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“Acadia National Park”, Maine, Entrance Fees Have Gone Up As Of This Weekend.

by Anura Guruge


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So, the 7-day ‘car’ pass is now $30 as opposed to $25. Annual pass has also gone up $5.

It is not the end of the world, and it is still a good deal. But, I know there will be those that will be miffed.

We are lucky (for a change). Between us we have TWO (2) LIFETIME passes! We take it in turn to use them. {Smile} No, alas, they are not transferable and they do check your ID.


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Rochester, New Hampshire Used Car Dealership’s “Buy A Car, Get An AR” Promotion!

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Click here to access the original from “The Boston Globe”.


Just to be fair (as I am wont to be), this promotion, from what I can see, started in May 2016 prior to the Orlando shooting. But they are continuing with it despite ‘Pulse’. So flags are flying in N.H. at half-staff for Orlando while travesty continues. 

I refer to this as the “Trump Effect“. We will see more of this. A shame.

The only consolation to us is that this is Rochester (which happens to be the nearest ‘BIG Town’ to us). Rochester! Yes, this is what you can expect in Rochester.

Perfectly legal. Pity that there are no laws against poor taste.

Ah, dear! “Only In New Hampshire“. Trump


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Lucas ‘Engine Oil Stop Leak’ For The 1989 V-12 Jaguar XJS.

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Click to access the Lucas Oil product page for this ‘stop leak’. I bought the gallon from Amazon and had it shipped, ‘Free’, thanks to my Amazon Prime.


Of course my Jaguar XJS leaks, not much, but it does leak. Yes, I knew that when I bought it. But from what I hear it is pretty hard to find a V-12 XJS that does not leak. So it is a question of finding one that doesn’t leak excessively.

Paul Bousquet.

When I took it in for it ‘full’ shake-down at ‘B-Boys‘, in Barnstead, N.H., by master mechanic Paul Bousquet, he steamed cleaned the block and had a good look at the leak. Told me it wasn’t worth fixing it because there was at least 12 hours of labour to try and do it properly. And I trust Paul. So I have been putting a little bit of oil every few weeks or so. That said, I have probably put 100 miles on the XJS in the last 2 months. So it doesn’t get driven much.

Then, this last Saturday, we visited (as we are wont to do of late), Kati & Gordon Preston in Barnstead, with my son Matthew. The Prestons, by any measure, are AMAZING people. Gordon, a fellow Brit, is a very proficient and creative, British-qualified engineer. Plus he drives Land- and Range-Rovers. He told me about the Lucas ‘Stop Leak’ and how he uses it in his latest Range Rover. Plus it is Lucas. As soon as I got home I ordered a gallon. It just came. Haven’t put it in. BUT, wanted to share with you. Don’t think it will totally stop the leaks. But if it slows them down I will be very happy. Oh, a gallon from Amazon cost $31.29.


Jaguar V8 Is The Heart Of The 1,000 MPH, “Bloodhound”, British Supersonic Car.

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Click to ENLARGE and ADMIRE the Jaguar logo on the side. The Cat prowls again.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From link presented below. The Jaguar V8 is the HEART in that it is the PUMP.


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Click to access article, many pictures and video by ‘engadget.com’


Jaguar power.

British pride.

Feels so good.

No namby-pamby, ‘we-have-to-lie‘ German technology here. This thing is not diesel powered.

ENJOY. Smile. Made my day.

A day in which I did something I very rarely do. I washed a car by hand.
It was, of course, a Jaguar.


“Classic Car Show” Portsmouth, NH On Sunday, July 19, 2015 — Presented By “Brit Bits” In Rye.

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Click to ENLARGE and savor here. Use link below to access the “Brit Bits” page for the event.

Click here to access “Brit Bits” Webpage for this event, inc. car entry form.


Well we actually have two cars that do qualify, the 1989 black V-12 XJS and the 1968 British Racing Green MGB. Though they are both in great shape and has it happened Devanee & I took them both out for a spin today, neither are in real show condition and I never plan to get them as such. To me the joy and point of having these cars is to drive them — as much as I can, and we do.

Plus this Summer I learnt something else about myself. I really have no interest taking my car to car shows. No it is not a case of sour grapes in that I do have two cars that would be admired by many at shows. It is just that having people look at my cars and having to answer questions about them doesn’t really turn me on. Yes, as ever, it also comes down to TIME. I would rather drive the cars than have them sitting around. So we haven’t gone to any shows though we could have gone to plenty. But I might enter the XJS in the Sandwich Fair parade. Will have to get Deanna to look into that.

Anywho. Thought you might want to know about this show. Enjoy.


Philadelphia Amtrak 188 Train — Should “Business Class” Car Have Been Right Behind Locomotive?

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From the “New York Times”. Use link below to access original — which I have also quoted in earlier posts.


Sad and ironic that the rail car that suffered the most damage — unimaginable in its devastation — was the ‘Business Class‘ car, which happened to be the ‘first car‘, right behind the locomotive. I assume that most of the fatalities and serious injuries that resulted happened to passengers in this car. Seems sad. They pay the most and end up suffering the most.

But, this is the same argument about First and Business class on airplanes. They are always at the front. I know. I have, over my 62 years, flown 2.5 million miles (with a Lifetime Gold Card from AA to commemorate my million miles just with them) and at least 60% of this was in the front of planes. One of my earlier wives used to always quip, “Anu has no idea that planes have seats with seat numbers that are greater than ‘6’”.

And then there is this very famous and profound adage that goes: “Have you ever heard of a plane flying into a mountain backwards?”

On planes ONE of the reasons that First/Business class is at the front has to do with engine noise — plane engines either being in the middle or back of the plane. 

Not sure why you would put the Business Class car right behind the engine? Not sure if that is always the case either. It is possible that the logic is that the locomotive, in front, provides the MOST ‘cushioning’ — though in a front impact it also means that that carriage is closer to the impact.

I do not, and never have, travelled Amtrak that much. The last time was about 4 years ago. The trip to Philadelphia, that got disrupted by this Brandon Bostian recklessness, was unusual. I typically fly or drive. I will have to do some research as to what would be the optimum positioning for a Business Class car KNOWING that each and every train accident has its own dynamics. Just the stuff that rattle around my brain.


New Hampshire: Buying Car Out-of-State & Transporting It Back.

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As far as I can see, and I have spoken at length with DMV folks at Concord, N.H. and our (always extremely helpful) Tax collection ladies at Alton Town Hall here are the only valid LEGAL options for purchasing a car out-of-state and bringing it back to New Hampshire.

1. Have it transported to N.H. via a transport service.

2. Trailer it yourself using a flatbed trailer.

3. Go buy the car, out-of-state, bring the title, bill-of-sale and odometer statement back to N.H., get PERMANENT plates, go back, out-of-state, PUT the plates on and drive back.

4. Get valid ‘Transit Plates‘ in the state of purchase and use those to drive the car back.

5. Convince the seller to drive to N.H., with the plates they have, go to a DMV or to your town, complete the purchase and then get plates.


Things that will not work and those that are NOT legal.

** Contrary to what the seller might tell you, you CAN NOT just take N.H. plates from an existing car and use them on the out-of-state car, temporarily, to bring it back. That can land you in some very hot water. A number of sellers that I have spoken to have told me to do this BUT I am not that stupid — contrary to what I may look and act. DMV and others have confirmed that this falls under misuse of plates and is considered a serious crime — as it should be.

** Massachusetts State Troopers (depending on their whim) will refuse to recognize N.H. 20-day Temporary Plates and ticket you! This came as a surprise to me. I know that during my last 30 years in N.H. I have been to MA in cars that had temp plates. I wasn’t stopped BUT it appears that this happens. Check it out.

** N.H. Towns, like Alton, cannot issue 20-day temp. plates. Only DMV locations can do so and you have to have registration, bill of sales etc. in order to get one.


I have been finding all of these to my costs because I have been looking at buying a car out-of-state.

Over the years I have bought a few cars in MA, a Jeep Cherokee in 1989 in Lowell, a red Camaro Z28 in 1987 in Lowell and a Cadillac. I bought a black, fully-loaded Cadillac STS from ‘Cadillac of Norwood‘, in MA, on Thanksgiving eve in 1996. I had done the whole deal over the telephone. Drove down in a Green Firebird that I was trading in and drove back in my black ‘Rocket Ship‘ STS. Can’t remember how the plate situation worked. This was a long time ago and I bought all of these from large dealers. I guess they put some kind of dealer plates. Never had any problems.

But now I was looking at private out-of-state sales.

Transportation is not as bad as it sounds. You can get a car from the East Coast for between $250 and $500. If you have AAA you can get it trailered relatively inexpensively.

Going out-of-state buying the car coming back with the paperwork, getting the plates and going back only really works if the distance is not that great. Once you get to around 100 miles it becomes impractical because you are talking two full round-trips.

The seller driving up to N.H. works but as you can imagine many will not be motivated to do so UNLESS they start getting desparate. I did have a seller who was willing to drive up from Plymouth, MA — but only after he realized that I had ruled him out.

Thought that this might help you. 


Quite A Weekend For Aston Martin. I Was Just Visiting Them To Oggle The New ‘Rapide S’.

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This weekend’s ‘Market Watch‘ had a rave article about the Aston Martin ‘Rapide S’. Called it a beauty. I always find it pleasing (and encouraging) when U.S. media appreciates the beauty of our cars — rather than just our Royals and film stars.

I get regular e-mails from Bentley — because about 12 years ago I wrote a case study on them. Aston Martin, knowing that I am so far from their target demographics as the Earth is from the Oort cloud, quite rightly keeps me in the dark. But I wanted to see more of this beauty because I really do like Aston’s though I have never even sat in one.

I went and was greeted by this black screen. Wow. That was news to me. I don’t follow the Le Mans. Not sure if I ever did though I used to follow F-1. I was impressed. That showed class, though I think they could have done it better. The text is so small. Plus, they didn’t actually give you a way to enter the site after that! That is not good. I had to get in via a Google link.


They still have the black screen today at 'astonmartin.com'.

They still have the black screen today at ‘astonmartin.com’.


Here is one video from YouTube of the crash. Lots more. Very strange.

Here is one video from YouTube of the crash. Lots more. Very strange.


Shame about Allan Simonsen, 34. Always unsettling to hear of race car drivers driving. Very strange accident.  He went off the track on his own. Mechanical failure? Busted strut? Did he have a medical condition. Don’t know.

But Aston Martin, as it says TODAY, on the black screen, came in 3rd. Well, that isn’t good. If you don’t win Le Mans … just don’t say anything and try again next year.


And now for this absolutely, near perfect beauty. Why somebody would buy a German car IF they could afford this is always mystery to me (especially if you are Jewish, and here I am referring to a Jewish friend of mine, who was very committed to the ‘Jewish’ cause, BUT would boast that he had $72,000 of German cars sitting on his driveway and this was in 1992).

It is permissible to drool. Click to ENLARGE.


After Their Outstanding Help Last Monday, I Am Delighted to See GoDaddy Getting Lots Of Publicity. Go, GoDaddy.

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Go, GoDaddy.

I am not a NASCAR person and Danica Patrick, I think, is young enough to be my grand-daughter. I grew up on F1. Used to watch F1 on BBC-2 every Sunday afternoon in the Winter. They had 1 hour of skiing followed by 1 hour of F1 highlights. Next to cricket what more could you ask for.

But, I am glad that the GoDaddy car and driver are in pole position (and I will refrain from any jokes because Deanna will shout at me). Go, GoDaddy. I am glad.

As I have said before GoDaddy and I go back a long time.

How they pulled all the stops out for me last Monday was exceptional. I am grateful. So, I am rooting for Danica.

Of course, as a news junkie, I have seen NASCAR and of course, I love the crashes. Isn’t that why people watch NASCAR. Yes, I do know a bit about Danica. Deanna asked me about her last night. My pithy remark was that next Saturday she will have traffic to contend with. Wonder what the betting is?

But, for now, lets rejoice. Go, GoDaddy: Go.

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