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June 9, 2009

Crude Stude

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:09 pm

The current Indy Car spec is reliable, fast, dependable, and micromanaged. The Dallara/Honda/Firestone cookie cutter is really only differentiated by paint jobs and the amount of money teams pump into tweaking them. Once it is gone, it will be viewed with nostalgia. It appears that meaningful innovation is years away, and in the meantime the former cart participants now running Indy Car will bring back turbocharged motors.

Roger Penske’s purchase of the Saturn brand may offer some new possibilities even if they are made by Samsung and rebadged. GM and Chrysler remain on the ropes. I hope they both make it, but I have my doubts. I miss real American cars and feel sad I haven’t bought one in years.

GM is having a difficult time shedding its old ways and that clinging may well kill the company. Whatever emerges has to be different. Chrysler is a company without many assets and owned by a ruthless band of emotionless money grubbers who would just as quickly sell the company bit by bit to line their pockets. The deal with Fiat may not be what it seems. Both GM and Chrysler have produced tons of really awful, cheap, unreliable crap for a long time. Occasionally they will get a base hit (the new Malibu, for example) but home runs are too rare.

Crude StudeNostalgia often kicks in when discussing cars. The ‘big 3’ all have cars from the past that inspire wonder. My personal favorite car company is no longer around in any meaningful way. I thought Studebaker made some of the best looking (as well as some ugly ones too) cars on the road way back when. My absolute favorite variation as a teenager was the Avanti, which is still made in small quantities.

avantiA few weeks ago I decided to investigate the purchase of a new one. Research showed that after the South Bend manufacturing base dried up decades ago, production of the Avanti moved to Youngstown, Ohio, then to Georgia, and about three years ago to Mexico. Cancun. Time for a vacation. I probably won’t buy one after all. There was an attraction to buying one of about 150 produced in a year in the U.S., mostly by hand. But even that has been outsourced.

This country has its priorities relatively mixed up.



  1. It would be great to see more American cars in the Irl again. But we won’t. America hasn’t made a good car for 40 years and that won’t change until we get another Iacocca. Until then I’ll stick with Honda. Or, an Aston or a Lotus if I had the cash.

    Comment by Kohl — June 9, 2009 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  2. Geez Kohl… Don’t follow your logic bud. America hasn’t made a decent car in 4 decades, yet Iacocca saved Chrysler in the late 70’s… HTF did he save them if the US Detroit 3 has made shit for 40 years???

    Buick & Ford have good quality numbers. The Cadillac CTS ( & CTS-V) I’ve driven in the last few weeks seemed damn nice to me. My friend’s Saturn Sky was fun to toss around the local RC. The Corvette Z06 was competitive in tests with the Porsche 911 (& costs 30-40K CHEAPER)… Name me a production car that runs with the $105,000 Corvette ZR1? Yeah… America makes total shit…. PLEASE Enough with the over-simplified automotive statements!!! 😦 😦 😦

    & this is from a guy who has owned BOTH ( I have had BMW 328i, Audi S4, Infinity G35 coupe, & a Mini Cooper S as my non American rides)

    Comment by AZZO45 — June 11, 2009 @ 5:40 am | Reply

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