Curbside Classic Outtake: Jumping Over Records Edition

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake jumping over records edition

“Pedalgate” has kept me a bit busy, at the expense of Curbside Classics. But that and the “ lawyergate” story kept our servers running as hot as the flames on this Cutlass, and we smashed TTAC’s recent page view record yesterday, with 114k page views. And the NY Times is using our pictures of pedal guts. Well, I’m getting a little tired of looking at pedal insides; how about a whole, (or almost whole) car? And to keep on the theme, how about one that broke records as well as jumps, literally.

The Olds Cutlass Supreme Coupe story is huge, and one that we’ll cover properly in several segments. It broke through all kinds of sales records in its heyday. But this Cutlass Coupe literally jumps, at least according to its owner. I get the general concept of jumping cars, but I’m not exactly familiar with how organized “jumping” takes place. Is it a competition? Or just a demonstration? I had a snippet of conversation with the owner of this “jumper”, but not long enough to get much more than the obvious. So I’m hoping someone out there will educate this jumping ignoramus.

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  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Feb 03, 2010

    Back in the day, these were good-looking cars. Waterfall grille is so-much like the Imperial CC of a few weeks ago. Even tho they are from the 500 mph-hinckelstein-bumper era, these bumpers look good. The BBQ paint makes this car look cool, and I love the care and detail that went into masking the taillights, these, esp the Olds logo, look great!

  • AnthonyG AnthonyG on Feb 03, 2010

    It doesn't look anything like a lowrider car, but lowriders can make their cars 'jump' or 'hop' with the air suspension systems - I wonder if that is what the owner is referring to. There are competitions as to whose car can 'hop' the highest. Perhaps he just means 'Dukes of Hazzard' style country creek jumping! - although one jump usually wrecks the car - this is why filming that show destroyed so many 68-70 Chargers.

  • Ollicat I have a Spyder. The belt will last for many years or 60,000-80,000 miles. Not really a worry.
  • Redapple2 Cadillac and racing. Boy those 2 go together dont they? What a joke. Up there with opening a coffee shop in NYC. EvilGM be clowning. Again.
  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )