A few things:
1) Thanks, Groucho! Bloody well time someone ranted on our lack of attention to even the most basic conventions of clear writing. I realize you've got tongue firmly in cheek, but I hope we don't miss your point. C'mon, people! Give it at least a little effort. I realize we're car guys talking about . . . well, cars . . . but what the heck? Did we all fail third grade? Or is text-messaging the only writing anyone does anymore?
2) Okay. I'm off my highhorse.
3) Groucho, I saw a yellow '05 GTO at a Buick-Olds-Pontiac show last weekend that reminded me of yours. It had the twin black stripes and everything (which were painted and clear-coated). Gorgeous. Regrettably, the guy didn't win first place for current-generation cars. That honor went to a red '04 with side pipes.
4) No, no--I can't let this go. "Medina?" Seriously? How do you get "Medina" out of "Modena?" That's like saying "Jaguire" for "Jaguar."