RMR 201117 EP028 CARS4HEROES
Bruce Meyers, creator of the very first Meyers Manx in 1964- the grandaddy of the Dune Buggy craze, has sold the company he started more than 50 years ago.
Meyers is 94. The announcement was officially made by the new company Chairman, Phillip Sarofim, a venture capitalist, car collector and racer with a passion for cool cars.
Sarofim named former VW, Audi and Porsche designer Freeman Thomas as ceo and chief creative officer. Thomas brought us the new Beatle, the Audi TT, and a bunch of VW, Audi, Porsche, Ford, and Chrysler products.
The new company will be headquartered in a purpose-built building Oceanside, Calif. Sarofim is staffing it with an international roster of designers, fabricators and builders.
According to the article, they’re going to carry on the Meyers Manx legacy of fun, freedom and expression. Sarofim says the time is right to get back to basics. and simplify our lives! That is what Meyers Manx is all about!” The Meyers Manx fiberglass kits have been made since 1964’s first version, called Old Red.
Thomas said there are definite products afoot, including some with battery electric power. He wouldn’t be specific, but the article does say the products will be built on Volkswagen chassis, just like the originals. That will make the creations affordable to a wide audience, and get the company around cumbersome and expensive Federal safety standards.
Can’t wait to see what the Manx has in mind.
Is the Era of Electric Muscle Cars Upon Us?
Lucid Motors, whose Lucid Air comes with one configuration — the Dream Edition — featuring, as per the Times, “1,080 horsepower with an industry-leading 503 miles of driving range as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.”
All of which makes the Lucid Air comparable to numerous gas-powered supercars. The advantage? As Ulrich writes, it comes down to engineering. “Most gasoline engines convert only about 20 percent of stored liquid energy to power at the wheels,” he notes — with the equivalent for electric vehicles being 60%.
Lucid Motors isn’t the only company working on high-powered electric cars; among the other players in the space are Rimac Automobili, with the C_Two, and Tesla, with the Roadster. The Times also points out that the likes of Porsche and Chevrolet are working on new electric powerhouses that build on their manufacturers’ decades of automotive know-how.
Could the next high-powered car you drive be battery-powered?
According to the Lucid website, it takes 20 minutes to charge 300 more miles, does the 1/4 in 9.9 seconds, and goes zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. And it’s a sedan- so maybe all our moredoor dreams haven’t turned to dust. Starting price, $77,000.
Biggest downfall- it looks like it was scooped out of ice cream by a generic spoon, like practically every other modern, boring, dinosaur-powered sedan.
Snopes.com lets us know whether the signs were true. They are. And they said DO NOT LET MOOSE LICK YOUR CAR.
Yeah, that brings up all kinds of thoughts. Why’s it licking my car? How do I stop a freakin’ MOOSE from licking my car? How much would a moose lick cost in downtown KC on a lonely Saturday night? WE GOT QUESTIONS, PEOPLE!
Turns out the signs are in Canada, and the problem is nothing new in Canadian National Parks.
Moose, apparently, are somewhat obsessed with salt. In the Snopes article they quote Jue Urie, the owner-operator of the Jasper Tour Company, as having told the CBC that for Canadian moose, “Road salt is kind of like crack.”
In the winter when roads are salted to prevent them from freezing, moose have figured out that the salt can be easily accessed on the front bumpers of parked cars. So when people stop to look at a moose, or when cars are simply parked in the area, these large animals can get dangerously close to the vehicles in order to get a taste of salt.
According to buckrail.com, there could also be a whole bunch of chemicals that could be harmful to —gasoline from an overfilled tank, gas line antifreeze products like Heet, not to mention cheezits and Mountain Dew the kids ejected after too many tight curves. Ok, I lied about the last part. But there’s still an issue, even with bighorn sheep.
Bighorns in the Rocky Mountain West are vulnerable to pneumonia. Licking shared surfaces may increase the risk of spreading a disease.
So, my northern friends, let not the Moose lick your Merc.
From the “Ok, so THAT happened” file…
The last Pontiac Fiero Ever Built went to auction.
At a recent classic car auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, the last Pontiac Fiero ever produced hit the block. It was low mileage, practically mint 1988 model with an interesting history.
Before the Pontiac Fiero ended production at the GM Pontiac Assembly plant in Michigan, GM held a raffle for employees giving them the opportunity to win a Fiero for themselves.
This car that wnet to auction? Yup, the grand prize in that draw. The employee wanted to preserve it- and did. 582 miles on the odometer (all delivery miles). It still has the protective delivery plastic on the steering wheel, seats and other parts of the interior. Oh- and this is the uppity version, with the optional 2.8L V6 engine and four-speed automatic transaxle.
The buyer of this car also received extensive documentation for it and photos of it on the assembly line at Pontiac Assembly before it was auctioned off.
Sooooooo, how much for a 1988 Pontiac Fiero with half a k on the clock? The new owner shelled out $90,000.
Gang, the base price of a Corvette Stingray, if they can get it off the assembly line, is 60,000 bucks.The Z51 is 65k. So 90 for a Fiero?
In 1996 founder Terry Franz and Mike Van Noy owned Car Biz, a used car lot in Kansas City, Missouri. That year, there had been a lot of people looking to purchase a car to only be turned down by credit companies because they were out of work due to medical emergencies, family issues or other circumstances in life. That year around Christmas time, Terry and Mike gave away 6 cars to families that in the past had been denied. Who knew that one season of charity would lead to a lifetime of giving, helping, and sharing- all behind a wheel.
From those beginning six cars, now Kansas City’s Car Santa gives away over 300 cars a year just in the Kansas City metro alone. Not including nationwide. Terry Franz, welcome to Road Muscle Radio.
Question 1: How did Cars 4 Heroes begin, and when?
Question 2: Cars 4 Heroes. What spurred you to take on helping our vets?
Question 3: How does a hero go about getting a car from your program?
Question 4: How in the world do you keep this beast going?
Question 5: How does a person donate a car? Is it tax deductible?
Question 6: What are the two or three most unusual cars you’ve received?
Question 7: The cars you can’t really give away- what do you do with them?
To contact Terry Franz and his great organization, visit Cars4Heroes.org.
Terry- thanks for caring, and thanks for sharing here on Road Muscle Radio.