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Bizarre Ride

A woman in San Francisco recently drove for blocks with a parking officer sprawled on the hood of her car. Numerous people recorded the strange scene. More details at hoodline.com.




Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 25, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Urban Life, Cars

Chevrolet Leader News



Calling this "news" is highly generous.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 24, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, 1930's, Cars

Truth in Advertising



Caution: many, many swears.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 04, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, 1960's, Cars, Swears

What a Wonderful World It Would Be



The lesson? If only doctors could build our cars.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 23, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Annoying Things, Family, Medicine, Technology, 1960's, Cars

Unique Auto Horn

Walter George Newman definitely sounds like he was a bit of a character. I like the idea of having a guy blowing on a trumpet instead of a horn.


The New York Times - Aug 17, 1910

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 12, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, 1910's, Cars

The Car of 1980

This is what Jack Charipar, director of Plymouth's product-planning team, imagined in 1961 that cars would look like in 1980. Source: Newsweek - Jan 23, 1961.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

The Chewbaru

It's a Subaru to which 70 pounds of dentures (as well as 70 pounds of dental impressions) have been attached. It's also known as the Mobile Masticator. More info at ktvq.com or its own website.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 25, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Pop Art, Cars

Carpool DeVille

A hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille — both fully functioning. Its creators are taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to get it officially recognized as the world's fastest hot tub. More info here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jul 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Cars

Driverless Cars of Yesteryear

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Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 13, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

How much paint?

This story ran in the Washington Post on June 26, 1933. It describes how a dispute over how many coats of paint is required to paint a car resulted in tragedy.

But it leaves unanswered the question of how much paint is needed to paint a car. My hunch would be that paint is better nowadays than it was in 1933, so fewer coats are needed. But I'd say it has to be three coats minimum (including the primer). Nine coats (even back in 1933) sounds like too much.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: 1930's, Cars
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