Sunday, August 4, 2013

In Palm Beach

We made it to West Palm Beach!  I can positively confirm that the 500 is a wonderful car to drive cross country - 1400 mile trip in two days.  No back aches or stiffness.  It was a comfortable and economical drive.  The trip computer did register 40 to 42 mpg on the trip.  The first half of the trip was 42 mpg but the Smoky Mountains dropped it to 40 mpg.  The higher speeds driving through Florida assured that the fuel economy would not return to 42 mpg.  One thing I noticed on the whole trip - the wind from passing semi-trucks did not disturb the composure of the little Fiat 500c.  I have driven much larger cars that were often pushed by the drafts from the trucks.  Crosswinds did not disturb the car either.  The impression of driving was that of a much larger, very solid and stable automobile.

Which is Bigger, the Jaguar or the Fiat 500

On my way to Florida I stopped at gas station in Kentucky.  I parked my car and when I turned back to look I noticed something that seemed to be an optical illusion.  The Fiat looked like it had a bigger interior than the Jaguar I parked next to.  So the question in my mind is which is bigger?  The Jaguar is the "X" Type which is the small four door Jaguar but we usually don't think of them being smaller than a Fiat 500.  The "X" type is based on the Ford Mondeo (Contour in the U.S.) so it shouldn't be smaller than a Ford Focus.  Truth ids the Fiat is tall and is mostly interior volume.  I have been in a Jaguar "X" type and they sit low and are not known for being spacious.  But the Fiat is a bit narrower and definately shorter.  So if you are not the driver or the front seat passenger, the Fiat is smaller.  I have also noticed this wierd size phenomena with the Toyota Yaris which is about the same size as the Fiat 500.  The size prioty on the Yaris is for interior volume and when parked next to mid-size cars the Yaris appears to have an interior that may be larger also.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Lorelei's First Top Down Convertible Ride

Our new 2013 Fiat Cinquecento Cabrio Pop
The Little 500c looks huge next to 82 Fiat X1/9

"Eye Candy" with Avorio (Ivory) and Rosso Corso d'Italia (Italian Racing Red)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

I've Been Chalked!

We have taught our daughter not to draw on walls, furniture and many other things.  We have never told her not to draw on the cars!  Fortunately chalk washes off very easy.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

2012 Milwaukee Masterpiece - Club Day

My 1982 FIAT X1/9 in the FIAT-Ferrari-DeTomaso Corral

Lorelei admiring and commenting on Ferrari Dino

She found the one with the biggest smile and eyes!  Ran straight to it and was telling me all about how happy it was.

Black Forest Auto Repair sponsored the children's art car - a c.1975 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL painted to look like a cow.

Beautiful Alfas and Lancias there.

Gorgeous Mercedes Benz 300 SE Coupe

Beautiful Oldsmobile Rocket 88 in White over Salmon Pink

FIAT X1/9 more Lorelei's height.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ford would have shut without GM, Chrysler aid, Rattner says

I find this article very interesting.  Ford, at the time of GM and Chrysler's bailouts, did not request help but supported the federal government in the bailouts of their competitors.  The reason being that if GM and Ford were to disappear they would also lose some of their suppliers.  I assume the result of losing suppliers would be a loss of competitive bidding and higher production costs for Ford.

An update to the bailouts is that Chrysler has repaid all of its debt to the federal government with all the interest due.  They did not renegotiate any of the debt.  I believe GM has repaid most or all of their debt.  Today the big three are doing strong business with great profits and are the leading industry in the recovery from the recession.  Article below is from Automotive News:

Ford would have shut without GM, Chrysler aid, Rattner says Angela Greiling Keane  October 9, 2012 - 11:20 am ET
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co., the only large U.S. automaker that didn’t receive a U.S. government bailout, would’ve failed along with General Motors and Chrysler if President Barack Obama’s administration hadn’t rescued the industry, said Steven Rattner, who headed Obama’s auto task force.
“Ford would have closed because it wouldn’t have been able to get parts, because the parts industry in this country was in arguably worse shape than the assemblers,” Rattner said today at the Center for American Progress in Washington.
Rattner, now chairman of the Willett Advisors LLC investment firm, led the $63.4 billion bailout in 2009 of GM and Chrysler, which he said would have fired all their workers and ceased to exist without the bailout.
President George W. Bush, who preceded Obama, “did the right thing” by beginning the bailout process, giving $17.5 billion to GM and Chrysler in 2008, Rattner said.
The auto bailout has been a point of contention in the presidential race between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney as they compete for votes in swing states including Ohio, home to U.S. automaker and parts-supplier plants. Romney opposed the government bailout.
Ford's view
Ford CEO Alan Mulally last month concurred with Rattner’s view, saying he testified before Congress in support of taxpayer support for his competitors because it also saved Ford.
“We think about that a lot, should we have gone back and testified on behalf of our competitors who were bankrupt,” Mulally told reporters Sept. 18 in New York. “I would do the same thing again today.”
Mulally said he agreed with the assessment of “the economic advisers of the Bush administration and the Obama administration that if GM and Chrysler had gone into free fall, they could have taken the United States from a recession into a depression.”
The U.S. government was the only entity that could save the domestic automakers because no one, including banks that were dealing with their own financial crises, was willing to put private capital into GM and Chrysler at the beginning of 2009, Rattner said.
“If you can’t pay your workers, if you can’t pay your suppliers, if you can’t pay your electric bills, then you have to liquidate,” he said. “This is what government is set up to do.”
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Its Car Show Season Again!

Its Jume and the car shows are off and running.  This Saturday, June 9th, is the 19th Annual Volksfest at Concours Motors and the BMW Clubs Show at Concours BMW on North Green Bay Road.

19th Annual VolksFest This Saturday!
Presented by Concours Motors & The Milwaukee-Area Volkswagen Club!
Saturday, June 9th, 2012; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
at Concours Motors (back parking lot), 1400 West Silver Spring Drive; Glendale, WI 53209
(414) 290-1400
Car Show * Swap Meet * Auction * Music * Food * VW Toys * Merchandise * MKE Mustangs
Car Show Entries: Must drive on to lot to qualify for trophy. Day of show registration ONLY. $10 per vehicle.
Call MAVWC Hotline: (414) 290-1525

The South Shore Water Frolics Sunday, July 15th at South Shore Park in Milwaukee 10 am to 3 pm.  Also a great Art Show that day 9 am to 5 pm.

My Fiat X1/9 at the 2008 Frolics Show

 And the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d'Elegance August 25th & 26th with Fiat and Mercedes Benz as featured Marques. Milwaukee Masterpiece Link