Carrie Underwood graces the cover of the June issue of Marie Claire. She also gives a very candid interview inside the magazine that's very interesting. You can click below to read it. Pretty neat.
Most importantly...the car she's photographed in here is a 1953 Ford Sunliner. It's almost as pretty as Carrie is.
"Carrie's" '53 Ford is noteworthy for having a V-8 engine (I took note of that in a video on the photo shoot that I saw). With the V-8 cme power steering and power brakes; options not available on six cylinder models.
The V-8 in this car is flathead engine. 1953 was the last year for the "flattie", an engine that Henry Ford helped design himself.
For 1954, the flathead was replaced by the Y-Block, overhead valve V-8 engine.
Nice choice in rides, Mrs. Fisher. Very nice indeed.
What Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had to endure for a decade (or more in the case of Michelle) boggles the mind. The more details that come out the more we're sickened. Let's thank God they're free and on their way to hopefully making the most of their lives.
(Picture by: Isla Harvey / Splash News)
Here's some neat news. Amanda's 73 year old grandfather, Troy Berry, is ready to hand her the keys to this SMOKIN' HOT!! 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Nascar Limited edition. "Mandy (Amanda) always loved that car, I promised her she could have it when I'd taught her to drive," said Mr Berry, a retired steel cutter for Ford. "After she went missing I could never bring myself to get rid of it, not even after ten years. I was saving it in case she came back...now I can finally give it to her...".
Safe motorin', Amanda!
Abraham, Martin and John
My wife was on the East Side the other day when she ran into the owner of this "all is right with the world", 1968 "Deuce And a Quarter" (note the plates) convertible. This car is a Buick Electra "225". The "225" denotes the car's overall length.
I say "all is right with the world" with tongue firmly in cheek. For in 1968 all was certainly not right with the world. Hopefully, whomever owned this car back then found respite from the events of the day by dropping the top and going for a nice long drive.
I know I would.
"I found one of your cars in the parking lot" my wife said to me when she met me at the Avon Relay invitational last Saturday morning. "I think you'll love it. Go check it out. Bring back coffee".
Truth is I didn't love it. I didn't even like it. Which only confused my wife more than ever. Poor thing. For years now she has valiantly tried to understand my taste in cars.
Y'see, 1985 was the first year for GM's new, "full size" front wheel driver "H-body" cars. I wasn't a fan then and I'm certainly not a fan now. Now, had this been an '84 like the beauty above, well, it would've been a completely different story. In fact, I might've been inclined to leave a love letter or two on it asking the owner to contact me if they wanted to sell it.
With coffee in tow I uploaded to my wife my dismissal of the '85. "Phooey," I scoffed. "That's an '85..'85 not so good. '84, now, that's good". My wife was incredulous as she sipped her coffee. "You're an idiot. And you put a pink packet in my coffee. I like the blue packets".
What's really interesting is that the '85, despite it's very odd proportions and awkward profile, is a vastly superior automobile to the '84. Where the '84 floats and bobs, the '84 is taut, firm. Dare I say "sporty". Well, compared to the '84, it certainly is. The fuel injected 3.8 liter V-6 provides much better acceleration than than the carbureted 5.0 liter V-8 in the '84. That I could fix by swapping out the engine for a modern power plant. I can't do much about the styling of the '85. Yuck.
As I went back to get another cup of coffee for my wife with the correct sweetener, I took another gander at the '85.
Still not so good.
This story just keeps gettin' better and better! Now, in addtion to EVERYTHING else that went down that night in Atlanta, Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth apparently spent some quality time together in the back of an Atlanta area Police Cruiser. Have you ever spent anytime "back there"? After you watch this, you'll know to keep your mouth shut because chances are everything you're saying is being recorded. Doh!