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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Spider on Wall Street Journal front page

I got the newspaper from the mailbox and what did I see?

There is an article in this paper about renting vintage cars for vacation travel. Here is a link to one of the packages.

https://www.noleggioautodepoca.eu/en/mille-miglia-en
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Most of the article is about the author's experience renting a 1966 Ford Country Squire station wagon. The Italian vintage rental firm is just an afterthought. But it was the Alfa that made the cover!

Both rentals sound good. Which to choose? The Duetto or the Country Squire? Hmmm. Have to think about that for a while.

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I wouldn't have to think about it a bit, unless it was the Grizwold Family Truckster!!
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I wouldn't have to think about it a bit, unless it was the Grizwold Family Truckster!!
A quote from the article:

"While we talked, another of the cyclists snapped pictures of the car, and, grinning, said of me, “It’s Clark Griswold and the family truckster!” referring to the bumbling dad played by Chevy Chase in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and his hulking station wagon."
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That's funny! (I didn't read the article....).
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Maybe I’ll offer mine for rent right here in the USA? Not sure what my insurance company would think...

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But the story was about a 1959 Giulietta Spider, wasn't it?
WSJ got the wrong picture.

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But the story was about a 1959 Giulietta Spider, wasn't it?
WSJ got the wrong picture.
Unfortunately the entire story was about renting a Country Squire station wagon in Minnesota. They provided a link to a firm in Italy that will rent you some neat cars there. Here is their list I lifted from their web site. I don't know the model pictured in the paper.

https://www.noleggioautodepoca.eu/en/mille-miglia-en

Available classic cars for this tour:
Fiat 500 L (blue) - 1971
Fiat 500 L (red) - 1969
Mini Cooper Sport-Pack - 1996
Alfa Romeo Duetto Aerodinamica - 1983
Triumph Spitfire 1500 - 1978
Alfa Romeo Duetto Coda Tronca - 1981
VW Maggiolino Karmann Cabriolet (bicolor) - 1970
VW Maggiolino Cabriolet (white) - 1970
Triumph Spitfire MK II - 1966
Fiat 1500 Cabriolet - 1964
MG B - 1978
Autobianchi Bianchina - 1960
Alfa Romeo Osso di Seppia - 1969
Lancia Flavia Convertibile - 1965
Morgan 4/4 - 1976
MGA Roadster - 1959
Triumph T3 - 1960
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider 1.3 - 1959
Limousine Lincoln Town Car - 1997 - with driver
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I take WSJ print version and was delighted to see my car on the front page on the weekend!
The actual reading left a lot to be desired after seeing the picture.
I thought it rather brave of them loaning out their vintage cars to drivers of unknown skills
to drive on unknown motorways with different traffic patterns.
Pricing is in place to filter out the "wannabees".

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Hey, I grew up in a '66 Ford Country Squire (but without the fake wood), and drove it in HS! Funny!

So, per adowns' list, I'm going to drive an unknown ancient Spitfire I've never seen in a strange country where I don't speak the language and I don't speak Lucas?? I'll take the Fiat 500 thank you.
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OK, I'm busted! I only skimmed the article; saw '59 Giulietta, and concluded it was the wrong pic.
It's the '69 of course.

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So cool!

Thanks Alan.

And of course you know that since you shared particulars of your WSJ account, I’m going to submit a change of address and have it sent to my house...till you figure out what’s going on .

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So cool!

Thanks Alan.

And of course you know that since you shared particulars of your WSJ account, I’m going to submit a change of address and have it sent to my house...till you figure out what’s going on .

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I end up reading most of it in the online edition and when the print edition arrives I've already read most of it. Sadly, our local paper only comes out 3 days a week now and I expect it will cease publication in a few years.

When I was a boy I had a paper route and about 80% of the households subscribed to the paper, and I lived in a blue-collar part of town. Most people were readers. Times have really changed.

I guess I should have blacked out my name and address on the label like many do with their license plate numbers. But I'm too lazy. I just scanned it.
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I’m in your generation and also delivered papers, the afternoon Altoona Mirror.

As with your experience, easy to remember the route, since subscriptions were at nearly every house.

The Nevada Appeal here in Carson City recently downsized the paper and went to publishing only two days a week but maintain an online presence, with daily updates. Also, they were just bought by a large conglomerate.

Local news is going the way of the dodo...

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Earlier this year, I called WSJ to end my print portion and just have web access.
It costs about $12 more per month for web only so its cheaper just to keep the print and web version.
Less for more?
They're helping keep a near-dead industry alive.
A side benefit is I that have found a lot of articles with the print version that I would not have seen online.

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