Look, car on cracking ice, no Photoshop used

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Photo by Nickolay Rykov and Dmitriy Chistoprudov

And here is a photo, by Nickolay Rykov and Dmitriy Chistoprudov, of a car sitting atop what appears to be fracturing ice. What you see is what you get, no Photoshop involved here.

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Kicking around in a vintage car in your hometown

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Last October I linked to a photo collection of a model town built by US archivist Michael Paul Smith, that was inspired by the Pittsburgh neighbourhood where he grew in the 1950s. Now revisit the gallery and take a look at the model vehicles of the period. Incredible right?

I’m fortunate enough to actually see period vehicles, similar to these, on the streets of my “hometown” on the NSW Central Coast, from time to time.

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Un-introducing the backpackers favourite means of travel

Monday, 24 March, 2014

Kombi un-introduction advert

The Volkswagen Bus, or Kombi van, has for a long time been the budget traveller, or backpacker’s, go-to means of transport. Not for much longer though, according to this un-introduction advert, informing us that production of the vehicle ceased at the end of 2013.

It’ll probably be decades before Kombis finally disappear from the roadways though… they’re pretty sturdy after all.

(Thanks Christine)

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On cars, killing, and the law

Thursday, 20 March, 2014

The car as a murder weapon? While the article refers mainly to road laws in the US, it is still an interesting read:

If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. As long as you’re sober, chances are you’ll never be charged with any crime, much less manslaughter. Over the past hundred years, as automobiles have been woven into the fabric of our daily lives, our legal system has undermined public safety, and we’ve been collectively trained to think of these deaths as unavoidable “accidents” or acts of God.

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The Well of Death, it’s enough to literally drive you up the wall

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Northern Indian city Allahabad is home to the Well of Death, a circular arena like structure where the drivers of motorcycles and cars ride their vehicles on its (vertical) walls.

Motorbikes are one thing in the confined space, but then cars are added to the mix. But keep watching. Then the drivers, of both types of vehicle, go hands free. But wait, those aren’t the only tricks up their sleeves…

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Here it is, a photo of every part needed to build a VW Golf

Monday, 30 September, 2013

Photo via BrokeVW.com

Last week I linked to a photo set depicting various bits and pieces – and you name it, anything went – that people had collected, in catalogue style format. How about then applying the same sort of idea to a car? That is, completely pull the vehicle apart, and then take a catalogue style photo of its every last component.

Anyone care to help put the car back together now?

Via reddit.

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An animated guide to the workings of a car engine

Thursday, 12 September, 2013

An animated guide to the workings of the internal combustion, or car, engine.

Quite awesome really.

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Street racing, it’s enough to make some fast, but others furious

Friday, 21 June, 2013

Street racing, in its illegal and, if you like, underground form, is not an activity that is restricted only to the sets of the movies such as Fast & Furious 6… it might be going on in the streets not far from where you are right now:

This is how a street race usually goes: drivers meet near the designated race location. Racers buy-in. Bookies collect bets, then pool money. Drivers use their cars as the blockade; twenty, thirty, or more, plod along the highway – or on a side street, although that carries the risk of residents, jolted awake during the race by the whizzing of engines accelerating to upwards of 100-150 miles per hour, alerting the police. The racecars lead, lined up like the first row of a marching band in a parade. Traffic slows. Commuters wonder what the hold-up could be. It’s the middle of the night.

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The VW Beetle as a perfect sphere and an art work?

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013

VW Beetle sphere, photo by See-ming Lee

What do you get when crunch together five Volkswagen Beetles, as Indonesian sculptor Ichwan Noor did? A prefectly shaped sphere work of art, that’s what.

(Photo by See-ming Lee)

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Only Spock could possibly drive two cars at the same time

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013

I don’t usually link to car adverts, but an exception ought to be made in this instance, as both Leonard Nimoy, and Zachary Quinto, who do, or have, played Spock on “Star Trek”, reunite once more onscreen.

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