Events: the 4th annual Ventabren Retro Passion show
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / British / Caterham / Citroen / Dino / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Lotus / Matra / Neckar / Peugeot / Porsche / Renault / Swedish / Toyota / Volvo

Events: the 4th annual Ventabren Retro Passion show

This small, regional show tends to offer an eclectic selection of cars. Continue reading

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Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
1980s / Alfa Romeo / American / Aston Martin / Audi / Bitter / British / DeLorean / Electric / Ferrari / Fiat / Ford / French / Irish / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lamborghini / Land Rover / Lotus / Maserati / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Merkur / Mitsubishi / Nissan / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Rolls-Royce / Sterling / Subaru / Swedish / TVR / Vespa / Volkswagen / Volvo / Yugo / Yugoslavian

Time traveling: 1980s 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

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering
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Topical advertising: Badge-engineering

Badge-engineering is one of the best ways to illustrate the microeconomics concept of economies of scale. Simply put, the average cost of each unit goes down as quantity goes up. Selling the rights to a car or even to a component like a chassis or an engine can save automakers a substantial amount money in … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Old vs. new
1920s / 1930s / 1940s / 1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / 2000s / 2010s / Abarth / Alfa Romeo / Audi / Austin / BMW / British / Czech / Datsun / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Lotus / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Mini / Mitsubishi / Nissan / Opel / Peugeot / Porsche / Renault / Saab / SEAT / Skoda / Spanish / Swedish / Toyota / Volkswagen

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

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

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Moderately Priced Mid-Engined Cars

Automotive manufacturers have understood the advantages of placing a car’s engine in the middle (or, behind the driver and ahead of the rear wheels) for some time. By placing the engine there, the weight balance of the car can be made much more even over the front and rear axles. This allows (in most cases) … Continue reading