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FloorMatt
FloorMatt
7 months ago

What happened to that STAB guy? I’m at least as likely to buy an F/A-18E/F as a motorhome.

Andrea Petersen
Andrea Petersen
7 months ago

How come this came up yesterday when I was eyeballs deep in boards instead of today when I’m doing a whole lotta thumb twiddling?

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
7 months ago

Question #1: What do you want the automotive industry of the future to do?

Question #2: What do you think the future of the automotive industry will end up being?

Answers can be as broad or specific as you want. I’m curious to hear thoughts from all the Autopian staff.

Argentine Utop
Argentine Utop
7 months ago

David, did you get my pitch about a 70+ years history of American dinosaurs racing in South America? 😉
Adrian, what’s your take on the design of the Ford Sierra?
Jason, have you ever considered EV-ing your motorhome?
All staff: home made baklava, anyone?

STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
7 months ago
Reply to  Argentine Utop

As a Syrian American, I’m 1,000% with you and in on that baklava, my homie!

Argentine Utop
Argentine Utop
7 months ago

Italian and Spanish descent here, but there was an Italian-Lebanese grocery store close to home when I was a kid. It was heaven.
Then pandemics came when I lived in Kosovo, and I self-taught a couple regional dishes. Magic.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
7 months ago

I gotta be in the mood for baklava, because I generally find it very sweet. But those little guys wrapped in the leaves? PUT THEM STRAIGHT IN MY SNACK HOLE.

Argentine Utop
Argentine Utop
7 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Shall I wait until the next pandemic to learn how to cook niños envueltos?

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
7 months ago
Reply to  Argentine Utop

Hold on to your lunch, there’s a Damn Good Design incoming imminently that you might find very interesting. Very interesting indeed…..

Argentine Utop
Argentine Utop
7 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Picture me clapping like a walrus in anticipation.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
7 months ago
Reply to  Argentine Utop

Darling that’s how I picture all the commenters when anything by me is published.

Corey Herman
Corey Herman
7 months ago

I’m now the caretaker for my family’s ’66 Mustang. My dad was the mechanic, and I’d like to do him proud and tackle as much of the work on it as possible myself. What would recommend as places to start learning engine workings, transmission workings, and stuff like that. I can do some things… I have changed brakes and some interior stuff in the past, but I’m totally lost on so much of the real nitty-gritty stuff. Any advice would be tremendously appreciated!!

Timbales
Timbales
7 months ago

Would you rather drive a vehicle whose exterior has been flocked (covered in a velvety finish) or whose exterior is a robustly sprouted chia pet?

Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
7 months ago
Reply to  Timbales

Velvet…

-Also a block of Velveeta the size of a car battery…

-George Costanza

Palmetto Ranger
Palmetto Ranger
7 months ago

Has David held off on doing a mega write up on his move to LA out of fear that an extradition request from Michigan might still be a possibility related to whatever environmental hazards might be found at his old place and the article might be incriminating?

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
7 months ago

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
7 months ago

Something thin and wispy, with dark leaves and bitter fruit.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
7 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

I’d have guessed a Willow.

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
7 months ago

Thanks to all of you at The Autopian for creating something really special. This site is the only one I read every single day (multiple times a day, really), thanks to an amazing mix of interesting content, fun writers and super-cool and chill members. I can’t imagine how much work goes into this, but I hope you all are able to take a moment occasionally and appreciate what you’ve built (even though “appreciation” doesn’t pay the bills).

Now, then: what’s your favorite car owned by one of your fellow Autopians?

Manuel Verissimo
Manuel Verissimo
7 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Buchholz

I don’t know if that counts as he doesn’t have it anymore my Jason’s Volvo P1800 made me feel things.

STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
7 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Buchholz

Definitely Laurence’s Charger. That thing rules so hard.

Plot twist: what’s your fav, Geoff?

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
7 months ago

I was not expecting the UNO Reverse!

The Autopian team members have such great and individual taste in cars … it’s difficult to pick. Is a Changli better than an MGB? Does a car count if it’s not running? However, here’s my list.

Win: Adrian’s Mondial. Gorgeous when new, iconic now.
Place: Mercedes’ RTS. I love that she owns an actual city bus.
Show: David’s Golden Eagle. The thought of him (or Huibert, for that matter) driving that thing around LA gives me such “Rockford’s dad” vibes (iykyk).

Honorable mention to Stevie’s Stratus. Just on a value-for-money scale, the thing is off the charts. Plus, the hood pins add 2 hp each.

Rob_from_Ottawa
Rob_from_Ottawa
7 months ago

Is it OK to ask for more motorbike content? I only got into riding when I discovered how expensive car racing is. Now I’m hooked. I want to hear more opinions from Ms. Streeter!
— Rob S. (W123, 4Runner, DRZ400SM custom, Niken, WR250R ADV)

Mercedes Streeter
Mercedes Streeter
7 months ago

Deal!!! As David says, we’re also bringing on a second person with more experience than me. It’s hard to cover motorcycles, cars, planes, trains, and campers all at once! 🙂

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
7 months ago

OK, thought of a question, Please link to the story you wrote that you feel is your best or you like the most

Rob_from_Ottawa
Rob_from_Ottawa
7 months ago

I’m not an auto journalist or even a writer but I found it fun trying: https://www.cyclecanadaweb.com/2021/08/12/first-person-rob-shotton-ottawa/
So is there room on Autopian for a Readers Write column? (And by room, I mean editors’ time.) I could do a write-up on Targa Newfoundland, which is the most insane car event in the world, though we’re not supposed to talk about the juicy stuff so I won’t.

STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
7 months ago
Laurence Rogers
Laurence Rogers
7 months ago

For me it would be this one:

https://www.theautopian.com/project-cactus-australias-worst-valiant-ute-at-the-premier-chrysler-show-in-the-southern-hemisphere/

I banged it out the afternoon I got back from Sydney, it just seemed to flow right away and felt like I was in ‘the zone’s and it came out exactly how I wanted it to.

Last edited 7 months ago by Laurence Rogers
Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
7 months ago

It’s not been published yet, but this weeks Damn Good Design I’m pretty pleased with, because it’s exactly the sort of thing I like bringing to the site, even if it did turn out a bit longer than I wanted (there’s a lot of history/context/background in there).

Manuel Verissimo
Manuel Verissimo
7 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

I’m gonna go the “unpublished yet” route too. I’ve worked my ass off to get you guys a great article on some pretty serious piece of engineering and the science behind it.

Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
7 months ago
Reply to  David Tracy

All of your articles are awesome!
-Favorite on The Autopian:
Project Cactus saga=amazing!

Favorite on [old site]:
-Soaking oil in shirts to make them match=funniest car article ever!

EmotionalSupportBMW
EmotionalSupportBMW
7 months ago

Everyone decides now is the time to live a quarter mile at a time. Meeting at an undisclosed location on the streets of Los Angeles. Winner is new boss. You can only bring a vehicle that is currently titled in your name. Who among you will be the new fearless leader?

STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
7 months ago

I believe that would be the fantastic Hubert Mees, as he has a Coyote Mustang that mops up the rest of our rides in the 1/4 mile.

Laurence Rogers
Laurence Rogers
7 months ago

Yeah, Huibert would smash us all

It would probably be a close race between Thomas’ Boxster and my Valiant Charger for second-quickest in the stable with my WRX not far behind them.

On the other end, my girlfriend’s Suzuki Mighty Boy would take the trophy for slowest car. It can’t even manage 60mph on level ground!

STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
STEPHEN WALTER GOSSIN
7 months ago

*Huibert

My apologies to The Man Himself for quick typin’ and multitaskin’.

Also, I think my XK would give your Charger and TH’s Boxster a good run, mate!

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
7 months ago

That’s assuming it makes it to the start line…

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
7 months ago

(Clears throat in Hemi)

Laurence Rogers
Laurence Rogers
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

Sorry Mark, I forgot about the 300C!

It seems the race for second-place car would be tight after the bikes leave us in the dust and Huibert flys past with sunglasses on and A/C cranked up, we have a mass of cars with listed 1/4 miles in the low 14-second range.

My Charger has a a 265ci ‘Hemi’ six with better than the vaunted E49 specifications and the oft-quoted 14.4 was done back in ’72 so if all goes right I could see a better time with better tyres and a bit more power over the original.

My WRX isn’t stock, either and makes more at the wheels than it was quoted at the crank in 2006. The trouble here is I still have the 5-speed gearbox and would rather not scatter that across the bitumen so in reality it’s probably not in the race.

The Jag and the 300C would be much easier to get consistent times from, and the Boxster might have a traction advantage on the street.

Maybe we should all hit our local tracks and compare notes?

Last edited 7 months ago by Laurence Rogers
Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
7 months ago

Honestly, I think races between the slower cars would be more fun. Can my truck outrun Jason’s Pao? Maybe, if I don’t screw up the 1-2 shift. Can a J10 outrun a Smart? Inquiring minds want to know!

Myk El
Myk El
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

Watching the video would be great, but imagine that set of races happening and being there in person?

Mercedes Streeter
Mercedes Streeter
7 months ago

My Triumph Rocket III is ready for liftoff

Thomas Hundal
Thomas Hundal
7 months ago

I need to find out if the family ZX-11 is still technically mine for the taking

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
7 months ago

BRB just getting my best friend’s Ferrari 456/Gallardo/Continental GT titled in my name.

Laurence Rogers
Laurence Rogers
7 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

There is a Dodge Challenger Demon in Dubbo owned by a prominent businessman I could try and do the same loophole with, AC!

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
7 months ago

No question. I just want to say you all are doing a great job with this site! I just hope you’re making money on it

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