Touring Option

I was never a big fan of the 70s-era Maserati Ghibli, simply because at the time I was enthralled (and still am) by the much-smaller Dino 246 GT.

However:  times have moved on and changed, and so have I, a little bit here and there.  Now, the thrills of blatting away in a Dino at full throttle from light to light with a skinny blonde in the passenger seat have dimmed somewhat.

Now, what I think I would like is a bigger car, to accommodate the bigger Kim, and someone more akin to, say, Kelly Brook alongside me.

Rapid acceleration is okay, but not essential;  more important to me are things like sufficient torque and raw power that can push over hills and such towards my final destination.  Ditto the car.

Hence my interest in the Ghibli:  to wit, “a 4.7-liter, dry-sump V-8 that produces 330 horsepower, which is sufficient to move the big GT from zero to 60 MPH in a quick 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 150 mph.”

I know that a lot of today’s cars could do the same or better, with greater reliability and even better performance.  But what the hell:  I’m not a F1 driver, I’m not even a fast driver;  what I want is a reasonable facsimile of today’s performance, with a touch of history thrown in.

And with the top down (car and/or passenger), the thrill would be immense:

“Okay Kim, that’s enough, we get your point.”

The Fabulous Fifties (5)

Okay, probably the last one, starting off with some royal totties:

Princess Mary of Norway (51)

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (52)

Queen Rania of Jordan (53)

TV royalty Susannah Reid (52)

Claire Sweeney (55)

Kylie Minogue (55)

Paulina Porizkova (58)

(I know, she was a supermodel, don’t care. still would)

And of course, the obligatory Salma Hayek (57)

Classic Beauty: Tempest Storm

“If you’re going to be bad, be bad;  if you’re going to make being bad your career, do it all your life.”

In the case of Tempest Storm, the “bad” was to be a burlesque dancer and stripper;  and she did it from her teens until… well, her last performance was at age 90.  So let’s get on with the show:

Here she is in glorious Technicolor:

And here, at age 85:

And a redhead… wonderful, she was.

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