My Virtual Car Museum
I like cars a lot. Here are some from my past and present.
Currently in my garage:
A 1985 BJ60 Landcruiser, my daily driver for the last 10 years. A fun, strong, not-very-fast truck that gets 25 mpg and runs on biodiesel, which makes me happy. It’s about to hit 500k kilometers and is easy to fix and maintain, though some engine parts are getting hard to come by.
A 1969 Lancia Fulvia HF. My dad bought this car new in Italy and used to race it in Switzerland. It’s the popular Fanalone version of the Fulvia which is well liked by collectors, but more importantly to me, my dad used to take me on long rides in this car when I was a kid, so it represents a part of my childhood that I still get to enjoy as an adult.
Ben’s first car, a 1993 Volvo Wagon with a surprisingly hard to find manual transmission. 250k miles and still going, we recently picked it up in Oregon and drove it home along the coast. It’s a rare combination of being fun, practical, and classic.
We took this VW Van on a long and leisurely drive across the US and back with the kids in the summer of ’08 – what a great trip! Here we slept in it overnight near the Badlands in South Dakota.
And some cars from my past:
My former daily driver. Great for beach outings and hauling kids, bikes and servers.
A mid-80s Caterham Super 7. Very fun and very fast, pretty reliable after a bunch of work, though I never got all of the electrical gremlins figured out.
A 76 Ferrari 308 GTB that used to be my dad’s. Everyone has a car they regret selling – this one is mine.
The “family Gurgel”, I painted it red (used to be army green) and learned to drive in it. It’s from Brazil and may be the most fun vehicle I’ve ever driven.
A 63 Ford Falcon, my first car purchase ($800), bought in LA when I moved to California.
The Falcon was “upgraded” to a 64 Volvo 544. One of my all-time favorite car designs.
My experiment in car exporting (I shipped these from California to Switzerland). Made a little money, but more importantly I got to drive each one for a while.
The Maserati Quattroporte. Wins the awards for best sound and best freeway cruising. Also shipped to Switzerland.
Diane and I got this 77 Cutlass Supreme on a whim and liked it so much that we used to fight over who got to drive it.
The Saab. Diane’s car when we first met. She drove and loved it for over 10 years. It was sadly totaled when someone front-ended me (he backed up into my front-end with such force that the car insurance declared the car totaled😦 ).
The M3. My treat after selling our first startup. Had great fun racing it at Sears Point, then we had kids and I had less fun getting car seats in and out of the back.