Archive for ‘Cars’

April 25, 2021

Get your kicks…

Rust on Route 66

– we’re now traveling through Missouri along the old cross country driving road. Occasionally an old American car peeps out from some weeds.

April 23, 2021

Countryside thrash anyone?

Shooting Brake Beauty

– a one-off masterpiece in baby blue. This TR6 Triumph was given the estate conversion by some adept owner. Fun? Sure! Practical? Yep! head-turning? Absolutely!

March 23, 2021

Scrapyard Cat

– More imagery from Sunday’s ride.

March 22, 2021

JEEP

A certain point of view

– old forest service trucks were lined up at the Russell Road Military Museum under the Spring sun; their paint was faded and cracked, instrumentation spare and efficient.

March 13, 2021

Motorsport Commentator

Murray Walker OBE (1923-2021) RIP

– Grand Prix racing was an adventurous spectacle when I was younger, no small part due to the excitement imbued by the high pitched commentary of Murray Walker. His father was a noted TT motorcycle road racer, which Murray took up briefly, before going into TV work and advertising. His races that were a shared experience with the couth color of James Hunt are legendary.

March 11, 2021

Gran Turismo

Fastback

– slotting a two litre inline 6 into the Spitfires chassis and more streamlined bodywork from the Michelotti studio created a worthy competitor to the silo mar MGB GT. The Poor Man’s E-Type it has been called.

March 10, 2021

I had wallpaper with rally cars

Spitfire

– the small roadster based on the Herald was in production for 18 years from ‘62 ‘til ‘80 becoming a popular runaround. Early iterations saw success in alpine rally’s. Another one from the creative mind of Giovanni.

March 9, 2021

Codename Zest

TR4

– pure sixties design from Giovanni Michelotti in the shape of this compact sports car from the Triumph factory in Coventry. In red it looks like a firecracker.

March 8, 2021

Ragtop

The Stag

– another classic from Giovanni Michelotti’s drawing board. The 3l V8 Stag built between 1970 & 1978. This particular blue body color is impressed on my childhood memory.

March 7, 2021

In Anticipation of Good Tidings

Natty Dresser

– the Triumph cars certainly had their own vibe going on. One in particular was the Triumph Herald; a small two-door car made from 1959 to 1971. The body design was by the Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti, and the car was offered in saloon, convertible, coupé, estate and van models, with the latter marketed as the Triumph Courier. This example has a fine green side body and room with white hood and wings. The blue skies with scudding clouds with verdant grass make me nostalgic for the warmer weather to come. I think we’ll revisit Michelotti designs this week.

January 21, 2021

“You built a time machine…

… out of a DeLorean?”

– Launched 40 years ago today the brushed stainless steel paneled car with the full-wing doors was an eye-catcher from day one. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro it earned worldwide fame in Back to the Future as Doc Browns 1.21 gigawatt powered time machine.

December 27, 2020

Red ‘n’ White

Oldsmobile Cutlass

-an automobile collector stores his vehicles at my work parking garage. One of the cars was uncovered today. Typically hidden under a dust cover this 1970 Supreme model of an Oldsmobile glowed fire-engine red in the dim subterranean light.

October 17, 2020

Turquoise Tank

One Fifty Chevy

More patina that a rusty nail. I was filling up at a gas station in Des Plaines and spied this beat-up Chevrolet. It sounded like heck when it started up. Unless the owner didn’t want to wake the dead by revving too much…

October 15, 2020

Equine Drawn or Tigris Ridden

Wagons Roll

– two horse versus 94 ponies. Nice old farm box wagon at a driveway in Northern Illinois. To think that people used to travel around the country on dirt roads with transportation such as this. Me? I’d rather have be on my Tiger over those rural lanes.

October 7, 2020

Red Adair

‘75 Chevy Corvette Stingray

– whilst driving around the West Suburbs earlier this week I heard a throaty growl behind me. Coming up alongside was this tomato-red Stingray. The ‘74 model probably houses a 454 V5 Big Block engine. Looking a little rough around the edges, the owner, sporting a sturdy mustache, looked like he drove straight out of the mid-seventies.