by: effit at May 31, 2014 10:28 AM (qURnz)

115 and I'm betting the Zero could be lightened a bit in a trials on version. so 200 vs 238 or maybe 215 is not that big a difference.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 10:29 AM (QupBk)

116 By the By, the 5 sweet hearts released from Gitmo by Fredo are amongst the 5 worst held there and present a clear and present danger to the security of the United States. Oh Joy Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 31, 2014 03:09 PM (nzKvP) Good. Now the US Army can shoot them instead of feed them.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 10:31 AM (x3YFz)

117 That 1960 Caddy Coupe de Ville is my dream car. When I was a kid my neighbor had a '59 Coupe de Ville. He loved that car. Kept in in pristine condition well into the '70's.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at May 31, 2014 10:33 AM (jucos)

118 108 Hey Vic, how's the Venza? The missus is kinda wanting one.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 03:22 PM (OSzB9)



Wife loves it.  But like I said kind of pricey.  MSRP is about $36K for the 2014 model.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at May 31, 2014 10:35 AM (T2V/1)

119 Pop had a 56 Pontiac Super Chief.  Red and white.  With red and white interior.  Summer trips to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier.  Overheating on the Going-To-The-Sun Road...

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 10:36 AM (OSzB9)

120 Vic, reliable so far?  How's the rear visibility?

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 10:36 AM (OSzB9)

121 120 Vic, reliable so far? How's the rear visibility?

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 03:36 PM (OSzB9)


No problems so far but haven't had it that long.  Visibility out the back is good and it also has that "backing camera".

Posted by: Vic[/i] at May 31, 2014 10:39 AM (T2V/1)

122 Somewhat before my time, Mom and Dad went on their honeymoon in his '48 Packard Clipper convertible.  Cobalt blue with white top.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 10:40 AM (OSzB9)

123 Vic, was the backup camera an option?

Posted by: Skookumchuk at May 31, 2014 10:41 AM (OSzB9)

124 Gas gas makes a kids electric trials bike. It's very cute. Nice. I'm picturing a scaled up version of the TXT-E for adults. http://is.gd/qsDWoD Zero should make that.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 10:42 AM (QupBk)

125 That girl is sitting in a 53 Studebaker I think.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 10:49 AM (l3vZN)

126 @104 - the Syclone was an interesting product, it was crappily built like most everything from GM at that time, the suspension was rudimentary and the drivetrain had some problems, but it did have a ton of grip.

Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 10:49 AM (o+SC1)

127 Nah, the door handle is wrong.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 10:50 AM (l3vZN)

128 That girl is sitting in a 53 Studebaker I think. Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 03:49 PM (l3vZN) I saw no car. Car?

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 10:51 AM (x3YFz)

129 @113 - the Miata's a great, reasonably cheap track or autocross car if you fit, I like just a little more room than it (that is, the first couple generations, don't know about the current one) has.

Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 10:51 AM (o+SC1)

130 Say what you want to about the Miata. I bought a 2004 for my wife and she loves it. 125,000 on it now and 1 set of brakes, a clutch, and routine oil changes are it. It is driven a lot on gravel roads, too.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 10:53 AM (l3vZN)

131 the Miata's a great, reasonably cheap track or autocross car if you fit, I like just a little more room than it (that is, the first couple generations, don't know about the current one) has. Posted by: JEM at May 31, 2014 03:51 PM (o+SC1) Dude. Everyone on the planet knows a dude in a miata is teh ghey. If you're gay, then go crazy.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 10:53 AM (x3YFz)

132 A high minimum wage has consequences, despite what Krugman says. Posted by: steveegg at May 31, 2014 03:23 PM (o44nj) Krugman would suggest the solution is a high minimum wage for everyone -- no exceptions.

Posted by: Mindy invites you to the Colorado Morondezvous at May 31, 2014 10:55 AM (16TAZ)

133 Hey, Gas Gas appears to have an adult size e-trials bike http://youtu.be/GFkqSLc8IVA But I can't find it on their website. Maybe it's not imported here.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 10:56 AM (QupBk)

134 I'm so proud of my country that the phrase "anal itching" has entered the common discourse.

Posted by: chemjeff at May 31, 2014 10:58 AM (9GG/0)

135 I drove an Xterra and nearly bought one. I just couldn't figure how to put anything on top of it. Much to tall for me and I'm 6 feet. The manual tranny came out of the 300zx and was a real joy.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 10:59 AM (l3vZN)

136 A Miata with a two rotor Wankel would be hellaciously fun.

Posted by: toby928(C) Lord of the run on sentence at May 31, 2014 11:00 AM (QupBk)

137 A Miata with a two rotor Wankel would be hellaciously fun.

There's kits to drop a V8 in a miata.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at May 31, 2014 11:05 AM (0AKks)

138 wow. just had to put boot to ass on a troll in an earlier thread who just didn't get it. I rarely go postal on someone, but... oddly therapeutic

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 11:25 AM (x3YFz)

139 ----> manual tranny <---- came out of the 300zx and was a real joy. Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 03:59 PM (l3vZN) ok, who else laughed?

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 11:27 AM (x3YFz)

140 That's one hot Saxon bitch. A little old for the Red Army though. Later.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 31, 2014 11:31 AM (9W+0f)

141 ok, who else laughed? Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 04:27 PM (x3YFz) ****** Well, if you're talking tranny, manual IS the only way to go.......

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at May 31, 2014 11:31 AM (ojnk6)

142 Or straight men who read car reviews and know it's been one of the best sports cars you can buy for the last quarter century. No, I don't have one, but it's on my short list. Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at May 31, 2014 03:27 PM (4ckfx) Car reviewers work for the same MSM who are trying to make you ghey NTTAWWT

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 11:37 AM (aTXUx)

143 I guess I shouldn't bring up the smooth as butter part.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 11:37 AM (l3vZN)

144 Well, if you're talking tranny, manual IS the only way to go....... Posted by: ManWithNoParty at May 31, 2014 04:31 PM (ojnk6) ok, you gotta tell me (so I can properly give you grief), squid? grunt? beach marine?

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 11:37 AM (x3YFz)

145 Or straight men who read car reviews and know it's been one of the best sports cars you can buy for the last quarter century. No, I don't have one, but it's on my short list. Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at May 31, 2014 03:27 PM (4ckfx) Car reviewers work for the same MSM who are trying to make you ghey NTTAWWT Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 04:37 PM (aTXUx) jus sayin' if you're driving a miata, everyone who pulls up next to you at the light is thinking you like the cock. it just is what it is.

Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 11:39 AM (x3YFz)

146 Should you buy a Miata MX-5? If the girl in this pic does nothing for you, the answer is yes https://twitter.com/kbdabear/status/472840672010305536

Posted by: kbdabear at May 31, 2014 11:41 AM (aTXUx)

147 ok, you gotta tell me (so I can properly give you grief), squid? grunt? beach marine? Posted by: tangonine at May 31, 2014 04:37 PM (x3YFz) ******* None of the above, but tons of respect for those who served.

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at May 31, 2014 11:46 AM (ojnk6)

148 In spite of the fact that the Miata occupies (to a degree) the status of Secretary Car, that doesn't mean that it doesn't have it's strengths. Bazillions of people got their thrills driving and racing MG Midgets, Sprites, MGA's, MGB's, and of course, the Lotus Elan. All small, two seat, four-banger, open cars. Mazda scored big when they cast the Miata in that mold, and at a decent price. It is, of course a much better car than any of those. I will give it its due. Too bad the GM Solstice and..., uh, forget its cousin, didn't get some development time. I think a coupe version would have been interesting. I'm not much for open cars.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at May 31, 2014 11:52 AM (aDwsi)

149 I bought a 2006 Miata for (On)Top.Woman as a Valentine's gift. She loved the hell out of it. Very well-engineered car, it saved our lives when we got run off the road at 50MPH by some uninsured idiot changing lanes without looking.

Posted by: Top.Man. at May 31, 2014 11:53 AM (CYR3N)

150 Nood thread about the VA scandal.

Posted by: Y-not at May 31, 2014 11:53 AM (zDsvJ)

151 There's a scandal at the VA? Does the MSM know about this?

Posted by: Mike Hammer at May 31, 2014 11:54 AM (aDwsi)

152 "I have no idea whether this gal has a charitable bone in her body,"

She will when I get to her!

Posted by: Rusty Nail at May 31, 2014 12:08 PM (WtVhX)

153

ffs why do some people elect themselves the troll monitors around here?

That position is already filled by people named Ace and cobloggers

 

Posted by: MAx at May 31, 2014 12:12 PM (b7yum)

154 OK, break time. The weeds are whacked and the branches raked. Still have the mowing to do. Thanks for the suggestions, tangonine, Vic, and blaster. The Xterra is too big and the Venza is automatic. I forgot to mention that I want a manual. The Scions are a possibility. The Kia Rio probably not. I need something with a bed that's flush with the bumper so I can use cargo ramps, so hatchbacks are out. And also not too high off the ground, which makes SUVs less attractive to me. I bought the June Consumer Reports with the 2014 car ratings, but it's unlikely that I will buy a new car. I keep returning to the Subaru Outback, which seems pretty similar to what I have. Does anybody have any experience with them? All right, time to do the mowing.

Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 12:24 PM (sdi6R)

155 No first hand information on the Subaru, but it has been my second hand impression they are a bit less robust than their reputation would lead you to believe. Their owners are pretty fanatical about them, though. And, don't forget, on this board you'll be accused of being the gay if you drive one.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 12:39 PM (l3vZN)

156 Say what you will about the looks of Subarus; there is no non-truck I'd rather be stuck in the snow with more than a Subaru all-wheel drive wagon.  In fact, I'd want one more than most trucks!  It loves the snow like a Siberian Husky.

Posted by: Rusty Nail at May 31, 2014 12:44 PM (WtVhX)

157 I got a new mazda 6 last week. So far its pretty cool for an every day car, I got a 6 speed manual trans which makes the whole car's attitude different from the auto version. I went moderate on the every day car because I'm on the hunt for a '69 road runner to shove my 440- 6 pack motor in.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at May 31, 2014 02:15 PM (FMbng)

158 155 And, don't forget, on this board you'll be accused of being the gay if you drive one. Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 05:39 PM (l3vZN) I thought that just pertained to lesbians.

Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 02:31 PM (sdi6R)

159 What about a Mazda 5? That looks like it might meet my needs.

Posted by: rickl at May 31, 2014 02:34 PM (sdi6R)

160 You can replace your stolen Panasonic FZ8 with a used one in good condition on Amazon, also fulfilled by Amazon so you can return it easily. Be sure to use ace's link to Amazon to buy.

Posted by: truth fairy at May 31, 2014 03:23 PM (ue2Nm)

161 Heh heh. Charitable bone.

Posted by: Alec Rawls at May 31, 2014 04:18 PM (kTTUz)

162 jus sayin' if you're driving a miata, everyone who pulls up next to you at the light is thinking you like the cock.

it just is what it is. Posted by: tangonine

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Good thing I don't give a flying fuck what car-ignorant dipshits think of me.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at May 31, 2014 04:54 PM (4ckfx)

163 That girl is sitting in a 53 Studebaker I think.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at May 31, 2014 03:49 PM (l3vZN)


No, not a Studebaker. You can take that to the bank. Might be a Ford product.

Posted by: crowd in Japanese monster movie at May 31, 2014 05:20 PM (RoAjX)

164 That's a mannequin in the car--in case that makes a difference to any of you.

Posted by: Darrell at May 31, 2014 05:21 PM (DR0xP)

165 Saw a sweet purple '49 Chevy this afternoon. Very nice stock resto job.

Posted by: A pot of message at May 31, 2014 06:05 PM (fFh95)

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