Car Photo(s) of the Day: More of the ’32 Chrysler Indy racer.

Of all the spectacular machines present at the Art Center School of Design Car Show I attended in 2009, this one stuck out as my favorite. Not because of its provenance really, but because of it’s well-worn and comfy patina. Unlike the ultra-perfect collection shown on the grass around it, this car was not over-restored. It wore its age like a nice old leather jacket.

Upon researching the car’s history it appears to have been restored in the 80s, but at least the owners since then have allowed it to be used as its makers intended.

Car Photo of the Day: Still Life with Holley Carbs.

Still Life with Holley Carbs.

The CPotD returns! This car was my favorite machine on the field of the Art Center Car Show a couple of summer’s back. It wore a wonderful patina like an old leather jacket and a pair of faded jeans – relaxed and comfy compared to the over-restored straightjackets that surrounded it. Motivated by an old flathead straight-eight, that ultimate pre-war American machine, I bet it sounds wonderful when driven in anger.

Can you name the car?

Here is another view:

Car Photo of the Day: Still Life with Covered Bridge.

One of the great pleasures for me of the Internet Protocol is finding kindred spirits in far away places. The transformation of that relationship from virtual to real makes things like business travel endurable for me. I’m stuck in a hotel in Northern Virginia for two weeks but since I have “Internet Friends” all over the world I have been able to do things an ordinary business traveler normally can not, such as:

  • Attend a friend’s birthday party.
  • Go to a professional hockey game (or two!) in a strange city.
  • Have dinner in an amazing ethnic restaurant with somebody who knows what to order.
  • Go for a drive in a vintage car through some autumn color and covered bridges.

I’ve done all of the above in the past week, all while still going to work every day. Yesterday was the “vintage car and covered bridges” day with my friend (and GTTSR Co-driver) Mark Collien. Mark lives in Maryland and invited me along on the drive (more pics coming soon.)

Meanwhile here is a photo with two mystery cars for you to identify. I didn’t even see the mystery blue car at first, but as I walked into the bean field it was revealed lying on the opposite bank of the stream behind the bridge. Can you name the cars?

Car Photo of the Day: Mystery Car

Name that car!

I have been woefully remiss in posting of late, both CPotD and regular updates. Truth is, I’ve been living out of hotels for the past two months plus! I’ve been travelling for work, and moving my household from northwest Washington to central Oregon. Nick & I have been at the latter location for the past two weeks as he’s started school, and I’ve been attending to all those things that setting up a new household takes… first of all being getting the house itself! As many have heard, securing loans these days is damn near impossible, with banks dragging their feet and tracking every penny, both yours and theirs. Sort of the opposite end of the scale from the freewheeling zero-down, credit for anyone with a heartbeat days of not so long ago. Honestly I prefer it somewhere in between, but more on that later. The good news is, we have the house and the movers arrive tomorrow. Stay tuned for details.

Meanwhile here’s a “Name that car” mystery for you all to ponder while I set up power, TV, Internet service, and start unpacking our goods in a new home. I found it in a museum (obviously) and it stuck me as a real oddball in a lot of ways. What oddities can you note about it? Can you identify it? Discuss in the comments…