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Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car

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Sociologists have explained the love affair we have with our cars, and most of us secretly long for some exotic thing that costs more than our houses do, gets three mpg, and is extremely impractical.  This WSJ article recovers a lot of that ground, and fairly well.

 

So, what was you first car, or more likely the first car you drove that was not on loan from Dad?  And for the bonus round--what car, if price were no object--would you like to own?

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  • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
    nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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    first car I bought was a 1963 Ford Falcon convertible.  Wouldn't mind having one now for a fix up project.

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      Hey Husker my first car (200 bucks) was a 63 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible with a Police Interceptor package

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      tryt53 Alumni Steward Platinum 5 Reviews
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      Nice nuhusker.  My first car was a 1961 Ford Falcon station wagon.  Black with a black and white interior.  Wish I still had that now too!

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    First car was a 1957 Ford for $250!

     

    Drove it for thousands of miles in 1966, to Florida for Christmas.

     

    Most exotic car I have had was a twin turbo 911 cabriolet Porsche. Wonderful car, but too much for and average guy like me.

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    • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
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      Jerry that is the gold standard to cars and very impressive! We bow in your presence

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    Guy's,

     

    No one is going to believe the TRUE stories!

     

    My second car was a 1959 Ford and I paid a whopping $100 for it.  The cheapest I ever paid for gas was 19.9 cents a gallon. That was not unusual with "Gas War's, and that was Full Service!

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    • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
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      I was bummed when Ethel (aka High test crept over 50 cents a gallon so I believe you.

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      • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
        jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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        SS,

         

        Gas in London this week was at $10/gallon, and the taxi drivers commented that some of the gov't there WANTS it to go higher!

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        • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
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          Are they still using what we called the Imperial Gallon, not that that makes it any better?

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            jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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            SS,

             

            This is figured on L1.41/ liter and they indicated 5 liters to our gallon, so that comes out to L 7.05 gallon that comes out to a little over $11 US per gallon.  I am sure there are other factors in this example, but you get the picture.

             

            The amazing thing is the traffic is horrendous and will be very bad for the Olympics, as some roads are being shut down to make way for "VIP Routes."  It will be a rough Summer for driving in London.

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              Wow--what a price!  Just think we may be headed that way, but our distances are much farther here.  When it gets to five bucks I think it will impact everything!!!  I paid 7 a gallon (same calculations as yours) in Canada a few years back, but I had a rented Prius (and felt so morally superior when I did) and the pain was a little less.

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              • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
                jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                SS,

                 

                I am probably high on my figures, but it is a major talking point. 

                 

                Today is the London Marathon, and I thank my lucks stars, I got out of there yesterday.  You could not imagine the literal miles of temporary fencing and the about of bridges being shut down for the day.  A super mess, that will effect most everyone in the city.

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                  pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                  Can't even imagine.  Marathons and Olympics are stay-aways for me.  Especially in big cities.  The World Police and Fire Games are about as close as I'll get.

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                    shoeman1000 Platinum 4 Reviews
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                    Looks like we are really in for a shock.  $10/gal gas and no Marriott Rewards Program....    or, gas will work it's way down again, like it always does.  Maybe not down below $2, but maybe.... and Marriott will continue their Loyalty program, albeit watered down.... 

                     

                    Where have all the optimists gone???

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                  • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
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                    Next weekend is the Big Sure International Marathon here and our daughter is a board member. It is a madhouse bringing thousands of folks to our little peninsula all at one time and place.  Listed as the third best marathon in the US (after NY and Boston), the marathon takes runners "to hell and back" along the coast, rising ffrom near Sea Level to 1700 feet above on Hurricane Point, and back down.  wind blows a full force gale at times, but it is a fun run for those who do it.

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                      pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                      We're headed back there for an extended family celebration next weekend.  I wonder if it will impact Hwy 1 into and out of Carmel?  Yuck.    Well, at least I'm grateful to have a heads up on it (will bring extra patience ).  I'll see if I can google the marathon for route info.

                       

                      Say, this is one positive example of how a non-related travel blog can be turned into informative travel info.  Thanks, SS!

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                      pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                      So Step,

                      It looks like the Marathon will be south of Carmel, from Pfeiffer Big Sur up to Rio Road.  Does that mean anyone staying up in Carmel Highlands will be blocked in from 4am-1pm on Sunday, do you think?  Also, I wonder if Hwy 1 at Ocean Ave will be gridlocked.  Do you have any prior experience with this?

                      Thanks.

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                        They caravan people with a CHP escort, and it is slow going.  They will close the road except for this at 4am.  Check out www.BSIM.org for more information.

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                          pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                          I did.  I think my parents are going to be locked in Carmel Highlands once they return to their lodging on Saturday night, through Sunday afternoon.  I'll see if there's a phone number I can try.

                           

                          Thanks.

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                nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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                "When it gets to five bucks I think it will impact everything!!!"

                 

                steppingstones, I have to say that at today's price of $3.74 a gallon here, it's already impacted everything I do! 

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                  pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                  We've already see $5 gas here in California.  It's been over $4 for a while.  If it hits $5 again, it will be an encore for us.  It's one of a number of reasons why I carpool and am a proponent of public transportation.  Supply and demand.

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                    nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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                    There's a cure for that supply problem.

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                      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                      NU,

                       

                      Yes, we have discussed that one in person.  This gas situation is really going to effect Summer travels.  I may be doing a lot more grilling in the back yard.

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                        nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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                        Yes we have, jerrycoin.  We've already cut back in a big way.  Don't get me wrong, we aren't holed up in the basement (well maybe I am, but my wife isn't), but I have made the decision to not pour my money down the throats of the service stations, oil companies, and middle east oil cartels.  The beauty of living in a small town is I'm a minute and a half from my office by car, less than 5 minutes from the country club, and about the same to Walmart,  Hy-Vee and McDonalds.  Unfortunately, we're what seems like light years away from an airport.  And we also grill a lot.

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                      • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
                        pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                        I think it already has.  Can't believe the airfares I've been seeing this spring.  $500 from central CA to Idaho this year.  I can drive it faster than the itinerary I'd get with my FF miles.  Prior to a couple of months ago, it was literally half that.  Normally I enjoy staying at a CY when visiting family , but with airfare doubled, may have to consider a stay in the guest room!  Thinking it may be a good idea to go ahead and purchase airfare for Christmas travel.  I have a feeling it's not going to go down.

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                        • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
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                          Airfares are out of sight.  For sure

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                          jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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                          Pluto,

                           

                          I can't drive to Europe, but I will say that it may not be worth traveling there at $5,000 for each business class seat.  I am start to lean toward going to river towns and spending $500, and living very well.

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                            amazing what we do for our travel no?

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                            pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                            I am not ready to shift my travel focus back to the U.S.  I feel the need to get all of my long haul travel fixes in now while this body that's not getting any younger is good for the task, and save the closer to home stuff for later.  But if gas does permanently get out of control before that happens, well then, I'll have to do what I'll have to do, as will we all.  You (and others) are fortunate to have already enjoyed so much foreign travel, and good for you!

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                            • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
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                              Travel is a great tonic, and you put up with a lot to get to places these days.  I hope to begin anew with International travel in a year or so, and in the meantime enjoy the posts from the many who do in this forum.

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                  Yep, and I was the envy of all my Eucom buddies when I got gas cards on TDY!

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    tef6178 Platinum 8 Reviews
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    My first car was a 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible. It was a nice car for an 18 year old. Bought it myself from paper route money! Moved to the 'muscle' cars after I got a real job...two Corvettes and three Mercedes SL's (the 2 seaters). My current is a Mercedes SL500 two seater cabriolet/hardtop. An absolutely beautiful piece of machinery!

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      Wonderful car--I have an older E class that takes a lot of care but can scream when I punch the accelerator--just like the Autobahn but the US models are electronically restricted to 150 mph--what a drag.  I remember hitting that around Munich and being passed by a VW (obviously not a standard one)

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        pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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        We have owned several Corvettes.  Now for some (stupid - wait, who said that?) reason, we own a Miata.  The only thing good about it is that the top comes off.  (Admittedly, it has been modified up the ying yang, but any appreciation for that is completely lost on me.)  Tef, your Mercedes is gorgeous.  I don't mind top down sports cars, so long as I don't feel like I'm sitting on the ground in them.  Prefer to be able to slide in and out with ease.

         

        My first car was not an ode to Detroit, so maybe I shouldn't post.  (It was a '71 Superbeetle and I loved it.  Kept it for 8 years until I could afford my first new car.)  I too have been passed on the Autobahn by a VW while cruising in an Audi at about 120mph (no I was not behind the wheel).  Insane, say I.

         

        When I was but a kid, we used to name our cars.  Mine was Betsy (bug).  My best friend married a guy 17 years her senior, so their Jag was Zeizu, and her Corvette was Cinderella.  (Oh, did I just ruin this blog?  Sorry.  Perhaps naming cars isn't very manly.)  Drove a rust bucket the size of a match box car in Okinawa, but then so did everyone there.

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      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      Teft,

       

      That is a beauty!  Be proud of that one.

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  • Re: Ode to Detroit's Wheels?  Your first car
    painedplatinum Platinum 2 Reviews
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    1964 Oldsmobile F-85.  In 1976, our neighbors were moving from the Philly area to California. They offered this vehicle to my family for $100. It wasn't worth the money it would cost to have the car shipped, so we bought it. That amphibious vehicle lasted me through my high school driving escapades.

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