Topical advertising: Racing
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Abarth / Audi / Austin / BMW / British / Citroen / DKW / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / Mini / Nissan / NSU / Opel / Renault / Swedish / Volvo

Topical advertising: Racing

For decades, automakers from all around the world have used racing to prove their cars’ technical superiority and boost their overall brand image.  A well-orchestrated victory in a televised race like the Paris – Dakar can draw more customers into showrooms than a clever advertising campaign or financial incentives, especially several decades ago when the … Continue reading

A look at vintage aftermarket accessories
1950s / Abarth / Citroen / French / Peugeot / Renault / Simca / Solex

A look at vintage aftermarket accessories

New cars are getting harder and harder to work on by shade tree mechanics so aftermarket equipment aimed at the average driver often consists of floor mats and car covers. However, a look at 60-year old magazines reveals that aftermarket companies offered a wide range of equipment that enabled owners to almost rebuild their car … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Italy’s National Automobile Museum
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Ran When Parked visits Italy’s National Automobile Museum

Ran When Parked had the opportunity to quickly tour Italy’s National Automobile Museum earlier this month. Entirely redesigned two years ago, the museum is located on the south side of Turin, just a few minutes’ walk away from Fiat’s historic Lingotto factory. Continue reading

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2011 Avignon Motor Festival: not just the usual suspects.

The 9th annual Avignon Motor Festival closed its doors on Sunday night after a rainy last day. As with every year the event is divided up into three parts. The first is the parts and model car swap meet, the second is the auction and the third is the collection parking lot, where participants who … Continue reading