Weekly Roundup: You Should See The Other Guy Edition

About twelve hours after you are the not-at-fault party in a car crash, no matter how minor, you will start getting calls from attorneys, body shops, and “official accident centers” that just happen to be affiliated with a local chiropractor. About thirty-six hours after the fact, you’ll start getting mail from various interested parties.

Ten days after a cheerful harmonica player and recreational marijuana enthusiast bopped his Mazda2 into my Accord, I’ve yet to hear from Liberty Mutual, the insurance company of said fellow. Well, that’s the way of the free market, ain’t it?

This was a busy week for me in all respects. Click the jump for the six — count ’em! — articles that I published since coming home from Sebring on Monday night.

This week, I interviewed the owners of EXR in Las Vegas to find out how the “supercar experiences” out there can be saved. But the real traffic and interest from the readers came when I wrote about driving a slow car fast, and a fast car even faster. It’s worth noting that a LaFerrari owner contacted me to offer a caustic opinion on the speed at which a LaF can enter the Esses at Mid-Ohio. What can I say? If I’d guessed high somebody might have tried to match the number and gotten killed as a result.

For TTAC, I reviewed the AMG C63S, provided a long-term update on my Accord, and linked to a Scott Adams piece for the lulz. Finally, I asked the readers where they are prepared to save money on a new car.

Tomorrow, I’m going to attend my friend Nick’s funeral. I’m bringing a BMX bike. Nick had asked me a few weeks ago to try an indoor dirt-jump place, but I’d had to beg off because of travel. After we put the man in the ground, I’m going to pull on my gloves and go for a ride. Talk to you next week.

20 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: You Should See The Other Guy Edition”

  1. DirtRoads

    I think i told you to sell the Accord in another thread Jack. Go ahead. Buy that 124 Abarth. You know you want to.

  2. Disinterested-Observer

    Sorry about your friend. Pure coincidence this week I happened to send some buddies an email relating to a friend of ours who died last year.

  3. Frank Galvin

    Jack – so sorry to hear about your friend, especially as you had shared that part of your life with us on more than one occasion.

    I’m not sure where you stand on/with the Church these days, but if you don’t mind, I’ll offer up a few prayers including one to your namesake and patron saint as its fitting.

    As my people are fond of saying, may God level the road for his soul.

  4. Dirty Dingus McGee

    Like you, I will be at a funeral on Saturday. Would much rather spend the time having a beer with the man, but that’s no longer possible. So later, I’ll have one for me and one for him(but he liked that cheap shit, so I prob won’t have all of his).

  5. rpn453

    Sorry for your loss. I’ve yet to experience losing a close friend, aside from a dog. But having his worn-out body die peacefully and happily, with a belly full of tasty meat, and in the arms of the people who love him, was not remotely comparable to this.

    Try not to end up with a partially collapsed lung, like the last time I went dirt jumping. We’re too old and heavy for crashing!

  6. Ronnie Schreiber

    Ten days after a cheerful harmonica player and recreational marijuana enthusiast bopped his Mazda2 into my Accord.

    Now what are the chances that someone is going to be enthusiastic about both harmonica and marijuana? You’re a fine writer, but that just doesn’t sound believeable to me.

    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      One of the best amateur harmonica players I’ve heard, smokes about 4-6 joints a day. And runs a small motorcycle repair shop.

      I know I couldn’t move if I smoked that much, as I haven’t toked his daily consumption over the last 30+ years combined.

      • Ronnie Schreiber

        A private joke for our host. I have a patent on a bong and a patent pending on an electric harmonica. However, I go hear live blues a couple of times a week and while plenty of the musicians will go outside between sets to smoke a joint, I can’t recall any harp players joining in. That’s kind of weird because just about every other musical instrument will be represented in the puff, puff & pass circle.

  7. Galactagog

    I never met him, but if he was a friend of yours that says everything I will raise a pint to Nick tonight.

    Best wishes to his family and friends

  8. Harry

    Umm on a lighter note…

    I was surprised to see you reference the make of your South African kit car by name during your long term Accord review.

    I don’t read you stuff carefully enough to know if this is the first time you have named it, but I do recall you mentioning in other articles that the terms of your settlement with the company barred you from doing so.

    Time expired on that? Don’t care anymore? Oversight?

    The funny thing was I was looking at a CAV the other day wondering if that was the car you had a problem with. Production of their early kits coincides with your troubled car.

    Glad to know that wasn’t it.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      The lousy car that I had was a Superformance S1.

      The United States distributor of Noble, who was also my Superformance salesman, threatened to sue me if I drew any public association between Superformance and Noble. Both cars were constructed by Hi-Tech Automotive in South Africa. I should probably write about that for R&T…

      • Harry

        I would like to read that article. Overall I would like to see more content about the new generation of “kit” or “component” cars, along with these rolling chassis models. It would be fantastic if it was in the vein of the old TTAC, both critical and informative while being complimentary of what is good. Most of the content out there is breathless praise.

        I have a theory that they will be getting more popular as the market for “used” performance cars continues to become a more and more collectors market with attendant prices. While I agree with your article that outfits that build competition cars should not be “retro” and should innovate because that is what wins, as well as being in the spirit of those older desirable cars, my personal interest is in a very analog driving experience.

        I cannot see myself in replicar, but I seriously considered a Factory Five 818S. No task in building it is beyond me ability, but I think they entirety of the project is beyond my patience. I was surprised about how little ink has been spilled over that vehicle. The forum was very active and informative. Given the aforementioned breathless praise I was surprised by a number of owners who wished they went the naturally aspirated route with their cars. On the street they didn’t need more power, but the extra work of the intercooler plumbing was not worth it, and often they were not seeing the power they were expecting. Much verbiage was spent about how to properly cool the charge, as well as controling engine and engine compartment temperature. Not much time was spent on how much fun it was or wasn’t to live with.

        The same goes for the Kmiatas. The 818s, Kmiata and various other things of that sort out there are realistic alternatives to the Elans and Elises ect. of the world as the prices for even poor examples of those cars are astronomical by comparison to 10 years ago.


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