Tag Archives: cars and car spotting

a day and a half (with a giant italian van)

What’s black and white and as big as your house?  It’s a cargo van! You can use it to move a bunch of furniture quite a long distance.  Don’t run out and buy it, though.  It costs about thirty thousand … Continue reading

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rest stop lotus

An unexpected sighting of a Lotus Elise: chrome yellow on an overcast morning.

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car spotting: a morgan aero 8

Here’s a surprising car to see parked downtown on a Sunday afternoon: a Morgan Aero 8.   A very handsome ride indeed, and the very model of the state of the art bespoke British roadster, with an aircraft aluminium body … Continue reading

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not-a-haiku for spring

I’ve always liked the idea of the haiku, and like everyone else I’ve taken a shot or two at writing them.  But I’ve become convinced that the syllable pattern, designed for the Japanese language, is perhaps too restrictive for writing … Continue reading

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the sky crane and the bus

Helicopters are cool, and Soviet military aircraft are cool, and sky cranes are cool, so a Mil Mi-10 Soviet military sky crane is by definition very cool indeed.  Plus, I like buses and this Mi-10 is getting ready to carry … Continue reading

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farewell to top gear

Unless you have been living under a rock with no internet connection, have no interest in cars or British TV shows, or all three, it won’t be news to you that Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from Top Gear,  that … Continue reading

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spicy hungarian brushpile limousine

Spicy Hungarian brushpile limousine.  There’s a zesty group of English words.  And it’s so much more interesting than saying “here are two photographs I took recently with my Polaroid Cube toy camera”. Someday I’m going to have to explore my … Continue reading

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a japanese scarf and an alfa romeo

The Japanese scarf (more properly, the furoshiki) went to the Auto Show this year.  It had numerous adventures you will see later, but the high point of its visit was being photographed elegantly posed with a 1951 Alfetta in the … Continue reading

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auto show: the twins

Among the cars I was most interested in seeing at this year’s Auto Show are this pair of twins: the Fiat 500 X and the Jeep Renegade.  These are definitely fraternal twins: they share a substantial family legacy in the … Continue reading

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auto show notebook

It was a close call; we had to wait until the last possible day, but yes, we made it to the Chicago Auto Show this year.  You’ll have to wait a bit to see a few selections from the more … Continue reading

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