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The First North Carolina Meetup Was A Success Because No One Kicked Us Out Of The Parking Lot We Had No Permission To Use: Cold Start

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I’m quite tired, but also delighted, because the First North Carolina Autopian Meetup and Changli Rodeo happened, and it was, I think, a smashing success. For one thing, we did extremely minimal planning for this, and the parking lot in Changli-distance we used was not, how would you say, officially sanctioned. Because we didn’t actually ask anyone. But who needs asking when you have so many fantastic Autopians, driving their amazing cars to meet, look at cars, talk about cars, and, yes, maybe see my gross surgery scars!

 

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Considering the short notice, we had a great turnout of people and cars, with members of the Triangle Rad group showing up with a number of fantastic, Rad-era cars, including a great Nissan 200SX, maybe the nicest (and fastest, since I was told this thing makes something like over 280 hp at the wheels!) Ford Escort GT! Img 9634 Large Img 9648 Large

The 200SX has some really delightfully ’80s-style taillights, too, with an integrated Venetian-blind/louvered effect on the upper tail/brake light section. Oh and there was also this amazing Subaru-powered VW Vanagon:

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Those bumpers, by the way, are absolute battering rams.

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Oh, and this fantastic entire family showed up! I had the Changli out and available for anyone to take a little spin in, and they all piled in for a go. Then they showed me their incredible family car:

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Yes, that’s a JDM Toyota Land Cruiser Prado! This looks like a second-gen one. It’s smaller than a regular Land Cruiser, but still very capable and plenty roomy. It’s such a fantastic family car! Those kids have it good.

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Look at this fantastic ’69 MGB! Three wipers and all!

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Look at all these car-loving car lovers out there, loving cars! My Pao is back there, too!

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Look at this fine-looking crew, braving the cold! What’s behind them?

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Why, it’s our own Stephen Walter Gossin’s very own $225 Dodge Stratus, covered in pizzas! It’s like a dream, realized!

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Also, did you realize just how incredibly well pizza boxes burn? They’re so well-soaked in grease, these babies go up like pressed napalm. But better-smelling!

It meant a lot to me that so many people showed up, and that so many had nice things to say to me regarding my still being alive after the aortic dissection. Generally, many seemed in favor of my continued living, which was a huge relief, since if my not being alive focus-grouped better, David might very well choose that path for me.

Seriously, though, thanks for coming to everyone. It was a blast, and we’ll do more!

 

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Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
1 month ago

Well, that’s what I get for not being on the site much the last two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be at the next one, though!

It was mf cold in NC last weekend though, so I’m not *that* jealous

Fuzzyweis
Fuzzyweis
1 month ago

Ah dang missed this, though it’s a bit of a drive, my only cool car wouldn’t have made it that far, but hope to catch it sometime. Also it was dang cold this weekend, that’s a faithful crowd right there!

Greensoul
Greensoul
1 month ago

I’m just curious, Torch, how do you hold that little bit of vomit down everytime you have to look at that Changli? Gawd damm that things ugly!!!

Carlos Ferreira
Carlos Ferreira
1 month ago
Reply to  Greensoul

Yeah ugly, but cute ugly, like a pug. Still 5000% less ugly and dumb than a Cybertruck and many late model BMW SUVs.

John Russell
John Russell
1 month ago

I’m a relatively new reader, but I’m thinking that my ’91 Previa needs to make a mostly cross-country trip to the next one!

Carlos Ferreira
Carlos Ferreira
1 month ago
Reply to  John Russell

Space Twinkie FTW! I love those!

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
1 month ago

Aw, great to see you back up and among the people, Torch. Just don’t do the worm right away, no matter how much everyone asks you to.

WaxhawFive
WaxhawFive
1 month ago

Sorry I missed it too, we’ll try hard to make the next one (that’s my hint that I really HOPE there is a NEXT ONE.)

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