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Inventions of Buckminster Fuller, part 1:  the Dymaxion Car

This is just one of the many strange inventions that Fuller imagined would improve society. Dymaxion, which is an abbreviation of dynamic maximum tension, was the name he attached to many of his inventions.
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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Fri May 15, 2009 | Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Odd Names, 1930's, Cars

Weird Cars: Steam Powered Cars

At the beginning of the 20th Century, gasoline was difficult to store safely and therefore was considered a bad choice for a motor vehicle fuel. Steam engines were a highly refined technology and widely understood by the public. Steam powered cars ran on kerosene, which does not explode when burned. The one drawback was that you had to let your car build up a head of steam for up to half an hour before you could drive it. The car pictured below is a Stanley Steamer. Stanley made cars from 1896 to 1924.

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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Wed May 13, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Cars

Weird Cars: AMC Pacer

All the stories in the news about Detroit's car companies made me think about American Motors, makers of possibly the weirdest American cars: one of which was the Pacer.

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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Cars

Trader Thorne

Maybe the ailing car retailers of 2009 could benefit from watching this old training video. It's short, but in six parts, the subsequent five of which are after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 02, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1950's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #58

Message: your delicious new Skoda will fall apart in the first rainstorm.

Skoda Car Commercial - The Cake - A funny movie is a click away
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 17, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Cars

Daytona 500 Cologne

Does this stuff smell like gasoline, burnt rubber, and redneck sweat? If any WU reader has $45.00 to waste, they can purchase some here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 13, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Products, Cars, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents


Enjoy this battle between Detroit and European steel from Kirk Douglas's THE MASTER TOUCH.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 11, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Destruction, Movies, 1970's, Cars

Nine-Year-Old Drives Dune Buggy

Note lack of helmet on child--really, the least of this Dad's transgressions.

Nine Year Old Drives Dune Buggy - Watch more Funny Videos
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 28, 2009 | Comments (14)
Category: Stupidity, Children, Parents, Cars

The Buddha Car

Read about it here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 24, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Humor, Religion, Cars

Lowrider Oldies

How Anglo-Saxon oldies became associated with the mainly Latino lowrider subculture, I have no idea.....

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 15, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Music, Subcultures, Cars
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