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Follies of the Madmen #288



This was not a model of car that had nine lives.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 13, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cats, 1960's, Cars

The Alkoholomat



Don't drive drunk on the holiday--or any day! The penalty could be worse even than ending up as an item in NOTW!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 04, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Inventions, 1960's, Europe, Alcohol, Cars

Laziest Hitchhiker

This reminded me of the urban legend of the "killer in the backseat." Except, in this case, it would be the lazy hitchhiker sitting in the backseat.

The Vernon Daily Record - Jan 11, 1951



Woman Qualifies for Laziest Hitchhiker Title
Syracuse, N.Y. Jan. 10 (AP) — A woman qualified today for the title of laziest hitchhiker.
Syracuse police found the woman sitting in a parked car. They said she told them:
"I often sit in parked cars hoping the owners will come back and give me a ride downtown. You see, I hate buses."

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 20, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: 1950's, Cars

Our American Crossroads



The weird part of this documentary is the puppet diorama and its turntables. A strange form of presentation.

Of course, this documentary also represents about the first two-thirds of the famous poster by Robert Crumb.


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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 10, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Futurism, Comics, Documentaries, 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Brits ban 666 from license plates

In 1990, the British banned the devil from their roads. But over in Russia, where his Satanic influence continued to reign unchecked, a Dodge Viper with the license plate '666' mysteriously burst into flames in 2009.

Arizona Republic - May 3, 1991





Bangor Daily News - Feb 5, 1990

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 21, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: 1990's, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #282



Chimps improve every product.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 16, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, 1950's, Cars

Simca Fulgur—Dream Car of the Future

In 1959, the French automaker Simca showed a prototype of the Simca Fulgur (aka "Dream Car of the Future") at various auto shows. It was a concept car designed to demonstrate "the advanced thinking of Simca engineers."

The final car was supposed to incorporate the following not-yet-invented technologies (according to this Dec 1959 article):

  • controlled by an electronic brain fed travel instructions by the driver
  • Power supplied on main highways through magnetic induction from road-imbedded cables
  • On secondary roads, Fulgur derives power from six batteries in the rear which gives it a range of up to 3000 miles.
  • The front wheels which steer the Fulgur at low speeds are retracted at above 90 miles per hour and the car will plane along on its rear wheels.

There was also talk of making the Simca Fulgur atomic-powered. And it seems possible that it may have inspired the design of the Jetsons' car, though I can't find any confirmation of that.


More info: banovsky.com, OldConceptCars.com

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 02, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: 1950's, Cars

Miniature Grand Prix



This is what we did before video games.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 02, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Games, Toys, 1960's, Cars

Aussie Cars:  the Holden

I can't say I had ever heard of the Holden line of cars prior to my recent research.

Some great 1960s motifs and attitudes in the second video: "Toranas are really groovy!"



Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 21, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1960's, Australia, Cars

Lap Driving Banned

A 1950's effort to stop distracted driving.

But what was going on in Cheboygan that they felt a need for an ordinance against this form of distracted driving specifically?

The Pittsburgh Press - Dec 28, 1952


CHEBOYGAN, Mich., Dec 27 (UP) — Traffic violation penalties going into effect here Jan. 1 include a $5 fine for any motorist caught driving with a woman on his lap.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 05, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Regulations, 1950's, Cars

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