With every passing year, automotive features that were once ubiquitous are relegated to the scrapheap.
These days, every suburban tiger mom is driving around with advanced all-wheel drive, traction control and stability control to get through winter. In the old days, battling REAL winter required specialized heavy equipment that looked like it came off the set of The Road Warrior. Let’s take a look at a few of these beasts: […]
If you’ve watched Law and Order long enough, you’ve seen former mayor’s aides turn into murderers and then recycle into prosecutors. When something works you stick with it. It’s the same with cars in a lot of productions. Something is cheap, close, convenient or sentimental, and it makes its way into several movies and TV shows.
Flash back to 1974. I was six years old, and Santa Claus arrived at my house with a sack full of socks, long underpants and pajamas. But in the far back corner was a rectangular box that rattled when you shook it, indicating goodness inside. It was a Spinwelder, and I was the luckiest kid […]
Back before drones, iPads, hoverboards, BB-8 droids and the Consumer Protection Agency, the toys we got under the tree had the real risk of injury and/or house fire. Some were good, some not so good. We’ve cataloged some of the biggest winners and losers from the Sears Wish Book, circa 1977.
If you’ve operated an automobile over the last decade or so, you’ve probably been aware that headlights have become exceedingly obnoxious. Ford Super Duty drivers, in particular, must spend half their nighttime driving flashing oncoming drivers that, no, their high beams aren’t on, but their low beams are so blinding that it makes the high […]
Thanksgiving really gets short shrift these days with Christmas sales starting around Labor Day. But since 1973, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has been a staple in our house. SPOILER ALERT: In the final moments, Charlie Brown and his pals pile into the wayback of his unseen parents’ station wagon. It’s how you got to your […]
At the turn of the 20th century, Gräf & Stift built some of the world’s most exclusive luxury automobiles. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria rode in one when he was assassinated, an act that set off the world’s most violent war to that point. Legend has it that thirteen people met similarly violent ends in that car, […]
Tonight is one of the most likely days of the year for your car to be vandalized. Trick-or treaters will ply our streets for candy. A very small percentage may also have some random mischief in mind. Here’s what to do if your car is targeted.