Social networking with like-minded friends about cars and remembering camping with my family when growing up #TBT

Posted By on July 23, 2020

Having the comradery of social media friends who enjoy similar interests doesn’t necessarily replace face to face friendships, but at least during the Coronavirus pandemic it is a way to stay connected. RichCs_MB300DTurbodieselThere are a few of us like-minded car guys who sort of have an appreciation for the mundane cars and share stories, photos and jabs. This past week, two Twitter friends (one an automotive journalist (Tom) and the other a writer and podcast guy from Barron’s (Jack) made comments that triggered Throwback #TBT memories for me.

The first conversation and photo had to do with Ford unveiling the new EV Mustang Mach-E “race car” with 1400HP. In the car world that’s an incredible amount of power … which had me thinking about investing in tire companies (burning through tires). Jack Hough commented “That’s 1,120 more horses than my ride. But I have 15 cup holders” … hashtag, #MinivanMan.  YellowstoneTrailer_67FordCustom500_1960sNot to be outdone, my comeback was that it was “1277HP more than mine!” (the aoove 1982 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel – thankfully it is at least turbocharged!) 


The second enjoyable exchange was with Tom Appel and his nightmares of people coming to get him in an old camper van, as he posted a #CarSpotter photo of a Ford camper van. It started me thinking about the many enjoyable years camping with my family (1967 Ford Custom 500 with a 17 foot Yellowstone trailer, as well as the 1973 Ford Van & pop up tent in the above photos) and then MomC and DadC years after in their “ambulance” looking van. Good times to be sure.



Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.