Your 5.6.20 Playpen

What the hell, you get a three-fer in today’s Playpen.  Call it a coronavirus special.

First, here’s something Spencer Hall posted for all us car buffs.

I’d go with the last air-cooled Porsche 911, an Austin Healey 3000 (maybe my biggest regret in life is not buying one back in the early eighties when my mechanic offered me one for sale), a first-generation Ford Bronco and a BMW 2002.

Next, if you didn’t hear, Don Shula passed away and that brought this to mind.

You could tell Shula wanted to say… so much more there.

Finally, this is how a state governor tells people to follow health guidelines (NSFW language):

And with that, the floor is yours.

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  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Last week’s Playpen hit new lows. Let’s see who throws it it the gutter today.

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  2. I’ll take the bait on the cars (I’m not a car buff but I enjoy them):

    1) The early 80’s Pontiac Grand Prix I had in high school and for a year or so of college – I loved that car. I have a lot memories of good times with friends in South Georgia in that car.
    2) Smokey and the Bandit 1977 Trans Am – that movie made me laugh as a kid and Burt Reynolds was the man in that car.
    3) Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger – Sean Connery as Bond is the epitome of the cool gentleman and that car is the one.
    4) 1968 Mustang GT – the car Steve McQueen made famous.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      I agree with Bluto’s Bronco choice it’s great Vehicle steps Ride Road in one all the way to Snowmass ski do you remember those days when you grab a can Scotchgard, long winter underwear, wool sweaters. Ditch Friday class and Mondays class. You could not make a habit of it but I did a couple of times.

      1) Your Grand Prix was my 68 442 Hurst/Olds convertible. At same point in my life- different decade.
      2) Vanishing point 426 hemi Challenger and Kowalski.
      3) yessir!
      4) 1969 Ford GT John Wick

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    I think that f-bomb is a brain/diction fart, but I wish it wasn’t. West Virginia, where else.

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  4. Huntindawg

    On the WV governor’s speech: is he Ron Burgandy who will read absolutely anything on the teleprompter?

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  5. mddawg

    Batmobile: Michael Keaton or Christian Bale versions
    KITT: Knight Industries Two Thousand from Knight Rider
    Viper: from the TV show of the same name
    James Bond’s V12 Vanquish from Die Another day: a great looking car from a not-so-great entry in the Bond franchise.

    Runner-Up: The General Lee, because who didn’t want to drive that car as a kid?

    I think most of those choices are biased by the fact that I often want to blow people off the road with rockets or machine gun fire as I drive around the DC area.

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  6. ugafidelis

    I’m not a huge car nut, but I’m in the process of restoring a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 hardtop.

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    • Sweet, I just spent a couple of weeks rebuilding the bed in my 66 longed fleetside and hauled my first load of “gardeners choice” for the butter bean bed.

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    • LakeOconeeDawg

      Awesome on 68! My dad and I did this one. I don’t know how to post a pic here or if we can but heres the link to a pic of my 68.

      I’m more of a American Muscle guy but heres 3 …………..
      Love all Chevelles
      1961 Bubble Top
      1963 Split Window vette

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        • WHB209

          Beautiful car Lake man. A Split Window Vette could be worth 3 or 4 million, maybe more. I had rather drive your SS Chevelle than any Vette. I realize you are a Chevy man, but one car you do need is a 1966 Olds 442. I was lucky enough to have one with a 411 read-end and the top end speed was 110 mph and the 1/4 mile speed was 110 mph. It would walk on it’s hind legs. It brings a tear to my eye thinking about that car..

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      • PTC DAWG

        Tag goes upside down

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        • LakeOconeeDawg

          lol………..I know. I put it on that way at first but then found myself having explain why at car shows over and over again.

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          • Russ

            Okay, I’ll bite. Why does it go on upside down?

            And I remember when WKLS (“That’s class”) switched from classical to rock. There were a lot of shocked listeners. Also remember when they forgot to flip the switch on the turntable/tape and played “Sweet Home Alabama” about 20 times in a row.

            For cars, I’ve always wanted a TR6 or Spitfire from the early/mid 70’s. A big land yacht from the 50’s would be cool – 1959 El Dorado maybe? A nice 1966 Chevy C-10 like my first ride (but without the cracked block) would be useful. And then I’d go with something electric for the future – maybe an original Tesla Roadster like the one orbiting the sun.

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      • ugafidelis

        Looks awesome LOD! My son and I are going to work on this together. I’m doing red as well, no stripe though. Still haven’t decided on black hood striping.

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      • Paulwesterdawg

        The best was Christoper Rude with Dan Patrick calling in for sports every week. That morning show was epic.

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    Cars:
    1. The Ferrari Daytona model that won the first Cannonball Run
    2. 1962 Corvette convertible
    3. The Rolls Royce SUV
    4. ???

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    • gastr1

      I like the ’58 Corvette with the double headlamps. To my eye the best-looking cars ever are in that 1950s-60s window when fins and chrome were prominent.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        They were supposed to look like Marilyn Monroe coming towards you,and like a rocket from behind. You know what “Dagmars” are?

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  8. 3rdandGrantham

    Not a huge car guy but love SUV’s and Jeeps. I’d go with:

    Volvo XC90 Inscription (current car)
    Bentley Bentayga
    Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4 door

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  9. Cojones

    Finding that there is a new variant that is more highly infectious puts cfb and our economy out on a branch. Just waiting to see which one will ravage the area where you live gives us a toss-up period in the game of You Bet Your Fucking Life.

    Test kits and testing are the only tools available to dig out, folks. For your family’s sake, insist that your area gets plenty before we get to the next tipping point. Testing results tells us how to combat this virus and how to get ready for the next one. We continue to hear from Trump that the tests are available, but they are not and you are continually being lied to at your family’s risk.

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    • Argondawg

      That really does not seem to be the case in Georgia. Our testing is ramping up a pretty impressive pace. It was slow to ge here and I am no fan of Kemp but testing in the last couple of weeks has jumped now we need contact tracing and we are in business.

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      • Paul

        True but apparently we’re still not at the point of offering tests to anyone who wants one. I went to the DPH and CDC sites this morning. They still require a doctor’s order to schedule a test. Perhaps your doctor will schedule one if you ask, I don’t know. Until we can test large swaths of the population how do we feel safe sending folks back to school or allowing attendance at events? There are still no medicines or vaccines.

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    • WIll (the other one)

      Ignore the LA TImes “mutated virus/new strain” headline. That variant is the one that’s been here for the past several months. Things aren’t great, but clickbait headlines like that one really don’t help.

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      • Cojones

        It was just identified this week as a significant variant that has twice the infectivity rate as the original. It had been known to exist and had been researched, but it took until now to demonstrate it is a significant variant that may warrant a different vaccine.

        Don’t put out disinformation that something should be ignored and is only “click bait” when you are not aware of the details, plus -, my info doesn’t come from that article.

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  10. WCH

    ’65 GT 350 Shelby Cobra
    ’68 GT 500 Shelby Convetible
    Ford GT40, don’t care which year
    Toyota Fj60 Land Cruiser, late 70’s

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  11. PTC DAWG

    Any way to rip on Trump..

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    • Sorry, snowflake. 😉

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      • PTC DAWG

        I’m not sure you know the origin of that term…carry on.

        Stay home under cover… 🙂

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        • Too busy at the office to stay home, I’m afraid.

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          • PTC DAWG

            Honestly, that’s a good sign.
            Did you see this NYT article?

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            • Russ

              Interesting article. This is a large country so it makes sense the data vary widely across the country. But I’d attribute that to the nearly nationwide shutdown slowing the spread. The virus will eventually reach everywhere and this just tells me we’ve slowed it down like we wanted to. To reopen without caution would be foolish.

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              • PTC DAWG

                I am somewhat amazed that the ATL area, due to the airport, has not been hit any harder than it has. The chart shows me that we way over reacted for this thing in most of the Country. NYC was mishandled big time by the powers that be there.

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                • mddawg

                  I question whether or not that article and its data are oversimplifications of the situation. It’s comparing current death tolls to normal numbers, but things haven’t been normal for a while.

                  For example, could there be fewer traffic-related deaths as there are fewer cars on the road (although there does seem to be more speeding going on)? Since bars/restaurants were closed or doing pick-up only, does that mean fewer alcohol-related traffic deaths? A coworker mentioned to me recently that crime is down in Baltimore since the stay-at-home orders have been in effect, could that also be a factor.

                  On the flip side, there may be more deaths for issues not related to COVID-19 as people have been reluctant or unable to get the care they need in the current environment. And as some mental health officials have mentioned, could we see (or be seeing) a spike in suicides as people are stuck in their homes?

                  All that is to say, it may be more complicated than just comparing this year’s numbers to previous years and drawing any solid conclusions.

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                • Argondawg

                  You can only really gauge this thing locally. It is very hard in a country this size with this many variables to get a clear picture. The whole desire was to flatten the curve until it wasn’t. Athens Regional as of Saturday had less than 10 total covid patients in the hospital and only 3 in ICU. That is a pretty damn flat curve considering it serves not just ACC but Oconee, parts of Barrow and Jackson county. Madison county, Oglethopre county and all the way down to Morgan county. So what now? We venture out as safely as we know how using the guidelines for self protection. We really have no choice at this point. Time to get back out otherwise we are going to come out with nothing left except Walmart and Home Depot and probably a VERY unstable environment. We have no real precedent on what 30% unemplyment over a 3 or 4 month period will do to our society at large. That to me is scarier than Covid and Covid is pretty damn scary

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                • PTC DAWG

                  Well said

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                • mddawg

                  I’m on board with following the guidelines for self-protection. It’s the people who aren’t that worry me.

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                • Bulldog Joe

                  https://gema.georgia.gov/emergencies-0/coronavirus

                  Another good site to monitor combined hospital census statistics by region is the GEMA Situation Report link found halfway down the page. It does not yet include the 24-bed BMarko modular hospital unit just opened at Phoebe North, the unit opening soon at Navicent, or the unit getting started at NE Georgia MC.

                  We know Hall and Habersham counties is an emerging hotspot centered around the food processing plants, so be aware if you need to travel to that area.

                  For those not in the at-risk categories, I agree it is a matter of respect over fear, like we’ve seen in the grocery stores. We’ll have to rely on group peer pressure in places where alcohol is consumed. We’ll see how it goes.

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                • Derek

                  New York Mayor and Governor are responsible for the New York deaths.

                  Trump takes no responsibility for American deaths. We’re number 1! In deaths!! And rising!!!

                  Winger logic makes sense right after the lobotomy.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Exactly. It should be the opposite! Cuomo has nothing to do with New York. Being in the USA, that’s Drumpf’s domain. It’s exactly why we elected him king in charge of every aspect of life!
                  #PoliticiansThinkForUs
                  #TellUsWhatToDo

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            • Bulldog Joe

              Fatality rates for the largest US MSAs mirror population density. Phoenix, Houston, and DFW have lower fatality rates than Atlanta and coincidentally they are less dense.

              The outliers are San Francisco / San Jose and Honolulu, where fatality rates skew much lower than where their population density would suggest.

              Coincidentally, these MSAs are also home to the largest percentage of east asian – americans. Assuming their data is reasonably accurate, it is an angle worthy of further analysis and research.

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        • FisheriesDawg

          It’s frustrating to see my fellow conservatives/Republicans continually adapt their behavior to reflect the worst behavior of the left. There seems to be an active attitude of “if they get to do it, so do we!” Being constantly offended at every perceived slight is just one of those behaviors that the right has wholeheartedly embraced as of late.

          I wish my side would commit to being better than the other side, but so long as the aforementioned dude peddling “bullshit, exaggerating, the fake swag” is the avatar for the Republican Party, I’m afraid it’s going to keep dropping its standards down to the lowest common denominator.

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            Republicans tried that with Bob Dole, Mitt Romney, John McCain, etc. It doesn’t stop the left from calling you a racist Nazi, and you don’t get elected.

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            • Patrick O'Rouke

              So because you’re scared of being called a Nazi, you decided to go with an incompetent clown? Are you no longer being called a Nazi? Or are you admitting that it never really was a serious argument?

              What sort of persuasive argument is this?

              Also, there was a two-term Republican President in between those two who got called a lot of bad things. He seems to not be all that bothered by it. Maybe you should follow his example.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                Of course I’m scared of being called a Nazi. It’s literally the worst thing that could ever happen. That’s why I call everybody who disagrees with my leftist views Nazis.

                And I’m not trying to persuade Republicans to do anything. I’m simply acknowledging the fact that Democrats were the ones to master name calling. That’s our thing. Republicans need to find their own thing.

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    • Derek

      Its like they’ll make up anything!?!?

      Pretty soon it will be “tan suit”, “terrorist fist jabs” and “born in kenya!”

      Why don’t they have any standards at all?

      I just hope our little dicked hero is done grocery shopping so he can bring our discourse up to a respectable notch:

      https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-04/man-kkk-hood-in-santee-san-diego-sparks-outrage

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      • Bugshit

        So tell me Derek. Who should be leading the country and why? I’ll hang up and listen.

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        • Derek

          Any person not suffering from malignant narcissism and gross idiocy should do.

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        • FisheriesDawg

          If you give me the golden ballot:

          Ben Sasse.

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          • Derek

            Shouldn’t a prerequisite be having the courage to tell the truth about Il Douche?

            If you think Sasse’s private thoughts deviate from Flake’s you’re wrong. The difference is the integrity to speak up.

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            • FisheriesDawg

              I’ve read both of Sasse’s books and listened to him several times on podcasts (mostly Jonah Goldberg’s). I’m a borderline fanboy. If you think he’s hiding his thoughts about the President, you’re not paying attention. Yeah, he’s toned them down out of political expediency because he has a primary challenge right now, which I wish he wouldn’t do, but he’s also not contradicting any of the things he’s said before. He’s just decided to stop beating the horse because it’s apparent that most Republican voters don’t want to hear it right now.

              But in my world where I’ve got a golden ballot that cancels out all of the low information voters out there (both left and right), Trump is a complete non-factor for everyone but reality TV fans. And in that scenario, where pandering to dumbasses isn’t a political requirement, I think Sasse would be an outstanding executive leader.

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            • spur21

              Trump was a much better alternative than another corrupt Clinton.

              Sadly our system rarely gives us a truly decent choice.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          Here’s a hint.

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        Thanks for the lead-in, Derek. I’m glad to see that you’re still using the state of the art leftist tactics of making fun of someone’s name (or handle) in order to suggest that his arguments or policies are stupid. It’s so much easier to just say something like #Drumpf. Good job.

        And If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s some random prole making a mockery of the dictates of our duly selected elitist class. If we tell you to wear a mask, do it. If we tell you to shut your business and let your kids go hungry, do it. If we tell you to get in the boxcar, do it.
        #StopThinkingStartObeying

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  12. Ron Rampy

    1970 Challenger R/T HEMI
    1967 Corvette L88
    1968 Charger R/T HEMI
    1965 Buick RivieraGS Super Wildcat

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  13. PTC DAWG

    Late 80’s 930 Turbo
    Acura NA1 NSX ( to have when the 930 is in the shop)
    GMC 4WD Denali Truck a new one
    Lexus LS 500 also new

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  14. mwo

    1) The T-Bird from American Graffiti with Suzanne Somers in it
    2) Lambo or whatever it was in Cannonball Run with Adrienne Barbeau and that other skank in it.
    3) Bandit Trans Am with Sally Field in it.
    4) My wife’s 1972 442 convertible with her in it.

    One out of four ain’t bad.

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  15. Smoky Joe Would

    1966 GT 350
    Ferrari Daytona Spyder
    Terra Wind Amphibious RV
    G63 AMG 6×6

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  16. FlyingPeakDawg

    McClaren P1
    Mercedes AMG GT
    Aston Martin Vantage
    Tricked out UGA golf cart

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  17. Russ

    Read one stat about Shula that really stood out to me. Belichick would have to go undefeated for the next 8 seasons just to approach Shula’s win total.

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    • Derek

      Not really.

      Shula has 347 wins.

      Bill is at 304. Thats 4 seasons of decent football away.

      Shula did do it with a shorter season but Bill still has the higher winning %.

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      • Russ

        Yeah, you’re right. I’m guessing someone published a pre-written obit without updating the numbers. Still an impressive career.

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    • Shula was a great coach for a long time. It’s really too bad the Dolphins didn’t get one last title for him before his retirement. Once Marino was done, the Dolphins haven’t had a quarterback since. Truly a legend.

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      • ugafidelis

        I’m not a Dolphins fan, but I did hate that Marino never got a ring. Laces out Dan.

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        • Russ

          I remember walking down Bourbon Street before the 1982 Sugar Bowl against Pitt (wearing my “Shit on Pitt” button) and we see a guy passed out in the gutter. Someone put a sign on his back saying “Dan Marino”. I guess Dan had the last laugh, though.

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  18. Mick Jagger

    1975 AMC Gremlin
    1975 Ford Pinto
    1971 Chevy Vega
    Doc Brown’s Delorean from Back To The Future

    Bonus: 1963 Corvair

    Truthfully, those late 60’s Chevelles and GTOs are great cars. Mustangs and Camaros too.

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  19. Classic City Canine

    Shula correctly saw through Trump. Too bad half of America fell for the bullshit.

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    • Union Jack

      I am still flabbergasted that it requires less financial verification to become POTUS than the NFL requires to be owner of the Buffalo Bills.

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    • RangerRuss

      Yeah buddy, cuz that Hilary was really a prime choice eh?

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      • FisheriesDawg

        There never should have been a choice between the two. Screw the 1/3 of Republican primary voters who forced a choice between her and that clown on the rest of us. They ought to self-restrict their right to vote if they’re not going to take their choice any more seriously than that.

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      • Union Jack

        What does Hillary Clinton have to do with Donald Trump’s financial dealings RangerRuss? I think it is funny that when someone points out Trump’s record of grifting, lies and other examples of low moral character the first defense of it is “whataboutism”.

        https://deadspin.com/fake-rich-guy-donald-trump-pretends-he-wants-to-buy-the-1557203224

        https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/03/02/donald-trump-buffalo-bills-michael-cohen-falsified-financial-records

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          But what’s his body count?

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        • RangerRuss

          There was a choice between Trump and H R Clinton on my ballot. That’s what it has to do with it. Giant douche or shit sandwich.

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          • Union Jack

            As I said above … Trump’s grifting and inability to release his tax returns etc are all about him. It has nothing to do with whoever his opponent is. He didn’t do it in the primaries either and the opponents there were far of Hillary Clinton.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              There are few, if any, white knights in elections. I certainly wouldn’t argue that the advantage Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio had over Donald Trump was their moral purity.

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              • FisheriesDawg

                I’ll bite. Among those three, who has a worse moral failing than cheating on his wife, who just had a baby, with a porn star and continuing to lie about it to this day? Who among those three had a worse moral failing than the millions upon millions of dollars in debt that he’s intentionally walked away from (and left countless small business owners in the lurch as a result) because he keeps making stupid investments? Who among those three had a worse moral failing than bragging, with a mic already on in preparation for an interview, with a stranger about how he can walk up and grab random women by the genitals because he’s famous?

                I’d like some examples of how any of those three candidates were worse. Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  I’m not familiar of the personal foibles of those three men in particular. But just off hand, I can state that all three supported the interminable wars in the Middle East that have cost trillions of dollars and over a million lives. Trump the candidate promised to end those wars.

                  I know it’s not exactly sex with a porn star. But some people aren’t super turned on by death and destruction. YMMV

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                • Union Jack

                  I wasn’t even bringing up the divorces and sexual peccadilloes with porn stars. I brought up one aspect that so many of his supporters proudly Trumpet — his “business” success. He has filed for at least 4 business bankruptcies. He famously stewarded the USFL into oblivion. He has a spotty record of Trump products being “American Made.” (See link below) When asked to detail his personal finances as so many other Presidential candidates have done, he has refused. He counts on people taking his word for it..

                  When he had to detail his finances for the NFL to become owner of the Buffalo Bills – NFL owners opted for the Pegulas.

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-products/?itid=lk_inline_manual_9&tid=lk_inline_manual_9

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      • tiredofidsearch

        That was the problem with the dems last election….. the repubs threw out the worst possible candidate basically handing the election to the dems, but the dems response was… hold my beer.

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    • Derek

      Be fair: Far less than half of America fell for his con.

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  20. TripleB

    84 F150 Stepside-Tricked Out by Foose-Red and White
    55 Chevy Nomad-Tricked out by Kindig (Bithcin Rides)-Red
    68 or so Bronco- Kindig-Red and Off White

    All to look stock, except the Nomad, and the wheels on the trucks, but run smooth for everyday driving.

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  21. Argondawg

    That clip would have been much better if the person signing had done some hip thrusting or made an O and stuck her finger through it to be accurate with what the esteemed governor was saying.

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  22. PTC DAWG

    It appears that none of y’all want a daily driver you can depend on. 🙂

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  23. JimCornettesRaquetClup

    My dream automobiles in no particular order. I have a thing for restomods.
    1. ICON Dodge Power Wagon crew cab restomod. Coolest truck I’ve ever seen
    2. Singer Porsche 911 Think 70’s porsche cool with modern drive train. The most beautiful 911’s I’ve ever seen.
    3. 70-73 DeTomaso Pantera. Italian Styling combined with American Muscle
    4. Ford RS EVO. Ford’s offering to the group B rally series in the 80’s. An overpowered turbocharged 4 cylinder with all wheel drive. It’s the car that will absolutely kill you.

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    • Singers are very cool.

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      • JimCornettesRaquetClup

        Yes they are. They’re the perfect love letter to the 911.

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        • Otto

          Like your style. You’d fit in my group of car buddies very well.

          Not a Ford or AWD guy but I like the RS and have had a thing for the Cosworth Escorts.

          Singer and Detroit Speed are very much the same thought process for their respective genres. Modern comforts, handling, classic style.

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          • JimCornettesRaquetClub

            Are you familiar with Ken Block? He bought a RS200 a year or two ago and owns some wicked cosworths too. He said he RS200 is the scariest car he’s ever driven.

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    • JimCornettesRaquetClup

      I’d like to add an alternate to my list. The Classic Recreations Mustang Boss 429. Click the link below to view this beautiful, evil masterpiece.
      https://www.classic-recreations.com/boss-429/

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      • Otto

        I like their original paint scheme better than the current but love the build. I’d add a full interior and AC if it doesn’t have it.

        Detroit Speed 1966 Mustang Test Car

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  24. Smoky Joe Would

    That West Virginia Governor was awesome!!! He sooo meant to say that, regardless of whatever he took back later.

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  25. W Cobb Dawg

    As kids my brother and I couldn’t get enough of those ‘rods from the Munsters TV show. We would hit the news/cigar store to check out the latest hotrod magazines (rarely buying a magazine), pester grandpa to buy us hotrod models, and hit-up nearby auto parts stores for any hotrod pictures, stickers, calendars, etc. It was THE golden age for hotrods.

    So my 3 pics would all be hotrods, starting with Herman Munster’s hearse – that was sooo cool!

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  26. 123fakest

    I like my current Ford truck, but I could piddle around in the following:

    Defender 90
    Classic Ford Bronco
    Ferrari SF90 Stradale
    I always wanted a convertible Stingray Corvette as a kid.

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  27. Weathers great in bay county. May is my favorite month. Aint no rona out paddling or biking. Sunshine is great medicine! And kills germs

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  28. Otto

    I could go on and on with cars. I have spent most of my time owning GM vehicles, Corvettes, Camaros, Chevelle, and a classic truck. However, many of my friends are into various other cars, BMWs, Datsuns, bagged/low rider trucks, RX7s, etc I have gone to all sorts of car events Daytona 24/Sebring 12, F1 (Indy and COTA), to NOPI nationals and Corvette events at the National Corvette Museum. A friend also helps put on various pro-touring events.

    I love the originals cars but I am not the type to keep a 1 of 20 (according to the record but there are more than 20 “verified” 67 L88s) 67 L88 Corvette in a garage so I can go look at it. Where I would rather put my resources are restored restomod/Pro-touring builds with overdrive and efi, Cars you can drive 600 miles in a day. I do much of the work on my cars myself including EFI tuning and currently have a couple of GM vehicles.

    A short list which could change:
    67 Corvette Pro-touring build new Corvette driveline
    70 Chevelle mild pro-touring build possibly retaining a big block with 5 or 6 speed transmission
    Ferrari 575M 6 speed not paddle shifters
    69 Camaro RS built by Detroit Speed

    Other cars of interest:
    90s Corvette Zr-1 Lingenfelter 415″ stroker build
    Z3M Coupe cam close to buying one a few times
    Lotus Elise/Exige
    Lotus Esprit mid 90s to the end of the line V8s
    E30 BMW M3 (80s)
    E36 BMW M3 (mid 90s) very much considered buying one these
    Morgan 3 wheeler
    914-6 replica
    Cayman again 6 speed not paddles
    Singer 911
    Aston V12 from Casino Royale (2nd one)

    Ultra Exotics:
    Dauer 962
    Ferrari F40
    Ford GT40
    Porsche 911 GT1
    McLaren GTR-LM – yes from the last I love mid to late 90s GT racing

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  29. Ben

    I’m not a car guy, but if I could get a refurished 86 Dakota like I drove in high school and then an Eddie Bauer explorer like I had in college, that would be great. The other two slots would just have to be whatever I needed at the time.

    I’m a Shula fan now; anyone who cuts through he shit Trump spouts and calls him on it is a hero to me.

    And the governor of WBGV…whatever it takes to keep people laying low so that no one else has to die from this is ideal. If you’ve known someone who has died or has been affected by it, you’ll want to make sure no one else has to go through it, too.

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  30. Since it’s the playpen: I was tweaked onto something that really bothered me late yesterday. A friend sent me a link to a video taken of the altercation in Glynn County where an unarmed young man was killed. (I’ll not share the link as it’s very disturbing.) Apparently the kid was running down the street and a couple of local do-gooders tried to make a “citizens arrest” related to some burglaries in the neighborhood. It got sideways and the kid was killed. There were no charges filed until the video surfaced, now it’s being sent to a Grand Jury.
    I guess I’ll be the one to throw this PP in the gutter, but why is this still happening in 2020? I can’t help but believe the incident is race related (kid is black) and under what delusion would someone in a non life threatening situation take matters into their own hands in such a manner?
    My friend who sent me the link is black. He says it’s a lynching. I can’t say it wasn’t but from what I saw a couple of idiots inserted themselves into a dealy situation wit tragic consequences.
    Tell me how this shit is still happening in 2020?

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    • Few things lately have bothered me as much as watching that clip did.

      Attorney General instructed the GBI to take over the investigation, which is happening as of today.

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      • Whoever took the video had to know something was going down, that would make them complicit?
        Good on the AG for getting the GBI involved.

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        • Check out what the Glynn County PD asked the GBI to investigate:

          Priorities.

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          • The most poignant lyric from Rage Against the Machine’s song “Killing in the Name” – “Some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses.”

            When the folks on the police force are either in cahoots with the baddies or they are the baddies themselves, it’s pretty obvious why shit like this has gone unpunished for decades.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              Their stock in trade is violence. And they back each other up nearly every time.

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            • Derek

              I always preferred: “fuck you! I won’t do what you tell me!”

              To each his own.

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          • Un-fucking-believable

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          • So Glynn County has an active investigation on the shooting?

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        • 123fakest

          They did know it was going down. The person taking the video was with/following the McMichael’s, and on one video I watched, you can hear him chambering a bullet. I wonder if that guy gets any punishment too. He was clearly part of the Vigilante Thugs.
          Anything less than life in prison would be a travesty.

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    • mwo

      The kid had been a local football player and was known to jog through the mostly white neighborhood as part of his fitness routine. The two idiots claimed they thought he was responsible for several recent break ins. They armed themselves and tried to do a citizens arrest. There are lots of political connections to the story. Bottom line IMHO is they are wrong and should stand trial for murder and hate crime if possible. My niece is a nurse in Brunswick and she is really pissed this was covered up by the good old boy network. If everything she is telling me is true there will be a lot of people out of a job and in prison. There is no excuse for this to happen.

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        Since one of the two men was a former DA investigator, my understanding was that the Glynn county officials cited conflict of interest and passed the case off to Ware county.

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    • 123fakest

      These two idiot thugs need to be locked up immediately and forever. This crap still happens because the response is neither quick or strict enough.

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    • Derek

      Technically, not a “lynching” but it’s certainly a murder.

      What did they expect the guy to do? “Hey here’s two armed red necks trying to stop me from jogging, let me stop here and answer their questions.”

      Ain’t post-racial America fun?

      I hope they both go to prison for a long long time along with the folks that told this kids momma it was self-defense.

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    • https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/dispatcher-what-was-he-doing-wrong/article_fe51cdd4-3bb6-5815-9dec-ddcdc8f879f8.html

      https://thebrunswicknews.com/breaking/gbi-announces-official-investigation-into-arbery-shooting/article_25fb218c-8fba-11ea-9058-07a9f851ac34.html

      https://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia/2020/05/06/call-for-criminal-charges-mount-in-daylight-shooting-of-black-jogger/

      Again. Un-fucking-believable.
      And now the Governor who unwittingly (maybe?) pandered to the “if you don’t look like us you don’t belong here” mentality wants justice. For crying out loud the gun toting red neck was his target demographic.
      This kind of shit is ridiculous bordering on the surreal.

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    • tiredofidsearch

      Brunswick area is notorious for crap like that (not just racial – remember the guy that tried to rob a mother pushing a stroller down the sidewalk, when he learned she didnt have anything, shot the baby in the stroller).

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    • Got Cowdog

      No one offered an answer to my original question. Why is shit like this still happening in 2020? Even in backwards assed have and have not Glynn County Georgia.
      Yeah I know it’s a football blog with a vent.

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      • Pirate

        It s awful just like a teen murders a baby in a stroller in a robbery attempt in Brunswick Ga Why is this shit happening ? 2013 . The roles and races are reversed. What say you .?

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        • I say that a senseless crime like the one you mentioned when attached to an already extant bigotry exacerbates the notion that all people of (insert your favorite prejudice here) are a threat and should be treated as such. Do not take that to mean this young man brought it on himself.

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      • RangerRuss

        Why is this still happening you ask, Cowdog? The reasons are as varied as there are people. This particular instance is arrogance, stupidity and lack of situational awareness. The McMichaels were arrogant for thinking they had the right to stop someone and question them as if they were still law dogs. They were stupid for pointing a gun at that person with no plan as for what to do if he resisted. It doesn’t matter if Arbery had robbed a hundred homes. That’s not a crime worth killing a suspect no matter if you’re a cop or a stupid, arrogant asshole with a Barney Fife mindset. The McMichaels deserve to get some of that ‘from now on’. Fuckn idiots.
        Arbery had a serious lack of SA and probably was a bit arrogant. It doesn’t matter if he had a right to be running through that neighborhood. It was as bad an idea as you taking a stroll through the ATL projects on a Saturday night. Arbery was stupid for not obeying an agitated asshole with a shotgun pointed at his gut.
        Poetic justice would’ve been if the McMichaels had assaulted one of those fellows that are trained to deal with long guns at close range. When his nuts met his teeth in his throat and he got to watch his son blasted with his shotgun?That video is what I’d rather see.

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        • It doesn’t matter if he had a right to be running through that neighborhood. It was as bad an idea as you taking a stroll through the ATL projects on a Saturday night.

          Dude, jeez.

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          • RangerRuss

            Hey man,I’m sorry if I offended anyone with that comment. But it’s simply common sense not to go in places where you’re different, not wanted and the locals are armed and willing to shoot your ass. Knowing the readers here I probably should’ve used another, less triggering, example. For instance when I was child living in Rapidan,Va we visited a friend’s family in mountainous West Virginia. We drove close, got out and waited while Brenda and Jerry walked on up and brought her family down. I ate some cherries from a little orchard while we waited. Outstanding memorable moment. What I remember most is there are places I ain’t welcome. I may feel as if I’m special and entitled to go anywhere I please because this is the USA. As rough as some folks think they are those gotdam hillbillies are worse.
            Maybe I should attempt to be more sensitive.

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            • From The Brunswick News:

              Arbery worked at times with his father’s landscaping company. The former standout football player at Brunswick High was an avid runner, committed to staying in good shape. A resident of Satilla Shores said Friday that she had seen Arbery jogging through the neighborhood off U.S. 17 several times.

              Guess he was just tempting fate, eh?

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              • RangerRuss

                Unfortunately yes. I was a running fool. Staying with my Aunt the first three weeks at UGA and got the Athens finest called on me the first day hopping her gate for a 0430 run. It ended well and quickly as my haircut, clothing and demeanor were in line with narc standards. Not so much for this young man.
                Arbery had every right to be where he was running. But as that asshole I called daddy told me,”You may be right but you can be dead right.”

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                • I’m not trying to be an ass here, but it’s no wonder “while black” is the meme it is these days.

                  He was jogging in a neighborhood that he’d run through before without incident… but, what, this time he should have known better?

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                • RangerRuss

                  LYNDSEY SCOTT!
                  Watching the Dawgs on ESPNU is why I have time to respond.
                  You’re not being an ass and I’m not defending the indefensible. The McMichaels were as wrong as wrong can be. Here’s where my bias rears its ugly head. I’ve dealt with bullies such as them all my life. Self-important, locally connected ”with a sense of scumbag entitlement”. They’re in every town in the world. One must be aware they exist and do everything possible to limit encounters with those jerks.
                  Hopefully someone will learn something from this. But I’ll guarantgotdamtee you it won’t be folks like the McMichaels.

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                • Sadly, it’s no better than even money if they do. All it takes is one vote to hang a jury.

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                • I don’t see a reply option to your last comment, Senator, but I fear that if the verdict (and I fully expect this to go to trial) is an acquittal there will be repercussions. IIRC, the Officers being acquitted in the Rodney King case was the catalyst for the LA riots?

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                • Saying they won’t be convicted isn’t the same as saying they’ll be acquitted. I doubt that would happen.

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        • You’re speaking tactically. I was thinking more strategically, in the sense that the underlying hate or fear of another human being who doesn’t look, act, or believe the same as someone else gives that someone the right to take a life. Why is this still present in the year 2020 with all the communication ability that we have at our fingertips? There is no answer, TBH.
          Tactically? Daddy is the one that caused this whole shitshow. He put his son in a situation he had no business being in and he’s lucky(?) HIS kid isn’t dead, but now HIS son has the blood of another human being, someone else’s son, on his hands for absolutely no reason thanks to HIS bigotry or fear or whatever prompted him to do something so idiotic.. That would be worse than death for me. YMMV.

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          • RangerRuss

            I think you’re correct sir. Older McMichael has probably been pointing firearms and intimidating vulnerable people his entire adult life and getting away with it. This time he fucked up and killed a man on video. On video. Otherwise he may have got off scot-free.
            You and I were fortunate in being raised by fathers who taught us how to handle firearms with common sense. Not so for poor McMichael the younger. The Billy Joe Badass in me would have liked for him to point that shotgun carelessly my way so I could slap it up while snap kicking his tiny testicles, butt stroking him in the mouth, using his fat ass for a shield whilst disarming junior and butt stroking him in his watermelon noggin.
            Most likely I’d get on my knees and beg him to call my Mama. Shotguns scare me more than bears.

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            • Only been fired at once and I don’t think her Daddy really meant to hit me, I was too far away by the time he’d gotten to his shotgun, anyway. Thank Dawg for ground floor windows, right? (Never did get my pants back.)
              I don’t know how I would have reacted. I’m like you, I’d like to think I’d slap it out of the way and commence to mayheming, but more likely those nice inviting woods on the catty-corner would be an outstanding way for me to exit stage right.
              It’s a shitshow all the way around. And very fucking sad.

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  31. duronimo

    4 nice cars I’ve owned …..
    ’55 Chev. 2 door coupe
    ’57 Studebaker Silver Hawk (160 mph speedometer)
    ’63 Corvette Red Convertible (Both tops)
    ’69 Olds Cutlass (2rd hardtop)

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  32. Milton Dawg

    1967 Shelby GT 500 or 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR
    1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
    1963 Aston Martin DB5
    2020 Ford F350 King Ranch Supercrew (diesel)

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  33. 2020 audi spyder.
    Bel-air built by my direction
    2020 silverado to replace my 09
    2019 Yamaha FJR1300

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  34. spur21

    As a complete car nut this Play-Pen has my interest. I also have a tree car garage that has seen a huge number of high performance cars some I don’t regret selling and a few I wish I still had.

    I’m also a die hard Porsche fanatic having owned 10 of them over the years. Bought my first one in 74 – a sweet 911 Carrera. The two I regret selling – a 930 and my EP Speedster that I raced in the SCCA back in the early 80’s. I sold the 930 for $40K back on the late 80’s – you can’t fix stupid. I sold the EP race car around the same time for $6.5K – sold it before vintage racing took off – that car is now worth around $100 K.

    I also built a Cobra Replica (FIA Type) that I sold before I killed myself. It was as they say stupid fast. I had a March 701 based CSR that I raced for a couple of years. After I sold it I found out the chassis had a very significant history before it was converted to a CSR. The guy that bought it sold it back to March or a privateer (not sure which) so they could restore it to original Formula 2 specs and be placed in their Museum. The car was the first March factory ride for Ronnie Peterson.

    All of the Porsche street cars were daily drivers for my spoiled wife and weekend fun cars for me. I’m currently considering a Cayman S . If I don’t pull the trigger on a Cayman I might build a new version of my hot rod 55 Chevy that I drove while in high school.

    My wife thinks I have a disease that makes me buy and sell cars like most people change socks.

    Regarding Covid 19 – I think we are screwing up with the relaxation of social distancing. I’m not optimistic that we will have CFB this year. Which will give me time to look for a car to buy or build.

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    • Otto

      Cool cars. Good to see a gearhead in here.

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      • spur21

        If you are a real gearhead you should check out Project Binky on Youtube. Couple of English blokes that spent 6 years building a cool Mini. They are funny and incredible fabricators. Be prepared to spend lots of hours watching all 31 Episode.

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    • The Cobra replica is on my bucket list but I’m hesitant for the same reason you sold yours. Aren’t those built on a modified 80-90’s model Mustang chassis?

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      • Otto

        Depends on the kit, Factory 5 does give you the option of running Mustang chassis parts. ERA is one of the more accurate kits. Backdraft I believe uses many 90s BMW parts.

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        • spur21

          ERA or Kirkham or Superformance have excellent kits. Kirkham is by far the best and also the most expensive. Kirkham is a very interesting story they also supplied the Shelby aluminum bodied continuation cars.

          I used Unique Motors over in Gadsden Ala for my car – they are like third or forth in the business – http://www.uniquemotorcars.com/ A photo of my car is in their FIA Gallery. Good company – really good guys and their cars are very good and reasonably priced.

          FFR is popular but be prepared for nothing to fit without head scratching and grinding.

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  35. Jack Klompus

    The ’84 CJ 7 I had. God I miss that car.
    65 Shelby Cobra
    64 Lincoln Continental or 69 El Camino

    The funny thing is, that I haven’t owned an American car since that CJ7.

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  36. Mayor

    I usually stay away from the playpen but this time I’m here to vent my spleen about some things that happened last season and after it was over that particularly piss me off. At the top of the list is the treatment of Jake Fromm by the Georgia “fans” including some who post on this blog. I just got finished watching a replay of the SC-UGA game from last season. During the telecast one announcer stated that Jake Fromm was “perhaps the best quarterback in America.” Georgia lost that game and Fromm threw 3 INTs. One bounced off the redurver’s face mask and another came when the receiver turned the wrong way on the route. Nevertheless Jake caught the brunt of the wrath of the fans after that game and after the season. Georgia fans (and yes, some of the regular posters on this blog) have become as badly entitled as any fan base in the nation. Last season’s record was 12-2 with a win in the Sugar Bowl. Many “fans” have characterized it as disappointing. Really? Are we now so deeply into that Ricky Bobby “ If you ain’t first you’re last” bullshit that we cannot fairly appreciate a damn good (although not championship) season. Georgia lost one game in double OT and the other to the eventual national champion. The Dawgs did win the SEC East though. For the third time. That’s not chopped liver. But I digress. The treatment of Jake Fromm on this blog and by the fan base in general has been abysmal. The kid was QB for 35 wins over over a 3 year period. Think about that for a minute. If Jake had come back for his senior year he undoubtedly would have become the QB with the most career wins in Georgia history. But he didn’t. Ever wonder why he didn’t come back? I do. Maybe it was just the call of the NFL. But maybe not. Maybe the treatment by some of our illustrious “fans” had something to do with it. I don’t know and we never will know unless Jake tells us which I doubt will happen.

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    • PTC DAWG

      One day we may know the whole story on why Jake left early…the NFL combine tanked his draft status and the Covid mess kept him from having private workouts and one on ones with NFL GM’s where his intelligence and game knowledge would have shined.

      I’m still not sure he’s full time NFL starting material, but he should make some team a perfectly serviceable backup…and one day, who knows a good Coach.

      Bad call cost us a second SEC Championship, IMHO…and a shot at the playoffs again…

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      Fromm’s season was more complicated than that game. He was excellent early and mediocre late. Part of that was Cager. Part of it was Coley. Part of it was Kirby. And part of it was Fromm.

      Fromm was a mature player for an elite program. Aaron Murray’s house was vandalized after his (and the team’s) dismal performance in a loss to South Carolina. He still has good things to say about 99.9% of UGA fans.

      NFL rookie contracts are no longer structured to award high draft status like they used to. Even if Fromm had returned to school and won a championship, he wasn’t going to grow 4 inches and move into the first round. Plus, he was looking at playing under his third coordinator without his favorite target of Cager. IMO, it was as good a time as any to get paid.

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      • Mayor

        I’m glad you mentioned Murray, a DGD, who has likewise been subjected to indignaties by certain posters on this blog. A guy who won more than 30 games a Georgia QB.

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  37. Idlewild Dawg

    ‘85 Chevy Scottsdale 4WD
    ‘69 camaro SS 454
    ‘70 chevelle “
    Late ‘60s Harley Bobber

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  38. RangerRuss

    I recently bought a new truck that cost north of $70k. Very nice. The problem I have is all the do-dads and gadgets on it. Last new truck I bought was a 2001 Ford. The only real mechanical issue was fuel pump failure back in November. I have no faith in this new truck and all the shit I don’t need that seems to be standard on new vehicles.
    I’m considering spending $30-40k on a remodeled early 70’s truck. I’m talking complete overhaul like on Counting Cars but without all the bling. Something I can change the oil on and perform simple maintenance.
    Or maybe I should try to enjoy something nice and let qualified folks take care of my stuff. But I don’t like feeling incompetent.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I hope you got around 20% off of MSRP

      I feel your pain on all the “doo dads”….and to me, the new trucks are just too damn high off the ground..can’t even reach into the beds to get shit.

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      • RangerRuss

        I got a relatively good deal. Not like the A plan back when HH6 was a Ford executive. Yeah it’s high off the ground. My busted up old ass uses the tailgate step on a regular basis. I have a milk crate I step up on the old truck which I still drive regularly.
        I’m fixing to hit the road in it now. Slide back the sun roof and turn satellite radio to the Tom Petty channel. It’s nice. But I get a creepy feeling about the damn thing. Glad it’s paid off.

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    • 92 Grad

      My 2015 F350 has 240,000 miles on it and I dread the day I need a newer truck. My regular cars are an ‘89 and an ‘03. I dont think I will ever buy a car that isn’t 20 years old or older.

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    • Saw one of the new GMC’s with the 20 way tail gate at Lowe’s. Absolutely not a work truck. No way a $60000 truck is a work truck.

      My 2009 had a brand new option if you wanted to get GPS on screen navigation. I believe you had to you have a hard drive or C d’s along with it. I elected not to get that option because I completely believed it would be out of date quick. And I was right.

      I’ve kept immaculate care of my truck minus the hurricane and yet after 11 years knobs and buttons still get worn out and break. I can only imagine with a new vehicle

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      • RangerRuss

        ”Absolutely not a work truck.” You got that right, Chuck. No pulling compressors or pumps,trailers or pipe with this vehicle. It’s for transporting me to and from job sites, downtown for the occasional dinner, cruising in the mountains and hauling my gear and fat ass to Florida fishing. Ridiculous. At least I don’t get a tax bill from the state on my birthday.

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    • Until last year I had a 2008 F150 that I bought new for 15k. 4×4, 4.6 V8 xl package. That’s no frills for all the non Ford people out there. I sold it with 290,000 miles on it and wish I hadn’t.
      Currently I drive a 2003 Dodge 1500. The thing about the Dodge is it’s freaking Immaculate. I bought it off my FIL for peanuts about a year ago with 39,000 original miles and original tires. It’s 4×4, bright UGA red with black trim, the little Dodge V-8 and has wonder of all things, a 5 speed manual transmission.I put a set of BFG all terrains on it and its a bad-ass little ride.
      I’ a no frills guy. With the farm, bird dog, an assortment of boats, and home projects I’m hard on a fancy truck. I can’t see paying 50-80k on something I’m going to use for a work truck. The Missus can have the nice ride.
      I did score on a cool older Ranger bass boat a few weeks ago….

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  39. Godawg

    I love odd muscle cars:
    1967 Mercury Cougar Dan Gurney Special
    1970 Mercury Cyclone GT 429 Super Cobra Jet
    1970 Plymouth Barracuda 440 Six Pack
    And my everyday getting around car…2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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  40. Anonymous

    So much of the discussion related to SARS-CoV-2 has been the comparison between it and the seasonal flu and its claimed 80,000 deaths per year. That is a rate that about equal to drug overdoses and twice the rate of suicide. I have known several people that have died from suicide or drug overdoses, yet I don’t know of anyone that died of the flu. A Bostonian doctor noticed the same thing. It turns out that the 80,000 number comes from models that epidemiologists made. When you do something crazy like actually counting the number of deaths from the flu, the number is actually more like 4000 per year. Almost all of those deaths are from the immune-compromised and certain classes of infants.

    Comparing the disease to the flu was a good idea as it is something we understand, and we all have extensive experience with it. Well, It turns out that the basis of our conversations and decision making has been a giant fucking lie by a factor of 20. In two months, the disease has kill 15 times more people than the flu does in a year.

    Models of highly complex poorly understood systems really do nothing except show the biases of the people that make the models. The next time someone presents you a “model” of something that is really well understood, ignore them. This includes every economic model, climate model, or epidemiology model. Unless they are modelling something like Newtonian Physics, aerodynamics, or some other well understood physical phenomena, assume it is complete bullshit.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      I have no idea what your point is. Are you saying Covid doesn’t exist in any significant form, or that we should stop assembling data in order to model and prepare the response. But putting the nonsensical tirade against modelers, epidemiologists, or other professionals aside, the truth is that a Covid-19 (like) event was anticipated. From Barry Ritholz:

      “Keep in mind that in terms of the pandemic, we’re not really talking about a black swan event, a term popularized by Nassim Taleb — who by the way doesn’t believe Covid-19 qualifies as an “unpredictable, rare, catastrophic event.” Bill Gates saw it coming back in 2015. So did every pandemic team, including some that the Trump administration disbanded or downgraded. The decision was made to save a few dollars in preparedness, betting that the risk would never materialize. So in that sense, the models weren’t even needed to help us see the coronavirus catastrophe coming; all that was necessary was some simple, common sense.”

      Hell, the movie “Contagion” was back in 2011. The top pros in the science community have been warning about this. It’s not the scientist’s or modeler’s fault there’s a segment of society too ignorant and petty to take heed.

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      • Anonymous

        My complaint is three-fold. Firstly, I am complaining that we are reporting “flu deaths” based on bullshit models instead of, you know, actually counting the deaths caused by complications related to influenza infections. That is basically the same as listing the temperature based on projections from climate models instead using a fucking thermometer.

        My second complaint is that this over-reporting of flu deaths via model instead of counting is largely what led to the “it is just a bad flu” comparisons. They were comparing COVID deaths to the 80K number from the models not the 4K of reality. Well, wen the number of flu deaths is reported to be 20x what it really is, people make a bad comparison. No, this isn’t”just a bad flu”. This thing is 50+ times worse than the seasonal flu. If you had told people the flu kills 4K per year, people would have taken this much more seriously than in the beginning.

        My third complaint is that models of complex systems are horseshit. The first models showed millions of deaths in the UK. The UK made policy based on those projections. The guy then revised it to 10s of thousands when it was shown to be horseshit. Now the guy just resigned because he had to violate quarantine to go fuck his mistress. I understand models are our best guess, but models of complex poorly-understood systems made by “experts” have also shown to be bullshit. All the models do is show the biases of the people that make the models. Making policy off of their models instead of the actual data being measured is stupid.

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        What could be a more responsible use of resources than stockpiling millions of ventilators and N-95 masks just in case a pandemic happens someday?
        #LetDoctorsCentrallyPlanTheEconomy
        #WhatCouldGoWrong

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  41. Thatguy

    four cars –
    2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO. 600HP, 200mph brick with AWD and all-wheel steering.
    1970 Olds 442
    Mercedes S65 AMG with the V12 BiTurbo
    and, lastly, a Porsche 911 Turbo with the whale tail

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  42. PTC DAWG

    IF you like older restored cars, etc…check out the website Bring a Trailer…all kinds of stuff shows up there.

    https://bringatrailer.com/

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  43. 92 Grad

    I’m a BMW guy, but only the ones from about 2005 back with manual transmissions. I would love a Ferrari or an Aston Martin but probably not for long, they are works of art though.

    ‘89 325i (I found one a couple years ago and its one of my daily drivers)
    ‘03 325i (recently bought it, its my daily that I dont care what happens to)

    ‘88 M5 I do not have one and probably would sell my house to buy one if I could.
    ‘88 535i. I’m constantly searching for one.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      I had a 93 535 in gray and it was a beauty but God almighty it was so damn loud.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I’ve owned a few of them..my favorites were an 1982 733i with a 5 speed…1984 533i with a 5 speed..fun cars..

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  44. Argondawg

    We are so screwed either way!

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    • Bulldog Joe

      At least with The Donald, we know who we’re dealing with.

      With Joe, we don’t know who is pulling his strings.

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      • Otto

        Establishment Dem, which as a life long Republican is better than the Trumplilans. Hopefully the Lincoln Project can take the GOP back.

        I didn’t leave the GOP, the GOP moved away from me.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Yep, because a 77 year old who was first elected to public office in 1969, was US senator for 36 years, and VP for 8 years is a complete mystery.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          No one is questioning his record. They’re questioning his fitness for office due to signs of dementia.

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          • W Cobb Dawg

            And you’re okay with a guy who says to drink clorox. Got it.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              Not at all. Like you, I’ve long held that Trump is #LiterallyHitler.

              Just because he didn’t say to drink Clorox doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t have been aware that many of us would have interpreted his statements to mean that. That’s on him.

              I’m just pointing out the fact that some people slightly worry about a man who shows signs of dementia. If elected, how will his mental health be in 2024? Maybe RBG can be his pick for VP. She looks solid for another 10 or 15 years.

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            • Pirate

              Cobb show us where he says drink Clorox or Lysol dipstick

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          • Bulldog Joe

            Biden’s record is corruption on steroids. Long before funneling American taxpayer money through foreign entities to his son, he ran the same racket to his brother James. Joe Biden is a dirtbag.

            Biden’s former democratic colleague Frank Church established the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org) to track the top contributors to each campaign. Look up “Joe Biden, 2020 cycle” and count how many of his top contributors are run by hedge fund managers, looking to capitalize on Joe’s candidacy. Guaranteed, they’re not betting on the prosperity of the US and its currency.

            As always, follow the money to see who is truly pulling the strings.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              You question the former senator representing Chase Manhattan Bank? You must be a racist.

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      • Derek

        And here thought the strings were in the tax returns we’re not allowed to see.

        Biden’s are online.

        Trumps not hiding nothing right dumbass?

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          That’s why Biden is so refreshing. He’s not hiding. Anybody can find him in his basement.
          #FrontAndCenter
          #SuckingOnFingers

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    • What about that statement is wrong?

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  45. spur21

    This site has some pretty slick cars / trucks. Love the 409 Chevy
    https://www.volocars.com/auto-sales/vehicles

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  46. Maybe this will get past the firewall. Since we’re doing killer cars today…

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  47. Dawgflan

    My garage:

    1) AMG E 63 S Wagon – daily driver

    2) Rest-mod 1971 Jeep Wagoneer Special – nostalgic choice. Dad got rid of his and mom has never forgiven him.

    3) 2017 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante – fun but impractical choice. Italian blood would dictate at least 1 Italian in the garage, and I would prefer this super-rare and under the radar AR to flashier nameplates.

    4) 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro or F150 Raptor, fully loaded – Pick-up trucks come in handy. I love my old F150 but also a long-time Toyota customer.

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    • tiredofidsearch

      Good call on the disco !! I had forgotten about that. Hell there are so many cars Id love to own (especially Ferrari, I have been a Ferrari nut since I was a kid).
      I would have a garage bigger than my house.

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  48. David Chadwick

    Cars. Ahhh….

    2010 Porsche GT 2 RS, Guard’s Red please.
    2014 Silverado extended cab Z-71
    1970 Chevelle SS
    2019 M5 for those times you’re hauling more than 2 people.

    No convertibles, no air-cooled 911’s.

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  49. Pirate

    Hey Anyone thought about this.
    1 did this come from the lab or the wet market. I believe the former but I’ll play along with all y’all that believe it came from the market
    1 Did China cover up human to human transmission.?
    2 Did they Let their citizens fly all over the world knowing this ?
    3 Did they Ban their own Citizens from Wuhan flying to other parts of China ?
    4 Did they buy up the PPE gear before and sell it back to the world?
    Man ain’t Communism great.

    I hope everyone one this chat is safe and sound but I blame it on the CCP . When DT put the flight ban on China he was called racist and everything else by all the old favs of the Democratic Party.

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  50. Pirate

    On the trade deal. Funny how Derrick never answers any of the questions one thru 4 Answer if you have the guts

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    • Derek

      You can spell words right in front of you?

      Its Derek, moron.

      Usually tin hatted conspiracy theorists have an end game in mind.

      I guess this one is in the flat earth category where they just know its conspiracy but can’t say why there is a conspiracy.

      You’re promoting the dumb so rather than entertain your nonsense, was Trump a temporary conspirator when he praised China?

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  51. Pirate

    All anyone on this chat needs to know about Derrick can be found in his quote criticizing
    Brendan Douglas. A kid that hit his first run up the gut vs Sc to seal the game for about 15 or a kid that ran over half the gators the first time he touched it spelling TG . The kid that got a late offer from UGA and amassed 963 yards from scrimmage and 6 TDS in his career. The kid that was the catalyst to putting a small catholic school on the map to a state championship for the first time in history. I wonder if Derrick ever played a down of high school football. .? Bet I know the answer.

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  52. Pirate

    Anyone on this board see why DERRICK can’t answer the questions . When DERRICK Can’t answer the questions, we see exactly who DERRICK IS.

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  53. Pirate

    DERRICK YA CANT HANDL THE THUTH LIKE U COULD THE SNARE DRUMB BACK IN HI SCHOOL WHEN YA GOT ON THE FIELD

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  54. tiredofidsearch

    Here we go…. I am doing 2 lists of 3. One with no conditions, and one taking into account I can no longer drive a manual (right lower leg amputation a year and a half ago).

    Non-manual
    Pagani zonda f spyder
    Ferrari 812 superfast (one of the last front engined, naturally aspirated v12 Ferraris)
    Aston Martin vanquish

    No restrictions
    Ford mustang boss 429
    Ferrari 275 gtb/4
    Ford gt 40 (original)

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  55. 1971 VW Bus with the middle seat removed and replaced with Green shag carpet and a yellow naugahide couples bean bag , then complimented with an 8 track player supplemented with a Power Booster. Shag City

    1972 Ford Pinto bondo-buggied with grape purple spray paint and a piston knock guaranteed to last less than 400 miles.

    1978 Cougar (last of the land yacht additions) with a leather half-top that disengaged and became a defacto aerodynamic killing sail (and date killer unlike the VW)

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