Happy Friday folks! Today could not have come fast enough, quite the busy week for me at work. A lot of things have happened since my last post: went to work a few too many times, made a car meet, went to a club install party, cleaned my R, went to a car show, go hit driving back from said car show (again and again not at fault), and now writing this post. (Wipe figurative sweat from brow).
The Friday night meet was fun. The weekly Maryland MQB meet changes location from week to week, and this latest installment was in Baltimore, White Marsh if you want to be all technical. The next day was the install party, again with the Maryland MQB group where I made some new friends from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania who showed up to work on cars. Now, I think it appropriate to mention that my intention was to cut the grass and trim the edges, but inevitably I was sucked into that vortex that are your friends, cars, and parts that need to be installed on said cars. It would be prudent at this juncture to let you know my lawn may file for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. As it has in fact been two weeks since I lifted a finger for lawn care.
The next day was the annual Dubs at the Gap show held at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone Maryland. I must say I was a little bummed out that I was unable to attend VAG Fair in York PA back in August. It really is a great show. Dubs at the Gap is a recent invention, but definitely an up-and-comer. I plan to post the pics in the gallery shortly. I entered my R, not so much with the expectation of placing, but parking with the other members of my club/squad. The field was pretty great from vintage air cooled to late model turbo beasts with a few VW Things present just for good measure. This was my first time at the show, and it certainly won’t be my last.
It is an ever present truth that all good things must come to an end, and such was my lot on the drive back home Sunday afternoon. A driver who didn’t check his mirrors pulled into my lane as I was almost past his vehicle. The good news, the R is driveable, although with less awesome curves over the rear passenger wheel well. It looks to be cosmetic, and nothing a good body man or woman can’t make look beautiful again. Sudden impact aside, we continued home with our convoy and split off at the appropriate times to take whatever byways routed us home. I must say it was nice to cruise to the show in a convoy, and back as well. One of the VW’s in my homeward leg stayed with me while I exchanged information with the driver who hit my R. It was nice to have those friends there to support me while I was collecting the driver’s info and filing a claim with the driver’s insurance carrier since they were at-fault. It should also be noted that civility on the road is not dead, but in fact alive and well. Seeing one German car in distress alerts all German cars within a 25 mile radius. We have a MB driver stop and ask if we needed assistance. Made me feel good to tell you the truth, even if Left Lane etiquette on the highways is more than lacking I find.
Throwback Thursday – Trivia Answer
1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage
It almost sounds exotic, almost. To be honest, this car always seemed to me to be one of those novelty “just add water and watch them expand” toys. Anyone else feel that way? I realize that in my own technological prowess I forgot to remove the link on the image so when you hover over it it reveals the file name thereby negating my intent to provide an automotive stumper. We’ll just chalk that up to a learning moment for yours truly.
One of my biggest guilty pleasures and an ever constant clear and present danger to my savings is Bring a Trailer, which in the world of gear-heads is simply reduced to BaT. Check that site out, well worth it for those with discriminating taste or those looking for cool cars-trucks and other things on wheels. BaT mentions in one of their auctions that the Mirage model is one of only 4,097 units made for model year 1977. To put this in perspective, the Volkswagen Golf R (MK7 generation) has a total annual production of between 3,500-5,000 units per year while Toyota cranks out about 400,000 Camry’s per year in North America alone (produced in the Indiana-Kentucky plants). Anyway the BaT auction write up for the Monza Mirage can be found HERE which details how few clean examples exist in the wild today or at least when that auction occurred (September 2016) so there’s likely less of the Monza Mirage’s around (Yes!).
I’m pretty stoked, one of my favorite shows of the car season is rapidly approaching tomorrow. Now say it with me, Mobtown Greaseball. Your place for Car Kulture, and nothing but pre-1970 vehicles. It’s always a good show, great variety of cars from survivors to kustoms to vintage racers to resto mods to something in-between. If you have an ounce/gallon of gas/petrol or oil in you, and happen to reside within 100 miles of Baltimore you need to make this show at least once. There’s rockabilly music, swap-meet corner, vintage pinups, eats-n-treats, and some really cool car people. Oh yeah, there will be some bikes as well. Check back on my gallery for pictures.
And last but not least, on Sunday, Maryland MQB has an awesome cruise planned for the Eastern Shore so I’m excited to see what MQB vehicles make it out. Definitely check back here for some pics from that cruise!