Countdown to 200,000 miles – 8,880 to go!

I’ve started the countdown for my clunker (AKA “The Green Hornet”) to reach 200,000 miles traveled.   You can see a picture of this beautiful piece of work HERE.


In this series, I will be sharing some of my “favorite” features of The Green Hornet as well some “favorite moments”.

The “OMG What is going on!!?!?!?!?!” Moment

I was driving TGH (The Green Hornet) along a nice road in my fair hometown of Anderson.   This road had a speed limit of 45 mph.   As I was traveling along at the speed limit, I hit a mild bump and THE HOOD flew up!   I’m not talking about popping up three inches and catching the safety.   I’m talking COMPLETE BLINDNESS – the hood completely blocked my view!!!   In town.   On a busy road.   Oh – and the road had curves and I was on one of them.

Now, this is a special moment for anyone, but the fact that I got to share it with TGH made it extra special.   God alone kept me from being in a huge accident that day, and all TGH has to show for it are two supremely beautiful large dents in the hood.   You can see them in high-res by clicking the photo below.



Have YOU ever had a moment like this with your “special” vehicle?

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  1. Greg on May 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

    When I was in college I drove an aging (but paid for) 1981 Chevette. One night I had the EXACT same experience as you with the hood flying up against the windshield. That will certainly get your heart pumping!!

    I got it back down and later bent it “mostly” back into shape using a 4×4 placed on the air cleaner.

    That car had a number of interesting moments, but that was the best!

  2. Michelle on May 10, 2011 at 3:56 am

    After a trip home from my grandmother’s house when I was 2 or 3 years old, it was discovered I’d left my beloved stuffed elephant at Grandma’s house. A few minutes of listening to some unconsolable crying convinced my father to drive back to my grandmother’s and get the elephant.

    When he arrived back at home, he was furious. The hood of his car popped up while he was driving home.

    My mother told him this was a blessing as the hood would have popped up in heavy rush hour traffic the next morning if it hadn’t popped up that night.

  3. Phil Sowers on May 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I just tweeted you about my most recent fix I thought you might enjoy. Not as death defying but super technical and car geeky none-the-less! 😉

    From Tweet:!/fugitivealien/status/70275354866106369

    Car Story @JoeSangl Window motor gear broke & rain’s comin, so it’s this until cheap DIY fix from 😉

  4. Brent on May 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I had the same thing happen to me but i was driving on 85 in Charlotte driving about 60mph in a little Dodge Colt. Luckly I could see just under the hood a small space to get out of traffic to get it tied down till i got home to fix it.

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