The Authentic Classic Muscle Car Era; 1964 – 1972

Posted in Classic Muscle Cars, The American Consumer with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by novawizards

Born in the 50’s I was fortunate enough to be blessed with so many gifts that we just do not see today. Things I have done that were “pushing it” (stupid) riding a bike down a steep hill at night time, peddling as hard as I could, wearing no protective gear whatsoever, no reflectors or lights on my bike and waving both arms/hands over my head yelling like a madman. At the bottom of the hill a car came and I only had a front wheel break lever on the handle grip. My rear wheel break had worn out and I just had not replaced it. BUT I was going to. When I saw that car I knew two things for sure; the driver of the car does not see me therefore I am screwed. The second thing I knew for sure was that I would be airborne in about 0.3 seconds. Sure enough the driver never looked my way. (I was positive about this because as I was sailing of the car I looked and their thoughts were completely on something else) Getting to the “airborne mode” was very simple; Hands down to the handlebars at lightning speed, pull on break lever as hard as you can and don’t think about the consequences but hope for… anything but death. When I landed I remember the side of my face and shoulder were kind of like skimming a stone across water but this was my skin on tar. I once again knew two things for sure; this is going to hurt tomorrow and my Mother is going to kill me. Well, as it turned out I only knew one thing for sure but I was close to the second. After this experience I couldn’t wait to get a dirt bike. A Yamaha 360 enduro which could outdo most… the operator on mine though was usually in the way of these achievements. Cruising down a country road on my Yamaha early one warm summer evening, not quite dark but dusk, I was thinking about nothing but what a great warm summer night it was. I wasn’t wearing a helmet, gloves, or any type of body protective gear. Not even a tee-shirt. In fact, all I was wearing were shorts and sneakers. I saw a huge open hilly field to the left of me and thought what a great place to ride. Without a second thought I turned towards the field, gave it all the power I could and the next thing I knew was me and the bike were rolling together on the ground being wrapped up in barbed wire. I went through a barbed wired fence but never saw it. When the “wrap n roll” came to an end the exhaust pipe was resting on my ribs and just above my… where the tops of my legs come together. Since I was under this mess, the best I could do was kind of hold the bike off my body with one hand and with the other hand I was grabbing stones, sand, pebbles, anything I could lay my hands on and would throw at cars that went by hoping I would hit one, they would stop and save me. I was in the country, it was now night time and a car went by about every 10 minutes at best. I hit the third car and as predicted he stopped. He jumped out and was running aimlessly as I was yelling I’m over here. After a five minute search from this bloodhound he did find me and just stared at me. I finally suggested that he help me out here and get me untangled. His reaction was; “Boy, how could you be so stupid and live! There’s something about kids like…” All the while I am thinking two things; This really hurts right now and my Mother is really going to kill me over this one. Once again, only one thought was correct but the second one came the closest to being true ever. There are countless other wonderful memories followed pain and near death experiences that I will share from time to time. The point now is how we lived back then. The era, the pop culture we were creating, the styles, the attitudes, the music, the movies were the best ever, Clint Eastwood was cool but Steve McQueen was way more cool. Bullitt was released in 1968, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccVe9F99idA and to this date has the best two car chase scene ever. The cars were a 1968 Dodge Charger and a 1968 Mustang GT both modified. Hence the Muscle Car was shaping it’s persona. Young people took noticed and there was just something about these cars that you had to have. They were fast, they were loud and they were reckless. But man, were they fun! The first true Muscle Car was the 1964 Pontiac GTO.
The authentic original Muscle Car ERA was 1964 – 1972. Here is a list of the top ten Muscle Cars that we wanted. Once 1972 rolled into 1973 the auto industry in America changed. Whether it changed for the good of the consumer or not (my personal opinion there were probably a couple of other directions the auto industry may have been considering at the time. Man, did they pick the worst one possible. Today people still view American cars as junk. And they’re not authentically american cars. Many of the parts are manufactured overseas/china and shipped here. That’s the short list of it anyway and I will cover this another day. Getting back to the good stuff, the TOP 10 MUSCLE CARS during the 1964 – 1972 MC ERA. Starting with number 10 and rolling backwards to number 1 Muscle Car of all time.

# 10 – 1966 Buick Skylark GS
The Skylark GS (Gran Sport) appeared back in 1965 when Buick decided it was a good idea to put a 402ci (6.5li) V8 in the front. They were right of course! It was a success for Buick and carried on into the early 70’s with the GSX, a 454ci (7.5li) engine developing over 400bhp and 500lb.ft torque!
Buick-Skylark-GS.1966

# 9 – 1969 Oldsmobile 442
Oldsmobile were the second company to offer up a massive engine on a mid sized platform. In the case of the 442, it was a 310bhp 330ci (5.4li) V8 which was a Police spec engine. The 442 came from the name 4-4-2, referring to the 4 barrel carb, 4 speed box and twin exhaust system. It was also known for it’s good handling, which is rare for muscle cars.
Oldsmobile-442.1969

# 8 – 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
This was the response to sister company Pontiac’s GTO. The normal SS only had 300bhp, so this SS model was upped to a more respectable 375bhp 402ci (6.5li) V8. Sadly, it was known to be terrible under breaking and didn’t like going round corners, to much extra weight in the front with that massive engine. Over the next few years, the suspension and brakes were tweaked to massively improve this. In 1970 the ultimate SS came out, the 427ci (7.0li) 450bhp and 500lb/ft version.
Chevrolet-Chevelle-SS.1966

# 7 – 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
The late comer to the muscle car party. After the success of the Charger, Dodge released the slightly larger Challenger R/T (Road and Track) with either a 427ci (7.0li) Hemi with 425bhp, or a 440ci (7.4li) producing 390bhp, the Hemi was the one to go for of course. This has also just had a 2008 revival with a modern day Challenger SRT-8 launching. We all wish they’d make the Challenger SRT 10 though.
Dodge-Challenger-RT.1971

# 6 – 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
The name for this car cost $50,000, which in the 60’s was a lot of money. Plymouth bought permission from Warner Bros to use the Roadrunner name to help people know it was fast. It was, 14 second quarter mile for $4000 is very cheap! There was a 335bhp 385ci (6.3li) or the bigger 425bhb 427ci (7.0li) V8 options, both were fast and popular.
Plymouth-Roadrunner.1969

# 5 – 1967 Pontiac GTO
In 1964, Pontiac released the GTO which is regarded at the first Muscle Car. Pontiac took a 389ci (6.3li) for a bigger car, and replaced the 326ci (5.3li) in the tempest, and thus the GTO and muscle cars were born. Interestingly, one of the men behind the GTO was John Delorean, who later formed and designed the Delorean DMC12 of Back to the Future fame.
Pontiac-GTO.1967

# 4 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
In 1966, GM had to watch the Mustang come out, and sell, oh did it sell. It’s to this day one of the fastest selling cars, and the fastest selling sports car. To respond, the year after they released the Camaro. The Best of the early models was the Z28. A small 300ci (4.9li) v8 which was race prepped to 400bhp was the engine to go for, if very hard. The SS got the 427ci (7.0li) 425bhp engine, which was easier to get, and still awesome.
Chevrolet-Camaro-SS.1969

Down the stretch and the top 3 Muscle Cars of the Muscle Car ERA;

# 3 – 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback (Bullitt Baby, Bullitt)
The Mustang is the biggest selling, which also makes it the most common and therefore not the best. This particular model was made famous by one of the greatest car chases of all time in Bullitt. The GT390 was a 427ci (7.0li) 390bhp V8, not the biggest engine, but 30bhp more! It was and is a legend car.
Ford-Mustang-GT390-Fastback.1968

# 2 – 1970 Plymouth Barracuda (427 HEMI, this car was an animal!)
The ‘Cuda was actually released before the Mustang, but due to the popularity of the Mustang, and the Barracuda’s under powered engines, it almost bombed. However, in 1970 it got a restyle, and a new range of engines, the Hemi ‘Cuda was born. The Hemi being a 427ci (7.0li) 425bhp monster.
Plymouth-Barracuda.1970

And the number one MUSCLE CAR of that ERA and my personal favorite by far was and still is;

1969 Dodge Charger R/T (Someday, someday I’ll rent one)
The daddy of muscle cars. The 69 R/T is a legend car that many around the world dream of owning. Yes, being the General Lee in The Dukes Of Hazard, and also being the bad ass car in Bullitt helped a lot. But look at it, it was always going to do well. It’s evil, especially in black. The original Hemi was rated at 425bhp, but it was more like 500bhp! It’s a shame modern day car makers don’t do it that way! The R/T was slightly less powerful, but was massively more reliable which meant it could offer up a 5 year warranty.
Dodge-Charger-RT.1969.thebest

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Seattle’s Children Cancer Hospital; Pepino the little Mouse performs for the kids!

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Join me in supporting Children with Cancer

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HOPE, it's all the want.

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challenge you, once I receive photos to this site of 1,000 people who have shaved their head for this cause, donated at least $1.00 and adopted a Chemo Duck. I will then shave my head, donate some money to a Children with cancer hospital AND dress up as a duck passing out fliers regarding our responsibility to help these kids in any way we can. I will do this in a crowded public area for the entire day. Understand this, all these kids want is hope and to know people care. Time to step up to the plate!
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Employee Retention – Costly, but the employer fired the first shot!

Posted in Home projects you should do yourself, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer on September 29, 2009 by novawizards

Back in 1970 the Ford Pinto was introduced to the public. Though it had its problems it still sold relatively well to the younger generation. After a couple of short years the Ford Pinto had its problems and there was a big one. If it had been rear ended, even just at 28 mph, it had a great possibility of blowing up. This obviously meant serious injury or death to the people in the car. Though Ford allegedly was aware of this significant problem the executive team was persuaded not to offer a recall. The madness behind this was that they would pay out LESS in lawsuits than they would pay in recalls. Ford obviously put a piece of crap car before human life. So since that awful and horrific time just 35+ years ago it has only gotten worse. A bean counter will look around every corner, examine every angle, what used to be a standard benefit is now a memory and though inflation with their extortionate pricing is crushing us in the rat race we still get up in the morning, dress up then show up hoping we make it through another day. This is about as good as it gets. There have been massive lay-offs and if you are one of the lucky ones to have dodged that bullet then most likely you have been given short notice that you will be getting a pay-cut until the economy picks back up. Wait a second. Hold on cowboy! I didn’t get us into this mess and chances are no one here did. It’s tough shit times are bad but just because we missed our projected numbers last yr by a fraction is no reason to over-react! This is what we are saying on the inside anyway. What comes out of our mouth is; “Yes Sir and thank you for letting me keep my job. As long as it takes I’m behind you 100%. Thanks again Sir” and this is bull-shit! All employees want from their employer are a few things which most wouldn’t even cost a thin dime. Fair competitive pay. Boy, have companies cut back in that area. I personally once had access to all employee files. I was checking someone’s file b/c they wanted additional information on something. This person was a C-Level Manager, early 30’s and just a plain unassuming guy making $500k annually. I though, well, he negotiated a better deal for himself than I did for me damn-it! There are all kinds top tiered managers making that and double, triple, bonus, perks… just give them a blank check and we’ll fired the staff then outsource to India or China. In fact, we’ll let them know low cost providers get our attention. Go ahead, scoff at this, it has been happening for over ten yrs now and it gets worse every year. So, when the SME comes in with his/her statistics regarding what will keep your best employees happy understand this, it’s utterly audacious bull shit! It’s human diarrhea of the mouth. It’s bold, thoughtless and just plain disrespectful. That is the job that should be eliminated. What employees want is a genuine commitment from the company. They want honesty, management that will not only say what they mean but mean what they say. All too often it’s reading between the lines, judging a mood, calculating, margins, confused “should I stay/should I go” the incongruence far outweigh the truth. “Well, things change and we had to do this” The callous way people are terminated and escorted out the back door as if they had committed a crime. The people at work are together five days a week and you are not allowed to say goodbye. They have become your friends, you have had dinners together, their home, your home, your boss just told you how lucky the company is to have you on board, then your boss tells you they could not have met this deadline without your contributions… then a week later, as chilly as cold water in January, you are told that they need to lay off 20 people and though they’re sorry you are one of them. Pack your stuff and leave immediately. Good luck. It’s like WTF??? That’s it, chapter over though for some it was a 1 – 3 yr chapter while for others it was 10 15 yr chapter. So when you are called in for a mtg to discuss what your thoughts are regarding several plans the company is thinking about for retention of their best employees have some palle and tell Mr. C to F Off! You’ll feel so much better. I promise you will! The next time a co-worker/friend is part of a company lay-off, cutbacks, job elimination or whatever they want to skin it think of the gangsters below;

1. Larry Ellison, Oracle: $192.9 million
2. Nabeeb Gareel, MEMC Electronic Materials: $79.6 million
3. John Chambers, Cisco: $54.8 million
4. Mark Hurd, HP: $27.6 million
5. Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA: $24.6 million
6. Samual Palmisano, IBM: $24.3 million
7. Wendell Weeks, Corning: $22.6 million
8. Joseph Tucci, EMC: $20 million
9. William Sullivan, Agilent: $17.4 million
10. Paul Otellini, Intel: $16.3 million
11. Steve Jobs, Apple: $14.6 million
12. Jonathan Schwartz, Sun: $13.5 million

Forbes compiled the list by calculating the overall compensation for the past year (2007) for executives, factoring in salary, cash bonuses, vested stock grants, stock gains and exercised stock options.” Even though Sun is listed as one of the worst managed companies, Schwartzie was still rewarded in a healthy way. Hey, I’m all for making as much money as the next guy. But certainly not at the expense of someone who was left with only one option; leave the house keys on the counter with a note for the bank that you just couldn’t swing it any longer.

Or think of GM’s Chief, G. Richard Wagoner who was fired by President Obama last March.

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Foreclosures, the economy and the swine who takes it all. Great job America!

Posted in Technology & Employment, The American Consumer with tags , , on September 29, 2009 by novawizards

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Quit banging your head on a wall. Set your Brain on Fire and Run With It!

Posted in 1, Classic Muscle Cars, PharmaWater, Technology & Employment, The American Consumer on September 27, 2009 by novawizards
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Jimi Hendrix - Man, innovator always on and on fire!

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Brains on Fire – The Word of Mouth Revival

Posted on May 20th, 2009 by Geno and currently 6 commenting.

Word of Mouth Marketing has taken it on the chin lately. Social Media has grabbed the spotlight as the tools to use to create Word of Mouth. Last week WOMMA’s WOMM-U launched a comeback with a ferocious people-powered counter punch (in the interest of total transparency, Brains on Fire is a governing member of WOMMA and on the Board of Directors). But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s go back to the beginning.

Last week was a blur, the Brains on Fire Fire Sessions and then right out the door to WOMM-U in Miami. But, after some time to reflect on last week, it was, in my opinion, a great week for Word of Mouth Marketing. WOMMA’s WOMM-U event falls in my top two of all WOMMA events, and I’ve attended them all.

Why? I heard fewer conversations about tactics and pitching of services and more conversations about strategy and what’s working and what’s not working. Both events were powered by dialogue.

I shared a workshop session with Chris Aarons of soon to change their name Buzz Corps. We had a lot of fun sharing the lessons and differences of building a long-term sustainable word of mouth program. This dynamic facilitated great discussions that often lead to folks lingering long after the workshop ended and over drinks.

The first WOMMA event in Chicago four short years ago was an inspiring opening round, urging all of us to be inspired by the customer. Now we have so many powerful tools that we can put into the ring and just manage safely from the corner. Who can blame us? We can now see all of our comments and the faults of what used to be trusted brands.

WOMM-U was the great hope. The battle is still on, and brands and institutions are not giving up in these difficult economic times. Brands from Texas Instruments to Disney want to engage in the ring of conversations. Yes many tools will be applied – but not before engagement happens with the real stakeholders – employees and customers.

6 Responses to Brains on Fire “The Word of Mouth Revival”

Gary Piano June 2nd, 2009 at 5:11 am Web Wunderkind Wizards novawizards.wordpress.com

Hi Folks and hopefully unsolicited visitors may speak on this subject though uncalled for advice on the golf course makes me nauseous. In any event, Agnostic; “a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in some area of study”, “One who professes ignorance, or denies that we have any knowledge, save of phenomena; one who supports agnosticism, neither affirming nor denying the existence of a personal Deity, a future life, etc.”, disbelieves, questioner, scoffer, leery, in a quandary and you get the picture. Now take the contrary side for just a moment; trusting, certain, believe, non-doubting, confident, convinced and so on and so on. There are literally 1000’s of Social Networks out there today. The fact is coming that only a few will survive. This means when we get through these difficult times the consumer will relax and think rationally. Personally, I have no idea what a twitter does that is so exciting that companies are chasing down the Alpha User. What I do understand though is the brand MEK JEANS became immediately popular in Japan when Keanu Reeves was seen leaving a restaurant wearing a pair. I won’t even go see his movies! LinkedIn doesn’t really fall into that Soc Cat because it’s business and considered the most credible. Bill Gates has his profile on there, perhaps this is why, there’s only something like 60 million users and people are signing up to LinkedIn in record numbers. This economy has treated LinkedIn well because of the lack of good jobs/any jobs. ping.fm is a good one for reaching people. Blast something of yours out, it reaches millions of people in seconds and wow, who knows what that can lead to. I agree with Spike that it’s still about strategy, strategy and more of it. NOW it’s strategic planning incorporating these Social Networks. If Belkin wanted you to come up with a campaign for their laptop stand where would you begin? I would listen to the client, obviously cover the demo which I can intuitively estimate to be 12 – 24 and would be insistent and perhaps unrelenting that MySpace be a big part of our strategic planning. It’s not the only way to skin a cat but it does have proven merit. Think about it this way as well, you’re invited to a party that your colleague is going to. It’s at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. All the CEO’S are going to be there from every major company up and down the west coast. The economy is the best we have ever seen it, sales is told, mandated to spend a lot every quarter, everyone is advertising, you can’t get a no from anyone… and the odd thing is, you will be the only one from an ad agency at this party. Do you NOT go?

And remember this now so you’re not in a corner later, wireless technology, telecommunications and hand held devices are really going to make Social Media Agnostic (Nice sounding acronym anyway – SMA) take off to heights we are not currently thinking about. Pod cast, video, Interactive games… this is changing the entire way we do business, and how we live, and even how we prepare for the day. If you’re old enough what would you have said to your Dad when you were about 10 if he told you we would get to talk and see one another on a computer monitor in his/her lifetime… you might smell his breath before you laughed out loud. I’ll wrap below;

Web Intelligence is the study and Research of the application of Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology on the Web in order to create the next generation of products, services and frameworks based on the Internet.

Although individual Web based information systems are constantly being deployed, advanced issues and techniques for developing and for benefiting from Web Intelligence still remain to be systematically studied. Broadly speaking, Web Intelligence exploits Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Information Technology on the Web and Internet.

It is the key and the most urgent research field of IT for business intelligence that is happening today.

It would be great if you who read this related to it entirely. If you read it and thought what a bunch of horse manure then this is cool. And, if you didn’t read it but are walking around saying you heard it sucked then you have just made me smile. Maybe Spike has it nailed, Our Culture, stupid. There have never been 3 simple words that have ever been stated more truthfully!

gary piano – Web Wunderkind Wizards

jimi hendrix, always on fire!

jimi hendrix, always on fire!