Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Seeing Double? A mirror trick? No! It's two Insights, for real!

It's a small world. It's a small car. Seems to be a perfect combination.

Chances are slim that you would see an Insight at a gas station, what with its 1250 km range on a mere 10.6 U.S. gallon fuel tank. In fact, chances are slim you would even see an Insight at all, considering there are less than 400 in Canada. But can you imagine seeing two Insights? Side by side? And, at a gas station no less?

While filling up for the 2nd time in as many months, I was approached by a man who was being eerily silent. "Oh no!" I thought. "What does this guy want?"

The silent dude nodded his head in a westward direction. I couldn't dig what he was communicating. He nodded again, smiling. Now, my clueless brain was thinking, "what the heck is this guy doing? Distracting me while he robs me? Distracting me while he slips a wad of hundreds into my pocket? Distracting me while he sucks my soul out through my nostrils? WHAT?"

He realized I was not catching his drift, and he added a little thumby-thumby action to his nod. I finally looked over and saw his silverstone metallic Insight parked in front of our car. My jaw dropped.

This was our first face-to-face encounter with another Insight owner, and it was bizarre. He told us he was passing by when he saw us filling up. He too, was shocked, and said he just had to pull in and talk to us.

And that's exactly what we did. And, boy were we surprised. Turns out that this mysterious stranger, an environmentally friendly dude who thought it was so cool to see another Insight that he just had to stop, knows, and has jammed with, one of Suz's best friends: Dave Gould.

I hate clichés, but that's all I could of think of: What a small, small world. I wonder if they would play it for me.

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Blogger Vengelyne said...

Hehe... I like the rare sightings. Nice shot of the twinsights.

And honestly, I like the way you write with such passion about things that excite you! Way to go!

Isn't it cumbersome to be lugging yr camera around with you everywhere? It's kinda big.

12:40:00 PM

Blogger mmat said...

i'm jealous of your 1250 km range per tank. i get a mere 650-700 km per tank in my Yaris.

1:38:00 PM

Blogger Monogram Queen said...

Great now i'm humming "It's a Small World" and will be all afternoon! I like the term "twinsights"

2:28:00 PM

Blogger Louisiana said...

oh my goodness it's a small one alright. i like the range per tank of your car..i wish they make one just as great for an 8 seater!

4:02:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Venge - thank you very much! And yeah, it's big and definitely cumbersome. Sometimes it gets in the way. But I still enjoy it. What were we talking about? ;)

mmat - well, to be honest, 1250 kms is the theoretical distance it could go under perfect driving conditions. In real-world driving we get just over a thousand kms per tank.

Patti_Cake - All I can do is apologize profusely.

Chana - You might be in luck. GM has hybridized most of the largest Chev pick-up trucks, and it's possible they'll use the same hybrid engine in a large or extended van that's built on the same pick-up frame. Keep your fingers crossed.

5:42:00 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

The cars are twins seperated at birth.

12:05:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I rarely see many of my car either. The difference between yours and mine is that yours is new and expensive and mine is old with most of it's bretheren having rotted apart!

8:13:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Two thumbs up for taking care of your rustmobile! Eventually it will be the last surviving one, and will be shoved into some museum.

12:33:00 PM

Blogger Rowan said...

so, I wonder...what does an insight go for then? ya know, since next year I'm looking to buy a cost effective car....

1:56:00 PM

Blogger Jod{i} said...

I have seen quite a few here in Connecticut...I like them too! I do have to confess that I drive a Durango, ya I know...guilt ridden New Englander here..and as the kids are growing I dont need the space as much...
So we were eyeing the Insight..BUT(unfortunately) keep the DUrango for the snow(we are moving to Maine)..Think you could update on how you do in the winter?


11:29:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Jod{i}, Don't get me wrong - 4x4s totally have their place, and I myself used to drive a Jeep YJ with a 2 inch lift. 11 mpg city and 19 highway. It was unbelievably hungry.

As long as people are conscientious about what they're doing to the environment, it helps. But we're all still probably doomed.

2:51:00 PM


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