Housekeeping: Happy Fourth of July 2024

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

As you know, tomorrow is the day in which we celebrate our nation's birth by blowing up a small part of it (thanks again, The Simpsons, for that wonderful quote).

So we'll be taking the day off to celebrate America's independence by grilling, shooting off fireworks, whatever. I personally am not going to set off fireworks -- not really safe where I live -- but I will be watching as others do. I might fire up the grill, too.

Friday is a trickier day for us. Technically it's not a corporate holiday for us, but it is a Friday after a holiday and before a weekend. So we'll be around, but our article output is likely to be low.

So enjoy the Fourth. Don't drink and drive, don't blow off any body parts with fireworks (it really is best to leave them to the pros), be safe in general, and we'll see you on Monday.

Enjoy the holiday, everyone.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree on Jul 06, 2024
    TheflyersfanI have a 2009 C6 Corvette with LS3 6 speed and Billy Boat fusion exhaust System. It’s a-lot of fun and sounds mean, and of course all my boys want it. I let my 18 year old son drive it to Homecoming last year.
    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Jul 06, 2024
      There are sounds that we will look back at fondly as more EVs are launched and also engine downsizing continues. Sounds like the scream of a V12 Ferrari. The F1 wail of an S2000 at 9,000 rpms. And the angry roar of a Corvette waking up from low rpm slumber ready to tackle the road. 3otT - don't know what part of the country you're in, but it looks like there is a Corvette homecoming in Bowling Green later in August. And from what I saw, that's the only time in the near future the factory tour will be temporarily resumed - just for Corvette owners. ZR1 reveal party perhaps? And thank you for keeping the torch alive with your Corvette. And judging by the number of families and dads with their sons at the museum, the future looks good.
  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree on Jul 06, 2024
    Theflyersfan. Agreed, I grew up as a teenager in the late 80’s, early 90’s. My dad is a baby boomer and had the classic cars. He had a 1957 Corvette with a 283 with 2-4 barrel carbs, 68 Plymouth Belvedere with 383 V8. I had a 1973 Duster with a slant six, really wanted a 340 V8 in it. And a 74 Dodge dart custom with a 318 and last was a 1969 T- Bird with a 429. I got commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and sold all those cars. Fast forward 22 years post army retirement and I bought that Vette and had bought a 1985 FJ60 Land Cruisers. In addition to a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa, 1989 Suzuki GS1000G, 1986 Suzuki GT750. So my boys appreciate the older cars and bikes, simplicity of V8’s, naturally aspirated non turbos. I also bought a 1970 7up vending machine and it’s still running with original compressor/condenser. So my boys appreciate the quality of American manufacturing both in cars and commercial items.
  • Wjtinfwb "If I had asked idiot traitors what they wanted, they would have said faster horses".... What they wanted, vs. what they'll actually pay for are clearly two different things. It's not hard to want the vision of EV's the Biden admin sold everyone; inexpensive, fast charging with long-range, charging on every corner, minimal impact on the environment. The government delivered none of that. They threw automakers under the bus at the last minute after many of them made huge investment in tech, plants, R&D. Then Biden and his hapless bunch just walked away, built no charging stations, no support for natural resources and doubled down by stoking the labor fires increasing automakers costs substantially. EV's are absurdly expensive for the utility they provide and time is demonstrating their resale value to be in par with a 80's GM diesel wearing a Yugo badge. Sorry, it's not the consumers job to make a fairy tale come true. Making and selling cars is extraordinarily capital intensive, the automakers aren't throwing good money after bad betting on a senile old man who has delivered on none of his promises and is rapidly making himself irrelevant in the national conversation.
  • Fred As a British Car Fan I liked them, but then I sat in one and changed my mind. I like the unique looks of the newer ones.
  • FreedMike Not much to look at, but these were sweet to drive.
  • EBFlex Ford finally making a good decision although they should shut down their EV operations and investment all together. Why lose that money too?
  • Mike Lol. This is the king of suvs. And its made by GM.Why is everyone trashing it?Top of its its class for a quarter century.