Hooniverse Weekend Edition: The NY Times Collectible Car of the Year; A Tatra?


I somehow missed this over at the New York Times, but Tony over at Car Throttle ran a story about it last weekend. Read more after the jump….


According to Tony:

In automotive history, you don’t get much more unique than Tatra and the unique T87. In fact, most have never even heard of the company. Tatra is an obscure brand hailing from Eastern Europe, specifically the Czech Republic. Now the car is getting some attention as it was voted the New York Times Collectible Car of the Year by readers online.

Totally cool? Yes. The car is just about the oddest, most unique production car on the road. The design is futuristic, with dominated by a huge fin in the back, and three headlights up front. The difference doesn’t end with styling, it also goes down to the powertrain – the T87 is rear-engined, using a small air-cooled V-8.

According to the NY Times, there were 30 finalists (culled from 651 entries), including a restored Checker taxicab and an elegant Packard roadster, readers of the online Automobiles pages cast 1,510 votes for the unusual Czech-built Tatra T 87, which is a 1941 model in basic black punctuated by a single huge dorsal fin.

This should come as no surprise to readers of Hooniverse. We have always been ahead of the curve. Read more of Tony’s post at Car Throttle, and go here for the NY Times Article.
Images courtesy of Stephanie Diani for The New York Times

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    I remember being fascinated about Tatras as a kid. It was still the cold war and there wasn't a lot of information about them. What was in the Czech water for designers to come up with the T77, 87, and 97? How could such strange cars as the T603 grow in the infertile ground of the Eastern Bloc, where dull little sedans and copies of old American designs seemed to be the norm? Now there's lots of info to be had, but it makes Tatras no less bizarre.

  2. MasterKoofy Avatar

    Whole heartily agree. It was ahead of its time in design and equipment, is relatively obscure and just plain cool. If I recall, it has one of the most slippery bodies of all time.

  3. Buickboy92 Avatar

    These cars are so cool! Glad it won.

    1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Surprise 7151 – 7200!
      Since Tatras came up again today, look at what I found πŸ™‚ Did anyone else notice how in that last place there were all these comments like I have a Jamaica to sell, call me at, etc. That made me giggle, it was like a mini-CL, a HL if you will!
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      1. Buickboy92 Avatar

        Hello MZS! I'm finally caught up in school work! and I've even caught up for tomorrow and Monday! How sweet is that! Oh and I heard you guys are talking about Food, who here likes Salt and Vinegar Chips? I do! I'm eating some right now. Haha. Well how has your day been?
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        1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

          I replied to you up top.

        2. Buickboy92 Avatar

          Good Morning MZS and everyone!!!! How is your morning MZS? Oh and I was wondering, how come you don't post on Jalopnik anymore?
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          1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

            Hi BB, I replied to you up top.

    2. $kaycog Avatar

      szm, msz, tbs……I just finished looking at Aga's pics. What a handsome family you have……the kids really are growing up. Aga is quite a wonderful photographer…..excellent pictures!
      That video that BB posted……personally, I think it is a fake. It just doesn't look right. Just call me Doubting Dora.
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    3. $kaycog Avatar

      TowerofPower………Your birthday weekend sounds like it was a lot of fun. Also, that was quite a funny prank that you pulled on your girlfriend.
      The birthday dinner Saturday night was for one of my best guy friends. We treat each other for dinner on our birthdays. His wife ia part of the celebration too. We went to our favorite Italian restaurant for the best steaks in town. I ordered steak, his wife ordered Italian, and he shocked me by ordering blackened salmon. The restaurant treated us with a big piece of lemon-layer cake to share. YUM! (Here it is again……….food)!
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    4. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi DD,
      Wait what!? You told me to call you Doubting Dora after all. Now it's hard for me to concentrate. Anyway you can call me The Sponge, or TBS, or whatever. It's another busy day for me, still have not had lunch πŸ™ To me that video looks real. It's real to you as well: real scary and real fake. Guess what I'm having for lunch! Give-up? Tripe! And not Polish tripe but Philippine food court tripe! I've already had some Sunday, it's great, though could use some pepper. On Sunday we went to this Korean grocery store. The excuse was that our friend ran out of palm sugar. They had Michelle over, we went there. The high light was that the fish guy pulled out a lobster and crab. He even let the boys touch the lobster. My highlight was the parking lot. When we were going inside I noticed that every car was Japanese or Korean. I thought no way, so I started walking the parking lot. There was only one Chevy, but it was an Aveo, so also kind-of Korean. But just as I was crossing the street a Jeep Liberty pulled-up to park. Anyway the place was packed and it's a big store too, the size of the K-mart and 6 screen cinema in the same center.
      Sincerely,
      7154

    5. $kaycog Avatar

      mzs, zsm, dot……..Well, I was wrong. That board coming through the w/s video is real: http://jalopnik.com/#!5789082/the-scariest-car-cr… What a frightening thing to happen…..that lady driver was VERY lucky. So, now you can call me Wrong Doubting Dora.
      I'll pass on trying the tripe. I'm not a very adventuresome eater. Did you ever have lunch today? I had a 6" Subway Club. They don't have tripe on their menu.
      I'm not surprised that the Korean grocery story parking lot was full of Japanese and Korean cars. I bet that store was a very interesting experience. I almost ate some Korean soup once. The bowl was set before me, and I dipped my spoon into it and lo and behold, there was a tiny octopus tentacle in my spoon. I didn't eat the soup.
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      1. Alff Avatar

        You only think Subway doesn't serve tripe.

    6. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      Tentacle is actually not bad, better than tongue at least, if a bit tough to chew. I just finished the last of the tripe, it was good, but Aga made some Thai soup, that is excellent as well. It's waiting for me at home. On Monday I tried to make sushi, the rice did not stick well, but Michelle and I ate a lot of salmon and tuna that evening. I have gotten better at cutting it at least. I have noticed that Asian people stick together, maybe more so than any other ethnic group, so in that sense it makes sense that they buy cars like that so predominantly. back when we came to the USA, Polish people would get big American cars to make a statement home, like look how prosperous I am, I have this gigantic American car. This morning I was running late because I lost most of the hydraulic fluid for the clutch in the Volvo, it's getting worse sadly, oh well.
      Sincerely,
      7156

    7. $kaycog Avatar

      msz, smz, dob……Well heck, I didn't get a notification of your comment. Oh, well, that happens sometimes. I love our food topics now….tentacle and tripe. You know…..the T food group. I have eaten Rocky Mountain Oysters though, but I probably wouldn't again.
      Racin' and I closed down the numbers' game today. We quit at 5900. That is a heck of a lot of image searching. It was really a lot of fun for about a year and three months. :'( There were a lot of different participants over that period of time. I kept a link to the very first one which started from an Alfisted comment. I think I posted that link for you once.
      Too bad about the hydraulic fluid in your Amazon. That's part of the wonderfulness of having an older car. I do know that you guys love to fix things on them though.
      Time to sit in front of TV with a glass of wine or two. I hope your week has been going well. Ciao.
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        1. $kaycog Avatar

          Hi, you! It has been a long time, hasn't it? Why don't you join us in this nonsense? We always seem to end up talking about food, but we do bring vehicles into the conversation too. I don't know if you read my previous comment that Racin' and I ended our fun numbers' game yesterday at 5900.
          It's nice to see you, and we'd love to have to join us here.

    8. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      mzs…
      Woo Hoo! I made it back! Been pretty busy the last couple of days. I saw your pictures to the cubs game. It looks like you got out and toured around downtown a bit (and visited The Bean!). I hope the Amazon can learn to control it's bladder!
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    9. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      $kaycog (possibly DD?)…
      That dinner sounds like fun. I don't know what it is but I seem like such a tightwad with money sometimes but when it comes to a special occasion, I can freely go spend a couple weeks worth of groceries just to have an awesome steak dinner!
      That octopus tentacle sounds…interesting. Seafood is one food group I tend not to like, mostly due to texture. I like fish and calamari if its cooked right, but most thins I've tried are kind of slimy and tough. I can't say I have a huge ambition to try Rocky Mountain Oysters either though. I salute you for your bravery!
      And thanks for posting the link to the 2×4 article. I haven't been able to read Jalopnik for a few days and I was curious as to what happened with that story.
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    10. $kaycog Avatar

      TowerofPower……Good morning! I figured that you've been busy. That 2X4 article was on my MSN homepage today. I usually see things on J. before I do on my homepage.
      I too am sort of a tightwad, except when it comes to certain things, like what I eat and wear. Also, when it comes to my friends, I'm very generous.
      I'm not big on seafood either, except I do love shrimp. Chili's has shrimp tacos that I gotta have a couple of times a month. I think this weekend is going to be that time. πŸ˜‰ If fish tastes like fish, I don't want it. The only fish I really like is cod…..it's mild. I do like canned tuna (white). I'm laughing that we're back to food again.
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    11. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      You made it really very far in the numbers game at least. Is the xyzclub still going? I remember that there were a lot of funny pictures, but I think the the funniest one ever was one I think you had the privilege of posting.
      <img src="http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5724/songkran2552a.jpg"&gt;
      My best were ones where it was unbelievable that the number was in there, like expansions of pi to gajillions of digits, or some scholarly paper, but the very favorite of mine was one where the measurement on a micrometer read the correct value. It was the width of he shifter shaft on an old 'vette! Back early on I actually learned a lot of neat trivia doing that too πŸ™‚ Anyway I like the funny games you get somehow involved in, thanks.
      Sincerely,
      7161
      PS: I was having trouble finding the above image, so here is one of the Polish cycling team, it's behind a link for a reason. http://www.nickscipio.com/pod/media/2004/11/polis

    12. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Tower,
      I've been busy too but today Aga came over for lunch, that was nice. I like your bladder bit πŸ˜‰ VW people say that their cars leak oil to mark territory. but that was not oil. The Volvo is too big to cal an excitable yip-yip-yip puppy, so I guess it's just old fashioned incontinence then. I'll have to fix that soon though to have two working cars again though.
      The trip was great, yes we took in some sights on the way home and there. Kevin broke the turnstile leaving (don't ask, that's pretty impressive feat though) so that delayed us a while and we had to catch a different train to get home, so we had about an hour to spare. Turned-out the other kid had never really seen anything in Chicago, so I walked them by some touristy things.
      I'm glad to hear you had a nice birthday and that you like to save money for little luxuries every now and then. There are people that have the means but they never do anything fun, what kind of life is that? Not my parents, they are in Dominican Republic. my mom was sick not too long ago too. She's fine again. So they took a trip, they thought time to live before we die! I was floored this morning though. The skype program rang, and it's my mom calling. They took a laptop. I mean this is my mom, the lady that when I was a kid she needed me to start solitaire for her every single time, and somehow she had gotten skype to work to make cheap video calls. Like I wrote earlier, it's really amazing to me how computer savy she has become in about the last year. Me I couldn't get skype to work again to even voice chat almost two weeks ago, and when I went to Japan, it was nothing but trouble for me. And I'm supposedly a professional at this junk!
      Anyway I was having trouble to find that holy cow image for Skaycog and I ran into this. It's old, but it made me spit my coffee. I had forgotten how funny it was.[youtube g0cosKhRdbA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0cosKhRdbA youtube]
      Have a good one,
      7162

    13. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi BB!
      I've been busy with work. So I've had a bunch of days where I work long hours. That's not fun. In fact we have not had time to work on those balsa control line airplanes in a while now, that's sad too. And it looks like it is just going to keep being busy here at work for me for quite a while, there are just so many projects I am involved in. Then I finally have to finish the taxes, so that's first in my free time, and then I have to fix the Volvo, then I can help with the airplane making again. So I'm glad you have done all your work so that you can enjoy your free time!
      Anyway soccer has started, so that's great. I missed the first game since I messed-up the start of the soccer season, but I was coaching again yesterday. It went really well, we only had one change in players, one left another joined. Also last two days I have been planting garden. I'm the guy that moves holes, I use a shovel πŸ˜‰ We will have blueberries this year which is new.
      Have a good one,
      7164
      PS: Try to reply to the comment you made weeks ago "These cars are so cool! Glad it won." It might be weird replying to yourself, but then when you sort by last activity it keeps things more tidy.

    14. $kaycog Avatar

      szm, zsm, usn…..Look what was posted on oppo last night. I laughed so hard!!! Too funny!
      <img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2011/04/3a5da1bbb7ce8c1033f2616ba31741a8/340x.jpg"width="500"/&gt;
      I don't remember that pic of the bull, but I do remember the one of the Polish cycling team. I wonder why that is?
      No, the #178club (xyz club) is defunct also. That too was a lot of fun.
      I hope you had a nice lunch with your wife!
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    15. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi BB,
      Thanks. It has the hydraulic clutch setup, the lower cylinder is leaking, worse when it's cold, but it got to the point that after 4 days I had to fill up again, drat. I'm emailing Volvo-philes for advice. It was my hope to have found a parts car by now, but most sellers were, well, peculiar πŸ˜‰ Anyway it would have been best to go to the mechanical setup, but I may have to fix or replace the part. Since such old fluid is in there it might be worth it though to replace more than just the cylinder, waiting on their wisdom now.
      Are you and your sis going to be helping your dad with coaching again? If so good luck to you guys too!
      Have a good one,
      7167

    16. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      I wonder now what the context of that sweater puppy image is, wait sweater puppies! It was all a trick to get me off track again wasn't it? And it worked!
      Okay I'm back, anyway this morning I checked-out the end of the xyzclub, it just seemed to stop in March? How did that happen, did it silently stop working or something? I also GISed 36J of course after you told Vavon not to! Those were some sweater puppies indeed!
      Okay back again, why am I so easily distractible today? That's not a word!? I'm really striking-out today. Anyway I had a very nice lunch, got a few kisses too πŸ˜‰ Aga is planning a mystery birthday party for Michelle, so that's what we were planning. Today I meet some old friends again for lunch.
      Have a good one,
      7170
      PS: I wonder if this comment will still make sense later when my splitting headache is gone.

    17. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Tower,
      Yup Wednesday there was that sense of electricity here again. I don't claim to understand this stuff at all, but these are the two best things I have read about it:
      http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive_2011/today1… (also has a link to the video of the presentation)
      http://news.discovery.com/space/what-has-the-teva… (also has a link to the paper itself)
      Scientists have seen bumps like these a lot while I have been here. Sometimes they turn-out to be nothing. Sometimes they turn-out to be something neat, you tend to get them showing-up a lot until some place finally has enough data to really claim a discovery. For example before they shut down the electron ring at CERN they had some tantalizing data. In the end it turned-out to be hints of the top quark. I think a lot of that will happen here at fermilab now, some experiment will hint at something really neat and then LHC will have the later discovery. One of the neatest things I have heard about is that there has been some evidence that there is at least a 4th generation of particles in the standard model. That will be need to see if it is true. I think the prevailing thoughts here with Wednesday's announcement are that there may be another here to fore unknown force or HEP needs to reevaluate how it does statistical error analysis.
      The video I think it was a parody. It was two brothers or friends that had seen a video some motivational speaker had done and decided to create this. The blood was ketchup, thank goodness. Any neat plans for the weekend?
      Have a good one,
      7171

    18. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi BB,
      Anyway it was nice what your dad, your sis, and you did. I hope you dod few more one time things like that! It should not be too difficult to fix. It's just a few bolts to undo. Fred got back to me, he found some schematics of how it comes apart. He things it might simply be an o-ring which I could find one even in a hardware store. I'll find-out when I take it off, but I need a window of time where I can do it all. For now I can just top it off every now and then. Jake helped me to bleed it yesterday, was really excited Aga said when he came in from the garage that he had helped me to fix the car πŸ™‚
      Have a good one,
      7172

    19. $kaycog Avatar

      szm, zsm, nfl……..There were only two of us left in xyz club, and the other one got tired of it (I think). So, it is kaput! For some reason, when I say kaput, I pronounce it kapoot. My friends think that's so funny. I don't know where I picked that up.
      A surprise birthday party for Michelle sounds like fun. I love surprises. How are you going to surprise her? And when is this taking place?
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    20. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      Not really a surprise, it's like the murder mystery dinner that I took Aga to, but instead it's about a ring that was stolen. Hope it goes well! It's all the way in May.
      Have a great weekend everyone!
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    21. $kaycog Avatar

      msz, zsm, dow…….I'm sure the mystery birthday party will be a lot of fun. Have a fun weekend!
      I don't have a lot going on for the weekend…….errands and normal stuff around the house. I am going out to dinner tomorrow night.
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    22. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      Whoa I had a weird weekend… I ended-up having the flu and was not lucid from around 10PM Sat to 1PM Sun. As I was coming back on Sunday I went to check-out hooniverse, it was van weekend, but the first post I went to, had a singing chevy truck, with a face, whoa… When I was half in the real world, that was really trippy.
      Anyway Friday evening, we were all playing Wheel of Fortune. It was a blast. I wanted to make a margarita, so I added vodka to what I thought was margarita mix. Aga said if was terrible, what did I do? I told her, she said tequila goes in margarita mix, oops. Well it did taste terrible, I added rum (which ended-up being brandy – seriously I had the flu but did not know it yet, just the fuzzy head at that point) Later that night I noticed that the margarita mix was in fact moquito mix, and already had the alcohol in it. By then I had finished the drink, whoa. In fact I tried to use skype and failed miserably at that point.

      1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

        There were about two hours there that I could not sleep, felt terrible, I just assumed it was hungoverness, but it really seemed I did not drink THAT much… In the morning I had some pretty severe stomach issues added on as well as it seemed bad asthma, still had not connected in my mind I was sick. I go to coach the game, there are a few kids missing with the flu, that was the first inkling I had of trouble. So I get home, we do some fun stuff, I'm still tolerable. For example we watched Rango, stopped at the Korean store again to show Michelle's friend on the way home, played outside, took Max on walk, went in hot-tub, watched My Dog Skip, etc.
        But around 6PM I really started taking a dive. 9PM I had awful shivers. I went to bed. After that I only remember figments. Like Aga gave me some medicine. Also I woke-up in just two t-shirts, the outer one chewed-up by Max it seems. I have no idea how that happened. All I 'remember' is that Aga told me I was sweaty and to take my pants off in the night. It makes no sense to me how I ended-up like that in the morning. All the time I would fall back in and out of 'sleep' but the dreams were bizarre. There was one where I was underwater, but the neatest one I was driving the Volvo in the Alps, that was beautiful.

        1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

          So now I am a lot better. Still have some tummy issues this morning even, I ate only some cookies and soup on the weekend. Get this I weigh 205.2lb this morning. Now this is terrible but Friday morning I weighed 208.8lb (diet was not going well, maybe you noticed I stopped the posting of my weigh-ins) wow-za. Kevin was not feeling great last night, we will see how he is this morning. I was useless this weekend though, did not get much of anything practical done at all sadly.
          How as your dinner out?
          Sincerely,
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    23. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi BB,
      You should see the long post I made this morning here, but my morning is going really well in comparison to this weekend, thank goodness! How did you weekend go? I still do post on jalopnik, I made two comments this morning before work. What happened was the dick rolling (people were posting penis pictures after the Steve McQueen post by Matt), that curtailed my posting a lot. I did not want that to show-up while others were around. Then about when that was calming down they had the gawker data breach. At that point my work email address got leaked. Here they are very concerned about security so I had some uncomfortable meetings. In the end it was sort of inferred I had better not go to gawker sites anymore. So I stopped going during work. That made oppo really the only interesting place to post since no new posts would come-up when I was at home, so I basically would do NPOCP in the morning if I was still home, then get back home and check-out COTD and before bed oppo. But then they introduced 5.0 and oppo was broken, so now I really don't go there very much at all.
      Sorry but I am glad to see you here,
      7178

    24. $kaycog Avatar

      smz, szm, fomoco…….Geez, it sounds like you were really ill over the weekend. My first thought was that alcoholic concoction, but upon reading more, I guess it was the flu. I hope the rest of the family doesn't get it, and I hope you feel better as today goes on.
      My dinner Saturday night was great. I had my shrimp taco fix at Chili's. I did my usual weekend stuff, and the two days went by entirely too fast, as always.
      Re your weight loss, the only thing about losing weight when sick is that it comes back when appetite returns.
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    25. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      mzs…
      Wow, you had quite the weekend! It sounds like you have improved today but I hope you get to 100%.
      I went to Dubuque to visit my girlfriend over the weekend. We played games Friday night. On Saturday I played with her dogs and then later we went down to the river and walked around. We checked out how high the Mississippi was. It is suppose to keep rising to at least a top ten ever height. Shouldn't be a problem though as the flood wall is many feet above the highest ever crest back in 1965. East Dubuque, in IL across the river may have some problems though. Sunday was lazy hanging out outside but fun. Kept an eye to the weather but all of the bad storms went well north of us so there wasn't much to worry about.
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    26. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      $kaycog…
      Weekends do go by too fast! I'm glad you got your shrimp taco fix in for the weekend. I had my first ever fish tacos over the weekend and they were really good! My girlfriend's mother made them and she made this sauce with mayonnaise, sour cream, salsa and chipotle spices. The sauce just made it all work!
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    27. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      Kevin is ill today, so it looks like everyone will get this flu πŸ™ I'm still not 100%. Another funny thing from the weekend was when I saw that post about the RV Jimmy there was a video with it. The wind noises sounded like rumbling stomach sounds to me and had me thinking, "Oh no, not again." I think the weight loss is water loss, yikes.
      Sincerely,
      7182

    28. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Tower,
      Glad to hear you had such a nice weekend. I can't think about food today πŸ™ The bad t-storms missed us too. Sometimes I am glad we only have those to worry about, Japan had another 7.1+ quake, yikes! I'm so curious about my t-shirt though. Aga tells me she does not remember anything, like telling me to take my sweat pants off, so I must have gone downstairs and played with Max or something at like 3AM. God I hope I stayed in the house and had my pants on. I would have thought it was just caught on something but it looks like there are three bite marks on the t-shirt. Did I do them myself? That's another possibility. Like I say, I was just completely out of it with fever, glad that's over.
      Have a good one,
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    29. $kaycog Avatar

      TowerofPower……How far is it to Dubuque for you? It sounds like you had a very nice weekend. I've never had fish tacos before. I don't like fish if it's fishy tasting, so I'm not brave enough to try them. I do love cod…..very mild fish. I think there's only one place in my town that has fish tacos, and that's a Mexican restaurant that has them only on Fridays. The sauce that you described sounds delicious. It's always about food with us, isn't it? πŸ™‚
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    30. $kaycog Avatar

      zsm, zms, dot…….Well, it sounds like you may have a few more sick family members. With the kids around so many different kids at school, I guess it's no wonder. But you got it first, didn't you? Your fever sure did weird things to you. That's kind of frightening about your t-shirt.
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    31. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Skaycog,
      Yes the t-shirt is a bit unsettling. One time my mom was choking my dad in her sleep, so I guess not so out there thankfully! I think I may have gotten the flu from one of the kids that were not at the game when we did the practice on Wednesday.
      Have a good one,
      7186

    32. $kaycog Avatar

      mzs, smz, usda…..I saw a '57 Ford station wagon today that I've never seen before. I didn't get a good look, as I was in traffic. It had obviously been restored, because it was in pristine condition. There used to be one that sat in a driveway for years. Maybe somebody rescued it and restored it, because it has been gone for several months now.
      I hope you're feeling 100% tomorrow, and I hope you don't have any more torn t-shirt experiences.
      Take care!
      7187

    33. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Good morning Skaycog,
      Kevin is much better, went to school this morning! He and I still have some tummy issues, but that's it. In fact he got-up at like 7AM and we did some scootering outside and watering garden, etc. He did a lot of resting in the day yesterday, so could not sleep well. Food is just going right through me in like 90-120 minutes. It's gross, Kevin is not so bad as me. I really have been trying to eat, rice, meat, soup, banana, yogurt, broccoli, and even I ate two big sandwiches I was SO hungry, but it all just goes right through me πŸ™ On a good note 204.4lb but that's just more evidence of how much it really sucks.
      Nice story about the '57 Ford wagon fan-girl! I bet that made your day! I bet the home page here will get you grinning too πŸ™‚ In the morning I read the NPOCP and was thinking that arifix made mostly airplanes and military kits, so I googled airfix ferrari gt, wow:
      <img src="http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRUZsYgocFLNOpgL_Rdnth1cmTur9DXcte0r2tQCv8LVH91A6wzVg">click to embiggen
      Here's really all I can find-out about it, it's just beautiful though: http://www.mitorosso.com/index.php?p=strassenunds
      Have a good one,
      7188

    34. Buickboy92 Avatar

      @MZS Oh now I understand! Yeah I can see how you don't want to get in trouble with your job, which is way more important then a website, but I'm glad your still on here and Jalopnik!
      7188 – Good Morning and how is your Volvo doing? Fixed yet?

    35. $kaycog Avatar

      zsm, szm, puc………Happy Taco Tuesday! It sounds like it might be in order for you to go to a doctor with your problem. You seem to have an appetite, but can the flu last this long? I guess Kevin had the 24-hour variety. Take care.
      That 308 GT/4 Rainbow looks good from the front, but I think it looks so boxy otherwise.
      Yeah, I did see the front page here. Whenver I see a Ford GT/GT40 article, a funny feeling shoots through my body. Maybe I'm the one who should go see a doctor. πŸ˜‰
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    36. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi BB!
      Oh man it was a busy day! But I'm feeling really good again! It's been 3.5hrs since I ate rice and have not had any trouble yet (fingers crossed). Soon as I get the chance I am going to take the master, slave, and connecting hose out and see what is up. I'll likely have to hone it, and I'm really excited about that. Never done that yet, and I get to buy a new tool πŸ™‚ Lots of great advice from Mike and Fred, those guys are great. We've tracked down places to get all the parts I might need in a rebuild. Today I hope to finish taxes, tomorrow is soccer, so I guess I start on Thurs, but I owe the boys some work on the balsa airplanes, so maybe the weekend, wait I owe Aga to finish that doggie door, hee hee hee you can see where this is going πŸ™‚
      Have a great evening,
      7191

    37. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      $kaycog…
      We do always talk about food! The fish tacos were made with cod (from CostCo of all places) and really weren't fishy at all. I was actually skeptical as to how good they would be but they far surpassed my expectations!
      It's about an hour and a half drive to my girlfriend's in Dubuque. She has been looking for a job in the Madison area for quite some time and has had a couple of interviews lately with some replies expected this week and next week. Hopefully something works out.
      7192

    38. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      mzs…
      Wow…I hope you get better soon! That pants episode is quite bizarre and yes, hopefully you stayed inside! Hopefully the earthquakes settle down in Japan. I would hate to see them get any more large quakes.
      7193

    39. $kaycog Avatar

      TowerofPower….newsworthy in my part of the world is that a guy killed his girlfriend and then drove his 2011 Camaro down a 240-foot embankment near the Royal Gorge. His On-Star alerted the police who found his body in the Camaro. There are some "embankments" in the area that are 1000+ feet deep. Senseless.
      7194

    40. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Oops Skaycog,
      I missed your reply, but I'm better, yay! And right in time for soccer practice. There are a lot of senseless things in the world, this morning I read about almost an entire elementary school wiped-out in the Tsunami while en route to higher ground. Teachers did not think the young kids could make it up a mountain, so they went towards a high bridge. They thought they were far enough inland, but the wave made the water rise in the river, which they had gotten closer too. That ended-up being essentially the worst place to be, though the school had 3ft water in places. I read the account of the sole surviving teacher to the devastated parents, it was heart breaking and I cried. Only those at the end of the line who ran for the mountain as the water was rising made it. Crap now I'm all sad again πŸ™
      Sincerely,
      7195

    41. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

      Hi Tower!
      Uh-uh I guess I spoke too soon about being better! Anyway back once more. I hope it was just that the soup I ate Aga made a tad too spicy… I hope your gf does get a job close to you. Aga used to live in Poland and I in US, that was peculiar. Though it made it extra awesome when we would get together!
      I finished taxes last night! Well almost. For the first time with 3 kids I had enough for a line in IL taxes to make it worthwhile, but Aga had to get one receipt from the school, and I got some numbers not what I expected, so have to redo that one πŸ™ Actually I ran into something new to me. It kind of upset me. It used to be that you needed to do a different form ST-44 to pay use taxes. I think even it was not part of doing state tax return. Just an honor system thing. I guess I was never honorable like most of us in this state. This year they put in a line on the state tax return, say do it based on what you bought records like receipts, estimate, use a table. It's just crazy, like if they audit you later. So I went to look at amazon record first. The first thing that shows-up is stuff we bought for 4 people in Poland! So what the heck am I supposed to do with that? We had it shipped to our house, put it in a package with other stuff we bought here, and sent it to Poland. Was it ever used in IL? See what I mean? IL could not even assume that everything bought online should be charged a use tax, or do I not understand use tax? It's just way to convoluted for me. So I just did the table, basically they assume you spend a certain amount buying stuff online. Whatever I probably paid less that way than if I combed thorough everything I bought online last year somehow, but I bet there are a lot of people that don't ever use the internet at all for shopping. And if I get audited, man I don't know if that's even good enough for them that I simply did the table.
      Sincerely,
      7196

    42. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      mzs…
      Way to get your taxes done!! I wouldn't worry about the table. If the state provided you an alternate method to calculate the use tax and you followed it correctly then there really isn't anything that they can do. I'm sure they offer the alternate method since I bet a lot of people wouldn't have receipts of online purchases, and the table method at least allows the taxpayer to comply in a reasonable way.
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    43. Tower_Of_Power Avatar

      $kaycog…
      Senseless indeed. When I hear things like that (which sadly is entirely too often) I think of the quote in the video below. I wonder that if more people would realize our small and delicate place in the universe, maybe we wouldn't be so mean toward one another and so filled with trivial hatred. Our life is already a tiny blip on the radar of time. I don't know how someone can consciously decide that someone else's blip should be cut short for no good reason.
      [youtube p86BPM1GV8M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M youtube]
      On a brighter note though, I won't be online for a few days as I'm taking a small trip with my girlfriend and her family to Florida! Of course I'll let you know if I happen across any good food along the way.
      7199

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    I saw the article when it came out, and liked the thought of the Tatra being voted in. These cars fascinate me, I mean, what else has an air-cooled rear-mounted V8?

  5. joneez Avatar

    Wiki Tatra and be lost for hours! First interesting bit of info (to me anyway) is that Tatra is the third oldest car company in the world next to Daimler-Benz and Peugeot.
    Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be in 1950's Czechoslovakia.

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    The restoration project has been featured over at Clunkbucket; the car came to the States (NY) with a returning GI after WWII, then it deteriorated over the years. Paul Greenstein from L.A. (shown in the last picture, with his girlfriend, Dydia DeLyser) bought the car, then shipped it back to the Czech Republic for the full restoration.
    http://clunkbucket.com/tatra-t87-world-tour/

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