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Sick Doggo and a really bad day Sick Doggo and a really bad day

My 3 year old Beagle mix started throwing up Wednesday night. She coughed up her entire dinner, and then anything she tried to ingest afterwards such as water. Thought maybe she had some sort of dog flu or something. Then she kept throwing up all night. She seemed to be acting alright Thursday morning, except she…

The IKA-Renault Torino, A Conspiracy Theorist's Perceived Observation of Evil. The IKA-Renault Torino, A Conspiracy Theorist's Perceived Observation of Evil.

Kaiser Motors made a deal with the Argentinian government way back in 1955. The deal was to build cars under license in Argentina, as a way to combine the style of European cars of the era alongside the rugged dependability of American cars. This is a plan that arguably worked well, and was given the name IKA (short…

Any interest for a California Oppo Meet? Any interest for a California Oppo Meet?

I’ve been seriously bummed out since finding out I was flying out of town for work on the same day as the Radwood show in SF next weekend. But it got me thinking, I know we have a decent number of Oppos across California. I’ve met a couple over the last year at some meets/shows, but I’d like to get to know more of you.

Vacation Countdown... Vacation Countdown...

Starting my vacation in one hour. Gone for a week and a half, with no solid plans other than tomorrow (when I somewhat miraculously reach the ripe old age of 35).

Second Vette? Second Vette?

I’m faced with a dilemma. One of the higher-ups in my company has an old C4 Corvette (1987, if I remember correctly) taking up space in his garage. It’s white with red interior, over 150,000 miles, and needs some work. The heater core is bad, the paint is faded and scuffed up in a few places, the interior is worn…

Taking Monday off always seems like a good idea... Taking Monday off always seems like a good idea...

...Until I get into the office on Tuesday morning and seemingly have five times as much work to do. I don’t get it, Mondays are usually not that busy. Apparently just when I’m not here, the office decides to do nothing and just forward everything to my inbox. So this has been me for the last 3 hours...

Sorry Smallbear... Sorry Smallbear...

But even my dog was pumped about last night’s game.

Spring cleaning! Spring cleaning!

Like so many others, I’ve taken advantage of the pleasant weather recently to get some spring cleaning done. And by that, I meant getting rid of all the pollen that was starting to pile up on the C5. Gave it a good wash, a fresh coat of wax, followed by vacuuming and detailing the interior. Came out so well, I felt…

The Many Flavors of Lotus Seven The Many Flavors of Lotus Seven

There are tons of kit cars and kit car companies out there. But for the life of me, I can’t think of a single car that has been emulated quite as much as the Lotus Seven. I’m sure it’s largely due to the dead-simple formula of light weight along with minimal body and interior panels. It doesn’t take much power to make…

Time for a new daily driver, or just keep flogging the Cube? Time for a new daily driver, or just keep flogging the Cube?

Good morning/afternoon Oppofriends. I’m looking into possibly replacing my daily driver, a very bland Nissan Cube. After having my C5 for almost two months now, it’s become difficult to live with my lowly Nissan everyday. Hoping to get some advice, maybe look at some cars that I hadn’t previously considered.

It's like a Citroen 2CV, but fancier. It's like a Citroen 2CV, but fancier.

Had an appointment early this morning, which meant I went in to work two hours late, which meant I’m staying two hours late. Finished all my assignments by the normal end of my workday, so I’m just waiting out the clock.

The Most Honest Car Factory in the World The Most Honest Car Factory in the World

It’s too early on a Saturday morning to be awake. But my girl needed a ride to the airport, so I was up at 4:15am to drive her. Now I can’t fall back asleep, so I’m watching car videos on YouTube instead.

How to Get Started in Autocross How to Get Started in Autocross

There’s a distinct possibility that you’ve already heard of the brand of racing called Autocross. But there’s also a possibility that some of you are unfamiliar with how it works and what it entails. This article is geared more towards people new to it. For most purposes, I will be looking at this through the lens of…

NorCal Oppos, got any plans this weekend? NorCal Oppos, got any plans this weekend?

If you’re looking for something to do, there’s a Gears and Beers event (like Cars and Coffee, but with beer) in Berkeley. I’ve never been to one of these, but it does include two of my favorite things in the universe.

After One Week of C5 Ownership... After One Week of C5 Ownership...

It’s been seven days since I bought my car, and I’ve come to some basic conclusions about it.

So, I bought something this weekend... So, I bought something this weekend...

Decided to finally take the plunge and purchase something I’ve been mulling over for awhile now.

Starting today, the world belongs to Lynx Starting today, the world belongs to Lynx

And yet, somehow I forgot this car even existed...

Lazy Saturday Lazy Saturday

Not much going on today, so here’s a Delahaye in all its V12 glory.

The weekend, it is ever so close... The weekend, it is ever so close...

Counting down the minutes until I’m out of here! But I have a dilemma for the weekend. I don’t know what beer I should brew. I’ve got the hops, grains, yeast, and everything else I need to do myriad different styles. But I’m looking for a little inspiration. I’m only going to do a 5 gallon test batch, mostly because I…

If you had to choose just one brand... If you had to choose just one brand...

Let’s say that, hypothetically speaking, you could only drive one brand of vehicle for the rest of your life. What vehicle maker would you ultimately choose?

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