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  1. Ovaltine

    GM will be Exclusive Electric by 2035

    Interesting read: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/lithium-batteries-environment-impact The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction EXCERPT: ....But there’s a problem. As the world scrambles to replace fossil fuels with clean energy, the environmental impact of finding all the lithium required to enable that transformation could become a serious issue in its own right. “One of the biggest environmental problems caused by our endless hunger for the latest and smartest devices is a growing mineral crisis, particularly those needed to make our batteries,”
  2. Ovaltine

    GM will be Exclusive Electric by 2035

    The rock group 'Rush' predicted this situation back in 1981.... 😉 "Red Barchetta" By Rush My uncle has a country place That no one knows about He says it used to be a farm Before the Motor Law And on Sundays I elude the eyes And hop the Turbine Freight To far outside the Wire Where my white-haired uncle waits Jump to the ground As the Turbo slows to cross the borderline Run like the wind As excitement shivers up and down my spine Down in his barn My uncle preserved for me an old machine For fifty odd years To keep it as new has been his dearest dream I strip away the old debris That hides a shining car A brilliant red Barchetta From a better vanished time I fire up the willing engine Responding with a roar Tires spitting gravel I commit my weekly crime Wind In my hair Shifting and drifting Mechanical music Adrenaline surge... Well-weathered leather Hot metal and oil The scented country air Sunlight on chrome The blur of the landscape Every nerve aware Suddenly ahead of me Across the mountainside A gleaming alloy air car Shoots towards me, two lanes wide I spin around with shrieking tires To run the deadly race Go screaming through the valley As another joins the chase Drive like the wind Straining the limits of machine and man Laughing out loud with fear and hope I've got a desperate plan At the one-lane bridge I leave the giants stranded at the riverside Race back to the farm To dream with my uncle at the fireside -Ovaltine
  3. Ovaltine

    Return of the Thunderbird?

    Here's my T-Bird thread I submitted under 'Executives and Mgt.' about 7 years ago - before the automotive industry became "The Land That Sedans Forgot". 😉 I still say hold by my claim that if built right, I'd be in line to get one of these - and I haven't bought a Blue Oval product since '89! -Ovaltine
  4. Now the BIG question is - what does THIS guy think of'em?!?!? 😂 -Ovaltine
  5. Ovaltine

    EV charging in cold weather

    Give me the BTU's of 15 gallons of easily dispensed petrol, ANY day - esp. up here in the Great White North! 😉 Btw, you can't do THIS with a 'Supercharger'! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWsm3w-G8i8 LOL J/K -Ovaltine
  6. One more "TRX" naming observation - Does anyone remember THESE "TRX"es? These should look familiar to a few old timers on here. I wonder if Ford and/or Michelin let the trademark on the name go? -Ovaltine See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_TRX
  7. That moniker reminds me of a new version of Dolby Stereo! LOL 😄
  8. Ovaltine

    Mach 1 revealed.

    Crocodile Dundee: <points to the white car> "That's nawght a Mawck 1!!!" Crocodile Dundee: <points at the red car> "Now THAT'S a Mawck 1!!!" 😄
  9. I'll bet that the story behind this crash is very similar to this early Tesla crash back in 2016 - https://www.tesla.com/blog/tragic-loss "....What we know is that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied. The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road." Also see: https://cdllife.com/2019/roof-sheared-off-of-tesla-in-fatal-crash-with-turning-semi-truck/ -Ovaltine
  10. To paraphrase 'ole Crocodile Dundee - "...that ain't a Mach 1......THIS is a Mach 1!" 😉 ( In fact - the '69 Mach 1 was the *original* Mach 1!) -Ovaltine
  11. To paraphrase Master Yoda though: "It will be......it..willllll...beeeeeee!" 😉 -Ovaltine
  12. Ovaltine

    2021 Hyundai Elantra Debuts online

    I'm a casual H/K fan - and I agree......*blech*. 😝 -Ovaltine
  13. Ovaltine

    Chevy Impala discontinued

    Here's the backside of the same car, which was the last year of the iconic 6 round taillights - a major styling selling point for me:
  14. Ovaltine

    Chevy Impala discontinued

    If I could pick an Impala to own, here's what MINE would be: 1965 Impala SS! (w/327 CID 300 HP / 4 speed) Original location: https://photos.classiccars.com/cc-temp/listing/117/3183/14852361-1965-chevrolet-impala-std.jpg
  15. Wow..... this article covers A LOT of ground, but the section on future CEO Farley is alarming, if it's anywhere near being an accurate assessment of Farley's activities to-date. FORD’S HIGHWAY TO HELL. http://www.autoextremist.com/ Excerpt: "...Am I picking on Farley? Hardly. I have only scratched the surface in describing this egomaniacal character and his blatant power grab, and now that he has been given the reins and deemed to be the heir apparent, he could wreak havoc on the company’s future for years. And this simply shouldn’t be, of course. One bad actor shouldn’t be causing this much consternation and hand-wringing throughout the enterprise, threatening to jeopardize everything the Ford Motor Company stands for. " Hmmmm.... <gulp> -Ovaltine