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?
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.
That ‘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.
“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.
With the introduction outta the way, let’s begin listing the (probably) lust-worthy vehicles of the 00’s. A quick reminder: This list doesn’t list said vehicles from model year 2000 to 2010 one by one but categorizes vehicles that fit into the Car Lust way of thinking, so that means that obvious choices aren’t included unless given an explanation. Yes, there’s gonna be exceptions. Yes, there will be disagreements, but just give ‘em time to grow on you, like a decade. Or three. Now, onto the wall of text list.
There’s a reason why I was hard on the 2015 Cadillac Escalade commercial: I like Cadillacs. And I like some of their commercials. To see the brand sell its products, in this case one of its most recognizable and best-selling, in such a fashion prompted me to fire up the keyboard then. Thankfully, unlike Honda/Acura, Cadillac has yet to leave me head-scratching or downright displeased through their advertisement on multiple occasions. The following video, while about a decade old, shows one of my favorites from the brand:
How many of you are aware that there was a new Looney Tunes series? Well, you do now. The half-hour series focuses mostly on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as those around them. It’s made in a sitcom-y sort of way but it’s rife with little details that eagle-eyed fans of the franchise can appreciate. Taking place in contemporary times, we see that the show’s animators went the extra mile to make it feel as familiar as one can without infringing copyright laws or unashamed product-placement. That includes cars. While many do look generic, there are many more that, as a car person, grabs your attention. The kicker here is how well some of the vehicles are paired with their owners.
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Introduction
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Cookie the Dog's Owner (1961)
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Tigerstrypes (1989)
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Anthony Cagle (1962)
Birth Year Fantasy Garage--Chris Hafner (1976)
Let me give you further evidence to why 1989 was A Very Good Year.
1989 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 IROC-Z 1LE – IROC-Zs have always been a long-time favorites of mine. While any IROC-Z would do, I couldn’t pass up on picking up the best one of all: the 1LE. It included unique goodies intended for SCCA Showroom Stock racing.
Fellow readers, you have no idea how happy I was when I found and watched this video. While not the greatest car chase of all time, for what it was, this chase was excellent.
It was so good that while this is still a Carspotters’ Challenge, I couldn’t help myself and break it down, at least the highlights of it… and give away some of the answers: