Matthew Dolan Detroit Free Press Published 9:05 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 Not without my brother. That's what Marisa Lesko shouted as Michigan State Trooper Harry Norman struggled to free the 3-year-old while her older brother was also trapped inside their burning car in Livonia nearly 40 years ago. Miraculously, Norman complied, extracting both young children at once before they all tumbled back into the wintry mix covering the busy freeway. "I still remember the cold slush on my back and legs," Norman recalled Sunday. "My face and hands were burned." Norman pieced together his memories of the daring rescue for the first time before nearly all of the survivors - mother Alicia Van Pelt, son Andy Lesko, sister Marisa, (now Marisa Downs) and brother William - at a reunion brunch at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. A fourth sibling was unable to make the occasion. It was an intimate, heartfelt event to honor Norman, who arrived from … [Read more...] about Family thanks the trooper who saved them nearly 40 years ago
I bet if you assembled a dream team of the world’s most creative, open-minded, and visionary poets, freethinkers, and general imbibers of life’s rich, heady brew, and gave them a Plymouth Volare to feel, embrace, explore, experience, my guess is they’d come away thinking it’s “a car.” Maybe the more astute and/or high ones might realize it’s sort of old. That’s about the most you can hope for with a Volare. The Plymouth Volare—sometimes written Volaré, with an accent over the “e,” even though the Italian word the name comes from (meaning “to fly”) has no accent—was introduced in 1976 as a replacement for the fairly popular Plymouth Valiant and Plymouth Duster. The Valiant and Duster were Chrysler’s A-body cars, attempts to make compact, rear-wheel drive cars to compete with the Volkswagen Beetle, the Nash Rambler, and the new compacts coming from Ford and GM. These cars introduced the famous … [Read more...] about Meh Car Monday: Fly With The Plymouth Volaré Into Clouds Of Apathy
A-Body Plymouth Valiant (and its Dodge sibling, the Dart), stayed in American production from the 1960 model year all the way through 1976. Legendary for its sturdiness, the Valiant was sure to be a tough act to follow. The Plymouth Volarés and Dodge Aspens appeared in 1976, never gained the affection given to their predecessors, and were facelifted and renamed the Gran Fury and Diplomat in 1981. Here’s a luxed-up first-year Volaré I spotted in a Northern California self-service yard. Slant-6 engine, rated at an even 100 horses in 1976, but some junkyard shopper purchased it by the time I got there. You could get a 180-horsepower 360 V8 in the 1976 Volaré, but not in California, where the 150 horsepower 318 was the most powerful Volaré engine. cashmere-like cloth-and-vinyl” seat upholstery in 1976, but this one has the all-vinyl buckets. Volaré Premier Coupe. The Premier with Slant-6 started at $4,402, versus $3,324 for the regular Volaré … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 1976 Plymouth Volaré Coupe
Por Yeudis Silva A mediados de la década de los 80’, se comienza a pensar en el medio ambiente, donde las cantidades de gases nocivos emitidos por los automóviles se comienzan a regular y empieza el uso generalizados de los catalizadores de tres vías. Así como en la moda, los mejores autos de los 80 fueron extravagantes, llamativos y extraños. Pero también existieron algunos autos que solo fueron un gran desastre. Esa época de los 80 fue marcada, entre otras cosas, por la interesante lucha de algunos fabricantes como Porsche, Lamborghini y Ferrari por conseguir el mejor súper deportivo de la década.Pero en este lado del atlántico, y en esos años, se produjeron algunos de los peores deportivos o llamémosle “muscle cars”, de la historia. Su marcada deficiencia en rendimiento, velocidad y diseño fue un tema preocupante para los fabricantes que tuvieron que batallar con muchos problemas. A continuación … [Read more...] about Cuales deportivos fueron marcados como los peores de la época de los 80′.
The Dodge Aspen ‘Street Kit’ (and its sibling, the Plymouth Volare) was Dodge’s effort at implying high-speed prowess in dealer showrooms back in 1978. Their compact car at the time, the Aspen replaced the aging Dart, and the highest performance model available at the time was powered by MoPar’s 360 ci small block V8 with a then-massive 175 smog-choked horsepower. The Street Kit was nothing more than body modifications, including a front lip, an adjustable rear spoiler, tack-on fender flares for all four wheels, quarter window louvers, faux hood pins, and NASCAR-style window safety keepers. Then came the billboard-sized Petty 43s for each side, and the displacement screaming hood decals. The kit provided absolutely zero performance benefit, save a slightly stiffer ride, for Aspen and Volare buyers. It sure looked damn cool, though! Only 247 Volare Street Kit Cars were sold, all in two-tone blue. Even more rare, the two-tone red Dodge Aspen Street Kit Car was … [Read more...] about This Late-70s Dodge Has The NASCAR Look With None Of The Performance