What’s going on this week, folks?
I’m waiting to hear back on last week’s interview. I flew to LA last Sunday, picked up a Turo rental Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. It went well - third time’s the charm with Turo I guess! The car was fantastic. I really can’t wait to pick one up some day. It’s so pretty and sounds so great. Top tip: if you like the exhaust cracks, take it up to 3k+ RPM, let off quick, then tap the gas pedal gently. Not enough to actually register any forward momentum change. The car will shoot some extra fuel and you can pop and crackle your way all the way down to 2500 RPM.
I took the car up into some of the canyons around LA (Angeles Crest / Little Tejunga). It was good fun. It’s too heavy for serious canyon carving. It has loads of grip but the engine is too much for those brakes. The AWD 550hp F-Type R just kind of goes full light speed when you mat it. You get a half second of full tilt before you have to be on the brakes to turn. It’s weird. You feel the weight in braking but not as much in cornering.
After a trip to the canyons, I went out to the Petersen auto museum. It was $16 to park and $16 to get in. I was kind of underwhelmed. I’ve been told “you should have done the basement tour, that’s where the best stuff is” but I already felt a tiny bit screwed by the main museum not living up to expectations and didn’t want to spend the extra money. It felt a bit empty. The movie/TV cars (special exhibit) were rad but I just wanted MORE. I think maybe I’ve been spoiled by some great museums like the Mercedes transportation museum in Stuttgart and even California Auto Museum in Sacramento.
I met up with an old friend for dinner on Monday night with my brother. My brother was navigating in front of me with his Corolla. Our friend was meeting us in his 335i. I saw a BMW with it’s window half down at a stop light and without realizing it was him, let off a wicked exhaust crack right into his window. I looked and my rear view and realized it was him. We kind of locked eyes and he realized it was me and started cracking up. After dinner, we took some bird scooters to the water, then I returned the car.
I’d driven tons of flavors of the F-Type (V6 vert, V6S vert, V8S vert, V6S coupe, coupe R) but only ever for a few minutes. In daily life, it’s no less special but definitely has some limitations. Rear visibility is guesswork. The backup camera has like 6 pixels. The parking sensors don’t work great. Reversing is a serious problem. I also hit one left-lane road merge (merging at 40 degree angle from one road into the left lane of a straight road). In that situation, I have no visibility for on-coming traffic. That was terrifying.
I really enjoyed the interview the next day. The company was outstanding. I’m hoping to get the job, but won’t be heartbroken if I don’t. Moving to LA is a pain, and even though it’s worth it, I have my numbers for at what point it’s worth it to me and I also want the company to make a smart decision. If that’s someone else, that’s fine. The CEO and I seem to be on the same page and working with him would be a joy, but even if I don’t get it, I’ll get to see him around industry events. In the couple of times we’ve spoken, we’ve clicked really well. He’s also a car guy and daily’s a TT-RS. We went through a little tangent about the coolest cars with inline-5's. Haha.
I have a trip to Ireland and Scotland coming up in September (taking my parents on their first international trip) so if this doesn’t happen, it will probably be October before I start something.
Anyways, some pictures!
Up in the canyons, I saw this 86 pulled off to the side. He chased me down and I pulled off so we could chat. He had never seen the R in the flesh and was thrilled to grab some pics. Seemed like a cool dude who got into cars early by just working on them.
To the bat cycle, Robin!
The actual fit and finish on the KITT exterior was terrible. Movie/TV cars from the 80s are such trash because no one cared in 480i.
The interior was bad ass though. I really just want this in everything.
Back to the Future II is actually one of my favorites. This is the car that scoops up Marty’s unconscious girlfriend.
I really like the little details, like the Hill Valley police logo. It’s futuristic but still recognizable as being police.
If I’m being honest, my favorite car in the entire museum is the EV1. It’s such a strange car. At first, you see a lot of Saturn in it, but then you start to look at details and suddenly it feels entirely original.
It’s a bit hard to tell in this pictures, but if you can imagine this shot as being from above, you would see that the car actually shrinks in width from the doors backwards so the entire rear end teardrops - not just the roof line. It’s a shape that’s kind of futuristic but also kind of weirdly French. I also have no idea what the bumper cutouts are for. Doug? Help?
The interior is equally strange. It has a huge trans tunnel that isn’t for a trans and it’s covered with enough buttons to make a Panamera jealous. Notice the lack of the speedo in front of the drive. It’s waaaaay forward-center but not angled. Even the steering wheel has a retro-futuristic dish to it. The actual materials look like something off of a 1990s Disney World attraction. I find it kind of sad that only a few of these survived the crusher. It would be a really amazing novelty to have around nowadays.
Bonus, a speeder(?) from the original Star Wars. I’m more of a Trek fan myself and this thing was definitely made from wood, foam, and clay - not metal. Kind of neat, but I would have lost my mind for a Delta Flyer or Type 15 shuttle pod.