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To all the cars I’ve crashed before


#1

“I never hurt anyone else and I never put a car on its back.” In the prime of his powers as an author and raconteur, Gordon Baxter would often close a recitation of misdeeds both automotive and romantic by issuing that disclaimer. It has a certain elegance, a gentlemanly sang-froid, just the right touch to leaven an otherwise troublesome tale. I will admit to having said it over and over again myself, right up to the day when it no longer applied. That was also the day that I met a certain Mr. Stubbs—but I’m getting ahead of myself.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/02/06/avoidable-contact-all-the-cars-ive-crashed

#2

I mourned when I read your final column at R&T.

Today is a day for rejoicing. Welcome back to my reading list, Jack. More than happy to help bring driving back.


#3

Weird…I keep hearing Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias singing the title of this article.


#4

@Jim-R - Thanks, now I get to hear everyones Willie impersonation in the office today. (I don’t blame you though)


#5

:musical_score: To all the wheels that I caressed.
And may I say I’ve held the best.
The straights that were not long
And understeer that’s strong
To all the cars I’ve crashed before.


#6

Jack, I have been following you since early days at the original TTAC. Great writing, pretty serious driving. Was glad to see you in R&T - finally a “Factory Ride” - but they let us both down sadly. I enjoy your “Riverside Green” blog and look forward to more here.
A real driver who can really write, and has real opinions.
Good stuff.
Win P.


#7

Great introduction .I will be looking forward to more !


#8

Hi, Jack.

Another long time reader here. Nice to see you on Hagerty!

  • Jim

#9

Jack:

Great to see AC at your new location. It comes full circle as the reason I subscribe to Hagerty Magazine is because you mentioned it a couple of years ago.


#10

Hey Jack great to see you here. I bookmarked you at all the other places and I’ve bookmarked you here. Hagerty gains one more new reader today.


#11

Dennis,

My sentiments exactly.

Avoidable Contact and sludgo’s Mile Markers on Bring-a-Trailer are at the top of my must-read-immediately automotive content list.


#12

You had me at “raconteur”, Great read! let the stories flow…


#13

I have thought of Hagerty as smart for their extreme niche market…insuring beloved items that owners protect as treasures.
Hiring you demonstrates that genius again.
I’m already thinking I should check into insuring my rarely driven convertible with them since I drive it so little. I have automatically added it to my conventional auto policy without questioning.
I was missing your writing already. So glad to see you in print again.
I get what Hagerty was seeing and I love it all!


#14

Great Read!..sludgo