Writing Flashback: Letters to the Editor, Part 1

This is part one of my writing flashback section, featuring various articles and letters I wrote in grade school, high school and college. This first entries focus on Letters to Editor, and this first entry specifically on the letters I wrote to automobile magazines in and around ’88-90. Keep in mind, I didn’t have a my license when I was writing these. I was about 14 or 15, and most of my commentary is limited to appearances, not performance. The theme you’ll pick up on is that regardless of age, I have always been an opinionated s.o.b.

AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE

CORVETTE ZR-1
A few years ago, I wouldn’t have put the Corvette [June 1989] into the Ferrari’s or Porsche’s class, but now it flies by them both. If Ford and Chysler could just build 200-plus-mph cars at Vette prices, the United States could dominate the supercar market.
Tim Minneci,
Buffalo, New York

COUPES DE GRACELAND
On the cover of your May issue it says “Stealing Ford’s Thunder.” I read the comparison test of the Ford Thunderbird and the Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo [“Coupes de Graceland”], and you said the Ford was better. I think the Thunderbird looks like a Corvair with Ford badges and tack-on plastic parts. The Grand Prix Turbo may have been an afterthought for Pontiac, but ASC and McLaren did a great job on it. Next time you like a car on the cover, make sure you like it on the pages in between.
Timothy Minneci
Williamsville, New York

CAR & DRIVER

To Kevin Smith: the Honda CRX Si may maneuver like Marcus Allen, but it’s as butt-ugly as Dick Butkus.
Timothy Minneci
Buffalo, New York

Honda messed up on this Accord. It looks like the Accords before they had flip-up lights. Except for the flush head-lamps and some rounded out edges, it looks like the same car. I just hope Honda doesn’t bring back some of those cars from the seventies.
Timothy Minneci
Buffalo, New York

The wheels of the Mazda MX-3 look like Honeycomb cereal. And the back seat looks like a couch in a proctologist’s office. Which is exactly what this car is: a pain in the butt!
Timothy D. Minneci
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

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