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

Road Trip: The Bonneville Salt Flats in a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D
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Road Trip: The Bonneville Salt Flats in a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D

A vast majority of tourists who visit Utah come here to drive through the numerous national parks located in the southern part of the state, or to participate in outdoors activities such as hiking, skiing, off-roading and mountain biking. The north of the Beehive State offers a unique, oft-overlooked attraction for fans of automotive tourism: … Continue reading

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

Ran When Parked recently visited the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg, Germany. Not to be confused with the smaller museum in nearby AutoStadt, the collection on Dieselstraße is dedicated exclusively to Volkswagen-badged vehicles built since the company’s earliest days. Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits the Pacific coast
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Ran When Parked visits the Pacific coast

Ran When Parked recently took a long trip along the west coast of the United States. Starting in Portland, Oregon, we rented a car and drove to Mount St. Helens, Olympia, Port Townsend and Seattle in Washington, back to Portland to switch rental cars and down to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Thailand
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Ran When Parked visits Thailand

Ran When Parked got to spend the better part of a weekend in Bangkok, Thailand, on our way back home from a business trip in China. Having never been to Thailand before, we were impressed by all of the old cars that are still on the road. Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Sicily
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Ran When Parked visits Sicily

Ran When Parked had the opportunity to make two trips to Sicily back in 2008.  Thanks to good friends and distant relatives, we were able to spend much of our time there either working on cars or roaming around the island in our trusty 1997 Fiat Brava with a camera in hand. Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Morocco
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Ran When Parked visits Morocco

Before the days of government-sponsored cash-for-clunkers programs, a lot of used cars in Western Europe got a second lease on life in North Africa and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Europe. We got a chance to sample what the car landscape is like in North Africa when we landed in Fes, Morocco, last week to … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Porto, Portugal
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Ran When Parked visits Porto, Portugal

A trip to Porto, Portugal, in 2010 left us amazed with how many well-preserved vintage cars are still running around in relatively good shape. More surprisingly, cars from the late 1980s and early 1990s that you typically find in terrible shape elsewhere in Europe still wear shiny paint and untorn interiors. Below is a sample … Continue reading