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The Real Tragedy of General Motors Bankruptcy

1963 Corvette ConvertibleGeneral Motors...Bankrupt? Say it ain't so...I have been reading a lot of articles and watching the talking heads go on and on about the fall of General Motors and frankly think most of them have missed a vital and key component as to WHY the company failed. That is until this morning, when I read P.J. O'Rourke's excellent treatise in the May 30th issue of the Wall Street Journal. See the article in its entirety here : The End of the Affair. The commentary reveals that Detroit lost its soul and passion when it allowed the bean counters and corporate bureaucrats to take over the business and let simple economics rule over the passion and romance that Americans have with their automobiles. I do not care what generation you are from, we all have special times, memories and emotions attached to our relationship with cars!It's part of the fabric of our society on every level!

I think everyone remembers  Drives Ed. class, the first time you were allowed to take the family car, the purchase of an automobile and all of the different events that take place regarding a car while growing up. I mention this while also keeping on mind the events that can occur within the confines of a car whether it is moving or parked...Long before I was old enough to drive I enjoyed racing model "slot" cars at our local hobby shop in my West Texas town. When I was 10, my favorite model was a VERY COOL, 1963 Corvette Convertible. I remember holding it, polishing it, racing it around that local table top track and it was as real an experience as I could ever imagine without actually driving. I think that this is inherent in almost all children (certainly with boys) to some degree. When our son was between ages of 2 and 5 we would let him get behind the wheel of one of our cars (No keys, emergency brake on, windows down and one of us nearby keeping an eye out) and he would happily spend a couple of hours turning all the buttons, switches, levers and standing at the wheel "driving". All the while making assorted noises and sound effects to accompany his outing. We actually have a Ford 1996 Mustang Convertible GT (I know, it's not GM but it's an American muscle car) that, I refuse to part with because it is so much FUN to drive, but please do not ask about the gas mileage?!?!?

All that said, I think each of us has a special relationship with our automobiles and as a Realtor, I certainly spend a lot of time in mine. Mr. O'Rourke goes on to explain that this relationship between Americans goes back to the time when horses were our means of transportation. " Politicians, journalists, financial analysts and other purveyors of banality have been looking at cars as if a convertible were a business. Fire the MBAs and hire a poet. The fate of Detroit isn't a matter of financial crisis, foreign competition, corporate greed, union intransigence, energy costs or measuring the shoe size of the footprints in the carbon. It's a tragic romance-unleashed passions, titanic clashes, lost love and wild horses." I could not agree more but as with all things a balance must beachieved. Honestly. look at cars made in China, Russia and many people recall the hapless "YUGO" ! Strictly utilitarian cars are NOT what American consumers are all about!  Yes, I do understand the need for conservation and safety and a dozen other reasons why big muscle cars should be the exception and not the rule but it is clear to me that Governmental busybodies and corporate incompetence  did more to bring General Motors down than anything else. I do not know what is in store with the next General Motors incarnation but I certainly have the fervent wish that creativity, artistry and a little romanticism are allowed to re-enter the equation. For heaven's sake, Germany and Italy, representing the pinnacle of both creativity and artistry have done extremely well with a line of incredibly sexy and hyper engineered designs. America can, by acknowledging a look toward the incredible minds and resources we have can make a comeback as the world leader in automobiles.

In the meantime, I will continue enjoying the guilty pleasure of driving that Mustang as I turn on my blinker, tap the gas pedal and and roar into the left lane before the psychotic  driver  of the tiny BMW attempts to cut me off...It's a good life here in Austin, Texas!

 

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126 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • June 04 2009 07:45AM

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It is a shame that a company that used to make so many great cars has fallen so far.  I just hate that taxpayer dollars have been spent so futily.

Posted by Rob Arnold, metro Orlando full service, investor friendly & foreclosure Realtor (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) about 1 year ago

I, too, own a Mustang... my 60th birthday gift to myself. Before the Ford, I only bought GM. My first car was a brand new Buick Skylark. I continued to trade up, gradually moving into Cadillacs. Finally as 60 was approaching, I wanted something a little more fun and a little more exciting... a black on black Mustang convertible. I love the car! It's fun and much easier to park than the black on black Sedan de Ville I drove prior. Oh, I loved all my Cadillacs, but nothing gave me the feeling of driving with the roof down and having my short grat hair tickled by the wind. 

I hope GM comes back healthy, b/c I may want another Cadillac someday. I just don't think I'm old enough yet!

Posted by Margo Currie (Exit 1 Stop Realty) about 1 year ago

I don't know a lot about the current crisis in the automobile industry but just wanted to say thanks for letting me drive the Mustang now and then!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

It scares me to think of Uncle Sam and the unions running the GM of today though. Will an airline need to be nationalized, etc too and how much money, tax payer dollars are going to be wasted. Put me down as fond of the muscle car a 1967 Ford Mustang which my dad bought new during a good potato year for my brothers to take to school, out on dates. A high performance 4 speed could get you to the local grocery for milk pretty quickly.

 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | Northern Maine Real Estate / Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 1 year ago

Got me a 'Stang as well.

One of my clients who has been a 'Chevy Guy' forever (retiree from the automotive biz) I was having a glass of wine with this week. I was shocked to see his 2500 SF garage filled with Dodges.

He saw the writing on the wall, traded in his SIX GM vehicles including a H2 and Vette.

Didn't want the gov't involved with his cars! ;)

PS. Mattie, I don't get (permission) to drive mine much either . . . sigh . . .

Posted by Candice A Donofrio, Broker Fort Mohave, AZ Txt 928-201-4242 about 1 year ago

Russell,

I couldn't agree with you more.  My first car was a 1968 Chevy SS/396..4 on the floor!!  Okay, I AM sure my Dad enjoyed it just as much as I did..It was canary yellow with a black vinyl top. I joined my Dad in his love of cars..it was the one thing we had in common ( he really wanted a son!) He taught me how to change oil, spark plugs and maintain my own car, I am eternally grateful for those lessons..but it all went back to the love of the cars..So yes, I am sad to see our auto industry in the state it is in now..and I do believe the BOTTOM LINE did it.  Hopefully, GM and FORD will come out smaller, but better! and I am still waiting for my next car...a convertible!!

p.s. I would love to subscribe to your blog(active rain) but when I tried to join..I guess it's just for realtors, so just keep me posted through email! 

Be Blessed,

Marie

Posted by Marie about 1 year ago

Russel, My very first car was a Rally Sport Camero.....with a 350 engine.....lots of trouble and fun!    I know what you mean about the American Auto industry being stunted by economics and stripped of creativity.  It seems the best they can do is a Escalade, no offense to anyone driving an Escalade but at least now they have a HYBRID.....whatever that means.    I know Sean Hannity got rid of his for some reason!

Posted by Jane Grant - Southwest Real Estate - Riverside County, CA about 1 year ago

Russell,

Thanks for pointing out what should have sounded so obvious.  I'm not a huge car person, but even I remember driver's ed rather vividly, my first car in high school, and every car I've had since.  And while I understand its always sad to see things that were once constant become endangered, sometimes its an inevitable outcome.  You know me, I'm always pushing my nostalgia a bit further back than most... I'm hoping we'll all go back to horses. ;-)

Posted by Elsa Decker (Heritage Title Company of Austin) about 1 year ago

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I need to get to work but will return to reply later! Hmmm...I think I will take the Mustang today!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

GM has been run by accountants and attorney's for years now. Not a single car man in the rntire management team.

Posted by Terry Miller (Keller Williams Tyler, Texas) about 1 year ago

Yes, it is good to sit and reflect on the good ole days.. I got my license at 14 years old in Wichita Falls.. My first car was a hand me down from my parents.. A yellow '55 Chevy Belair.. 3 speed on the column.. Since I was already working at that age, (55cents an hour washing dishes and busing tables after football practice) I was able to buy mag wheels and a Hurst floor shifter.. No bucket seats then, so my girlfriend got to sit right next me with one hand on my leg and the other on the shifter.. And gas was 23cents a gallon..!

Posted by Buster about 1 year ago

Russell, really good points...

Well, this is how proud I am of the former bedrock of the American economy... I own 40 shares of GM stock... do I hear any bids?

The Good Life in Austin it is... Trevor ate at R.O.'s Outpost on Hwy 71 yesterday and says it's off the charts... must try the apple jalapeno pie!!!

Posted by rell about 1 year ago

We actually have a Ford 1996 Mustang Convertible GT

Good for you!  Wish I still had my '66.  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 1 year ago

Interesting post...I'm a "car person", too, and that's a great Corvette shot!

Posted by Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I couldn't agree more! (even tho I'm a girl, LOL) When I was young, I was drawn in by the 'sexiness' of the Mustang  -  I wanted one so bad my teeth hurt! Now, all we hear from American car makers is gas mileage, and airbags. Not that it's not important, it's just not the way to sell the 'sizzle'.

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher - "Realtor Showcase" Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 1 year ago

I am connected to the car biz through my husband & children, what a tough loss.  We have great memories of those special cars we all wish we still had.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Cindy

Posted by Cindy Claflin, ABR Century 21 R.A.N Mesa AZ (Century 21 R.A.N Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi my sexy silver fox. Very well said my friend. I hope you enjoy the ride in that mustang. Nothing like a ride in one of those with the wind blowing in your hair and the freedom of the open road. God help us if the government gets their fingers in there. What is next? Hope you have been doing well. Hope your open house went well. I see you have been busy like me. It helps keep gas in our sexy cars. :-) Take care my friend.

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) about 1 year ago

Hey everyone, just got in from lunch but I have a very busy afternoon. I will reply this evening when I get home! Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, car making is indeed part art and part science. When the designers lose the emotional connection and just give us Yugos we will go somewhere else.

Posted by Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

When one must drive two hours to get to any "open road" the love-affair with driving has become a pre-arranged marriage. Two entities knowing there is excitement in the other but is too beleagured by the normal day-to-day to search for it. So they stare at each other for 30-90 minutes a day five days a week knowing that the other is not what was promised. Happy motoring, indeed.

Posted by Aj Ninami about 1 year ago

 hi Russell, this post brings back memories of my dad taking me out on Sunday afternoons when I was a kid and letting me drive in empty parking lots. Fun times. ;-)

 That being said, I know my comment won't be popular with union people but all dinosaurs must die. With salaries way out of proportion to the services/skills offered by factory workers, this had to happen sooner or later. Later RL...

Posted by marti garaughty (The Art of Marketing YOU) about 1 year ago

Dear Russell,

Thanks for another thought provoking post. I hate to think GM is dead, they produced some amazing muscle cars in the 60's. If Chevy goes that might break my heart as my first love was a Chevy.

My first car was a Chevy 1965 Corvair Monza. It was a maroon two door, I did not know better at the time. I am forever repentant to my UT friends and family.

My favorite car was/is my 1965 Corvair Corsa Convertible. Now that was riding in style with a flat opposed 6, dual carbs and an air cooled motor! That was one sexy beast on the road with a opalescent pearl paint job and black leather seats. The aftermarket glass packs on the dual exhaust let everyone knew I was coming with a throaty rumble worthy of a European sports car. It even used to set off some car alarms. It was light and very fast too what a wicked combination. Ha ha ha The crazy things you do when you are young?? 

Betina

Ps. It looked a little like this except it was pearly white. In the sun you could see pink,blue, purple, green and yellow sparkling in it. 

65 Vair

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Owning a car for most people offers independence and freedom and you are right that we have a special relationship with our cars and the companies who have made them over the years. I am disappointed at how shortsighted and completely arrogant the top brass at these companies has been for many years. I find it absurd that the workers, unions and dealers have been blamed over and over when management is supposed to be at the helm not only organizing and perfecting new products but are responsible for a forward thinking business plan. The failure is theirs as much as anyone else.

I hope that, as you say, America will return as a leader in innovation in the automotive industry. BTW, I am also a fan of mass transit BUT I still love my own "guilty pleasure" of owning a classic 1970 Pontiac GTO and I am probably attached to that car more than other any other possession.

Posted by Edward Haynes about 1 year ago

I'm so glad I've got the freedom of "purchase" to drive whatever I want...sometimes it drives me, but nonetheless, I'll take my 4runner any ol day =)

Posted by Jennifer Chide (Prominent Title) about 1 year ago

Russell, you are sweet to let Mattie drive your prized car! What a great dad!!!

 

Martha

Posted by martha small about 1 year ago

Gary Yes and it's also true when you point out the emotional appeal! Yugos were the bottom of the barrel!

AJ Oh man that is one of the best comments on the subject ever...the bloom is off the rose in the romance between us and our cars!

Marti so good to see you and in fact you are correct when you talk about "With salaries way out of proportion to the services/skills offered" and I think this applies equally to the arrogant and short sited management that has been overpaid for years too. Yes, they are all equally guilty!

Betina This is so cool and funny too. We had a 1965 Corvair Monza in our family for years (the one Ralph Nader made his name with in the book "Unsafe at Any Speed") As a matter of fact it is still stored in a warehouse in West Texas, for what reason, I have no idea! Great comments and insight on the subject and thank you!

Edward I am with you and marti that there is blame form both the workers and the management in bringing down such a huge company and it took years!!!! I have seen your GTO and figure it gets less gas mileage than out Mustang GT BUT that sound when you rev the engine is unbelieveable!

Jennifer I also had a 4Runner and to this day would love to have it back, it was as indestructible as it was comfortable! And yes our cars do drive US at times!

Martha She loves it and truth be told, she is the safest and most conservative driver in the family...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

The car company crisis is like the mideast.  There are so many problems and issues that there is no one person or group to blame. 

Posted by Russ Ravary - Metro Detroit homes - Michigan Real estate & Mortgage info (Remerica Hometown One) about 1 year ago

GM Government Motors will do just fine. I perdict with congress doing the car selection it will be 10 years coming out of a committee.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate 800-309-3414 Pensacola, Fl. about 1 year ago

great comments and gave me lot's to think about past, and future

Posted by Terri Onigkeit GRI (Keller Williams of Northern Colorado) about 1 year ago

Great post and great article last saturday I enjoyed it as well. GM saddens me I grew up in Flint MI the epicenter of our economic quake and maybe the cause as it was the birthplace of the UAW and the sitdown strikes. I have bought 19 new GM vehicles in the last 20 years for myself and wife...suburbans, mini vans, hummers, saabs we have driven them all I turned 40 last year and ordered the car I always wanted, a brand new built to my specs Corvette, the eight weeks to build it turned into 20 my excitement turned into frustration. They could not build a car they had sold!

I eventually got the car, it is amazing for the $'s a great car, but the experience was so lousy my latest new car a VW Jetta Sportwagon.

GM had me at hello but PJ summed it up they stopped selling the sizzle and just try to sell cars.

 

 

Posted by Founding Partner, ChangingStreets.com about 1 year ago

Its truely a shame, i do think that there is a lot of truth in what you have written. I think the problem is a lot deeper than that too.

Posted by Aaron Poling (Long & Foster) about 1 year ago

I had a '65 mustang and I loved it!  It finally stopped one day!  I even gave her a name - she was white with a black top... and her name was "snow ball"!  I did go into mourning after her demise... we had a lot of great times together.

Posted by Joan Whitebook Southern New Hampshire about 1 year ago

Hi Russell Another great, interesting post..What is it about the Mustang ..everyone loves them ..one of our agents just bought one just to make the rest of us envious, beautiful red convertible.  My dad  bought my younger  brother for his graduation a white Corvette Convertible. The first day he took it out..it stalled on a train tracks....ouch!  ( Not a happy dad  with the Auto dealer ))

What a first experienced....they took the car back and replaced it with a red Corvette convertible...never stalled with that one.

I had to smile when I read about your little son loving the inside of the car.  My little grandson did the same thing. When he knew I was coming to visit him,  he would wait for me with his mom in their driveway because he knew I would hold him on my lap while he would play with the steering wheel and push all the buttons.  Mr Lewis  ...you stirred up a lot of fun memories,

( except the stall on the rail road tracks)

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 1 year ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this article and your last paragraph was AWESOME!  My husband has a love affair with mustangs also - he has two and one is a muscle car.  Once we were at a stop light last year with my son (we rarely drive it) and I got a little vroom vroom from a civic boy.  I blew him out of the water ;)  Then my son told on me at dinner time :(

I prefer my explorer and BELIEVE In buying AMERICAN!

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) www.ShackDiva.com (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) about 1 year ago

I really enjoyed reading this post and ALL the comments.  Now I'm curious about that jalpeno pie!  Can you blog that?  lol

Posted by Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro Maui Real Estate Sales (Jim Sanders Realty Inc. - Maui) about 1 year ago

I agree there is a special relationship between agents and their cars, but GM lost touch with its clients and stopped building what we wanted and started building what they thought we wanted. (The Edsel)

These companies needed to change a long time ago and the unions wouldn't allow it and because of that they caused their own downfall. Out of the box thinking that brought us the Corvette, the Mini-van, the Ford Mustang and other great cars from Americas past have long since been forgotten and there hasn't been a new must have car from American in 20 years.

They needed to change and didn't.

Posted by George & Arlene Paukert (Road to Wealth, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russ as a person who is living in the heart of car country, you probably understand better than most and I agree with your analogy that there is blame to spread around.

Charles GM=Government Motors?!?!? It may NEVER get out of "design by committee" HaH!

Teri Thanks for the Kudos and yes I agree, the comments are excellent and are what make Active Rain such a compelling place to post!

Changing Streets Flint was indeed the epicenter of the car business for so many years and as a person who hails from there you know better than most all of the issues that have gone into this tragedy! I like that you are a car guy too, it's just a crying shame that your "dream car" experience was ruined by the inept actions of a company that completely failed to deliver. I cannot imagine the frustration, after all those years and the incredible expectations (It makes waiting for Christmas, pale in comparison) I agree that P.J.'s article was truly the best overview of the situation I have seen! Thanks for stopping by!

Aaron You are so right and as the numerous comments have pointed out, the problem is multi-faceted! Unfortunately we all suffer.

June As always, it is so good to see you my friend! When I was a child, I remember when the first Mustangs came out and there was a friend of the family who bought one. She was a middle aged single woman, never married (something of a rarity in West Texas) and I remember that it was almost "shocking". The car was so revolutionary it just turned heads. Now about that Corvette, WHAT A STORY, new shiny Vette, stalling on the tracks...I can just envision it! It's cool that they replaced it with another, I understand that too, If that's what you want, it's what your gonna get!

I am glad I was able to bring back some memories, especially the kid's driving in the driveway, that always makes me smile when I remember our son's antics!

Renee I started laughing when I read your comments because I just knew you were going to "floor it" when challenged! And I hope that with this restructuring, GM and the other car companies will begin to compete in a way that makes it easy for us to BUY AMERICAN!

Georgina Tanks for the suggestion and you are right, I have not written a Localism post in awhile so I might do that next week!

George Good point, there has not been a "must have " car in over 20 years. I do think that the workers were caught between the Unions AND the management and the refusal to even try and  do things differently and so everyone, including the buying public has suffered!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

It is a bummer to see another great company go by the wayside. Just another sign of the times.

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

Thanks for posting the information above this morning. I really enjoy reading your blogs over a great cup of coffee. Have an awesome day.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, CSSN Radio Coach, REOs, Networker, ePRO (AZCO Properties LLC) about 1 year ago

I really do enjoy reading your blogs. Thanks for providing this information to us. I am constantly learning more and more as I read on AR. Keep up the great works.

Posted by Eric Villaverde (DoubleTree Home Inspection Services L.L.C.) about 1 year ago

Great post.... it will be sad to see GM turn into Amtrak or the post office. We see how well those goverment owned companies are run.

Posted by Brad Snyder (Sierra Vista Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell...so let me guess, ummmm, you love cars - RIGHT.  Not just any old Yugo but sleek, sexy, hard-embodied suggestions of power and speed and grace!!!  OK....that works ;-)

From the poetic side of life....just for you.......

 

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Russell -My first car was a 1967 Rally Sport Camaro - complete with a suicide knob , because I wasn't strong enough to turn the steering wheel to get around the turns. My dad and I rebuilt that car from the ground up and my love of cars has stayed with me to this day.

It is sad to say , but the eighties seemed to be a time when the whole shift from ergonomics to economics occurred. I haven't been excited about an American made car since then. They all started looking exactly the same rows and rows of fish sitting on the lots waiting for someone anyone to buy them.

But for years GM had a strangle hold on the government and the market , all you have to do is watch the movie "Tucker" to get an idea of how extreme they could get. It truly is a time for renovation of the business model in our country , especially when it concerns the manufacturing sector. Bring the factories and the jobs back home and take care of our own , let the other countries create their own industrial ages without us.

 

Posted by Laura Gray (RE/MAX Realty Group) about 1 year ago

Russell - one of the few regrets that I have in my life is letting go of my 68 GTO. While the Yugo really sucked, there are some cars from Malaysia that are pretty good looking and comfortable to both drive and ride in. Manufacturers could take some lessons from there.

Posted by Mike Saunders - Athens, Ga & Surrounding Communities (Keller Williams Realty - Greater Athens) about 1 year ago

Hello Russell-What a great tribute to what we Americans love about about cars. The sleek and sexy car wins out over the old station wagon anyday.  Very well written and thought out blog. I think the govt and the car manufacturers should see this post. They need to be energized and understand what sells and WHY. Have a wonderful Thursday <WARM SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 1 year ago

Thanks Russell. 

I don't love automobiles, but I do appreciate one that runs when I want it to do so.  I drove my last Chevy Blazer for 275,000 miles.  Then the folks I gave it to drove it another 25,000 miles. 

Sadly, I now drive a Toyota 4Runner. 

GM lost it's way.  Hopefully, they'll find it back.  I'm not optimistic because, so far, everything the government has touched has turned into crap.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Unfortunately Pasion doesn't always pay the bills but I like your article!  Congrats on the feature!

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro Realtor (Re/Max All Pros) about 1 year ago

GM lost the respect of the American motor buyer when the car cost 60months to pay for but the warranty lasted 36 months.  When the transmission went haywire then, the poor consumer could chose to fix it for several hundreds of dollars or make the payments.  GM was built on average american sales, and Mr Average American consumer couldnt pay repair bills and huge car payments so they moved over to Toyota and Nissen and Volkswagen to name a few that could outlast the payment book.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) about 1 year ago

have read all your comments and all of them tell so much truth. I live next to the Janesville plant in Wisconsin and it is sad to see what it has done to the area all around there. People are struggling and the towns and cities around it. It will take a long time to recapture what they have lost.

Posted by Nannette Hilliard CDPE,ABR,CRS (Re/Max Preferred Green County Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Yes I do remember drivers ed because at 15 1/2 I looked forward to taking my date to the drive in. Hormones do rage at that age. My love affair with autos was lost long ago. maybe it was that 36,000 miles a year as a Realtor that did it. My 2007 Lexus has 65,000 miles, and I can see it going farther. I bought it out of comfort needs, and reputation, after two Hondas I had owned. Sadly, American cars didn't do it for me. I pray for GM's resurgence, and health to Ford and Chrysler. America still needs to make things. FYI, my first car in 1964 was a Chevy II, and I graduated from high school with an OLDS 442. I also remember a gas war where premium got down to 9C a gallon. Am I really that old?

Posted by Joe Pryor.com REALTOR® Oklahoma Investment Properties (Redbud Realty) about 1 year ago

 I actually heard the head of the UAW say on TV, that the UAW was not going to consider negotiating with the car companies until they knew bankruptcy was imminent. But then came along the current administration who was willing to chip in YOUR money.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) about 1 year ago

Russell...

A lot of it has to do with customer service too. I bought an 89 Grand Am for my daughter and when the paint started peeling off I called GM customer service and they said "too bad."

I told them that I would never buy another GM product as long as I lived, the response was "we don't care, we don't need you." And that was from customer service!

Posted by Richard Weisser Coweta Fayette Real Estate about 1 year ago

Russell, I will never forget my first car a Red Skylark with white interior. I loved it. I was 16 and after having it for one month and got a C my dad parked it.

Now him being a Buick Dealer someone saw it on the lot and bawled my eyes out.

My mom told me to get over it, my dad was a dealer. Then she told me she cried when dad sold her first car.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk-Ann Arbor-Realtor® Ann Arbor Real Estate (Keller Williams-Ann Arbor) about 1 year ago

Russell,

When I bought my first car in 1964, I had to order it and they actually sent the order to a factory for the car to be built. A Pontiac 2+2 convertible with a 421 cubic inch V8. God, I loved that car.

The cars today ride better, get better gas mileage, are safer, yada, yada, yada...but they don't have soul. 

GM will bounce back in some fashion but they'll never be able to bring back the excitement that was part of the driving experience.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.) about 1 year ago

They have had a broken business model for years.  I don't believe in bailouts for anyone.  It's painful to go bankrupt but I believe time will show the bailouts to more painful and costly.

They lost their soul becuase lost the customer service focus.

Posted by Mark Watterson Utah Real Estate (Principle Realty Group, Inc) about 1 year ago

Russell - You make some very solid points here.  Incidentally, I remember some of my own fondest memories as a child involved playing for hours with my Hot Wheels race track.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 1 year ago

Hi Russel,

Nice blog.  I'm originally from the Detroit area (Ann Arbor) and have deep roots to the big 3.  It is so sad they lost their passion, because you hit the nail on the head.  I have so many stories of the ridiculous dealings going on in that company on a local level, the stories people don't hear about.  My best friends husband was an exec. with GM (recently laid off) he traveled quite often and it was MANDATORY that they fly first class and they were not allowed to use frequent flyer miles?????? Blantant misuse of monies. That is just small example, but there are many more. 

On another note, I went to the Detroit Tiger game last night (I'm currently visiting the area) Behind center field there is a large ivy/grass backdrop with fountains on top and proudly has Chrysler,FORD and GM mounted above.  There is a sign that reads, "Detroit supports the autoworkers" (something like that)  It was nice.

Posted by Cindy Edwards about 1 year ago

Hi Russel,

Nice blog.  I'm originally from the Detroit area (Ann Arbor) and have deep roots to the big 3.  It is so sad they lost their passion, because you hit the nail on the head.  I have so many stories of the ridiculous dealings going on in that company on a local level, the stories people don't hear about.  My best friends husband was an exec. with GM (recently laid off) he traveled quite often and it was MANDATORY that they fly first class and they were not allowed to use frequent flyer miles?????? Blantant misuse of monies. That is just small example, but there are many more. 

On another note, I went to the Detroit Tiger game last night (I'm currently visiting the area) Behind center field there is a large ivy/grass backdrop with fountains on top and proudly has Chrysler,FORD and GM mounted above.  There is a sign that reads, "Detroit supports the autoworkers" (something like that)  It was nice.

Posted by Cindy Edwards CRS GRI PMN Northeast Tennessee 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 1 year ago

The problem I see with most automakers these days is they are not creating the "classic" car.  People from the baby boom generation and before look back fondly at the 64 Mustang, the '57 T'Bird, the Corvettes of the 60's and 70's, and the muscle cars from that era like the Camaros, Chargers, Baracudas, and GTO's.  I don't think ANYONE is going to look back and wax nostalgic over the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, or Ford Taurus.  It's not just the American auto makers, it's almost all of them.  All their cars look a like. Sure they have all the interior acoutrements, but I maintain that the #1 factor behind a car purchase is aesthetics. You have to like the way it looks. Fuel efficiency, reliability, and safety are all secondary factors.  The only car makers that I find make "sexy" cars are the Germans. Go figure.  But BMW and Mercedes have always led the way in design.  The American car makers could do go by taking a little of the design aspects from the Germans.  Then I think they would sales increase.  Great post and best of luck.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, Anthem AZ Real Estate (Long Real Estate) about 1 year ago

As Bill says above, It's a sign of the times, unfortunately. I loved my Corvette when I was in high school, many years ago.  Fond memories.

{Patricia Aulson/Portsmouth NH Real Estate

Posted by PATRICIA AULSON, REALTOR Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (PRUDENTIAL VERANI REALTY- Portsmouth NH Real Estate ) about 1 year ago

"Fire the MBAs and hire a poet". Nice:)

 

 

Posted by Jason Potrzeba~ Commercial Loan Officer ~ RI (Jepotz Consulting Group) about 1 year ago

"Fire the MBAs and hire a poet". Nice:)

 

 

Posted by Jason Potrzeba~ Commercial Loan Officer ~ RI (Jepotz Consulting Group) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Great post and congrats on the feature. GM has been an icon for many years but perhaps they did not change with the times.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Dyersburg Tn Real Estate (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 1 year ago

Russell - nice post, and it is unfortunate what has happened to GM. They have been around for so many years, and the unraveling of them is certainly something to reflect upon.

Posted by Sharon Paxson Newport Beach Real Estate (Prudential California Realty, DRE License 01501912) about 1 year ago

Bill Maybe the new version of GM will "get it" and make a real comeback!

Harry & Eric & Brad I really appreciate your kudos and enjoy the fact that you have morning coffee here (whenever I manage to find the time to post!) Thank you!

Gail Okay, I like that but as much as I enjoy cars it's not as bad as it seems. And BTW I did manage to leave out some "parking" episodes' and figured that would make a funny subject for another blog...another day!

Laura Okay, that's cool, I owned a 69 Camaro for awhile and it was a complete BLAST! I have to tell you I'm impressed that you and your Dad worked together on automobiles, that's just very cool. I did see Tucker and sadly, that is the sort of behavior that eventually brought GM down. Thanks for stopping by, I need to check out your blog soon!

Mike A friend of mine in the Marines returned from Vietnam and to celebrate he bought a 1968 GTO a truly bad-ass car!

Sharon I appreciate that and it is always nice to read your comments , have a great week my friend!

Lenn I don't have as much fun as I used too and I have to tell you that I do the same thing, buy a good car and then drive it as far as I possibly can before purchasing another! I do envy you because of your 4Runner. I had 203000 miles on my 1998 and wish I still had it in my driveway. Truly a tough and comfortable ride! Don't be sad 4Runner's Rock!

Bridget Sad but true but hopefully in the future there will be a little balance!

Gail That is an excellent observation "when the car cost 60months to pay for but the warranty lasted 36 months" Great point!!!

Nanette I appreciate your comment, it is even more difficult for folks living in the heart of the industry and I know that the effects will take a long time to overcome! Thanks for your insight!

Joe I started laughing at your "looked forward to taking my date to the drive in. Hormones do rage at that age" and just briefly mentioned it in my post but lots of folks were reminded of the same thing. I have also had the same "comfort" struggle and have a Lexus for work and used to have a Mercedes too. Both perform admirably and are amazingly comfortable. I have a good friend who had an OLDS 442 and it was an incredible ride. We also had gas wars on a regular basis in West Texas but the cheapest I ever saw was .19 a gallon. Down from the astronomical price of .29 Ha Ha Ha!

Norma I hear you but honestly management seems as bad and everyone else is in the middle! Wow what a crying shame!

Richard You are so right, the indifference with a huge side order of arrogance is just amazing. How would our customers and clients react? Absolutely appalling and of course we all finally got fed up. Too bad we are also paying for this shoddy treatment with OUR tax dollars. *OUCH*

Missy What a story, it's both funny AND tragic, I mean how many people have Dad's who own a car dealership, to him it was all inventory but to you and your Mom, it was YOUR car! Great tale and thanks for sharing!

Richard How cool is that, ordering it specifically to your tastes? "Pontiac 2+2 convertible with a 421 cubic inch V8." Yeah, that's a car with soul. Thanks for stopping by!

Mark Excellent observation "They lost their soul because lost the customer service focus."

Cindy Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment. Since you were from the area you also have a better idea of some of the issues that caused this dilemma. Thanks to for the item about the Tigers game, it's good to see that the community is hanging tough and supporting each other these days!

Jerry Very good points, there is a line between efficiency and style and you said it so well with "People from the baby boom generation and before look back fondly at the 64 Mustang, the '57 T'Bird, the Corvettes of the 60's and 70's, and the muscle cars from that era like the Camaros, Chargers, Baracudas, and GTO's.  I don't think ANYONE is going to look back and wax nostalgic over the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, or Ford Taurus." Thank you very much for adding to this discussion!

Patricia Ahh yes, there is something memorable about Corvette that sticks with a person always!

Jason That was P.J. O'Rourke's  line but it is a classic!

Mike You are right and maybe now they will finally see the light!

Hi Sharon, so good to see you! I think it was a slow deterioration coupled with denial on the part of everyone involved!

Everyone, thanks so much for the large number of incredibly insightful comments! I appreciate everyone adding to this discussion!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Focus groups, sample studies, sales patterns ... I don't care how many cupholders you give me.  I just want to go fast or run stuff over. 

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) about 1 year ago

Thanks so much for the post. All of us have special cars we remember and love.

Posted by Alice & Jim Hayes (Loveless Realty) about 1 year ago

Okay!  I couldn't agree more with your philosophy but, I have to tell you a funny story here!  My best friend from college had a mustang--I never drove it, only rode in it and absolutely LOVED that car!  We had some awesome times in that car, and yes, passion and memories are made of and with automobiles--you're right that is a part of our being!

A few years back, I decided that I wanted to purchase a new Ford Mustang.  So, I looked at all of the glossy brochures, picked out color combinations, etc. and waited until hubby had a day that we could go try one out together!  As I anxiously approached the dealership, my heart just racing, we found the one that I had driven by several times and quickly snagged the first salesperson that we saw to take us on a test drive!  I even had my driver's license out and ready to hand him to save time!  LOL

He returned to the car and as I sat down on the edge of the seat, I asked him where the seat control was so that I could bring the seat farther back to get my legs into the car.  Guess what, it was ALL the way back!  I can't fit my legs behind the wheel of a MUSTANG!  I seriously almost CRIED!  The memory of my tall father (6'8") having to have driver seats removed and re-installed farther back and never sitting just right, was all it took to make me move on, broken hearted, in the search for another make and model of automobile!

Funny how posts dredge up memories, isn't it!?  Congrats on the feature, my friend; well deserved, indeed!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

OH, one more thing--sorry about the post within your post...I just couldn't stop myself!!

;o)

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

Paul VROOOOOOM! VROOOOOOM! I am laughing and thinking about those boys at your house and the influence of a particularly fun DAD! Then again, it's probably the influence of an early childhood book, GO DOG GO!

Alicia & Jim You are welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Debe, no problem, I loved your story. This past has elicited some excellent comments and stories and I have been so busy it's been almost impossible to reply to all! OKAY, here is the deal with us, my wife is only 4'11" so we always have to be sure that any car we purchase will have pedals she can reach. Sometimes, when I am in a hurry, I will jump in and realize too late that I should have moved the seat from it's extreme forward position. I can get stuck and be flailing around trying to find the seat button to release myself from the bind!!!

Thanks for your story and please feel free to post as long as you like here, I always enjoy your tales!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

My first car was a Chevy Impala, gold with black roof and how I loved that car.  As the years went by I moved on to Oldsmobiles, driving an Olds 98 for a long time.  Then on to a Chrysler New Yorker, loaded and gorgeous.  The problem was every one of those cars had costly problems and I had finally had enough.  I then switched over to Nissan and a car that ran for years with no issues at all.  I never went back to an American car because my experience showed me the others were better made and I could count on them working.  Sad commentary.

Posted by Geri Sonkin (RE/MAX Hearthstone) about 1 year ago

I had a VW convertible...loved it.  My friends and I had so much fun in this little red bug.  Great post, but sad...another one hits the dust....

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot Lewisburg WV Realtor (Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Thanks for another insightful blog.  I enjoyed the Wall Street Journal article you referenced.  I hope to see a new GM soon.

Posted by Ross Plummer (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, Your graphic of that " Vett " sure brings back some terrific memories.  Not sure I'll have those with any of my more current cars though !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy Fort Myers Beach Realtor (Century 21 Tripower Realty) about 1 year ago

Russell, I too think that the (former) "Big Three" lost that passion - that zest for producing memorable cars.  Ones like the late 60s muscle cars.  I have owned too many different cars for me to recount them all here but there are a few that I really was proud of.  Cars that you could almost see yourself making sure if you were taking a picture of something - you would find a way to get your car in the picture.  I currently own a Ford King Ranch F 150, a Chevy Suburban and a little Mazda.  These current vehicles are good and dependable but 10 years from now (heck 5!) I'm barely going to remember them.  If GM Chrysler OR Ford don't figure this out cars will just be like some other generic commodity and price will be the driving factor in buying decisions.

Posted by BRIAN and MARIE SPRAY - Frisco TX Realtors (www.DFWAreaRealtors.com - Action Realty Group) about 1 year ago

Amen!  We have a 97 Z71 that David can't part with - some because of the uncertainty of the market.  My dad is a Big Car Guy - he has restored 2 (71 road runner & 40 chevy coupe) so as you can only imagine cars were a big focus in my home growing up so this hits home.

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Texas American Title Company) about 1 year ago

Russell, congratulations on makingit to the front page and and being featured! This is an excellent post and Zi enjoyed the link to the Wall Street Journal article too! It is a shame that old thinking on the part of just about everyone involved brought about the failure of GM. Hopefully the new version will learn from the mistakes of the last 20 years!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell, I am kind of surprised that you did not talk more about, your memories of time spent in a car when it was parked! HA HA! Congratulations on another well written blog!

Posted by Michelle about 1 year ago

I enjoyed reading PJ O'Rourke's article. I always love his writing.

I am buying my 16 year old son's first vehicle right now -- and he wants a Ford pickup. The dealer says there's a rush on pickups right now, as everyone is afraid they won't be available as easily later on.

So we're buying a 1998 F150 for him.

Posted by Erica Ramus - Realty Executives / Pottsville PA Real Estate about 1 year ago

I wanted to add that along with many of the previous commenter's, I have not purchase an American car in years. Dependability is something I need to be able to count on and was not delivered!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Geri I had a similar experience with American cars and the problems with quality. In 1986, I bought a Nissan Pathfinder and it was so different, comfortable, sturdy and reliable. I kept it for 193,000 miles and sold it to my mechanic and bought a 1996 4Runner...and I wish I still had that one after over 200,000 miles!

Rebecca My daughter wants a VW convertible in the future and they are certainly a lot more fun than most cars these days!

Ross The Journal was excellent and I hope most of the folks dropping by had a chance to read!  Thanks!

 Bill Ain't it the truth? I like the idea of conservation and safety but a Prius is dull...

Brian & Marie I was a pickup and truck person for years before entering real estate and though dependable, not nearly as much fun as some of the cars I've owned. Hopefully the new company will have a place for both Form AND Function!

Mandy that is really cool and it show a true appreciation for cars from a real "hands on" perspective!

Jeannette I too have that hope and also like you I drove American vehicles until the late 80's and switched. That is until the 1996 Mustang, however all the other cars have been foreign! As you mention in your second comment, "Dependability" was the main factor!

Michelle That is so funny but I did refrain from that area of automobile memories, I figured everyone else had memories and would just use their imagination! HAH!

Erica I have enjoyed reading P.J.'s writing since waaaaaaaaaaay back in the national Lampoon days! And as far as a first vehicle for your son, I really do not think you can go wrong with a workhorse like the Ford 150. I have had two and the were great!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Gongrats on a great featured post Russell!  You did make me conjure up memories of a white mustang convertible with a black rag top I had that I absolutely loved!

Posted by Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living (Coldwell Banker United) about 1 year ago

Russell, I'm not going to read all 82 comments but I could not agree more.  The pizazz has just been missing!

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

I would love to agree with you about letting accountants run car companies.  But, look at toyota... they are the most boring car company in the world... 

But, I think there should be more car people running car companies.

Posted by Lane Bailey - REALTOR & Car Guy (Diamond Dwellings Realty) about 1 year ago

For me it was my grandmother's baby blue 1967 Plymouth Fury which I drove during high school. I drove it during the early 80s.

Passion yes. Passion for driving it too. IMO unfortunately some of the corporations became passionate for money instead of passionate for design, form, and/or function. 

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ®, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, FL (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell,

You are so right about the romance, gosh I remember as a youngster having my morning cereal before school and reading about the different cars on the box.

Posted by Don Rogers REALTOR®, GRI O'Fallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (RE/MAX Gold) about 1 year ago

Back in awhile to reply to your comments and thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Poor baby...features are a big bite aren't they ;-)  Thanks for stopping by yesterday, I know how busy you are....have a fun weekend - k

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Russell, it appears that I am late to the party on your most recent post. You have given some great insights on the problems of today's automakers and I would agree that when it's all about numbers, people walk away. If we treat our clients like a number or worse, ignore them then we can expect the same. Good work and I have noticed that you have been selling a loy of Austin lately and it appears to have cut into you blogging time. I am guessing that you are just fine with that!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, it appears that I am late to the party on your most recent post. You have given some great insights on the problems of today's automakers and I would agree that when it's all about numbers, people walk away. If we treat our clients like a number or worse, ignore them then we can expect the same. Good work and I have noticed that you have been selling a loy of Austin lately and it appears to have cut into you blogging time. I am guessing that you are just fine with that!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

So, do you wear knee pads when you're getting behind the wheel?!!  I've done that many times in other people's cars so, I laughed out loud at your description!  I have to say though, I wouldn't trade being tall for anything!!  LOL

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

Howdy there Russell

And you have out done yourself once again with this here post about GM.

You sure are right when a companys only think about the numbers, and turnen their back to the folks that are supporting them. The folks are going to start looking else where for what they want to by.

Have a real fine day, my friend!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) about 1 year ago

Russell

Lets not forget that GM was selling a lot of cars until the economy tanked and the car makers weren't responsible for that. If the economy was still in good shape and more people had money to spend they could still be selling cars. I believe Toyota reporated losses also.

 

Posted by John Smith about 1 year ago

A Chrystler plant has closed less than 2 miles from my house.  The biggest impact that I see is there are less teenagers working at the Acme food store.  There are several older, but hard working individuals that showed up scanning my jiffy pop and diapers and I have mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, we get great attentive service... on the other hand our economy is wacked because the younger generation is not getting the work experience they need because the older generation needs those jobs...  Just keep working hard!

Posted by Matthew Hans Delaware Real Estate (Exit Central Realty - Delaware Home Sales) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell....It would appear the car industry is in a real mess right now.  Dealerships are being selectively closed depending on who you know.  Where does this all end :(

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Having grown up in Texas with Mustangs, Z28s, 442s, Novas, Trans Ams, etc., if you would have told me then that some day I'd be driving a Toyota, Nissan, or Honda, I would have scratched you off of my Christmas list. I do miss the American cars; they were a lot of fun to drive back in their days.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 1 year ago

I have all sorts of memories of more than one great car and all of the adventures that took place in them whether they were moving or parked! LOLI hope cars don't end up being even more boring but you never can tell when the government steps in!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

I have all sorts of memories of more than one great car and all of the adventures that took place in them whether they were moving or parked! LOLI hope cars don't end up being even more boring but you never can tell when the government steps in!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

Hellooo Russell, I married a Gear-head so I understand your passion about cars. It used to be game for me to see if I could identify the make of the car by the chrome grill.

Part of our car 'family' included a 65 Mustang, 65 rag top Vette ( it was my Pop's, but he parked it at out house, lol), 74 Grand Prix, that front end was like driving a big boat, and a 75 Trans Am.

I can relate to Missy's experience about having a tear in your eye when some were sold :(

Posted by Cynthia Bartch ~ Redesigned Spaces ~ all round nice gal... (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 1 year ago

I have read a lot of posts here about how American Autos are not dependable... I've been driving Ford or Dodge for almost 15 years now and love everyone of my vehicles.  American Auto companies are run horribly and they need to drastically cut down on the number of styles of vehicles they produce.  But I wouldn't say their all crap...

Ryan

www.ryanhanley.com

Posted by Ryan Hanley, Albany Insurance Broker - Guilderland Agency, Inc. (Guilderland Agency, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell I just stopped back to push you over the 100 mark,  Art

Posted by Art Kruschka - Fairfax Prince William Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (First Virginia Realty Management) about 1 year ago

Russell, I'm sorry I missed this post, it was wonderful!   I know I wasn't supposed to have a hot rod but I've owned a few fast cars in my time and even an old 1969 Mustang that roared :)  It's so sad what's happened to our auto industry and when buying American was important because we only made the BEST.

Posted by Carole Provenzale and Laura Cerrano Owner, Feng Shui Long Island & New York (Feng Shui Long Island & New York City/Feng Shui Manhattan ) about 1 year ago

I was just writing a guide to the hike on the Appalachian trail when I got your response.LOLMy husband is a older car enthusiast and never drives anything new. His current project is a 1987 silverado 4x4 for our son. Old is better in our eyes.

Posted by Laura Jefferson (Acquire Real Estate) about 1 year ago

If I had the mechanical inclination, I'd have a 1964½ Mustang. Alas, I have to settle right now for a Toyota Camry, but it does have the horsepower to get me up the Interstate 805 bridge, as well as through the mountains to Palm Springs. I'll get back to a Mustang again some day.

Mustang Cobra

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) about 1 year ago

Russell...

Before Jerry The Jeep I owned a 1986 triple black rag top Corvette. That mother could torque out :)

You so do not want to know about antics in that car. Or do you? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryant's Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell,
The response to this blog was  unbelievable.  Good job, congratulations!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 1 year ago

If I comment on this blog 22 times and you respond 22 times we can get you to 150  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!  I just wanted to say I hope you had a great Fourth and are busy out selling right now!  Have a great week...

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi my fav silver fox. Hope you have been doing well. Busy as a bee like me, LOL, CONGRATS on the feature. Sure a lots of comments on this. Must be you struck a chord. Take care my friend. Miss ya. :-)

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) about 1 year ago

Hey Featured Man, consider this your notice. When we go to Phil's for burgers you are driving the ragtop!! If you need a new home for your old Vair I might take it off your hands. We can talk about it over burgers when you get back!

Betina

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Shame on you and your big 'ol nasty Mustang Carbon Footprints, Russell.  I guess I'll just have to chase you down and dust 'em off the road in my fuel injected 409.   See ya!! (in my rearview mirror, sucka!!!)  

Liz King

 

Posted by Steve Puckett (Bank of America Home Loans) about 1 year ago

Russell, looks like you struck a nerve with some of your readers. A well written as usual. As my first car was my fathers hand me down Dodge Dart with no AC and no radio so I don't have many romantic memories of my first car but my friends - Yes. Cruising in a Mustang at 16 was very cool.

Posted by Robin Scott - Broker CRS ABR SRS Austin Texas REALTOR® (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) about 1 year ago

Oh, how I understand what you so eloquently wrote.  My husband has spent the last three years redoing a 1957 Chevy pickup truck...he is a total car nut and loves Corvettes as well!  It looks like since you wrote this GM is getting back on their feet!

Posted by Lake Norman Real Estate ~ Diane Aurit (LKN Realty, LLC) about 1 year ago

Russell  Please do a blog - I'm getting mighty tired of responding to this one :)  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell, I know you are back so PULEEEEEZZZZZ write another post! I agree with Karen! HA!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!  Ditto to Karen's comment!  I have to say that I understand where you are and have had difficulty myself lately, getting posts written and comments returned.  I just wanted to let you know that you HAVE BEEN MISSED in the Rain!

Have a wonderful weekend...

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

Hey, Russell -- As our famous Governator said, "I'm baaaaaaaaaaack." Where are you? You leave us Playing in the Rain by ourselves after having a Featured Post? Hope all is well with you and yours and that you're really busy with real estate, but we want you back Playing in the Rain, too.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) about 1 year ago

Hey russell what a fabulous post and so glad its FEATURED -look at the comments -you have a live wire here! I love the older cars.......i did a series from a car show and certoogoo gaga over it all - used to have a 1969 mustang but would love an old pick up - Marchel I'd like some pics! :-) Oh darn now I'm homesick Austin(can i be homesick for a place i've only been to 2x? ) :-)

Posted by Liz Moras ~Chilliwack Realtor, Chilliwack, Hope, Langley, Abbotsford (Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake) about 1 year ago

Ok Russell, REALLY you get us all so interested in blogging and now you've been AWOL for what...8 weeks? I wanted to see if you had begun again  but guess I will wait for you to take your sweet time! Come on back soon!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

Russell  This post has been here so long I can't recall if I commented before - it's a senior citizen citizen thing

Posted by Art Kruschka - Fairfax Prince William Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (First Virginia Realty Management) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I just wanted to stop by to thank you for commenting on my post - then I see this feature! and yes I remember every single car I loved, and hated - it has nothing to do with economics, we do have relationships with our automobiles!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR ®, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty) about 1 year ago

Hey there, it's cool that you've returned to blogging buy maybe you now have some time to reply to all the nice people who have been kind enough to leave comments!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I saw Mattie's comment come on and thought wow until I clicked on and realized she was your daughter (lol).  Oh my that could have been my daughter; although she just thinks it is freaking weird that her Mom blogs.

My daughter got a degree in graphic design but then hated corporate America and is now an International flight attendant.  She figured out that she hated corporate America as she was living in Manhattan (YIKES)!  Thank goodness I had some clients who were flight attendants in NYC. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Howdy there Russell

I seen you had left at least one comment today in the AR community, so I wanted to be sure to stop by your blog. To see if you had wrote and posted a new blog post. Will at least by leaven you comment on this featured post, it'll help to get back into the eyes of readers.

Have a real fine week, my friend

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Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) 11 months ago

Howdy there Russell

Well my friend, I seen my idea for moven your blog post back up the AR featured ladder did not work. At least not far enough, for it to show back up on the main page.

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Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) 11 months ago

Hey there Dale, i really appreciate the effort. You know i noticed that the old system that used to send a post to the top of the roll was broken. That's a shame because, like you i always enjoyed seeing interesting posts that appear as people kept commenting! Anyway, thanks again and i am going to take time this month to start posting again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 11 months ago

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