Daily Podcast: Color Me Impressed

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Sometimes my fascination for all things automotive scares me. What if Yellowstone blows up and plunges the world into a new Ice Age– mit famine? The arcane automotive knowledge lodged in my brain won't do me a damn bit of good in that situation, now will it? [Note to self: no more watching Mega Disasters on The History Channel, or, alternatively, must stock pantry and buy another shotgun.] Still, I could have become an ornithologist (the truth about the slender billed curlew) or numismatist (the truth about Tetradrachm). At least if worst comes to worst, I can amuse myself by identifying the rusting hulks populating the post-apocalyptic landscape. You know, if I'm alive. Anyway, an obscure press release hit the inbox this AM that pressed all the wrong buttons: Dupont's 55th international car color report. White/pearl dominates NAFTA-land and Japan, silver rules Brazil, South Korea and China and Europe always looks slim in basic black. What does this tell you? Only that OCD pistonheadedness is a communicable disease. Pass it on.

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  • CarShark CarShark on Dec 04, 2007

    I think Chrysler had one of its dump sites in a largely unused parking lot in my college campus at Eastern Michigan. Just row after row of Grand Caravans and Commanders and old Sebrings. It wouldn't surprise me to see they still do that.

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Dec 04, 2007

    Someday I will own a white Testarossa and keep my DVD collection of 1980s film noir behind the seats.

  • Voice of Sweden Voice of Sweden on Dec 05, 2007

    I really like your podcasts! But I think that large speeding ticket was handed to a finnish driver - and thus he could have some connection to that finnish telecom Nokia. Read about it here: http://media.www.thebatt.com/media/storage/paper657/news/2002/04/15/NewsInBrief/SixFigure.Speeding.Ticket.Tests.Finlands.Egalitarian.Instincts-517672.shtml The founder of Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson Mr Lars Magnus Ericsson died December 17, 1926. And thus probably never got a speeding ticket! Generally cars are expensive in Scandinavia, up to 100% tax at the purchase etc., even in oil producing Norway. But since Sweden have 2 car manufacturers and thus an interest to make consumers spend money on cars, cars are "only" subject to the standard VAT of 25%.