We’ve talked, albeit very briefly, a couple of years back, on the chassis-code AE86 Toyota Corolla platform, so why is this one any different? What is it about it that inspires replicas to be built all around the world, let alone inspire a college buddy of mine to replicate it as best as he could (Sorry, no pics. He sold it soon after)? Because it’s a hero car for a niche of a niche entertainment category (read: anime)?
Yes, and to be fair, this car is not so different from other well-cared AE86s… not until later anyways.
Have you ever had something (not someone) that has been part of a surprisingly good chunk of your life, for better or worse? Most of my friends would just say ‘videogames’, which is a little vague. I’ll just lump ‘em under Nintendo and/or Pokémon, since those two are forever intertwined. For me, it’s an anime, a car anime to be specific. You may have heard it: Initial D.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care.
And the 1961 Ford Falcon?
Well, no. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on the television.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the best-loved Christmas special ever: A Charlie Brown Christmas, which aired on the CBS network on December 9, 1965. I was but a wee lad at the time so I have no memory of that first broadcast; I certainly watched it later on, probably every year while I was growing up, and most years since, but whether I saw it that very first night or have any memory of it is beyond my recollection. I'd guess my parents most likely turned it on that first night, as I had two siblings that likely would have enjoyed it.
Now, much has been said and written about the Peanuts Christmas special, and today (Monday, November 30) ABC Television will air the digitally restored version of the program along with an hour-long special beforehand documenting the making of the original, appropriately named It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown!.
In all this 50th Anniversary hoopla, one might be tempted to think that this was the Peanuts gang's first foray into network television. Well, you'd be almost right. While this was Charles Schulz's first feature program on television, Charlie Brown and Co. had appeared earlier in the form of TV commercials. For Ford.
So step below the fold and we'll examine these early television incarnations of the Peanuts gang and see what they had to offer the prospective car buyer of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Thanks to Back To The Future Day, I was able to use on of Scott Park’s BTTF-themed works in one of our Carspotters’ Challenges. Inspired by the rest of his portfolio, I decided to showcase more of his automotive-pop culture-themed artwork.
The featured works are Star Cars and Star Cars Vol. 2, respectively, a series which showcases a vast array of pop-culture vehicles from movies and TV, as well as comic books and videogames throughout the years. Ya like? Get ‘em here and here, respectively. My only quip is that the artist used the 2008 movie version of the Speed Racer Mach 5 instead of the original, but that's about it.
So… how strong is the pop-culture with you?
Because I’m still pumped over Back To The Future Day, I decided to continue celebrating just a little while longer…
During the world-wide countdown to October 21st, Jalopnik featured the image above. It was done by Scott Park of Scott Park Illustration, a talented artist who’s not unfamiliar to the vehicles of pop-culture. This piece is titled 88 MILES PER HOUR (referencing the time machine’s speed it needs to be traveling in order to time travel), featuring 88 cars from the trilogy (I’m sure there are more that don’t repeat themselves, but the artist did outdid himself. Besides, the BTTF 88mph reference works here).
The script at the bottom is the answer sheet. How many can you make out without cheating—er, double-checking your answers? Can you point out any that appear in the trilogy that’s not included here?
If you really like this poster enough to buy it, you can get it here, among other wonderful artwork from not only the same artist, but others as well.
Since this week's theme is about Our First Cars, this picture came to mind. It's the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
The reason? Many of us used our first cars to go to high-school and/or college. The time period we've attended these places may or may not be the same, but those of us that were blessed with not only a decent education but also a set wheels to get there can find reasons to relate to it.
References: https://www.flickr.com/people/unocrisslibrary/ and University Archives, University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library.
My first two cars were both Toyota Corollas. I started with a 1979, and after a few years replaced it with a 1978 model. Both were interesting in their own right.
Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money. So when the opportunity came to buy my great uncle's 1979 Corolla with a family discount, my parents jumped at it. My parents drove the car for a couple of years leading up to my being old enough to drive. I grew up in South Dakota, where you can get your permit at the age of 14, so my driving years came earlier than it does for most.
I’ll admit that while I’m a pretty big fan of the ‘80s, I’ve seen very few of the Brat Pack (Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, etc.) movies. So I drew a blank when I found this pic on Tumblr. I just thought it’d make a great Carspotters’ Challenge, so I saved it. Given that this week had a bit of an ‘80s-flare to it -what with discussing what the archetypal ‘80s car is, to a new series taking place in Germany, circa 1983- I’m glad I did and it’d be a shame not to use it now. Besides, I want to know where it’s from. So please, fellow readers, would you’d be so kind to tell this pupil of the 1980s what movie is this from? You could just tell me the cars instead if you wish.