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1997-2002 Mitsubishi Mirage

1997 Mitsubishi Mirage LS Coupe Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a car that clearly belonged to the category of CarLust when I was in 5th-7th grade when others lusted after Dodge Vipers, Ferrari F50s and Lamborghini Diablos; a car that I often drew in class Study Hall and even used as a writing assignment subject; a car that I daydreamed about making radical modifications (ah, blissful youthful mechanical and economic ignorance…) among other things; a car whose name I respect and whose USDM “successor” I rebuke for setting back 37 years such a proud name; a car whose information –it pains me to say- lives up to its name of not being there; the 1997-2002 Mitsubishi Mirage.

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Volvo 480 ES, S, Turbo

Volvo 480 1That bridge looks like California's Golden Gate Bridge, but it isn't. The car doesn't look like a 1980s Volvo, but it is. And I think we North Americans were robbed by never getting this sporty hatchback.

Those bumpers make it look American. The rear quarters say "shooting brake." Its overall design suggests near perfection.

The car may have looked fairly Honda-ish for the time. And why not? This was Volvo's first front-wheel-drive car, so its packaging fit Honda's profile (Though thankfully with a longer, safer front end).

It belongs somewhere between Volvo's P1800GT (1961-1973) and their C30 (2006-2013). In fact, it fits quite well between them, even with its requisite 1980s boxy styling (Think Mustang). The 480 was made between 1985 and 1995, and had all three cars been given the same or a similar name (Maybe the P1700 and/or the P2000?), I doubt that anybody would have complained.

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The Cars of "Chuck"

Httpwww.imfdb.org 450px-ChuckS4_96Chuck is a North-American TV show about Chuck Bartowski, a young man whose mediocre life changed when he opened an e-mail containing encrypted content composed of a huge number of highly classified information called the Intersect. Once read and in the subconscious of brain, the person with this information becomes a supercomputer of sorts, able to do things like ID an international criminal, or identify a weapon or document of upmost importance, though involuntarily. And that’s just the first season! Due to his skills behind a computer and overall unorthodox ways in handling situations in relation to governmental bureaus, Chuck reluctantly becomes part of a secret anti-terrorist team effort until a way is found to remove the Intersect from his head. His cover? His mundane life. In the meantime, serious questions appear: What makes a spy: the equipment or the individual? Can one be a spy and have a normal, happy life? Can one be a spy without sacrificing one’s values and integrity?

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RIP, Scion

8208167c0a0d028a0039b99d0ac37390While waiting for an e-mail about a part for a Cadillac CTS (still waiting), CarLust contributor That Car Guy (Chuck) let us know the news: Scion will be no more. Just a couple of days earlier we were making fun of Scion’s “lowrider” SEMA car, an eyesore that pretty much encapsulates what’s wrong with the brand. There have been rumors of its demise since I wrote my Scion post and even before that, with Toyota helping out dealers phase out the brand to those that wanted out. There are far more variables responsible for Scion’s fate (Toyota, Millennials’ buying habits, currently cheap gas prices, The Great Recession, global warming, Dinkleberg, etc.), but I won’t go into them.

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Initial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX

Httpschoyano.files.wordpress.com xinsrc_20110230181570331449125We’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.

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Initial D: A Love Story

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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.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #158: The Pop Culture Is Strong With This One

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.

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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?

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

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Carspotters’ Challenge #157: So Many Cars, So Little Time…

Because I’m still pumped over Back To The Future Day, I decided to continue celebrating just a little while longer…

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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.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: Jalopnik

Carspotters’ Challenge #153: UNO Criss Library, April 1979

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. 

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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.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: https://www.flickr.com/people/unocrisslibrary/ and University Archives, University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library.

 

Carspotters’ Challenge #152: Is That Molly Ringwald?

Tumblr_m5xylmBaeo1rs0g9jo1_1280 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.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

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

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