Yes, it is that time of year again. That time when the leaves change colors and fall off the trees (and you have to rake them up). That time of year when you have to put the convertible (or sports car or hot rod) away for the winter months. That time of year for (drum roll please) Designer Night at the Races! Our next event, the 21st, is scheduled for Detroit on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Besure to PRE-REGISTER HERE at www.supplierconsultants.com/register, space is limited as always. Feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone who is part of an Automotive OEM Design Staff.
Over the weeks and months I write this blog I often stumble across a great car on the road or a link to a fun website. They don’t always deserve their own post but adding a few of them here for everyone’s amusement sounded like a good idea. First up this week is a Crosley Race Team I passed on the Ohio Turnpike while returning from one of my many trips to the Carolina Coast. For those too young to remember the Crosley, they only built cars from 1939 – 1952 (read up on Wikipedia here). Early cars had a CoBra engine (not Cobra, but CoBra which means Copper Brazed) that was made from sheet steel instead of cast iron – and you thought YOU had gasket problems. I did some online research about the owner of this particular car because, well, who doesn’t want to meet someone who races a Crosley? All I can say is I cannot wait to meet him because he seems like a ton of Phun. (Click the link to understand the spelling).
While I probably could chat about Crosleys all day, it is probably best if I move on. Next up is this unusual combination of 1947-54 “Advance Design” Chevrolet Pickup and a 1962-63 Chevrolet Impala. I have no idea what inspired someone to do this, then again I have friends who make old Imperials into 2 door sports cars. The Advance Design pickups were the first major change in pickup design after the war and incorporated the larger, better appointed cab including a true 3-man seat that business owners were requesting. You can read more about them in this Pickuptruck.com article.
If I can’t interest you in a Crosley or a hybrid Pickup Truck, perhaps this fantastic Barn Find will get your interest. What the world needs now is a brand new Neon. Click the link to read more at The Unofficial Dodge Motorsports Forum.
And if a new Neon isn’t your speed, how about the Icon Bronco posted here at the Autoblog? IF you have a spare $159,000 you can have your own. For the rest of us you can read more about it in the NY Times.
I love the idea of marrying the old and new together, but sometimes I just sit and wish for the good old days. Want some car porn? Then load up this video from Youtube and crank up the sound. If it was 2007 and you had the same $159,000 that the Icon above cost you still didn’t have enough money to have bought this Torino on Bringatrailer (which is one of my favorite websites by the way).
And finally, with all the press on electrics and hybrids I thought this article was a bit off base. “Why Aren’t Black Folks Driving Electric Vehicles?” talked about things like “environmental advocacy” and “overal cost” as potential contributing factors. The author even covered the fact that the cars were “aesthetically challenged”. On that one I am not going to argue. And speaking of “aesthetically challenged” what could be more appropriate than the license plate on this one I found at a local mall.
We will see you guys back here in a couple of weeks as we report the latest trends and fashions from the LA Auto Show.