(Last) Weekly Roundup: Sick And Tired Edition

Makes perfect sense, really. I’ve been in perfect health for the final few weeks of my dreary tech job — but the minute I have a chance to fly to NorCal and drive on a track, I get knock-down sick. The same was true of Danger Girl; our press-loaner 430i sounded like a TB ward while we were on the freeway what with the continual coughing and wheezing. To make matters slightly worse, on the way home our plane turned around over Columbus and went all the way back to St. Louis because the runway was covered in ice.

Enough griping. We ended up getting a total of 5 sessions on Thunderhill and napping at lunch. Can’t complain about that. Time for the recap on last week.

For TTAC, I offered some two-car advice, considered what happens when Lyft drivers crash, and reviewed the 2016 Chevrolet Spark.

Brother Bark talked to JPM and showed buyers how the industry sees them.

For R&T, I continued my series on zombie cars.

That’s all, folks!

16 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: Sick And Tired Edition”

  1. AvatarScott Seigmund

    Jack, it sucks about getting sick. About all I can console you with is Rule #1. ” . . . . Happiness is pointless. We are all on this Earth to suffer. So learn to suffer like a man. Not everyone can be as rich and successful as me, but try to be less of a failure than you already are.” Jordan B Peterson

  2. AvatarRyan

    I’ve actually dated two women (almost concurrently) who has purchased a Spark new. Initially, I was somewhat off put by their poor choice in cars and proceeded to make a judgement about their (presumably poor) credit score. I must note that this was back in my “gainfully employed” days where my fleet consisted of the Z06, F250 Diesel, and the Fox Body. The idea of being forced to roll around in a Spark almost sickened me.

    After spending some time behind the wheel of both, I too grew fond of the little cars. While they may not be able to even match my old 99 SOHC/ATX Neon in acceleration, I began to realize why two early-20s women would choose a Spark as their first “new car” purchase.

    Both cars certainly outlasted me in these women’s lives; one eventually being replaced by an ex-rental Focus and the other now pregnant with a second child. While I cannot say that I miss the women or their cars, I will concede that the Spark is far better than the garbage I normally end up renting for camping. If someone is on a tight budget or looking for a cheap “beater” to commute into the city, I will usually throw out the Spark as an option.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      “Both cars certainly outlasted me in these women’s lives; one eventually being replaced by an ex-rental Focus and the other now pregnant with a second child. ”

      The editor in me laughed at this; I pictured a Spark getting ready to give birth for a second time. 🙂

      • AvatarRyan

        My High School journalism teacher once said, “Anyone can write, but editing is becoming a lost art.”

        He was right, because I (obviously) still could benefit from a strong editor.

  3. AvatarWidgetsltd

    Somebody should tell the guy with the two-car dilemma that he already owns his tow vehicle: a 2018 Toyota Sienna. The Internet tells me that the van has a towing capacity of 3500 pounds, which should be plenty for an enclosed, single-axle trailer with which to haul his kid’s kart, tools, and supplies. Could he haul a track car with the van, too? Yes. A two-time SCCA club racing National Champion that I know hauled his neon showroom stock racer and his Viper T1 racer (not at the same time) on an open, double-axle, aluminum Trailex trailer. He used several different vehicles to do this over the years, including a Chrysler minivan. I tow my neon Chumpcar/Lucky Dog racer over California mountain passes with my 2008 Grand Caravan (4.0L/6-speed) and a Demco Kar Kaddy tow dolly. There is really no need for a big, thirsty, expensive truck…unless that’s what he wants to drive.

    • Avatarrwb

      I am in the depths of learning this the hard way, when it comes to trailering a race car around on a regular basis, pushing the envelope of “doing more with less” probably won’t lead to catastrophe, but there’s something to be said for exceeding the bare minimum level of equipment necessary for the sake of your sanity.

        • Avatarrwb

          Was the trailer’s surface any larger than the dimensions of the car’s wheelbase and track width, and was it intended for cars? Did it have ramps that fit, and stay in place in a strong breeze? Did that Pilot (which is not a minivan, though close) reliably function as it should (and would you ever in a million years be the subsequent owner knowing it was used as such?)

          If so, you’ve exceeded the bare minimum I’m talking about. Am I slightly #triggered and talking about more than just the tow vehicle, maybe.

          Yeah you can use pretty much anything with a tow hitch to tow a little race car around, but having a spendthrift mentality to towing has in my experience led to problems that wouldn’t arise otherwise.

          • Avataryamahog

            For the record, I’d buy a Honda Pilot that towed an S2000 contingent upon the Pilot adhering to the severe duty maintenance schedule.

            My Dad tows an 11k lb excavator + trailer a few times per year in his Honda Ridgeline. It’s only rated for 5k, and the brakes wear out pretty fast with the excavator in tow but the truck has done it for the past 140k miles and I expect it to go another 140k.

  4. AvatarSIV

    Re R&T: I’d be at the Nissan dealer tomorrow morning with a fistful of 100-120 $100 bills if I could drive out in a brand new early 90s SE-R. I’d happily daily drive it for a decade too. Side-impact standards be damned.


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