Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
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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

Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo
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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo

Ran When Parked recently visited Toyota’s History Garage museum in Odaiba, an entertainment-focused area of Tokyo, Japan. The museum is part of the Palette Town complex that is also home to a huge Toyota showroom, an even bigger maze-like shopping center called Venus Port, a Ferris wheel, a casino and so forth. 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: Old vs. new (part two)
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Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)

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

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
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Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars

Rear-engined cars were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s because installing the engine behind the rear axle freed up a generous amount of space inside the cabin. This space often came at the expense of cargo capacity and handling, and rear-mounted engines were quickly phased out once automakers started toying around with front-mounted engines … Continue reading

A collection of vintage dealer stickers
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A collection of vintage dealer stickers

Memorabilia from car dealerships often reveals fascinating facts about automotive history. Take stickers on the back of cars, for example. Not only are they essentially tamper-proof seals that help decipher a car’s origins, they are reminders of days gone by that often display logos of brands that have been dead for decades. Sometimes the address … 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

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

Color-coded advertising: White
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Color-coded advertising: White

For decades, plain white was the de facto cheap paint job for just about any car regardless of size and body style. It often took the form of a plain coat of paint with no metallic effect and, in a lot of cases, no clearcoat in order to keep the overall cost of the car … Continue reading

Walking through nine decades of Le Mans racers
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Walking through nine decades of Le Mans racers

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (AOC) quietly displayed twenty-one influential Le Mans racers built over the last nine decades on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. Located on the bottom floor of the Palexpo Convention Center, the display aims to showcase how the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the cars that compete in … Continue reading