Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: San Antonio,Texas
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
That’s a good one Marko. I like the whole “Even Sharks Have Standards “ part.
The way I view what is or is not a domestic auto these days is the two out of three rule. A vehicle must be American at least two out of three, some examples are:
1. My 2004 F-150 is built by Ford, an American Company, designed by an American, and manufactured in St. Louis, MO. This makes this without a doubt a Domestic Auto. Yes, It does have some Canadian part content. This I view the same as borrowing a torque wrench from your upstairs neighbor because you’re too cheap to buy or rent one yourself.
2. The next category is those cars like in Marko’s Country. Ford is an American company. The design was a joint America-Australian venture. This some times works out better. Think about the Australian 351C Cylinder Head (best of both worlds). These cars are built in Australia, which means money for their workers and money coming back to America due to who owns it. This I would call a mostly domestic automobile.
3. This category is where things get bad. Someone earlier mentioned Toyota. Ah yes, those nice people that brought you Pearl Harbor. A vehicle designed by the Japanese, with parts made in Canada, assembled in America with money going back to Japan. These vehicles are very “Fart Can” prone. This is not a Domestic Vehicle. This is a damn shame.
4. This last one covers European automobiles. These cars are European Owned, and designed, built in Europe, with money going back to Europe. They are not Domestic vehicles. They are very reliable, well designed, and they don’t have fart cans. As far as I know, have not attempted to enter NASCAR, NHRA, or any other American Racing sanctioning body. (Its ok for us to enter their races as we have Mr. Shelby) I do not consider these cars as a threat to America as they keep to themselves and Generally speaking are beyond the reach of the common man.
Well there it is fellas. Hope that clears up the Domestic Vehicle Question. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have on the subject based on the "World According to GAL60" standard if you wish.