Old Rods, Hot Rods, Street Rods, and Rat Rods

     I had the pleasure of viewing a magnificent array of hot rods this evening. I will not tell you where this event was because I want you to guess. Today, there were a large number of 1932-39 vintage hot rods. The best sleeper in the event was a 1961 VW. Having owned a 1959 VW with 39 horsepower, I struck up a conversation with the owner. I was curious as to how much power VW added between the years 1959 to 1961. I never found out. This car owner told me his bug had 220 HP. What?  He built the engine from standard catalog parts, and it develops 220 HP. I asked him what his time was in the quarter mile. His reply was 12.6 seconds, not bad for a Bug. I did not ask any more questions.

     Here are my photographs of what I think are the best looking cars at the event. Remember, you have to tell me where they are.

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People’s Car 2

2009-Barack-Lucerne People's CarFirst People's CarRemember the first people’s car? That’s the car Hitler established to put a car in every German’s garage. He called it the Volkswagen, aka People’s Car. Now we have our own People’s Car. No doubt the models will carry names like Coupe de Obama, Maliburack, Barack Lucerne, or Camarobama. 

Hitler used the money he raised for the Volkswagen to fuel his  war machine. What is the  POTUS going to do with GM and Chrysler?

POTUS should wise up and turn the management of the car companies over to the zealous UAW leadership. They have bad mouthed GM management about their stupid decisions for fifty years. They especially ranted over decisions  that  earned truckloads of money off the sweat of their labor. I’d like to see the UAW workers designing, and deciding how many units of government mandated fuel efficient cars to build when the customers want horespower, torque,  and speed. I’d like to see the UAW meet government fuel economy and emission standards. I’d like to see how the UAW would handle their fringe benefit programs and actually make a profit competing against the rest of the world’s automakers.

Initially, I ranted that GM, and the UAW should be allowed to fail (Wealthy Middle Class.)  After thinking about it, I changed my mind and wrote about why the government should loan them the money (Give ‘em the Loan!.) In hindsight, I was wrong on the second count. A loan from the government is the same as suicide. Now, we find our country headed for mass ownership of private enterprise companies.

Initially, I thought POTUS would take the country toward socialism, but this is now sounding like Communism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism).  Will the next step be government take overs of all privately owned property?  We all know how that experiment turned out now don’t we? Or do we?