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04-02-2012, 06:00 PM
We are having some brand x difficulties at this time, so yesterday, it was time to play musical cars. My Mark VIII has been parked at my Mother's home in Dillon, SC, about 60 miles from home so I grabbed my 16 year old and we jumped in Betty to go get the Mark.
We hopped on the interstate and proceeded to Dillon.
There is something about this little Lark that is not normal. She runs SO good and is up to anything I put her through. This can't be a stock 259 in this car. It runs too strong.
We made it to Dillon with no problems, charged the battery in the Lincoln, puttered around the house for a few minutes, then headed for home.
As most of us know, a 16 year old is always hungry, so we had to stop at Wendys for lunch. Never stop in a Wendys in a small town when church is over. We must have answered 200 questions about the Lark. After about an hour, we headed for home, following my son. He was driving the Lincoln and and I was in the Lark.
James, my six foot something, two hundred pound, going to be a monster son is, as I found out, afraid of being beside an eighteen wheeler on the road. To remedy this, he nails the accelerator to get by the trucks. I'll admit, the Mark is quicker than Betty, but she held her own. We passed alot of trucks yesterday.
Just a little while ago, I got a call from my neighbor, letting me know that James was in the Lark, "practicing" driving a stick. Looks like I might be driving Christine more and Betty less!!!

I did try and get a picture of Christine parked in the high school parking lot but I was a little too far away. I'll see if I can't get a little closer next trip.

Marie Mac
04-02-2012, 07:52 PM
Funny you should mention your son's eighteen-wheeler phobia...I am a grandmother who relates to his behavior...my husband is constantly commenting (dissaprovingly) on my speeding past those trucks...they just concern me in general...

04-02-2012, 08:03 PM
did you stop by South of the Border? I used to live in Florence SC

04-02-2012, 08:19 PM
We have stopped at the border many times, mostly to buy fireworks. Luckily we don't have the desire to burn down the neighborhood any more.

The eighteen-wheeler thing probably started a couple of years ago when we were pushed off of the road by a big truck at 70mph, headed towards Indy.

Bob Andrews
04-02-2012, 08:46 PM
did you stop by South of the Border? I used to live in Florence SC

LOL! Don't get me started on Pedro's! One of our favorite stops on the way to/from FL, even with the WORST restrooms ANYWHEREhttp://serve.mysmiley.net/sick/sick0022.gif (http://www.celebrityfashionarchive.com) We still love it, we just plan our bathroom stops... elsewhere<G> We call it "The Tackiest Place on Earth":)

04-02-2012, 09:02 PM
Pedro has added many more animal statues to pose with. I always drive through SOB on my trips to Dillon, just to see what he has added.

Bob Andrews
04-02-2012, 09:06 PM
Is the "Silver Slipper" still there? It is/was the scariest "casino" ever!

04-02-2012, 09:15 PM
The Silver Slipper is alive and kicking!!!

04-03-2012, 10:35 AM
I do not like to drive next to big rigs, but that comes from 32 years of riding a street bike on the freeways of so cal. In about 2003 I was riding to LA heading to work, I was passing a Big Rig, we have controlled speeds in so cal for big rigs, 55 mph max and our freeways for cars and pick ups is 65 or 70 mph. I was right next to the drive wheels on this heavily loaded truck and kablewie....that stinking thing blew a tire tread off and sent schrapnal everywhere. That was one of the scariest things that has ever happended to me. I crashed my GSXR race bike at Laguna Seca raceway back in '88 at about 120 mph and it was less scary than that tire explosion.

I have seen many a big change lanes over a car and flatten it. Driving next to a big rig is a scary thing, I try to pass them asap.

04-03-2012, 11:30 AM
I work for a trucking company and most of our drivers are safe and try to be courteous, but there are some that come and go that I would not ride with. Unfortunately, sometimes tires blow or recaps separate. At least around here, the big trucks are driving slower trying to save fuel and they aren't pushing as much air.

04-03-2012, 11:59 AM
A mark VIII and a Lark, 2 of my favorite cars. Always wanted a Mark VIII but the woman wants a 4 door, so i settled for a Lincoln LS.

04-03-2012, 12:52 PM
We have stopped at the border many times, mostly to buy fireworks.
Luckily we don't have the desire to burn down the neighborhood any more.
The last time I stopped there-
I had just smoked the transmission in a U-Haul (Ford) truck...
I didn't think Sweet Pea was that heavy!!! :rolleyes: :p

It worked out- the only truck they could find me was one of those sweet Internationals. :cool:

04-03-2012, 01:36 PM
I have always liked those Mark VIIIs. I have looked at them new and used, but have "resisted". I guess that I will just have to buy one someday <G>.