Friday, June 29, 2007

Der Heckschleuder

There she is. This picture was obviously taken at work.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


One of the engine suppliers I work with from Germany said that this is what I should call my car: Heckschleuder (pronounced like: HECK-schl-oi-der)

Various internet translators said it means:

Rear Catapult
Tail Centrifuge
Stern Sling

But apparently the best translation is Tail Sling. It's in reference to the sporty but light rear wheel drive BMW I picked up last fall. It's my work buddies' favorite lunchtime hauler and one of the best cars I've ever owned. Unfortunately I don't have a pic of it handy right now. Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, I've never found a better combination of pure driving pleasure. It's not the fastest but it's zippy and nothing turns-in more willingly or wails quite the same when zooming up an entrance ramp. Long live the inline-6! The interior is all business and simplicity yet has a certain retro European look to it. I also dig the boxy yet svelte exterior styling. It's a German car but Bertone, a famous Italian car body design firm, penned the design for BMW. For me it doesn't get any better in form, fit, or function.

Now if just had more roll stiffness, a suspension rebuild, adjustable shocks, an exhaust header, a limited slip diff, a... (trailing off)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Deep Thoughts on Speeding

It occurred to me the other day that we very rarely get speeding tickets in this town. What you're actually ticketed for is not looking ahead far enough when you drive. If you did you would have seen that cop a mile away and would have slowed down. It's only when you're spaced out and speed right by the bastard that you ever get tagged. Let that be a lesson to ya. Ponder.


You Could Be Driving a Honda

So I traded my Miata for a Honda the other day. Technical stuff aside (for once), man is owning a modified Honda a pain. Miata owners have to endure 'Girl Car' comments, but that joke fizzles out quickly. Some people even appreciate them for being the perfect traditional British sports car but with Japanese quality and an on-purpose design. Honda owners carry a different baggage, one of constant interest from backwards-hatting 4XL pants-wearing 24" wheel-buying 18" subwoofer in a cardboard box owning 'urban' idiot types. The first thing I do before/after I buy a car is find a good, active internet forum with good technical information exchanges. I've never had much difficulty until now. Just try to find a Honda forum with in-depth technical discussions. Most of them look like this:

sup yall i am rollin in my H-rod an my girl was all like wazzat rattle-rattle bang sound an i was all like wha? and thin their wuz like no go from da engine should i buy a teg ls B18 motor widda B16A1 head wid OBD-O an install it in da parking lot of my works at da taco bell

There are thousands and thousands of these morons and I get grouped in with all them just by rollin in a H-bomb. Aw snap.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Party Pooper

What's wrong with this picture?
Yup, we've got a deuce. My son, the tub-pooper.