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A lifetime love affair!

A business contact sent this to me the other day, very interesting story. At 36 years of age, I have had over 30 cars and 5 motorcycles, I wish I had one ounce the commitment Allen had.

Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster from his father, brand new – as a graduation gift in 1928. He drove it up until his death last year…..at the age of 102 !!!
He was the oldest living owner of a car from new. Just thought you’d like to see it. He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death. It has 170,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition. (82 years) …That’s approximately 2000 miles per year…

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Posted: 9th August 2010  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: Automotive News

Do you have what it takes to be a car thief?

Evidently this reporter did not.

Posted: 26th May 2010  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: Automotive News

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson – Classic Words

Clarksonism Classics

Jeremy Clarkson is a host for Britain’s Top Gear T.V. show, and is well known for his extremely candid reviews of cars and assorted other flotsam and jetsam. He’s rude, very clever, and very amusing. Here are a few fine examples of Clarksonism Classics to enjoy! Hehe!

1. “I’m sorry, but having a DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch.”

2. Illustrating the lack of power of a Boxster: “It couldn’t pull a greased stick out of a pig’s bottom.”

3. On the Vauxhall Vectra VXR: “there is a word to describe this car. It begins with ‘s’ and ends with a ‘t’ and it isn’t soot.”

4. “The Suzuki Wagon R should be avoided like unprotected sex with an Ethiopian transvestite.”

5. “The air conditioning in a Lambo used to be an asthmatic sitting in the dashboard blowing at you through a straw.”

6. “Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what… BEING STABBED?”

7. “This is the Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying “Ooh good I’ve got syphilis, the BEST of the sexually transmitted diseases’.”

Posted: 24th March 2010  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: Automotive News

Cash For Clunkers Ending?

Seems like the cash for clunkers program may be ending earlier than many had thought. Many dealers have been having problems getting paid, and there have been stories of people not qualifying after being told they qualified due to changes in EPA mileage ratings. I guess it only stands to reason that a program which takes over 100+ pages to explain would run into a few issues .


Full Story… http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D99P2U9G1&show_article=1

Posted: 30th July 2009  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: Automotive News, Buying A Car

Operation Yellow Jacket Hoax or True?

I got this email forwarded to me this morning…

Watch your speed. New State Trooper Vehicles
KDKA and WDVE & CBS3 confirmed this. in PA.

Look out for Penn dot trucks parked along the road or appearing beh ind you pacing you, it could be a Trooper driving the truck, it is called Operation Yellow Jacket and will be off and on all summer, each district has a truck cleaned up and ready to go!

Watch Your Speed In PA!

Starting today, Pennsylvania will launch a 30 day speeding ticket frenzy. The state estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 1 million will go to pay state troopersovertime. There will be 50 state troopers on duty at all times patrolling
the 9 main intersections and highways. They are the following:

Rte. 1 north and south
I-99 north and south
I-95 north and south
I-279 north and south
I-276 east and west
I-376 east and w est
I-76 east and west
I-80 east and west
I-79 north and south
I-70 east and west
US-22 & 322

5 mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every state trooper is supposed to pull
a car over and write a ticke t every 10 to 20 minutes. They have issued 30 brand new unmarked Dodge Charger Police cruisers and are bringing in all of their part timers on full time. If you work in Pennsylvania, you will probably take one of these highways. Its up to you how fast you are going then they clock you.
KDKA and WDVE & CBS3 confirmed all of this in PA.

Starting on August 15th, the price of a ticket for violation of PA Law 39:3-29 (failure to show your drivers license, registration, or insurance card at the time you are stopped) is going from $44.00 to $173.00.
Make sure your vehicles have the proper documents in them. And the fine for not having all three documents is $519!!!


End Email Quote….

Now the first thing I thought was to check snopes.com for a report… so I found this…


The email has all the classic signs of an urban legend… No real dates, or links to the supposed stories on the radio/tv stations listed. Also the email plays to the common story of the city/state using speeding tickets to boost revenue. I then dug a little further and found this…



Which seems to be a legitimate page on Penndots website. So basically this is a semi-myth. The 30 day push and increasing revenues to the state are the urban legend part, but it appears that PA has been using PennDot trucks for speed traps for quite some time. Its always good to slow down in work zones anyway, and remember to turn your headlights on as well.

Posted: 6th July 2009  |  Author: Kevin Schappell  |  Category: Automotive News

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