Thursday, April 30, 2009
It took him months to complete it, then another
couple of years to get the motor vehicle agency to
put plaid on his registration as the color. Here we
have a nice plaid Reliant.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
- Transverse-mounted engine
- Race & Rally success
- Excellent use of space (door pockets will fit a bottle of Gordon's Gin)
In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th Century, behind the Ford Model T. The car had a production run of 41 years, and when it came time to film a remake of The Italian Job (1969 original), the producers had to wait until the new MINI was available. (The remake was filmed in 2003.)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The AIXAM and the MEGATRUCK are two tiny trucks we
like here at the clubhouse. I really liked the way the MEGATRUCK
bypassed all the filling stations when I took it for a test drive in my
dream last night. What did the Smart take - 12 years to get to the USA.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
If you are anywhere near Nashville, you won't want to miss the 6th Annual Microcar Drive at the Lane Motor Museum. Not only do you get the opportunity to drive your microcar in a great group of cars -- but you have one of the premier microcar collections to peruse at the Lane Motor Museum.
And for those of you in the area just north of New York City, don't miss the exhibit at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. The 6th Annual "Model T's to Mustangs" show may not sound like a microcar event, but as a special feature marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic BMC Mini, there will be a section dedicated to mini and micro cars.
To close out the weekend, take a ride up the Hudson River as part of the 3rd Assault on Bear Mountain Micro & Mini Car Cruise.
Whether you prefer drives or shows, this Spring has them all. Dust off the car and get out there.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Smart FourTwo, Toyota Yaris, and Honda Fit get their noses out of whack with new crash test results.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Chrysler has been under the gun recently, with some politicians suggesting that it should be the "odd man out" in the automotive industry. And maybe this is appropriate, since Chrysler seems to be the "elephant's graveyard" of automotive companies.
We all know the current Chrysler lines -- Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge. And since we are minicar people, we probably know about Chrysler's GEM division. But think back...
And you can probably even include all the Rootes Group (Sunbeam, Singer, Humber, Hillman) -- although Chrysler sold them off to Peugeot before they completely disappeared.
Amid this, Chrysler is doing its best to show off some minicars and electric vehicles. Maybe to offset some of those giant Dodge behemoths.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
One of the new cars is the Scion iQ. It is still in the concept car stage, but Scion (Toyota's little brother) is hinting pretty heavily that this is a concept that's going to turn real.
The car is promoted as having seating for 3 plus (the plus is either a box or a very small child).
Check out the video.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
version, maybe this is the answer. Custom vans from Asia are popping up all over
as reincarnations of the choice vehicle of the hippie. Now what about some flowers.
Speaking of flower children - Happy Birthday Tiny Tim (RIP) - mom too.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Made from a kit by Heller, the car came with everything a novice modeler needs -- including glue, paint and a brush. The results may not be an award-winner, but you can fit a bunch of them on the top of your dresser. And it doesn't even leak oil.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
There's no dialogue -- other than a nervous laugh when the Isetta lifts a wheel.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
BETHESDA, Md., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) supports efforts by the Obama administration to help stabilize U.S.-based vehicle manufacturers, the association cautions that the "Cash for Clunkers" proposal will harm the environment, negatively impact car owners, waste billions of taxpayer dollars and hurt the hundreds of thousands of vehicle service and repair businesses in America.
AAIA strongly opposes the use of Cash for Clunkers programs, which threaten jobs in the independent aftermarket industry by removing repair opportunities for vehicles and raising the cost of used cars and parts.
"It seems arrogant to destroy perfectly good vehicles with many more years of useful life just to entice consumers to purchase a car that they might not be able to afford," said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. "This is hauntingly reminiscent to the home mortgage debacle when consumers purchased homes they could not afford."
Cash for Clunkers would prematurely destroy vehicles and their valuable parts and components, denying more affordable used vehicles and parts to millions of low and middle income families who cannot afford to purchase a new car even with a $3,000 to $5,000 government voucher.