.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 / 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.

Summers in Canada, or for that matter any place that has cold snowy winters, are …

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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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.All Trips / Asia / Car Culture / India

Vintage & Classic Royal Car Collection, Udaipur

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Lovely Udaipur, the City of Lakes, is said to be one of the romantic destinations in the world.   The city has long been under the rule of a royal family, the House of Mewar, the world’s longest serving dynasty.  Visiting the City Palace, historic home of the family (and where they still live) is a highlight of a visit to Udaipur.  If, like me, you enjoy classic cars, a chance to see the Royal car collection is an opportunity not to be missed.

After finishing with our visit to and lunch at the City Palace, several of us headed to the Vintage and Classic Car Collection which opened to the public in 2000.  All the vehicles on display — just under two dozen …

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

Gasoline Alley, Calgary: The Cars and Trucks

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Besides its extensive collection of antique gasoline pumps and signs, Calgary’s Gasoline Alley museum has a fascinating assortment of cars and trucks!  Many of these are unique, at least in my experience, as they were mostly collected from vehicles driven in Alberta.  As such, you’ll see more trucks than at most car museums because trucks were (and still are) very important to Alberta’s economy.

What follows are several galleries of photos of my favorite vehicles in Gasoline Alley’s collection — far from everything!  For the sake of organization and no other reason, I’ve divided them by year of manufacturing, the oldest first with newer vehicles to follow.  I could just as easily have divided them by brand, trucks versus …

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Gasoline Alley, Calgary: The World’s largest collection of Car-related Signs and Pumps

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Little did I know when I moved to Calgary a few years ago that this city has one of the finest car museums in North America.  Situated in a 75,000 sq ft building known as “Gasoline Alley”, within Heritage Park, is a collection donated by local oil and gas businessman, Ron Carey.  Mr. Carey collected and restored the 67 vehicles he gave to the city, many of which are trucks.  But perhaps the real highlight of his gift is what’s said to be the largest collection of petroliana in the world — restored pumps and automotive-related signage.

This is the first post of a two-part series sharing some of the automotive treasures of Gasoline Alley, and focuses on the …

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

Cars of the Big and Small Screen. Hollywood comes to Calgary!

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The exhibit was called:   “Stars of the Big and Small Screen. See the Cars that were the Stars”….  and it was an interesting collection of American Steel.  Free popcorn, guided tours, free movies (Herbie the Love Bug was playing the day I visited), costumes for kids to dress up in themed to go with the cars — it was designed to be a fun activity for a family.  And it was fun!

Calgary has an automobile museum known as “Gasoline Alley” which is located in Heritage Park.  I’d not visited this museum before but when I heard about this special Hollywood-themed exhibit (the first event rolled out  for the 50th anniversary celebration of the park), I thought it’s time to be …

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.All Trips / Florida / North America / Southeastern USA

The Tampa Bay Automobile Museum — a fascinating collection of fine cars!

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One of the great pleasures of traveling is discovering those special places — gems that aren’t necessarily very famous or perhaps are off the beaten path, but still so very worthwhile visiting.  So it was with the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum which I had the pleasure of discovering during a recent visit to Florida.

Situated in a light industrial area just outside of Tampa in Pinellas County, the museum abuts a factory run by the owner of the wonderful car collection I’m about to share with you.  The factory is Polypack (manufactures packaging machinery) and its owner is Alain Cerf.  Mr. Cerf is an immigrant from France, a man with obvious exquisite taste in cars and the means to indulge …

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