As an update to my post from last year in this thread, I did eventually get a visit from city code enforcement (Houston) about the non-running vehicles in my driveway. I think this was in December. I was surprised to learn that any vehicles in sight have to be "operable," which the code official tested by having me start them up and drive 100 feet forward and backward. The "Art Car" passed, although I had to use a can of starting fluid on it. The race car was in the garage, so it didn't count. My hooptie-ass Mercedes W123 failed due to a deader-than-dead battery, and my friend's quasi-hooptie Mercedes W124 failed because it didn't have a cylinder head installed at the time. The guy slapped a big orange sticker on both Mercs and said I had 30 days to make them operable. If not, I think I'd get a citation or something. I don't think they would've be towed immediately, but I don't remember.
Anyway, I recharged the battery on the 123 and instituted a policy of pulling the negative battery cable when I'm not driving it. With renewed motivation, my friend finally got around to finishing the head gasket job on the 124 and drove it away. Although the code enforcement guy told me that vehicles in the driveway are not required to be registered or inspected by city code, I went ahead and renewed all the tags just so things would look more kosher.
Of course, I'm curious how the neighbor down the street, on a corner and subject to a lot more traffic, has gotten away with leaving a PT Cruiser parked in the same spot in his driveway for the last 3+ years with a run-flat space-saver mounted on the back, but I imagine it has something to do with him not living next door to a pain in the ass HOA official. I'm not the kind of jerk to call it in just out of spite, because he's got nothing to do with the reports about my stuff. Selective enforcement just really grinds my gears.
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