Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 2, Hemi Charger

Working subtitle: How I bought a Hemi with a functioning car attached.

Here we are with my Part 2 return to vehicular ramblings.

As mentioned in my Part 1 post my Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner. Dad is mostly a GM man, but this one time early Mopar foray of his may have planted the Mopar seed.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

OK, there was my Mom’s decidedly non-V8 slant 6 Dodge Dart later on, but we are not counting that secondhand burnt orange/brownish “everyone slide up on the count of 3” manual bench front seat, stall on hard left take offs wonder of utilitarian vehicularity. One of my first car designs as a kid was an all-wheel-drive matte black modified 70s Hemi Charger.

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Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 1, The Crown Vic

More wordy version, the Crown Victoria Interceptor Street Appearance Package.

While the main focus of this blog feed has been photography for a while I tend to dabble in other areas of interest. In the past, I have dabbled in tech, in cataloging Dadisms and Random Neural Firings that resulted in two books being published, and general commentary. For the last few years, everything has gone so bat dung crazy that satire is nearly impossible and stating the blatantly obvious stands as enlightened commentary so cameras it has been. Also dabbled in automotive musings as a result of my being a car nut.

My Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

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Thank you Ford and Pashon Murray. This is more like it…

The Cadillac ad that inspired Ford’s reboot is below. Even if I do not agree with something I typically try to at least understand where it is coming from or what point they were trying to convey whether successful or not. Watching the Cadillac commercial I am baffled as to how a global automaker greenlighted a commercial that pokes all, but one market in the eye… while also alienating so many within that same market. Regardless of ones socioeconomic strata that just does not seem like sound business sense. Especially while attempting to put forth a plug in vehicle. Who was this commercial for? I have nothing against the actor, he is playing a part. I am an avid car nut and I usually enjoy near any car commercial, especially for a car as cool looking as the ELR (admittedly going against my form follows function Industrial Engineering background). I have nothing against the car, even though it is a Chevy Volt masquerading as a luxury car. That is no ding since badge engineering is a time honored tradition in the automotive world. I tend to study things rather than react to them (my Spock routine used to drive my wife nuts, but she is a saint that lovingly tolerates me still). Were they trying for funny? I am not being facetious. I ask because I am truly not sure. While I am not sure what emotion the commercial below was supposed to elicit (since pulled), I am pretty sure what I feel while watching it was not the intended result. -ELW