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Carspotters’ Challenge #146: The Driver (1978), Police Chase

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.

 

--Tigerstrypes

Carspotters’ Challenge #145: NYC Bridge Commute, 1956

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.  Tumblr_msvp3iV3LR1r9qhhio1_1280If 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.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://rogerwilkerson.tumblr.com/

Carspotters’ Challenge #144: Golden Gate Commute, Then and Now

How long would it take to lose the novelty of driving through the Golden Gate Bridge every day?

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Carspotters’ Challenge #143: Lillian, Ohio, 1979

The summer of ’79. School's over. What to do… Summer camp? Family vacation? Hang around town? Make a movie with your friends? Solve a mystery? Save the town from an invader from outer space? Evacuate town?

Wait. What…?

I454907 That’s what a group of kids did in their hometown. I’m referring to the 2011 science-fiction/adventure movie Super 8. That’s a screenshot. The movie’s filled with lots of period things (though eagle-eyed viewers will notice that some toys are a bit modern, including the Sony Walkman that’s a year too early for the U.S. market). As you can see, that also includes cars, which they pretty much nailed it, IMO. Yes, there were a couple that got wrecked (AMC Pacer fans, you’ve been warned).

The movie gets quite violent at times and can be scary for younger viewers, and the way it was filmed may not be everyone’s favorite (light glare! Autofocus!), and neither is the ending. As far as summer movies go, one could do a lot worse.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://www.imcdb.org/

Carspotters’ Challenge #142: Venice Beach, 1952

There seems to be a parade of sorts getting ready to go. I wonder what the occasion is.

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 Anyways, let’s walk around the parking lot until they’re finished getting ready.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://rogerwilkerson.tumblr.com

Carspotters' Challenge #141: Sign of Good Taste

I honestly thought that clever title came from the site that I found this pic. I got curious, looked it up and found out that is truly the title of this photo.Tumblr_mrsqfmyz7u1r9qhhio1_1280This colorful photograph was taken by Fred Herzog. It was taken in Portland, circa 1959. Not the first Carspotters' Challenge involving Portland.

Go ahead and tell us what do you see. For some reason I'm feeling thirsty. You want something?

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://rogerwilkerson.tumblr.com/tagged/parking-lot

Carspotters' Challenge #140: Junkyard Dogs Edition

This week's photo comes from (again), Vintage Everyday:

New York City in the Early 1970's (5)

The caption for the photo is "View of Brownsville from the Sutter Ave. stop on the L line, Brooklyn, 1978".

I urge you to peruse the other photos at the link. Some of them are quite haunting, especially the World Trade Center under construction. The number of abandoned and junked cars is also rather distressing. 

Carspotters’ Challenge #139: Jammed Both Ways

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There’s no date or place mentioned for this picture. At most, I’m guessing 1955-1956. Aside from the cars (kudos if you can get the ones heading over the overpass), maybe you can guess the place, too.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://rogerwilkerson.tumblr.com

The Cars From That ‘70s Show

Snapshot20061113143043fx9.3449That ‘70s Show was not only gut-busting entertainment, it was a learning experience. It gave a window to how life was in mid-to-late 1970s North America. What we now consider kitschy-cool was actually considered lame back then, not everyone liked ABBA (or Styx for that matter), and being in the throes of adolescence sucked no matter what decade it is. Am I right?

If these cars could talk… most of them would have trouble remembering what went down. That's why we're here for.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #138: The Last Traffic Jam

“The traffic jam. Scourge of the 20th century city life. Raiser of blood pressure. Disruptor of supply chains. Stealer of bed-time stories…”

Grabs your attention, doesn’t it? It did for me, until I realized this was a tech commercial. Then my attention waned. I’m not going to dedicate this particular post to the discussion of traffic jams in general, how bad they are, how they make me feel or the technologies involved in making them go away in the future a reality. Why would I want to use a traffic jam as a Carspotters’ Challenge? Well, have a look:

 

As far as “traffic jams” go, this one at least has some interesting iron on display, for car-people at least. What’s also interesting is the eclectic mix: old, not-so old, North-American, European, UK, etc.

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