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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
In 2004 I visited an Alpaca Farm. Cute animals but basically worthless, to small for pack work, little edible meat for food, fur that grows slow and can probably net one sweater a year. Yet, a thriving "business" trade exists, and was even parodied in Austin Powers in Goldmember in a deleted scene when Number 2 offered Scotty several new evil businesses, including Alpaca Farming.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I wrote this back in 2009 and
would like to share with my visitors:
As it struggles to find its way through bankruptcy, Chrysler Corp. has announced its most recent cut back. The automaker is eliminating turn signals from its vehicles. In a written statement, a Chrysler spokesperson said that with turn signal usage falling below 10 percent, slicing the cost from each car (estimated at $22) would save the Fiat division over $44 million a production year (based on sales of over two million cars in 2007). “Our studies of vehicle equipment usage found that sixty-five percent of drivers were unaware that their cars actually had a turn signal device,” the press release revealed. “Of the thirty-five percent that were aware of the devices, only half even knew how to use them.” To counter safety advocates’ criticism of the equipment deletion, and bolster its case for a NHTSA waiver, Chrysler released the results of a driver survey.
33% No free hand, one on the wheel other on cell phone
28% I own the road, it’s my way on the highway
22% turn signals are so old school
12% clicking sound is so annoying
5% turned wipers on by mistake one too many times
Professor James W. Faber of the Toronto Institute for Turn Signal Safety confirmed the integrity of the survey results. He said Chrysler’s actions were not surprising; his own studies also showed little support in the United States for the usage of turn signals.
On January 7, 2008, we had our test driver cover a twenty-two-mile track and count turns and lane changes for turn signal usage in West Palm Beach, Florida. The results were as follows:
Total lane changes/turns: 107 vehiclesTurn signals utilized: 37 vehiclesTurn signals ignored: 70 vehiclesThe usage rate of 35% was surprisingly high. In some northeastern cities, we see rates of usage in the low 20 percent. In fact, the only areas where usage exceeds fifty percent is in retirement communities. However, it appears that some of the data may be skewed, as half of the vehicles appeared to have their turn signals permanently flashing.
Professor Patterson stated that the results for his own country were vastly different than the states. In Canada, 103 percent of drivers used their turn signals. He attributed to the statistically impossible result by claiming that excessively polite Canadians signal even when they’re not actually driving.
Chrysler advised that it was not totally abandoning the use of turn signals in its vehicles. “We will provide each driver, upon written request, and with a small shipping and handling fee, an instruction manual showing the appropriate hand signals used for signaling turns and lane changes.” The spokesperson kindly added that for the first forty years of driving cars didn’t have flashing turn signals, and if it worked back then it should be okay today.
Chrysler is not the only manufacturing addressing the use (or lack thereof) of turn signals in America. Volvo announced a prototype ESPS system. The Swedish brand’s extra sensory perception signal system reads a driver’s mind prior to each turn or lane change and automatically activates the signals requiring no driver intervention.
Volvo says the ESPS system was currently being tested. It should be available for domestic use in 2012. They added that safety is neat and they were glad to solve this difficult problem with technology.
BMW has already addressed one of the annoying problems with conventional turn signals. On most cars, the signal stalk is a physical move up for a right signal and down for a left signal and stays in either position until either a turn is completed or, in the case of a lane change, the driver manually turns off the turn signal. This design aesthetic was not in keeping with BMW’s flame surface treatment introduced by head designer Chris Bangle.
“Our signals are fixed oceans, only cresting for an instance to signal intent, and then returning to their level nesting place adding beauty and functionality to the over aesthetic while still maintaining the overall starkness of the vehicles interior,” Bangle said. He declined to comment on whether this radical change to a sixty-year-old system would encourage less use of turn signals, instead referring readers to BMW’s legal disclaimer page on their website.
Will the turn signal go the way of the vinyl record, rotary dial phone and pet rocks? Only time will tell. But from this writer’s experience its use is doomed to be one of the future lost arts. Will my son someday sit in a bar and brag how his old man was a “turn signal user” or will he be vilified by his peers for the cranky views of his safety obsessed father? We shall see.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The cars of Dreams Museum, located in an old Sears, was a wonderful collection of cars owned by John Staluppi (http://carsofdreams.com). Open by invitation only, Mr. Staluppi also opened the museum up for charity events, such as the November 4, 2012 Shop With A Cop event which benefited the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Department.
The event was also a last hurrah of sorts, as the entire contents of the museum will be sold at an RMAuction on December 1, 2012. The collection of nearly 120 cars plus memorabilia will be sold. The auction catalog is online at: http://www.rmauctions.com/digitalcatalogs/2012/ST12.
I was fortunate to get to tour the museum twice and as a Palm Beach County resident I am sorry see such a fine collection sold. As part of the last show, nearly 500 collectors cars turned out, with 50s and 60s muscle cars being predominant.
Inside the Museum
A Caddy Camino
Guitars and Cars
My favorite, a last year Corvair
The museum has several staged areas, including a soda shop and a 50's garage
Model T visitor. The Museum also has a while collection of unrestored Model Ts
including postal trucks, delivery trucks, tow and dump trucks
Dennis with an Olds
Large N gauge train set
Monday, November 5, 2012
The weather has finally broken here in South Florida, and with only
one week until early darkness, everyone was out for a busy cruise-in in Royal Palm Beach.
Nice to see some German Muscle!
A Rare early 90's twin turbo Supra
Sunday, October 14, 2012
What do you get when you combine substantial wealth, an obsessive personality and a love of Cars, Knives, Batman, Pianos, Golf and Cash Registers....You get one man's passion, the passion of DeVoe Moore.
Mr. Moore has assembled a unique museum in Tallahassee, Florida
(the state capital and home to Florida State University - Go Noles!)
I have made two trips to the TCM and if you are nearby I higly recomend visiting.
The collection is eclectic, spanning nearly 150 years of transportation history, from an 1860 hearse (that carried Abraham Lincoln to his grave) to a 2001 Plymouth Prowler.
(complete list here: http://www.tacm.com/carmuseum/thecars.htm)
Here are some of the most memorable cars:
Wrecked faux Tucker (movie prop)
Second Floor View (and my son, Christopher/FSU 2015)