TTAC Project Car: Thank YOU, Best and Brightest!

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta


TTAC Commentator Diewaldo writes:

Hello Sajeev,

I didn’t know how to contact you otherwise, but I found your Sierra in Nürburg. It seems to be still in good shape. I have uploaded a photo, here is the link.

Greetings from the Eifel,


Sajeev Answers:

OMG, SON! You offered to do just that in our last installment, and you kept your promise. Has the Internet made the world that small? The fact that USAF Captain Mike found this car in a UK Classic Car advert online, while living in God-Knows-Where (don’t ask, he’ll have to kill you) and while chatting with me on Facebook during the working hour is your first clue that our world has completely changed thanks to technology.

And my fiduciary promise via Facebook sealed the deal. Mike, his bestest UK mates, and TWO of my dearest friends ( one from Somerset, another traveled all the way from Houston to see it, THEN rub it in my face) have fondled and violated that precious bond of brown paint, Ghia trimmings and honest RWD Ford engineering in some way/shape/form…while I’ve had no interaction with my Rio Brown Beauty. Zip.

Curse you, Capt Solo!

Here’s the fun part: I’ve heard of a couple of mystery decals attached to the Sierra’s chocolate laquer, and everyone kept their mouth shut. “You will know when you open the container” is the usual response to my demands. Thanks to the Best and Brightest, mystery solved!

Now I see the “GB” decal on the Sierra’s slender hatch, and a little reminder of this ride’s dunce-cap status among real car nuts. This ain’t a Cosworth, it’s a Ghia 5-door. It has plush velour seating, rear sunshades and is finished in Brown, for chrissakes! Obviously this will be the butt of all jokes, in a nice way. But who knew I’d get a proper Nürburgring decal showing how you must be a “Novice” if you roll a Sierra Ghia in Nürburg! Since he’s a good sport, Mike must be absolutely chuffed at the ribbing he gets from this car!

So yes, the Internet rocks. Because it brings TTAC’s Best and Brightest together. Thank you all for reading, and have a laugh or two at the remedial decal on the glass, the high resolution photo is only a click away.

Sajeev Mehta
Sajeev Mehta

More by Sajeev Mehta

Join the conversation
4 of 15 comments
  • Incomplete Incomplete on Nov 02, 2011

    @Sanjeev and @Diewaldo: i had the honor of doing 6 laps w/Captain Solo as my co-pilot back in april of this year. on top of that, i helped him come up w/the name for his horrific gold seat sedan: princess vespa! Captain Solo is a great guy and i'm glad the deal is working out as well as it seems. @Diewaldo: it's shane, from california. the tall guy from california. we met the day of the motorcycle rally. :)

    • See 1 previous
    • Diewaldo Diewaldo on Nov 02, 2011

      Hello Shane! I think we have yet to meet. I think you must mistake me for another person perhaps? Until now I didn't have contact to any TTAC people (if my memory serves me right that is) ;-)

  • Spatula6554 Spatula6554 on Nov 02, 2011

    One big happy family here at TTAC...

  • SCE to AUX Here's the affordable EV you've been asking for. At $34k, it will crush the $39k Model 3.Sure, the Model 3 has twice the range, interior volume, acceleration, looks, and mfr support, but the Fiat is cheaper, made with Italian flair. And we like their CEO better.
  • Eliyahu The odds of finding a Pruis SE plugin appear to be close to 0. Possibly vaporware found only on the Toyota configurator.
  • Paul Alexander Hahaha!
  • JMII Its downright amazing how much better looking this generation Prius is. These cars have always been seriously ugly. Turns out you can make something aero efficient without being goofy or odd.
  • SCE to AUX They're killing me.