THOUGHT & SONG
I figured it would be a good thing to start these posts with a song so that I (maybe somebody else too) can read it while popping a tune!
Honeymoon Suite – Feel it Again (1986)
#87 in the mix tape (for better sound quality albeit 80s music videos are always so entertaining) ->
I may be a product of the 70s (I was born in that decade) but fortunately I was too young to care about what is probably one of the worst decade for just about everything except maybe disco and Smokey & The Bandit. Thankfully though my fiancée is of true 80s vintage and very much spot on tasting perfect! Haha! 😉 I often say to my fiancée that, if I could, I would (without hesitation) go back to the 80s. No matter if that means foregoing the tech and medical advances that make our lives a bit easier today. For her it’s a different story since she’d lose those very things, which are very important to her well-being.
So, the best I can do is to dwell in nostalgia while keeping outside bubble-bursters at bay. Sylvie is very accommodating and shares the same passion in general, albeit hers sometimes drifts in the 90s. It’s OK though, that decade wasn’t so bad, at least up to 1992, thinking of it as a continuation of what the 80s set in motion. After that the “magic” was gone for me and I tried to find something to occupy my mind. It turned out to be cars and it has helped shape my life alongside my memories of the 80s. Now, I try to mix the two for the perfect throwback of my daily motions (at least when I’m not trucking). To live it again, to feel it again…
I was one of the “chosen few”, well, not when it was new anyways! I do not quite recall the exact date but it must have been around 1998 when I found one in the classifieds. I believe it was a 1984 or 1985 MY coupe, a rust bucket, and owned by a fellow short bus rider. His elderly father, a machinist of trade, was maintaining the car and was selling it for him. The asking price? $8,500. Expensive you say for a near 15 year old car that was repaired with homemade parts and falling apart in rust? Yes and no. This was 1 of the 99 Audi Quattros that were sold in Canada in the 4 years that they were available. In perfect condition the estimated value was about $25,000 (then). Anyhow, being the blind rally lover that I was, I went to the bank, took a loan, and bought the car without test driving it. Before setting off, the old guy tells me to “take it easy” since it’s an old(er) car. Basically I realize now that he meant that it was beaten to a pulp by his son and could break down at any time. His wife took a picture as I drove away. Dumb, young, me…
My first taste of turbocharged 5 cylinder goodness. This was one of my dream cars and a true 80s rally icon. I remember the turbo whistling very loudly but I thought it was normal then. It ran a bit rough and had poor acceleration. This is supposed to have 160 HP? “I’ll check it when I get home” I said to myself… but I didn’t make it! I had but barely driven about 20~25 miles and it started to sputter harder and harder. I took the first exit ramp, which was unluckily in road work, and the engine died. Thankfully, the traffic light was green at the end of the ramp and I tried to keep it rolling to go through and clear the construction zone. I didn’t make that too… It stopped dead in the middle of a busy intersection. I got out of the car and pushed it to the other side while a dozen motorists were looking and laughing: “Look at the loser and his beat-up piece of shit car”.
Thankfully, I had a cell phone and called in my father since he was working in the area. He called in a tow truck and he wasn’t happy about the situation. He couldn’t believe that I had spent that much for a rust-bucket. It was a time when my confidence in my own abilities was still low and I felt that I wasn’t mechanically inclined enough to repair it. That made my father’s job to convince me to return it much easier. Over the phone, he yelled at the old guy that sold me the car and threatened to sue him (typical, dad). We came to an arrangement as the previous owner promised he would reimburse me if he could not fix it after a week. He didn’t, so I got my money back, and I never saw the car again. I can proudly say that I owned a Audi Quattro for just about an hour, haha! Oh well…….
Franz Tengler (transmission)
Martin Smith (stylist)
|Body and chassis
||Mid-size car, rally car
||longitudinal front engine, four-wheel drive
||Volkswagen B2 platform
||Audi 80 (B2),
Audi Coupé (B2)
||2.1 L I-5 SOHC 10v (1980–87) / 160 HP
||2,524 mm (99.4 in)
||4,404 mm (173.4 in)
||1,722 mm (67.8 in)
||1,346 mm (53.0 in)
||1,290 kg (2,844 lb) to 1,350 kg (2,976 lb)
GROUP B RALLY
1982 Rally Sweden
A time and place where the Audi Quattro was basically untouchable. Snow, ice, and four wheel drive? Unfair you might say but yet it is formidable to see how fast the Scandinavians were doing in the rear wheel drive cars!
Why not continue with the obvious…
First Blood (1982)
It is a common mistake to call this movie “Rambo 1”. It is actually “First Blood”. Which sets up the character we all know. Almost all 80s kids boasted that they or their dad owned a “Rambo knife” at home. Basically gave the serrated edge / survival knife a new popularity and lots of catalog sales…
The Legend of Zelda (1986)
This one is a little special for me. I remember it being one of the NES games I really truly enjoyed. In also played it in the spring time with an open window. The smell of the spring breeze always gives me an uncontrollable urge to replay this game every year!
This is true adventure style as there is nothing to help you in that game to tell you where to go or what to even do! It came with a folded world map which was incomplete, even more so putting the emphasis of unknown and adventure. I’m not sure if many kids did like me but I actually made my own world map by carefully drawing each screen and what item they may contain. Spending hours upon hours trying out the candle flame on every bush, pushing every boulder from every possible side to uncover secret entrances, or trying to blow a hole in a wall with the bombs (especially in dungeons at the cardinal points).
The best yet? I still have the map I drew all those decades ago! Here it is:
The game also didn’t end as upon finishing it as you could restart a “new game +” with many elements / dungeons now at a different place on the map! Good music, good memories, good times…
Here’s the available NES Game Genie codes:
AVVLAUSZ Don't take damage from anything
YYKPOYZZ Create character with 8 life hearts
NYKPOYZX Create character with 16 life hearts
SZVXASVK Don't lose rubies when buying
SZNZVOVK Infinite bombs
ESKUILTA Wear a blue ring
OSKUILTA Wear a red ring
SZVXASVK + AEVEVALG All items for free