Morning, pals! In case you’re unaware, today is Juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates when, in 1865, Union Troops finally were able to tell enslaved Americans that, hey, this shit is over, and that they were finally free. Emancipation Day, in other words. Anyway, David and I decided this is a Big Deal so we gave our huge writing staff of two people– a number that is undeniably plural – the day off. David and I will still be here, because we know the holiday isn’t one that a lot of people get off, but keep in mind output will be lower today than normal, with fewer stories. But we will have some!
Also, that car up there is known as The Warrior, and it’s a one-off built by McKinley Thompson, Jr., the first black automotive designer to work for a major American automaker, in this case Ford, starting in 1956. The Warrior was a little home-built side project of his, and I think it’s fantastic. It’s rear-engined, built on a Renault 10 chassis – an excellent starting point, I think, the R10 is a very underrated car – and was designed to be amphibious.
It’s like a four-seater amphibious dune buggy, with what appears to be a good-sized trunk. The ultimate fun car. This should have become a sensation, piling friends into these every summer weekend and belly-flopping into lakes.
(pic from Henry Ford Museum)