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Check Engine Light

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This condition activated the Check Engine Light while driving down the mountain from Sequoia.

It seems that I have one more thing to milk tell about my recent 3 day trip, and this may help you in the near – or distant – future.

Despite taking obvious preventative measures, when you have a car that is 23 years old….things can happen. That is, unless one is willing to replace every electronic or moving component in the car. Even then, brand new cars have been known to break down on the road. Because while the engineers know what MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) each component may have, there are statistical deviations between the norm.

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Gearheads and the Future

Growing up first in Los Angeles in the 50s, then further up in the Central Valley, I used to wait with anticipation for October. And Los Angeles was/is the center of the car culture.

There probably wouldn’t be a Porsche today without Southern California. In their early days, more Porsches were sold in Los Angeles than Germany.

And after less than 3 years, when the 300SL “Gullwing” took the world by storm at the New York Auto show, The original 300SL – a race car made to a street version, became a roadster because of the demands of the Southern California market.

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A Son of Privilege

By lex, on December 27th, 2009

New details are being revealed about terror’s latest gelding:

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Memory Lane

 

By lex, on July 22nd, 2007

The first car I ever drove was an AMC Matador, and even in a decade of polyester suits – and notwithstanding the pretentious “Brougham” designation attaching to the faux targa top – there was no disguising the fact that it tipped the ugly meter right off the scale, the needle itself clattering to the floor and chipping the tiles, watch out where you step.

Memory Lane

Mine didn’t come with a blonde.

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Friday Musings 07/30/05

 

By Lex, on Sat – July 30, 2005

 

Yes, yes – I know it’s Saturday. But there is a precedent * for such things…

This may be an even more than usually stray, random and disconnected post. Not every dot will be connected, not every thought finished.

In the near future, you may see more links than essays – I’ll try to keep the Rhythms machine grinding towards its inevitable conclusion, whatever that is. I can tell you that it won’t be, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Just in case you were worried about that.

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50 Years of the E-Type Jag

By lex, on December 10th, 2010

The Economist reminds us of an upcoming celebration:

PETROL-HEADS of a certain age may have noticed that the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type sportscar is imminent. Within the motoring world, it will be the cause for much ballyhoo and dewy-eyed nostalgia. But before getting caught up in all the hoopla, your correspondent—wizened enough to have been around when the iconic car made its debut at the Geneva motor show in 1961—would like to contribute his two-pennyworth of personal experience on why the E-Type really was the most innovative piece of automotive machinery of its age.

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Ferrari vs. Pinto

One of my minor regrets in life was my nature of being a bit too “practical” and cautious during my youth. Particularly when it came time to pick cars. I can remember for my first car – with an open mind – looking at a 1962 Alfa Romeo Spyder in 1969.

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The engine made a sound – bellissimo – some have compared it the most beautiful this side of a classic Ferrari V12 – and all I could think about was “where am I going to get it serviced? “

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