Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and freelance journalist from Seattle, WA. With a car magazine subscription "in utero," he's passionate about all strains of Kar Kulture including Rat Fink, Harley Earl, Forward Look, lead sleds, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Daytona 500, Gassers, AMT, Revell and Monogram, bone yards, swap meets, Motorama, Mako Sharks, Syd Mead, Larry Watson, Tura Satana and Penelope Pitstop, to name a few.
No matter where you park, why does the rusty van ALWAYS find our buffed and polished rides and park an inch off the bumper or door? Oh, the horror stories we car folks could tell. Not to worry, though as there is now an app for that. MiAlert sends messages and records pics if the car has been hit or stolen.
If you gave up long ago on a “Atomic Age” future,hold on there a minute! We might be closer than you think. With most folks now having a super computer smartphone in their pocket, lets take a peak and see where the technology is headed and why its going to be very cool for us gearhead guys and gals.
We love mid-fifties Mercs and here’s an example out of Texas that tucks all known restomod tricks into a great big Dearborn cruiser. Sporting modern,OHC FoMoCo V-8 power and impeccable taste,its currently seeking a new home. Compared to what it cost to create, it might be a bargain.
It’s darn near impossible to steal a car these days with fancy key FOB’s, VIN etched glass and computers that’ll shut the car off mid-heist. All you needed back in the day was a coat hanger and maybe some hot-wiring skills. How many cars can you identify in this old FBI training film from 1970?
It’s been said there’s nothing new under the sun.For the most part that old adage is true,until you see the dash on this ’62 Bubble Top Bel Air from Rods and Restos in Alabama. It looks like it rolled out of the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan in the fall of 1961.It’ll be cool 100 years from now too.
Feast your eyes on this low and slinky ’49 Merc owned by Bill Springer from California. Rescued off the slab after a botched chop, builder Matt Townsend transformed this formerly forlorn Merc into the chop top dazzler you see here.
What’s the smallest model car in the world? That’s what we wanted to find out and at first blush, a very cool 1:87 HO scale model of a ’32 Deuce Roadster seemed be in line for the winning title, Until we found a model car the size of a grain of sand. Lets go to “inner space” and check out the latest in tiny cars.
Real gangstas drive early Fords. Check out Peter Egan’s ’34 Ford that he bought to retrace John Dillinger’s deadly romp across several states in a 1930′s Fords. Even better, this Ford is a dead ringer for Bonnie and Clyde’s death car, right down to the Potter trunk and the dual horns. It’s for sale too
If you have a unspoken, soft spot for old Volvos, take a look at a groovy ’64 PV544 Sport that popped up on eBay. This 5/8 scale ’41 Ford clone with spinners and wide whites is enough to make us forget all about college professors, patchouli oil and Woodstock. Now that’s a Volvo we can all live with.
Check out Pontiac in the full bloom of it’s power and glory in this old television commercial from the mid-sixties. Pontiac won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 1965 and what better way to spread the word than with some awesome road test footage of GTO’s and Grand Prix’s tearing up the track.
Why is the radical Marquis show car from 1962 collecting dust in a Sacramento museum? This rolling work of art needs to be basking in the sun at car shows and rolling the byways reminding youngsters and uninitiated onlookers of how cool life can be.
For you truck guys out there, check out this cool 1970 Chevy C10 from Jasper, Indiana. It’s been heavily reworked and transformed into this auto-crossing hellion and is now a new toy for creators Trent Summers, Jason Brady and Brad Coomer. Lucky guys.
Have you ever wondered how anyone could abandon a classic car out in the elements to rot away? It’s always baffled us and that’s the premise of this episode of “Auto Archaeology,” Watch as our host J. Paris unearths a Bermuda Blue ’70 GTO, liberating it from it muddy resting place in surprisingly good shape.
Attention all ’55 Chevy aficionados, we have a real nice one to wet your chops! Built by Detroit Speed Inc. for Billy Chandler, this is one stout Shoebox. While exterior was mostly left untouched, the gurus at Detroit Speed slid a 700 HP big block and a state of the art chassis underneath. Enjoy!
Check out this nicely executed ’29 Model A Pickup currently for sale on Ebay. Running small block power and a sitting just right on wire wheels and bias ply tires, this is old skool cool. The best part is it’s a show winner and a driver. If all this yanks your chain, go over to Ebay and it can be yours.