[rescue] obscure vw facts
skeezics at q7.com
Mon Apr 21 16:00:01 CDT 2003
On Mon, 21 Apr 2003, Kurt Huhn wrote:
> "Curtis H. Wilbar Jr." <rescue at hawkmountain.net> wrote:
> > 1986 Rabbit ?????
> > Where are you from... last year for the bunny in the US was 1984...
> > then it was replaced by the Golf (which the Rabbit was known as the
> > Golf almost everywhere else in the world except the US).
> I can't recall the year (hence IIRC). However, this particular Rabbit
> was not made for the US market initially, it was born and driven in .de
> before being imported to .us. That's what made it so special, at least
> to me, and the reason why I suggested it to my sister - who promptly
> trashed it. :-(
hee hee. one of my first paid programming gigs, good god, 20 fsckin'
years ago!? was writing a program to decode vehicle identification numbers
(VINs - since ~ 1980, the standard 17-digit alphanumeric stamp on your
dash, engine block, and typically in one or more locations on the chassis)
and maintain a small database for tracking grey-market cars. the
available data from the VIN books and mangled faxes from automakers was
awful and i ended up having to key in a bunch of it by hand, and sort of
fudge a lot of it...
but i remember noting with some irony that the "wolfsburg limited edition"
series vw's were largely built in westmoreland county, pennsylvania, at
least the ones destined for domestic use.
what's more scary is that for a while - and forgive my feeble memory now,
this was 20 years ago :-) - i had memorized a bunch of VINs for testing,
including some that produced "cool" reports (aston martins, ferarris,
etc). seriously, i could practically identify your car by its VIN from
memory, since i'd spent so many hours typing in all that data...
 obRescue: the program ran in 16K on a dg nova _clone_, under the
"BITS" operating system - which itself was an offshoot of the IRIS os.
for a couple of years, i was probably the most knowledgeable BITS BASIC
and dg nova clone hardware hacker in the entire pacific northwest, a
highly dubious honor at best...
 when i lived in pittsburgh and went out for drives with my dad on the
weekends, there was a really cool windy road near that plant where we used
to turn off the engine of his old mustang and just roll down that hill -
it was like 5 miles of twists and turns with just the sound of the wind
and the leaves and a few squeals of the tires... :-)
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