Today we got a little snow at our house, but it had all melted by the afternoon so we decided to drive up the street to walk the dog. Our destination was only a couple miles up the road, but also 500 feet higher in elevation. Boy, what a difference some elevation makes. Our walking spot had about 6 to 8 inches of snow. The little pull-out where we park had a berm of snow next to the road where the snow plow deposited some snow earlier in the.
We had parked in this spot under seemingly similar conditions on a number of occasions in the past, so I figures no big deal. Plow through the snowy berm, park, walk, and plow back through the berm on the way out. All went according to plan until that last step.
I pulled out from the parked spot just fine, hit the berm, and stopped in the position you see in the photo above, just inches from the road. In the past, the snow has been dry and fluffy. The allroad just displaced the snow and drove on, no problem. The snow today was heavy and wet. It just compacted under the car and acted like a wedge, lifting the front end of the car up so the wheels barely made contact with the ground.
Some kind passers-by tried pulling the allroad out without success. Ultimately, I had to call on fellow club member and avant owner Greg to rescue us. Greg brought shovels, and we excavated the snow from underneath the allroad. After much shoveling, we were able to push the allroad backwards and dig out the remaining snow in front of the car. Then we easily drove out.
Lesson: A car with 7 inches of ground clearance can’t drive through a foot of wet snow.
This was my first car, a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine. I was 16 years old and paid all of my summer earnings on it: $600. It was a wonderful car.
My second car was not truly mine but my Dad’s . He did let my drive it a lot though. It was a 1963 Jaguar Sedan.
My third car was a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda. It had a 273 cc. V-8 and a light rear end – I burned a lot of rubber in it.
My 4th car was a boring 1967 Plymouth Valiant. It was given to me and turned out to be a very reliable car.
My 5th car was a 1961 Ford Fairlane (“3 on the tree”) that I bought for 50 bucks off of a farmer in southern Wisconsin. She ran great until the gas tank broke off, but then I just put the gas tank in the trunk and ran the fuel line through a hole I punched in trunk floor.
My 6th car was a 1967 VW. A great little car.
I liked the ’67 VW so much that my 7th car was a 1971 VW.
My 8th car was a truck: a 1971 Toyota pick up. A great machine.
My 9th car was a truck also – a 1981 Chevy pick up.
My 10th car was a 1986 Toyota Camry (all-wheel drive) – a great little car.
My 11th car was a 1986 Ford F-250.
My 12th car was a 2000- Ford Explorer (Exploder) – a real piece of shit.
My 13th car was a 2010 Toyota Matrix. A lovely machine.
My 14th (and current) car is a 2013 Subaru Forester.
On Friday, February 13th, 2017, the club conducted its January Monthly Meeting at Park Plaza.
5:15pm: Chris motioned to begin the meeting; Steve seconded. Members in attendance: Chris, Steve, Greg, Thea, and Karen.
Discussion ensued regarding the destination for the Spring Rally. Those in attendance unanimously agreed that Bisbee would make a good destination as Steve, Greg and Thea had never been to Bisbee.
Discussion then turned to scheduling. Because of the large number of interesting attractions between Prescott and Bisbee, it was determined that 4 days would be needed. The rally was moved from late March to the second week of March to coincide with spring break. The rally will depart Prescott on Thursday, March 16th. Thursday night will be spent in Tucson, with the following two nights in Bisbee. The rally will return to Prescott on Sunday, March 19th.
Action items were discussed next. Chris and Thea will communicate regarding the design of a club logo and printing of teeshirts for the rally. Chris will prepare a proposed agenda and route for the rally and submit it to the membership for review before the next meeting.
Then discussion was opened to the floor. Greg announced that he had sold his 1985 911 targa. The club morned the sale, but Greg was comforted that he still had a beautiful Audi A6 Avant to drive on the rally.
6:30 p.m.: Chris motioned to adjourn the meeting, and Steve seconded.
1982 Mercury Lynx. I got this car from my grandparents when I was 15. It was slow as hell, but it got me around to a lot of bike races.
1989 Hond Civi Si 5 speed. This was a fun car and I could fit the contents of my dorm room inside.
1993 Infinit G20 5 speed. This was a big upgrade from the Civic, but was surprisingly troublesome for a Nissan.
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 5 speed. This was not a sexy car, but it was my first new car and it drove way better than the Infiniti (probably because it had new shocks). I added a larger rear sway bar and it was a fun drive.
2001 Mercedes C240 Sport. I bought this in 2007 with 12,000 miles. Gotta love rich snowbirds. It was an enormous step up from anything I had driven before. This car had every option – sport package, full power and memory on both front seats, auto lights and wipers, etc. It was very comfortable and quiet. I upgraded the suspension with OEM C32 suspension and while it was not fast by any stretch, it handled well. It looked great, and I still miss it.
2004 Audi allroad 2.7t. This car was quite luxurious and reasonably quick considering it’s size. It was great for road trips and had the most comfortable seats. I loved this car except for the catastrophic maintenance costs and the horrible fuel economy (16-18 mpg). I traded this in after 12 months so I didn’t go bankrupt.
2012 Volkswagen Sportwagen TDi with DSG (dual clutch automated manual transmission). Fantastic car, one of the best I’ve ever driven. Super comfortable, incredible fuel economy, and really fun to drive with good tires and an aftermarket rear sway bar. But you probably know how this ended: I sold it back to VW in the wake of the diesel witch hunt. So sad.
2013 Audi allroad. Beautiful car. Very quiet. Great in the snow. The current crop of Audi seats aren’t that comfortable. Any automatic transmission sucks in comparison to a DSG transmission and the fuel economy is about 60% of what the TDi got. It’s fast enough to get you in trouble, makes a decent sound when you get on the throttle. and it really sticks around the corners.