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I wanted one space to post stuff that I find funny and/or interesting.

Unlike on another site, this thread will not cover politics.

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One of my favorite writers is Rob Siegel of "Roundel". I sent his online columns to Atwell.

Rob now also writes for "Hagerty Classic Cars" magazine. AND, he has begun work on the Europa he bought cheaply 4 years ago.

One column:

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-vid...t-installation

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Found at NAPA: (among the wines…)


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The best contact cleaner I've ever used:

Deoxit

Pen and spray.

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Remembering Jim Clark


Jim Clark died 50 years ago today. Our Marshall Pruett spoke to his race mechanic, Dave Sims, to learn more about one of the all time greats.

BY MARSHALL PRUETT



The first motor racing book I received was Jim Clark at the Wheel. I would have been seven or eight at the time—around a decade after the Scot’s death—and it became my first proper introduction to the driver whose name and accomplishments would dominate the Pruett household.

The two-time Formula 1 world champ was spoken of like royalty by my father, an auto mechanic who specialized in the Lotus marque. He wasn’t “Jim Clark” – that would have been too formal. He was “Jimmy” to my father. It felt like a long-lost relative being mentioned when he found a reason to conjure Clark’s name.

His grand prix titles for Team Lotus weren’t the connective strands that elevated Jimmy to elite status in our family. As an amateur race car driver, my father knew his limits in the open-wheel machinery and sports cars he prepared, and it was from witnessing his hero in action where Jimmy rose to the stature of a demi-God.

Informed by what I read in his autobiography, and amplified by my father as the puzzle that couldn’t be solved by his rivals, Jimmy, with his humble upbringing in farming country and that bright smile, was passed down to me as a man who flirted with perfection.




Decades later, getting to know Dave Sims, Jimmy’s Team Lotus mechanic, allowed me to identify another Pruett family hero. My father, who grew up on a farm and spent his youth working the fields before chasing his passion for cars and driving, was always going to deify Clark, whose life traveled an identical arc.

And me, as the son of a mechanic, who was immersed in the cults of Jimmy and Lotus, took my father’s love of racing and turned that into my life’s work as a mechanic, engineer, and team manager before giving this media thing a try. In Sims, now 76, I found a bridge between my father’s hero and the one I received second hand.

Sims sent a letter to Team Lotus asking for a job—the same thing I did with Dan Gurney’s All American Racers—and we were both rejected. The difference? His rejection was in error, and he went to work for Colin Chapman. Sims progressed up the ranks from junior mechanic to senior mechanic and went on to run all manner of championship-caliber teams while I was in my teens. I’d walk the same path, with smaller teams and had sparse encounters with success, but it was a shared passion that was my own and different from my father’s arc.

As someone who experienced the horror of having a driver die in a car I prepared—on my first day as a fully professional race car mechanic–I was drawn to Sims’ unfathomable experience of having Jimmy die, 50 years ago today, in the Lotus Formula 2 car he prepared. As an off-brand mechanic in comparison to Sims, I would never suggest my encounters are in any way parallel to his. But I will say the dark episode that engulfed Sims’ life in the wake of Jimmy’s crash and death also spent some time casting shadows from overhead when my driver didn’t come back.




In Sims, I’ve found a friend who completes the circle started by my father with Jimmy, and has been an inspiration for longer than we’ve known each other.

His humanity, shared in a recent conversation about being raised in poverty, ascending to his dream job at Lotus, forging a friendship with Clark, and the tragedy that befell the two of them—one in perpetuity, the other with the ever-present memories of April 7, 1968—is among the great gifts I’ve received.


GO to here for the recording of this interview:

https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsp...ing-jim-clark/

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C&D test of 2018 Polaris Slingshot:


https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...ot-test-review


Frankly, it is not fast, is rickety, corners worse than a Camry and likely really unsafe.

Stripped, starts at $20k, tested it was $30k.

Do people know how good a Miata is? Even used??

30k could possibly get an Elise in.

Yup, doors, 4 wheels, faster, weather protection, trunk and safety in either car.
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Hanging a plant in the sunroom:

“Lorraine, you can’t hang that plant there. It’s right over the television.”

“Why not?”

“If you over-water the plant, it’ll ruin the TV! Just move it over a foot or two.”

“No, I’ll be careful.”

“No one can be that careful.”

“I will.”

I didn’t press the issue any more. In fact, the next conversation I had about the TV was with a 3rd party, in his workshop:

“So, how much will it cost to fix this?” ***

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Opposites vs. Opposites


It’s said that women with the TV remote in hand want to see what’s on.

And, that men with the remote want to see what else is on.

I think that’s very often true.

(BTW, watch a guy forced to cede the remote to his wife or friend. You can see his agony.)

But, the exact opposite between men and women occurs when shopping for clothes.

A woman walks into the store and starts looking around. Sure, she has a list, but the entire store beckons.

I walk into a department store looking for gloves. I try on 3 pairs (no more) and buy the pair that suits me best.

Frankly, the rest of the store could be on fire and I probably wouldn’t notice.

See?

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I miss S&SC in Hopewell. I always enjoyed just going to look at what they had, and they were always welcoming.

But I get emails from Autosport Design on LI, and they always have interesting cars. Check out their classic section. If I won the lottery: any '60's AM convertible; a Jensen convertible; any Morgan; a Daimler SP250; 1971 MB 3.5 convertible (okay, so I should be using drophead for the English cars, and cabriolet for the others).
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Puppy beaten, killed by man who ran GoFundMe page to cover vet bills, police allege

A Burlington County man who raised more than $14,000 on GoFundMe to cover his German shepherd’s veterinary bills is accused of causing the injuries that led to the puppy’s death.

Police said they became suspicious of Reid M. Herjo, 24, of Medford, after he was pulled over for speeding in January while taking his then-14-week-old puppy, Atlas, to the veterinarian.


He told officers Atlas was hit by an ATV, police said.

Less than a week later, Atlas died from hemorrhaging and numerous fractures from additional injuries, authorities said.

Herjo had Atlas for less than three months and the puppy suffered injuries at least three times before dying in February at 5 months old, police said.

The puppy died on Feb. 3 “under suspicious circumstances as there was evidence Atlas sustained additional trauma,” authorities said.

Herjo set up a fraudulent GoFundMe page for veterinary bills, raising more than $14,000 for injuries he claimed the dog suffered in a hit-and-run accident, according to police.

He closed the campaign the day after Atlas died.

Herjo was charged with animal cruelty and theft by deception.

GoFundMe said that Herjo has been banned from its platform, and that all donors will receive a refund.
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Muthafu****

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Silicone aka “Rescue” Tape

Didn’t know about this until recently. I have some electric cords outside (in a brutal winter) and this tape does a v good job of sealing them.

Apparently also used for hose (car & home) leaks. Bonds to itself; leaves no residue on the hose or wire.

Anyone else use this? And, for what?

Thx
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Description from Amazon:

F4 Tape is a self-fusing silicone tape designed for military and aviation use. F4 Tape is the new fast-fusing formula that works in minutes or even seconds, compared to the older 24 hour cure time from older technology. Use it as shrink wrap instead of shrink tubing or shrink tape. F4 Tape was named after the F4 Phantom jet - while intended for high-voltage electrical wire wrapping, this F-4 Tape is very versatile and is ideal as an emergency repair tape! This is the highest quality silicone tape available, and NOT the same as Mocap or Tommy Tape. Lab tested at 950 PSI Tensile strength, this product significantly exceeds military specifications and industry standards for aviation tape. Each roll is 1" Wide X .020" Thick (20 mil) X 36 feet in length. Color is Black.

http://www.amazon.com/Products-F4Tap...=silicone+tape

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Note: A member said he wraps this around areas where hose clamps will go on his silicone hoses.

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The Bentley Boys are back, baby! We ride along on the Central Coast Bentley Rally


Next year will mark 100 years since the founding of Bentley. A year ahead of that, some Bentley enthusiasts celebrated with a rally




You may think you know Bentley, that maker of exquisite, fast, svelte luxury super cruisers like the Continental GT, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and, most recently, the big bruiser Bentayga SUV. And while those are fine vehicles each in their own way, they are what you might call, “the new Bentleys.” There are those who believe that the only real Bentleys are the ones built under the purview and administration of the original Sir W.O. Bentley, whose name, as they say, is on the building.

Bentley the company was only really in the control of W.O. from its founding in 1919 to about 1930, when the Great Depression and its ensuing worldwide economic collapse eventually caught up with the perennially financially faltering company and W.O. –- founder and creator -- was sidelined and then, later, gone from the works he had created. W.O. was a brilliant engineer and an early advocate of aluminum pistons, among other efficiencies, but he was a lousy businessman. His engineering brilliance lead to five wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans during his tenure, as well as numerous wins and record runs at Brooklands by The Bentley Boys.

It is the cars from that 11-year period that are revered and celebrated by the true believers in the sliver-thin niche of classic Bentleys. There were only something like 3,000 real Bentleys ever made. It was those cars and only those cars (well, almost only) that their owners gathered together last week for a grand tour –- at speed –- over some of central California’s greatest roads, 99 years after W.O. founded the company.



My participation in the rally started with a call from Bentley owner Craig Ekberg, a longtime supporter of the Petersen Automotive Museum and a car collector in his own right. One of his favorite cars (and the reason for the call) was a 1928 4½-liter Bentley that he and his friend Don Shires had purchased specifically to go on big rallies like this one, specifically to drive it just as the original Bentley Boys had driven them 90 years before.

The route featured some of the best roads in the state, roads so remote and squiggly that I thought no one else knew about them. To keep them secret, I won’t reveal specifics, except to say that they ran from Santa Barbara north for hundreds of miles and back again.

Officially, the West Coast Bentley Tour ran for four days, but there were also pre- and post-rally routes that some of the modern Bentley Boys and Girls would run. I wanted to do the whole thing, but there was this problem of what you call work, all this damned typing you see here and elsewhere, that got in the way. Hence, I missed all but the final official day, which ran 175 miles from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara through rolling hills of blooming flowers and green hills that only appear in this state for a couple weeks in the springtime, and then only if it had rained a fair amount just before. This year it had, and it was a heck of a beautiful route, through hills exactly of the sort you see in the tourist brochures and in all the ads in Westways magazine, where they don’t bother to tell you that the rest of the year the place is brown, dry and crispy dead.

So what if the greenery was all a temporary illusion? This was California -- nothing here is really real. Except, for the better part of a week, these Bentleys. Well, one was supposed to be a re-creation. Some grumbled, but I looked at it, and if that’s re-creating, I had no problem with it. It looked splendid. Like all the others, with well-worn levers and gauges and pull knobs that adjusted God-only-knows what.

So there we were, among the grand California springtime with about 30 or so real Bentleys, perhaps 1 percent of the total production if my math is right, and off we ran. I rode first in Ekberg and Shires’ car, slumped like a sack of California avocados into the left-hand-side passenger’s seat of this right-hand-drive beast. There were little windshieldlets that kind of propped themselves up in front of our faces, but they didn’t do any real windshielding except to taunt us with their aerodynamic inefficiencies. There was a larger rectangular windshield, but that was apparently for sissies. It was folded flat right there on the hood where it couldn’t do any of that pansy shielding of the wind. Ekberg didn’t care. His job outside of driving powerful beasts down great roads was, apparently, “Man.” He didn’t need no stinking windshield. Didn’t need any sunscreen, either, it looked like, nor even a hat. I sat there with a pint and a half of SPF 75 and a big, dumb sun hat from Costco. I looked like an idiot.

“That probably won’t stay on,” Ekberg said of the hat, being polite enough not to ask if it was from Costco. He was right, it didn’t. I was surprised my T-shirt stayed on. Heck, I was surprised the paint remained on the car.

We flew off into central California behind the power and might of those four and a half liters like we were dropping onto the banking at Brooklands.

There's a lot going on in the cockpit. Pedals aren't in the expected positions; it takes a while to get your bearings.

Of course there weren’t any seatbelts, either, because if we were going to die we were going to die like Men, dammit. Likewise the gas tanks of these things were all mounted in back, where a rear bumper and accompanying CAD-designed crumple zones would be on something like a Camry. You filled it up by twisting off the enormous screw cap the size of a small trash can lid and just sort of dumped gas into it like you were filling a small swimming pool. The idea behind this gas tank location might have been that the liquid would act like a shock absorber in the event of a rear-end collision. And it probably would, too, up until the gas hit the hot exhaust pipe that poked out right below it.

Ekberg wasn’t worried about any of that. He didn’t say much -- men don’t, ya see -- and it would have been hard to hear him even if he had said anything, so great was the wind blast. What heroes those original Bentley Boys must have been, blaring around the great tracks of Europe in these things with cloth-cord tires and bugs on their foreheads.

I didn’t even ask if I could drive; that’s something you are offered if a car owner wants you to do it. It would have been a disaster anyway since the pedal locations on real Bentleys are all screwy. Back in the ‘20s the world hadn’t figured out that the gas was supposed to be on the right, brake in the middle and clutch on the left. These were: gas in the middle, brake on the left and clutch on the right, just in case you are ever asked to drive. I would have stalled or crashed into something while thinking I was stepping on the brake when in fact it had been the high beam adjuster or spark advance or God knows what.

Out on the open highway we raced along beside other Bentleys, each driver grinning like a Cheshire schoolboy, happy as the clams next to us on Pismo Beach, blasting along the roads in cars so big and powerful and advanced for their day that it would take the rest of the automotive industry decades to catch up. I don’t know how fast we were going, but it had to be approaching triple digits. It was amazing to do 90 mph in a 90-year-old race car that could seat five and carry their luggage, too.

“If these cars are well-maintained, they’re wonderful machines,” said 1929 4½ liter owner Trevor Tomkins when we’d pulled in to lunch at Los Olivos. “I always said if I ever get the opportunity, I’ll buy one.”

“You have to actually drive these things, be engaged in the process,” said 1928 4½ liter owner Todd Coady. “It’s not like a Lexus. It takes a couple of days to get the hang of it. The gearbox is as much an art as a science. But it’s more rewarding when you do it right.”

After lunch, Shires took the wheel of his Bentley, and I jumped in with Joel Laub in another 4½ liter.

“My neighbor had a Bugatti Type 35,” Laub explained. “One day, he was pulling it out of the garage, and he said, ‘Hey, wanna go for a ride?'”

That lead to an appreciation of classic cars. Once he was on a rally of Bentleys and was amazed at how well they ran. Some investigation showed that Bentley owners seemed to have the most events. So he got a Bentley to add to his collection.

“I’ve got a garage with a Mercedes SL, a modern Ferrari a couple of other cars and a Bentley. I always take the Bentley.”

And who could blame him? They are big, beautiful British beasts. And here, at least they were being driven as they were meant to be when they were new, full speed and all-out.

The rally rolled back into Santa Barbara like a ghost train, albeit a noisy and glamorous ghost train. For me, it was over. I thanked Ekberg and Laub and anyone else I could think to thank, then got into a Hyundai Accent –- as ignominious an end as any in Bentley history –- and drove home to LA, forehead sunburned and pockmarked with bugs, the better for the experience. Ekberg and friends were planning a few more days of driving. They were Bentley Boys, for sure, and it was good to have met them.





Read more: The Bentley Boys are back, baby! We ride along on the Central Coast Bentley Rally | Autoweek

g: IIRC, Enzo referred to these as "the world's fastest lorry".

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Worlds Press Award-Winning Photo(s):

Note: Some are pretty grisly.


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I was looking a nerf guns to deter the squirrels. Came across this review:


I am not ashamed to say that I got two of these so my wife and I can have mini Nerf wars in the house.

It is day 3, the house is now littered with spent darts, the living room is no mans land. I am running out of food, my wife has taken the kitchen and fortified herself. Even with the uncanny accuracy of the blaster, she is just too quick. She is not a very good shot, but the fast reload and six shots help even the score.

I do not know how much longer I can survive, at least I have the bathroom...

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Norman Kills the Ignition…3 Times

I convinced Norman to put a breakerless ignition in his Elan, as the distributor is under the carbs and would not be described as ‘accessible”.

I further convinced him to try to do this himself, as he’s retired, has time and it’s an easy job. That one was my mistake.

So, he installed it. I wasn’t there, but, then, I can’t stand seeing animals abused either.

When he started the car, the rotor sliced thru the unit’s wires, he told me.

“Jesus, how much slack did you leave?”

“Well, the instructions said to leave enough to allow the distributor plate to move.”

“Sh*t, it moves only about ¼”. You could suck on the vacuum line to see how much. Almost all of the advance is mechanical and doesn’t move the actual plate. “ I told him he could just have sucked on the vacuum line to see this.

He ordered another. He hooked it up wrong somehow, and fried it. I thankfully can’t remember what he did to the third one, but can guarantee it wasn’t pretty.

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A few years ago, I was dating a beautiful redhead about 16 yrs my junior.

Great, but she was very nervous overreacted to many, many things.

One day, I mentioned that I had a stalker.

"OH MY GOD!! Should I be worried????"


"Nah, she's a terrible shot."

Somehow, this did not mollify her...

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She: “I’m an incurable romantic.”
Me: “I’m the perfect antidote!”

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First Dates: Some people want that “instant click”, while others seek “immediate chemistry”.

I always get both on my first dates…in the form of Pepper Spray.

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C&D test of 2018 Polaris Slingshot:


https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...ot-test-review


Frankly, it is not fast, is rickety, corners worse than a Camry and likely really unsafe.

Stripped, starts at $20k, tested it was $30k.

Do people know how good a Miata is? Even used??

30k could possibly get an Elise in.

Yup, doors, 4 wheels, faster, weather protection, trunk and safety in either car.
Nevertheless, the Slingshot was a blast to rent. I rented one for a 24 hour period last year and the open-air experience was great. So was the novelty.
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I haven't a personal opinion much beyond not liking vehicles that get me soaked when it rains.

Also, heat is a good thing sometimes...

I certainly can see how it'd be fun for a day or so. Glad you liked it.

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Re: Post #7 Opposites when shopping vs. TV


A kind member offered this:

One of theories I've heard about is that back in the early days of humans - hunting and gathering days - men would typically be the ones who would go out and hunt, find their prey, kill it and bring dinner back. Women would be the ones who would forage and gather berries and other foods to go along with the meat, just whatever they can find. so now when it comes to shopping, men know what we want, we go in and get it and get out. Women browse and collect whatever looks good to them.

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Additional theory: One theory of our affinity for closely cut laws is that during caveman days, you wanted to live where short plants were, so nothing/no one could sneak up on you.


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I also maintain that we react more to the negative than positive.

Using the 50s for an example:

Wife is homemaker; husband goes off to work.

He comes home and is very and visibly annoyed that dinner will be 25 minutes late.

He does not notice: House is spotless; children are scrubbed and in bed; dinner will be excellent if a bit late.

In other words, everything else is pretty perfect.

Then, I thought that this may fit with the caveman/lawn theory:

Returning from hunting, our caveman sees rocks that have been moved, right around his cave.

This info could be key. Is a predator or enemy around, looking to hurt him?

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It is my idea that we do not see the positive as much as we should. We complain too much about trivialities.

Rocks moved in my yard? I’d suspect the gardener….

We should make it a point to compliment more each day.

It’s easy and brings joy to others.

When I tell someone “I really like your store”, the owner beams. And I do like it. Why keep this a secret?

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