In the two-seater category, Bugatti’s Veyron wins hands down. Often referred to as the “fastest street-legal production car in the world,” the Veyron offers a top speed of 267 miles per hour. The turbocharged, 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder supercar cranks out an amazing 1,001 HP and earns a combined miles per gallon rating of 10 mpg. Its city rating is 8 mpg. On the highway, it gets 15 mpg, according to the US DOT. (Source: Wikipedia)
I understand your sentiment, Cabe, but I have to admit I'm not brave enough to own a Bugatti Veyron. In the past 20 years, I've had two snowblowers stolen from my garage. I can only imagine how those thieves would react if they knew I had a Bugatti Veyron in there.
That almost could have been me, except I don't do the bib overall thing. I'm one of those frugal people who stopped paying interest on ANYTHING (except house mortgage) long ago; last time I had a car payment was 1989. I love to "dress down" every 5 or 6 years when it's time to replace mine or the wife's car. I know I'm in the wrong dealership when I can't gat any attention from a salesperson. I generally know exactly what I want and what I'll pay for it, and the GOOD salesperson will pick up on that pretty quickly. Once they locate the car I want, it only takes a few minutes once I whip out the checkbook and pay for it! I LOVE the look on the "Finance manager's" face when I do that while they are trying to convince me to use a loan.
The better "upscale" dealers understand this. The first new car I ever bought was in 1968, a Rover 2000TC sports sedan. The dealer was located in Lake Forest, Illinois, and also sold Mercedes and BMW, a VERY upscale dealer in a VERY upscale town. THEY treated me like any other of their customers despite my youth (and the fact I was trading in a well-worn Volvo 544 with primer spots all over it).
One day I was there getting some warranty service performed. There was a "regular customer" who was there getting a last-minute birthday present for his wife. He ended up buying (then and there) a 230SL roadster that they happened to have in stock and it was delivered (gift-wrapped of course) to her that same day! (He paid cash too...).
GTO, you reminded me of story about a guy I used to work with. He always wore bib overalls and cowboy boots, and many times a cowboy hat too. He went to a Buick dealer to look at the Roadmaster, which at the time was about the biggest car on the road, and probably the most expensive thing Buick sold. The salesman sized him up, and just flat out told him he couldn't afford a Roadmaster. He went down the road to the next Buick dealer, bought his Roadmaster, and drove it back to the first dealer to show it to the salesman.
As A retired USAF Msgt I find your outlook moronic and very like tunnel vision.
Yes, we want the oil but apparently you fail to look up and see that we have more oil under the middle of the USA than all the Arab states combined.
We went there to Free a people from a tyrant, and we did so. I participated repeatedly.
The fact that a lot of them want to install a new tyrant is still a problem.
Were it up to Me we would Glass the entire region & that population and be done with it. But then folks call me extreme but I have a good reason.
Muslims have been invading and attacking non muslims for 2000 years - FACT - HISTORY - READ IT.
The only clear solution is to eliminate them entirely Unless you are willing to put up with them attacking people whenever they think they can get away with it.
Now, about the cars, I drive a Gas Guzzling 4WD SUV most times but I also own a Kia Rio ECO for my daily commute. The SUV is for winter when the Kia cant get out of the driveway. I also use it when we go Camping in the woods, the Kia can't go there either.
I have on occassion gone into stores or dealerships knowing full well I could not afford their over-priced goods just to pester the sales people. What amazes me is that I am considered a bother to this snotty bunch and they do not even know if I actually have the money for their goods! I like being a Jed Clampett type.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.