Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #251  
Old 08-27-2014, 08:30 PM
ducati is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 2,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spud View Post
The first one the UPS truck tries to make a change from the 3rd lane to the 1st all at one time a very short distance before the turn. I wouldn't have been watching that nor expecting it. It clearly drove him into the curb. The UPS driver was in the wrong as he had no right to merge into a lane with traffic without any warning. He didn't let him not merge for no reason, he got cut off.

The second you can't see what was happening in front of him... why do you assume he hit his brakes for no reason. If the car in front of him slammed on the brakes wouldn't you expect him to do the same? Apparently he successfully stopped without hitting the car in front of him, but the car two behind didn't.


This.

Please note the solid white line delineating the turn lane that the UPS driver crosses.
It is illegal to do so in most states.

And, indeed, traffic was slowing in front of me. Why the hell would I stop on a busy Interstate highway? To get hit? Tough way to make a living, if that's what you're thinking.


The more you know...
  #252  
Old 08-27-2014, 11:20 PM
Rhiannon8404's Avatar
Rhiannon8404 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 8,093
The animal shelter I volunteer at is across the street from the California Automobile museum. Today we saw an old timey produce truck being unloaded. Not sure of the model, but it had a Ford badge. Like something you would see around the turn of the last century.
  #253  
Old 08-28-2014, 08:14 AM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
A nice MG convertable (couldn't see which model) in British racing green commuting to work in the last gasp of summer before Labor Day weekend. The driver looked very content.
  #254  
Old 08-28-2014, 12:37 PM
rn4j0r is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7
Acura NSX on the way to work this morning.
  #255  
Old 08-28-2014, 12:52 PM
mhendo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 25,257
Quote:
Originally Posted by rn4j0r View Post
Acura NSX on the way to work this morning.
I like the look of the new NSX, which should be available next year. It looks a bit similar to the Ferrari 458 in places, but that's not a bad thing.
  #256  
Old 08-29-2014, 12:21 AM
bengangmo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 9,656
Yesterday I saw an Aston Martin Rapide "in the wild" (the first time)

I went to the launch of both this car and on a different occasion a showcase of the 177 (where a friend drove a Jensen Interceptor).
  #257  
Old 08-29-2014, 12:26 AM
Enginerd is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 5,832
Saw a Ferrari Testarossa on the way to work this morning.
  #258  
Old 09-11-2014, 07:29 AM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
Maserati Grandturismo convertible on the drive home yesterday. A very striking looking car.
  #259  
Old 09-11-2014, 03:24 PM
RadioWave is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 709
Another Bugatti Veyron sighting in Southern California and yes, my head did do that 180 swivel thing that owls do. I suspect it was tooling around after visiting the Irvine Cars and Coffee meeting as it was in that general area.
  #260  
Old 09-11-2014, 08:03 PM
Chefguy's Avatar
Chefguy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 42,163
1955 red Corvette convertible.
  #261  
Old 09-11-2014, 08:45 PM
Magiver is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Dayton Ohio USA
Posts: 28,460
couple days ago I saw a 60's era Studebaker truck with a turbo charged, supercharged, detroit diesel 2 stroke. It had a turbo charger feeding into a supercharger as God intended from the factory.
  #262  
Old 09-12-2014, 12:54 PM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
I saw a late 60's or early 70's Jeep Commando that looked almost exactly like this except no Jerry can on the back - http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/...ale_Rear_1.jpg
  #263  
Old 09-15-2014, 03:23 PM
jtur88 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cebu, Philippines
Posts: 14,330
'66 Studebaker Lark, in Walmart parking lot. Driver said he did his own restoration, took four years.

Last edited by jtur88; 09-15-2014 at 03:26 PM.
  #264  
Old 09-15-2014, 07:08 PM
Magiver is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Dayton Ohio USA
Posts: 28,460
Where to start. I saw a 1950 Martin Stationette,

A 1936 supercharged Chord

A 1973 Triumph Stag.

A 1965 American Motors Rambler with a straight 6 flat head motor.


A Mid 60's Studebaker truck with a turbocharged, supercharged, 2 stroke Detroit Diesel.

1972 Pantera

1955 Corvette

Various Porches, Maserati's, GTO's Shelby's, Jaguars, Lotus's......

OK, been to a couple of car shows.
  #265  
Old 09-15-2014, 08:35 PM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
Today I passed a Cadillac Allente with the top down.
  #266  
Old 09-15-2014, 10:00 PM
dropzone's Avatar
dropzone is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts: 29,881
There's a Maserati dealership nearby, as well as loads of rich folk. I am sick of the 1947 Cisitalia portholes they all sport. At least they don't have the portholes from the '47 Maserati A6 (old man Farina was going through his porthole period), which would make the cars look even more like Buicks, but they do not look good to me. It's like Enzo's ghost thumbing his nose at the Maserati brothers (again) from beyond the grave.
  #267  
Old 09-16-2014, 03:19 PM
ElvisL1ves is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: The land of the mouse
Posts: 50,127
A '75 (I think) Ford Fairmont, in mint-looking condition. They were shitboxes even when new, complete with emission control stuff, but rusted apart and died quickly like most any 1970's American car. Whatever possessed this person to take care of one is a mystery.
  #268  
Old 09-16-2014, 05:08 PM
gotpasswords is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: San Francisco area
Posts: 16,361
Sorry, but the Tesla leaves me uninspired. The technology is grand, but the bodywork is "Eh, another sports car"

Yesterday, we passed (!) a McLaren with paper plates. I can only assume the driver was stil a bit scared of finding the point where the car's potential exceeds his driving skill.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt
Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that I've occasionally (though rarely) seen in the last few years: a blue square with two lateral gold bars, and no words.
How can you be in San Francisco and not recognize the HRC logo?
  #269  
Old 09-17-2014, 12:59 AM
Ms Boods is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,704
I hope seeing a car on Autotrader counts -- for the third time since I sold it in January, my old Mini Cooper has reappeared on the UK Autotrader. The car was an absolute horror of electrics problems and water damage; I bought it in ignorance from an unscrupulous dealer.

When we sold it, we let it go for next to nothing, listing completely its faults and problems, explained that I'd never been given a complete dealer/maintenance history, it had a bad transmission sensor (which caused the car suddenly and without warning to stop running. Loads of fun at 80 mph on rush hour motorway traffic) and that I was the 5th owner (it was a 2001, just for reference), and that it was a parts-car (especially as I'd just put four new Conti tyres on it ). Many people came to look at it because they thought 500 for a Mini was a steal -- and they ran from the hills when we pointed out it was being sold as a parts car due to numerous issues. One guy came out with an AA inspector who gave it a thorough going over and agreed that it was best left to be a parts car or someone's hobby to fix up.

Flogged it off to two students for about 500 who assured us it would be fun to fix up. We warned them that it would require a lot of work.

Two weeks later, it's up on Autotrader again for 2500.

Then a few months later, different seller, up on Autotrader for about 2000.

Now it's back, like the cat in the song, with a different seller. Except this time, the person selling it is claiming that it has a complete service history (not true -- there is a huge gap), only two owners (at least 7 by now), and that it's completely clean inside and out (the latter may be true superficially, but I discovered, to my dismay, the summer that I owned it, that once the car got hot inside in the summer sun, the Ghosts of Piss & Vomit past were readily apparent). They want 2500 for it.

Last edited by Ms Boods; 09-17-2014 at 01:01 AM.
  #270  
Old 09-17-2014, 10:24 AM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by gotpasswords View Post
How can you be in San Francisco and not recognize the HRC logo?
It's not that frequently seen. But yeah, that's it, exactly.

http://www.hrc.org/
  #271  
Old 09-21-2014, 09:07 PM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
A Batmobile - a freakin' Batmobile. Replica (I assume) of the 1966 TV Batmobile cruising to a festival in Somerville MA.
  #272  
Old 09-23-2014, 03:40 PM
swampspruce's Avatar
swampspruce is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cool Pool
Posts: 4,431
Saw a butterscotch and blacktopped Mini on the way to work this morning. A real Mini, not that BMW thing. It was like passing a mobile Allsort.
  #273  
Old 09-29-2014, 01:03 PM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Porsche 356 cabriolet, in St. Louis (actually Chesterfield). Maroon, beautiful.
  #274  
Old 09-29-2014, 01:30 PM
Tapioca Dextrin is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Staring blankly at my GPS
Posts: 11,874
Tesla model S. In oil happy Houston of all places.
  #275  
Old 09-29-2014, 01:48 PM
Just Asking Questions is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 7,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
It's not that frequently seen. But yeah, that's it, exactly.

http://www.hrc.org/
Huh. I've seen those decals. Wondered if the owner was a lieutenant in the Navy or something.

I guess that answers my question of why I never see rainbow sticker variants on cars any more. They've been upgraded, and I wasn't informed.
  #276  
Old 09-29-2014, 03:55 PM
Chefguy's Avatar
Chefguy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 42,163
An Audi R8 on the streets of our little 'hood.
  #277  
Old 09-29-2014, 05:34 PM
gotpasswords is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: San Francisco area
Posts: 16,361
On Saturday, I came across a pickup painted in what I can only describe as PG&E blue, with a few scattered white Smurfs.

Not 100% sure, but this may be the actual truck. We were moving in opposite directions on a city street, so there wasn't much time to study it.
  #278  
Old 09-30-2014, 11:41 PM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Today - a DeLorean!
  #279  
Old 10-01-2014, 04:52 AM
bengangmo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 9,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
Today - a DeLorean!
Wooot!!!

One of my acquintances drives the last remaining DeLorean in Singapore. I haven't seen it in person yet.

I consult with the local M Cars and Alpina dealerships - so everytime I go there I see an E30 M3.... still one of the classics. There's a picture of it in the showroom here

They have some awesome Alpinas being restored in the service centre also - one an 850...
  #280  
Old 10-01-2014, 06:12 AM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Nice!

I've only ever seen silver (stainless) DeLoreans. Apparently there are other colors but I've never seen one live.
  #281  
Old 10-01-2014, 08:29 AM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
Back in the 90's I was visiting my old neighborhood in a Seattle suburb and as I rounded a corner I spotted a DeLorean. Then another. And another. There were about 10 of them parked on the street and in a driveway. Turns out it was the DeLorean enthusiast group of Seattle meeting. Very odd.
  #282  
Old 10-01-2014, 09:23 AM
DooProcess is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: South of 60
Posts: 22
Southwest Michigan last Saturday I drove up beside this http://www.bigbananacar.com/pics.php

happened to be full of nice looking college age sweeties also...
  #283  
Old 10-01-2014, 09:42 AM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
A picture would've been nice, DooTell...
  #284  
Old 10-01-2014, 04:20 PM
epbrown01 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3,793
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
Nice!

I've only ever seen silver (stainless) DeLoreans. Apparently there are other colors but I've never seen one live.
There weren't other colors - over the years people have painted a few, but I think DMC only produced one painted car. A big part of its futuristic vision and advanced mfg tech was eliminating/reducing the need to paint them or for owners to care for a paint finish. As environmentally and logistically troublesome as painting still is, I'm surprised he idea was resurrected for green cars like the Prius, Insight, or Tesla line.

Speaking of which, I saw a Prius sedan for the first time. Thought they were all hatchbacks but passed a battered rusty old one recently and subsequently learned the 2002-2003 version was a four door.

Last edited by epbrown01; 10-01-2014 at 04:24 PM.
  #285  
Old 10-01-2014, 04:47 PM
swampspruce's Avatar
swampspruce is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cool Pool
Posts: 4,431
As I recall, the plan was for DeLorean to release other colors by anodizing the body, not painting them although wikipedia says otherwise. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if someone had done it on their own.
  #286  
Old 10-02-2014, 10:41 PM
Penfeather's Avatar
Penfeather is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 4,163
I saw an immaculate scarlet XK150 this morning, very similar to this. I may have dribbled a little.
  #287  
Old 10-07-2014, 11:19 AM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
Two great cars on my afternoon run yesterday. First was a 1963 split window Corvette coupe. And it sounded great going by at low speed, nice rumble. The second was a bright red Ferrari California T, looked like it had just been driven off the dealer lot.
  #288  
Old 10-10-2014, 11:32 PM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Today in Sunnyvale, CA, a 2014 Porsche Boxster. What was unique about this one was that it was brown with a tan interior. Normally I'm not a fan of brown but this brown was sharp, with understated sophistication and class. It was very nice!
  #289  
Old 10-10-2014, 11:33 PM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by swampspruce View Post
As I recall, the plan was for DeLorean to release other colors by anodizing the body, not painting them although wikipedia says otherwise. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if someone had done it on their own.
I remember this also - anodizing, not paint.
  #290  
Old 10-10-2014, 11:38 PM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by epbrown01 View Post
Speaking of which, I saw a Prius sedan for the first time. Thought they were all hatchbacks but passed a battered rusty old one recently and subsequently learned the 2002-2003 version was a four door.
There are a few around, though not many of them. I think most owners traded theirs in for the significantly more popular hatchback. The last one I saw was maybe 2-3 months ago.
  #291  
Old 10-11-2014, 06:50 AM
epbrown01 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3,793
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
Today in Sunnyvale, CA, a 2014 Porsche Boxster. What was unique about this one was that it was brown with a tan interior. Normally I'm not a fan of brown but this brown was sharp, with understated sophistication and class. It was very nice!
Ah, Porsche's macadamia brown metallic, one of the nicer shades of brown on modern cars. I often wonder if in a few years we'll have the same backlash we had against browns of the '70s.
  #292  
Old 10-11-2014, 07:17 AM
Bullitt's Avatar
Bullitt is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Giants Nation
Posts: 25,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by epbrown01 View Post
Ah, Porsche's macadamia brown metallic, one of the nicer shades of brown on modern cars. I often wonder if in a few years we'll have the same backlash we had against browns of the '70s.
Yes, a great looking car. Like this picture shows it.
  #293  
Old 10-11-2014, 07:21 AM
campp is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Arizona, USA
Posts: 3,162
Saw a gorgeous yellow Metro with a white hard top and old school Craiger mags. Looked really hot!
  #294  
Old 10-15-2014, 11:55 AM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
During my run yesterday was a Maserati Ghibli and another car that looked like a Lotus Elise but rear spoiler was wrong. Maybe an aftermarket spoiler, or some other car that I can't identify.
  #295  
Old 10-15-2014, 12:24 PM
mhendo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 25,257
My neighborhood is a comfortable, middle-class area with lots of educated professionals, and has the standard car makeup of the demographic: lots of Hondas, Volkswagens, Subarus, Priuses, and Mazdas, with a smaller assortment of lower-spec BMWs, Audis, and Mercs.

Yesterday, while i was out grabbing some fruit and veges, i saw a Bentley Coupe on the road, and in the parking lot of the produce market i saw my first in-the-flesh Jaguar F-Type convertible.

I've never quite understood the appeal of Bentley Coupes. If i wanted a real luxury car, i'd probably go for a sedan, and if i wanted a performance coupe, i'd probably go for something much more fun than a Bentley.

That F-Type is one fine looking car, though, and it sounds awesome, even at parking-lot speeds.
  #296  
Old 10-15-2014, 01:20 PM
tbook is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Dixie
Posts: 87
2014 Morgan 3 wheeler. Red. It was very cool.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_...rgan_3_Wheeler
  #297  
Old 10-16-2014, 10:55 AM
epbrown01 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 3,793
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telemark View Post
During my run yesterday was a Maserati Ghibli and another car that looked like a Lotus Elise but rear spoiler was wrong. Maybe an aftermarket spoiler, or some other car that I can't identify.
The Tesla roadster is based on the Elise and looks similar.
  #298  
Old 10-16-2014, 11:14 AM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,772
Quote:
Originally Posted by epbrown01 View Post
The Tesla roadster is based on the Elise and looks similar.
I took a look online and I don't think that's it. I'm now actually convincing myself that it was an Acura NSX and I just wasn't paying much attention.
  #299  
Old 10-16-2014, 11:58 AM
Amateur Barbarian is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: F.O.S.O.N.E.
Posts: 19,905
I saw a Tesla in Boston on Tuesday - and yes, had to argue with Junior, who was insistent it was a Lotus. Then yesterday I saw an MG Midget for perhaps the first time in ten or more years, on the highway. Thought it was an MGB until I got closer, and spent the entire time coming up/passing by/moving on marveling at what a tiny car it was. It was surrounded by small cars - Corollas, a Prius, other stuff on the small end of modern - and they all loomed over it. It looked exactly like a toy car on the highway. I'd have sworn it was the same size as those ridiculously expensive toys Hammacher-Schlemmer sells at Xmas. It got more toylike in my rearview mirrors. My sister used to have one and I remember it well... but you know, I think they were bigger then.

Last edited by Amateur Barbarian; 10-16-2014 at 12:00 PM.
  #300  
Old 10-16-2014, 01:03 PM
mhendo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 25,257
Today i saw a Datsun 510, with an old California black and yellow license plate, and bodywork that was an unholy combination of rust and primer.
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017