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No doubt, but this winter we're spending some of it overseas, my wife wants to go to Dubai, despite the fact it's outrageously hot there all year round. I want to see it too, before the whole thing collapses in on itself.
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Okay, personal highlights and thoughts about the trip to Pebble:

1. I want a Tesla Model S. Daaaamn, what a cool car. Fast too, got to take a test drive and I was extremely impressed with it, it's the perfect family sedan, provided you aren't expecting to take it on long trips. Fast too, I drove the "Performance" model they had on display and 0-60mph is a twitch over 4 seconds, and the ride is every bit as good as a Bentley or Merc. Had I known it was this good, I would have already ordered one.
2. The new F-Type is a stunner, especially in person. However, I was told a manual transmission isn't going to be offered any time soon, if ever. I told the lady that was a shame, as I'd like to buy one but won't unless it has a stick. She was bewildered by that and didn't understand why I'd feel that way, and I told her, "that's the reason why Jaguar is no longer in the business of selling sports cars".
3. The new M6 looks really nice, but the M4 is better. That's going to be a big seller (it will have a manual, despite rumors to the contrary).
4. The Laraki Epitome, a new 1400bhp, $2M hypercar was unveiled, and man is it hideous. blink.gif



5. People really do buy cars at auction just to be seen, for the most part, you can buy the same cars outside the pavilions for 20-40% less. And almost all cars there are for sale.
6. The Porsche Cayman S has gotten to be very good, it's much improved. I couldn't get over how great the handling and feel was, the only areas that felt lacking were the somewhat chintzy interior and the power, which was around 320hp. It wasn't slow, but it really felt like it needed more. The thing that struck me was, when it did get up to speed, how much it felt like the Carrera GT. It's a GT "light", for lack of a better term. As much as I love my new 911, the Cayman is a more neutral and better handling car. It's fantastic.

I forgot to post the M3 E30:




1990 M3 Sport Evolution, 51k kms on the clock, all original (except wheels & brakes) and unrestored (Euro import). It had belonged to a BMW OEM wheels retailer, they'd been using it as a display car. I asked if it was for sale, he said, "everything here is for sale", and then we hashed the details. Several people there weren't particularly happy with me, but I won't likely see them again, so... tongue.gif No, I didn't get to drive it, just started it up and visually checked it out. Everything felt fresh and new, so I'm not too worried.

No one seemed to notice a car I'd posted earlier and I wanted to point it out. This is not a Ferrari:





It's a `68 Intermeccanica Italia. Same fit and finish as the Italians, same style, but made in the USA with a GM drivetrain (370hp 350 V8). Really sounds like the business, too. The guy who owns it is trying to sell it and he wants $85,000. Having seen it, it's concours condition and I think that's one heck of a buy, what a gorgeous car. As usual for me, I believe I'd rather have the coupe:


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That Laraki is hideous indeed.  And are those Webers on the engine in that Italia?

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Actually I think they're Edelbrocks, dual 4s. He mentioned that they aren't the original carbs (he still has all the original parts), nor is the engine stock, it's been enlarged to 400ci. Also it has a 5-spd transaxle, to put more weight in the back. I'm still thinking about throwing him an offer, despite it being a ragtop, but if someone here is really interested and wants his contact info, I can provide it. IMO, it's sinfully pretty and would make a great weekender for a person with room, and a budget, for only one toy.
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Okay, personal highlights and thoughts about the trip to Pebble:


4. The Laraki Epitome, a new 1400bhp, $2M hypercar was unveiled, and man is it hideous. blink.gif



No one seemed to notice a car I'd posted earlier and I wanted to point it out. This is not a Ferrari:





It's a `68 Intermeccanica Italia. Same fit and finish as the Italians, same style, but made in the USA with a GM drivetrain (370hp 350 V8). Really sounds like the business, too. The guy who owns it is trying to sell it and he wants $85,000. Having seen it, it's concours condition and I think that's one heck of a buy, what a gorgeous car. As usual for me, I believe I'd rather have the coupe:


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Ah the Epitome of bad taste. Well named vehicle for the "Ugly is in Crowd" Looked hard but still cannot seem to locate the "Audio By Abyss" placard. Was that on the dash?

 

The Intermech always looked like a stretched Elan to me. Which of course had it's own perverse charm.

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I thought that Laraki went out of business?

 

But I'm not interested anyway, far too conservative for my tastes.

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I blame movies like "I, Robot", "Minority Report" and "Tron: Legacy" for the awful styling of so many of these statement cars.



I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and Minority Report by Philip K. Dick were great books - and those books didn't describe any silly looking cars... rolleyes.gif
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The Intermech always looked like a stretched Elan to me.

You hit the nail on the head there. Still, it's very pretty. I personally prefer the ragtop.

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I try to be open-minded, but some things I just don't get.....like the appeal of these creations.blink.gif

 

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I thought that Laraki went out of business?

But I'm not interested anyway, far too conservative for my tastes.

Some rich Saudi prince bailed them out, I believe.
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I blame movies like "I, Robot", "Minority Report" and "Tron: Legacy" for the awful styling of so many of these statement cars.



I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and Minority Report by Philip K. Dick were great books - and those books didn't describe any silly looking cars... rolleyes.gif

I like the Audi in "I, Robot", it's just a tricked out R8. The others are a disaster.
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You hit the nail on the head there. Still, it's very pretty. I personally prefer the ragtop.

It's starting to grow on me, I must admit. Nothing says I ever have to actually fiddle with the roof.


Bet this was quite a hot pursuit vehicle in its day.

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I blame movies like "I, Robot", "Minority Report" and "Tron: Legacy" for the awful styling of so many of these statement cars.



I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and Minority Report by Philip K. Dick were great books - and those books didn't describe any silly looking cars... rolleyes.gif

I reckon the Audi in iRobot isn't that bad...... it sorta looks like an R8 with a ricer bodykit on...........

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I blame movies like "I, Robot", "Minority Report" and "Tron: Legacy" for the awful styling of so many of these statement cars.



I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and Minority Report by Philip K. Dick were great books - and those books didn't describe any silly looking cars... rolleyes.gif


I do not recall I Robot being a murder mystery at all, as for Minority Report well take a short story and stretch it six ways from Tuesday and you get a hollywood Minorpiece. Still, better than most of the trash they made of Dick's work since Ridley set the bar with Blade Runner. (Cars courtesy of Barris for that one:)). God help us if they ever attempt Man in the High Castle. I can just see Bieber in the lead rolebiggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmm. Maybe someone ought to build the Cheetah from Captain Scarlett or the Fireball?? was it from UFOwink_face.gif

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Some rich Saudi prince bailed them out, I believe.
I like the Audi in "I, Robot", it's just a tricked out R8. The others are a disaster.
It's starting to grow on me, I must admit. Nothing says I ever have to actually fiddle with the roof.


Bet this was quite a hot pursuit vehicle in its day.

Not to mention being DeLorean's inspiration for the Vegabiggrin.gif

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I do not recall I Robot being a murder mystery at all, as for Minority Report well take a short story and stretch it six ways from Tuesday and you get a hollywood Minorpiece. Still, better than most of the trash they made of Dick's work since Ridley set the bar with Blade Runner. (Cars courtesy of Barris for that one:)). God help us if they ever attempt Man in the High Castle. I can just see Bieber in the lead role:D






Hmmm. Maybe someone ought to build the Cheetah from Captain Scarlett or the Fireball?? was it from UFO:wink_face:

Right - the movie I, Robot wasn't actually based on an Asimov story at all - it was originally based on a screenplay titled "Hardwired" by Jeff Vintar. The screenplay was given a few concepts and characters from Asimov's Robot short stories. The Asimov "I, Robot" wasn't a story at all - it was the first collection of robot series short stories!

I wish Hollywood would leave Philip K Dick's stories alone - I don't think any author has had as many stories ruined by the movies as poor Philip K Dick.
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Right - the movie I, Robot wasn't actually based on an Asimov story at all - it was originally based on a screenplay titled "Hardwired" by Jeff Vintar. The screenplay was given a few concepts and characters from Asimov's Robot short stories. The Asimov "I, Robot" wasn't a story at all - it was the first collection of robot series short stories!

I wish Hollywood would leave Philip K Dick's stories alone - I don't think any author has had as many stories ruined by the movies as poor Philip K Dick.


Somehow prophetic that his brain exploded on the eve of the premiere of Blade Runner. He must have known deep down that was going to be the high water mark.

 

 

Now it has been ages since I read I Robot, and a neat story about a "Werebot" is coming to mind. I think I may have things confused and it may have been written by another author. Any ideas.

 

 

PS if you get the chance have a listen to Tod Machover's Valis an opera based on Dick's two books.

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