Coffee Brake: Automotive Feuds
The car world is filled with all sorts of Hatfield vs McCoy style feuds, that seem to be based less on murder/incest and more on not liking how the other OEM designed the chrome on their grille. For this week’s Coffee Brake, I want to open up the discussion about those feuds.
I sorta get the whole don’t put a Chevy engine into a Ford thing, but putting a Calvin peeing on a Ford on the back of your big pickup is downright silly.
Two questions for discussion today — First, what is your favorite automotive feud, and second, how do you feel about it?
Screen grab from youtube.
As the old saying goes…Mopar or no car. (Funny thing is I've never owned a Chrysler product.)
Favorite? Hard to say, but there was always the bit of disdain between the Morris Garages aficionados and those who leaned toward the one true light, Triumph.
My grandfather owned a few MGs, Cortinas, and Triumphs between the 1950s and 1990s here in So-Cal. Too bad he's not around to ask any longer, but I think he would fall on the MG side of that feud after the frustrations he had with the TR7.
I wish we still had is 1959 MGA coupe, with hand-fabricated stainless exhaust!
Well, in France there is a more-or-less friendly rivalry between the two "peoples' cars", the Citroen 2Cv and the Renault 4L.
The Citroen camp loves to remind the Renault-ists that Renaults are build by civil servants (Renault being state-owned).
Sometimes the feud gets ugly:
and may end badly:
This is my kind of humor. Thanks.
My favorite? There are a few, but first and foremost, it's Henry Ford II getting pissed at Enzo himself and creating the GT40 out of pure spite:
Don't forget Ferruccio Lamborghini creating an entire car company for basically the same reason.
LOL….was typing the exact same thing as you were typing this….great minds think alike.
Yes, the Ford -Ferrari feud in the 60's is my all time favorite.
As a kid my dad would drop me off at Ford day camp.
On one of the outings we got to go to the Ford Rotunda building (that later burnt down) and view the movie about Ford winning Le Mans 1,2 3 against Ferrari. Then we exited the theater to view Ford GT40's in the lobby. Wow I sure was hooked.
Being a metro Detroit homeboy I do like cross town rivalries such as Mustang versus Camaro versus Challenger. It is actually great to have these rivalries because it raises the bar and it promotes public interest.
Sidenote: Can't wait for European reviews of the Mustang 5.0 now that they will be in their own backyard.
Additionally, and also including Enzo Ferrari (the man seems good at this feud thing), if Enzo hadn't blown off Ferrucio Lamborghini's complaints about his newly purchased 250GT, their feud never would have started and Lamborghini would still probably be known as a tractor company.
two strokes vs. four
rear wheel drive vs. front (vs. all)
naturally aspirated vs. forced induction
foreign vs. domestic
rice vs. kraut
and by far my favorite, pistons vs. rotors!
Add to your good list : automatic vs manual transmissions….
Speaking of Ferrari, there is Ferrari vs. McLaren when in 2007, the McLaren F1 team stole some plans and technical documents from the Ferrari F1 team and got caught when the employee at the copy shop down the road from McLaren HQ noticed a bunch of technical documents with prancing horseys all over them being copied.
Interesting Wired article about it that's worth your time.
1) Bangle vs. Good Sense and Aesthetics. 2) Darn tootin' rootin', that's how I feel about it!
1) Musk vs car dealers. 2) Fascinated.
John Z. Delorean vs. Detroit.
Henrik Fisker vs. Elon Musk.
Buckminster Fuller, Preston Tucker etc. vs the industry.
Don Quixote will never die
4WD Vs. AWD!
Diesel vs petrol !