What's Wrong With This Picture: We Pay For The Tires Edition

whats wrong with this picture we pay for the tires edition

A little-known paragraph in most press-car loaner agreements states that “The vehicle may not be used for competitive purposes.” When you buy your own cars, however, you can do whatever you like. Our (not-so-much-of-a-)mystery contributor, Bark M., wanted to get an SCCA event under his Mustang’s belt before the temp tags ran out. He drove it back to back with an AP1 Honda S2000, and perhaps we’ll get some impressions from him in the near future.

But the question remains? What’s wrong with this picture?

Here’s another shot of the car, just to help you figure it out:

That’s right! He’s got painter’s tape on the bumper of the car. Who does that? I’m telling our mother. On the other hand, painter’s tape, although d-baggish to the extreme, can provide protection in the most extreme circumstances:

Should have put some on the ROOF!

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  • Alfabert Alfabert on Jul 23, 2012

    "Pro Tapes has discontinued Pro-Gaff in Kodak Yellow and no inventory now remains." That's what's wrong, and it would drive a person to using painter blue tape...

  • Mnm4ever Mnm4ever on Jul 24, 2012

    You should check out www.trakktape.com Also there is www.buyroadwrap.com, but I have heard some complaints about it. Either way, much cheaper than 3M clear bra but not ugly like painters tape. Although on a $45k Mustang I would have gotten the clear bra added at the dealer for a grand or so, it would have been worth it.

  • Tane94 are both eligible for federal tax credits? That's the big $7,500 question.
  • Jkross22 Toenail says what?
  • MaintenanceCosts This sounds like old-school GM drama!
  • SCE to AUX It's not really a total re-badge since some of the body parts are unique, and the interiors are quite different.As I mentioned the other day, the Tonale has a terrible name and a dim future.As for the Alfa team - guess what, this is how corporate ownership works. You are part of Stellantis partly because you're not viable as a standalone business, and then your overlords decide what's shared among the products.By the way: That Uconnect infotainment system found in Alfas was originally a Chrysler product... you're welcome.
  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.