This brings up one of my deepest darkest secrets from my youth. I was in a Hanson music video called "Weird" that was filmed at this museum, it was actually the most expensive video ever filmed at the time it was made due to underwater scenes and a huge rotating set. It was directed by Gus van Sant which was the… » 10/30/14 3:28pm Yesterday 3:28pm

From those quick shots the Merc appears to be a W111 Cabriolet, most likely a 280se 3.5 version based on the grille and other details. These cars used a new v8 engine that replaced the inline six used in earlier cars, allowing the engineers to use a lower hood, thus wider and shorter grille as compared to earlier… » 10/30/14 3:06pm Yesterday 3:06pm

Here in the Portland, OR area it is wise to slow to an almost dead crawl when approaching a flashing yellow for two reasons, (A) Other drivers seem to largely assume that ALL drivers are facing a flashing red, so they stop, see you approach but assume you will be stopping too and then proceed through the light just as… » 10/02/14 3:51pm 10/02/14 3:51pm

This is my all time favorite modern MIL aircraft. I remember them training in the valley near our Midwestern home as a kid, swooping below the tree line, popping up in pairs and the sound of those engines... almost like an electric-motored speederbike from Endor was raining hell down upon the masses.… » 10/02/14 3:45pm 10/02/14 3:45pm

So what happens when she does park it in the disabled space. do they tow or just complain? Is it a "private space" the Lorenzo owns or is it a public space, that may make the difference here. In any event, anyone looking up reviews for The Lorenzo apartments in Los Angeles will now probably find this article about how… » 9/28/14 12:13pm 9/28/14 12:13pm

My buddy bought a Subaru from a dealer in a crappy little town outside of Portland and man they really did a number on him with the CPO. He has everything documented in detail (and their admission in writing) but basically they did everything from not even perform many of the checks and tests, many those they did… » 9/22/14 12:03pm 9/22/14 12:03pm

I'll admit that when I saw her immediate reaction of gratitude I welled up a bit myself. The cop has such an "aww shucks ma'am" look in response. A nice change of pace compared to the more recent cop stories we've all been reading. Good luck to both of these folks in the future. » 8/13/14 3:37pm 8/13/14 3:37pm

Had a buddy in for a week recovering from some an intensive surgery and he was in a similar situation with the tubes and all that good stuff. Glad you could get some laughs and keep yourself cheery man, best of luck to you on your recovery and health. » 8/10/14 12:10pm 8/10/14 12:10pm

Good to see you again Fintail! The difference between a 220S and a 220SE is the carb (220S) vs mechanical fuel injection (220SE) right? Later cars like you and I have are informally 220SEb with the "b" there to differentiate between these Ponton models and our Fintails tho I never really see the small "b" used outside… » 8/10/14 12:04pm 8/10/14 12:04pm

Excellent, truly excellent writing, and what a compelling piece. I very much enjoyed this as I tend to like behind-the-scenes type stuff in general, and I think you probably have enough memories and material to write several articles about your experiences in this shop, maybe a specific car that was especially… » 8/03/14 6:05pm 8/03/14 6:05pm

I definitely support what you're saying, even tho I myself do not have the same will power. If we all lived like this, using what we *need* then we could so easily cure many of life's challenges like starvation, overgrazing, obesity... good for you and your lady! » 8/03/14 5:44pm 8/03/14 5:44pm

Others have already said that this was actually done in coordination with Paul Bracq (the designed of the 600, the W111 coupe, the 635csi, etc.) but I'd like to throw in that it surely isn't "stealing needed parts away from a genuine vintage restoration" since this was built and I believe is still owned Karl… » 8/01/14 2:53pm 8/01/14 2:53pm

How is this new? If it was for a living mouse then it would be news but making dead mice transparent using chemicals has been around for a while. I have a transparent mouse in my Cabinet of Curiosities right now in fact with it's bones dyed for visibility. The flesh is all there just almost impossible to see. Here's a… » 7/31/14 7:55pm 7/31/14 7:55pm