Tag Archives: cars and car spotting

good bye to the little black car

Many of you knew our little black car. It was a 1996 Geo Prizm, twin to the Toyota Corolla Sprinter, built in the NUMMI plant in California during the height of the “captive import” craze. We were its second owners, … Continue reading

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trustworthy advice

A member of our household got some trustworthy advice this morning.  (We know it was trustworthy advice because it says so right there.)  Since the trustworthy advice pretty much confirmed his own suspicions, he followed it and now the grey … Continue reading

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true red

One of the jobs I’ve always wanted is color namer.  Somebody has to name all those hipster clothing colors, all those hundreds and thousands of nearly identical paint colors on those little chip cards, and especially the ever-cool names of … Continue reading

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weiner(mobile) in motion

What a difference a week makes, especially in the Midwest in the early spring.  Just last Friday, I was trying to photograph the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. With a phone camera. From a moving car. In a blizzard. I will photograph … Continue reading

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auto show colors and color names: thank you, ford

Thanks go out to the Ford Motor Company, who once again this year left the Monroney window sticker stuck in the window of every car on their display stand at the Chicago Auto Show.  For those of us who love … Continue reading

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this is not a picture of detroit, michigan

It happened again for the second year in a row.  I was in Chicago (Illinois) for the Chicago Auto Show today, and I took this particular picture with my smartphone.  It’s a perfectly conventional view of the Buick show stand, as … Continue reading

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the red gmc panel van of hand lettering

It’s a visit from the bright red GMC panel van of hand lettering!  Spotted this beauty at lunch time at our usual place. Beautiful letter forms and traditional brushwork, not easily captured with a phone camera.  Oh, the things you … Continue reading

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french translation

According to Menards, that’s French for “lawnmower”. With the recycling can, the Black Car, our 1996 Geo Prizm, and an excuse to play with Pixlr and try to achieve the true old school Instamatic look.  There was no good way … Continue reading

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the single plate mystery beast

Indiana is a single plate state: we are only required to display a single license plate on the rear bumpers of our vehicles. Since many states require plates on both the front and rear, auto manufacturers design cars for the … Continue reading

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photographs we wish we’d taken

This photograph represents the intersection in the Venn diagram between “people who always wanted one of those original Honda Z coupes” and “people who always wanted have a car small enough to park in a empty cart corral at Wal-Mart”. … Continue reading

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