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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

Catapulted Dummy Tests Driver’s Skill

This would be a useful addition in ALL driver's ed courses, especially if the driver was given no warning. From Popular Science, Aug 1935:

So that the driver of a radio car will know what to do if someone darts across a street in front of his speeding machine, instructors of a police school at Hendon, England have devised an ingenious training method. The student is required to drive along a test course, and at some unannounced point a concealed catapult hurls a stuffed dummy in front of the car. Observers rate the driver on his ability to stop or swerve in time to avoid hitting the pedestrian. The catapult is operated by a spring, and a jerk on a rope releases its trigger. All drivers of London's police cars receive this training.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 12, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Cops, Motor Vehicles, Cars, 1930's

The Ride

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 30, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Surrealism, 1960's, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #53

Animal abuse: not a guaranteed winning strategy for your advertisement.

Also: isn't BMW supposed to be a classy car, not the goofball's favorite?

Hamster Crash Commercial - MyVideo
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 22, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Europe, Cars
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