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Moment of Decision

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 24, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Juvenile Delinquency, 1960's, Cars

Vorsprung Durch Technik?

An accident on Germany's A2 autobahn involving 259 cars has left 66 people injured, 10 of them seriously, but incredibly resulted in no deaths.

The pile-up occurred in the late evening, when a combination of heavy rain and a setting sun hampered the drivers' vision and made the road conditions slippery. The first accident happened near Hamelerwald, and began a cascade of other accidents that over the next two hours grew to span a 30 kilometre stretch of road. It finally took 340 emergency workers well into the next morning to finish dealing with the people and vehicles involved and the clean-up cost is expected to exceed 1.75 million Euros, i.e. $2.5 million (NY Daily News).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Sat Jul 25, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Accidents, Destruction, Disasters, Motor Vehicles, Cars

Pimp My Garage?

You may not be able to afford that "West Coast Customs" look for your ride, but how about the garage where you leave it?

image are offering a range of self adhesive garage-door covers that depict the contents of your garage as everything from a fighter jet to a strip joint. There's even one showing it to be completely empty. So if you fancy having an alligator, a speedboat or even a metro station in your garage, have just the thing for you (Daily Mail).
Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Thu Jul 23, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Design and Designers, Graphics, Motor Vehicles, Cars

Riding with Hunter

A little tribute from the man who always reminded us: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 01, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Celebrities, Death, Drugs, Guns, Regionalism, Cars

Evil Clown Car

Continuing WU's focus on clowns good and evil, here we see a photo of some bad ones, courtesy of Jeff Balke's Flickr page. The photo was taken at a Houston, Texas, parade, so WU readers in that vicinity who have clown-o-phobia need to be on the alert.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 15, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Clowns, Regionalism, Cars

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
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