We'll start the second installment of our series on last Saturday's Studebaker Drivers Club meet in Talmadge with a look at the Larks.
The Ohio Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club gets together in Talmadge in late August every year for what is touted, quite accurately, as the largest one-day Studebaker meet on the planet.
It was a beautiful day in Northeast Ohio last Saturday, perfect for walking around the Studebaker Drivers Club Ohio Chapter meet in Talmadge.
Today's discussion will deal with an automobile I saw there that is anything but delightful. In fact, one might go so far as to call it disturbing. We're talking about a vehicle that flirts with Ssangyong Rodius and Fiat Multipla levels of wrongness. Before you scroll down or click the "continue reading" link, just remember: once you see something, you can't un-see it.
We’re still in Roseburg, Oregon!
A bit of a diversion from our usual automotive fare, but I hope you, gentle reader, will indulge my nostalgic bent for a few moments.
A couple of years ago I did a post hoping to start a trend (yet to materialize, sadly, get with it, guys!) on a topic that we here at Car Lust have batted around on occasion, The Ones That Got Away: "Vehicles that we either had and let slip away or ones that we had a chance to buy but neglected to take the plunge on. . . .until it was too late."
That particular post had to do with what was probably my first vehicular Lust, the Schwinn Sting-Ray bicycle. In passing, I mentioned that I had moved on to a Schwinn Continental II tourer, and that I still had it. In fact, I still do have it and thought I might throw it out there for a bit of old-timey bicycling memories.
The 1970s were many things but, as we've discussed here many times, were not the paragon of what many would call an automotive renaissance. Be that as it may, the decade had a few things going for it. For one thing, fitness. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Pumping Iron came out in 1977 and introduced the country and much of the world to the previously obscure sport (let the arguments begin) of bodybuilding. Up to that point, "working out at the gym" usually meant a few dumbbells, barbells, a medicine ball, and maybe a punching bag, usually by people who looked more like Robert Mitchum than Flex Wheeler.
That wasn't the only thing. Jim Fixx's Complete Book of Running also set off something of a craze for jogging, and its concurrent explosion of fancy schmancy running shoes (and, unfortunately, track suits). And to think, we used to run around all over the place in plain old sneakers.
Yes, it's "Back To School" time. And it's also "2015 Year Model Clearance" time. Funny how both events happen together.
There's the Lincoln Summer Invitation Sales Event. And Volvo has the Wonder Of Summer Event. Volkswagen offers the VW Model Year End Sales Event, while Lexus proposes the Lexus Golden Opportunity Sales Event.
Infinity gives us the Summer In The Driver's Seat opportunity, while Acura has the It's That Kind Of Summer Event. And not to be left behind, there's the Toyota Annual Clearance Event, plus the Mazda Summer Drive.
You could do the Honda Summer Clearance Event, but don't forget to read the fine print there.
We’re revisiting Oregon. Last time we were there, it was 1954! But this isn’t Portland.
This time we’re visiting Jackson Street, Roseburg. The source said that it was 1950s, but I could quickly tell that it was wrong. All one has to do is look at the cars…
This 10-minute educational film from 1936 is probably the best explanation you will ever see of the inner workings of a manual transmission.
This is the place to discuss stick shifts, or any other automotive topic that strikes your fancy.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner
If you’re into ‘80s pop culture, you will like this show. If you’re into ’80s kitsch, you will like this show. If you’re into ’80s music, you will like this show. If you’re into the music and/or fashion industry, you will like this show. If you’re into strong female characters, you will like this show. If you’re looking for a cartoon – retro or otherwise- that’s not full-blown action, fantasy, and/or overly-kid-oriented, you will like this show. If you’re into cartoons that are rife with detail, not only in animation but also in writing, you will definitely like this show.
I really like this show. I’ve been curious about it for years, so when I found it on what was formerly known as The Hub Network (now called Discovery Family), I watched all of it alongside G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero! cartoon (talk about contrast!). What I saw did not disappoint. What started out in its essence as a toy-line turned into something more. I just wish it could’ve lasted just a little longer to fill in all the loose ends. And that the series would come out remastered on Blu-Ray to really make the sound and color pop. With multiple language/subtitle options.
I’ve pondered on making this list long before my successful Cars of That ‘70s Show post, because I doubted there were enough non-generic vehicles to make a list of them. I was surprised that IMCDb.com actually had a list for the series! So I thought, why not?
Dear Jezza, Captain Slow, and Hamster (Can I call you guys that, seeing as we're co-workers now?),
Now that you are joining us on the Amazon payroll (even though, to be completely forthright, we're not exactly on the Amazon payroll, at least most of us), I thought I would take the opportunity to welcome you to the company, late-comers though you are to this whole Internet-thingie. Admittedly, your penchant for expensive super-cars might put you a bit at odds with what we do here, but I like to think of your new role here as complementary rather than competitive. Nevertheless, although we've largely cornered the market on cheap domestics (and even some cheap exotics!), we have been somewhat remiss in covering European models that are, shall we say, not at the top of anyone's Ten Best list. We've done a few missives on your Brit cars -- Stag, TR6, and a Jag or two -- but unless it was imported in (relative) droves, we haven't given our typical Car Lust treatment to your own set of cheap domestics.
I'm guessing you'll have a slightly bigger budget than we do (which is, basically, nothing nil). I actually suggested we start our own Car Lust television program at one point, but the idea was stillborn owing to the fact that it's difficult to do much on a budget of $0.00. We would have had to use our own cars for all of our road tests and challenges and what-not and just put a sticky-note on the dash that would let the viewer know what car we were supposedly reviewing:
"Now, If this were an actual Lincoln Continental Mark V, I could show you the plush velour seating, but since it's a 1978 Mustang II you'll just have to imagine that it has copious amounts of room and no chamois-colored vinyl bucket seats. . . ." Our production facilities would, of necessity, be somewhat limited; instead of our own hangar and track, we'd be pretty much limited to Hafner's driveway.
I'd also like to offer our services as Producers. I'm certain we could find difficult and entertaining challenges for you to accomplish, even throwing in some of our own North American vehicles for you to enjoy ("Your challenge is to each buy a 1970s GM subcompact for less than $500 and then get it to start"). We can also demonstrate the proper way to drive a 1970s land yacht; please note that it does not involve "handling", but more like a long, flat highway and AC/DC.
We might even see our way, as fellow Amazoners, to letting you guest-post here once in a while. I'm betting we'd even waive the initial writing sample. You'll probably appreciate the fact that we have little editorial oversight. If you wish to do so anonymously we could even generate noms de plume for you. You would, obviously, have a certain leeway in terms of subject matter, but you might want to leave the pickup trucks to us (cuz we're experts and stuff).
So that's it. If you have any questions on how to maneuver around the Amazon world headquarters building or navigate the various rules and regulations covering employment here, well, don't email us because none of us know anything about that stuff ('cepting maybe Hafner, they supposedly pay him to do this). But we'd certainly welcome your input here at Car Lust, and will gratefully accept a great deal of money to name your new show "Car Lust". FYI.
-- The Car Lust Team
Credits: Photo lifted from The Independent.
It’s been a while since we’ve featured a Carspotters’ Video Challenge. This time we’re showing the police chase scene of the movie The Driver (1978), a cult classic movie whose iconic C-10 pick-up truck vs. Firebird Trans Am lent itself very well to one of my first Carspotters’ Video Challenge. On the same video account on which I’ve found that particular chase -as well as others- I also found this chase scene related to the movie, previously not included on said video account.
It too received a 1980s-inspired synth track -Elimination, from the album Activation, by Danger Mode- and the chase was edited for the track’s timeframe as well. Unlike the other chase, there were less videos of this particular chase. I found one, but the image’s colors aren’t that great.
Still enjoyable, though.
Last week’s Carspotters’ Challenge focused around the Golden Gate Bridge on the West coast. I threw a question out there it if the commute ever got old and readers responded with a resounding ‘no’ plus explanation. Inspired by it, I now give you the East coast version Aside from no then/now photos, this time the bridge is unknown, at least to me, and NYC has a lot of bridges. If you can identify the bridge, what’s the view/commute/experience/etc. like? If it can’t be identified, no worries. See if you can identify the cars instead.