Ran When Parked visits Paris (and the surrounding areas)
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Ran When Parked visits Paris (and the surrounding areas)

We recently spent a little over a week in Paris, France. We spent the first few days within the city limits to cover the press days of the Paris Motor Show, and we then took a couple of days to test cars for work in the surrounding areas – departments like Yvelines (78), Oise (60), … 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

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

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

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

Topical advertising: In the city
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Topical advertising: In the city

Spine-chilling traffic, potholes, pedestrians, buses and numerous lights are just some of the nuisances generally associated with crowded cities.  We even have a theory that driving in big cities is comparable to how a dog ages: Every mile driven in a city puts seven miles’ worth of wear and tear on a car. That being … 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