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Created by John Eipper on 01/14/13 2:51 PM

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More on the Triumph Spitfire (Istvan Simon, USA, 01/14/13 2:51 pm)

I enjoyed very much David Pike's story about his Triumph Spitfire (13 January). So clearly I am not the only WAISer that had one. However, I did not buy David's Spitfire, that's for sure.

I bought mine brand new in England in 1975. I had ordered it from British Leyland well before my arrival, and it should have been waiting for me, but true to form and to British (in)efficiency at the time, I had to wait several days for delivery.

It was a beautiful car, blue and sporty, but it was more pretty than good. When I drove it in Eastern Europe, the kids in their Trabants were admiring it looking with marvel in their eyes through the rear window, and pointing at me. I felt like a celebrity. But the car was junk. It was underpowered, so all the Mercedes in the insane European autobahns, where at the time there were no speed limits at all, were impatiently pushing me off the road. Worse, when it rained, water seeped into the cabin.

JE asked me what I did with it. My plan was that I would sell it for nearly what I had paid for it when returning to the SF Bay Area. It did not work. I had to sell it at a considerable loss. I had already a Datsun, and definitely did not need two cars.

Regarding Nigel Jones's disparaging comments about Lincoln (13 January), I could not disagree more. Lincoln was a great President. Though the Civil War was certainly the greatest tragedy that our country suffered, as John Eipper pointed out, this was not Lincoln's fault. Lincoln had his problems with incompetent Union generals, but eventually he succeeded. Whether he was a racist or not, I do not know. But I rather doubt it, because African-American citizens in this country revere Lincoln, and I think rightly so.

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most moving historical monuments in the United States. I visited it this last July with my family, when we were on the East Coast on vacation.

JE comments: Thought I'd set the mood with an image of a Spitfire, taken straight from the Internet.  Like Istvan's this one is blue and from 1975 (note the bulbous front bumper).  Junk or not, it's a stylish ride:


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