I had originally intended to join in the Flame against John Mikes and his
attitude toward the list, but I as I was driving my car into work this
morning, I thought better of it. I drive into work via Pacific Coast Hiway
and I am always greated by the waves against the rocks and surfers in the
water. Plus there is a blue Miata that I see all the time. The owner and I
have a friendly rivalry going and we mix it up often. She was out there this
morning and we had a good time weaving the traffic and chasing each other up
the road. I took my turn off and she gave me a wave as she kept going.
As I got to work, I thought about it and here is what I came to decide. Mr.
Mikes, we LOVE our cars. We talk about every little detail with each other
about them. The people in the know offer advice and help and even our
vendors get on the list to help. We organize meets and runs and we have a
great time doing it. We also pride ourselves on knowing about our cars. From
1963-1970, Nissan manufactured these cars and in that 8 year production run
made countless changes. Some major (like engine and windshield size) and
some minor (like side markers). We talk about them all the time and I feel
that many on this list are my friends. If my car ever crapped out, I know
that I can count on my list buds to help me out. When I go to Shasta next
week, I know that Michael Carion and I will look for each other as we both
have 67 2000 Solex cars. That may mean nothing to you, but it does to us and
this list is where we got to know each other and our cars.
So Mr. Mikes, when you say you are looking for "Any car", the reason you get
the reaction you do is that these are not just "Any cars". They have meaning
to us and we love them. Plus, in the entire time I have been on this list, I
have never seen a flame war or name calling. We'd rather talk about the
cars. Also, telling us that you will buy your car and unsubscribe from the
list tells me that you have no interest in contributing to the list, only
using it to get what you want. Speaking for myself only, it makes you
I have personally helped 3 people find cars in the last year. They said
please, thank you, and are totally happy with the cars they bought. I don't
know how it is on the PL510 list or the 240Z list, but on the roadster list
we care about the cars. I will do nothing to change that and that means I
will do nothing to help you.
If you feel the need to flame me, please spare the list and send the email
to my address.
67 2000 Solex