QOTD: Ready to Go One-on-One?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd ready to go one on one
The setting: a dimly lit bar, which is the best kind of bar, and one that seems to have stepped out of another time. Old, overly varnished wood mingling with red faux leather on the chairs and booths, a stained glass lamp hanging over each corner nook, and a complete absence of daylight or identifiable exit. Are you even above ground? You can’t tell.A din registering somewhere between pleasant background murmur and raucous cacophony ensures reasonable privacy from the introvert population of this half-filled saloon. The drinks adorning tables and bartop are not mango mojitos, but brown liquors. Some with ice, most without. This is a place where long-lasting, healthy relationships are not kindled, but where more than a few businessmen have stopped in for a last drink before jumping off that overpass or going home to clean dad’s rifle. Maybe Deep Throat drank here. Maybe, somewhere out there in the brightly lit streets that may as well be a million miles away, three-piece suits and sideburns are back in vogue, and every car has an ashtray.As you ponder your surroundings, puzzled, disoriented, and more than a little intrigued, a figure moves towards your table.Somehow you just knew that a chance meeting would occur, but this is no simple random encounter. You’ve secretly, or not so secretly, desired this moment most of your life. You know the person.Tossing a coat over an empty chair, they join you at your table, snapping their fingers at the discreet-looking bartender and barking out a simple drink order that arrives in record time. You’re unnerved by their presence, but excited. As your newfound guest settles in, preparing for a long stay, their steely gaze fixes on you, eyes narrowing as they mentally size you up.And a question kicks it all off.“What would you like to know?”The person you’re drinking with is an auto industry executive, and it’s entirely likely they’ve returned from the dead in order to share a candid moment with you. It can be whomever you choose. Walter P. Chrysler, Henry Ford, John Z. DeLorean, Robert McNamara, Lee Iacocca, Bob Lutz (wait, this exercise is probably playing out in real time for him somewhere…), Mary Barra, or any one of the lesser execs throughout history who played a role in the ascendance — or downfall — of their company. It can be the creator of a certain model you covet so much. The designer of a unique engine, or sculptor of a car body you’ve lusted after since childhood.There’s plenty of stories to tell. So, whose brain have you always wanted to pick?[Image: Seller]
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  • Monkeydelmagico Monkeydelmagico on Jul 21, 2020

    Zora Duntov

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 23, 2020

    Pass on the famous designers (they would be incredibly bored with me). Have figured out what I need to know about DeLorean, Iacocca, Lutz. Am increasingly convinced that if Alfred P. Sloan were still around in 2020, he would be working with his team of MBAs to reduce paint thickness. I would meet with William C. Durant - at his bowling alley.

  • Corey Lewis It was long overdue for a replacement or something, but additionally the Compass and Renegade are both so similar there doesn't seem to be a need for such overlap.
  • CoastieLenn Stellantis gonna stellant. Isn't the Compass similarly sized? How is there a hole in the lineup? Seems to me that they had one two many entrants in the compact crossover segment- being the Cherokee and the Compass. The Renegade takes the sub-compact segment, the Grand Cherokee takes the midsize segment (even though it doesn't have third row seating), and the Wagoneer takes the full sized segment. I really want a nice Cherokee Trailhawk V6, but I can never see myself actually buying one because of the litany of documented issues with basically everything in the Dodge/Jeep/Ram inventory. Their current electrical gremlin trajectory rivals that of VW/Audi, but nearly as expensive to repair.
  • MaintenanceCosts Washington Highway 410 over Cayuse and Chinook Passes, in the shadow of Mount Rainier.Grand St. Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy, close to the Mont Blanc massif.Colorado 82 over Independence Pass. Highest I've ever been in a car.Skyline Drive in Virginia.California Highway 1 from Monterey to Santa Barbara.A million little unnumbered roads in the German Black Forest, more satisfying at 100 km/h than the Autobahn is at 250.
  • Kendahl US 60 between Show Low and Globe, Arizona. It's especially fun in the switchbacks on both sides of the Salt River canyon.
  • Arthur Dailey What give with this site? I know that I posted a comment. The site says that there are 12 comments. But when I click on the 'see more' button it resets to say that there are 11 comments and I can't see mine. I am not that egotistical as to believe that my comments are important. But that makes me wonder if others are also having their comments 'erased'.