Category Archives: Cars

Sweet chariot

front view
Front view of the new ride

Mom and Dad got a new car! Their 1998 Ford Explorer was getting a bit tired and they were looking for an upgrade. They had driven that guy (and his smaller 2-door brother) for a long time, but now it is someone else’s turn to drive ‘ol’ whitey’. The upgrade is a newer Lincoln Navigator, so at a glance it looks similar but it has a sun roof and backseat climate controls and electric everything. They gave me a ride when I was in Vancouver and it has a nice leather interior too! Apparently Dad has been reading through the owner’s manual to figure it all out, so the next time I see them they’ll be flying it to space ports and sending it out on self-driving trips to Costco.

They look to be enjoying it!
nice upgrade

Studebakers

This is a special one for Dads. While in Florida, the resort we stayed at hosted a wedding, and there seemed to be a vintage car theme. On closer inspection, EVERY ONE was a studebaker. I tried to get some images from different angles since I know the trim on the tail lights is SO important. It might not show up in the photos, but the paint jobs were good, clean white wall tires with boss hubcaps, interiors fantastic, and clearly there are some retirees in the neighborhood quite pleased to be able to drive their pet cars to an event. (Unfortunately, there are no A&W s in Florida).

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Euro-cars 2014

Retro Volvo in Sweden, in front of a charming red house.
Retro Volvo in Sweden, in front of a charming red house.

This is one for the Dads, after not having a car report for so long.

Super-old frenchie in Amsterdam
Super-old frenchie in Amsterdam
I like the big wide skirt on this one, it just sweeps around the city (when not getting repaired).
I like the big wide skirt on this one, it just sweeps around the city (when not getting repaired).
In Amsterdam the Car2gos are electric!
In Amsterdam the Car2gos are electric!
The Amsterdam inner city  is crawling with these mini-3-wheel delivery trucks.  Seats 1!
The Amsterdam inner city is crawling with these mini-3-wheel delivery trucks. Seats 1!
Climate-friendly options...
Climate-friendly options…
Parking lot of the future!
Parking lot of the future!

Happy Birthday Dad!

This video shows a Dad walking his toddler around the city in a stroller. It is in German, but not too hard to follow:
…und was ist das? (and what is this one?)
and the kid names all the cars: nissan, VW, audi, renault, etc.
So cute!

I was never so precocious with naming cars, but fair to say everything I know came from my Dad. Who else would come up with the cross-cut bagel analogy of automatic transmissions?

Gasoline Alley

Ceramic engine block complete with climbing floral vines

This week I got to the Mendel Art Gallery to see their new exhibition.  The big draw was an exhibit of Sylvia Plath’s paper hand-made doll collection (no photos allowed).  However, I really liked the exhibit by Clint Neufeld, a local artist who recreates engine components out of ceramic, glazes them, and displays them on fancy furniture.  I really liked the contrast between dirty ‘masculine’ equipment being prettied up, painted with flowers, and displayed with pride in a domestic setting.  The curator statement said the contrast demonstrates an affection and tenderness for vehicles and car tinkering that is not always visible in the greasy garage setting, but clear on the walnut table.  I wondered what the Dads would think about an exhibit like this?

An array of transmissions on a nice walnut sofa table

‘Tweaked’ chevy

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This is another picture from classic car cruising day in Gävle when David was visiting in May 2011. This truck was a labour of love with lots of tricky features. ‘Tweaked’ is how the owner described it.

The front view