I was almost t-boned on the way home from work today…at the same intersection where my previous card was hit!
This time, I was making a left turn and was clearing the intersection after the light turned yellow. Some clown in an SUV then decided to run the red light — this despite her being almost four seconds away from the intersection when the light turned yellow!
The rude gesture the driver made to me as she drove by (not visible in the photos) was icing on the cake.
I’m not entirely happy with the sloppiness of the paint job. My model-painting experience is almost entirely in acrylic, and this job was done with enamel. I figured enamel would be more durable for something like this. Unfortunately, enamel is a bit harder to work with and is less forgiving than acrylic.
The paint I used was Humbrol Black Satin 85. It does not look very much like satin paint to me, though.
I came across my Camaro’s double earlier this week:
He doesn’t have side spears like the ones that I put on my car a few months ago, nor does he have the gill inserts, and I can’t tell if he has a black spoiler or not (and he’s missing two cylinders ;-), but he does have the same hood wrap, fender hashes, and powder-coated wheels as my car does. It’s difficult to tell here, but I’d bet he’s got the same window tinting, too.
When I first picked up the car from the dealership, the person who sold me the car took a photo of it to show other prospective customers (I had the tinting, hood wrap, fender hashes, and gill inserts put on by the dealer). On a later visit to the dealership, the salesperson commented that another guy had seen the photo of my car and ordered the exact same thing. I wonder if this is that guy?
As a driver of a very distinct looking car, this photo also gives me something that might come in handy in the future: plausible deniability.
This is the final cosmetic change I had planned when I first bought the car. I think they give the lower body a sharp, dynamic look. What I especially like is that they darken up-facing areas on the car that are normally brighter than the rest of the body due to reflected sunlight.
I put these decals on myself. It was a little nerve wracking, but I believe I did a decent job. We’ll see how long these last.
Also new to my car in these photos are yellow rubber lug nut covers, which I ordered from AliExpress. I just came across them one day and figured they were cheap enough to try. I liked the look of them, so I kept them on.
I think that about wraps up all the exterior cosmetic modifications I’m going to make on the car.
When I was a kid, the best car ever was the Lamborghini Countach. It was the fastest, coolest looking car around. I always wanted to have one when I was younger. I remember saying once when I was ten or so that I wanted to buy one when I was older, to which one of my uncles quipped, “You’d better start saving now!”
Today, I own a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS. On a whim, I decided to compare its performance specs with the dream car of my youth. Here are the results of my research*:
1982 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S
2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS
375 bhp @ 7000 rpm
426 bhp @ 5900 rpm
302 ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm
424 ft-lbs @ 4600 rpm
0 to 60 mph
Looks like I’m already driving the supercar I always wanted as a kid!
*There’s a few tenths of a second variance in some of the performance numbers I’ve seen, since they are partially dependent on driver skill, but the Camaro consistently outperforms the Countach.