The third annual Velaux Rétro car show
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The third annual Velaux Rétro car show

The town of Velaux, France, held its third annual car show last weekend. It was one of the first car local shows of the year which is risky because in April the weather can change for the worse with very little notice, as those who visited the much larger Avignon show found out. However, the … Continue reading

The 2014 Avignon Motor Festival
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The 2014 Avignon Motor Festival

We recently trekked up to the city of Avignon to attend the Motor Festival, an annual car show and swap meet that stands out as one of the biggest events of its kind in the region. It poured rain during most of the show but that didn’t stop enthusiasts from all over the south of … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Cutaways
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Topical advertising: Cutaways

Cutaways are a fascinating way to discover what lurks beneath the sheetmetal of a car. Today, they are generally done with computer programs such as AutoCAD but they were painstakingly drawn by hand by highly-skilled artists for several decades. The best-known cutaway artist is arguably Haynes’ Terry Davey, the man responsible for the drawings found … Continue reading

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
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The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally

The 17th annual Monte-Carlo Historique rally kicked off a little over a week ago and ended yesterday when a Belgian team at the wheel of an orange 1978 Opel Kadett GTE won the event. This year, the participants left from six European cities (Barcelona, Glasgow, Monte-Carlo, Oslo, Reims and Stockholm) and the common stages took … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Red
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Color-coded advertising: Red

The early Range Rover we wrote about yesterday got us thinking about red cars.  While red is typically associated with high-value, high-speed models from the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini, it is a bold color that transcends market segments and works well on many types of cars regardless of style or size.  The … Continue reading

The second annual Velaux Rétro car show
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The second annual Velaux Rétro car show

The city of Velaux, France, held its second annual car show last weekend. It was one of the first car local shows of the year which is risky because in April the weather can change for the worse with very little notice. However, the sun stayed out and the organizers’ gamble seemingly paid off: The … Continue reading

The 2013 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
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The 2013 Monte-Carlo Historique rally

The 16th annual Monte-Carlo Historique Rally took place last week in southeastern France.  Organized by the Automobile Club of Monaco, it is open to cars that participated in the iconic rally from 1955 to 1980 and that were built between those years. Continue reading