Cars that interest me and why they have been excluded...
FJ - old story
Porsche 356 - another “rant” from a previously missed chance involving money and my “white whale”
Puma (South Africa/Brazil VW Karmann Ghia/Brasília based “factory kit car”) - recent missed chance due to money
Mini Cooper - seriously rare original car owned by my ex until she sold it while I was in hospital
I own my “dream” car... VE series II Commodore SS Sportwagon Black Manual. I doubt you could find a more versatile/affordable performance vehicle. (Note that “fun” doesn’t enter into the equation) - once I get White HDT Aero wheels and a VL Mobil 05 (with David instead of Mobil) wrap it will be complete. (I already have a 05 Mobil helmet... probably from the BMW era, but close enough, and not a Sierra. Sorry, Fixed or Repaired Daily doesn’t cut it) But it is still just a tool.
I have no aspirations of racing anything any more (I wanted to do the Tassie Targa type races in the Mini... ideal car for the category up to 1100cc). I did supersprints, motorkhanas and navigational rallies, and that was enough.
All American Muscle cars - my dad’s unachieved dream
HG Monaro GTS - missed chance due to an accident then, and money now
And yes, my knowledge of Australian cars from 1948 (and before if you count coach building) to around 10 years ago, is almost encyclopaedic. I have written to Holden several times pointing out errors in their advertising material. And the 1000s of car magazines I sold, I read before I sold them.
Thunderdome was an interesting idea of Bob’s, but with a lack of similar facilities around the country, it was never going to work.
At the moment, I’m thinking a VF/VG Valiant Pacer as it is affordable, none of the above, no bad memories, a reasonably potent V8, and I like the look of it. Square boxy body like an HG.
I’m comfortable in my own skin when I’m in my comfort zone, behind a keyboard, or behind my knowledge... but that’s it. Out of my element is really out of my element.
I’m talking to Specialisterne, in the hope of returning to the workforce. Once/if that happens, other opportunities may open up.
Not a completely negative opposition post.