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Up For Auction / 70 Boss 302 Barn Find
« on: May 29, 2020, 11:57:29 AM »

I am not affiliated with this ad. For entertainment purposes only. And intellectual curiosity. Of course.

Took a short drive this evening at residential speed in the Hertz. Haven't been out in that car for a while now. Felt great to be back in the driver's seat again.  Very therapeutic.
Oil pressure looked good but I question how accurate it is.

Richard E.

For those who missed out previously and have interest, I have made available for free download, all of my automotive related horror stories on Amazon for a five day window.  Amazon won't let me do it for longer so here they are.  Plus an independent review of my stories.  I was pleasantly surprised that I found these reviews on Good Reads.  I'm so damned busy with the law.  And the occasional musical composition.  If you are into automotive horror, read on to get through the pandemic.

Four star review for Drag Lake.

The story starts with a campfire story about a mysterious drag racer and his car Eclipse who vanished in the Drag Lake (what a suiting name). When Shane and Ryan later on drag race against each other, an accident happens. Mary, Ryan's girlfriend, acts as a kind of grid girl and gets hit by Ryan's Challenger. To cover her death, Shane and Ryan sink her body in the lake. What are the consequences for our main characters? Will they meet their destiny by the road demon and drag racer? If you like fast cars, drag racing, American muscle cars from a bygone era (like me) and stories about ghost cars or demon drivers, this is exactly what you were looking for. It definitely isn't great literature but a compelling read with a fine ghost car (good details, also an uncanny lore) and an interesting ending. Very old school, maybe for petrol heads only, but I liked it a lot!

Four star review for Transfusion

The spelling and grammar were much, much better than in 80% of the ebooks out there, so this book was well edited in that regard. However, this story strikes me as either a hasty first draft, or something turned in for a grade in a creative writing class.

It is SOOOOOOO Stephen King. I don't just mean Christine, though that was probably a major influence. The 440 Roadrunner is an evil supernatural force, requiring fresh human blood in place of motor oil. A "Detroit vampire" that corrupts the humans attached to it in predictable ways. And the main character, Curt, is wishy-washy and not terribly bright.

So why does it get four stars instead of three? Two reasons.

One is that the author knows a little bit about cars, which is a whole lot more than the Fast & Furious crowd (and most people who write about cars or motorsports, for that matter).

Two is that, intentionally or not, the automotive vampire serves as a metaphor for what a beautiful, high performance street machine can do to a guy's life. In reality it drains the bank account and free time instead of your blood, but can suck you dry in any case. And the buxom blonde sex vixen in Transfusion works as a parallel metaphor, because girlfriends (or wives) can bleed you even more dry than a street machine will.

99 cents was a fair price.

Four star review of Elixir of Speed

Richard meets a mysterious and very attractive young woman in a bar. Her names Naomie and she's very talented in repairing cars. Her latest ride is an old Speedster she wants to go to the races with. Things starts to get critical for Richard when she offers him irresistible drinks. What's their special formula? Can Richard find out in time before it's to late? Another fine odd tale by Richard Elsliger (I already read several books by this author and was never disappointed). It's a story of men and machines and the role women can assume here. Strange, bizarre and somehow haunting. If you are a gearhead and into horror you definitely should risk a glance.

I still have a few paperback books left of The Dragon's Toll for those who are interested. $14.95 plus shipping. 

CSX 2000 Series / Amazing 289 sold
« on: April 12, 2020, 10:41:10 AM »
They have an incredible stash of cars for sale. I love this particular Cobra.

2007-up Shelby GT350/GT500/500SS/500KR / Kid damages GT 350
« on: April 12, 2020, 10:06:54 AM »
Looks like an R judging by the red badge. Crazy how these things happen.

The Lounge / Shelby is maintaining weight; I am not
« on: April 11, 2020, 09:29:34 PM »
I got up late today and weighed myself and concluded that I need to trim a good 5 to 8 pounds before it gets out of control.  178 pounds is too much for 5'11"  I need to get back to 170 or bust.  I don't want to add any more weight to my Hertz than necessary when I sit in it.  "If it doesn't make it go fast, it makes it go slow."  I am doing a 16:8 intermittent fasting routine.   I watched this guy for inspiration but he's rather harsh so don't watch if the F bomb and nasty insults get to you.  I think he's quite amusing though his fasting duration might be questionable.
The dangers of sitting all day...which I do...

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Vibrations at 50 miles per hour and up.
« on: April 08, 2020, 10:53:25 AM »
I get vibration in the body of the car at around 50 mph and up.  It's not terrible and I live with it. My dad suggest wheels might need to be rebalanced.  I am thinking it might be the driveshaft? Those have weights on them too do they not? The shifter isn't vibrating like crazy. All opinions welcome. And thank you gentlemen.

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Pandemic drive in the Hertz today
« on: April 07, 2020, 10:32:42 PM »

Having fun in dismal times.  I recall someone has on their post that says "somewhere,someone is driving their collector car for the last time and they don't realize it."  I thought of that phrase when I got home and that, combined with the sunshine made me take the red one.


That car is finished.  Apparently happened today, April 7, 2020.

The Lounge / Laguna Seca
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:06:10 PM »
Some beauty shots. Hanging on to this monster so long as my dad agrees not to sell.  He's not banging the drum so loud these days. We shall see.

The Lounge / It seems the fear of death makes one live life
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:39:31 PM »
I saw this driving home from the office. Good to see some people getting a little pleasure out of their rides.

The Lounge / Cerveza bug
« on: March 24, 2020, 09:55:24 PM »
I'm starting to feel like I'm trapped in the movie Aliens with the approach of the Cerveza Bug to my doorstep.  Only I don't know what to shoot at because it's too small.

Had actually considered buying an AR-15 but I really don't want to have a gun in the house.  I don't believe Cook County would allow me to own one anyway.  Though aesthetically they look amazingly bad ass and very pleasing in appearance to my eye.

As an addendum, check your blood type gentlemen.  I'm O positive.  It is said O positive may be less susceptible to the lethality of this virus.  See below.  But I'm still not taking any chances.  I want to be around for the next Shelby convention and many more to come.  We'll get through this.

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