Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oh, Government Motors, You So Crazy...

Joseph in IL sent along this story with the subject: "Must be doing its Volt impression"...

Chevrolet assessing pace car fire at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The hot lap at Daytona was set by the pace car.

The latest quirky occurrence at the home of the Daytona 500 came Saturday night when there was a fire inside the pace car for the exhibition Sprint Unlimited.
They theorize that the electrical box in the trunk that controls the pace car-related electronics was responsible, so really this has nothing to do with GM (but since when do I pass up a chance to take a friendly poke at the car company our tax dollars keep afloat?). It was a pretty spectacular conflagration, though:

(picture from link)

Usually the smoke shows at Daytona are put on by the race cars, not the pace cars...

Worthy of note, of course, is that the  rescue vehicle is, of course, a Ford. Now, I wish it were a Dodge, for personal reasons, but it is interesting that the company chosen to supply the vehicles responsible for responding to crashes and incidents would be the one company that didn't take handouts. Ford's had the #1 selling vehicle for several millennia in the F150, and for good reason: They just run (except for the one that SCI-FI bought; we can only assume he got a Friday afternoon truck...)

I wonder if they thought about getting a Fisker Karma for a pace car but couldn't afford the extra insurance...

That is all.

5 comments:

Sailorcurt said...

Why would you want the rescue vehicle to be from an Italian company?

bluesun said...

Much as I loved my jeep, I had to put about the same amount of money into it for maintenance as I paid for it. Now I have a F-150 (started with it at about the same mileage as I started with the jeep), and in the 30,000 miles or so that I've driven it, the only thing that's had to be done to it is new tires. I used to tell Ford jokes but now...

Irishdoh said...

When I drove a truck for a living, I delivered industrial supplies to industrial, agricultural and construction sites all over the Central Valley in California. There were generally two makes of trucks onsite everywhere I went. All the managers and above had lovely Chevy/GM trucks that appeared to rarely touch dirt. All the blue collar workers drove Fords, and the work trucks supplied by the managers were Fords as well. Dodge was making inroads to the blue collar area at the time, but generally if the truck was working it was a Ford.

Murphy's Law said...

Another quality product from the drunk meth-smokers on the line at Government Motors. Maybe if they built cars and trucks that actually ran, they wouldn't have needed our tax dollars.

acairfearann.com said...

oops.
I'll admit to being a diehard Chevy fan. Something to do with a 1970 C10 and 1993 heavy-duty Silverado sitting in the barn (and the black No. 3).
That being said. I won't buy a truck built by Government Motors, much as I love (loved?) Chevy.