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[I am adding a 3rd car, more of a long-trip, GT-type car.

Frankly, while I still want a stick shift, I love the Lexus LC Coupe.

Saw it at a Cars & Croissants and it is frigging gorgeous!

I will test drive one, I think.


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Cobra Killer! A History of Bill Thomas’s Wild Cheetah

APRIL 10, 2018 AT 1:18 PM BY ANDREW WENDLER PHOTOS BY GUERNSEY’S AUCTION HOUSE



When talk turns to American V-8*–powered, competition-pedigreed 1960s sports-car Cinderella stories, the discussion usually starts and ends with the Shelby Cobra. Shelby was hardly the first to implement the lightweight body/American V-8 strategy—Allard beat him to the punch by nearly a decade—but his success inspired numerous low-volume manufacturers and racing wildcatters to adopt the blueprint for their own projects. Of them, the Cheetah, a.k.a. Bill Thomas’s Cheetah, endures as one of the most enigmatic. With only 11 first-generation examples built and fewer surviving, spotting one in the wild is remarkable enough. Now the sole single-owner, unrestored example is headed for auction on May 10 in New York City.

A Tiny Litter

Born during Southern California’s sports-car-racing heyday, the Cheetah was the brainchild of self-taught engineer Bill Thomas. Nicknamed Mr. Corvette for a string of nearly 100 victories racked up in Corvettes of his creation, Thomas parlayed his success into a contract with General Motors as a performance guru of sorts. After successfully prepping GM products for road circuits, drag racing, and even NASCAR, Thomas in 1962 went about the business of preparing a Corvette Sting Ray for what should have been another dominating season. His plans were foiled, however, when Carroll Shelby appeared and began stealing SCCA podiums and headlines with his Ford-powered Cobra. The following year, GM issued its notorious ban on corporate racing, and the Vette program went dark, although back-room dealings kept some GM product on the track unofficially. Thomas later contacted Ed Cole at Chevrolet and pitched the idea of going after the Cobra with a new Chevrolet-powered vehicle, one that would be produced in small enough numbers that it would be viewed as a rogue project that could fly under the radar of Chevrolet administrators.

Once given the nod, Thomas had employee Don Edmunds work up a series of drawings, one of which was reportedly rendered directly on a workshop desk. In a comprehensive 1981 feature story in Automobile Quarterly (Vol. 19, No. 3) about the very car detailed here, Thomas remarked humorously that he kept the drawings because people who joined the team later were “always convinced that somewhere there was a roll of prints that had come from some mysterious place that we were working from.”




Regardless of its origins, the design employed 1.0- and 1.3-inch diameter 4130 chrome-moly tubing for the frame, a fully independent front suspension, and a modified 1963 Corvette setup in the rear. The wheelbase was 90.0 inches with a 59.0-inch front and 57.0-inch rear track. Brakes were drums all around behind 15-by-7.0-inch American Racing magnesium wheels. The heart of the diminutive beast was a fuel-injected 327-cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 mated to an aluminum Corvette four-speed. Due to the Cheetah’s compact dimensions and the rearward mounting of the powertrain, there is no driveshaft; the output shaft drives the rear differential directly through a single universal joint.


Alloy and Fiberglass

After a pair of aluminum-bodied prototypes proved the design feasible and one was sent to Detroit for a secret inspection by the GM brass, the team switched to fiberglass bodies and began limited production. This is where the car now going to auction comes in. Recently confirmed as car number four (conflicting reports indicated it was the third or fifth), this vehicle was sent to Daytona for performance benchmarking, where the 1510-pound Cheetah hit a reported 215 mph. Officially, a Cheetah posted a 185-mph trap speed in the quarter-mile at Elkhart Lake in June 1964; it did it again in September of the same year to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

Sadly, the Cheetah never got to go head to head with the Cobra in a high-profile, officially sanctioned competition during its heyday. Because of its low production numbers, the SCCA put it in the virtually unregulated C-Sports/Modified big-bore class in 1963, where it was competing with Chaparrals, Lolas, and McLarens. To add insult to injury, in 1964 the FIA increased the “production car” homologation requirement to 1000 cars, a figure Thomas knew he could never achieve even with corporate support. That essentially eliminated any chance of the production-class sports-car grudge match of the year playing out. When a Cheetah did race a Cobra, it was usually because the Cobra had been so heavily modified that tech inspectors pushed it over into the Modified category. Even against the more serious racing specials, however, the Cheetah managed to win 11 major races in 1964 alone and claimed numerous local- and minor-event victories all over the country over several years. GM was no longer interested if it couldn’t run straight up against the Cobra, though, so Bill Thomas and crew turned their attentions to other projects, including a NASCAR program, Funny Cars, and a Chevrolet big-block Mark IV program. In September 1965, the shop was involved in a fire that destroyed the buck and tooling for the new Long Tailed Cheetah (often identified as the Super Cheetah), as well as several Cheetah parts intended for cars in various states of assembly.




Referred to as the Budd Clusserath car, the Cheetah featured here wearing the competition number 64 is widely regarded as the most complete and original example extant. It has been inspected and certified as such by Bill Thomas III, son of the Cheetah’s creator, as well as a few other Cheetah experts. Featuring a period-original Chevy 327-cubic-inch V-8 with Rochester fuel injection, a Muncie M-20 series transmission, a C2 Corvette differential, stock drum brakes, and a racing tachometer, it stands as a virtual time capsule. Both Thomas and Clusserath, its original buyer, agree that the original highly modified 470-hp Corvette 327 with Thomas-designed dual-air-meter Rochester fuel injection was traded to fellow Cheetah owner and driver Ralph Salyer shortly before this car was sold to Sam Goins of Ohio in 1965. Goins campaigned the car in amateur racing and has been the sole owner for more than 50 years.


Unassailable Provenance, Despite the Rumors

While there is no question that the car headed to auction is a genuine first-generation Cheetah, there is some debate regarding its exact number. As is often the case with low-volume manufacturers, few production records exist, resulting in often wild and inaccurate speculation from collectors and historians. As is also true of the Cobra to a lesser extent, the matter is further complicated by replicas produced by both Fiberglass Trends—which built and sold a fiberglass body popular with drag racers—and later by a short run of Cheetah continuation cars made in Arizona by BTM LLC, under agreement with Bill Thomas Motors, before that license arrangement ended in October 2009. While the Thomas family and Bill Thomas Motors have issued a certificate of authenticity confirming that the Goins car is #4, their former partner at BTM feels otherwise.

Also concerning is Bill Thomas III’s assertion that the only Cheetah to be issued an official ID tag and serial number is the car sent to Chevrolet for inspection, although some owners would assign their own VIN tags and numbers to register them for the street. He does confirm the widely held belief that just 11 “first design” Cheetahs, including the prototype, were produced during the original program and that some wrecked cars were later rebuilt using fresh bodies and parts. Bill Thomas III told Car and Driver that while he believes the aforementioned Automobile Quarterly article is “the best piece ever done on the Cheetah, it too has many inaccuracies regarding the timeline and production numbers.” As a side note, the aluminum-bodied car sent—or sold, depending on the source—to Chevrolet for inspection is rumored to reside in a private collection in Michigan.




In its 50 years under Goins’s guardianship, the Cheetah has accumulated less than 100 hours of operation. It’s scheduled to cross the auction block on May 10 at Guernsey’s. But first, the car will appear at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park circuit on May 4 and 5 for viewing. Later it will be moved to the auction location at 93rd Street and Park Avenue in New York City.

While the circumstances surrounding the Cheetah, as is the case for other highly desirable low-volume vehicles, may provide a convenient point of entry for unscrupulous sellers, the extensive documentation and two-owner history of the Clusserath/Goins car provides an unassailable provenance.

If the name Guernsey’s doesn’t exactly resonate in the ears of auto collectors as an auctioneer on the level of more famous automotive auction houses, Guernsey’s co-founder Arlan Ettinger is well versed in the subject of vintage race cars, as well as the pop-culture and nontraditional collectibles on which the auction house has built its reputation. It’s worth noting that the fully restored Cheetah #006 failed to meet the reserve at a high bid of $850,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in 2017 and that the “Alan Green Chevrolet” Cheetah #007 sold for $660,000 at Russo and Steele’s 2018 Scottsdale sale. This new auction is one worth watching.

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New ZR1 is a pretty amazing car:


First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Our pro racer puts the latest, craziest Corvette to the test and comes away impressed

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 First Drive | Automobile Magazine


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The 755 Horsepower Corvette ZR1 Will Warp Your Perception of Speed

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-car...e-photos-info/

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https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...t-drive-review

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Genealogy Site Led to Golden State Killer


I find this pretty amazing.

Some of the killer’s DNA sat in a freezer for 38 years. The investigators uploaded the genetic profile into an online genealogy database (GEDmatch).

Police found distant relatives of the killer. They then found which relation lived in the CA area in which the crimes took place.

They collected “abandoned” DNA from the killer. (DNA left in public domain.)

That cross-reference test matched more than 10 murders. Police then got a second sample of the killer’s DNA. Those matched the full profile.

So, the authorities were able to use DNA to search for criminals not in any registries or databases.

This is brilliant! Kudos to these intrepid investigators.

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I received an email today from Robert Konick, British Racing Group. Great guy and good supplier.

My parts hadn't arrived.

Robert explained that all of their orders in a 2 week period were not drop shipped to us in USA, but sent by Lotus to BRG's address in England.


I asked, "So did Lotus transfer the fellow from oil line fitting crimping into shipping??"

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I have my (few) moments.

At a trade show, I walked in 10 minutes before pubic was allowed in.

So, nothing but vendors at the time.

A dishonest competitor, who I just beat out for a very large order, said "Where've you been? I've been taking orders all morning." (Yes, not possible.)

Without stopping or turning around, I said, "Great! I'll have a hamburger and a Coke."

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Honda is running a TV ad for the Clarity (1) plug-in hybrid.

One large mistake tho.

After saying it runs on electricity and gas, ad states that it has “a range rating of 344 miles”.

While that’s true, the statement should have been “You can drive across the country without stopping to recharge”.

Much more meaningful and powerful statement.


(1) Not actually a decongestant.

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Driving a Lotus Elise Every Day Is Like a Stressful Game of Chess

In an Elise, strategizing your drive on the freeway is just a way of life.




The Lotus Elise is one of the best-handling cars of the 2000s, praised by many as one of the greatest driver's cars you can buy at any price. It's incredibly lightweight, small, and barebones, with almost no interior to speak of. The Elise was built for back-road carving and track-lapping, but not much else.

That hasn't stopped one owner, Todd Deeken from the Everyday Driver YouTube channel, from driving his every day to and from work. As you'd expect, he has to make some compromises.

The most impeding part of the Elise is its size. Not only is it hard to get in and out of, but it's also hard for other motorists to spot on the road. Blind spots are also an issue, as well as storage space. Deeken points out there's not much sound deadening in the cabin, either.

Since visibility is so poor, Deeken often has to keep track of other cars on the freeway and strategize his drive to make sure he doesn't have any close calls—it's like a game of chess, except the pieces are several tons and moving 70 mph with people inside.

Though it may be stressful during a commute, one turn on a backroad has Deeken convinced he wouldn't want to be driving anything else. Makes sense to us.



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If I cared to comment on Youtube,

1. Get Multivex or RLS mirrors

2. Do NOT pass on the right (as we see you doing)

3. You need a louder horn

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ABS light came on, which is an every 2 yrs event. Preceded by speedometer doing a bit of flailing.

I clean each wheel's speed sensor with Deoxit.

Something (moisture) is getting in there. I thought of coating each unit with dielectric grease, but decided that would't hold up in weather.

So, next time I will use a favorite tape. Silicone tape, which sticks only to itself but seals very well. (Solved my GFI issues with heated bird baths in winter...completely)

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Fifty Year Flashback: Lotus Turbine Car Almost Wins Indy




Joe Leonard leads Johnny Rutherford in the 1968 Indianapolis 500.


Some parent one day once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again.” Andy Granatelli took that advice to heart when his team’s turbine-powered Indy car failed, in a most heartbreaking fashion, to win the 1967 Indianapolis 500. In 1967, the STP-Paxton Turbocar came tantalizingly close to taking the checkered flag in first, undone by a $6 bearing failure on lap 197 with driver Parnelli Jones having dominated the day.

Andy Granatelli, the man responsible for STP’s deep involvement in racing, had embraced the turbine concept when his team, primarily led by his brothers Vince and Joe, assembled the STP-Paxton Turbocar, based on a concept by Ken Wallis, for the 1967 race. The car featured the driver side-by-side with a Pratt & Whitney ST6B-2 turbine, the kind intended to power small turboprop aircraft. With the Granatellis’ input, that car used a Ferguson-based four-wheel-drive system to put the prodigious power of the turbine to the tarmac as effectively as possible.



Joe Leonard in the Lotus 56 at Indianapolis. IMS Photo.


While proving the concept as a potential game changer—Jones had led 171 laps in 1967—Andy Granatelli turned to a proven winner for the 1968 race, contracting with Colin Chapman and Lotus Cars of England for 1968. Following several years of innovation by it and other teams, Team Lotus, with Jim Clark driving, became the first team to win the 500 with a rear-engined car in 1965. The roadster era was officially over.

Chapman’s Lotus was one of the most innovative race and sports car makers ever, turning his obsession with lightness and aerodynamics into a host of championships, trophies and legends that endure. But the Lotus 56 was the company’s first turbine-powered car.



In pre-season testing, from left to right, Andy Granatelli, Jim Clark, Parnelli Jones, (unidentified), and Colin Chapman pose with the Lotus 56.
(That "unidentified" looks like Jack Brabham to me. Perhaps too short.)

The Lotus design also incorporated Ferguson all-wheel drive as well as a variant of that Pratt & Whitney ST6 turbine engine, designated STN 6/76 in the Lotus 56. And that was about it. In lieu of the more traditional-shaped Indy car, which the STP-Paxton special surely followed, the 56 featured a wedge shape with a long, low nose rising toward a truncated tail.

Instead of the engine mounted adjacent to the driver, Lotus mounted the engine behind the driver, with the exhaust stack rising immediately behind the driver’s seat bulkhead, the exhaust spout pretty much the size of the driver’s head. Even though USAC, then Indy’s governing body, had put restrictions on the Lotus 56’s air intake, the cars still produced prodigious speed, with an estimated 500 horsepower generated by the turbine.



Joe Leonard in a Lotus 56 leads the field at the start of the 1968 Indy 500.

Granatelli and Lotus took four cars to Indianapolis in May of 1968. The driver lineup included Graham Hill, Joe Leonard, Art Pollard, Greg Weld, and Mike Spence. A Formula 1 journeyman from the U.K., Spence had only joined the team weeks earlier at the behest of Colin Chapman following the death of ace Jim Clark in April in a racing accident in Germany.

During the early days of practice, Mike Spence set a new lap record in car #60, at 169.555 mph. That same day, after Greg Weld, later of Weld Wheels fame, was unable to produce speeds close to his times, Spence got into car #30 in hopes of getting it up to speed. Following an initial flying lap over 163 mph, Spence lost control on his second lap, hitting the wall hard. He did not survive the night, succumbing to his injuries exactly one month after Clark’s death.



On the formation lap, from the inside out, it was Joe Leonard in card #60, followed by Graham Hill in car #70, and finally Bobby Unser, who would ultimately prevail in car #3 from the number three starting position. IMS Photo

But Lotus soldiered on, and practice and qualifying showed that the Granatellis and Lotus were onto something. Hill opened qualifying with a four-lap average of 171.208 mph, including a record-setting fastest lap of 171.887 mph. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Leonard, in the #60 car previously driven by Spence, then set a new record at 171.599 mph with his fastest lap beating Hill’s, at 171.953 mph. The previous qualifying record, set just the year before by Mario Andretti was nearly three miles-an-hour slower at 168.892 mph. Pollard qualified in 11th, far off the front row, at 166.297 mph.

Leonard came out of the gate strong, leading the first seven laps, before Bobby Unser took over, leading until lap 57 when Lloyd Ruby took over. The entire day, only those three men would lead the race, each three times. Hill, working his way up the field, crashed out while in fourth place on lap 110. Three laps later, as the leaders pitted, Leonard emerged in the lead, with Unser closed behind. On lap 120, Unser sped by Leonard for the lead. Still, the turbine gang stayed with it, as Unser relinquished the lead to Ruby on lap 165, following by Leonard regaining the lead on lap 175 as ignition problems stall Ruby in the pits for an extended time.



Graham Hill in the Lotus 56 at Indianapolis. IMS Photo

On lap 181, a crash and subsequent fire brought out the caution flag. The severity of the accident looked like it would lead to a finish under yellow, but with the wreckage cleared by lap 191, the green flag dropped for lap 192 and as Leonard attempted to put the hammer down to put some distance between his car and Unser’s, the turbine engine failed. Later investigation by the team would show a fuel delivery problem. To add insult to injury Art Pollard’s car failed for the same reason just moments later, though Pollard was not likely in a position to win.

For the second year in a row, Granatelli and his STP team came close to winning the biggest prize of all in racing. Unser went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Dan Gurney and Mel Kenyon.

USAC later banned turbine and all-wheel-drive racers, putting another nail in innovation at Indianapolis. Lotus modified the 56, entering it as the 56B in a handful of Formula 1 races in 1971, its best finish eighth place, out of the points, at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with future Indy 500 hero Emerson Fittipaldi at the wheel.



Parnelli Jones sitting in the STP-Paxton Turbocar (#40) from 1967 with Jim Clark in the Lotus 56. Standing are Andy Granatelli, CEO of STP, in the black suit and Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars in the sweater. IMS Photo.

While the original #60 car of Joe Leonard currently resides in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, located in the infield of the fame speedway. Also housed at the IMS Museum is the 1967 STP-Paxton Turbocar. The #70 car, driven by Graham Hill, has hit the auction scene in recent years after having been in the possession of longtime STP-sponsored driver Richard Petty’s private collection.

As for Andy Granatelli and his STP team, they tried and tried again for 1969, finally coming up as winners, with Mario Andretti at the wheel of a Hawk-Ford, the famed racer leading 116 laps for the checkered flag.

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2018/0...dy/?refer=news
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There's a Wild New Alfa Romeo 8C Coming Soon

Expect 700-plus horsepower with a carbon fiber monocoque, a mid-mounted twin-turbo engine and an electrified front axle.




By 2022, Alfa Romeo will do the right thing by resurrecting the 8C nameplate for a rather special performance product. This name was born from racing, introduced in 1931 and used up until WWII, only to be relaunched again in 2003 on the concept for the 2007 8C Competizione. But while the modern 8C was a Maserati-based, front-engined crowdpleaser available both as a coupe and a convertible, Alfa's upcoming 8C will be a much more serious proposition.

The new mid-engined Alfa Romeo 8C will be built around a carbon fiber monocoque (just like the current 4C), powered by the combination of a midship twin-turbo engine and an electrified front axle. The combined output of the system will be over 700 horsepower, propelling it to 60 mph in under three seconds, according to today's FCA five-year planning presentation.

Joining the 600-plus-horsepower all-wheel drive 2+2 GTV coupe at the top of Alfa's lineup, the 8C will compliment Ferrari's no doubt even more powerful mid-engined offerings in the next decade, while Maserati spearheads the group's electrification efforts.




Alfa Romeo 8C 2.9 Type A, 1936.

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The Alfa Romeo GTV Quadrifoglio Will be a 600+ HP Hybrid AWD Coupe Monster

Damn.




With 505 horsepower from a Ferrari-derived V6, lightning quick steering, and one of the best chassis in the business, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of the best sports sedans you can buy right now.

But what if Alfa made an even quicker, prettier, coupe-ier, hybrid-ier version? Well, that's the plan according to FCA's five-year plan that was unveiled today. That car, the GTV Quadrifoglio, will appear by 2022 and have a hybrid powertrain making more than 600 horsepower. Yes, that's right, 100 horsepower more than its sedan brother, and from these murky images, what appears to be a beautiful body.





While we've heard rumors of a Giulia coupe for a while, what we didn't necessarily expect was 50:50 weight distribution and all-wheel drive with full torque vectoring would be paired with the return of a name that has appeared on some of Alfa's greatest and most memorable sports cars from its long history. Sounds amazing. And we're sure it'll look amazing too.

FCA has done events like this in the past for its brands where it announces a five year outlook for investors and stakeholders. It should be noted that the last time they did this, there were some items on the plan, like a 4C Quadrifoglio, that never came to fruition. We're very hopeful that's not the case this time.

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Jay Emm drives a Honda-powered S1 Elise

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Close Encounters of the Wrong Kind


At the DMV office, my picture’s been taken and I’m waiting to get my license and pay. I am called to the counter.

To my surprise, the clerk shows me the photo and tells me I can have up to two more taken if I don’t like it.

Really, what do I care? I imagine that most men don’t. Seems like a waste of time and money.

“Seriously, you’ll take two more photos?”

“Yes.”

Pointing to the Playboy-quality young blonde woman sitting nearby, I say “Okay! I’d like two with her in it, please!”

The blonde laughs a lot, but does not get up.
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At the DMV, part 2:

I’m in a surprisingly tiny DMV office two towns over.

The clerk is a very large, i.e. wide woman.

Back then, they didn’t take credit cards, so I handed her a check.

There were 5 more people behind me. All the storefront would hold.

Clerk looks at my check, grabs a pen and says, “May I have your phone number, please?”

Just loud enough for everyone to hear, I said “Sure….but I’m married!”

Everyone laughed. I’m not sure the clerk did.
Turbo R likes this.

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BBCA "Top Gear" begins Sunday night.

Been showing compilation shows with the original cast. Not bad.

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Been volunteering for years: Literacy, budgeting, job hunting, etc.

Once started a Free Store in Newark to help those who lost all in a large apartment building fire.

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My partner in this was smart and her mom had an empty storefront across the street.

We cleaned, built shelves, painted.

We made many calls and enlisted a lot of people. Told them, “If you find a person, charity, church etc. that has stuff, thank them and then get three names of other places willing to donate.”

No, we didn’t invent “networking”. But we certainly used it.

We actually filled the entire store. Clothes, appliances, toys, furniture, etc.

It was a trip explaining that a Free Store meant one could take what one needed, but no more. Other people needed these items too. Visitors eventually got it. I couldn’t imagine that this would go so well.

Am a bit proud of this project.

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I had a job and after the place was running, I couldn’t be there much.

However, I got a frantic call that one of the (very large) plate glass windows had broken. This risked wind and rain disheveling the place.

So after work, I brought over two 4’ x 8’ pieces of plywood; circular saw, extension cords; hammer; nails & screws. Oh, and 2 sawhorses.

Some of the staff was there to help, but as it got dark, they seemed to disappear.

So, there I was, alone in the “ghetto”. I think the staff was particularly unenthusiastic about that.

No problems, tho. If one has all those tools and a circular saw, most people stay the hell away.

I finished up, locked the door and drove home.

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Black men love my Lotus.


Chapter 1:

In Brklyn, my customer wanted to come out and see my car.

As he was checking it out, I mentioned that black men seemed to really like the Lotus.

"Really?", he asked.

At that moment, two black guys came running across the parking lot to tell me how much they liked the Elise.



Chapter 2:

After a date with a nice blond woman in NYS, I start the car up.

Black fellow comes over to ask questions about it.

We have a nice chat for a few minutes.

But, I have to back out onto a busy street.

He walks out and stops traffic for me.



Chapter 3:

At the hazardous waste drop-off a couple of weeks ago, I'm in a long line.

One of the workers walks past a dozen cars to mention how much he loves the car. We talk for a while, but he's working.



Chapter 4:

On the way home from there, a road-worker guy give me a big wave and thumbs up.

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