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larrybuck 05-08-2022 06:57 PM

Exotic or rare vehicle sightings
 
Just thought I'd have some fun and reading what observances you may have enjoyed over the years. For several years, I was right in the thick of the Portland Oregon area, and got to see some interesting stuff. The first one that comes to mind for me was in very downtown portland, I saw a 68 to 72 Ferrari Daytona 365, bright red of course which was a Block in front of me, and I rolled my window down as soon as I could so I could hear that V12. Also at a different time, I saw a Lancia Scorpion, which was a great European rally car that literally has the Ferrari Dino engine. In the suburbs south of Portland, between Southern Tigard and Sherwood, I saw a Lamborghini Espada oh, that was being driven. On a road trip with my family, I once saw a beautiful blue Maserati Indy out on Interstate 80 in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. In the early 80s I drove with a friend in my 65 6 cylinder 3 speed manual on the floor Mustang all the way down to Long Beach California to watch a Formula 1 race. We got to see a Lamborghini Miura blow past us on the freeway, which half a day later we came across parked at the race event. By the way, the Mustang got 30 miles per gallon at 55 Cruise speed. The sighting over all these years that has shocked me the very most, was when I was traveling on the two-lane Highway between Albany Oregon and Corvallis, when oncoming to me came one of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen in my whole life. I was so blown away, I was almost wrecking off the road craning my neck to look back as it disappeared over my left shoulder. I did a lot of research to find out later on what I had observed, was a light brown Detomaso Mangusta! I fully realize that in those years where I lived near a larger populated area, these sightings are more frequent, and if some of you live in the LA area, you might be yawning as this is everyday stuff to you. But I mentioned rare Vehicles as well. Rare has different definitions for different people. So I'm thinking about you guys like in Nebraska Iowa or somewhere like that, and maybe for you it is seeing a Nicki Chevrolet or a Motion car, a 64 Ford Thunderbolt Etc. Has anybody on here ever seen an actual Z16 Chevelle? Yes I've seen a couple of like a 2006 Ford GT40, and nowadays I see an occasional Lambo Huracan, and one Sunday when the dealership was closed I was traveling through Vegas and looked at a whole bunch of different Lamborghinis and Ferraris that were actually just parked outside on the lot. Which brings me to the statement if you see a lot of number of anyting, how human nature is to turn into a jaded mind which minimulized things!!! I had the treat of being at the 2015 Laguna Seca historic races weekend, saw two Maserati Boras whose owners for literally living out of a tent there for the weekend. I was sleeping inside of my 1st Gen c r x. You can ask me how I made a motorhome out of it! I was able to walk into the pit area and literally walk up the two actual Ferrari GTO in your 1960 to 63 vintage. Nobody was guarding them even. I could have rubbed my hands all over them and then ran for my life is soon after I would have been arrested of course smile smile. Of course, I have to throw in here that one time on a family trip to the coast, we saw Ron Tonkin and his wife in a Ferrari parked staring at the ocean. Ron Tonkin, now long since retired is the big Ferrari dealer in Portland in whose hands are now run by his son. In summary, I got to throw a plug in to the wonderful car museum up in Tacoma Washington that is shaped like an aluminum loaf of bread. If you live anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or travel to this area, it is a worthwhile visit. Car museums are dying like bookstores are! Get to one while you can! I got to see a good one in Mississippi about a year before it closed. Right now Drag strips are starting to close like crazy as well as real estate prices are off the charts! I just now remembered a black Tatra ??that I saw parked at the Portland historic races a few years ago that was all black and has a rear engine helicopter engine.

freebeard 05-08-2022 10:08 PM

Tucker had a flat six Lycoming engine, but Tatra had their own air-cooled V-8.

The coolest hings I ever saw was Ron Courtney's X-51's taillights reflecting off the rainy street of McMinnville, OR, enroute to the A&W.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bl...X9A2bbRXM=s0-d
kustomkingdom.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-x-51-1951-ford-ron-courtney

Do you know the history of Gary Emory at Eola Viillage? He quit out of the NW Porsche dealer chain with a barnload of parts. Every year they had a Porsche camp-out and they let the VW folk in on Sundays. He ran a full restoration shop. People would fly in from all over the country and drive out in their Porsche. www.emorymotorsports.com/emory-campout/ His father was Neil Emory, and had Valley Custom in California in the 1950s.

https://flatsixes.com/wp-content/upl...09-800x600.jpg
https://flatsixes.com/porsche-cultur...rsche-campout/

Best thing I ever saw there (2 years in a row) was a showroom-fresh unrestored 1954 VW 23-window bus, Chestnut Brown over Sealing Wax Red. The interior was unbelievable and it was right-hand drive.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-09-2022 01:24 AM

Our definitions of exotic may vary, but last Friday I spotted a '84 Jaguar XJS and have also seen a Maserati Biturbo of similar vintage.

larrybuck 05-09-2022 10:24 PM

Yes, our definition of Exotics might be different, but it's always nice to see something interesting. I have never heard of the Emorys thank you for sharing and yes that's certainly would have been a cool sight to see in McMinnville. It's nice to know in the history of serious custom cars, that Southern California didn't have them all! Very interesting about the Porsche parts, it seems to my eye that the 356 seems almost more aerodynamic than the 911 series, but I may be totally off.

freebeard 05-09-2022 10:57 PM

Eola Village is a story in itself. Up to the 1940s it was a horse cavalry post, complete with race track. By the 1960s Amity had a reputation as being 'Little Tijuana', but I think it was Eola Village they were talking about.

Oh well there is still the Bug-Run [maybe]. https://local.aarp.org/event/annual-...odburn-or.html
Annual Northwest VW Bug Run, Swap Meet, Car Show and Drag Racing
Saturday, Jun 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.

If that's exotic enough for you. :)

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cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-10-2022 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 667773)
If that's exotic enough for you. :)

Considering that even some clearly modded Beetles I see once in a while are still quite conservative... :thumbup:

JSH 05-10-2022 06:18 PM

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Different kind of exotic but on my recent drive cross-country this was in the hotel parking lot in Boise.

A Level 4 Autonomous Freightliner Cascadia. That is a LOT of cameras, RADARs, and LIDARs

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cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-11-2022 01:40 AM

Went for a walk with the dog before the rain poured again, and spotted a hybrid Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. Looks better than a regular Panamera. Odd enough, I see more of the hybrids than the non-hybrids...

larrybuck 05-11-2022 01:52 AM

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I thought this was pretty cool to look at. I saw this first hand at a truck stop in New Mexico while I was on my job delivering a truck. I had a chance to converse briefly with two of the three guys that were literally just touring in it as a test. I asked for a ballpark figure of what kind of mileage they got and they would not share that information with me.

mpgmike 05-13-2022 09:37 PM

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That's me & my son in the end scene movie #1 Back to the Future DeLorean. Does that qualify?
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freebeard 05-13-2022 10:01 PM

I took this picture in 2014, when I stopped for gas in Cedar Flat.

https://ecomodder.com/forum/member-f...errari-458.jpg

Ferrari 458 IIRC.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-15-2022 01:54 PM

IIRC the last Ferrari I spotted was a 488 GTB.

JSH 05-15-2022 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by cRiPpLe_rOoStEr (Post 668133)
IIRC the last Ferrari I spotted was a 488 GTB.

Exotic cars are pretty common around the Portland area - at least compared to anyplace else I've lived. In the 2 hours my wife and I were at the dealership buying our latest used car (2011 Acura TSX Sportwagen) 4 or 5 Lamborghinis and Ferraris zipped by the dealership getting into the throttle off the light next to the dealership. Porsches are an everyday sighting.

freebeard 05-15-2022 04:27 PM

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Exotic cars are pretty common around the Portland area - at least ... next to the dealership. Porsches are an everyday sighting.
Sounds legit. I see Boxters in Springtucky.

Phase 05-15-2022 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by JSH (Post 668142)
Exotic cars are pretty common around the Portland area - at least compared to anyplace else I've lived. In the 2 hours my wife and I were at the dealership buying our latest used car (2011 Acura TSX Sportwagen) 4 or 5 Lamborghinis and Ferraris zipped by the dealership getting into the throttle off the light next to the dealership. Porsches are an everyday sighting.

Yup. I’m so desensitized to exotic cars in Portland now. When I was younger, I’d freak out if I saw a lambo or mcclaren. Now I’m like “ meh”

And here in the “ silicon forest” part of Portland, don’t even get me started on how many teslas and Audi e tron and Porsche tay cans I see every day

Phase 05-15-2022 07:00 PM

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Saw this in Corvallis. Two weeks ago. This is more rare than a Ferrari to me

JSH 05-15-2022 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Phase (Post 668151)
Yup. I’m so desensitized to exotic cars in Portland now. When I was younger, I’d freak out if I saw a lambo or mcclaren. Now I’m like “ meh”

And here in the “ silicon forest” part of Portland, don’t even get me started on how many teslas and Audi e tron and Porsche tay cans I see every day

I'm on the west side of the metro and it is a steady stream of electric cars in and out of the Intel plants.

Phase 05-15-2022 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JSH (Post 668154)
I'm on the west side of the metro and it is a steady stream of electric cars in and out of the Intel plants.

yup. im in the cedar hills/cedar mill/bethany area north of nike

wdb 05-15-2022 08:46 PM

When I was little my barber and my ‘diction’ teacher were both on King Street. As we would head home from those encounters I would always be sure to look right to catch a glimpse of a red car parked on a side street. Later in life I identified it as a 300SL Gullwing. Right there in my dinky little town.

larrybuck 05-16-2022 02:23 AM

Absolutely you two guys look great in that car

larrybuck 05-16-2022 02:31 AM

I hear you guys. I see as many Teslas as I do Toyota Camry's these days. And for you in the Cedar Hills area, I don't envy the congestion of your everyday life traffic. I've opted to live out in the Thule so to speak

larrybuck 05-16-2022 02:33 AM

Toolies. I dislike hitting the wrong button on my phone. Maybe my fingers are just too big

freebeard 05-16-2022 05:02 AM

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https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org › articles › tules
Tules - The Oregon Encyclopedia
In Oregon and much of the western United States, tule is the common name for two species of emergent plants that grow in shallow water of marshes, muddy shores, and lakes. These sedges (family Cyperaceae) are named hard-stemmed ( Schoenoplectus acutus var. occidentalis) and soft-stemmed ( S. tabernaemontani) bulrushes.
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JSH 05-16-2022 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by larrybuck (Post 668171)
I hear you guys. I see as many Teslas as I do Toyota Camry's these days. And for you in the Cedar Hills area, I don't envy the congestion of your everyday life traffic. I've opted to live out in the Thule so to speak

I live farther out in Hillsboro and commute into Portland. Portland traffic is nothing compared to Birmingham, AL. Even preCOVID my commute was 30 minutes less than in AL for the same distance. Today my commute took 35 minutes

Phase 05-16-2022 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by JSH (Post 668197)
I live farther out in Hillsboro and commute into Portland. Portland traffic is nothing compared to Birmingham, AL. Even preCOVID my commute was 30 minutes less than in AL for the same distance. Today my commute took 35 minutes

I moved out here from Birmingham. Bham traffic is waaaay better and faster than Portland. Have you not been recently? The only place where bham traffic sucks more than anything is trying to drive south down highway 280 during rush hour. I’d rather be stuck in LA or ATL rush hour than highway 280 rush hour

freebeard 05-16-2022 02:43 PM

I knew there're a lot of members in the PNW, but I didn't realize how many came from the same town in Alabama.

Phase 05-16-2022 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 668205)
I knew there're a lot of members in the PNW, but I didn't realize how many came from the same town in Alabama.

Which is weird cuz most people in Alabama don’t care about fuel economy and say climate change is a hoax and the gas prices are way cheaper there. Plus the culture really likes trucks and sports cars

JSH 05-16-2022 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Phase (Post 668199)
I moved out here from Birmingham. Bham traffic is waaaay better and faster than Portland. Have you not been recently? The only place where bham traffic sucks more than anything is trying to drive south down highway 280 during rush hour. I’d rather be stuck in LA or ATL rush hour than highway 280 rush hour

I lived in Helena, AL from 2007 - 2014. My wife's 8.5 mile commute to Riverchase took 45 minutes. My 30 mile commute to Leeds took 1 hour and 20 minutes. The vast majority of that (both ways) was the drive from Helena to the 65 / 459 interchange.

There is no good way out of Helena - classic suburban sprawl without any sort of city planning or building out roads or infrastructure ahead of time.

EDIT: 29 minutes from Swan Island to Hillsboro today at 4:30 pm.

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I knew there're a lot of members in the PNW, but I didn't realize how many came from the same town in Alabama.

It isn't that surprising considering the Birmingham metro has about 25% of Alabama's population.

freebeard 05-16-2022 06:47 PM

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Plus the culture really likes trucks and sports cars

Meanwhile, in Oregon:
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Phase 05-16-2022 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by JSH (Post 668230)
I lived in Helena, AL from 2007 - 2014. My wife's 8.5 mile commute to Riverchase took 45 minutes. My 30 mile commute to Leeds took 1 hour and 20 minutes. The vast majority of that (both ways) was the drive from Helena to the 65 / 459 interchange.

There is no good way out of Helena - classic suburban sprawl without any sort of city planning or building out roads or infrastructure ahead of time.

EDIT: 29 minutes from Swan Island to Hillsboro today at 4:30 pm.



It isn't that surprising considering the Birmingham metro has about 25% of Alabama's population.

they actually fixed 65 now. they did a bunch of paving and widening out. its about 7 lanes wide on each side till about alabaster. its probably the fastest interstate section in all of the bham metro now. flows really great

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-17-2022 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by JSH (Post 668142)
Porsches are an everyday sighting.

Same thing in my hometown, yet some models may still be more eye-catching than others. Odd enough, a former Porsche owner told me his '67 Beetle seems to be more eye-catching than the Porsche he used to own. Maybe it's because more people here tend to have affectionate memories about Volkswagens...

freebeard 05-17-2022 06:21 PM

I had a '67 around the same time as the Notchback. Zenith Blue with gray primer rear fenders and a functional sliding metal sun roof.

It drew less attention at the time than the Beige Superbeetle does now.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 05-18-2022 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 668305)
I had a '67 around the same time as the Notchback.

Just remember the Beetle had a different evolutionary timeframe in Brazil, so the local Beetles look older.


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Zenith Blue with gray primer rear fenders and a functional sliding metal sun roof.
Considering the Brazilian Beetle had such sunroof as an option only around '65 to '66, after the "Cornowagen" moniker hindered any marketing perspectives, makes me wonder if that option in US-spec Beetles was maybe a surplus. The sunroof fitted to Cornowagens was sourced from Webasto in Germany anyway...


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It drew less attention at the time than the Beige Superbeetle does now.
People tend to underappreciate austere econoboxes until they're nearly extinct...

freebeard 05-18-2022 01:13 AM

US-spec '67 was one year only, German manufacture. I forget the parts that are unique, door handles and engine lid IIRC.

Zenith Blue 1966-08 until 1968-06, essentially a one year only color.

larrybuck 05-18-2022 03:09 AM

Wow so much Birmingham talk. A few years ago, I drove twice from home here to Birmingham and back, as I was checking out a sports car to buy, and was not going to buy it sight unseen, so I drove one of my cars at the time which was a 83 Volkswagen Quantum diesel station wagon manual 5-speed. I have to look back in retro fondness as I only spent about $450 for the full of round-trip Drive and fuel. I decided to get the car, so I drove the Volkswagen home and then change the oil and got my tow vehicle ready and took a trailer go get it and that's when I got offended in the Birmingham area. I was traveling south in the Birmingham Metro area in the slowest Lane of the freeway minding my own business when this JERKO decides to take an exit right in front of me at the literally very last Split Second. So the much last second, that I had to take the exit as well just to avoid not hitting him broadside!!! You know how it goes. Traffic was heavy took about 7 or 8 minutes just to get back on the freeway again as I had no normal intentions of ever turning off there. My remembrance of that still ticks me off. I have seen semis in LA on the freeway that literally have taken an off-ramp from three lanes further over to the left at a true 45° angle. Unreal. Within the last year, I delivered a truck which is my part-time job to the Birmingham area and then hot hooded it in a rental car to the Atlanta airport to fly back to Portland. I for the most part have grown up here in the Pacific Northwest. But I also have had the experience of living 11 years about 46 Mi Northeast of Asheville North Carolina. So I'm sure you ex Alabama guys can appreciate the fact of leaving the weather of the dreaded Eastern humidity.

larrybuck 05-18-2022 03:32 AM

I've had a few Volkswagens. In order of ownership a 62 bug, a 64 bug, is 67 bug, a 72 Super Beetle, three different 82 83 and 84 Volkswagen Quantum diesel station wagons oh and I almost forgot back in the day I had a 63 bus with almost a full length sunroof. The bus was a nightmare to drive into a strong headwind even at 50 miles an hour and it would blow you all over the road. The 64 was okay, the 67 which should have been a real treat because of the 12 volt system ended up being an electrical nightmare for me, as I took it to an independent repair place in Tigard that specialized in Volkswagens to have them fix it, and two weeks later they told me they couldn't do anything with it so I sold it to get rid of it. The 72 Super Beetle could be described as almost a barn find that I kind of brought back to life that it handled like an ox cart and I was not impressed At All by it. The quantum wagons were great road cars for me that got excellent mileage, but if you need body parts or suspension parts, they're almost impossible to find without buying another parts car. The 62 bug was the best one for me in the early days. I guess I was an eco-modder even way back in the day as in the early eighties I was already experimenting putting 50 lbs in the tires so I could get about 45 miles per gallon. I do like my current rabbit pickup truck and am surprised how well at 6ft3 inches with long legs that I still fit good in it with stock seats. But back to the subject of exotic or rare cars to behold, has our Brazilian friend seen any of the Volkswagen SP2 s or Pumas???

freebeard 05-18-2022 12:40 PM

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The 72 Super Beetle could be described as almost a barn find that I kind of brought back to life that it handled like an ox cart and I was not impressed At All by it.
That's surprising. I appreciate the MacPherson struts shorter turning circle. I bought my '71 out of a farmers field. It had been in a barn for 14 years.

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The 62 bug was the best one for me in the early days. I guess I was an eco-modder even way back in the day
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My 1956 sunroof Beetle. I ditched the spare tire and ran 145s on the front.

larrybuck 05-18-2022 02:17 PM

Nice 56. It seems to be a small world. My mother had a 56 bug that she used for years commuting as a school teacher. It had nonstock bronze exterior color with stock olive green interior with a black topped manual sunroof. As a teenager, I was impressed that I could listen to the car radio straight from the battery with the key not having to be turned to accessory mode like most American cars. Even as a teenager, I had input to what cars my parents bought. Before she bought the bug, she was considering a Fiat sedan owned by somebody that she knew, and I was very negative about that. When my parents looked at typical American station wagons, I was there when they test drove 1966 full size Dodge wagon. I again through in my negative comments, and we ended up with a 66 Bel Air Chevy wagon with a 327 in it. Anyway, I tried to convince my mother to sell the bug eventually to me so it would be my first car but she refused saying that one of the four bolts holding her seat was broken and she also said that it would pop out of third gear once in awhile and she didn't think that was a good idea for a new rookie driver. Of course looking back now, how easy it would have been to have fixed a couple of those issues. I ended up happily owning a 67 Chevelle Malibu four Speed on the floor as my first car with absolutely no regrets other than the fact that my dad and I bought it off of a used car lot, and it had 327 badge on the front fenders. I found out a year later that it wasn't the 327 it had been replaced with a 64 283. But that was okay because a year later, the 283 morphed into a high performance rebuild. TRW 12 to 1 Pistons, Edelbrock high-rise intake with to Holley 600s, much go and no stop manual brakes haha. Naturally the high performance motor was done just in time for the fuel shortages in 1973 and I sadly sold the car soon after as I was only getting 7 miles per gallon. The high-rise manifold had a weakness in that there was too much bolt separation for the gaskets. The gaskets kept popping under the pressure, so before I sold the car, I went back to a more conventional intake with one Holly 600 on it, and got back to 12 miles per gallon.

freebeard 05-18-2022 03:27 PM

Did someone say "my first car"?

https://ecomodder.com/forum/member-f...studebaker.jpg

My first Beetle was a 1958 convertible (black on black) that had a radio that cut in and out when the car hit bumps. I'd drive down I-5, hallucinating that the car was a needle and the traffic lane was a record groove. It was the 60s. :)

Phase 05-18-2022 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by larrybuck (Post 668347)
Wow so much Birmingham talk. A few years ago, I drove twice from home here to Birmingham and back, as I was checking out a sports car to buy, and was not going to buy it sight unseen, so I drove one of my cars at the time which was a 83 Volkswagen Quantum diesel station wagon manual 5-speed. I have to look back in retro fondness as I only spent about $450 for the full of round-trip Drive and fuel. I decided to get the car, so I drove the Volkswagen home and then change the oil and got my tow vehicle ready and took a trailer go get it and that's when I got offended in the Birmingham area. I was traveling south in the Birmingham Metro area in the slowest Lane of the freeway minding my own business when this JERKO decides to take an exit right in front of me at the literally very last Split Second. So the much last second, that I had to take the exit as well just to avoid not hitting him broadside!!! You know how it goes. Traffic was heavy took about 7 or 8 minutes just to get back on the freeway again as I had no normal intentions of ever turning off there. My remembrance of that still ticks me off. I have seen semis in LA on the freeway that literally have taken an off-ramp from three lanes further over to the left at a true 45° angle. Unreal. Within the last year, I delivered a truck which is my part-time job to the Birmingham area and then hot hooded it in a rental car to the Atlanta airport to fly back to Portland. I for the most part have grown up here in the Pacific Northwest. But I also have had the experience of living 11 years about 46 Mi Northeast of Asheville North Carolina. So I'm sure you ex Alabama guys can appreciate the fact of leaving the weather of the dreaded Eastern humidity.

yup. the humidity is horrible in alabama. it always baffles me when people here in portland complain about it being humid, or even people showing houses and apartments saying things like '' its super humid in oregon. you need a dehumidifier to fight the mold!'' and so many other references. im assuming they are california transplants who are saying oregon is humid. its still nothing compared to the south east lol


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