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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I should turn this thread into SMWS, "S*** My Wife Says".

"If we just buy cars with paddles, I wouldn't need to learn that heel-toe stuff."



You know, I'm constantly reminded of that old saying, "We're attracted to people for their fine qualities, but we love them for their faults". There's no doubt in my mind that's the reason why I love my wife so much. It's the similar with my little girl. We get ready to go to town, I get her strapped into the car seat with her bear, I kiss her and the bear, and just as I'm pulling out of the driveway... she poops in her diaper.

 

Each one of those anecdotes was good for a chuckle. smile_phones.gif

 

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On my way to work this morning, I saw a guy driving what I assume was a Porsche 550 Speedster replica. I can't imagine it was the genuine article. It seemed to be a little beat-up around the rear-end, and it had all the racing decals. The guy driving it was obviously enjoying himself - he had on one of the old-timey Cromwell racing helmets and goggles, just like this pic of Stirling Moss.



Still sounded like a loud VW Bug, but I'm guessing the real Speedsters do too?

 

I've wondered that too, about the sound....most of the YouTube vids are of the Beck replicas, but this one is supposedly original.  Sounds cool as it drives away....

 

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I was nearly fooled by a very accurate Shelby Daytona replica that was rocketing around the highways near Detroit while I was in town for NAIAS one year, but two things tipped me off as to its fakeness. Its door number (76) was never a famous number for any Daytona, and nobody who currently owns a Daytona from my last check of the Shelby Registry is the type to drive the investments they have.

 

Still, after being deafened by the thing a few times I always wished so much that it'd been real.

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Last night we saw Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. To make a long story short: It was a PERFECT concert. An absolutely great night! If you are a Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant or simply a blues rock fan - you NEED to see this show!!

The opening act was Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She ROCKS! A great voice backed by a thunderously talented band. Grace is also multi-talented - in addition to being the lead singer she also played both the organ and guitar. The original songs (which I did not know) were excellent - and she nearly brought the house down with a cover of "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. It was eerie not only how much she sounded like Grace Slick - but how she was able to put the same incredible energy & soul into her voice for that song.

And after that great opening came Robert Plant... eek.gif

I will start by saying that I am a life-long Led Zeppelin fan - I was only 15 when they came to Los Angeles in 1977, and that means I was just a little too young to take off on 3+ hour drive to LA. This has been one of my greatest disappointments. If I could be granted 3 wishes, one of those wishes would be to have front row seats at Earl's Court in 1975. I did not like any of the post-Zeppelin work Robert Plant has done - his experiments in bluegrass, country, etc made me want to puke.

This was NOT a Led Zeppelin revival concert. It was far, far better! What we heard were completely new & original arrangements of many classic Led Zeppelin songs - all backed with the REAL voice of Robert Plant. It was nothing short of brilliant. Yeah, sure, I missed the Jimmy Page guitar rifts and the Bonham thunder - and this was NOT better - it was simply different in a very good way. I have always believed that one of the things that made Zep great was that Robert Plant wasn't just the lead singer - his voice was the fourth instrument in the band. Just like the great Blues singers of the past, every sound he uttered was part of the song - imparting soul & energy and playing off the other instruments perfectly. When he does "Going to California", his voice blends perfectly with the mandolin and acoustic guitar. Even when Jimmy Page's guitar was swapped for a guy from West Africa playing what looked to be two sticks and a piece of string - which was quite frankly, very weird - I enjoyed the new interpretation - precisely because it isn't just a cover - it is something new that was created by one of only 3 remaining people who actually knows the truth behind the original songs and can therefore properly create and thoroughly own the truth behind a new arrangement of those songs.

A great night!! If you are an old rocker: Highly Recommended!!
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Each month we get a few car offers, mostly just older Camaros and Mustangs, maybe the occasional semi-exotic (a term apparently open to great interpretation). Usually we simply aren't interested; either it's junk, not something I want, or the owner wants way too much. Yesterday, however, was really nice. Went out driving the F40 around the hills and through the Parkway, it's an amazing car (especially given its age) and fun as hell, don't think I'll ever get sick of the sound, either. Right now we're running it with a 600hp tune and it's psychotically quick, the rack has great balance, and the pedals are perfect for heel and toe. Anyhow, I got back to the garage, to get some work done, and this was sitting there:



They'd been trying to call me to let me know the guy who owned it had "just dropped by", after seeing our ad that we buy cars. blink.gif It's a real looker (a 1970, built the same month I was born), but it's had two restorations, the first was a frame-on done in the mid-90s (also converted to Euro spec) and the second a frame-off in 2008. The paint isn't perfect anymore, and it isn't even the original color (was Mediterranean blue ), but the body, mechanicals, and interior are top-notch (wouldn't hurt to reupholster the seats).



I'd give it a solid 3. However, get this, it has 82k miles on the clock and every scrap of its service records (even the original window sticker and build sheet). eek.gif It very well could be the highest mileage Daytona in the USA, if not the world. Hahahaha All that means, though, is that driving it a lot won't cause me to feel any real guilt. wink.gif The guy was cool, if a little odd, not that I have much room to talk, and his wife had a permanently etched smile and could pass for this actresses' twin:



Mildly disturbing, we believe she's at least partially synthetic. My guys checked the car out on the rack, and it drove very nicely, even the AC worked (as well as they can), and it's faster than I thought it would be. Then we discussed price and I got what I believe to be a good deal (245k, all in), partly due to mileage and condition, but also because he'd otherwise have to go through a broker or auction house. He has a couple other cars that he's thinking about letting go of, it appears that he underestimated maintenance on cars like these. A lot of folks buy them with visions of Sunday drives and high cool factor, but neglect to factor in how much they cost to keep up.
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Whenever I hear a story about someone buying a very nice Daytona, I always wonder - if I owned a Daytona, what would make me want to sell it? If you only owned *one* classic exotic car, what would be a better all-around choice than a Daytona? Maybe a Miura? I think I would pick the Daytona.
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Last night we saw Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. To make a long story short: It was a PERFECT concert. An absolutely great night! If you are a Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant or simply a blues rock fan - you NEED to see this show!!

The opening act was Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She ROCKS! A great voice backed by a thunderously talented band. Grace is also multi-talented - in addition to being the lead singer she also played both the organ and guitar. The original songs (which I did not know) were excellent - and she nearly brought the house down with a cover of "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. It was eerie not only how much she sounded like Grace Slick - but how she was able to put the same incredible energy & soul into her voice for that song.

And after that great opening came Robert Plant... eek.gif

I will start by saying that I am a life-long Led Zeppelin fan - I was only 15 when they came to Los Angeles in 1977, and that means I was just a little too young to take off on 3+ hour drive to LA. This has been one of my greatest disappointments. If I could be granted 3 wishes, one of those wishes would be to have front row seats at Earl's Court in 1975. I did not like any of the post-Zeppelin work Robert Plant has done - his experiments in bluegrass, country, etc made me want to puke.

This was NOT a Led Zeppelin revival concert. It was far, far better! What we heard were completely new & original arrangements of many classic Led Zeppelin songs - all backed with the REAL voice of Robert Plant. It was nothing short of brilliant. Yeah, sure, I missed the Jimmy Page guitar rifts and the Bonham thunder - and this was NOT better - it was simply different in a very good way. I have always believed that one of the things that made Zep great was that Robert Plant wasn't just the lead singer - his voice was the fourth instrument in the band. Just like the great Blues singers of the past, every sound he uttered was part of the song - imparting soul & energy and playing off the other instruments perfectly. When he does "Going to California", his voice blends perfectly with the mandolin and acoustic guitar. Even when Jimmy Page's guitar was swapped for a guy from West Africa playing what looked to be two sticks and a piece of string - which was quite frankly, very weird - I enjoyed the new interpretation - precisely because it isn't just a cover - it is something new that was created by one of only 3 remaining people who actually knows the truth behind the original songs and can therefore properly create and thoroughly own the truth behind a new arrangement of those songs.

A great night!! If you are an old rocker: Highly Recommended!!

Wow, that really does sound like a perfect concert. I have nearly every release Robert Plant has put out with his own name (as well as all the Led Zepplin, of course), and I've always wanted to see him live in a post-Zep. I'm also a huge GP&N fan; they sound like they'd be a fantastic opening act for Plant. How long did the opener last?

 

 

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Whenever I hear a story about someone buying a very nice Daytona, I always wonder - if I owned a Daytona, what would make me want to sell it? If you only owned *one* classic exotic car, what would be a better all-around choice than a Daytona? Maybe a Miura? I think I would pick the Daytona.

As Richard Hammond (most famously) has discussed, the Daytona is actually not all it's made out to be in a modern perspective. The sample he drove when racing James May in a high-dollar speedboat steered like a bus, and really wasn't very powerful for a supercar (from the viewpoint of today, of course). However, he still fell in love with the soundtrack and the bodywork as any sane man would.

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Last night we saw Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. To make a long story short: It was a PERFECT concert. An absolutely great night! If you are a Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant or simply a blues rock fan - you NEED to see this show!!
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A great night!! If you are an old rocker: Highly Recommended!!

As I said in PM, I'm infinitely jealous. We don't get those shows here, and flying cross country to see one is a little excessive. confused_face.gif
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Last night we saw Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. To make a long story short: It was a PERFECT concert. An absolutely great night! If you are a Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant or simply a blues rock fan - you NEED to see this show!!

The opening act was Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She ROCKS! A great voice backed by a thunderously talented band. Grace is also multi-talented - in addition to being the lead singer she also played both the organ and guitar. The original songs (which I did not know) were excellent - and she nearly brought the house down with a cover of "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. It was eerie not only how much she sounded like Grace Slick - but how she was able to put the same incredible energy & soul into her voice for that song.

And after that great opening came Robert Plant... eek.gif

I will start by saying that I am a life-long Led Zeppelin fan - I was only 15 when they came to Los Angeles in 1977, and that means I was just a little too young to take off on 3+ hour drive to LA. This has been one of my greatest disappointments. If I could be granted 3 wishes, one of those wishes would be to have front row seats at Earl's Court in 1975. I did not like any of the post-Zeppelin work Robert Plant has done - his experiments in bluegrass, country, etc made me want to puke.

This was NOT a Led Zeppelin revival concert. It was far, far better! What we heard were completely new & original arrangements of many classic Led Zeppelin songs - all backed with the REAL voice of Robert Plant. It was nothing short of brilliant. Yeah, sure, I missed the Jimmy Page guitar rifts and the Bonham thunder - and this was NOT better - it was simply different in a very good way. I have always believed that one of the things that made Zep great was that Robert Plant wasn't just the lead singer - his voice was the fourth instrument in the band. Just like the great Blues singers of the past, every sound he uttered was part of the song - imparting soul & energy and playing off the other instruments perfectly. When he does "Going to California", his voice blends perfectly with the mandolin and acoustic guitar. Even when Jimmy Page's guitar was swapped for a guy from West Africa playing what looked to be two sticks and a piece of string - which was quite frankly, very weird - I enjoyed the new interpretation - precisely because it isn't just a cover - it is something new that was created by one of only 3 remaining people who actually knows the truth behind the original songs and can therefore properly create and thoroughly own the truth behind a new arrangement of those songs.

A great night!! If you are an old rocker: Highly Recommended!!

I'm not familiar with GP & N, but the rest of it sure sounds great. smile_phones.gif

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I think Grace Potter played for about an hour, maybe a bit more. The music started at about 7 PM, and the venue has a rule that the music stops at 10 PM. Robert Plant went right to the limit and after 2 encore songs was done at 10 PM.

And there's nothing funnier than an entire crowd of 50+ year olds at a concert - and *still* there's the odor of ganja wafting through the California evening...
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As Richard Hammond (most famously) has discussed, the Daytona is actually not all it's made out to be in a modern perspective. The sample he drove when racing James May in a high-dollar speedboat steered like a bus, and really wasn't very powerful for a supercar (from the viewpoint of today, of course). However, he still fell in love with the soundtrack and the bodywork as any sane man would.

Well, that's why I prefaced with "*one* classic exotic car" - I know that neither the Daytona nor anything else from 1970 can compare to a modern supercar - but what else is there that more perfectly defines the classic beauty of the extreme performance European sports car from the 60s & 70s other than the Daytona & Miura?? Maybe an Aston - but I don't think the 60s & 70s Astons can match the beautiful bodywork of the Italians.

Now, the real question is: Are any of the late 60s & early 70s supercars worth driving. I think so - but not in the same way as a modern supercar - but in a way that honors the car for what it represents in history, the influence it had on later cars and to experience the best that brilliant engineering & design in 1970 could produce. That certainly seems worthwhile to me! smily_headphones1.gif
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Well, that's why I prefaced with "*one* classic exotic car" - I know that neither the Daytona nor anything else from 1970 can compare to a modern supercar - but what else is there that more perfectly defines the classic beauty of the extreme performance European sports car from the 60s & 70s other than the Daytona & Miura?? Maybe an Aston - but I don't think the 60s & 70s Astons can match the beautiful bodywork of the Italians.

Now, the real question is: Are any of the late 60s & early 70s supercars worth driving. I think so - but not in the same way as a modern supercar - but in a way that honors the car for what it represents in history, the influence it had on later cars and to experience the best that brilliant engineering & design in 1970 could produce. That certainly seems worthwhile to me! smily_headphones1.gif

Yes, I completely agree. I was just worried you might have some illusions about the driving experience.

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Well, that's why I prefaced with "*one* classic exotic car" - I know that neither the Daytona nor anything else from 1970 can compare to a modern supercar - but what else is there that more perfectly defines the classic beauty of the extreme performance European sports car from the 60s & 70s other than the Daytona & Miura?? Maybe an Aston - but I don't think the 60s & 70s Astons can match the beautiful bodywork of the Italians.

Now, the real question is: Are any of the late 60s & early 70s supercars worth driving. I think so - but not in the same way as a modern supercar - but in a way that honors the car for what it represents in history, the influence it had on later cars and to experience the best that brilliant engineering & design in 1970 could produce. That certainly seems worthwhile to me! smily_headphones1.gif


Hmmm. Perhaps you could squeeze  in a little pity for the 250 GTO and GT40 somewherewink.gif

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Hmmm. Perhaps you could squeeze  in a little pity for the 250 GTO and GT40 somewhere;)

Touche!! You got me there!!
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