Well, hello there.
My name is Jack Baruth. This is my website. You’ve probably figured that out.
I’ve been writing for publication since before Bill Clinton was president. Mostly about bikes and cars, but sometimes about general-interest topics as well. I’m a Scorpio. Just like you, I’m on a journey to learn and understand as much as I can about this world. Thanks for visiting.
And my name is Bark M. Well, no, not really, but it’s close enough. I’m a musician, a traveler, a driver, and a father. What else do you need to know?
I like the learning but the word journey? I’ve read occasional posts on TTAC but I couldn’t tell you if any of them were yours (except therecent Malibu Eco review). Nonetheless I read your goodbye article and although I don’t know the internal politics of the evolution of Fleetwood Mac, your conceptual description was such that here I am. Good luck finding the important stuff. I’m watching…
If your available in early November, please reach out about a speaking idea. can’t find any way to call or send an email offline.
So I stumbled across this short movie about fat biking in the UP and I sent it to some of my riding buddies. Thought you might like it, there are no wild and crazy stunts but the music and cinematography are very good.
Winter is coming, I got myself a new fatty and I am pumped!
Came across this article you wrote:
I found it quite humorous and enjoyed your writing style, so I Googled your name and ended up here. In spite of the fact that I am Canadian, I couldn’t agree more with your evaluation of the abuse of inter-state laws and although the issue itself is small, I couldn’t help but think about it on a grander scale and shake my head at America once again. I mean really, your country is spending tax dollars on machines to measure camber, on top of that booking out of state cars where the laws do not even apply, what a waste of tax payer money. Even though; ignorance of the law is not a defense, with stuff like this it makes me wonder if an American can even travel state to state without first reading the next states legal stature because if you don’t it may be your only defense. Mind boggling.
On a side note, the relations you use to talk about “twenties somethings”, although funny, truly highlight your distain for that generation and their hobbies. Were not all that bad and some of us even have a sour taste in our own mouths for our peers tasteless characteristic traits. It also makes you sound like an old man, haha so ease up on that!
Cheers, keep up the good work!
I AM AN OLD MAN
and most of it is tongue in cheek.
Thanks for visiting 🙂
Jack, I just your article on TTAC siting your appreciation of Chris Bangle’s contribution to BMW and automotive design long before it was cool to do so. Anyway, in said article, you briefly mentioned releasing a book compilation of your old “Avoidable Contact” series from S:S:L and TTAC. Was that a true statement or merely tongue-in-cheek? I will tell you right now that if you do release it, I will absolutely buy it without hesitation.
Can I also recommend an edit function so idiots like me can correct posts after they make them?
Mr. Baruth, I just discovered the nice article about my Dad’s passing. Thank you for the kind words.
Thank you for stopping by. Your father was a brilliant and talented man. I’ve turned down more than a couple of offers for the guitars he rebuilt for me.
Jack, you might know a lot about racing, but you don’t possess a turd’s worth of knowledge about the Allman Brothers Band. I was partially amazed, but mostly saddened and angered by, your paragraph-after-paragraph drivel and blather regarding the naked photo that graced the inside of their debut album. Quick question… were you even born when Duane Allman was alive? The photograph in question was not the idea of Stephen Paley (the man with the camera), but that of the late Phil Walden, who owned and operated Capricorn Records. The album was the band’s debut project in 1969 – and probably before your time – hippies were plentiful and they were excited about being able to express their new freedoms. If this over your head, I apologize. Long story short? Write about things that display your knowledge – not your inane stupidity and complete lack of grade-school research skills. With everything on the Internet these days, I’d think you could have done better than a third-grader offering political views on the shortcomings of Barack Obama. That’s what I get for thinking.
Were you personally acquainted with the individuals responsible for the photo? I’m always willing to retract mistakes. What did I get wrong, and what was your perspective?
Jack… to put it mildly, the whole thing was a mistake on your part. If you like the music of the Allman Brothers Band, that’s one thing, but to attempt to dissect what went down the day that photo was taken was poor judgment on your part. If you weren’t around in the late 1960s into the early 1970s, you completely missed the hippie movement. And, yes, it was a movement… free love, free music, young kids finally being able to express their beliefs and views. Older Americans didn’t understand it, but it didn’t matter. Young people finally had a voice, and a band that was from the South, lived in the South and were based in the South was totally new.
The debut album in 1969 also spoke volumes about the people in the band. In 1969, and especially in the South, Caucasians and African-Americans hanging out together was practically unheard of. Yet, here was a band that didn’t care about the backward and backwoods Uncle Tom beliefs America held onto. This was a racially mixed unit, indeed, a brotherhood. The naked photo shocked older Americans, but it raised a flag for young kids, and thankfully, it wasn’t the rebel flag of the South.
The photo was shot not far from Macon, Georgia, the home base for the Brothers back then. The creek ran between the property of the late Otis Redding and Alan Walden, Phil’s brother and partner in the Capricorn venture. Phil had actually managed Otis Redding’s career. Stephen Paley was hired by Atlantic Records, who had financially backed Walden’s new Capricorn label. Stephen told me that Phil Walden had come up with the idea to do the naked photos. There was actually an entire shoot done that day. And in 1969, young kids and hippies were ‘letting it all hang out’ so to speak. Stephen has also told me that drugs weren’t involved the day the photos were taken. So, in short, the idea for the picture that graced the inside gatefold of the debut record by the Allman Brothers Band was all about what was happening at the time. Young America was rising up with a voice and firmly expressing their views and beliefs, regardless of what older Americans thought or believed. If you weren’t around then, you missed a lot.
Thanks for requesting some further information, Jack.
Fucking boomers – it will never be enough for you will it? Whining then, whining now… shut the fuck up and die already so we can get rid of your ahistorical, acultural, and sorely dated, baggage already. By the way, and I am surprised at your advanced age you still don’t get it… NOTHING IS FREE – and because you manipulated fools didn’t get it then either, now the younger generations are left to float the bill for your anything-fucking-goes-as-long-as-it-isn’t-tradition narcissistic hedonism and activist “reform” movements that “changed the world”… Dylan was right to divorce himself from you incorrigible idjits. Too bad more of you didn’t follow… Thanks for making us foot your health bill too, so we can pay for your 70s cocaine-scarred internals before you shuffle along… fucking intellectual bums and betrayers of your progeny. Stand your own ground and stop hiding behind this phony myth of “we”, the 60s kids… you “let it all hang out”? That’s your “freedom”? Fuck your cock! Grow up – LOL!
Maybe you should go fix some of the mess you left your grandchildren instead of getting all curmudgeon over album covers that no one cares about – no one who matters anyway…
Holy fuck who pissed in your cereal. A great deal of change occurred in the time in question. Not all good I’ll admit but if you can’t acknowledge it the shame is on you. For example, the fact alone that you are permitted to rant in such a manner is a testament to that type of change. Ever heard the phrase children should be seen but not heard?
On a lighter note…
I was nostalgically reading about the demise of the V Star 1100 and came across your 2012 article on that cruiser. Why do people buy or ride cruisers? I thought I would prefer one of the zippier street bikes but my desire to travel pushed me to the 1100. I have always ridden alone and reveled in the comfort of this bike. Stock mufflers are fine with me. Yes, many corners have aluminum skid marks from the floor boards. Those boards also deflected many a trucker’s loose loads.
This classing bike carried me across deserts of Texas, NM, Az. and California in blistering June and July heat. It purred along endless west Texas highways at 90 mph. It delighted me through hills and twists in southern California. It powered me over lofty highways across Arizona and New Mexico. It supported me on several 600 and 700 mile trips through high winds and rain in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. It danced me daily to and from work in Houston year round. It was trouble free for 8 years and 40,000 miles.
It failed me only once, or I failed it when I couldn’t maneuver to avoid a car turning left in front of me. Insurance paid for the bike and my wounds but I had to heal.
Now it is time to consider a replacement. Ah there is none!
Looking for your contact information I found your claim to a few lines in middle English that intrigued me. They are some of the few classic lines I memorized in 1966 and can still recite today. I didn’t think you were that old… 6 centuries old.
A couple things in common impelled me to relate my story. I hope you enjoyed it.
I did enjoy the story… whom did I plagiarize?
Just wanted your thoughts as a rider and driver on this situation
I wrote about this on TTAC today. Thank you for the heads-up!
Hey Jack… since Bark “came out” as to his career, what is yours? I’ve been reading you for years and you’ve alluded to “driving to work” but I’m pretty sure you never identified your day job.
Or is working in the auto blog/magazine world your full time thing?
I sell drugs to kids.
That’s why I used to have a CL55.
Half serious here.
Got it. I think I was in a same/similar industry for ~ 10 years and understand.
Jack – just read your treatise in R&T on why Tesla should be worshipped. You must be on their payroll, or brain dead. You don’t release beta versions of functionality that can kill people. Beta means it’s not cooked. It does not matter that they have every disclaimer on the planet before you turn it on – that does not absolve you of responsibility. Putting out a beta version, with inferior hardware to feed the software, is reckless and cavalier with respect to human life. You should consider stepping on to a higher plane and write instead about the standards on what would make all this acceptable, and safe.
What Tesla is doing right now is arrogant, and that kills people.
I’m definitely not on their payroll anyway.
Hey Jack, I read your article in R&T about the C5 Z06 being the best HPDE car for the money. I enjoyed it and it’s been something I’ve been saying since starting HPDE. I drive a 2005 GTO that I’ve put money into making it a great track car. One thing you wrote about that I have problems with too (and it makes since since those cars have the same brake calipers whereas my car weighs about 800lbs more) is heat cracks in the rotors. I notice a lot of people with this problem and my father and I have just started a business to prolong not having a problem. When I worked as a tooling design engineer I came across a harmonics process that extends the life of machined tools. We’ve done some testing on rotors and have seen life extended by 800%, I know it’s a stupid high number but we tested at CMP the other month and the treated rotors have no cracking in them at all while the non-treated ones have the start. Also our treated ones run with temps cooler by about 70 degrees and this was on a 100 degree day in SC. If you would be interested in it let me know of if you’d like to write about its potential in the motorsports world I’d love to tell you more about it!
Just read that story as well. A great article for sure
Hello, I’m Wayne Fuckin’ Gerdes, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to use my position as a supposedly-impartial reviewer of cars and automotive products to promote your business! Look forward to working together,
Wayne Fuckin’ Gerdes #SPON
PS. Sorry for the jokes, sounds like a great product. Maybe submit a press release to R&T, Hot Rod or other industry magazine and pray?
First time post here, but longtime follower from TTAC. Glad to see this outlet for your writing. I became hooked on your writing from two specific stories: “How Lamborghini Lost its Man Card” and “99 Red Balloons”.
Just saw this comment—hopefully you noticed that fiction is back at TTAC!
It’s 2021, and last night I came upon the words of Jack Baruth that were so eloquently stated in R&T’s, “Ten Thousand Miles on the Final Aircooled Honda”. I myself am a proud owner of a 2013 CB1100 and somehow came upon this article despite opting out at any chance I can of sharing my data. I was surprised to find that Jack’s articles span much further than motorcycling but for now I’m most interested in that area. Here’s to hoping he still has a semi-regular article to write for us all to enjoy.
Thank you for your kind words… after changing jobs I’ve slowed down on the bike and have just 12,600 miles on it now. Won’t sell it any time soon.
Just wondering how comfy u were in the new Mazda. Just finished the R&T article and I’m DYING to know if my 6’2″ 215 lb frame might be able to fit. . .
Kevin — I think you’ll be in good shape. Don’t expect to be able to wear a helmet with the top up unless you slouch and/or recline!
Just came across your story about the worn out white 911 you plan to keep inside a safebox until its skyrocketing value reaches an eight figure number.
I really enjoyed it, and though I read R&T on a regular basis, this time your sense of humour and certain petereganesque writing style, pushed me to sit and start writing this praising lines.
Let me apologize for any orthographic or syntactic mistake, as english is not my mother language . . . and neither my father!
Thank you for reading!
Hey Jack! Didn´t know where to post it, so here it goes:
Have you seen this? Recalled both your Boxster and your trackday stories.
Man, I really dig that car. Wish I had the know-how to keep it running.
Typical Boxster, though: you buy the car for $60k, put $100k into it, list it for $50k.
Hey Jack, I’m travelling between Wooster, OH and Youngstown, OH today for some dealer training. I’ve got a ’17 Charger R/T rental in arrest-me-red. I want to make my friend’s birthday by sending them a sweet Birthday Burnout video. I feel like I’m in the middle of nowhere but I have bad luck with public road shenanigans. Where can I do this without being locked up?
Hotel parking lot. Then get the hell out 🙂
I found your blog because I saw you were an Electra collector. I’ve fallen in love with my friend’s 1982 Electra X 155 anniversary, but he won’t budge on ever selling me it. I was wondering if you had one you might be willing to sell?
Thanks so much,
Hello Jack–Your article on the 228i, 235i or M2 left me wondering. Here in the wonderful state of CA we are restricted to the SULEV 228i/230i version. Was your test vehicle the SULEV ?(Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) and if yes (or no) any thoughts on this version of the engine. Does it change your conclusion that the 228i/230i is the best enthusiast BMW one can buy today? Thanks, Rick
We had New Jersey manufacturer-plate cars. It’s my understanding that BMW sells SULEV cars in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. So I’m thinking we had a SULEV car, but I can’t say for sure.
Jack mate, been reading you for years. Came across this site
Take a look and try to keep a straight face
I’ve read Steve Sailer’s blog (pretty much) every day for the past twelve years. Over the weekend, I stumbled across a very interesting article about the Camry that he ended thusly, “Anyway, this is just an excuse to bring up the name of Jack Baruth who is a really good car writer.”
“Many years ago, Bark and I were dedicated members of a semi-secret music messageboard. The shenanigans that went on would fill a book.” Yup, that’s the same Jack Baruth. lolololoz!
Great to see you and “Bark” living long and prospering.
VERILY IT IS THEE, THE SWEAT-SOAKED BEHEMOTH OF PUNK ROCK!
Welcome, Dr. Gunn. Glad you’re alive and here.
I’ve put out an APB for you on the internets a dozen times. Glad to see you’re alive!
I’m new here and am familiar with Mr. Baruth from a long time ago. (A Schwinn Predator was my first bike) Jack looks exactly like I expected. “Bark M” looks exactly like I pictured the Devil in human form. This place is awesome!
Glad you’re here!
Hey there Jack / Bark…
So for some reason at 39 I’ve encountered the urge to write. Would love to meet up or at least cross paths at a local cars and coffee sometime just to pick your brain on the subject. Plenty of potential for crap, but as I understand it the only way to get better is to keep writing.
http://truthinspeed.com (if you’re bored someday) – feel free to drop me an email if you’re heading to C&C at Cup ‘O Joe sometime.
Love your work BTW – Sam Smith suggested I search out more of it and I’m glad I did.
I enjoy many of your columns, and “How To Mentally Manipulate Your Fellow Drivers” is a masterpiece. It intelligently articulates a lot of the free driver training I have unsuccesfully tried to give on the roads since I actually learned how to drive…about 15 years after I became a “licensed” driver.
I can’t wait to use the blind spot blinker instead of my gas and pass, or brake stab and duck in maneuvers!
Just be careful! 🙂
Will do and have to!
You keep up the great work. I have only ever contacted two automotive journalists. Peter Egan is the other.
Between trips to Pocono NASA HPDE events and Maple Grove Raceway to abuse my C5 Z06, I log 25,000 + business miles/yr in a fleet car among the “herd” of Philly metro traffic.
My wife is from Queens so for a decade I wasted hours commuting among your tribes, yielding many less miles, to all 5 Boros from Nassau County.
That’s when I knew I needed the Corvette and the track. Too bad you’re a Porsche guy.
You know my wife has a C5, right? with 441 rwhp?
No! I am not sure if that is intended to emasculate or comfort me? Pre-smog equipment removal I was at a mere 411 rwhp (mustang Dyno). I could be getting nearly as powerful as your wife.
Let me know when you get close. We are still on a stock cam… we could push a little harder. It’s Matt Farah’s old car. She just bought it in Feb.
I’m fairly sure I’m late to the game, but I just saw that Matt Farah wrote a farewell to his, now Danger Girl’s vette.
I think he wrote it pretty shortly after DG took delivery. He was a little sad to see it go!
I’m catching up too! Took a look at Farah’s article. This web-site provided more breadth and depth into J. Baruth et al. than my print R&T angle previously provided. Danger Girl’s car is sweet. I grew up in Pittsburgh and have some car buddies there and in Columbus, but moved east. As Costanza said, “worlds could collide”, maybe at Pittsburgh international or Mid-Ohio. I also have screws in my leg and own a vintage Gary Fisher but am nowhere near as young as those old millennials. Would also be flattered to be included in their criticism. Glad I found this site as an eternal kid in his 40s! Either way, will probably not get the seats, coolers or harnesses needed to show the inherent difference between a Z and regular C5.
If you’ll be near Mid-Ohio, let us know for sure! Pitt Race is unlikely for us this year unless my son goes there to race his kart.
Is a 2007 A8 with 36K miles a bad idea for $19K?
Only when compared to putting $19k in a pile and lighting it on fire.
Just read your Avoidable contact article on Outbacks. As an owner of an older Subaru, I can tell you exactly what makes older Subarus better than newer Subarus: Size. Compare a modern Outback to a 20-year-old predecessor: The new one is 3 inches taller, 5 inches longer, 5 inches wider, and a whopping 400+ pounds heavier. But that’s just the stats. Step back 20 feet and look at them; the old one looks like an agile little adventuring machine; the new one looks like a more aerodynamic Suburban. Nobody wants to go camping with a tank; also nobody wants to tackle a bush trail with a vehicle that doesn’t have any paint scratches yet. For the ‘occasional softroader’, there’s nothing better than an older, pre-scratched vehicle with just enough ride height to easily make it back to your campsite.
Hi! Long time reader of your TTAC stuff, and periodic consumer of this fine material… My question was spawned by your recent “what to race for $10k” post over there, so here it is with a brief explanation: One of my life goals is to do 200mph on land before I turn 35. I have a year left. Of course I could go down to one of the luxo rental places that are scattered around LA, but that’s about $2K+ a day, and I would need 2 days to make the timeline more realistic, which makes financing a car and owning it for a year a much more enjoyable and cost effective situation. I was originally thinking that the sled for me would be a CL55AMG, but thoughts of working on that pneumatic suspension and the difficulty finding/reliability of tuners is discouraging. My current thought is to get a 996tt with some new turbos and tune. I was wondering if there is an option that I’ve overlooked or if you had any suggestions or ideas? Sorry for leaving a reply, I didn’t see another contact option. Thanks!!
Are you willing to ride a motorcycle?
Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the great reading this year. Are you really this prolific or do you sandbag? Amazing either way. Anyway, currently trying not to buy this:
Hoping Santa brings it and creates a garage space issue.
I can’t see any reason not to buy that, really, unless you’re bound and determined to track it all the time in which case you should clutch your wallet and get a Terminator coupe. Congrats in advance!
I thought Mark would be interested in the NYT article about China and saxaphones. Doesn’t he play?
“This is the music of Sidangkou, a northern Chinese village of 4,000, where one sound rules above all else: the saxophone.”
Any interest in a reader review? I’ve got a 2018 Range Rover Velar temporarily and would like to try my hand at writing something up.
Couple of years ago started reading TTAC on a regular basis. Noticed that easily all of the best writing was by JB. Even started reading all of your posts on topics that I might normally not have much of an interest in because the writing was so good.
Recently learned of Riverside Green so I started coming over here on a daily basis. Big smile when I saw that you read VP and CH.
Last few years I’ve been making a considerable effort – whenever possible – to buy US-made products including Telllason jeans, several pairs of Allan Edmonds shoes, a Tom Bihn backpack, and a hand-built vacuum tube stereo amplifier by High Fidelity Engineering of East Peoria, Illinois, among other things. More expensive when compared to their Asian-made competitors, but I’m a bit of a minimalist, so I buy fewer things and keep them longer.
Became aware of the nu-male grimace/gloryhole phenomenon about a month or two ago. Your recent post on that topic gave me a huge laugh.
Thanks for the fantastic work you do!
I appreciate your readership. Thank you.
Hi, I’m a random stranger on the Internet. Is this where I go to complain about stuff? No seriously, Jack, I don’t know whether you should write a book or just be a character in one, but either way I’d read it. Thanks for being predictably unpredictable..
What about guitars Jack!
Nice to see you in a suit.
Hope this “response” makes it your way. Looked for an email link to you, but was not successful.
I am the editor for a small club magazine, the Turbo Diesel Register ( http://www.tdr1.com, about 10,000 subscribers)
Need another paying column? Please send an email to tdrguy@gmail or call to discuss 404-226-6678.
Thanks in advance, Robert Patton.
This article startled me with it’s accuracy.
While I don’t have the journalistic chops, contacts or writing abilty to articulate this case properly, for years I have been telling anyone who would listen to my amateur prose that we are watching the epitome of American design be executed by the foreign imports. Profits are abound for a properly sized American vehicle that ain’t a truck and certainly is not an emasculated egg shape! I spend an inordinate amount of my time looking for a remaining low mileage Town Car L or a Corvette powered Fleetwood Brougham to monumentalize a vestige of yesteryear’s King sized cruisers. While I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger on an LTZ Suburban or Platinum Expedition I may clear the garage of my ‘02 C5Z for a properly handling modern American luxury frigate.
Excellent as always Jack! No one but an Egan writing regularly is nearly as engaging as you.
PS: given your love of quality denim I thought I should share this link:
pps: still think you need a tip jar
Subscriptions should only be for new posts. Great link!
You probably already saw this, but just in case? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/upshot/the-streets-were-never-free-congestion-pricing-finally-makes-that-plain.html
” I’m on a journey to learn and understand as much as I can about this world.”
Just remember – the journey you start isn’t the one you finish.
I saw this and thought of you. This guy is beyond parody.
I have read a number of articles where you spoke of the thousands of deaths caused by diesel particulates. I work in the air quality field and always felt that those statistics are nonsense. I am not a toxicologist myself and but use toxicology data in my work. The number of death predicted is so large partly because of the use of the LNT model in the prediction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_no-threshold_model
here are some critiques of that method: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2844660
My expertise is more on the measurement and prediction end. Most measurements of particulates have no way of identifying what the chemical makeup of the particulate is. So hence there is always an underlying assumption that the particulate is toxic, when it could be harmless or perhaps even have a positive effect. Please feel free to email me if you want more info. Not sure if there is an article in this.
Here’s an interesting indirect riff on the decline of the education system and society in general. I struggle to understand how the Radiolab people could group Richard Feynman into the same cohort as the bunch of idiots the assembled to answer the cataclysm sentence. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/cataclysm-sentence
Thought you’d find it intresting.
I’m not surprised; these are the idiots who turned the acronym “STEM” into the completely meaningless “STEAM”.
STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math is meaningless? Art is meaningless? How sad! How much you are missing!
Art is not meaningless but it has little to do with the business of developing a nation’s strength and competence. We have fifty years of de-emphasizing the hard sciences in favor of the soft. It’s time to consider redressing the balance.
Maybe you could entertain us with your thoughts on this
Any English major should be able to realize that Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” as well as his other plays that all deal, in the last analysis, with basic and unchanging questions of human interactions, conditions, psychology and the like in beautiful language and with lovely structures, are not “culturally irrelevant.” They are, as you so well described Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” “a brilliant work of art that any English-speaking human would be better off for having read.” Your Avoidable Contact column about cars that sold well but damaged their makers’ image was exceptionally well done, but not quite “a brilliant work” of journalism. But then, not even Henry Manney III nor Satch Carlson, and certainly not Denis Jenkinson, rose fully to the level of true brilliance.
What happened to Mark/Bark? I think I’ve only seen 1 post from him either this year or since the virus lockdown.
He basically took a 5 month sabbatical to see where he could go in terms of fitness and in connection to his family. So last I heard he was benching 225 against a weight of 158 and his son had made it to this top of his soccer league. Alas he can’t stay at leisure forever so he has a new gig in the automotive dealer game.
Welcome Back Kotter! Looks like there was a resolution with the melting snowflake.
Kinda, and a major screw-up on the email notifications for which I apologize!
Read your article about the demise of the Hellcat. Wonderful piece and speaks to your knowledge of literature and history. If, in your quiet moments, you might find need of a new subject, I suggest you research the birth of the 1985 Ford Mustang 5.0; later known as the GT. It almost met the fate of the Hellcat. The first run of 5.0s were all sold even before they left the factories. And then, some genius in Ford upper management stepped in and decided that there were a novelty item and not worthy of future production. The rumor has it, he was replaced (co-incidentally) with an engineer with a better understanding of what the public really wanted…very much Like Zora Arkus Duntov did in 1954 when he penned his famous “Duntov Letter” to GM management predicting the coming wave of young Americans that wanted real steel and horsepower under the hood.
More to the present, I am an electronics engineer who stands appalled at the rush to the EV. Every avenue of inquiry into the feasibility and the reasonableness of moving to EV transportation is met with doom and gloom. I am sure you already know this and have a laundry list of NOs in your hip pocket. It is a rush to economic and environmental disaster, and the “Greenies” are totally in the dark.
It reminds me of the international rush to go with fission reactors in the 50s instead of waiting for fusion to become practical. If we had pushed for fusion then (half a century ago), we’d HAVE IT NOW. And except for military applications, we’d have an almost waste radiation-free environment. If oyo want ot read an eye-opener try “Fallout” by James Huston. Long after you’ve finished the book, you’ll wake up at nights sweating.
Am I an authority on all things nuclear physics? No. but I did work on the FIRST hydrogen bomb in the 50s and got an extensive education about the characteristics of fission and fusion. Fusion was a slam dunk, then, and still is.
Too bad (for us) a Duntov protege wasn’t waiting in the wings this summer at Chrysler to save the Hellcat
Richard Walker (AKA Ninesecondick NHRA License 7776
Age 84 Hard core drag racer starting in 1952 until the advent of “bracket” racing
Thank you for your kind words. Have you read “Dark Sun” by Richard Rhodes? I’ve read it twice and have been curious to know how closely it tracks reality.
This may be interesting to you and might be worth a few words. I was doing some furniture shopping recently and wondered what became of Henredon:
(Is this the right place for passing such things on?)
It is — I’ll mention this in a broader context this week. Thank you!
Hey Jack – I saw your “228i, M235i, or M2: What’s the Best BMW Coupe You Can Buy Today?” on RnT – do you recall if the 228i had variable sport steering option? I’m debating finding that option for a mountain focused F22 build, given the chart on the article seems like it did have it (also known as track handling package). Curious if you’d recommend that rack or stick to standard.
I just went through my email to see if I had the original window sticker and I do not… but I suspect it did in fact have that option.
Copy that – thank you for checking!