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Carspotters' Challenge #103--Brighton Avenue, Boston

The trolleys stopped running here on June 20, 1969, so the date of the photo can't be any later than that.

Be jolly, take the trolley!See anything interesting, besides the PCCs?

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo obtained from the SDC Forum, to which it was contributed by member Bob Andrews.)

Carspotters' Challenge #102--Market Hall Liquors

No word on where this is, but the cars, at least, are interesting.

Market Hall Liquors 1 (SWF OrthmannJ)See anything you'd raise a glass to?

Market Hall Liquors 2--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo from the Station Wagon Forum, contributed by member "OrthmannJ.")

Carspotters' Challenge #101--Urban Jungle

Our photo this week appears to have been taken in the early to middle 1970s. It's an urban street scene that would not be out of place in one of the era's darkly-themed crime dramas, such as Serpico or The Seven-Ups.

Urban 70s scene (SDC Forum aarrggh)

No location given, but perhaps one of our readers will recognize the through-truss drawbridge or the railroad (elevated?) viaduct beyond.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo obtained from the SDC Forum, to which it was contributed by member "aaarugh.")

Carspotters' Challenge, April Fool's Day Special Edition

Photo obtained from the Station Wagon Forum, contributed by member "GTW."

Carspotters' Challenge #100--The Junkman

The Junkman is a 1982 "indie" film directed by, and starring, H. B. Halicki, who is most famous for the 1974 cult classic Gone in 60 Seconds. In The Junkman, Mr. Halicki plays, well, not to put too fine a point on it, a thinly disguised version of himself: a junkyard proprietor turned film producer whose cinematic magnum opus is a chase-filled cult classic entitled Gone in 60 Seconds. For reasons which are never adequately articulated, and may never even have been worked out by the screenwriters in the first place, one of his business partners hires a squad of assassins (one of whom bears a spooky resemblance to a future governor of Alaska) to kill Mr. Not-Quite-H.B.-Halicki as he's driving to an antique car show. Mayhem ensues.

Rather than make you sit through the entire 96-minute running time, we give you here the edited "good parts" version with all the stunts and crashes and not much of the wooden acting and campy dialogue.

The film has been said to have taken two years to complete, and resulted in the destruction of 150 motor vehicles, a speedboat, numerous roadside fixtures, and at least one Pitts Special stunt biplane.

It would not surprise me to learn that this film's stunt sequences were one of the inspirations behind the crash-happy German police fantasy Alarm für Cobra 11.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

March 24 Weekly Open Thread

I was sitting around last weekend and happened to catch a portion of The Blues Brothers. I've been watching quite a bit of old 1980s television lately, just for nostalgia's sake (most of which I missed, having spent the bulk of the decade in college and grad school along with the attendant social activities -- i.e., drinking -- that constituted my higher educational career) so whenever something's on from that decade, I make sure to watch a bit of it and reminisce about The Good Old DaysTM or at least see what I missed.

We've touched on the Bluesmobile before, at least in passing, with our ode to the 1974 Dodge Monaco but the film has numerous other Car Lust favorites: The Neo-Nazis' 1974 Pinto Wagon and LTD Country Squire, Carrie Fisher's 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix, and Twiggy's 1974 XKE, not to mention the dozens and dozens of cars wrecked in the many chase scenes (for a while it held the record; that has since been eclipsed).

And did you know what the deal was with the mall they destroyed?

But I shall leave you with some of the classic scenes from the film nicely recreated in modern-day Chicago and environs. I saw this a while ago and have been meaning to link to ever since. Well, now's the time. And feel free to discuss anything else you'd like.

 

Carspotters' Challenge #99--Divided Highway

The date is 1960 or so. The location is not specified, but the directories tell us that there's a Terminal Van Lines doing business in Buffalo, New York, so I think we can narrow it down to western New York somewhere.

"Buffaloed in Buffalo...." -- Little Feat

Anything look good to you?

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo obtained from the SDC Forum, to which it was contributed by member "JRoberts.")

Carspotters' Challenge #98--Sea Breeze

After yet another major winter storm walloping the northern half of the Midwest this week, I'm in the mood for something from a warmer climate.

The date is given as 1959. As for the location, that's a bit tricky. My first thought was either Florida or somewhere in California, but then I realized that the cars are on the "wrong" side of the road and the license plates have a wider aspect ratio. Australia, maybe?

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo obtained from the Station Wagon Forum's collection of vintage scenes, contributed by member "OrthmannJ.")

Carspotters' Challenge #97--Glen's Used Cars

Another used car lot with a very Car Lust inventory.

"You won't overspend when you buy from Glen."See anything you'd like to haggle over?

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo obtained from the Station Wagon Forum's collection of vintage scenes, contributed by member "yellerspirit.")

Carspotters' Challenge #96--D.S. Jones Pontiac

The used car department at D.S. Jones Pontiac, from a 1981 postcard. I have no clue as to the location--a Google search for "D.S. Jones" brings up a car dealer in Swansea, Wales, and I'm pretty sure that's not the same D.S. Jones as this one.

"Prices so low we can't say them on the radio--and you can finance your car with us even if your credit score sucks like the vaccum of space."Wherever it is--or, rather, was--that's a very Car Lust inventory there.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo obtained from the Station Wagon Forum's collection of vintage street scenes, to which it was contributed by member "Cammerjeff.")

Pictured above: This is a forlorn Chevy Vega photographed by reader Gary Sinar. (Share yours)

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