There are some things Car Guys just don’t say. Ever. Here’s a compilation. – Gee, thanks Hagerty
I kinda have a thing for Mazdas. Even the lowliest Mazda dances like a Braavosi sword master . But most Mazdas aren’t what you’d call beautiful. This 1972 Mazda 1800 sedan, however, is simply stunning. And for good reason: It was penned by one of the most legendary automotive designers in history. Here in the US, the 1800 is exceedingly rare. Only 2100 or so were imported. This 1800 is for sale on Craigslist for the low price of $4500.
The beautiful thing about the automotive hobby is that anyone can get into it. It matters not if you’re a male, female, young or old – all are welcome. In the past the concept of hot-rodding was dominated predominately by men, as of late though it seems as though things are changing. Take this group of women for instance who have started their own coed Lowrider club called “Estilo Bajito” down in San Antonio, TX. Now models posing on cars is one thing, but for my money I’d rather be associated with women like these any day of the week.
We all had to have it start somewhere right? For some it started when they picked up that first car magazine, for others it was when they saw that shiny chrome bumpered beast rumble by, yet for others still it was a family affair. The automotive hobby is wonderful in that it truly does bring people closer together. Cars get passed down from generation to generation as does the know how and experience that comes with ownership. In Stephen Brooks short video “Una Familia” he explores a little bit of the low rider culture from a family perspective and helps us understand why keeping these cars on the road is so important.
Attention to detail and vision – that’s what makes a custom car great. Mitch Allread is a custom builder and fabricator who just happens to have built a one-off creation that would make Max Rockatansky proud. What started life as a 1949 Ford F-5 truck has now been transformed into the mother of all post-apocalyptic vehicles. It’s presence is raw, its look and feel is nothing but sinister, and at days end the builder should be proud that he created something so original.
There is no denying that the American hot-rod is not just a fixture of American culture, but pop-culture all over the world. These garage built machines have busted up knuckles all over the planet and by the looks of it they have no intention of stopping. Don’t believe me? The following get together took place at Honmoku Hill Top Park in Japan and with it came some of the coolest hot rods you’re ever likely to see.
If you’ve ever driven any kind of World War II vintage truck, you know this for certain: they may be rugged, and you may be able to fix them with pliers and duct tape, but no one would accuse them of being fast. That is unless you bolt a 3,400 horsepower jet engine to the bed of your 1942 GMC Blitz, in which case it will probably run the quarter mile in 11 seconds at 120 miles per hour, on its way to a top speed of 150. Read More…
Barbara Gunning is 101 years old which means she has seen just about everything there is to see. She’s lived through WWI, the Great Depression, WWII and a time when there was no internet and or cable TV. She’s a lady that’s been there and done that, and what’s even better is that she still drives one of the coolest cars around. The vehicle in question is a 1930 straight-8 740 Packard. This is a car that dwarfs most full size pick-up trucks and that’s almost as wide as a city block. Yet Mrs. Gunning has no problem firing her baby up and going for a nice cruise when the mood strikes her. Cars from the 1930′s and 40′s were hand built with style, class and a sense of elegance that I doubt will ever resurface in the automotive industry again. They’re not only works of art, but true time capsules that remind us of a time when things were built to last… just like Barbara Gunning.
Source: The New York Times
Passion. That’s what it takes to own an old street rod. They take time, patience and in the end, a love for all things automotive. Some may think that these are just cheap old cars that are held together with duct tape and zip ties, and let’s face it, sometimes they are. More than that though these cars are a lifestyle choice that are kept in service by a certain demographic of people who simply don’t give a shit about modern conveniences and would rather live life on their own terms. This bagged 1953 Lincoln is a perfect example of this, and in our opinion is f*ckin’ brilliant.
Here’s how this is supposed to work: every year, vintage car, clothing and lifestyle fans from all over Germany converge on Teterow, a small town in northeastern Germany. If all goes well, they enjoy races, time trials, camaraderie and more than a little bit of beer. If things don’t quite go as planned, you wind up with the mud-bogged mess captured in the latest video from our friends at Chromjewelen and Faust & Heiser. Read More…