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Old 01-02-2010, 11:55 AM
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Battle of the Diesel Beaters

Here is an article from Car and Driver magazine (April 2006) that I know everyone will enjoy. The article features a cross country race between Datsun, Oldsmobile, and Mercedes diesels. There are also interesting car specifications.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/06q2/battle_of_the_diesel_beaters-feature
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:37 PM
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"With only $100 left in the kitty, I pleaded with a Mercedes parts house called Adsit Company (www.adsitco.com, 800-521-7656: buy something, dear readers, anything) to provide parts gratis for our scientific expedition."

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Old 01-02-2010, 12:42 PM
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great story.
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I have that issue laying around here somewhere.
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Old 01-02-2010, 07:34 PM
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Good fun!
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Old 01-02-2010, 07:38 PM
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it was a good event. I actually owned a Datsun Maxima diesel wagon at the time this went on. The Maxima from the race went on to be sold on Ebay for like a pittance but the event was pretty fun.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:29 PM
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Here is an article from Car and Driver magazine (April 2006) that I know everyone will enjoy. The article features a cross country race between Datsun, Oldsmobile, and Mercedes diesels. There are also interesting car specifications.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/06q2/battle_of_the_diesel_beaters-feature
Maybe Peach Parts can sponsor something like this ending in a GTG in the middle of the country
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That was a good read! Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:04 PM
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That was a good read! Thanks!
Yep, and luckily the Mercedes team had the best writer.....
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:50 PM
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Yep, and luckily the Mercedes team had the best writer.....
...and was proven wrong that the Benz just won't die in the middle of nowhere!
As Russ exclaimed... "you can't kill a Mercedes"
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:06 AM
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Odd that they had to plead with adistco to get their parts. Most of the time you just won't get them!
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:59 PM
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That was a fun article to read. I'd like to do that someday...
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:47 PM
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I'd be game for a cross country trip in someone else's car and at their expense. That might be fun!
I'd pick a 504 Peugeot--very much like a 240 D--underpowered, but indestructible.
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