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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Bullitt" Car Chase - Behind the Camera Story!



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Thanks to Wikipedia! The back of the camera story behind the famous Mustang versus Charger chase in Steve McQueen's movie "Bullitt"! Can you believe that Ford wanted to put the bad guys in a Galaxie? Holy Cow, that would have changed the whole experience!!!

Filming

The total time of the scene is 10 minutes and 53 seconds, and it began in the Fisherman's Wharf area (at Columbus and Chestnut), followed by Midtown shooting on Hyde Street and Laguna Street, with shots of Coit Tower and locations around and on Filbert and University Streets. The scene ends at the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway in Brisbane, out of the city.[8]
Two 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang fastbacks (325 hp) with four-speed manual transmission were used for the chase scene, both owned by Ford Motor Company and part of a promotional loan agreement with Warner Bros. The Mustangs' engines, brakes and suspensions were heavily modified for the chase by veteran car racer Max Balchowsky. Ford Motor Company had also originally loaned two Ford Galaxie sedans that were intended to be used in the chase scenes, but the producers found the cars entirely too heavy to put through jumps over the hills of San Francisco without the cars' suspensions being severely damaged. The Galaxie sedans were replaced with two 1968 375 hp 440 Magnum V8-powered Dodge Chargers that were bought outright from Glendale Dodge in Glendale, California.[citation needed] The engines in both Chargers were left largely unmodified, but the suspension was mildly upgraded to cope with the demands of the stunt work.
The director called for speeds of about 75–80 miles per hour (121–130 km/h), but the cars (including the ones containing the cameras) reached speeds of over 110 miles per hour (180 km/h) on surface streets. Driver's point-of-view angles were used to give the audience the "feel" of the ride as the cars jumped the hills. Filming the chase scene took three weeks, resulting in 9 minutes and 42 seconds of film. During this film sequence, the Charger loses five wheel covers and has different ones missing in different shots. As a result of shooting from multiple angles simultaneously, and some angles' footage used at different times to give the illusion of different streets, the speeding cars can be seen passing the same green Volkswagen Beetle four different times, and the same blue Chevelle Malibu SS396 with a black vinyl top three times. The Charger also crashes into the camera in one scene and the damaged front fender is noticeable in later scenes. After the Charger hits a parked car, it disappears for a split second from the screen before the scene is changed. The San Francisco authorities did not let the filmmakers film the car chase on the Golden Gate Bridge, but they did permit the passage to be filmed in Midtown locations including the Mission District, and in neighboring Brisbane, on the city's outskirts.
McQueen, an accomplished driver, drove in the close-up scenes, about 10% of the chase in the film. The stunt coordinator, Carey Loftin, hired stuntman and motorcycle racer Bud Ekins, and McQueen's usual stunt driver Loren Janes, to do the dangerous stunts in the Mustang.[9] Ekins is also the stunt man who lays down his bike in front of a skidding truck during the chase (Ekins also doubled for McQueen in the sequence of The Great Escape in which McQueen's character jumps over a barbed wire fence on a motorcycle). The Mustang’s interior rear view mirror goes up and down depending on who is driving; when the mirror is up (visible) McQueen is behind the wheel, and when it is down (not visible) Ekins is driving. The black Dodge Charger was driven by Bill Hickman, who also played one of the hitmen and helped with the choreography of the chase scene. The other hitman was played by Paul Genge who had played another character who rode a Dodge off the road to his death in an episode of Perry Mason - "The Case of the Sausalito Sunrise" two years earlier.
In a magazine article many years later, one of drivers involved in the chase sequence remarked that the stock Dodge 440s were so much faster than the Mustang that the drivers had to keep backing off the accelerator to prevent the Dodge from easily pulling away from the Mustang.  Of the two Mustangs, one was scrapped after filming due to liability concerns and the surviving backup car was sold to an employee of Warner Brothers' editing department.[citation needed] The car changed hands several times, and Steve McQueen at one point made an unsuccessful attempt to buy it. The Mustang is rumored to have been kept in a barn in the Ohio River Valley by an unknown owner.[10]

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Garrybird’s 1994 Chevrolet Camaro – Car Craft

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Recent post from Garry on the Car Craft web site, who is in the process of restoring a 1994 Camaro.  If you can find a good used one, they are very affordable and make a good platform for a rebuild with a lot of performance parts available. I would try to find a 1998 or later, as they came with the all aluminum LS1 motor that had 305HP and was 95lbs lighter than the LT1 motor it replaced.  The LT1 also had less power at 275HP.  Gary has this 1994 convertible looking sharp!!!  Way to go, Garry. Click the link to see it.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Looking out over Draper

This photo deserves it's own post!  Taken by my sister-in-law, Susie.  Awesome view looking out over Draper, Utah  Click on it to enlarge. Thanks, Susie.
Dan
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When Truckers Cry - Another CSA Horror Story!

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Thanks to Rickey Gooch at http://blog.bigtrucktv.com/rickeygooch/when-truckers-cry

The message on my cell phone recorded a cry for help. I returned the call to the lady who told me she was a trucker and she was all alone. She then asked do you know about truck drivers. Three months had passed since she had been stopped on an interstate in Georgia. According to our transportation laws she had done some things wrong but that was not enough for the officer who stopped her. He had decided to make a couple of additional charges against her of his own.
It was a long story and I sat and listened for an hour or so because she needed to tell somebody who cared. She really didn’t know very much about CSA. You see her life is spent inside a truck. She works in an industry where men don’t share much with a woman. Her now ex-employer doesn’t understand much about CSA either. Like most small carriers they just watch their SMS point totals and try to ride under the CSA radar just like every other trucking program they have seen and were able to dodge for the past 35 years or so.
But today would be different. Today she ran into an officer who worked by the book, his book! Rough and tough to the core, he was there to protect and serve the laws and the rules of CSA. His nature to be the best cop he could be would allow him to accuse this lady and her ex-husband of breaking laws that he knew there was no evidence for. However, he did have to know that these charges would likely end the career of this lady driver.
For the past three months her life had been hell. With no job and no money. She first lost her car and then her house. She is now homeless because of charges on her PSP report and other charges against her CDL that were heard in court of law and dismissed. But the FMCSA no longer recognizes a court of law when it comes to CSA proposed violations. She reached out to the FMCSA, to the court who dismissed the charges and to the people at DataQ for help in righting a wrong that has ruined her life. Not a one of them would explain what she could do.
Now homeless, penniless and on her last leg, an official at DataQ referred her to me. Maybe this guy can help he told this lady. Here is his name and his number. I just thought to myself, wow, somebody there just showed me that they do care. The first one!
This is a case of an officer overstepping his authority. The lady had broken rules. She had an HOS violation because her log books were a couple hours behind. Again a product of not properly being trained by the carrier. The officer found a piece of glass in the vehicle that he could not identify and wrote it up as drug paraphernalia on the inspection sheet. He accused the driver of that even though the driver told him where the piece of glass came from. There was no ticket issued for the supposed charge. The female driver had also urinated in a Tupperware container and had it sealed and put away, the driver again was written up for urinating in an open container, which it was not. She was also told she was a disgusting human being for having to use a container. Was he right, should truckers be able to stop anywhere they want and be paid for having to use the bathroom like a police officer can?
Today this lady driver does not have a job and has lost everything she has because the officer took charges to far and her company made no effort to train their drivers of the perils of CSA.
Drivers are stuck in the middle of pickup and delivery areas where they are not allowed to use the bathroom facilities. They are rushed to deliver their goods on time frames set by shippers and have no time for the luxury of breaks much less bathroom breaks. Dispatchers and drivers must not be considered worth teaching about CSA rules otherwise the great loss of drivers the industry has experienced over the past year, 400,000 or more, would not have happened. If every carrier had done the due diligence of CSA training it takes to save a driver from losing, not just their jobs but their careers, there would be plenty of drivers to go around today. The driver shortage would not exist.
Today, there are many carriers training drivers exactly as they were before CSA began. They have not retrained dispatchers to honor safety because the dispatchers will quit. It is time for a change. Management must develop their company to become CSA ready by including dispatchers and drivers in better CSA training. They must educate every company officer, secretary, dispatcher, mechanic and driver to know and obey CSA rules. Your company cannot survive without drivers. Let us review that statement again! YOUR COMPANY CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT DRIVERS. Before the end of this year 10% or more of the driver pool will be gone if CSA meets its goals for 2012. So, in order for your company to survive you must protect your drivers with proper CSA driver training. Do you understand proper CSA training? It is not that difficult to train drivers about CSA as long as you use the correct information.
Today this lady driver will cry. She will go hungry. This lady trucker will live without a roof over her head and worst of all; this lady trucker will die an early death unless Bill or I can pull a rabbit out of our hats to save her from the trucking industry and CSA. The only industry in the world she has left to hang onto. This is a true story about a lady who cares and makes little money about an industry that makes great money and doesn’t care about this lady driver!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

"Professional" Drivers Dress for Success!

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Thanks to All That's Trucking blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
4/13/2012
Dressed for Success
All That's Trucking blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Truckers often lament that they are no longer viewed as the "knights of the road." You've seen pictures of those knights, back in the '50s: clean-cut guys, wearing uniforms and caps, boasting badges or pins denoting years of service.

Unfortunately, too many motorists who stop by a travel plaza today are likely to see someone in sweats and a stained T-shirt who look like they haven't showered in a week.

Too often, we blame others for our image problems, whether it's the safety advocacy groups, railroads or the general media. Yet the trucking industry itself often is to blame, whether it's resisting enforcement efforts that seem reasonable to the outside world or the little one-on-one interactions with the public.

Gary Salisbury, president and CEO of Fikes Truck Lines, made image the focus of his year in office as chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association. "My goal was to have hold of the steering wheel of our industry and put us back in charge instead of outsiders holding the wheel for us," he said during the recent TCA annual convention.

"Public image drives public policy, so if we want a favorable ruling on a legislative or regulatory issue, it's obvious our image needs to be improved," Salisbury said.

Later during the TCA meeting, Aaron Tennant, president and CEO of Iowa-based Tennant Truck Lines, drew spontaneous applause for his earnest comments on image during a panel discussion of next-generation truckload leaders.

"I think we have created our own problem as far as image," Tennant said, noting that when he was young, his grandfather, who founded the business, used to take drivers to get haircuts. Fleets, he said, need to do a better job of fostering self-respect in drivers.

"Somehow in the last 30 years we've lost that image of the knight of the highway, and the drivers don't have any self-respect because of what we've let happen. We're going about it within our own company by giving drivers respect, by counseling or terminating team managers that don't give them respect, making sure they're cleaned up, courteous and professional and representing us the way they should."

When we were looking for an owner-operator to photograph for this month's cover, we wanted someone who conducted himself or herself as a professional. We found it in Tony Huttenstine II, an owner-operator for Long Haul Trucking in Minnesota. What you see on the cover, except for the Long Haul polo, is what Tony wears every day. He says it's rare he goes more than a day without shaving.

"When you show up at a customer, your presentation sells," he told me. "If you go in there looking like a 'truck driver,' you're never going to be asked back. I know drivers who say, 'I don't want to pay 10 bucks for a shower.' Come on, $10 is well worth it. And if you buy fuel, you get a shower." He hates to see fellow drivers dressed in beat-up tank tops and sweats. "You're not on vacation, you're out there to do a job."

Trucking image programs such as the Truckload Carriers Association's Highway Angel and Wreaths Across America; American Trucking Associations' America's Road Team, Share the Road and "Good Stuff" campaigns; Trucker Buddy and Goodyear's Highway Hero are all great tools to improve the public's perception of the industry, and we should continue to support them.

Yet much of that perception is formed in the everyday interactions people have with truckers.

Tony Huttenstine hit the nail on the head when he said, "I wish people would take a little more pride in themselves." If drivers don't take pride in themselves, in their appearance, in a job well done, why should we be surprised when that knightly armor looks tarnished?

From the April 2012 issue of HDT

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dancing with the Stars - Donald Driver's Fourth Dance! - Dancing With The Stars - YouTube

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If you missed Donald Driver's performance this week on Dancing With the Stars, here it is!  It put he and his partner in the lead.  Awesome, go Donald!!!  Click the link to view it!

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Your Tax Dollars at Work - EEOC


Your Tax Dollars at Work! EEOC runs a muck again. They get a complaint from ONE female driver and start trolling for "victims" so they can start a class action suit against a company. Notice, out of 270 "victims", only 150 showed up for depositions. This sucks! Dan

Thanks to www.truckinginfo.com
4/10/2012
EEOC Seeks Rehearing for Trucker Harassment Case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a request for a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling it says would hurt the EEOC's ability to pursue class-action discrimination lawsuits for more than 100 women truck drivers claiming they were sexually harassed by male drivers with an Iowa carrier, reports the Huffington Post.

The court dismissed the lawsuit in February with a 2-1 ruling, requiring the agency "to identify every affected worker, investigate their claims and seek informal settlements before suing a company," says the website. This new standard affects lawsuits filed anywhere in the federal circuit stretching from Arkansas to the Dakotas.

"The panel's unprecedented imposition of this new requirement will impede EEOC's ability to enforce ... civil rights laws in workplaces with the most widespread discrimination," EEOC lawyers stated in Monday's filing.

The harassment suit, against CRST Van Expedited Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, all started with a December 2005 complaint from driver Monika Starke, of Azle, Texas. Starke said she was paired with a driver trainer who constantly made crude sexual remarks and advances. The next driver trainer she paired with, she alleged, demanded sex in exchange for a passing grade.

The EEOC was unable to reach a settlement with CRST for Starke, so it filed a lawsuit in 2007 on behalf of all female drivers subjected to "a sexually hostile and offensive work environment."

The lawsuit was filed before the agency knew how many employees would be part of the case, the Post says. The agency ultimately identified 270 women, but only 150 showed up for depositions.

CRST said it took disciplinary action such as banning offenders from riding with females, reported the Associated Press.

The agency's tactics angered U.S. District Judge Linda Reade, reported the Post, saying the judge called them a "sue first, ask questions later litigation strategy." She dismissed the lawsuit and ordered the EEOC to reimburse the trucking company $4.4 million in legal fees in February 2010.

The appeals court largely upheld Reade's decision dismissing the case, but threw out the fee award.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Soldier Comes Home! or Says Goodbye!

A picture can mean more than a thousand words. Random pictures are always the most important and insignificant moments are always the most valuable.


Unfortunately, I don't know who to credit for this photo.  Or whether this hero is coming or going! Thanks to my buddy Tom for sending it.  Awesome! Dan

IRS Tax Tips - How to Get Tax Help

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I know the IRS and taxes are not a popular subject, but I pass this along in the hope that I can save some people of a lot of grief.  As a young, self-employed franchised gasoline dealer, I learned a hard lesson back in the 1970’s.  My bookkeeper had furnished me with the tax forms I needed to file, but neglected one form that I was required to include.  About a year later, after I had changed careers, I got a letter from them telling me they needed to hear from me.  I had a hard time locating my records and ignored them for a while.  The amount I actually owed them was less than 100 dollars. About 6 or 8 weeks later, I received notice that they had filed the form for me and I now owed them more than $600.00!  That was a lot of money back then and before I knew it, they forced my bank to take the money out of my account and give it to them!  It took me a year and a half, and a disgusting amount of time and effort to get most of it back.  I learned the hard way, don’t ignore the IRS!  They have the POWER! Read the following, you can get help, if you ask for it. Dan

Issue Number:    IRS Tax Tip 2012-66

Inside This Issue


How to Get Tax Help from the IRS 
When tax season is in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service receives millions of calls and thousands of taxpayer visits daily. For faster service, avoid peak times like Monday and Friday mornings when wait times are usually longest. Better yet, get the help you need online 24/7 without delay at IRS.gov.
The IRS website has a wealth of information, including hundreds of publications and guides on almost any tax-related topic. The instructions for a particular form can often provide the answers you need. The Interactive Tax Assistant can also help. It's a tax law resource that asks a series of questions and provides you with responses to common tax law questions.
Many taxpayers call the IRS's main help line when they could easily help themselves at www.irs.gov
 or get services more directly from automated or specialized phone lines.
• Check on your refund Use the "Where's My Refund?" tool atwww.irs.gov
 or the automated system at 1-800-829-1954. IRS Phone representatives don't have any additional information beyond what these tools provide.
• Get forms and publications If all you need is forms or publications, download and print them at www.irs.gov
 or call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to have them mailed, for free, to your home.
• Get previous years' tax info You can order a transcript of your account at www.irs.gov
.
• Payment plans If you can't pay the tax you owe, you can apply for an installment agreement using the Online Payment Agreement application, or you can print the Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request fromwww.irs.gov
, then complete and mail it.
• Business taxpayers Taxpayers with small business-related questions should call 1-800-829-4933.
• Understanding a notice If you received a notice, call the number on your notice, not the main help line, to reach the IRS staff trained to help with that issue.
• Specialized reasons If you're calling for a very specific reason, there may be a direct phone number you should call instead of the main IRS help line. Visit the "Contact IRS" link at www.irs.gov
 to get more information on contacting the IRS about reporting identity theft or fraud, reaching the Taxpayer Advocate Service, voluntarily disclosing offshore accounts, information on the Health Coverage Tax Credit, or if you're calling from outside the United States.
Some taxpayers prefer face-to-face tax help. The IRS sponsors Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites in local communities. To find the closest site, search “VITA” on www.irs.gov
 or call1-800-906-9887. Call 1-888-227-7669 to find TCE sites through AARP, an IRS partner. The IRS also has Taxpayer Assistance Centers located throughout the country. To find IRS offices, use the locator tool found through “Contact Your Local IRS Office” on www.irs.gov
. Be sure to check office hours and services offered before visiting your local IRS office.
There may be some circumstances when you need to call the IRS main taxpayer assistance line, which is 1-800-829-1040. Here are a couple of tips on when to call:
• Call if you have questions about your tax account such as a high dollar balance due or the balance due on your installment agreement.
• Call the IRS if you can’t figure out how or if certain tax laws apply to your situation. IRS representatives can discus your individual circumstances and help you understand your tax obligations or benefits.
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Super-Size Cups of Sugar!

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It's something to think about.  The amount of sugar in that stuff is amazing! Coca Cola is our customer, and I love to drink it, no diet stuff for me, but like most everything in life, moderation is the key! Dan


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3/13/2012
Putting down the Mountain Dew
All That's Trucking blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Many truckers won't hit the road without their super-size cups full of Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew, but a new study suggests that habit may be linked to a significantly higher risk of heart attacks.

As the CBS Evening News reported last night, the study tracked more than 40,000 men over 22 years. Men in the study who drank just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened drink a day had a 20% higher risk of heart attacks. 

The typical 12-ounce soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Many people consume 20 ounces of soda in a standard sitting, which is about 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar.

However, CBS emphasized that the study does not prove cause and effect. Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic, said it's likely that people who choose to drink sugary soft drinks are probably eating them with unhealthy foods such as fast-food burgers.

Also on the CBS News website is this story, about a new study that eating red meat every day appears to increase a person's chances of dying from a chronic disease by 12%.

"A daily serving of processed meat increased death risk by 20%, the study found, while a once-per-day serving of unprocessed red meat was tied to a 13% increase in overall mortality risk," this article says. "According to the study authors, nearly 9% of deaths in men and 8 percent of deaths in women from the study could have been prevented if participants ate less than half a serving of red meat per day."

Of course, it's not like we think burgers and sugary drinks are healthy. These studies just put more numbers on the board. If you're a driver, think about it next time you order a meal on the road. If you're in fleet management, pass this along to your drivers.


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Wind and Trucks

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Thanks to www.truckinginfo.com and Tom Berg.

4/9/2012
14,000-pound trailer's an easy toss for a twister with 100-plus-mph winds
Trailer Talk blog by by Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How much power does it take to pick up a semitrailer and throw it hundreds of feet through the air? That question must've been on the minds of everyone who watched TV news video shot during the passage of a savage tornado through Dallas last week. 

"Winds in excess of 100 mph," answered a National Weather Service meteorologist when a news anchor put the question to him as the storm was still snarling across television screens. The winds spin and move upward at those high speeds; that and the expansive flat shape of van trailers, which were the identified flying objects in this storm, explains how they were grabbed and tossed so forcefully.

"Entertainment Tonight" compared the sight to the special effects in the 1996 movie "Twister." Among the things thrown about in that flick was a tank trailer. 

On Tuesday, TV news people in Dallas and elsewhere called the vehicles "tractor-trailers," even though trailers alone were in the images. One commentator was not far off on a weight guestimate, which he put at 6 tons.

Many of the flying trailers were from Schneider National's Dallas terminal, which took a direct hit. A Schneider 53-foot van weighs about 14,000 pounds empty, said Janet Bonkowski, spokesperson at the carrier's headquarters in Green Bay, Wis. A few might have had loads, but the only one she saw had a light load of cargo racks.

"A total of 67 trailers and 36 tractors were damaged in the storm," she said. "Of those, we have no idea which were airborne and which weren't."

One tractor, hitched to a loaded trailer, was occupied by a driver as the twister went by, Bonkowski said. "The driver elected to ride it out in his bunk. The vehicle was picked up, then put down" and the driver was not hurt. Neither were any of the nearly 100 other employees on the premises.

No one at all was killed in the entire area, even though two tornados destroyed more than 600 homes, news reports said.

Schneider issued this statement the following day:

"We are thankful and relieved to report that all Schneider associates who were at our Dallas Operating Center when Tuesday's tornado touched down are safe, accounted for and are back at work today. We are proud of our associates' response to yesterday's tornado: They received alerts of the storm and followed protocol by taking shelter. 

"While there was no damage to our buildings at this location, there was extensive damage to our trucks and trailers located in the yard area. Approximately 100 pieces of equipment were damaged in the storm. Recovery efforts began Tuesday night and clean-up is proceeding quickly. 

"Our Dallas associates are working hard to restore the facility to working order and to get back to doing what they do best: hauling freight for our customers.

"We are working with customers to transfer and redirect loads and freight impacted by the storm. The storm's impact to freight, our customers and our operations overall appear to be minimal - a remarkable outcome in light of the force of the storm.

"Schneider National is grateful for the support and concern for our associates who work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Equipment and products can be replaced; people cannot."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Classic Car Stories - My Second Corvette

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Previously, I wrote about the 1993 Z-28 Camaro that I had and what a great car it was.  It had the LT1 Corvette engine with 275 horsepower and had impressive performance.  Along about 1996 and ‘97, I started reading about the upcoming redesign of the Corvette for the 1998 model year.  From the ground up, it was to be all new and would be powered by the next generation LS1 engine putting out 345 horses!  Well that got me thinking about Corvettes again, but I had a wife and it would take a lot of work to convince her that we “needed a new Corvette”!  It took a year and I waited for the ‘98s to come out to read the reviews.  After selling the Camaro in late 1997, I drove an old beater 1984 Camaro for a while to save up some cash and started doing the research.

After the experience I had trying to buy that ‘93 Camaro at a decent price, I figured the dealer sharks would be out to make a killing again.  Boy, was I correct!  I visited every Chevy  dealer in the Salt Lake City area and was given the same song and dance.  They were selling every single Corvette they could get their hands on and for several thousand dollars over the “sticker” price!  There was no way I was going to get ripped off like that and decided to wait it out.  I was even calling dealers all over the country to see if they would deal.  

I then called Ed Banaszak, the Chevy dealer back in Crivitz, Wisconsin who gave me such a good deal on the ‘93 Camaro.  After talking to him and offering to pay $2000 over his invoice cost on a Corvette, he quickly agreed.  A few hours later, he called back with bad news.  Chevrolet told him that all dealers were only allowed to order Corvettes based on their previous sales.  Since this dealer had not sold any the previous year, he would not even be able to order one!  You can imagine, I was pretty incensed after receiving this information.  I thanked him for his efforts, told him I was not going to be ripped off and would wait as long as was necessary.  I asked him to call me if the market changed and he would be permitted to order.  This all took place during the spring and summer of 1998 and I pretty much resigned myself to the idea that it would be quite a while before I would be able to purchase one.

Along came the middle of winter, December of 1998.  They had started producing the 1999 model year cars in September.  Still searching newspaper adds nearly every day, I came across a simple add in the Salt Lake paper.  It said “1999 Corvette on sale, $38995.00 and a phone number”.  I thought, surely this had to be a used car that someone decided they couldn’t afford.  I called the number and it was a Chevy dealer about 30 miles away in Toelle.  After asking whether this was a used vehicle, a salesman replied “ No, it’s brand new and sitting on the showroom floor!”  I then asked him if the price quoted was correct, he said yes and I told him I was on my way.  After asking permission to leave work, I ran home, got my wife and raced out there.

The car had everything I would have ordered on it, the sticker price in the window was about $44500.00!  Keep in mind that I searched all over the country and everyone was paying a couple  thousand over sticker for them.  We weren’t there five minutes before I agreed to the purchase.  A couple hours later, after getting it out of the showroom, I drove that thing home!  And I was a really happy guy!

A while later I found out why they had made such a good deal on that Corvette.  The dealership was in financial trouble, it was the middle of winter (not a good selling season for Corvettes) and they were paying interest for that expensive car in their showroom.  It wasn’t long after, they went out of business.  I think I got the deal of a lifetime on that car and sure had a lot of fun with it.  Chevrolet did a great job on the C5 model, I kept it almost 5 years and it's a great classic car story.  Unfortunately, I had to sell it in 2003 after getting divorced.  Wish I still had that car!


Other of My Classic Car Stories:
Mom's 1961 Plymouth Valiant
1970 PontiacGTO - Dick Hands Me the Keys!
Driving My Buddy's 1968 Plymouth GTX
My Hemi Chrysler
My 1965 Buick GS 400
My Three Camaros, One Good, One Bad and One Great!
My Second Corvette
My First Corvette
My 1993 Camaro
Mopar Man to Chevrolet
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