Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
We'd love to have seen the props call for this commercial. The Isetta is a key element, but it also has a BMW 600 -- and I think I saw a Messerschmitt as well. (If you can identify any other microcars in the commercial, please let us know.)
I've got to admit, that I was a little "freaked out" when the Isetta deflated. The cars are small and light, but we always thought they were a little more substantial than that.
The ad was produced by Grey Advertising in Israel.
(By the way . . . do you find the sheep as disturbing as we do?)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The photo was taken by "unrelaxeddad", and posted to his Flickr site.
And just when we thought we had seen everything, we notices a posting inviting unrelaxeddad to include the image in a "pool" of grass car images. (Go to the link and you'll find 15 pictures of these crazy little cars.)
This all begs a few questions:
- Do you wash your car, or do you have to mow it?
- Do you have to fertilize your car? And if you do, what's it smell like on the inside?
- Do you have a sign in your front yard that says, "Please don't park your lawn on the grass"?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Maybe a better title would be, Goggo vs. Bull.
Wilfried Solbach, a journalist based in Cologne (Köln), Germany, found this "standoff" between a bull and a Goggomobil Limo in a garden in Bad Godesberg, near the former capital of West Germany - Bonn. (Go to his Flickr site for more images, including another Goggomobil on the roof, overseeing the standoff.)
In general, we would put our money on the bull -- but we suspect that this bull is made of fiberglass. (Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors -- but does sheet steel beat fiberglass?)
Monday, March 23, 2009
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
In just three days the car was complete and doesn't sit much higher than the tires themselves. Most likely we will hear of this car again once it gets a place in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tucked in between two vans in London's Piccadilly Circus, the Peel P50 is parked squarely by its new home.
The miniature vehicle goes on display today (February 6, 2009) at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, which promises visitors the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
BMW began, of course, as a motorcycle company and about 80 of its greatest motorcycles are displayed and explained. The cars range from the two seat Italian designed Isetta which was propelled by a BMW motorcycle engine, through the emergence of premium sports cars in the 60's and 70's through the racing champions leading up to today.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
Even if you ignore the Nobel Peace Prize that he and 6,000 other United Nations peacekeepers received for their service in Lebanon in 1988, Cole is a pretty special guy.
Known around his neighborhood in Swansea, Illinois as "the man who hangs out in his garage, restoring old cars," Cole is preparing to donate a kidney to a 10-year-old neighbor who has been been on dialysis for a year because of kidney failure.
The full story is on the Belleville News-Democrat website.
Cole is working on a red and white 1957 BMW Isetta microcar that he says "looks like an egg." Considering his donation plans, we like to think the car looks a little like a kidney.
Isetta image is adapted from the Flor catalog, Summer 2008.
Friday, March 13, 2009
The JABRO body, a glass fiber job by James Broadwell, allows the engine to be mounted fore or aft. (The first JABRO car appeared on Mi’s cover in May 1958.) For ease of maintenance the body may be completely removed by removing two bolts up front and two at the rear.
The Merc engine is mounted on its side and power is taken off the top instead of the propeller end. A pair of custom adaptor plates hitch the gearbox to the engine. A washing machine pump handles 20 gallons of water a minute at 6000 rpm. The radiator is up front, with long hoses running around the driver to a special water manifold. Each cylinder has its own hose connection with the manifold. As an outboard the engine runs at 70°; here it runs at 180° with the cooling system. Alsbury has kept the engine stock; the fine power-to-weight ratio allows this, makes souping-up unnecessary.”
Thursday, March 12, 2009
We got to thinking about cars and secret agents -- and with the help of the Internet Movie Cars Database, we found John Mannering driving a DAF Daffodil.
So -- you ask -- who is John Mannering. Well, he is an antiques dealer and undercover agent working in an informal capacity for the head of the fictional British Diplomatic Intelligence. And, more importantly, he is the star of "The Baron", a British television series from 1965/1966.
Now, we are pretty sure that the Daffodil isn't his everyday ride, but this suave, daring, hero is piloting a baby-blue (or maybe it is sea-foam green) Daffodil in episode twelve. He is clearly a "manly-man" to be seen in this car -- but we like it.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Read the story of how one man was looking for some model autos and began a
Dave Sinclair started importing model cars
from Europe way back when very little was
available in the way of collector models.
He's seen here in a miniature auto. Now you can buy a model of one of the original Smart car concepts as seen
above or almost any other car.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
streets in 2012. Read more about it -
Thursday, March 5, 2009
If you happen to be passing by the Prince of Monaco Motor Museum, stop in
for a nice variety of cars in tip top shape. Or take a video tour here -
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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Monday, March 2, 2009
This website is about minicars and microcars -- but that doesn't mean that we can't feel stongly about other issues -- and autism is an issue that should be important to all of us. But...how does this all relate to microcars?
This image was painted by an artist who also happens to have autism.
Ricky Hagedorn likes to make pictures of cars and airplanes on wood shingles using enamel and acrylic paint in rich primary colors, and his representations come to life: the chrome gleams and the sun beats down on the roof. He annotates his works with his own hieroglyphic system that identify the date of the work.
The image was part of a show titled, Pure Visionaries: Works by 5 Outsider Artists. It was shown at the York Square Cinema Gallery in New York City.
If you want to learn more about Autism, and what you can do about it, please go to the Autism Speaks website.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
documenting these decorated vehicles and the eccentric owners that drive them.
His new film features yours truly with a few of my micros. He will be on a filmfest
tour, then bringing this latest documentary "Automorphosis" to major cities and
releasing it as a DVD. For a fun glimpse of these unusual forms of travel see it.