I can’t think of a new ICE car under like $40k I’d want over my GTI, certainly not enough to brave the car market right now. In addition to the hiding backup camera there are a few other features that would be hard to find in a replacement, like the ratcheting armrest and parking lights. There just aren’t many cars out there that are as well rounded as a Mk7 Golf. I feel like with a discontinued model like the Alltrack I’d want to hold onto it even more. But mine has been pretty trouble-free.
@functionoverfashion I'd share a couple feet of this last dump out here if I could! Mammoth is at over 100 inches so far for the season with 50 of it being in December. Heading up Thursday night for a few days on the hill. The funny part is it will probably be warmer on the hill here. That's always the depressing part with NE skiing is the frigid, bone chilling conditions and clouds on top of the conditions. It does make a "good" day become 100/10 though when it happens. I still think my favorite runs ever have been in Vermont on a truly good day. While objectively worse, it was the excitement and wonder that made it better.
So here's what amazes me. Those 240Z's seemed to be everywhere in the 1970's where I grew up. I guess in part because they stayed pretty similar through 1973 and they made about 150,000 of the 240Z's in total. Of course this one has an early serial number and had a very thorough restoration. But it is still pretty much just like every other 1970 240Z that came off the production line. There were plenty of 1970 Cuda's and Mustangs too. But far fewer came configured like those two.
1970 440-6 Cuda's with 4 speed
-- 919 produced
1970 Boss 302 Mustangs
-- 7,014 produced
$165,000 was an amazing price to pay. It got there because there were two buyers that really wanted it. The third place bidder got out after $132,000. You have to love BaT.
@ash78 I just remember that mount Semeru is inside the Bromo - Tengger - Semeru national park, and the vista from there is amazing. Mount Semeru is the highest one in the background:
You can climb the crater down left, and to go there you have to rent a "Jeep" ( @Just-Jeepin 👀 ) (which actually are FJ40s and Taft / Rocky) to drive through the sea sand, then climb the stairs to the crater.
@LimitedTimeOnly yep, A Spec with Tech package. Honestly, I’d probably be happy with a lower trim level but unfortunately it’s not an option. And yes, availability is decent. Last I talked with the dealer it was about a month for a red or blue car and less for the grey.
Biggest one offered in Oz is the 115 horsepower PX1153. But they still regard it as a utility tractor.
Personally, compact tractors like the MF35 and MF65 are more useful for small acreage and I have been eyeing off a 42 HP Kioti CK4210 to replace the MF65 and the MF40 but the current asking price is AU$36,000...
I don't think that discussing the crash or speculating about possible causes is disrespectful to the lost pilots.
‘... As @drVanTraveler said, ultimate responsibility lies with the Cobra pilot who was in command of his ship’
‘Air boss directs a risky maneuver, plane hits drone, plane crashes into other plane’
‘… without an altitude separation The air boss better find an attorney.’
So it's entirely possible that none of the above is the root cause. Perhaps there was a mechanical failure, or a mechanical failure caused by the P63 hitting the drone or whatever object was up there. The death of six people was then wrongly attributed to specific individuals by us in our discussion. I don't think that is good, nor fair.
'The NTSB et al will do their investigation, and we will discuss again when it comes out next year.'
Yes, and that is the appropriate time to discuss; when fault has been determined by the experts, and the responsibility for the death of six people is no longer being speculated on by those of us that likely don't have all the data. At that point they typically share the pertinent facts and the rest of us can see the whole picture.
The NTSB often releases preliminary info when they believe there is something to be shared that may benefit others, in this case, other air show flights. I am sure every other air show is reviewing how they do their formation flights right now. Even if what transpired here is less than the best practice it may or may not be the primary cause in their final report and the responsibility for the deaths may not follow.
I believe it's not fair to the potentially innocent, dead or alive, to attribute the deaths to them. Certainly when we are doing so on less than complete data.
@Svend I had a place I was talking to about remote work ask me if I'd be open to coming in to HQ for their monthly social gathering. I said that I'd never do that because I had already stopped going to those back when I worked at local companies. That HR person pretty much disqualified her company from consideration right then and there.
Quality can vary a lot from one to another. Dunno if they are more selective in the UK, but here in the US, they got a reputation as an exceptionally low-entry-barrier franchise. Come up with a modest amount of money as that sort of thing goes, maybe 50 grand as I recall, and they'd let you open a Subway just about anywhere that wasn't actually inside an existing Subway, and run it as well or poorly as you pleased.
(The polar opposite would be McDonalds, an expensive franchise that is very selective about who they will allow in, but goes out of their way in site selection and training to make sure you succeed.)
The other recurring knock on Subway is from a business more than a culinary standpoint: headquarters coming up with promotions that franchises were required to offer but found to be money losers.
Even at its best, though, what you get is a submarine sandwich. Nothing against a decent sub, mind you, but there's a certain sameness to the genre, and a limit to how far out of your way I'd suggest going to try s particular one...
@BeaterGT I have seen more for sale locally in the last couple of years than in the ten years before that. Now that the rotting ones can be sold for a few grand they are coming out of the woodwork, or maybe growing in the fields.
@SilentbutnotreallyDeadly thanks for those suggestions. I did the drive from Blayney to Canberra a few months back and it was amazing. But I was unfortunately in my wife's base 2015 auto cx5...
5hrs north.... I spent my uni days in Armidale, Tamworth, Bingara, Narrabri etc. Know the area well. Some great roads up there.
@Skyfire77 -- Yeah, that was a real life horror show.
My (mis)understanding is that it was a very early C-130 and had some known unknowns and unknown unknowns in its written operations and maintenance history because it had been "sheep-dipped" and then brought back to the US and into the system by which such things are tracked. The original customer was an agency that wasn't doing things in places where the US wouldn't have been fighting even if there had been a war, so "ain't nobody here but us chickens" priorities overrode the keeping of logs.
Subsequently, the rather intrusive fix for the known problem was not applied to early marks that were no longer important parts of military fleets that were dominated by newer ones born with greater strength in that area.
In roughly the same timeframe came the beginning of the end for the WW2 surplus firefighting aircraft after a wing came off a PB4Y.
It was ultimately down to fatigue cracking in both cases.