Friday, August 15, 2014

The DT Manifesto

This week's Coffee Brake is not just the typical musings and drivel that oozes from my fingertips onto the is very different. Today, it is time to lay out the DT Manifesto. Merriam-Webster defines man·i·fes·to  (noun \ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō\) as

: a written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group.

On character:

First and foremost, this is an entertainment website. This means we are here to provide entertainment. Occasionally it might lead to someone buying a car. We are not here to sell you cars. But -- and most importantly -- if we do, it won't be any kind of money-making ploy. One of the DT team might sell a personal car here as an exclusive, but it will be at a ridiculous discount as a perk to the readership/commentariat, never an attempt to inflate our own wallets. Outside of trying to make you laugh, our serious goal is to add value to the gearhead hobby while facilitating transactions that are win-win-win-win for buyer, seller, blogger, and reader alike.

On content:

Let's face it; content is king. This site could be called the Daily Salmon Cannon and as long as we posted good salmon cannon related stuff each day, salmonheads would keep coming back... amiright? We pledge to earn your loyalty every single day by providing regular, relevant, timely, and awesome content. When we slip up, tell us as nicely as you can. When we get it right, you already tell us, and it is incredibly gratifying.

On tips:

Tips are the lifeblood of this website.  We get inundated with El Caminos, Rancheros, & Durangos on a hourly basis, and would love to publish every single one of them. However, when we post based on a tip, we promise to always give a shout-out to the tipper and never use the power of the tips for personal gain. We will never use them as a giant sifter to discover well-priced cars for ourselves then flip them to our dedicated readers, or anyone else, for profit.  Not gonna happen. 

On fun:

We are going to make fun of things from time to time and these might include one or more of the following: French cars, cars made by Frenchmen, cars designed in France but assembled in Wisconsin, Porsche 914s, hipsters, hats, the San Diego Padres, you, your favorite car, cats (who likes cats anyway, dogs rule!) [Back off, mudflap, I love my cat. -KBZ], incurable diseases (Lyme disease is a giggle, but terminal abdominal cancer, that is a gut buster), Italy, soccer fans, front wheel drive, slushboxes, and skinny jeans.  Deal with it.  This is a humor site; if you don't have a sense of humor, please buy one in our online store here.

On community:

Nobody knows everything, and the writers and editors here at DT are only knowledgeable on the cars they have personally owned/driven/repaired/sold/maintained/destroyed. Therefore, when we post something that is outside the DT wheelhouse, the community steps up to the plate and helps out. We get something wrong, you let us know, it makes the site better. The comments on the postings are very often more interesting than the actual writing and that is great.  We promise to remember that and reward our readers/commenters appropriately with content, deals, and laughs.  You will see some regular commenters cross the line between contributor and staff -- and this is a good thing.

On moderating:

I'm not a big fan of moderation...wait...that isn't right...moderating... I'm not a big fan of moderating the comments.  It isn't just the freedom of speech, yaddy yah we are all big boys approach that I prefer, it is also that I don't want to spend my time approving, editing, or removing comments...I've got diesel powered DeLoreans to find. The only time a comment might get sucked into the black hole is if it falls into the DT's simple ORBS rules.  Comments that contain the following: Obscenity (okay, a few s-bombs won't get you banned, but just keep it PG-13..more specifically 1980s PG-13), Racism (keep that for the basketball court Mr. Sterling), Blasphemy (whoa, what is this some kind of Christian rock station --no, but just keep any religious diatribes to yourselves and don't insult God, god, Yahweh, Buddha, Allah, Wicca, Voodoo, Mother Earth or Ayrton Senna-- simple enough?) Spam (I know spam when I see it).

On transparency:

Like all web ventures, this particular site makes some money from various internet money sources. We promise to always disclose those items from which we make money, such as eBay affiliate listings. If you see an eBay link that starts with this means that somebody is going to get money if you click on that link and then buy something.  If you see an eBay link or an Amazon link there is a high likelihood that we will make a few bones if you buy something (not just the linked item, but anything) during that web session. Please buy our t-shirts and stickers (we make, like, a nickle), and tell your friends about us. 

On helping:

I can't tell you the number of times I've had offers from total strangers on the web to help out with this site. How can you help? Spread the word. Tell your friends. Post on forums. Tell your mom. And comment. The more comments each post gets the more lurkers will come out of the woodwork and share their rich experiences with all of us.

On passion:

This site is a labor of love, a hobby, a passion, an odd way for human beings connected through electric wires spanning thousands to miles to enjoy camaraderie through cars. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it.

DT Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder Vince Barbarie
Technical Editor & Co-Founder Chris Floren (CFlo)
Contributing Writer Hunsbloger
Logo Guru & Graphics Kaibeezy
Contributing Writer PhiLOL
Contributing Writer Gianni Burrows
Contributing Writer Andy Liss


  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Thanks guys, all of the above is why I find myself spending a lot more time here than at other sites who don't seem to know who they nor their readers are. Appreciate all you do.

  2. Hey, I thought I was clicking on a story about a new Italian touring car, the DT Manifesto. I thought that photo looked a lot like a Porsche Carrera with bad rings.......

    Seriously, I salute you all for keeping the site true to its goals.

    You may expect me to push back against the cheap shots at French cars, but I will do so with a crispy baguette, and with a Gitane dangling from my lip. Sacré Bleu!

    1. Bobinot -- you'll notice that the license plate on that smoke machine has an F with the EU Star symbol on it, but it was not a subtle dig at the French, just a picture I took in Le Mans a few years ago.


    2. Well dang, you're right! How did I miss that Easter egg, which clearly was hidden just for ME?

      So was that a French-market-only Porsche Carrera Diesel? Gawd knows they LOVE their frickin' oil-burners over there....

  3. ~ Well, that clears up a lot of misconceptions for me. I thought this was all in my imagination.

    Great read, as always, Vince. It's been a fine ride!

  4. Absolutely best manifesto I've ever read. Only manifesto I've ever read word for word, but that's not really the point. The point is, like 'most everything I read here, it was fun to read. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  5. DT, Nice read----especially when some have lost their way.
    Continued ENTERTAINMENT !!

  6. Great manifesto. Keep up the good work and you need more low buck Italian cars. Late model Alfas and such.

  7. What! Does this mean you won't have auctions with over-priced cars? 8^)

    BTW... I'll try to put together a few pictures of the Volvo/Lincoln Gilmore meet next week to see if you want to use them. It was a heck of week with Detroit area flooding and work.

  8. This is the best "fun car stuff" site ever.
    Ummm your store!!! Some time ago I was supposed to get my mailing address to you folks to get some stickers for my race car. Just a small update on that. Next year I'll be begging you folks for a few as my time is very limited and I never did get that thing on the track. Someday soon I'll send some pics of its current state so maybe it can be placed on the reader rides article.
    Love the site.

  9. Soooooo, if this is the DT Manifesto, was it created in a log cabin in Montana?

  10. This was a sweet post but it's no Citation X-11.

  11. You guys make me feel like a dull tool.........a spanner or something

  12. You guys sure educated me. I thought Manny Festo was a baseball player.

  13. Replies
    1. I'm really pumped about the future of volitional fish passage. Salmon cannon manufacturer Wooshh has even more videos posted here.

      Seems as though the "cannon" was originally constructed for apple shooting duties, then used to transport dead fish in the fishing industry, and now they're allowed to swim in on their own volition and get the upstream ride of their lives.

  14. The only Porsche I like is the one I can laugh at.... check the oil in the one pictured

  15. I finally noticed the link on the right. Glad I did. Nice manifesto! Keep up the good work, guys. DT rocks.

  16. I have a request. Would it be possible to get a black DT t-shirt, specifically the one with the Stig on it? I realize it's not the Stig but it bears some resemblance and you know what I mean. As much as I love the other shirt designs, they don't scream DT and if I'm going to be a walking billboard I want to be loud and proud about it. Just in a black t-shirt, is all.

    1. Here's your answer, ninja-boy...NO YOU CANNOT HAVE A BLOODY BLACK T-SHIRT with the DT logo on it. Stop being a shadow in the night and just get on the hipster bandwagon! Nobody wears black, ya dolt.

  17. can u help me locate the seller of the 1980 copper mustang on your website in february?


  18. Can you advise how to avoid the double and triple copies that happen when I post a comment. I only hit the blue publish button once so I am not sure why it appears 2 or 3 times in a row in the comments section. My occasional witty comment becomes less witty when you see it multiple times and my often foolish comments become "foolisher" upon multiple viewings... Thanks

    1. Paul, I've seen the triple comments over the years, but can't understand what causes it or why. Try clearing the cache on your browser (history, passwords, etc) and see if it continues. Unfortunately, the commenting widget source code is owned by blogger/google, so there isn't much I can do about it other than submit a bug report that will be ignored.


  19. Just wanted to thank you for adding to my car addiction problem. As if dragging my tired butt through thousands of CL ads plus hitting up three or four collector car sites plus having an awkward teen-like crush with a different wheeled wonder every day wasn't enough, along comes DT with cars that I can actually *afford* to buy.

    Thanks to you guys my self talk has gotten louder and I have to come up with even MORE reasons why driving 3000 miles to California to buy a 'one of kind' abandoned project is not a good idea.

    My wife is not impressed with you. She's heard me say, "hey look at this" so many times she wouldn't look if I was showing her all the shoes in the world were on sale at 99% off. Oh well, my dog still thinks I'm ok.

    Keep up the good work. I'm sure you're all going to retire rich from selling this site for 3.6 billion in a couple of years, so enjoy your ordinary existence while you can, before the Jay Leno-esque ability to buy and restore anything you want ruins what's left of your self control.


    1. hey, just noticed this comment - so sorry to have contributed to your present condition - the cure can only be a miata, fiero, el camino, volvo with a v8 transplant, or the best car ever made: either a W126 or an E28 if it has to have a stick - until then, post a bunch more comments and we'll see you at pebble beach in 2019

  20. hot dog! - the old style recent comments section is back! - that's what i'm talkin' about


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