Automobile history

Exhausted? The Strange Sage of Chrysler’s Turbine Cars….

Automotive history has always been a fascinating part of American history to me. Maybe it’s because my dad was a mechanic and I’ve always been around automobiles most of my life, but whatever the cause, I’ve just finished reading a great book: Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.   It’s … Continue reading »

Categories: 1950's, Automobile history, Popular Culture, Retro, Tony Bandy | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Gunning it! Hot Rods Rule!

In today’s world of airbags, government regulations and technology, driving has seemingly faded into the background, dismissed by the electronic culture of cell phones, social media and the Internet.  However, it wasn’t always this way.  In post-war America of the late 1940’s and 1950’s, it  was the heyday of the automotive culture, the rise of … Continue reading »

Categories: 1940's, 1950's, Automobile history, Baby Boomers, Popular Culture, Retro, Rock and Roll, Tony Bandy, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shopping Can Be Fun!

Well, we finally have it! Our new movie-of-the-month! This month, we’re taking a trip back to 1957 and going to the mall! This time, we’ve found a great movie entitled “Shopping can be Fun.” It’s great look back at the classic post-war American shopping mall.  The Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo CA is a … Continue reading »

Categories: 1950's, American History, Automobile history, Baby Boomers, Suburbs, Tony Bandy, World History, World War II | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crushed! A Look Back at the ‘59 Chevrolet!

(1) After seeing the above crash test video from the IIHS comparing the ‘59 Chevrolet to the new ‘09 Chevrolet Malibu, I was shocked to say the least.  Say what you want, but automobile safety has come a long way!  However, on the other hand, seeing the ‘59 really sends me back to that year, … Continue reading »

Categories: 1950's, American History, Automobile history | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Forward Look?

Hello everyone! Well Spring is marching forward as well as some major upheavals in the automotive industry!  With the coming bankruptcy of Chrysler, yet another iconic American automobile company seems to be on the ropes.  While I’m sure you can remember others, my only memory of a similar event was the AMC debacle of a … Continue reading »

Categories: 1950's, American History, Automobile history | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

“See The USA in Your Chevrolet….” among other things.

(1) Christmas is on the way! Well, the shopping season is upon us and it’s getting to be crunchtime around here.  As a result, my posting has been a bit slow this last week.  I’ve got some great topics in the hopper though, including the revolt against FDR which I’m working on, as well as … Continue reading »

Categories: 1950's, American History, Automobile history, Popular Culture, Retro, vintage | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diversion….City, The Road and a Trip.

Hello Dear Readers and Subscribers! As you know we are in the midst of doing a series on the Great Depression: analyzing links, resources, and generally becoming familiar with some aspects of that history that may have been forgotten.  While that is a good thing, it can be a bit of a downer as well. … Continue reading »

Categories: 1950's, 1960's, American History, Automobile history, Baby Boomers, Media Personalities, Retro, Rock and Roll, Vietnam, vintage | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Follies, Fad and Cash: The Pre-Depression Years

Hello everyone! Wow!  What a week huh?  From an outsider perspective, the stock market’s roller-coaster ride of debt, bail-outs and general upheaval has been quite interesting….that is if I don’t think about my poor retirement funds, which I’m sure are a lot less than the weeks preceding! I sort of wonder if this is a … Continue reading »

Categories: 1920's, American History, Automobile history, Great Depression, Popular Culture, Retro, vintage, World History | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Death of the Sunday Drive?

Hello Everyone! I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to post up this topic.  The Sunday Drive.  I mean, is that something that’s already history, gone, toast, and I’m just catching up?  Or is it still happening?  The idea of just hopping into the car and driving, with no particular place to go, … Continue reading »

Categories: 1940's, 1950's, American History, Automobile history, Baby Boomers, Equipment, Popular Culture, Retro, vintage, World War II | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dino, Oil and High Test! Who is Sinclair?

With over 2,000 stations and established in 20+ states, Sinclair Oil is a major part of the American economy today.  Established in the early part of the century, this company rode the wave of American companies capitalizing on the birth of the “Petroleum Age”. Led by Harry F. Sinclair, the company was formed from a … Continue reading »

Categories: 1900's, 1910+, 1920's, 1930's, American History, Automobile history, Popular Culture, Retro, vintage, World History | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment