Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Take Me to the River

The rolling stock of the RRCC combines for 1,715 total units of cast iron and canoe hauling horsepower.

(Left) 1997 4x4 ¾-Ton Chevrolet Suburban, with V8, 454, 7.4 liter, 300-horsepower engine, 45-gallon fuel reserve, heavy duty suspension and 10,000 lb. Warn winch.

(Right) 2005 ¾-Ton Diesel Dodge Ram pickup truck with 5.7 liter 305 horsepower High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, hydroform heavy duty suspension, towing package and custom canoe rack.

1985 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60, 4.2 liter, 212 horsepower in-line 6 cylinder engine with 32” Mudders, manual transmission, lock-out hubs and utility rear seat fold-downs.

1988 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62, 4.2 liter, 212 horsepower in-line 6 cylinder engine with 32 x 1150 x 15 Mud Duelers and American Racing baja off-road rims, 10,000 pound Warn winch and ARB Mexican Cow Catcher (aka "Pedestrian Guard").

1996 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, eggplant, with V8, 5.7 liter, 350 cu. in., 260 horse Police Engine and heavy duty suspension, perimeter frame, transmission and sway bars.

1973 Chevrolet Probable-Cause-Mobile, 350, 250 horsepower engine, cherry red, convertible, with 4-speed transmission, Gymkhana suspension and heavy duty ashtrays.

1992 Acura “Vigor” sedan with 2.5 liter, 176 horsepower, in-line 5-cylinder engine. says The Vig was only made from ’92 – ’94 but its owners are “an enthusiastic, fun-loving and Vigorous group.” “T-MaN Tominizer” no longer updates his House of Vigors web site because he’s “already two cars past [his] Vigor” but he still gives it this heartfelt endorsement: “It was a car I never regretted owning at any time.”

The Japanese mirror site, Nothin' But a "V" Thang is sometimes down, but we still found this Vigorous description of the car's specs:

The exterior of the Vigor GS has a flawless fit-and-finish, in legendary Japanese tradition. However, it has little in its styling to suggest a kinship to earlier, smaller Japanese imports. For it's time, the dramatically flared front and rear fenders, a slinky aerodynamic profile and slightly upswept rear fenders put the Vigor GS at the head of the class in the sports sedan styling. In the front, a rather small black grille showcased the Acura logo and was framed by a thin ribbon of chrome. Broad, four-section headlight assemblies occupied almost 50% of the front end. Above, there is a sloping, sculpted hood that, taken together with the grille shape…

In profile, a black vinyl splash guard/rocker panel molding adds to this vehicle's sport sedan image. At the time, these styling touches set the Vigor GS apart from its competitors, such as the slab-sided European offerings and the rounded, cookie-cutter domestic sedans. A wide, protective side molding traveled from the front fender well to the rear well and matched the car's body color.

Oversized side-view mirrors and recessed door handles also matched the body color. The rear fenders and upswept trunk lid highlighted the rear styling treatment. Oversized red and white tail-lamp assemblies wrapped around the rear fenders. Molding identical to that on the side of the car protected the body-colored vinyl bumper; this molding encased the bumper and extended to the back of the rear wheel wells, giving the trim a uniform look.

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