Sunday, June 28, 2009

Yellow, yes. Fast? That too

At Haus Gasket, the rule has always been: Bring home not a yellow car unless very fast it is! (Talking like Yoda is another source of constant mirth at Haus Gasket.)
Fortunately, the yellow car you see here, with 420-h.p. V-8 engine, proved to be extremely fast.
But what, besides yellow, is it, exactly?
  • 2006 Audi S6

  • 2006 Audi RS4

  • 2006 Audi A4 Quattro

  • 2006 Audi A8

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Found in a Mustang boneyard

I came across this in a junkyard -- well, not really, a junkyard so much as a farmer's collection of old rusting cars that aspired to be a junkyard -- that included at least three Mustangs, and maybe more, given the unrecognizable (even to me!) state of some of the resident autos. But every junkyard and even every wannabe junkyard must boast at least one Mustang, since Ford has built some two zillion of them since introducing its ponycar in 1964. Two zillion, by the way, is an approximation -- if you can supply the actual number, or even something close, say within a couple of hundred thousand, I'll happily print it here.
Can't supply the number? Bet you can supply the year and model of the Mustang you see here. Choose from the list and provide your answer in the Comments.
  • 1971 Ford Mustang Grande.

  • 1974 Ford Mustang II Notchback

  • 1968 Ford Mustang GT

  • 1969 Ford Mustang Hardtop

Saturday, June 13, 2009

And if you can't identify THIS locale, you're just not trying

But what is the vehicle?
Your choices:
  • Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Circa 2005

  • Chevrolet Impala 9C1 (Police Package), circa 2004

  • Chevrolet Impala 9C1 (Police Package), circa 2006

  • Dodge Charger Police, circa 2007

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bonus points if you can ID the locale

No hints with this one, Namers, since it's really not that difficult.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A cool little car for you to identify

That's young Haskett Gasket on scraper duty. Notice the bare hands? Even on the crummiest days in winter -- and that day, marked by a deep freeze that followed freezing rain overnight that followed a brief thaw, was inarguably, unmistakably crummy -- Haskett declines to wear gloves.
Kids today!
You've probably guessed the car already, it also qualifying as unmistakable -- but in case you haven't, here are some choices. Put your answer in the Comments section.
  • 2005 Smart Fortwo

  • 1972 Cadillac Sedan De Ville

  • 2005 Mitsubishi "i"

  • Zamboni Model 445, year unknown

Friday, June 5, 2009

Turn, turn, turntable

  • 2008 Acura Advanced Sports concept car

  • 2009 Dodge Challenger concept car

  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro show car

  • 2004 Chrysler Crossfire prototype

Thursday, June 4, 2009

From Gasquette to Gasket, with a stop in Glascow

Many Namers have written to ask, "Hedley, your last name, Gasket, is certainly unusual. Where does it come from?" Let me explain. The origin, as determined by a lengthy (and rather expensive) investigation conducted in the mid-1970s, appears to be rooted in the Provence region of France. At that time, however, the spelling was Gasquette (varieties: Gasquet, Gasqué, Gasquer). At some point in the Renaissance Period, the Gasquettes left Provence, reportedly over a dispute between Michel Gasquette, the leader of the family, and others in his town over the correct names of certain flora. Michel, known as an educated and intelligent man, was undoubtedly right, and the others resented this.
One branch of the Gasquettes ended up across the Channel in Glascow, where the surname would eventually become Gasket. Well, actually, O'Gasket, due to a strange misunderstanding by certain Glaswegians who took the foreign accent of the arriving Gasquettes to be Irish, not French. The name would take on its present form only after the arrival of Oliver O'Gasket, who very much resented his childhood nickname of "Oh-Oh Gasket."
That was but one of Oliver Gasket's significant contributions to history, however. Oliver, a mechanically adept individual, found himself working in the shops of James Watt, and helped the famous engineer redesign the Newcomen steam engine as a far more efficient machine. It's said, in fact, that it was Gasket who suggested cooling used steam in a separate condenser, though Watt would later claim credit for this.
Regardless, my relative is known for helping Watt solve the perplexing problem of steam escaping from the various places where metals joined, regardless of how tightly they were bolted together. Oliver determined that the problem was caused by temperature-related expansion and contraction, and could be solved by the introduction of a malleable material -- in this case, compressed rags -- between the metal surfaces. As so was born the gasket.
Gasket and Watt had many differences, both being forceful, creative types. Yet between arguments they remained cordial to each other, and were even known to enjoy regular variations of the following exchange:

Watt, noticing steam engine is leaking: Oh Oh!
Gasket: What?
Watt: What?
Gasket: You called me.
Watt: No, you called me.

This is said to have sometimes continued for hours.
Later generations of Gaskets may not have achieved the distinction of Oliver, but have continued to bear the name with pride, and even, in recent decades, to manage to smile when friends and co-workers make endless, tired jokes like, "Hey -- don't blow a gasket."
Sometime soon, I'll tell you all about the history of my first name, Hedley.
Meantime, since so many of you did so well with the last challenge, let's do it again with the same choices but a different car.

  • * 2004 Honda S2000

  • * 2006 Mazda MX-5

  • * 2005 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

  • * 2007 Pontiac Solstice

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Interior motive

Just from this overhead view, you can tell that this is a:
  • 2004 Honda S2000

  • 2006 Mazda MX-5

  • 2005 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

  • 2007 Pontiac Solstice