Many of you who have read my yearly article regarding the Toronto International AutoShow already know that when it comes to cars, my specialty and focus is classic cars. However, while I tend to lean towards the saying ‘older and simpler is better,’ there are new cars absolutely worthy of appreciation as well. I always look forward to seeing both my timeless favourites and what new I would consider worth buying and that I would be interested in.
As I mentioned in my Estonian article that appeared last week, this year was exciting for me as Barrett-Jackson had an exhibit dedicated to classic cars that have an especially high collector value. But, browsing through Volkswagen’s, Audi’s, BMW’s, and Dodge’s showcases, I was not struck by anything in particular; nothing seem to stand out and ‘wow’ me. Until I see the ‘blue beauty’ showing it’s curves while completing its latest rotation on the turntable. This car is Dodge’s newest expansion of the high-performance SRT line in Challengers, the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The announcer who was singing praises for the sleek and powerful car claimed that this is now the top-of-the-line model of Challenger. Now those of you who have the same passion for automobiles as I do and have a particular interest in newer Challengers may find yourselves more than a little confused at that statement, it certainly made me re-think what I knew. So far, the top model of Challenger was the SRT Demon, which was just showcased at last year’s show as the 840 horsepower street-legal monster. What I was not aware of was the fact that the Demon has now ended it’s production run at 3,300 produced (just as I had almost enough money saved up to purchase one). Therefore, Dodge needed to keep up appearances and create a new top-of-the-line Challenger, which the Hellcat Redeye now is.
You might've thought you spied an õige/keelsus/viga (grammar error), because in Estonian, you begin a letter with a direct personal greeting by inserting a comma: Tere, Triinu! Yup, a comma and an exclamation mark. "Tere tali" does not qualify for this rule, but Tere, kallis Mõmm! would. "Mõmm-mõmm" is the sound Estonian bears make and hence their nickname karu/mõmm, which along with kaisu/karu = teddy bear. Another pet name for a bear is mesi/käpp (honey paw), but that's another Kalev candy! And šokolaadi/tahvel and ice cream and cookie...
In addition to possibly having a calendar window to open each morning during the month of detsember or roughly the period of advent leading up to jõulud (yule), the majority of Estonian kids leave a suss (slipper) on their windowsill at nightfall starting on 1. jõulu/kuu, into which a päkapikk leaves a treat. Kalev even makes special tiny sussi/šokolaadid for this occasion, similarly to North American mini treats made for Hallowe'en, which Estonia does not have for its mardi/päev (St. Martin's Day beggars). Check out the Christmas goodies at www.kalev.eu. The advent calendar is already läbi müüdud (sold out) online.