Topical advertising: Under the hood
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Topical advertising: Under the hood

A well-trained eye can generally tell where a car is from by simply looking under the hood.  For example, a lot of French cars built in the 1960s and 1970s had the spare tire mounted under the hood, and Italian valve covers are often art-like components crafted with an impressive amount of attention to detail. … Continue reading

Time traveling: 1970s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
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Time traveling: 1970s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show

The first edition of the Chicago Motor Show was held in 1901, making it one of the oldest car shows in the world. The Chicago show was once one of the nation’s largest automotive events but it is overshadowed today by bigger, more important industry trade shows held in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Japan
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Ran When Parked visits Japan

Work recently took us to Japan, the land of Wasabi Cars, Japanese Nostalgic Car and, of course, Tomica models. Having never been to Japan before, we decided to take a couple of well-deserved days off in order to do some sight-seeing in and around Tokyo. Domestic automakers indisputably rule the market in rural areas of … Continue reading

Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)
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Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)

Although the first part of a car that meets the eye is the body, the interior is arguably more important as it plays a major part in determining if a car is enjoyable to drive or ride in. Cobbling together an interior is tough because engineers, designers, bean counters, factory workers and even dealers all … 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

Topical advertising: Old vs. new
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Topical advertising: Old vs. new

Automakers commonly bring historic models from their own collection to media events in an attempt to create a link between the past and the present. Sometimes the connection between the two cars on display is evident, sometimes it’s a little more heavy-handed. A photographer generally shoots the old car next to the new one but … Continue reading