.All Trips / Car Culture / North America / Pacific Northwest / Washington

Great Cars Along the Highway: Ford Sunliner, Spokane

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Came across this lovely old car parked in a shopping mall in Spokane.

It’s a Ford from the early 1950s that seems to have been reworked somewhat, especially its grill, making it a little hard to pinpoint.  I expect a 1952 or 1953 vintage, but a lovely classic  convertible.  I found it interesting that it has its old dealer plaque, Stoddard-Wendle.  Wendle is still a popular Ford dealership in the city. 

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.All Trips / Alberta / Car Culture / Central Canada / North America

Great Cars Along the Highway: 1959 Meteor Montcalm

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A lovely 2 door hardtop beauty that is approaching 60 years of age! The Meteor  was a Ford model that was built and sold only in Canada.  

In the mid-1950s, Ford thought that to compete with General Motors (eg. with its Buick and Oldsmobile brands), it had to develop similar unique products. The plan affected Mercury by calling for the marque’s completely new platform and body design to differentiate it from Fords, beginning with the 1957 model year.

Eventually a 1960s trade agreement brought the US and Canadian auto manufacturing industry into alignment for cross-border production and trade. These unique Canadian models were axed.

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.All Trips / Car Culture / Nevada / North America / Southwestern USA

Cruise Night, Carson City

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I spotted this collection of classic cars while recently visiting the Reno area. We were driving down the main road in Carson City (S. Carson St) when we saw dozens of beautiful cars in this lot and, of course, had to turn off and see what was going on.

Turns out this was the weekly Cruise Night gathering of a local car club. I’d long known that the favorable climate of Nevada helped prevent the deterioration of cars and that certainly was on display.

There were lots of beautiful cars and many people stopped to study and enjoy them. Here’s a part of what we saw that day:

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.All Trips / Asia / Car Culture / Sri Lanka

Great Cars Along the Highway. Colombo, Sri Lanka

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One of the rarest cars I ever countered during my travels to Sri Lanka, in fact, the only one of its type I’ve seen in the country, is this classic Cadillac coupe.  Parked in front of the Galle Face Hotel, it was decorated for one of the many weddings held here.

It’s obviously a Cadillac, and appears to be a Coupe de Ville from the mid 1950s with some post purchase customizations.  Anyone know anything more about this car?

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“Pic of the Week”, August 4, 2017: Amphicars, Florida

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You might recognize these cars from the movies, like Inspector Clouseau, but if you want a chance to see and ride one you’ll need to head to Florida’s Disney World, where I spotted this bunch.  I’d never seen an Amphicar before and it was fun watching them drive in, around, and out of a large lagoon.

Amphicars were the first mass-produced vehicles to be driveable both on land and water.  The car was designed by Hanns Trippel and production began in Germany in 1961.  The Amphicar’s 4 cylinder engine was mounted at the rear of the craft, driving the rear wheels.  For use in the water, the same engine drove a pair of reversible propellers situated under the rear bumper.  Once …

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.All Trips / Alberta / Car Culture / Central Canada / North America

Classic Steel — a visit to the Rolling Sculpture Car Show, Canmore

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Happy Canada Day, eh?  Today is Canada’s 150th birthday and across the country people are celebrating in a big way.  It’s not everyday a country reaches that age and there is good reason to celebrate, because Canada is a great place to live!  There’s a “suggestion” from the Canadian government that a certain percentage of media be “Canadian Content”, so here is our piece of Canadian content for today.

I wonder if there is anything more Canadian than spending a pleasant summer day enjoying classic cars with the beautiful Alberta Rocky Mountains as a backdrop?  Probably so, but those things likely would be a lot less fun.

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.All Trips / Car Culture / Chile / South America

Great Cars along the Highway….Torres del Paine, Chile

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Came across this rather unusual van parked in the shadows of the granite spires of Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile.   The park is an amazingly beautiful place and the van definitely seemed a little out of place.

Wicked is a company that rents uniquely decorated minivans to function as transportation and sleeping accommodations for tourists.  A little cramped for me but I can see it being popular with a lot of travelers.  Certainly it was memorable and therein lays an important lesson in advertising.

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Alberta / Car Culture / Central Canada / North America

“Pic of the Week”, March 24, 2017: Cars and Gals

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A scene that seems like it might have been snapped a half century ago — two pretty girls sitting on the hood of a classic car.  Of course, it’s not.  I think the give-away are the tattoos; I see at least three of them (plus there’s a cell phone on the ground, too).  Back in the 1950s “nice” girls just didn’t get tattooed.  That was something “trashy” people did.  My, how we’ve changed…..

Photo taken last summer in Calgary.

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