Last Call: Blast From the Pas..sing Lane Edition

Maclaren P1
Hello weekend my old friend…
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.
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  1. Hello weekend my old friend
    I’ve come to P-Shop you again
    Because a vision softly creeping
    Left its seed while I was sleeping,
    And the P1 that was planted in my brain
    Farting sparks
    Within the Wand… of Magic.
    With New York plates I drive alone
    Backed up streets while on the phone
    With a feature called the cut and paste
    I turn my road into Dakota straights
    ‘Cause cars made by McLaren were made really to go straight
    And not turn right
    Or hear the sounds… of sirens
    (With utmost respect to the missing master, Irishzombieman)

  2. Volvo launched a new ad campaign in Sweden last week that got a lot attention. Everyone seemed to love it (ok, some of the neof immigrant skeptical commenting warriors were not happy about it for obvious reasons, but whatever), even the most environmentalist, otherwise anti-car industry people appreciated the diversity message.
    And I don’t know, but even as a car enthusiast, I still just see an ad, albeit a good one. What is the powerful message that people see, really? People of slightly different skin tones all go to work? That Volvo are so passionate in the fight against racism that they search all over the world for the cheapest labor?
    Oh well, now I want your opinion, Hooniverse.

    1. I see it as Volvo saying that they are proud of their diverse workforce and their efforts to be race blind. I can see how Swedes might be saddened by it if they took national pride in Volvo being theirs. Now it’s owned by a Chinese company and here they are saying that it belongs to everyone. Imagine if Chevy did something similar in the US.
      I feel a little sadness that Buick now is driven by the desires of the Chinese rather than the traditional moderately successful conservative American. But times change and companies must evolve with them.

      1. If Buick is now kowtowing to the Chinese market, their consumers must be more demanding than U.S. consumers have been for the last 40 years.

        1. The funny thing is, I’d expect them to have the same main ideas – a low price, and aspiring quality. It just results in a different shape. I’m also sure there’s more competition in communist China than in the US, oddly enough.

    2. It’s well-timed social commentary. Norway hasnt’ accepted as many refugees as Sweden, but the scary brown goo is being squeezed into the daylight anyway. As such, a good statement of what kind of company Volvo wants to be. Fight back!
      It is also a good development of the somewhat dorky slogan “Made by Sweden”, which I have always interpreted as an amateur way to capitalize on Swedish image & history (by all means, people also send emails saying “send by my iPhone”…).
      Yet the fact that an ad like that creates a discussion about integration and internationalisation is the very sign of both developments not being accepted. Makes me sad.

    3. My takeaway is we all look the same in orange jumpsuits and welders masks.
      I’m probably missing the point.

      1. i think a good example of why ads like this are made can be seen in a link found on the same page.
        as much as we hear rumbling about border walls and deportations in the USA, we don’t get shit like this. this is how communities become ghettoized. when a mainstream Swedish organization makes an ad like this, it’s a statement of opposition to this kind of thing.

        1. That’s a horrible development of how Sweden’s society seems to unravel. I feel pretty helpless seeing that – how do you reconcile such a situation? And about “Swedishness” – don’t forget that the whole idea of a nation state is rather arbitrary, CraigSu. Around 1900, when settled nation states were en vogue, the Swedish king commissioned architecture and folk artefacts from across the country to be collected on one island; defining and exhibiting what was supposed to be Swedish. Sami people, among others, were left out.
          Ghettoization is a horrible byproduct of the welfare state that is entirely dependent on every individual’s connection to the labour market. Without good language skills, and the will to join in, a lot of people will be excluded. Social housing failed, too. Malmö is famous for having districts the police doesn’t dare to enter with less than two cars, fearing attacks.
          Here’s one caricature of the Scandinavian self-perception:

          There’s a grain of truth to it, but, oh boy, this is too much. The problem is that a lot of people believe it and feel threatened by every bit of change, and loss of homogenity.

          1. It just occurred to me that Gothenburg is perceived as being just about as bad as Malmö concerning “no-go zones” for police. That could be another underlying reason for the Volvo ad, an attempt to counter the common perspective regarding the current immigrant crisis that’s enveloped Sweden as well as much of Europe.

    4. i guess the point of the ad is to highlight our shared values and experiences. fear and xenophobia are accelerated by highlighting differences, things that make Them different from Us. the wont of the fiercest liberals is to pretend those differences do not exist, which i think is pointless (and i’m a liberal child of South Asian Muslim immigrants to America). on the other hand, to make those differences the only acceptable rendition of an immigrant – as is the wont of the fiercest anti-immigrant nationalists, and the keyboard warriors angry about this ad – is to deny said people any identity besides caricature, which is the fundamental root of so many deeper problems. the world is not a simple place. simplistic renditions of people – whether they be “we’re all the same” or “they’re all evil” – never reflect reality.
      the ad dips into the morning routine we all share by necessity, and then focuses on work. notably, i think, their evenings are not shown. differences are allowed, judgments are not rendered. you don’t have to be a traditional Swede to share in the experience of building cars and contributing to the country in your own way.
      this ad is about a thousand times better than the “people”-based ads Volvo shows here, which depict MBZs as cars for preening, self-absorbed featherweights and contrast Volvos as cars for The People Who Care. those ones are all about the judgment, labeling, and reduction to caricature.

  3. So today I picked up my 6.5×16″, 5 bolt, SAAB Super Aeros. Four of them; the other three were in the back seat. I even got three extra center caps. How much? $80. The seller was late and felt bad for making us wait, so he gave us $20 off the original $100 asking price. Hella sweet.
    Apparently they used to live on a black 900 Talladega convertible. The previous owner sold it, bought a BMW, and immediately regretted both decisions. Such is Swedish Car Hell™.

  4. I feel bad for Skitter with the Deltawing going out in the fashion that it did. Such a strong start and to have it end with a rearend collision because the communication lines went down. The pit crew were warning the driver over the entire lap and he didn’t hear the warnings. Ran straight into the back of the stalled car at speed.

    1. I know it’s kind of arguing balls & strikes (to use another sport’s metaphor) but I don’t understand why the race directors didn’t put out the safety car and the full-course yellow sooner for that incident, before the DeltaWing ever got there. There were two prior safety-car periods that seemed like the full-course yellow was started sooner, for cars that were in places that seemed to be safer than where the PC car was stalled.

      1. I tuned in just before the Deltawing shunt and watched for 7 hours then came back and watched the last 5 hours. The reticence of the officials to throw full course cautions was a recurring theme for the IMSA broadcast crew.

  5. The Ford Flex is still showing up in European forums with a certain regularity, people lust over a car with these proportions and potential power. A quick detour to reveals that a company has started to import them brand new to spec, with 3-4 months waiting for delivery in Germany:
    A fully equipped 370hp daddymobile is priced at 63900€, that’s basically 70k$. If people are willing to pay such prices, how on earth can Ford not see the potential to throw the box at Jurobeans themselves? I mean, just look at the manliness this van exudes:$(KGrHqZHJEsFJmT11V,zBScPE)seN!~~48_1.JPG

        1. Yes, I should have said it looks like a big MINI, not Mini. For the record, only one of the three is on my short list.

          1. But I get your point. I reluctantly like the Mini Clubman (even though I’d never throw my own money after it), but the Flex remains a Ford. More down to earth by definition.

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    1. I tried to get my parents to look at one of these, as it seems to meet our requirements (AWD, 7 seater), and I was pleasantly surprised by the power and acceleration numbers, but my mom claims it “looks like a hearse”.


  6. Yay for unseasonably warm weekends where the boss doesn’t call me. After months of putting it off because it is a PITA, I got the Alfa’s starter firmly reattached, traced the wiring issue that plagued the lower console, replaced the bad axle and ball joint in the Subaru, went for good drives in both and cleaned weeks of salt off the pickup that’s been my only driver since New Year’s.
    Next up… drop the transmission in the Ford, get it rebuilt and install it in time for Spring.

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