Prejudice – Part 2

by turbin Follows on from Prejudice Part 1. Well the ruse worked for about 5 minutes. Yes maybe I had some people thinking about SAAB, and why not? It could just have easily been the case, as it has been for many. Recently I have questioned my prejudices much more robustly and taken more time to understand why I might feel a certain way. It also helps me understand where others might be coming from. Why it wasn’t about SAAB is only because I have purchased two post-2003 SAABs, one a 06 9-3 SportCombi shortly after they came out and […]

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The Guild: Prejudice – Part 1

by turbin This is a personal story of prejudice and ignorance but with a happy ending. It also includes a little back-story on an entity dear to my heart. This back-story those in the know are quite familiar with, but I will tell it anyway. I came to appreciate the product of this entity back in 2000. They had been around for years but in 1998 had come out with an all-new form that signified a change of direction. Also known by their acronym, a real breakthrough was to occur with the new offering of 2003. This was a product […]

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The Guild: Baldwin Trains

Myself and a few mates like to talk crap via email. The subjects include list making, music, cycling, gadgetry, buildings, cars, man maths and other things. Occasionally the subject ends up making sense in an interesting way that’s worth circulating. All entries from The Guild can be found at that link. Introducing Turbin. —— I’m a big railway fan from way back. One of my favourites is what was called the “Sharknose” diesels from a company called Baldwin. They were once the biggest loco manufacturer in the world with a capacity of 3000 steam locomotives a year. Baldwin Trains were […]

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Swade’s 7 ‘Investment’ Cars For Less Than $30,000

[hr] I recently featured 7 classic car investments for rich people here on site with the promise that Gavin and I could come up with lists of our own. The terms and conditions: The budget is for a maximum of A$30,000 You must be able to show an example of the car for sale somewhere in the world under that price (at a current rate of exchange). The car has to be interesting. The writer should be able to provide some short theory as to why it’s a possible long-term proposition for making a little money (or, at the very […]

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Gavin’s Best 7 Cars You Can Buy For $30,000 AUD

[hr] Last week I covered 7 classic car investments for rich people and promised that Gavin and I would take a shot at compiling a list (each) of 7 classic car investments for more regular people. Have we suceeded? Let us know. For now, here’s Gavin’s list…. [hr] Old man: …….. “What is you quest” Me: …….. “I seek the Holy Grail” Old man: ……“What, …..a bargain value car around $30,000 Australian dollars” Me: …… “err… yes”….. fearing the worst.. Old man:……“Okay, on ya go … good luck to you then … (demented laugh) hahahahahaha” Me: ……(Confident) “thanks” … then […]

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7 Classic Car Investments For Rich People

Ferrari

[hr] [dropcap]C[/dropcap]lassic Driver’s a website I enjoy reading from time to time. The site has a classified advertising section and some of the cars that come up are absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, many of the best ones don’t have prices attached so it’s hard to know just how much money’s missing from your piggy bank. I’ve written on this site about classic car investment a few times in the past. It’s becoming a very real investment alternative for those with plenty of cash already squirrelled away. You need big $$$ to get a foot in the door and a keen eye, […]

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Fanatic, Enthusiast Or Addict?

[hr] Hi. Swade here. I’d like to introduce a friend of mine, the guy who’s penned this article. His name is Gavin and as you’ll read below, he has a condition. Don’t be judgemental, though, because there’s a really good chance you have it too, in one form or another. Gavin will be sharing his automotive passion on this site every now and then. Please make him welcome. [hr] [dropcap]S[/dropcap]omeone called me a car fanatic the other day and at first I thought “that’s okay”. But then it hit me – was that an insult or not? Am I fanatical […]

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Trivia, west coast grunge and the obsessive mind

My mind is trivia-oriented.  A psychologist would probably diagnose all manner of syndromes if they ever took the lid off but I’m pretty happy just to accept that I like to know details.  I obsess about the big picture too, but details matter just as much and somehow I function with this parallel focus.  Thus, in the same manner that my forebears may have spent a Saturday night reading the dictionary or checking the shipping news (more interesting than you’d think), I spent last Saturday night clicking though links in Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s myriad of links work the way my brain […]

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Giro d’italia 2012: a Canadian Triumph

Last Sunday in Milan, Ryder Hesjedal of the Garmin Barracuda Pro Cycling Team won this years Giro D’Italia (Tour of Italy).  After three weeks of racing around Denmark (!) and Italy, he pipped Joaquim Rodriguez by seconds to win the General Classification.  Those of you who are cyclists or follow the pro tour will already know the story, for everyone else – take a look at www.Velonews.competitor.com or www.inrng.com where things are documented in pretty much any way you care to choose.   This piece from velonews is a nice summary. I won’t try to re-write any of the excellent […]

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In defence of: Saab marketing

Swade warned me this could be a tough row to hoe. After all, isn’t a company going into bankruptcy a pretty clear sign that their marketing has failed?  It’s certainly not the most positive demonstration of engagement with their customers. However, putting all that aside (even if you can’t, humour me…) I still think that Saab marketing got some things incredibly, timelessly right. Let’s set aside the merciless taunting by the Top Gear chaps throughout their recent Saab piece about Saabs apparent fixation with jets – even ones they didn’t make.  Yes, it’s arguable that in many ways Saab marketing […]

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