Archive for ‘Cars’

July 23, 2022

Orange Utility

The Thing

Volkswagen’s response to the US Jeep and UK’s Land Rover was this lightweight version. The Type 181 is the military version of its 2WD lineup.

April 22, 2022

Earth Day

Yellow Spitfire

– Return to the soil…

March 4, 2022

Number One

Jim Clark

He would have been 86 today. Sadly we lost him when he was just 32.

January 22, 2022

Any color…

… as long as it’s black

– so said Henry Ford. We visited the Model T museum in Richmond Indiana today. A nice display of 30 examples of the original multi purpose vehicle. It was a runabout, speedster, truck, van, snowmobile, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, touring car. These particular models, ranging from early 1907 models to the latter 20’s versions, were in marvelous condition.

August 31, 2021

911

LSD in a black Porsche

– what is German for zoom?

August 2, 2021

In the rearview mirror

Sixty Three

– I enjoyed the company of this gold colored Buick LeSabre down Lake Shore Drive this morning. Or to give the Highway it’s full new name Jean Baptiste Point DuSable LSD.

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.