"Well, I'll Still Be Handsome." Jalopnik Runs The "Raptor GTR" To The Endzone

well ill still be handsome jalopnik runs the raptor gtr to the endzone

When I wrote an article about the “Mosler Raptor GTR” last week, I certainly wasn’t expecting to start the proverbial tempest in the teapot… but that is exactly what happened. One week later, there have been threats of lawsuits, endless phone calls, multiple “do not forward” e-mails arriving from several players in the situation, and what amounted to an outright request that TTAC abandon its editorial integrity to serve the interests of one individual.

Now, thanks to Matt Hardigree, Ray Wert, and the staff at Jalopnik, we know (some of) the rest of the story…

This morning, Jalopnik posted an article entitled How This Crappy Music Video Set Fire To One Man’s Dream. While TTAC and Jalopnik aren’t above the occasional humorous spat, in this case we are going to give Ray and the crew full props.

When Mr. Wert and I spoke regarding this story on Friday, I had already received seven or eight e-mails instructing me to delete all the comments on the original RaptorGTR story, in the interest of “doing what’s right.” As long-time TTAC readers know, we don’t play that game. You’re free to delete and/or edit your own comments, and we ask that you treat each other with courtesy, but we aren’t going to censor what you say to make a third party happy. Nor did we.

After some discussion, Ray indicated to me that he was going to have Matt Hardigree cover the story — and cover it he has, complete with calls to all the major players. While one might suggest that Matt’s article is perhaps overly sympathetic to J. Todd Wagner, it is nonetheless interesting, balanced, and well-researched. Between that and the DuPont Registry article on the same topic, I’d imagine that potential [s]marks[/s] customers for the RaptorGTR will find all the information they need.

The infamous, curiously munchkin-like Linux zealot Eric S. “Surprised By Wealth” Raymond once stated “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” It turns out that the motoring corner of the Internet has just a few too many eyeballs for the RaptorGTR story to go unchallenged. Thanks to all the TTAC readers who chimed in and shone the light.

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  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.