What we drive, and what drives us

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“So, what car do you drive?”

It was about two hours into a three hour meeting when we got the question.  A perfectly reasonable question from an affable and thoughtful executive in the midst of a strategy discussion about the car business.  But it distinctly changed the tone of the discussion as we switched gears and spent the next 15 minutes trading specs and anecdotes about our rides.  It was a good reminder of what drives passion at the heart of what we do.  We are car guys and gals.  In that spirit, here’s a round-up of some of the Zubie crew’s favorite rides…

Mike Rude, 1999 VW Passat

“Last winter, I decided to take my teen son out for a drive in the car that will soon become his own…on the frozen Lake Minnetonka which is a winter playground of ice fishing, ice boating, kite snowboarding, etc.  This was a perfect opportunity for my son to learn about anti-lock brakes, oversteer, counter-steering and other winter car safety topics.   And also a  great opportunity to put the Zubie Key through some winter “proving ground” testing.   It made for a very interesting looking trip log.

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Tim, 1969 VW Bug

“I had a 1969 VW Bug in college.  After a night of college fun, a couple of buddies and I went  off-roading.  We got stuck in mud in a clearing in the woods, left it and walked home.  It rained all night and when we returned, the mud had turned into a lake and the bug was covered half way up the doors.  So After it drained we claimed the Bug and after drying it up it actually started.  Fun night.”

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Navin, 2002 Audi TT Roadster, chipped to 250 HP (!)

“When the original (classic) model came out,  it looked like nothing else on the road and I fell hard.  I couldn’t actually drive stick but I bought it anyway and essentially ground gears all the way home.  My tendency to leave the top down during torrential downpours and then have to drive home with four inches of sloshing water in the footwells, became a running joke with my coworkers, and required the seats to be replaced…twice.  It’s been a great test vehicle for Zubie given its frequent catalytic convertor issues.  But eleven years and 80K miles later,  I can’t imagine life without a red convertible.” 

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Mark, 2013 Ford Mustang GT – Vaughn Gitten Edition

” Tim approached me about joining him at this cool new connected-car startup.  The same week I bought the “green beast” as an homage  to the startup’s bright, black and  green logo and to show my unwavering commitment to the company.  Next week, we rebranded to a different name and logo.  Nice.  But the green beast still endures, exciting little kids and tourists on the island.” 

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That’s it for now.   More on the rest of the team in a later post, the stories are still coming in.


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