I had gotten home from work today, and was in the shower. I had just stepped out and was drying off when I heard someone knocking on the door. I hurriedly dried off a bit, wrapped the towel around me and headed for the door.
When I opened it, a guy was standing on my top step, (To stand on my top step, your nose is almost touching the door) He looked me up and down, as my attire, or lack there of, probably startled him. He then simply said "You have a very rare beast in your front yard". Confused for a second, I was like excuse me? Before I could say anything else, he just started in..... "You have a very rare beast in your front yard....The 1986 Fiero, did you do an engine swap? I noticed the ZR1 exhaust tips. It is common for people to do a L3 swap, but I have heard that others prefer the 3800 swap.
I simply said, Yes, I had heard of that. Let me get dressed and I will be out in a few minutes, and closed the door. As I was putting something on, this was dawning on me just how strange this indeed was. I got dressed, and threw on some shoes. When I opened the door I was surprised that he was still on the very top step facing the door. He look at me again and says "I have heard that those spontaneously combust, particularly the Iron Duke models."
I made a motion that I was going to come out, and he backed down the steps. I walked over and opened the engine bay. Just from the brief encounter at the door, and his mannerisms, I could tell he had some sort of mental disability. This guy was like Rain Man, but with Cars, not toothpicks and cards
He knew all of the numbers, specifications, years, makes, models...... "That is a 3800 Series III. Did you get that out of a GTP"? I told him it was out of an 04 GTP. He was looking over and commenting all about HP, Torque, weight distribution, more stuff than I could follow honestly!
He mentioned that the Fiero was purposely kept under powered. Explaining that it was Pontiac management that wanted a sports car so bad, but GM would not allow the competition with the Corvette group. He went on to say that It is very similar today, as that the Camaro has the same engine as the Corvette. They slightly down tune the Camaro to keep the Corvette faster.
All the sudden he said "don't get me started on ricers. I hate ricers. All noise no go...." Then he spit out this pure genius line, that I had never personally heard before. "Big stupid, useless wings belong on penguins not cars". LOL!
He circled the car, and simply said "I now need to get home", and walked away down the street........
This all seems so made up, and could not possibly be real. After the "You have a rare beast in your yard" comment, I had to get my 3 dogs away from the door, and told him to give me a sec. When I went back to the door, I decided I needed some sort of proof of this encounter! I hit record, and put my phone in my pocket to capture the interaction. Here is an excerpt from that video. My little dog that behaves, I left out, and you can hear her clicking her nails on the hardwood floor in the video.
So, what is the strangest Fiero encounter that you have had? This one has to be pretty far up on the list of the unusual!
I still remember a story that Matt Snell told me a few years ago at the Tyler Shipman show. He pulled into a gas station where a young autistic boy was sitting in the back of a car rocking forwards and back in his seat.... Matt is 6'3 by the way. Matt said he stepped out of the car, looked over and smiled at the kid.... the kid kinda sang in 4 notes "big mannnnn little carrrrr" hahahah!