| > | Americans stopped driving V-8 powered cars many, many years
| > | ago. Decades ago, in fact. V-8 gasoline/petrol engines are somewhat
| > | rare today. They have been replaced by V-6 engines and four-cylinder
| > | engines long ago.
| > You must live in another America than I do.
| Cars, not trucks.
Ok, but the post you referred to said automobiles. Trucks are
automobiles, as are SUVs. And it's not just trucks and SUVs with V8
engines ... lots of cars have them too.
Americans have not stopped driving V-8 powered cars, trucks or SUVs.
| > V8 engines are rare? What bizarro America do you live in? My guess
| > would be that 20% of the vehicles on the road have a V8 around here.
| Where else but Texas would a four door, crew cab pick up truck be considered
| a limousine?
Um, you're off the deep end now. They're not considered limousines
here either, unless they're specially modified to be a limousine.
You know, something like this?
... except that this is Ohio.
| You live in a farm/desert state.
You have to bring your prejudices up to date, my friend. The soap
opera `Dallas' ended in the early 90s, and it never represented all of
And central Texas most certainly doesn't seem desert like at all
lately. Alas, all this rain is cutting into my flying time. It might
be OK if I spent my time fixing and building, but I don't want to do
that either -- I want to fly!
Though unlike the guys in Switzerland, we're smart enough to not fly
in it when it's really pouring, like this guy --
Actually, I'm going to a soaring contest tomorrow in Pflugerville
(http://www.austinsilentflyers.org /). Chance of rain 40%. I'll fly
in the rain if it comes to that. I've done so before, though it
wasn't raining as hard as the guy in that picture.
I'm not particularly good at the contests, but I managed to finish in
the middle of the pack last time, so maybe I'm better than I give
myself credit for. Or maybe I just got lucky. Probably just lucky --
I guess we'll find out tomorrow.
| May I suggest that Texas is nowhere nearly large enough to set the
| tone for the rest of the USA. I know that is a difficult concept for
| a Texan to grasp...
Texas is far more typical than you give it credit for. Everywhere I
go, people like their trucks, and they like their SUVs. They even
like their big cars and sports cars.
Yes, Texas has more trucks than any other state I've been in except
for Alaska -- but they're hardly rare anywhere else. Florida was full
of Cadillacs with V8 engines, Seattle with SUVs with V8 engines,
Denver too ...
V8 engines are somewhat rare? No way.
America loves it's big cars, it's big trucks, it's big SUVs. Yes,
this love affair happened back when gas was under $1/gallon, and it's
hurting now, but change takes times.
| > Indeed. A usually perfectly good newsgroup, filled with political
| > crap. If it's completely off topic, don't post it!
| I'm just tagging along with what someone else started, not that I haven't
| started such tripe in the distant past. But I'm better now - aren't I Doc?
You're perpetuating it. As am I, but at least I'm throwing in
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