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Andrew Fails
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Fails is a freelance photographer who sometimes pretends to be literate. You can see his portfolio at www.failsphotography.com. He is talking in third person because it makes him feel mysterious.
Apr 16
7

I kept an R56 up until near 150k miles, because I hate money and love the smell of burning oil apparently.

Apr 15
1

Eh, I drive a classic Mini on the interstate every day in the Midwest, and you get used to it pretty quickly honestly. I don't really get nervous in it anymore. Granted, the first few times I took it up to 70 next to a semi truck I almost peed myself. 

Apr 13
17

Some of my city council is finally getting this idea. There was pushback this year about the new budget when people started saying “hey, instead of using all of this money to build NEW roads, maybe we should fix the broken ones we already have”. A little late, but at least it’s something.

Apr 10
1

My car has a kilometer speedo and I still don't know all my conversions. I usually just ballpark it. 

Apr 10
2

I mean, Blackstone herself has basically written that exact same argument multiple times, and she works here. 

Apr 7
37

Slightly related, but I’ve come closer to dying as a result of small white SUVs than almost any other type of vehicle on the road. 

Mar 31
7

Yeah, when I picked up my car there in September of last year, they wouldn’t let me poke around any. They just brought my car out front, and had me do the paperwork in the office. Such a shame, but also probably for the best as I’d have tried to convince the monogamy buddy that we needed a kei van.

Mar 26
1

It's unreliable in a different way, so...kind of? It doesn't do the $1,500 repair bills once or twice a year, but there's generally something not working on it. It DEFINITELY leaks/burns less oil though. 

Mar 25
1

Agreed, My Mini has 60 or so horsepower, and the power has never really been an issue. When I was in the Appalachian foothills, it would slow down some on up hills, but then I just learned to prepare better, and start accelerating before the climb started. As for every day interstate driving in the Midwest, it’s a Read more

Mar 25
1

Is it weird that hitting three gears in the width of an intersection sounds like a riot of a good time to me? Read more

Mar 23
2

Replaced a bunch of vacuum lines over the weekend, hands still haven’t recovered.

Mar 23
2

I saw that idea somewhere, and loved it. Currently mine is just held in by mismatched sheetmetal screws, so each time I take it on or off, I’m sure it’s widening those holes a bit.

Mar 22
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I road-tripped a classic Mini 1,100 miles after buying it. Best/worst decision ever. I’ve never had so many weird conversations with people.

Mar 18
3

Trying to sleep in the cab of a truck at Devil’s Playground was one of the most unpleasant things I’ve ever done. “Try to relax and fall asleep, and ignore the fact that it feels like you’re suffocating.” I probably shouldn't have gone right up there within 24 hours of arriving from Missouri.