My Life In Interesting Cars

February 5, 2012 – 10:44 am

Slightly more dilapidated

Slightly more dilapidated

My first car was a Triumph TR7. I wanted a TR6 because my friend’s dad had one that I’d never seen run, but always admired. My budget (sub $500) ruled out the running TR6s listed in the Want ADvertiser in 1986.

"Surely the TR7 must be an improvement on the TR6!" I thought… So I found myself buying a TR7 from a Quebecois chef on the South Shore of Massachusetts for $480 or so.

It ran… he said the brakes were new… I had a car… Off I went!

Off I went with a push, that is… the starter motor was either missing or kaput, I never found out which… I didn’t have time.

I must have waved a quick bye-bye to the fellow backwards as I adjusted the driver’s side mirror and saw him regaining his height having pushed that hateful vehicle out of his driveway for the last time…

That was the defining characteristic of that car, the absence of a starter motor, or a functioning one. I drove that car for months and never knew if there was one! The state of tune on the twin side draft carburetors was such that with a bit of bump it would fire up just sweet. That was the other defining characteristic of the car;  once it was fired up it ran full tilt boogie until you shut it off.

Source: Things About Stuff

Pre-Columbian part 2

2005-04-19 14:21:31 by -

The central American area was also no stranger to war. Teotihuacun, one of the greatest cities and civilization of the ancient world, encompassed over 200,000 people at its peak (in 400 AD) in a massive city encompassinfg 30 square miles. By comparison, most "great" European cities of this same period were lucky to have 20,000 people. But Teo's wealth and power attracted attention. And with a force to rival the Huns of Europe, the Toltecs swept into the region and massacred the city. It was looted, its populance killed and enslaved, and the city put to the torch. It was war on a scale the Euros couldn't have dreamed of in the dark ages of Europe.
The entire region from what is now the southwest USA to Central America was wracked with warfare for thousands of years. The Teos,...

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