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post #9331 of 9342
Finished watching The Trial of Oppenheimer. Britain killed Turing and America sacrificed Oppenheimer.

His lawyers closing argument that "America must not devour it's own children" is terrifying.
post #9332 of 9342
I found this rather amusing...

http://www.onionstudios.com/videos/ford-unveils-new-car-for-cash-strapped-buyers-the-1993-taurus-1323
post #9333 of 9342
Thread Starter 
I see them everywhere still, but I don't think that's a testament to their longevity, it only means Ford sold a ****-ton of them. biggrin.gif Coincidentally, we recently bought a minty `89 SHO with only 16k miles on the clock. It's not just clean, it's spotless, and all original (including tires, which was a little scary). It took about $2k to make it roadworthy, because all the fluids have turned into sludge and it needed new rubber, but it may be the nicest 1st gen SHO in existence. It makes a surprisingly European sound, a neat trick since it's a Yamaha-sourced engine in an American car, and handles like a same-year 5 series (but originally cost slightly more than half as much). So while I did pay almost the same price as when it was new ($17k), I feel I got my money's worth.

Also I just got back from Sweden where they took my measurements for the Regera, I also went on a private tour (led by Christian) of the Koenigsegg factory and got to drive a Regera and a One:1 on their test track. Although they're visually similar in some ways, many of the same Koenigsegg design cues, they're very different cars to drive. While the latter is more track focused and more edgy in its handling, the Regera is buttery smooth, Veyron smooth, but unlike the Bugatti it can corner on a dime and give you back some change. The acceleration is ballistic, like a heavily steroided Tesla P85D on crack. 0-100kph times were <3 sec, about 2.5, but the real story is 100-370kph, which happens in substantially less time than most supercars can finish the 1/4 mi, without splashing your drink. Seriously, the only notion you have that you're accelerating that rapidly are the g-forces mashing you into the seat (and everything around you going by in a blur). I can't compare the sensation to anything else because I've driven nothing else like it, journalists and professional reviewers are going to lose their minds. eek.gif
post #9334 of 9342

The Taurii are everywhere because they were a de facto fleet car. I had them for years at several different companies. Rental agencies loved them too.

 

 I am a little bemused here though. I had actually never conceived of them and the K'eggs being in the same post.:blink: 

 

In other news. Picked up a pair of Beats Solo HD's for $1.99. Sonically I overpaid. How can you mess up a dual driver soooo badly??

 

 I will give them their due. Extruded aluminum backbone headband, 5 screws holding the driver in, gasket between pad and baffle. Arguably one of the best built headphones I have ever seen. If they had put that much effort into the sound sig these would have rivaled the best out there. 

 

  As it sits, they are either a modders wet dream or the best portable transplant candidates ever.


Edited by Hutnicks - 9/1/15 at 1:22pm
post #9335 of 9342
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The Taurii are everywhere because they were a de facto fleet car. I had them for years at several different companies. Rental agencies loved them too.

 

 I am a little bemused here though. I had actually never conceived of them and the K'eggs being in the same post.:blink: 

 

In other news. Picked up a pair of Beats Solo HD's for $1.99. Sonically I overpaid. How can you mess up a dual driver soooo badly??

 

 I will give them their due. Extruded aluminum backbone headband, 5 screws holding the driver in, gasket between pad and baffle. Arguably one of the best built headphones I have ever seen. If they had put that much effort into the sound sig these would have rivaled the best out there. 

 

  As it sits, they are either a modders wet dream or the best portable transplant candidates ever.


I put some PortaPro drivers in a pair of fake Solos at one point, and after adding some damping they weren't half bad. Have fun with them.

 

As for the Koenigsegg post, I can't even wrap my mind around what it must be like to drive the One:1. I think I'd be in a wall before I even realized I had put my foot on the gas.

post #9336 of 9342
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I put some PortaPro drivers in a pair of fake Solos at one point, and after adding some damping they weren't half bad. Have fun with them.

 

As for the Koenigsegg post, I can't even wrap my mind around what it must be like to drive the One:1. I think I'd be in a wall before I even realized I had put my foot on the gas.


Good thoughts. I have some spare porta drivers (as well as some Slammhammers and and AKG K26 that might do) experimentation is the word of the day.

 

That type of performance is usually reserved for things like L39's  and Alpha jets. Quite rightfully too, as when you have 3 dimensions to muck about with the chances of bumping into something inadvertently at speed become exponentially lower than they do on any given track.

 

Speed is something one must become accustomed too and the more wiggle room you have the better your chances are of getting to "The next level" intact.

 

That said even the greats like Dick Bong got caught out with a generationally superior change. The P38 ace was killed by americas first jet fighter prototype.

 

Sorry if there is some wandering and incoherence here. Loathe as I am to expound on personal medical issues, a Yellow Jacket made off with a part of my ring finger today and I have exhausted the medicine cabinets contents attempting to quell the shooting pain.

 

 

IBID:

 

      Bless the modern pharmacom's. I was just sitting on the front porch and would swear that a pristine Silver Ramblerghini Uraco

just drove by. Now that has to be some form of flashback:eek:


Edited by Hutnicks - 9/1/15 at 5:41pm
post #9337 of 9342
Thread Starter 
This one will likely sell for a lot, because BAT auction, but it's the MINI to buy. Although it has the mods that I would want (I'd also add Koni 8-way dampers), and it has later S wheels, they will hurt the value. Still, this would be a nice DD, provided you like living dangerously (the sheet metal used is shockingly thin). Oh, you want real seat belts? lol

I love my G1 Austin, it's probably my favorite micro car.

http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1961-austin-se7en-mini/
post #9338 of 9342

I'm a little alarmed at the wheel/tire combo. I really cannot fathom why you would have those on there for the sale photos.

post #9339 of 9342
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I'm a little alarmed at the wheel/tire combo. I really cannot fathom why you would have those on there for the sale photos.

I kinda like it. Granted, the tires are too big for the wheels, but at least one can count on very predictable breakaway characteristics. biggrin.gif
post #9340 of 9342
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I'm a little alarmed at the wheel/tire combo. I really cannot fathom why you would have those on there for the sale photos.


Really spoils the look.

post #9341 of 9342
Thread Starter 
I was going to talk about the BRZ we bought for tuning, but it keeps breaking, before we've had a chance to do anything with it. I'm not joking, it's been in for warranty service 3 times in a month (engine leak, bad gearbox, broken rear stabilizer). Why are people raving about these? confused.gif
post #9342 of 9342
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I was going to talk about the BRZ we bought for tuning, but it keeps breaking, before we've had a chance to do anything with it. I'm not joking, it's been in for warranty service 3 times in a month (engine leak, bad gearbox, broken rear stabilizer). Why are people raving about these? confused.gif

 

Shoulda bought the Scion:blink:

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