Domain of the Deathmobile
Designation: 1996 Pontiac Grand Am GT, AKA Hellcat V, AKA Deathmobile
Class: Medium sedan/Medium fighter
Role: Transportation/Medium Support Fighter
Weapons: None/2 ion cannons, 2 particle cannons, 6 Image-recognition
missiles/A nasty attitude
Maneuverability: Average/60 dps of yaw, pitch, and roll/Reallyreally
nimble for her size
I think it shows that I'm something of a Wing
Commander fan. Anyway, if you really want to know what happened
to the old Skylark, read on. If not, you know where the back button
However, it hasn't been all fun and games. On December 26, 1997,
I had a nice little crash-up which left the Hellcat with a broken drivers-side
headlight and some fender damage. After almost a month in a pitiful
little Toyota (hey, that was all my insurance would cover!), the Hellcat
finally returned. Sure, she squeaks a little bit more now and again,
but she still has it when I need it.
December 30, 1995. After repeated stalls on major roads and having
been informed that my transmission won't last longer, I reluctantly trudge
over with Dad to Howard Pontiac.
Ernie Bell, one of the salesmen, shows me both a Sunfire and a Grand Am.
I test drive both of them, finding that the Sunfire is stiff as hell when
it comes to handling. With the Grand Am, it's practically love at
After much haggling, Ernie accepts my trade-in and hands me the keys to
the Grand Am. With a mournful goodbye, I clean out the old car and
unceremoniously dump the contents into the new car.
The car is officially nicknamed Hellcat V, after the all-purpose fighter
in Wing Commander 3 and 4. The Hellcat (both the car and the fighter)
isn't a particularly fancy car, but it does the job with a little bit of
kick. It's also fairly nimble. I can remember the times when
I've just barely squeaked through a lane, with about an inch of
clearance on either side.
For a more updated picture of me and Hellcat, click here.
Back to my homepage...
A Little Bit More about