By on May 14, 2010

Transitions are almost never easy, and leaving TTAC and Curbside Classics is downright painful. But for a number of reasons, that’s what needs to happen right now. Two of them are in the picture above.

That’s my younger son Will, who recently turned eighteen, with his just acquired ’02 Ranger. He and I are going to fix up this wreck of a 110 year-old empty former farm house that we’ve owned for years, just down the street from our place . It needs to be either saved now or be lost to the elements forever. And it’s no small undertaking. To start with, we’re going to move it (not with the Fords) forty feet, and then turn it ninety degrees, because right now it’s sitting across the line of two lots. Talk about the ultimate Curbside Classic.

I spent several years doing this kind of thing, saving houses from the wrecking ball, having them moved, and turning them into a whole little fleet of rentals. I like to photograph and write about old cars, but collecting old houses is a properly-paying proposition, unlike collecting old cars (or writing about them). Four years ago, I was ready to give it a break, and I started writing for TTAC. And for those that were around then, they may remember that I stopped for the first two summers, to keep up on maintenance and enjoy the outdoors.

Than a little over a year ago, I started Curbside Classics on a whim. It started out as a once-a-week habit, escalated to twice a week, and I never stopped last summer, despite the fact that there was no pay at all back then, and I was neglecting things at home. It had become an addiction, to find and record the old cars still on the streets of Eugene. And since my rate of finding them was much greater than the rate of writing them up and posting them, the addiction eventually became a six-times a week habit. Time to go cold turkey.

After older son Edward took over at TTAC last fall, I offered to help in any way I could, and stepped it up with a new title and writing all kinds of other articles; everything from taking apart gas pedals to histories that interested me and hopefully you. It was my dream job, and I’ve had as much or more enthusiasm about it than anything I’ve ever done; way too many late nights and weekends.

TTAC is now on solid footing, and I need to switch gears, completely. I can’t split my energy two ways; I need to focus on one main project at a time. And this is going to be a big one (close to 3000 sq.ft. with a new daylight basement under it). We’re planning to make it a model of environmentally-responsible building techniques: recycling the basic structure, turning it east-west for maximum passive solar gain, putting in new south-facing dormers and windows upstairs, making it energy efficient by sheathing it completely in foil-faced foam insulation, solar panels, a new metal roof, rain water catchment, etc..

And when it’s been moved on to the back lot, there will be room for another house on the front lot. And Will has an option to buy all of it from me. I’ve shown him how the numbers pan out so he can live in the daylight basement apartment for free and pay the mortgage out of the rent he collects from the five/six-bedroom house above him. He was very ambivalent about starting college anyway: this will be the hands-on home-schooling alternative version.  And if it works out like planned, I won’t have to ever help him find (or pay) for an apartment or house to rent (Landlords hate to pay other landlords rent).

The hard part is leaving my unwritten Curbside Classics as well as you, dear readers. I have over a thousand cars shot. And your support, encouragement and comments have been the single biggest factor in feeding my CC addiction. I can’t thank you all enough!

It’s hard for me to imagine leaving them unfinished for too long. If the past is a reliable predictor of the future, I will be back. But it’s too early to say if and when with certainty. Right now, summer’s sunshine is calling me outside. Let’s see what happens when it gets cold and dreary. In the meantime, you’ll have to be content with summer reruns from Curbside Classics Central and Automotive Histories Central.  I tried to leave them well stocked. Farewell, until we meet again!

contact PN: curbsideclassics@gmail.com

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99 Comments on “Paul Niedermeyer Says Farewell; Moves On To The Next Curbside Classic...”


  • avatar
    Billy215

    OMFG!

    To say you will be missed is an understatement. Thank you for this rich legacy!

  • avatar

    We’ll miss you. But I’d probably do the same thing in your shoes. Best, –David

  • avatar
    ragtopman

    You’re not the only CC addict. This feature alone is worth my daily trips to TTAC.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. I probably won’t be back as often although I do appreciate the other coverage.

      As a permanent Northeaster, it was a shock to fly into Spokane on business and find neighborhoods filled with daily drivers 20, 30, 40 years old and older. Even the project vehicles looked good compared with the Rust Belt.

      If I didn’t bleed Pittsburgh Black & Gold and have all my family in the Northeast, I’d probably have moved to Washington just for the cars.

      Thanks Paul for your well-researched and written Curbside Classics.

  • avatar
    chonralda

    I think my heart just broke a little bit. . . But I can’t hold it against you, those summer breezes sure are tempting…Farewell, for now!

  • avatar

    Say it ain’t so!

  • avatar

    Sorry to post again, but Paul, couldn’t you just maybe post one a week? I’m thinking just of myself of course, as you surely know what’s best for you. But I think you could maybe find the time to scrap a little something once a week? I know I’d greatly appreciate that.

    Anyway, best wishes, and do surely hope to see you back.

  • avatar
    N Number

    Take care, Paul. Sorry to see you leave my daily internet routine. Best of luck on your project.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Good on ya, mate. Godspeed and if ya see anything interesting, well shoot us a picture and this user community is only a mouse-click away….

  • avatar
    Amendment X

    Best of luck with your project, Paul. I have enjoyed your contributions immensely.

  • avatar
    Bancho

    No! Don’t go! All the plants will die!

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      Damn, you took my line! I’ll keep coming to TTAC, but seeing a new CC was like finding the prize in the cereal box. Good luck with the house, Paul.

  • avatar
    educatordan

    Good Luck, Amigo. Your CC features inspired me to go get some old (OK, older than average) iron and make it a daily driver while I’m still young. You also reaffirmed my decision to keep my F150 forever.

  • avatar
    GrandCharles

    Many thanks for all the work you put for our pleasure. I’ll sure miss the curbside but who says it can’t be a surprise from time to time? Good luck on all your projects, i really think that a lot of people are gonna be taking picture of curbside from now on…

  • avatar
    jnik

    All the best to you and your family, Paul. And thanks for all the great reading!

  • avatar

    Sad to see you go. Best of luck! Hopefully you’ll pop in every once in a while.

  • avatar

    I lose a top contributor and Will gets a house… what’s wrong with this picture? Seriously though, thanks for the great work.
    To all the CC fans, I say this: keep breathing. History may not have been a crucial element of TTAC’s brand initially, but it is now. Top-notch history, heritage and nostalgia pieces will continue to be an important component of TTAC’s diverse mix of automotive content.

  • avatar
    zerofoo

    Paul,

    Thanks for all the great CC articles. At my 34 years, many of the cars pre-dated me, but I enjoyed every one of those trips back in time.

    Best to you and your family. I hope I am fortunate enough that my life’s work and children are as rewarding as yours.

    -ted

  • avatar
    snabster

    Paul, it took me a while to appreciate your musings, but after I did they were true gems. I’ve learned to look at some old beaters in a new way. Actually found 3 for you within walking distance. Four, if you’d include an 85 saab, but I don’t think those are classic at all: still daily cars. Good luck.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    You and your articles (not only the CC and Outakes) will be highly missed here Mr. Niedermeyer.

    I’ve read the other blogs and NONE of them offer the context writing a CC has.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    Good luck in the new project, Paul!

    It has been a great post.

    Dan

  • avatar
    Sola77

    Enjoyed the CC series immensely and now pffft! Your addiction has also become ours (if I may). Perhaps you would consider passing the CC mantle on to another eagle eyed scribe? Would regret seeing the column turn into an archive .. So nice to see these ‘mostly forgotten’ curbside classics still breathing.

  • avatar
    eastcoastcar

    Paul, Your CC series was just wonderful. Good luck with the wooden CC in the picture and I hope you will come back here when you are able.

    Thanks again!

  • avatar
    ragtopman

    My daily driver today is older than any car I drove in high school or college (15 years old, paid for and running strong at 102k). Thanks to you, Paul, I don’t feel so out of step with the rest of the automotive world.

  • avatar
    talkstoanimals

    Wow. I have enjoyed your CCs immensely, and will also miss them immensely. Thanks for the awesome posts, and good luck with the house project.

  • avatar
    rpol35

    Paul:

    I’ll miss your column and writing; reminiscing about the old days in Towson Maryland and Loyola High. You did a great job!

    Good luck to you,

    rpol35

  • avatar
    Revver

    Paul, thanks for such a thoughtful update to us readers.

    While lots of the content here is thought provoking, there is something very engaging about those CC posts. Someone here made a good observation about how many “enthusiasts” there really were nowadays. And that prompts the obvious question: As cars get better, is there an equal diminishing of enthusiasm for them?

    Best of luck with the Big CC project. My son turns 18 tomorrow, and as I try to push him towards independence, I’m more than a little glad he’s not there yet.

  • avatar
    7th Frog

    I don’t post here often but Curbside Classics is one of my addictions and I check this site several times a day for new ones. Good luck, Paul. I hope to read a CC of my first car in the future. A 1979 Mustang Cobra.

  • avatar
    brettc

    Sad to see the end of Curbside Classics. But I understand your reasons for ending it. Good luck with the house project. Sounds like quite an undertaking. The Ford trucks won’t be moving it, so perhaps you could assemble a group of rustless Oregonian Rabbit diesels to do it.

  • avatar
    sfdennis1

    If you grace that old farmhouse with as much attention to detail and talent as you’ve devoted to the CC series, it’s going to be quite the showpiece.

    Thank you for your truly enjoyable, enriching, and educational CC posts on TTAC. Have a great summer, good luck with the house, and come back and visit at TTAC, please.

  • avatar

    You’ll be back, they always come back. I suspect it was the lure of the goldmine that is the 21st Century Motor City.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703950804575242433435338728.html?mod=rss_US_News

  • avatar
    NickR

    And I was still waiting for you to find a Lotus Europa.

  • avatar
    roadracer

    All the best, you will be missed.

  • avatar
    KayakerNC

    Good luck and God bless.
    Will the last person leaving TTAC, please turn out the lights.

  • avatar
    stuart

    Paul, Thank You for everything you’ve done. I’ll miss your Curbside Classics and editorials; even when I disagree, I respect your opinions and enjoy your writing, and I’ve learned some things along the way.

    I wish you and Will the best in your next project.

    Sorry to see you go,

    stuart

  • avatar
    carguy

    All the best Paul – your contributions will be missed.”Curbside Classic” was not only one of the center pieces of TTAC but also all classics in their own right.

  • avatar
    Ingvar

    I think this will be good for you. Because, I have actually been worrying for your wellbeing. I have noticed your addiction to TTAC and CC, and the accelerated speed with which it has increased. I’m a strong believer in cold turkeys when it comes to addiction, I don’t think there’s a better way, or another way at all.

    Having done a lot of creative and intellectual work, I have found there’s no more relaxing pastime than true hands on work and craftsmanship. From using the brains and perhaps only see the end results in years to come, to use your hands and have immediate feedback. You feel it in your hands and muscles if the work is done properly, just touch the surface to feel if it’s sanded down enough. You can fool the eye, but never your touch. And I have found that it is very relaxing for the mind to switch between hands on work and intellectual work, somehow it all fits. So, I can see how this will do you good.

    Of course, I will not have to tell you that your contributions will be missed, because you already know that. Come back when you feel like it and the time is right. The world will still be waiting for the stories that only you can tell.

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      Ingvar; You’re quite right. I find that doing something totally different recharges the creative forces for the other interest. Otherwise, it starts to get stale or rote. Everyone should have two (or more) careers to switch back and forth between.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      I too noticed the acceleration in your efforts and wondered how you managed it … Ingvar’s comments here capture my thoughts exactly.

      Paul, I thank you for the memories, wish you all the best and Godspeed, and hope that one day you will return to us with your CC masterpieces.

  • avatar
    Jeff Waingrow

    Paul, won’t you check in from time to time and tell us how it’s all working? A lot of us are certainly going to miss your enthusism, dear writer, as well as your civility (a rare comodity today). Best of luck!

  • avatar
    thalter

    Paul:

    You will be dearly missed. For those looking to get their fill of automotive history, I suggest checking out the work Aaron Severson has done at ateupwithmotor.com (I know, goofy name). Truly CC worthy writing.

    I’m not affiliated with the site in any way – In fact, I stumbled across it based on a recommendation in another TTAC user comment. Perhaps he could be persuaded to write for TTAC (nudge, nudge).

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      Yes, Aaron does a superb job. He takes more time, and does an excellent in-depth history of his subjects. I linked to him in today’s Riviera CC.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    Paul, you are truly a kindred soul. I have to confess that although I love cars to no end… working on houses has always scared me a bit. I don’t know why… it just always has been.

    If I weren’t 3000 miles a way I would be happy to lend a free hand and get an education to boot. But unfortunately the laws of physics dictate otherwise.

    All the best… and thanks for making my life a better one.

  • avatar
    Monty

    Paul:

    Thank you for all of it. I can’t think of a better reason, though, to leave us. Frankly, I’m very envious of you right now. What I wouldn’t give to be able to spend the next year working side by side with my own son renovating a house.

    I hope that you grace us with a continuing series (with pictures, of course!) of the domicile Curbside Classic. I can’t wait to see what becomes of the house!

    Edited to add: I never missed Robert F. after he left, but I am really going to miss you.

  • avatar
    whynotaztec

    Best wishes Paul. Thanks to you, there are now dozens of old cars that I just have to have.
    Concerning your project with your son – perhaps a reality show may be in order?

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    Paul, I am going to miss your contribution. I have thoroughly enjoyed your work, and will miss it. Your subjects were interesting, and your writing always entertaining. I can honestly say that I will never again be able to look at a fastback Barracuda or a 71 LTD without thinking about you.
    Good Luck!

  • avatar
    BobJava

    Paul,

    Once again, such as at the end of your Auto-biography series, I want to thank you for all of your hard work in making old cars relevant. You always do a wonderful job in placing the car within the context of society at that time and within the context of the automobile industry at that time. I was born too late for most of your CCs, so many — I’d say the majority — of your “classics” struck me as odd choices until I read the article. You always won me over in proclaiming their significance.

    For your most loyal readers, walking down the street will never be the same.

    Your writing will be missed. Thank you for all of your time and effort here. Now fix that barn quick!

  • avatar
    rudiger

    The most enjoyable thing about CC was that it was more of a thoughtful history of cultural mores than simply rehashing old car reviews.

    But even that has its limits. Seems like most (if not all) notable vehicles still capable of viable transporation have been covered.

    An occasional revisit would be nice (time stands still for no one), but I have to agree that it’s an appropriate time to move on.

  • avatar
    h82w8

    Will miss reading your excellent and engrossing prose each day as a brief mid-day respite from the daily grind. Best of luck with your big project, and hope to see you back on these pages again.

  • avatar
    geeber

    Paul, I wish you the best of luck in your next endeavor. I eagerly awaited each installment of the Curbside Classic series. The writing was so sharp, and really captured the essence of each car – even the dull ones.

    It takes real skill and creativity to make a Pinto sound interesting!

    By the way – I still like 1959 Fords, but now, when I look at one, I always think of your superb critique of that particular car!

  • avatar
    PenguinBoy

    Thank you Paul.

    Although I don’t post often, I do visit regularly and CC is one of my favourite features at TTAC.

    Have you ever considered a dead tree edition of CC? A compilation with high quality colour photos would make a great coffee table book.

    All the best with your Summer renovation project. I did a bit of that myself last Summer after the end of a long term sedentary job, and agree with Ingvar that it is a great way to recharge the batteries.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Ingvar said it very well.

    I have appreciated the window into your soul provided by your written content and style. Your next endeavor will benefit from your spirit, care, and attention to detail.

    I’m looking forward to updates on the cool farmhouse project, which also proves that you’re not a monolithic car blogger, but a real fellow with varied interests, concerns, and motivations just like the rest of us.

    Godspeed!

  • avatar
    SilverCoupe

    We’re going to miss you, Paul. After a year of lurking on TTAC, your articles were one of the main reasons that I finally joined up.

    Best of luck with your new endeavors. I am an architect, so I definitly appreceiate that a building saved is good for both your soul and the environment.

    And though I may be biased, thanks for ending with a Riv!

  • avatar
    sastexan

    Paul,

    Will you be keeping a blog or similar on your venture to move and restore the house? I’ll bet your writing would help promote intelligent building techniques. I’m sure many of the TTAC readers would like to keep up.

    Best of luck.

  • avatar
    majo8

    Best of luck Paul. I will definitely miss the CC’s, and I truly enjoyed your passion and your writing.

    Hope to see you back when the time is right for you…….

  • avatar

    Paul:

    You are going out in style. Even BILD Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily, gives you a farewell nod (and a link to TTAC:) http://www.bild.de/BILD/auto/2010/05/schaerfste-wohnmobil/der-welt-mit-dachterrasse.html

    You’ll be missed. But knowing you, you’ll be back. Please write the Fixer-Upper-Classics.

  • avatar
    Juniper

    But, But. You never did the 61 Olds article.
    Seriously CC has been a major part of why I come to TTAC
    Thank you so much.
    I am very concerned about the future lack of actual car content at TTAC in the future.
    For me there is way too much politics, angry politics, and it is not entertaining to me.
    And much of this is caused by obvious political baiting articles.
    If TTAC doesn’t find true car content to replace the CC articles I think Eddie has a problem on his hands.
    I wish Paul and TTAC all the best in the future.

  • avatar
    5thbeatle

    As a child of the 80s I certainly haven’t had the opportunity to witness and experience the automotive landscape to the extent that many others on this site have. In the past couple years I have acquired an interest in the history of automotive design and found this site through an internet search about a year ago. Just like many others have commented in reply to your announcement, the Curbside Classics feature was one of my favorite reasons for visiting TTAC. I have gained a better understanding of how cars have changed (for better or worse) over the last 60 years or so and now have a newfound appreciation for the true classics- the everyday drivers that invoke passion in those who own and care for them. In fact, I am currently in the process of buying my first classic car. So, thank you Paul, and God bless.

  • avatar
    texlovera

    Thanks, Paul. Hope to seee you here again sometime.

  • avatar
    chuckR

    Paul

    What a great undertaking with, and for, your son.

    I used to love roofing those damn things – no cuts, no dormers, no valleys – start in the lower left corner and lay’em down quick.

    Don’t worry about us. Somehow we’ll survive. Maybe the occasional truck blog entry on what brought the supplies…..

    Wishing you the best and hoping with the others that you’ll keep us apprised of progress on the barn.

  • avatar

    Absolutely my favorite feature on this site. You are a kindred spirit Paul because you featured a number of the forgotten and sometimes unloved vehicles from a baby boomer’s perspective. The personal experiences made the CC message stronger,because cars are a part of the life experience-sometimes too big a part. Thank you for a job well done.

  • avatar
    SupaMan

    I’ve enjoyed your writing and articles throughout the years Paul.

    Best of luck!

  • avatar
    newcarscostalot

    You will be missed! If I ever leave WA State on a road trip, I will come down your way and look for your old yellow Ford! Good luck and have fun!

  • avatar
    Kevin Kluttz

    At least you got in my all time favorite car at the eleventh hour, the AE86 Corolla GT-S. Thank you so much for the year of memories.
    Godspeed, but don’t move the house too fast.

    –Kevin

  • avatar
    Mike66Chryslers

    Darn, this means I won’t get a chance to finally nail a CC photo clue! Best of luck on your new endeavor Paul. I’d say that CC really filled a void on this site. I hope the momentum remains now that there won’t be any more CC articles.

  • avatar

    Paul – this has been such a great column. We’re going to miss you. The new project sounds cool though – good luck!

  • avatar
    gsnfan

    I checked the portal, and you’ve only done one CC on a car (well, it was a truck) that was the same age as me.

    Good luck on your project, and I hope to see more CCs in the near future.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    I’m sad to see the CC series end – but when your inner Bob Vila calls, you must answer. Maybe you can give us an occasional status report on the project. To keep it TTAC-relevant, just let us guess where you’ll be putting the garage.

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    Wow, this is some pretty heavy news. Curbside Classics have been what kept me hooked on TTAC. I come for news here and there, but CC has been what helped TTAC stand above the other news sites for me. I’m seriously disappointed, and am now starting to fret about being able to get my fix of interesting stories about sometimes obscure cars from the past.

    Paul, I know I’m late to the party, but I wish you all the best, buddy. Your dedication to TTAC really has kept it interesting, and you’ll be sorely missed. It sounds like you’ve got plenty to keep you busy for a while, but we can all hope for a return of CC when the weather gets cold, and the work on the house slows a bit. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck to you and the boy, and here’s hoping for many lessons and many profits on his part, and few headaches on yours. Thanks again!

  • avatar

    I’m sorry Paul, but I don’t believe it. -FRAUD!

    You cannot possibly be as nice as you sound. ;P

    Anyway, best of luck. Good to have you around & don’t be a stranger, eh?

    Perhaps you’ll just come back in awhile with a bunch of excellent field-research done 1 or 2 ad-hoc digipics at a time.

    Bon Voyage!!!

  • avatar

    I’ll certainly miss reading your stuff, Paul…but you’re going for the best of reasons. Stay well.

  • avatar
    TAP

    Thanks for reminding me why I fell in love with cars at age 14.

  • avatar
    Jim K

    Damn…………say it isn’t so Paul! You and curbside classics will be missed. I am sure that I’m not the only one, but CC’s were something I always looked forward to. Log onto TTAC and see what Paul has drug up today.

    Being a lifelong car nut, it has been amazing how you did a CC on either cars that I’ve really been interested in, or something that I hadn’t really been exposed to, but once I read about it, I had to find out more.

    I haven’t contributed anywhere near as much as some to the comments sections, but believe me I have been a regular, and this is like the passing of an era.

    Good luck with the renovation, and hope to see you come back soon.

  • avatar
    Jim K

    I’ve got to add…..CC has been the heart and soul of TTAC to me.

    While I will still come to the site, it won’t be the same without you Paul.

  • avatar
    ccttac

    Sure will miss your wonderful work. Hope you come back soon.

  • avatar
    carnick

    Paul,

    I would like to thank you so very much for all of your truly amazing curbside classics. While I guess we’re “supposed” to be enamored new cars and focused on the future, it was your insightful writing that got me addicted to TTAC (and had me to the point of several visits a day). I’ve made no secret of being a nostalgic crumudgeon, and your brilliant pieces have taken me back on so many wonderful trips down memory lane and the cars I found so full of the passion that seems to be lacking in most of the things on the road today.

    Your ability to both find so many usually forgotten gems (and other memorable cars), combined with your perceptive insights into history, was what riveted me. As the saying goes, those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. The whole automobile business and our car culture is where it is today because of the path it has followed in the past. You have found so many cars that were not only fun or otherwise remarkable (for their good or bad points), but your visionary analysis always was on-point of what made them significant.

    You obviously put a lot of time into your work, and the quality, and enjoyment value, clearly shows. You will be sorely missed (first Robert and now you?), and, while I will keep coming back, it probably won’t be several times a day.

    Thank you for the great writing, and I wish you all the best of luck in all of your future endeavors, automotive and otherwise.

  • avatar
    donutguy

    Paul…..I rarely comment on websites and it took me 10 minutes to retrieve my long forgotten username and password for TTAC, but DAMN- I am going to miss your writing.

    Would you reconsider and do a column once a month?

    Whatever…I wish you and your family all the best :-)

  • avatar
    thebeelzebubtrigger

    Wow, I will miss you terribly. Reading CC has been a significant highlight of my day so many times, I just don’t know what to say except: Best of luck to you PN, and thanks for the memories!

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Herr Niedermeyer: Auf Wiedersehen und Viel Späss!

  • avatar
    AdamYYZ

    Thanks for the good times! All the best Paul!

  • avatar
    postjosh

    thanks for all the great writing.

    i’m in agreement with ingvar’s take on the situation. however, i would suggest that you keep some form of journal of you and your son’s experience with the building restoration complete with photos. don’t blog as you go because that will take up too much time and might lead to the same obsessive behavior that you exhibited with curbside classics. but after it’s done and you’ve had time to reflect, it would probably make a fascinating read and i for one would love to read it online.

    take care and good luck!

  • avatar
    shiney2

    Its been a pleasure to read your work.

    Best wishes!

  • avatar
    Mullholland

    Paul,
    Always insightful, entertaining and downright brilliant writing. You’ll be missed. From the Corvairs to the Cadillacs and everything in between, you covered a great number of the cars I owned and even a few of the ones that tried to kill me.
    The new project sounds both worthwhile and challenging. I hope you check in from time to time if only to deal with the withdrawal symptoms.
    MD

  • avatar
    Uncle Mellow

    Do please come back and visit. There will be wet days when you can’t work on the house.

  • avatar
    BlueHighways

    Oh Paul, we’re gonna miss you!

    Thanks for all the great articles and Curbside Classics … and especially the great writing.
    The clues were fun; even though I was always clueless (so to speak) … I am amazed that your readers nearly always nailed it.

    Good luck with the latest house project … looks like a good one.

    I do hope your sons realize what a great dad they have.

  • avatar
    coatejo

    Paul, best of luck with your new project, As others have said you will be sorely missed. I look forward to your return.

  • avatar

    Thank you so much for your contribution. I looked forward to every Curbside Classic and the comments they inspired. Your knowledge and insight will be greatly missed. Your devotion to your family is admirable.

  • avatar
    lankysales

    Paul, I’ve been a loyal fan and follower of TTAC since I stumbled on to the site. Your CCs have been the highlight for me. I have not felt compelled to post a comment until reading about your (hopefully short) sabbatical. Just wanted to thank you for all the enjoyable and informative articles. Best of luck with the restoration project. I’m looking forward to your return to CC.

  • avatar
    OMG_Shoes

    Hey, no fair, you promised a ’77 Impala writeup! *sulk*

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    I will greatly miss your articles, Paul. Best of luck in your endeavors….

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    MBella

    I will definitely miss your writings Mr. Niedermeyer. CC was my favorite column here. Good Luck and hope to see some updates on that house moving.

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    Oregon Sage

    Best wishes Paul, and thanks for making our 51 Oldsmobile the star of one of your Curbside Classics.

    I hope the building project goes well. Upgrading Eugene is always a good thing.

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    olddavid

    Paul- You are in my peer group, and as such, I found your writing a pleasant trip down memory lane. Thank you…………and thank you for the coup d’etat that relieved us of the tyrant who originated this blog. It is undoubtedly in better shape than when you came aboard, and I submit that is a legacy of which to be proud.

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    happy-cynic

    Like many others, I enjoyed the Curbside Classic series. It was extra special when you did a profile on the Volvo 122. (I had one myself) Keep us posted on your home project.

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    russification

    enjoyed curbside classics very much, my favorite part of the site, thank you for the outstanding work.


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