I still see a few of the first generation Mazda called the Protege in the U.S. Of course these were called the 323 before Protege, and were known as the “GLC” before the 323. Many times I will see another car within a few weeks after I post something on this website. This time I actually found two in the same parking lot at the same time! These photos were all taken within 30 seconds. Continue reading “Gas Classic: 1989-1993 Mazda Protege”
The Krispy Kreme Cruise-In is the show that keeps on giving. Today I present this almost perfectly restored 1963 Ford Thunderbird. Although it is not quite my cup of tea, I had never seen this year before in person and it was probably in factory delivery condition. Continue reading “1963 Ford Thunderbird”
UPDATE: This was posted Sept. 23, 2008. It is not and was not my car, so don’t bother asking about it.
This car was the SMART of it’s day. It was tiny and got up to 40 mpg back when gas was ultra cheap and cars were huge. I found this nice 1961 convertible at the Krispy Kreme cruise-in, and it’s for sale! Continue reading “1961 Nash Metropolitan”
Well not really. But sort of. A couple of weeks ago I took the “Saturn Rocket” out to the local SCCA Autocross. For those that may not know, an Autocross is where they use traffic cones to set up a track in a large parking lot. The cars run the track one at a time and are timed with electronic timing lights. You get several attempts and cones that are run over add to your time. If you go completely off course the try does not count and you loose that chance. Continue reading “SOTS Goes Racin’”
First generation Cavaliers are finally getting rare around here. This is an early one that came in the the very common I-Don’t-Care Beige. Despite being about 25 years old, this one probably has under 100,000 miles because these things seriously fell apart quickly. I looked at numerous used ones back in the mid-90’s and they were complete junk even then. Continue reading “Gas Classic: Chevy Cavalier”
In case you don’t live in Alabama there was a run on gasoline last Friday, a few days before Hurricane Ike hit Texas. Our wonderful media breathlessly reported that the refineries had shut down, wholesale prices were up to $5.00 per gallon, and they “did not know when more gas would be available”. While technically that was true, it wasn’t the whole story. What they didn’t tell was that gas would most likely be available, at a reasonable price, within a week at the latest. By Friday afternoon there were lines at the stations, which were charging between $3.99 and $4.99 per gallon for regular unleaded. Continue reading “Gas Hysteria”
Today we have something fairly rare and special. For the 20th Anniversary of the Trans Am, Pontiac stole some serious GM parts out of the warehouse and slipped them into what otherwise appeared to be a standard white Trans Am GTA. What’s so special? How about a turbo 3.8 liter V6. Sound familiar? It should, it’s the engine from the legendary Buick GNX. Continue reading “1989 Trans Am 20th Anniversary Edition”