Success, by association
This Youtube channel makes semi-serious reviews of all manner of weird, old, or simply forgotten cars that the makers manage to get their hands on. But what makes any of that actually interesting is that, between the silly voices and surrealist tangents, the makers find a path through each artifact of the automotive industry to an insightful and sometimes revelatory discussion of how cars both define and are defined by our motion-obsessed culture.
This video explores the deliriously chintzy Chevrolet Chevette, an "economy car" slapped together by a beleaguered General Motors running on sheer panic.
"GM hoped that the name Chevette would call to mind the Corvette, and that it would be a success... by association."
Photos from the past
This is a huge database of pictures from Life Magazine (and sometimes not from there) that cut into our nostalgia and find new perspectives on our grandparents' and great-grandparents' times.
I saw the first picture in this stream in a Denny's in Texas, with some really bad airbrushing to insert the Denny's logo. So lame.
Nick Mason's Toy Box
He's been busy since the end of Pink Floyd.
"Mechanical things are just... brilliant," says Nick, gently tapping on a Ferrari that falls closely to hand. "You can fettle and tune and take them apart - but in my case I usually have to get someone else to put them back together again. Then the little adjustments you make turn into tangible things like faster laps and higher top speeds. I'm very grateful to have a passion for cars."
Slow, weird, mechanical cars are way more interesting than supermega hypermachines.
"Tired of speeding tickets? Try trading your new Porsche Turbo for a 53-year-old Volvo 544. Your 0-100 km/h time will go from four seconds to about 30 (give or take), and top speed will be slashed from 300 to about 145 (depending on wind conditions and other factors)."
Steve McQueen (the other one)
I was really surprised that Steve McQueen was suddenly back in the movie scene and making waves as a director, since he died.
Fun fact: Steve raced Mario Andretti (former: Porsche, latter: Ferrari) in a heated, neck-and-neck battle at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1970. McQueen had broken his foot in a 100-mile motorcycle race the weekend before and raced anyway, clutching with his cast, coming in second behind Andretti.
Full video here: http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/232415
It was actually up for sale a few years ago. You might hunt it down if you think you can handle a ride this cool.
You're doing it wrong
DIY 4 life.
Jeremy Clarkson's P45
Recent studies have indicated that three servings of Jack Hostrawser per day may help to prevent sudden comas.