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YAK Car Pic of the Day


The Jaguar XJS HE (high efficiency) was sold from 1981-85. The original V-12 in the first XJS models provided its owner with dreadful gas mileage, which was not a good thing in the early 1980s; the HE increased both horsepower (from around 250 up to 263) and mpg (to 16, not great but much better than the previous engine’s rating of 12). I ran into this red coupe in Olean almost five years ago.

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Thanksgiving Wishes

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Here’s wishing you all a peaceful Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales Event. And if you’re nostalgic for the true spirit of the holiday, you probably never knew how the holiday began.

Check this out, from

And this, from the Gothamist—complete with a Thanksgiving mask for the kids courtesy of the Buffalo Junior Courier Magazine from 89 years ago.


YAK Car Pic of the Day

89-91 tbird red nf copy

This 10th generation Ford Thunderbird has been sitting in what kind of looks like a used car lot on Niagara Falls Boulevard for a while now. These cars spanned the model years 1989-97, and this appears to be an earlier one, probably from ’89-’91. I like the shape of these cars, and think this one looks particularly spiffy with the whitewalls. Hmm… maybe I’ll amble in and make them an offer. The YAKmobile could use an update!

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow

YAK Car Pic of the Day

70 cad cdv blk nf copy

Came across this 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville the other day in the same alley where the two VW Bugs were parked. The Bugs looked they they belonged outside for a long, cold WNY winter, but this Caddy seems like it deserves better. In case you forgot, this was in Niagara Falls.

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Snow Shoves Bills Into Prime Time, Ready Or Not

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At least you won’t have to stay up late.

Buffalo’s rescheduled, relocated game against the New York Jets is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., live from climate-controlled Ford Field in Detroit, so the final gun should go off in time to allow viewers to catch the late news or the Bette Midler episode of Seinfeld and still get to bed at an hour appropriate for a school night.

Or, for fans who work non-traditional hours, the under-employed or those in need of a sporting-palate cleansing after being exposed to the Bills and Jets slopping it up for three-plus hours, there’s always the second half of Baltimore and New Orleans over on the originally scheduled Monday Night Football.

The Bills and Jets will be seen on CBS only by viewers in the metropolitan New York City market and upstate, along with Sunday Ticket subscribers across the country. Given the state of the competitors, this might seem like a mercy blackout by the NFL, but the limited broadcast results from the league’s obligations to the various networks carrying its games.

You can’t help but think, though, that CBS would have been willing to bump its block of laugh-track sit-coms and police-procedurals-with-a-twist, or that ESPN would have fought for the rights, if the Week 12 game displaced by a snow assault had been, say, New England-Detroit or Denver-Miami.

The Bills and Jets, though, were probably not going to stage an aesthetic triumph regardless of the date, time and location of their second annual meeting. Their first get-together somehow managed to be both high-scoring and dull, with long stretches of offensive ineptitude broken up by enough defensive breakdowns to get the final score to an unnatural-sounding 43-23, Buffalo.

Factor in the scheduling shift, additional travel required of both teams, and the Bills’ snow-induced layoff on the week following their Thursday-night dud in Miami, and you shouldn’t expect a taut thriller. Trying to predict how either of these teams will perform under the most favorable of circumstances has proven to be a game for suckers, so all the variables make it feel pretty silly to even try.

The knowables about tonight’s contest haven’t really changed since this preview, written after the first lake-effect blast, when it still seemed like Sunday in Orchard Park still seemed tenable. The second dose off Lake Erie took care of that possibility.

It also created the unique dynamic of elected officials telling the NFL to not even think about it, rather than meekly bowing to the will of The Shield, as well as the new Bills ownership facing their first real backlash over an ill-advised Tweet seeking people willing tohelp shovel out Ralph Wilson Stadium at a time when most of us were trying to figure out how to get to the end of our driveways.

Instead, the game wound up pushed back by a day and moved to Detroit, where Kyle Orton led a last-minute comeback in his first start for the Bills. With the exception of the aforementioned fluky blowout in New Jersey, Orton has gotten worse the more he’s become accustomed to Buffalo’s offense, so maybe the truncated, transplanted week of practice will actually help there.

Buffalo needs something to go right tonight in order to keep their dwindling playoff hopes from reaching the tortured-mathematics stage. A loss to the Jets would not only require the Bills to run an imposing table which includes dates with Denver, Green Bay and New England, the three clear-cut favorites to win Super Bowl XLIX heading into the weekend, according to the oddsmakers.

The Patriots did nothing to dissuade such thinking on Sunday, shredding Detroit’s top-ranked defense on the way to a 34-9 win. The Broncos and Packers weren’t quite as impressive, but wound up a field goal better than the Dolphins and Vikings, respectively.

Buffalo will need plenty of help to reach the postseason, and got a fair amount on Thursday and Sunday. Besides the Miami loss, Kansas City became Oakland’s first victim of the season and Houston fell to Cincinnati, moving the Bills ahead of the Texans in the wild-card race. If New Orleans beats Baltimore and Buffalo comes out ahead of the Jets, the Bills will remain within one game of the wild-card leaders with five to play.

They would be in better shape but for Billy Cundiff’s 37-yard walk-off field goal to get the Browns, who may or may not visit the region next Sunday, past Atlanta and a goal-line interception by St. Louis quarterback Shaun Hill, which allowed San Diego to escape with a 27-24 win.

For any of that to matter, though, Buffalo has to overcome the Jets and everything else the last week has wrought.

YAK Car Pic of the Day

67 dodge conv red calendar

Don’t usually do something like this, but this 1967 Dodge Polara convertible is the car-of-the-month on my office wall calendar. You just don’t see many of these on the road anywhere anymore. It’s from what I call the full-sized Dodge’s “wacky styling period,” which seems to have run from around 1960 to the last 1980 St. Regis sedan. Not sure just what was in the water there in the Mopar studios, but I doubt if it was legal. My calendar came courtesy of Larock’s Restoration in Niagara Falls.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow

YAK Car Pic of the Day

72 impala red slither

Turned on the boob tube the other night right in the middle of the 1973 B-movie Slither, which had some great early 1970s period cars. Was going to turn it off, but became intrigued by the butt-ugly black RVs (below) which kept lurking in the background. I ended up DVRing the thing to find out who was driving them. I really liked this 1972 Chevrolet Impala sport sedan, which was driven by Peter Boyle’s character, along with his wacky wife played by Louise Lasser (you remember her — Mary Hartman!). As if the Impala wasn’t enough, they were pulling a beautiful Aitstream trailer during much of the movie. The RV, even though it looks like something turned out by the prop department, turned out to be an actual RV — a 1971 RecTrans Discoverer 25. Yuck…

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71 RecTrans Discoverer 25R

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