There is currently a rather loud debate going on up here in Canada regarding the purchase of our next-generation fighter jets. For reasons that can only be attributed to bribery, palm-greasing and patronage, our current government is hell-bent on seeing our fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighters replaced with the F-35 Lightning II fighter. [...]
No, not a bad dream. This was really happening.
Having survived a somewhat terrifying ride down a dark-rainy mountain with some dude wearing a black robe, carrying a sickle and calling himself the Apollyon as a passenger, we woke up a few hours later to bright grey skies, a light fog and the smells of an early morning parking lot as Oregon’s misty green hills slowly absorbed all the previous night’s rain.
I had been sound asleep and cozy warm before “Big” Crazy-Mike woke me up, and REALLY did not want to get out of bed. And surprisingly I did not wake up with a headache even though I had slept with my head downhill due to the angle of the Dysentrailer piled onto the car-trailer.
“Wow, that was some CRAZY weather last night” Big Crazy-Mike said.
“I know. I know…” I replied Continue reading Extraordinarily Stupid Road Trip – Part 6
Aww, look at him in his new clothes!
(continued from part 1, which can be found here)
Having just been given an offer to race a car I could not refuse, and remembering what happened the LAST time I drove the ZomBee all the way up to Oregon and back, I began searching for alternate modes of transportation including planes, trains and for a moment even considered taking a bus.
Continue reading Extraordinarily Stupid Road Trip – Part Two
You might have seen this photo before...
(Author’s note; Recently on our sister site Hooniverse, chief blooger Jeff Glooker detailed an epic cross country trip to deliver an old sports car out to the East coast. While Jeff and his brother traveled in opulent luxury surrounded by such extravagances as seat cushions, windows and door handles, another road trip saga was playing out in an entirely different direction. Here then is part one of that “other” story…)
It all started with an email, “Hey Sparky, wanna race the Saab?”
Oh dear. I was afraid of this. Again.
This one question would set in motion a series of events that would not only nearly kill this author several times and entangle a large cast of misfit-characters, but create a swath of confusion that spanned three states and thousands of miles along the beautiful Pacific Northwest highway system.
The originator of the email was none other than our own resident crazy-man Mike, aka MDHarrell, who has repeatedly demonstrated (beyond any reasonable doubt) that “Clearly, he is the crazier one”. Continue reading Extraordinarily Stupid Road Trip – Part One
Saab has a long and varied history. The company was first started in 1937 as the Svenska Aeroplan AB. As you can probably deduce from the name, it was an aircraft company. However, in the late 1940s with Europe’s economy still ravaged in the aftermath of WWII, the Swedish firm decided to diversify into automobiles. The Saab Automobile division was established and the Saab 92 was launched in 1947. Linköping wasn’t done expanding their range, though, and in the late 1950s they established Datasaab to build computer equipment.
Continue reading Datasaab CK37: Born For Jets