English professors drive a wide variety of cars (within the acceptable range of professorial cars): Hondas, Toyotas, VWs, Mazdas, and Nissans. Top models include the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla, the Honda Civic, and the Honda Civic. An analysis of car distributions in Lot H will confirm that what is true for English profs is mostly true for other humanities and social sciences scholars. Japanese cars dominate the ivory tower, with only the thin gruel of a few Lincolns, Chrysler minivans, and Ford Tauri reminding us that Detroit was once the glorious Uruk of the automobile empire. Professorial outliers include economists (high end BMWs and Mercedes) and accountants (Subarus, vaguely sporty red Volvos).
The most muscular vehicle in the lot actually belongs to one of our elder statespersons, John North. His BMW K1200 motorcycle is quicker through the quarter mile than any other ride in the lot, with the possible exception of Ken Graham’s candy apple red Honda CRV. The late Paul Beam drove a Porsche 944, but no one has stepped into a model from Stuttgart since his retirement.
Serious cyclists in the English cohort (O’Gorman, Dolmage, MacDonald, McGuirk) and serious walkers (Hulan, Acheson, Gingerich) scorn performance cars altogether.