By on December 31, 2014

derekprelude

Marcelo, Jack and Mark all wrote lovely, heartfelt New Year’s missives. What more needs to be said?

Well, this.

Thank you. Thank you for your continued support, participation and enthusiasm for the site. It is difficult to express my gratitude via a computer screen. Without you, the readers, TTAC would be a shadow of itself.

Best wishes in 2015. We’ll see you again on Friday.

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47 Comments on “TTAC Wishes You A Happy New Year...”


  • avatar
    seth1065

    A happy and safe New Years eve to all and a year full of promise starts tomorrow, do not waste it.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    And a happy New Year to you too!

    Thanks for publishing my SRX reader review, I really enjoyed the experience.

  • avatar

    Before the lovefest truly starts — and because I don’t usually write missives — I just want to also wish you all a Happy New Year. Having you all here to read my summaries of the news, with the (very) occasional original pieces here and there, makes it worthwhile. For realsies.

    May 2015 be a better year for us all. Cheers!

  • avatar
    JohnnyFirebird

    It looks like I’m leaving the car business in a few weeks to go back to pushing data around on movie sets. This means I can finally start harassing TTAC to get a column!

    Happy new year!

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Happy New Year TTAC and BandB.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    May a prosperous and Happy New Year be your driving force

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Ha! Look at that happy little guy next to that Prelude.

    A buddy of mine had a Prelude that was just like that, with the exception of some aftermarket wheels. Same damned color with black interior. 5MT.

    It was neat. I remember looking at the miles he had on it, it was somewhere north of 250k. And he drove it for another 2 years after that!

    Anyway, Happy New Year.

    And for crying out loud, if you’re drinking, don’t drive.

    And drink something good. There’s 364 other days out of the year to drink cheap beer.

    • 0 avatar

      That particular car was an early prototype without a VIN. My Dad drove it briefly before getting an identical Prelude VTEC.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Without a VIN? That sounds like something that could get you in all sorts of trouble

        • 0 avatar
          mikey

          The no VIN vehicles are the very last of the pre production pilots. They are produced to run in the real world. Any time their outside of the compound. They will only be driven by high, mid, and senior management.

          Sometimes they using them to train, Car carrier driver. We would use them as yard cars. Sooner or later they meet the crusher.

          Back in 1989 we “lost” a pilot Lumina, the fit hit the shan. Us hourly guys laughed. there is just no way we could of pulled it off. {I wont say it hasn’t been though of}

          Anyway the wayward Lumina turned up in a ditch in Florida. A very drunk mid 30s lady behind the wheel.

          Florida State Police…were not impressed. The very top management at GM were even less impressed. Then there was the problem with the guy that pulled it off. The drunk driving lady was not his wife.

          There was a lot more to that story, however I kind of value my pension.

          Happy New Year to all.

        • 0 avatar
          mikey

          @ Lie2me….I wrote a good comment but it got ate. Derek, have a happy new year, and if you havn’t already gone home, Fish my comment out.

        • 0 avatar
          bumpy ii

          Naah, just a preproduction test build. Manufacturers sometimes hold on to those vehicles to use as demos and tech training cars for a year or three. Big thing is they have to be owned by the manufacturer, and are usually destroyed when they have no further use for it.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        I had the previous gen (’89) Prelude… a yellow Si with a sunroof. Pop up headlights and the best Honda interior you could be in. To this date I think its the best handling car I’ve owned.

        Happy New Year and thanks for your work on this site!

    • 0 avatar
      JohnnyFirebird

      As a teenager with no money that Prelude was a dream car. When I did start working I got a used 1993 Firebird Formula instead, which was also pretty awesome though no where near as presumably reliable.

      I honestly have never drank an expensive beer. I wouldn’t know where to start.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    Thanks for running this site.

    This month I purchased a car I have always dreamed about. Looking forward to 2015 to getting some miles on the odometer. Also looking forward to lots of car discussions and, at least some of the random tangets the readers seem to follow.

    Also looking forward to some improvements in the spam filter. :)

  • avatar

    Hey, Happy New Year to all. I think all the writers are great and Derek does a great job in trying circunstances. But i also believe the commentariat are what sets TTAC apart. So thanks to all and especially Derek to making this what it is. May all your beards grow long and grey, your stomachs big and content. May all the women love you and your children rule the world. Happy New Year!

    • 0 avatar
      dig

      “May all your beards grow long and grey, your stomachs big and content. May all the women love you and your children rule the world. Happy New Year!”

      This. Can’t say it better than that!

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Thank you to TTAC editors, writers & staffers in general, for what is still, as best as I can tell, one of the most impartial automotive sites that’s as immune to manufacturer driven messaging & influence as probably can be possible in this day & age.

    Please keep the policy of TTAC free speech (with exception of NSFW content and ad hominem attacks on fellow participants & staff members) alive and well in 2015 and beyond.

    Happy New Year.

    p.s. – If you’re reading this, Melody “We Are A Brand, Not An Automaker” Lee, I think you’re as incompetent & pathetic as your boss, Johan de “I Come At You With My Maybe-ish One Time Success at Audi A Long, Long Time Ago, Brah!” Nysschen. Please bring us a Cadillac badged version of the Chevy Spark for 2015, priced at $19,999.

    Double p.s. – Bertel “Taste the Leather in My Dungeon” Schmitt is apparently butt buddies with Johan:

    Johan de Nysschen is talking smack on Facebook again, and this time, he insists it’s only to help his old pals at Infiniti.

    The Cadillac CEO, after bragging that the 2016 CTS-V “eats buzzy little German motors for breakfast,” taunted Infiniti vice president Noboru Tateishi for supposedly canceling the Q50 Eau Rouge. According to the Daily Kanban‘s Bertel Schmidt, who went back and forth with de Nysschen on Facebook, the newly minted Caddy exec said that Tateishi was the “bottleneck” in approving the GT-R-powered four-door that might compete with the 640-hp CTS-V.

    http://blog.caranddriver.com/johan-de-nysschen-trash-talks-infiniti-vp-for-canceling-q50-eau-rouge/

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Double p.s. – Bertel “Taste the Leather in My Dungeon” Schmitt is apparently butt buddies with Johan:

    Johan de Nysschen is talking smack on Facebook again, and this time, he insists it’s only to help his old pals at Infiniti.

    The Cadillac CEO, after bragging that the 2016 CTS-V “eats buzzy little German motors for breakfast,” taunted Infiniti vice president Noboru Tateishi for supposedly canceling the Q50 Eau Rouge. According to the Daily Kanban‘s Bertel Schmidt, who went back and forth with de Nysschen on Facebook, the newly minted Caddy exec said that Tateishi was the “bottleneck” in approving the GT-R-powered four-door that might compete with the 640-hp CTS-V.

    http://blog.caranddriver.com/johan-de-nysschen-trash-talks-infiniti-vp-for-canceling-q50-eau-rouge/

    MAY CADILLAC CONTINUE TO FALL HARDER & FURTHER IN 2015, AS IT SO RICHLY HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Thank you to TTAC editors, writers & staffers in general, for what is still, as best as I can tell, one of the most impartial automotive sites that’s as immune to manufacturer driven messaging & influence as probably can be possible in this day & age.

    Please keep the policy of TTAC free speech (with exception of NSFW content and ad hominem attacks on fellow participants & staff members) alive and well in 2015 and beyond.

    Happy New Year.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      p.s. – If you’re reading this, Melody “We Are A Brand, Not An Automaker” Lee, I think you’re as incompetent & pathetic as your boss, Johan de “I Come At You With My Maybe-ish One Time Success at Audi A Long, Long Time Ago, So Let Me Rage Upon My Critics On Facebook As Any Professional Would, Brah!” Nysschen.

      Melody Lee’s “target customer” will be enticed into buying a Cadillac if the trunk comes filled from the factory with Jimmy Choos shoes & Louis Vuitton luggage.

      Please bring us a Cadillac badged version of the Chevy Spark for 2015, priced at $19,999 (in the same bold thinking manner that Cadillac is rumored to be preparing – really – a Chevy Cruze rebadge Cadillac for market).

      MAY CADILLAC CONTINUE TO FALL HARDER & FURTHER IN 2015, AS IT SO RICHLY HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO.

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        I believe, Sir, that you may have an unhealthy relationship with all things Cadillac, and (of course) all things associated with such.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          The important question, Sir, is whether I am CORRECT, yes?

          Happy New Year, raresleeper!

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          If one is having a “relationship”, healthy or not with a car, one has bigger issues then can be addressed here

          “Have you met my significant car?”

          “I saw my ex-car riding around town with a new driver”

          “I just want to cry, my car was just diagnosed with terminal rust”

          “That guy is a jerk. Everyone knows he’s been running around town in a Miata while his Tahoe is on vacation with the family”

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        You need to break bread with Melody. Let’s ask her to lunch at Rattlesnake, Roast, or London Chop House. I’ll be the arbitrator. I’ll even pay. She probably has a bigger expense account than either of us though.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          I’ll not let you, Tres, Buickman, Dan or anyone else here pay.

          I suggest taking Melody Lee to a pig spit, whole hog barbecue, and let her meet the real people who actually used to buy Cadillacs.

          The message will be inevitably lost on her incredibly thick skull, but at least not for want of trying.

          When Johan is “resigned” from Cadillac, I will send a handwritten note to Mark Reuss & Mary Barra reading:

          “Told you so. Na na na na na na!”

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I just wanted to see Melody get yelled at by you while I eat pan fried perch.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            Would bang (Melody Lee).

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            Roast is good stuff. I’m more of a Vinsetta Garage frequenter when I’m back in the D. All this Michigan food talk is causing me to crack open a Two Hearted Ale for my health.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            “Would bang (Melody Lee).”

            I’d give a nickel to see her thrash about while clutching a designer Cadillac handbag and wearing nothing but matching pumps

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I’ve always been a Rattlesnake Club fan, but I haven’t been since Jimmy Schmidt sold the place. He was a terrible business man (he was a customer for while), but a great chef. Last time I was at Roast, I was pre-partying with the Pittsburgh Pirates before going to MGM Grand. My, then pregnant, wife wasn’t amused when my buddy and I came home just before daybreak in a casino provided Escalade. I wish I could remember more of that night…

            I live extremely close to Vinsetta Garage. If you ever drink too much there you can crash on my couch. I have a case of Two Hearted in the basement along with a couple cases of Bell’s Expedition Stout and Founder’s Porter. So much Michigan beer.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            I have a good friend that lives a block away from Vinsetta Garage. I lived on 12 mile and Woodward, as close as you could get to the intersection.

            I need to coordinate some sort of TTAC meet up next time I’m in RO. That would be a hell of a good time.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I used to live at 12 and Woodward too. Right behind Shrine of the Little Flower.

            I’m down for a TTAC meet up in RO.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            “I’m down for a TTAC meet up in RO.”

            Would join, depending on availability.

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      Good lord, somebody’s hitting the sauce early. I’m jealous!

      The thought of a Cadillac badged Daewoo is sheer brilliance, though.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Happy New Year To All!

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    And I thank you for the appreciation, may the next year bring us more good articles.

    May it bring us a less goofy spam thing too.

  • avatar
    Magnusmaster

    Happy New Year to everyone!

  • avatar
    VW16v

    Happy New Year !!.. By the way that is a nice Prelude in that pic. Had the same car back in the 90’s but with the VTEC. Great engine, but had terrible brakes.

  • avatar
    mikehgl

    What a excellent site. I may not be an avid poster but I frequent this site almost every day. Keep up the great, (mostly) non partisan, work TTAC.
    Mike.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    Best wishes to the TTAC crew. I look forward to 2015’s postings, comments etc. I expect 2015 will see some really interesting changes in the US market, and around the world. Interesting times, interesting cars and of course, an interesting web site to keep track of all this interesting.

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    Happy New Year chaps.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    A shot of a Prelude is a nice way to kick off the new year.


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