Some thoughts

January 21, 2018

It’s all over but the crying, or partying. The 2018 edition of
the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is over. About 1,700
vehicles sold for over $113 million with 37 hours of TV
coverage.

Some highlights from Saturday were when former President George
W. Bush got on stage to help Jay Leno talk up a 2018 Chevrolet
Carbon 65 Corvette that sold for $1.4 million and raised
Barrett-Jackson funds raised for charity to over $100 million.
All proceeds went to a charity to help wounded veterans.

Then Ron Pratte donated a new 2017 Ford GT to the Evernham
Family Racing for a Reason that sold for $2.5 million and then
Pratte gave another $50,000 to the charity. The charity is to
help those with autism.

Craig and Caroline Jackson donated a 1988 35th Anniversary
Corvette to kick off “Driven Hearts” a charity in honor of Dave
Ressler of the extended Barrett-Jackson family. The car was
bought and resold three times for a total of $350,000 for the
charity.

Not all things sold at this auction are cars and in this
category lot #9499 caught our eye. A transportation themed
carousel made in Germany in 1957 by Wilhelm Hennecke brought a
record breaking $557,750. The carousel is fully functioning and
has 27 different cars, bikes, trucks and other transportation
themed vehicles instead of horses.

Now that the auction is over I can go back to not watching much
TV and perhaps even getting some things done. Enjoy our Sunday as
that means a new day is only a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.

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Auction thoughts

January 19, 2018

After watching hours of the Scottsdale auction today I came to
the same conclusion as other years. Some people have more money
than sense. Being the start of the weekend most cars brought six
figure prices.

A good example of this is the 2019 Bullit Mustang that went for
$300,000 to a charity picked by Steve McQueens son. The first
car built, a good cause, and every penny went to the charity.

Some of us remember the Charger from the Fast and the Furious.
It was one of the cars built and had a small block chevy with a
single 4 barrel under the non-functioning blower. It brought in
$140,000. That was either for bragging rights or somebody
doesn’t work hard enough for their money.

In todays auction the restored cars kept up with the muscle
cars, resto-rods, and custom builds. That seemed like a good
thing to this humble observer. Tomorrow the gloves will come off
and the prices will escalate. It will be interesting to see a
vehicle hit $1 million.

If you get the Velocity channel you may want to tune in
starting at around 3 pm again tomorrow. Or, coverage goes until
until 3 am tonight also.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday as it’s the last one we get this
week. Now I need some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Almost forgot

January 18, 2018

We are well into the first month of 2018 so here are a few
things January is known for. The January birthstone is garnet
and the flower is the cottage pink. It is National Codependecy
Month, National Mentoring Month, National Healthy Weight
Awareness Month, Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,
and Stalking Awareness Month to name a few.

Yet being a car guy I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this
weekends indoor Rod & Custom Show at the QCCA Expo Center in
Rock Island, Illinois. And the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

After watching the Scottsdale auction on TV for a few days, when
the chance arises, it looks like rods and muscle cars are showing
bigger numbers than the antiques and classics. Of course, those
of us who regularly follow this auction know the big numbers will
come this weekend.

It’s not looking like we’ll make the indoor show this year even
though the weather has calmed down. If you are thinking of going
to see the mobile eye candy the top link above has hours and
information. The Barrett-Jackson link is specific to the
Scottsdale auction.

And now that you know as much as we do, we’ll wish you an
enjoyable Thursday evening and a pleasant Friday. Time for a
coffee and pizza break.
Comments are always welcome.


Snowfall on Sunday thoughts

January 14, 2018

The white fluffy love from above is going to be a few inches
deep when it stops falling and the temperatures are dropping as
well here on the east coast of Iowa. The computer problems are
fixed, and perhaps I can get this out now.

Our youngest son called from Idaho where they dodged a foot of
snow and we talked of the Kissimee Mecum auction. We were both
waiting for the roadster pickup from Happy Days to cross the
block and both missed it. If our computer decides to keep going
this time we’ll try and see if the little yellow Model A truck
sold.

And the local news just ran a program on the car thefts in our
area and stated 848 cars were stolen in our fair city last year.
Mostly by juveniles who know they won’t get into trouble for
doing so. These kids that are stealing cars and getting caught
are as young as 10 years old!

Most thefts occur because people leave their cars running to
warm them up or don’t lock them and leave a key inside. In one
case the car was locked but a hidden spare house key was found
outside and used to enter the house the steal a purse with the
car keys in them. Please keep you vehicles locked and bring in
spare house keys. Give the spare key to neighbor you trust.

And we may have a warm up on the way for the weekend. Not a
big one, but highs above freezing anyway. Enjoy the rest of our
Sunday as we will. Now I need more coffee and a TV that doesn’t
show re-runs 24/7.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s coming

January 11, 2018

Awoke to a day that was a balmy 52 degrees and brought to mind
the old adage; “If you don’t like the weather, stick around, it
will change”. At noon the temperature dropped to 32 degrees and
our low will contain below zero wind chills and a quarter inch
of ice with a topping of snow.

The talking heads on Tv threw their darts at a weather map and
concluded this all on their own. It is colder, we are getting
freezing rain as we speak, and schools, meetings, and other
events are being cancelled before it gets worse.

It just so happens that I had a feeling that it was going to be
worse than predicted and ran to the farm supply store for salt
to treat the sidewalks and alley. Now I just have to figure out
how to spread the salt without becoming a casualty myself. Even
our back step is slick.

If this storm keeps heading east without losing intensity you
may want to start getting ready. All that said, it was great to
get in a few days of warmer weather before the latest weather
event. We’re ready for whatever we get hit with, unless we lose
power. Then my Snicker’s would thaw out.

Enjoy our Thursday as I know we will. Every day I wake up still
breathing is a great day. Now I have to spread some salt and hope
for the best before warming up with a good cup of coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Fair weather Navy?

January 10, 2018

A recent opinion piece in the Navy Times leads me to believe we
have been very lucky we haven’t had more collisions and fatal
mistakes than we have.

In the opinion of the author, a 2nd class petty officer, the
problems lie with the higher ups. In a policy based modern Navy
the E-5 believes the problem lies with civilian officials or
high-ranking Navy personnel who haven’t performed the tasks they
make the policy about.

And also the claim that the Chiefs care more about looking good
than being good. Perhaps this modern Navy forgot the Admirals
Law. Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do
it.

To paint the entire Navy with the same brush does an injustice
to all. There are good non-coms just as there are good sailors.
Some commissioned officers are inspiring while others make you
bite your tongue.

And the military does run on rules which means somebody has to
make the rules. We don’t always agree with them. These days
everyone is looking for a solution. Why not go back to the Blue
Book and see what it says. I’ll bet I wouldn’t recognize it
since 40 years have past since my discharge.

We don’t know the answer as we don’t have all the facts. Now
isn’t the time for rash judgements based on scuttlebutt. The
problems are there and we hope they will be adressed.

Now I need more coffee while I’m ponder the 1 pound Snickers
bar and if it is a single serving. Enjoy our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Last dance

December 31, 2017

Since today is last day and last month of the year and soon
people will be celebrating a new year with a new dance, it felt
fitting to do this now.

The February edition of Motor Trend magazine arrived in the
mail yesterday and was set aside until a short while ago when
there was time to peruse it properly. You may notice the text at
the bottom of the picture which says “Supersized Subaru
3 rows 19 cupholders.

Naturally I assumed it referenced a 19 passenger SUV type
vehicle that looked like a station wagon on steroids. After a
quick read of article inside it was discovered the 2019 Subaru
Ascent would carry 7 or 8 passengers. Which made me wonder if it
had so many cupholders because it didn’t have any other options.

Turns out it will be the biggest vehicle Subaru ever made and
will be powered by a 2.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
with a variable speed transmission about the size of a Toyota
Highlander, Ford Explorer, or Nissan Pathfinder. Prices will
start around $30,000 and the American version will be made in
Lafayette, Indiana.

It can tow 5,000 pounds, has Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and
has a smart rearview mirror that gives the option of camera
views. It has power outlets, Wi-Fi, and 8 USB ports to reduce
the need for seat mounted DVD screens. The vehicle also has
ledges in the front for phones, Starlink for connectivity, Apple
Car Play, Android Auto, a Harman Kardon stereo, and the earlier
mentioned 19 cupholders.

All this leaves me with a couple questions. Do all those
features allow for any time to drive the thing? And; what in
the hell do 8 people need 19 cupholders for?

Enjoy our Sunday for tomorrow is a new day of a new month in
a new year.
Comments are always welcome.