Ran When Parked visits the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg, Germany
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Ran When Parked visits the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg, Germany

Following our visit to the Volkswagen brand museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, we trekked over to Autostadt in the center of the city to visit the museum there.  Autostadt (a name that literally translates to “car city” in German) is a Volkswagen-themed visitor attraction that houses a museum, a pavilion for the SEAT, Škoda, Audi and … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Racing
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Topical advertising: Racing

For decades, automakers from all around the world have used racing to prove their cars’ technical superiority and boost their overall brand image.  A well-orchestrated victory in a televised race like the Paris – Dakar can draw more customers into showrooms than a clever advertising campaign or financial incentives, especially several decades ago when the … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Italy’s National Automobile Museum
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Ran When Parked visits Italy’s National Automobile Museum

Ran When Parked had the opportunity to quickly tour Italy’s National Automobile Museum earlier this month. Entirely redesigned two years ago, the museum is located on the south side of Turin, just a few minutes’ walk away from Fiat’s historic Lingotto factory. 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

The 5 cars we’d want to drive in an apocalypse (and the 5 we wouldn’t)
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The 5 cars we’d want to drive in an apocalypse (and the 5 we wouldn’t)

According to a heavily-publicized prediction made by the Mayan civilization several centuries ago, the world as we know it will end for good today. Everything looks okay to us and we’ve yet to spot zombies, flaming meteorites or craters where shopping centers once were, but it’s best to be cautious. After all, most weather stations … Continue reading