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When not walking his namesake, helping out with the Boy Scouts, or attending to his day job, Cookie the Dog's Owner can be found hurtling down the twisty back roads of Ohio in a Volkswagen GTI Mk. V with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers blasting out of the stereo. He learned to drive on a succession of pathetic mid-70s domestic cars, and his first true automotive love was a 1985 Honda Civic CRX. He is married and has two sons, and is philosophically opposed to automatic transmissions.

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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.")

Divco "Snub Nose" Milk Trucks

There is a class of commercial vehicle known as the "multi-stop," "walk-in delivery," or "step van," which is just what the names suggest: a truck that is used to make small-lot deliveries to multiple customers in a single trip, and is therefore designed to be easy for the driver to get in and out of at each stop. The most common examples today are the parcel vans used by UPS, FedEx, DHL, and your friendly neighborhood letter carrier.

The subject of today's post is a "multi-stop" that was once all but universal, but has disappeared from the ranks of working vehicles: the retail delivery milk truck.

Galliker's Dairy truckMore specifically, we will be taking a look at the "snub nose" milk trucks built by the various incarnations of Divco (the Detroit Industrial Vehicle COmpany) from 1939 to 1986.

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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

Test Drive--Volkswagen Passat SE V-6 & TDI

Over the course of a week or so this past month, I had the opportunity to drive three different examples of the current-production "Tennessee Passat," two with VW's unique narrow-angle V-6, and a TDI diesel.  Here's what I found.

VW publicity photo

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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.")

Notes from the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show - Part Two

We're back again with more from the Cleveland Auto Show.

Das Auto.Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai.

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Notes from the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show - Part One

The 2014 Cleveland Auto Show runs through Sunday, March 9. I was there on Saturday the 1st, and here's some of what I saw.

Ford would like one of these to be in your future.100_3939100_3942

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March 3 Weekly Open Thread--Show Time!

It's not a fit day out for man nor beast--but here in the exhibit hall at the Auto Show it's comfortable and you can take your coat off, pick up some brochures and swag, and interact with the giant anthropomorphic hamsters.

"Hamsters? I'm supposed to work with hamsters?"Speaking of swag, at the Car Lust booth, we're giving away promotional AMC Gremlin models.

"It's all new for '72!"If you can't make it to the show, click here to download one for yourself. Print it on 65# cardstock, cut out, and glue it together.

This is the place to discuss the auto show, or anything else that crosses your mind.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

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.")

February 24 Weekly Open Thread--"Enough with the @%$#&^*@ snow already!"

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to put the snowblower in the shed and get on with spring.

"The snowbird sings the song he always sings/And speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring" --Anne MurrayThis is the place to share warm thoughts on all things automotive.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

(Photo from the SDC Forum, contributed by member "JRoberts.")

Carspotters' Challenge #95--Wall to Wall in Walla Walla

The crowded parking lot at the Walla Walla Yacht Club's 1959 boat show and parade.

May 1959See anything that floats your boat?

--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 "OrthmannJ.")

Carspotters' Challenge #94--Chilling Out

Date and location unknown, but that's a very Car Lust collection in that parking lot.

"Walkin' in a winter wonderland...."Anything that looks "cool" to you?

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

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

Carspotters' Challenge #93--Buels Gore, Vermont, 1969

Buels Gore is an unincorporated township in Chittenden County.

Buels Gore VT 1969No relation to the former vice president, as far as I know.

Buels Gore VT 1969_02--Cookie the Dog's Owner

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

January 27 Weekly Open Thread--Snowmageddon!

Outside, it's double-digit snow accumulation and single-digit temperatures, but here in the Car Lust Garage it's toasty warm and there's plenty of coffee, tea, and cocoa, and maybe some hot cider if I can find the mulling spices. A tail-happy Corvair on snow-covered roads?  Not my idea of fun. Grab something to drink and join the conversation.

My jazzy new 21" snowblower got a real workout over the weekend. We got hit by a lake effect snow that was spectacular enough to send the TV news producers and newspaper editors scurrying to find their archival images of the Great Blizzard of 1978. This time around, the quantity of snowfall wasn't the issue so much as it was the 30-knot winds. In such conditions, a certain sensitivity to wind direction is in order when figuring out which way to point the snowblower's discharge chute. Ask me how I know.

On Saturday, the boys had some friends of theirs over for the day, and I had to run the 'blower to clear the drifts off the driveway so they could get in--and then run it again that evening so they could get out of the driveway and go home!

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

Carspotters' Challenge #92--"Drive a Crooked Road"

Let's try another video challenge this week. Our subject is the 1954 noir drama Drive a Crooked Road.

A lonely, vertically-challenged car nerd with poor self-esteem (Mickey Rooney) falls head over heels for a statuesque blonde (Diane Foster) who seems to really like him. But this is film noir, and that means the dame is playing him for a sap, and it all leads down a twisted path of betrayal and vengeance to a dark end punctuated by the bark of an angry roscoe.

Here at Car Lust, we couldn't care less about all of that. What we're interested in is the first twenty minutes or so, where we see Mickey Rooney's character driving a Jaguar in a road race and spinning a wrench in a shop filled with old-school sports cars. Double-bonus carspotter bragging rights if you can identify the femme fatale's convertible without Googling.

--Cookie the Dog's Owner

I'd like to thank my friend Norman Kincaide for introducing me to this video.

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

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