Sometimes you have to get out of your hatchback (or lesser automobile) and check out the real world not through the lens of a windshield. Go out and walk the dog, do some yard work… who am I kidding – you’re here reading this, right? Why not view the world through the lens of someone else’s car (kinda).
Even the most jaded of hatchback and automotive aficionado recognizes that the Volkswagen GTI was a game-changer. The idea of transforming an economy car into something more performance-oriented certainly was not a new one – the Ford Mustang was essentially a swoopy new body on a basic sedan with a few performance goodies thrown in. And it was a runaway success.
Kinda like the GTI 20 years later. Prior to its introduction, the public perceived (and for the most part, rightfully so) that small hatchbacks were basic tools to get you from Point A to Point B.
Yesterday was Wide Open Wednesday at Miller Motorsports Park near Tooele Utah. I wrote about the experience of driving my car on a real race track over at Hooniverse.com. You should check it out after bathing in the awesomeness that is this Datsun 240Z powered by a Ford 302 V8. Yes, he’s rollin’ in a 5 point oh.
Rain cut the festivities short, but you can bet I’ll be there again – it was the most entertaining 25 bucks I’ve spent in a long time.
As a Ford fanboy and former Focus ZX3 owner, it always really bugged me that Ford chose to revise the first generation Focus rather than bring the vastly better 2nd generation car over from Europe.
But the good news at the time was that General Motors did instead.
What’s that you say?
Not really, but in theory, the Saturn Astra – imported from Europe, based on a European hatchback design – was a more legitimate replacement for the first generation Focus than what Ford dumped on the US market.
Hooo boy, how I loves me some snark in car commercials. They just don’t make them like they used to, do they?
Oh, and by the way, yeah you kinda do.
I can’t figure out which I like better, the awesome tape stripes on the outside, or the awesome plaid fabric on the interior. Also of note is the impressively optimistic fuel economy numbers: 35 city, 47 highway. With advances in engine technology in the intervening years, if people could accept a basic, lightweight, stripped-down economy car like this now, not only would it get better gas mileage, it would be sports car-fast too. Oh well…
You may recall yesterday’s Hawking a Hatch post – a one-of-a-kind Geo Metro limousine. If you read through the Craigslist post to the end, you would have seen that the seller suggested potential buyers view a Youtube video that would flesh out some details about the car and probably answer some questions for you.
- Do I know anything about luxury?
- What does the awesome Betty Boop mural referred to in the ad look like?
- How is the extended roof attached?
- What does the paint job look like up close?
- What does the undercarriage look like?