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Covering 45 square miles, Glamis is the biggest Off-Highway-Vehicle (OHV) for sand dunes in the states. It is the mecca for nearly 1 million visitors a year with their sand toys. The major Holidays (Christmas, New Year's, President's Day, Thanksgiving) are usually when peak crowds of 50,000+ arrive. I used to go here with my home-built vw-powered sand rail.

Nowadays, many of the dune-buggies, sand rails and other sand toys range in cost from $125,000 - $200,000+. Who woulda thunk?

Here's the shortest video I could find to post. If you explore 'Glamis' on YouTube there are MANY videos of drags, crashes, night rides, partying, etc.

@edsnova - That buggy looks kind of familiar...

The brother of one of my co-workers was an Army Ranger during Desert Storm and was smokin' across the Arabian sands in a Chenowith "Desert Patrol Vehicle".  I recall that these things were very formidable and very rugged with a top speed on flat sand of close to 100mph.  Not to mention that they had a gunner with a 50 Cal on board.  

IIRC, they had a 7-foot-long muffler up the side of the buggy and were pretty silent while patrolling.  

Military Buggy

I remember that General Schwarzkopf ordered the governors disabled in the attack vehicles when pursuing the Iraqis so he had M1 tanks tearing across the desert at 70MPH, too.  That would have been a sight to behold (but not if you were an Iraqi!)

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My brother has 3 Chenowths. When he bought one, the seller mentioned he had the original body molds for the Fast Attack Vehicles, and he gave them to him. I’ve been bugging him to make a set of CF panels with some CF cloth/resin I have.

ps: Gordon. No “i” in Chenowth. Pronounced “Shin-off.” I recently discovered this myself.

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Speaking of compare and contrast, and maybe helping to make Ed's point, lookit what $30K will currently get you on the BaT.

OK, maybe a bit more than 30K — it's still got a day to run — but it ain't gonna be six figures or even close to half that. And it's got a body, an Italian body.

What could you get new today for the same money? A stripped down Civic with a cool CVT and Apple Car Play that beeps whenever you change lanes?



Alfa

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Y'all noticed that '39 has a sleeper cab adapted to it, right? There's not much room in there, but I think a nice memory-foam mattress and an inverter for the CPAP, and I'd be ready to hit the road towing my clown-car in style.

FWIW, the limo is still available, but I've got to have the funds in the next 17 hrs and 17 minutes. Don't sleep on it, as this is a once-in-a-lifetime offer. Think of it like this: rather than the BaT Ariel you missed out on, you could buy my limo, Ed's tube frame, David's Exocet, Mitch's Alfa, the Bondurant "Thing", and still have enough left over to buy a nice used IM.

Such a deal.

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@Stan Galat posted:

... or $25,000, with 19 hours left and no reserve.

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1939 GMC BBC powered truck. I can't love this enough. I'm going to need a moment to mourn than I'm not buying it.

We had a 1946 Ford COE truck on the farm when I was a kid.  Not as fancy as this, as we had no sleeper cab and single rear axle and it was just a flatbed dump body, but it was THE coolest thing to ride around in.  It's still rusting away, somewhere in the back woods of the farm and, by now, not worth considering for restoration.

Deals are a thing of the past. The inflation monster attacked during Covid and has not let up. In 2013 I bought a used IM Convertible D for $40k. In 2016 I sold that car for $40k. Never again. In 2017 I paid $55k for a brand new Subaru Vintage Spyder. Who knows how much that car would sell for today particularly since Greg stopped building them. I’m not finding out. I’m keeping it. As I approach retirement I’m looking for keepers. Keepers are always the cheapest.

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Typed just before Danny's last post:



The Alfa was RNM at $39K.

As often happens, the serious dudes didn't show up until the final five minutes. Here, the high bidder made his first bid with two minutes to go, and will probably get the car in the end for a few K more than his bid.

This isn't a restoration, but nice Alfa 105 driver coupes have been going for around 30 - 40K, something which astounds me given that 356 driver coupes go for two or three times as much.

This one is really clean. Nice paint, interior, engine, trunk, underneath. And the good wheels, too:

And it sounds great in the drive videos, too.

Sorry guys, this vintage Alfa is probably twice the driver that a 356C coupe is. Watch the drive videos. With the five speed, it loafs along without breathing hard at a solid 80 mph. Comfort , handling, creature comforts are way closer to a modern car, but without losing the old school feel.

Which may be Ed's initial point. What folks will pay for something has way more to do with emotions than value for money.

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