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Bad Driver Batman

When the Batman TV series first aired in 1966, not everyone was happy with it. The Automobile Legal Association issued a press release listing the various traffic violations that Batman was guilty of and denouncing him as a "vicious example" for youth. His violations included: U-turns in the middle of busy streets, crashing through safety barriers, crossing highway white line safety markers, parking illegally, speeding, and failing to signal even a single turn.

They didn't mention using parachutes to turn around the Batmobile at high speeds (which I'm sure can't be legal), or having "Bat Ray" weapons installed on the vehicle.

Tyrone Daily Herald - Mar 21, 1966

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 16, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: 1960's, Cars

DeSotos in Space!

This subject line will definitely be the title of my next SF novel.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 09, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Aliens, Advertising, 1950's, Cars

Hilton Tupman’s Pedestrian Horn

Los Angeles auto dealer Hilton Tupman wanted to level the playing field between motorists and pedestrians. So he invented a horn that pedestrians could use to honk at motorists. And he made it loud enough to be heard within a 1-mile radius.

Source: Popular Mechanics, May 1948
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 19, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: 1940's, Cars


As relevant now as then.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 02, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Music, Stupidity, 1950's, Cars

Rare Instance of VW Beetle Seeming Sexy

Romance over practicality? What were they thinking?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 28, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950's, Europe, Cars

Windmill Car


Ecowarriors love 1) electric cars and 2) wind turbines. A stroke of genius to combine the two!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 24, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Environmentalism and Ecology, 1940's, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #249

Hey, buddy: those pallets aren't gonna stack themselves! And, lady, those clothes aren't gonna pin themselves to the line!

Seriously, does hubby even have a job after dashing out of work in the middle of the day?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Work and Vocational Training, Husbands, Wives, 1960's, Cars

Tax Per Mile

Oregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study.
Does anyone really believe the gas tax will go away if the per mile tax is enacted? Does any tax ever go away once it is put in place? So if this goes through we may as well expect both.
What a great way to control travel, especially for the poor. This idea is a greater threat to personal liberty than the Patriot Act. It is much easier to control a non-moving populace.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed May 20, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Government, Regulations, Law, Motor Vehicles, Cars, More Things To Worry About

Bird in radiator grille

A person driving to work in Echuca, Australia accidentally hit a corella bird. They thought it had bounced off the car, so they continued on to work. Only to discover that the bird had somehow gotten wedged behind the radiator grille. It was alive, with only an injured leg.

I find the physics of this a bit baffling. How exactly did a bird of that size get through the grille?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #246


From Playboy for June 1973.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 13, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970's, Women, Cars
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