Nostalgia Highway

Counting Studebakers and other amusements on a long drive

By Al Vinikour
Abandoned Cars and Trucks

(January 13, 2014) A while ago we were driving my twin-grandsons back home after they conducted a successful weekend campaign to level our home. Sometimes they’d ask the usual question of, “Are we there yet?” But I noticed that Daniel, the big-twin, was listening to his Walkman and Marc (Wee Man) was doing something or another to while away the 40 minutes or so it takes to get to their house from ours.

Honda most durable, longest lasting brand in its class for past 25 years

(January 10, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda vehicles are the most durable and longest lasting of any mainstream automotive brand*, according to Polk vehicle registration statistics from 1988-2012. No other mainstream brand had a greater percentage of vehicles on the road than the Honda brand.

In the mainstream segment, an industry best 75% of all Honda vehicles sold in the last 25 years were still on the road including the 1990 Accord sedan and coupe pictured above.

Mopar to celebrate 50th anniversary of the iconic 426 HEMI in 2014

(January 9, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Throughout 2014, Mopar will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic second generation (Gen II) 426 Race HEMI engine to motorsports competition and its eventual initiation to production vehicles.

Chevrolet billboards — a nostalgic tour

(January 7, 2014) These billboards have reportedly appeared over the route of the Woodard Dream Cruise in Detroit over the past few years. They remind us of the glory days of the U.S. automotive industry and specifically General Motors.

Perhaps not all of the billboards actually appeared on the street, but you must admit some creative folks did a great job designing them.

Oldsmobile's golden 1954 F-88 show car

(January 2, 2014) Here's what the Oldsmobile Division at General Motors wanted, but never got. A production model of the experimental show car, Oldsmobile F-88. It would have been in direct competition with the Chevrolet Corvette.

While debating the matter, GM built three 1954 Olds F-88 show cars, each one slightly different, all with concealed folding tops. They were designed under the direction of famed GM designer Harley Earl.

A new Ford Mustang for Christmas 1964

(January 1, 2014) Images of new cars sitting in a snowy driveway wrapped in a big red bow have long been a staple of automotive advertising this time of year. But unlike those marketing scenarios, this is the true story of a 16-year-old boy who got a very special Ford Mustang for Christmas in 1964.

Visiting the auto display at the North Carolina Transportation Museum

By Jim Meachen
Abandoned Cars and Trucks

(December 29, 2013) SPENCER, N.C. — Southern Railway's Spencer Shops was a major steam locomotive repair facility between Atlanta and Washington, D.C.; once its largest center. The period of greatest prosperity and productivity for the facility was in the first half of the 20th Century.

Ford's better idea in 1957 — A nuclear-powered car

By Casey Williams

(December 29, 2013) Automakers may talk about renewable energy from wind, water, and solar, but if they are honest, they will tell you that most of our energy will still come from coal and nuclear powerplants. If Americans want gas-free automobiles, they may have to get used to an old idea: Atomic-powered cars.

Life in rural America — Early 1940s

(December 18, 2013) Included here are a handful of interesting color pictures, part of a much larger collection of images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information taken in the early '40s.

They are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction to be televised by major network

(December 16, 2013) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, has announced that FOX Sports has expanded its viewership reach for the Scottsdale auction to include five channels within its family of networks. In total, there are 36 hours and six-consecutive days of live, high-definition auction coverage starting with FOX Sports 2 on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT).


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