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For Sale: 1964 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon

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For your Wagon Wednesday viewing pleasure, I give you one of GM’s most interesting and just plain cool wagons: the 1964 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Creative Traffic Innovations?

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The Honolulu lane zipper is famous sliding jersey barriers across the highway in Honolulu, opening or closing lanes, depending on the time of day and traffic. [In Seattle, the express lanes on I-5 are bidirectional, depending on traffic, which accomplishes basically the same thing.] I’ve actually driven by the lane zipper while it was working, and it’s a pretty sight to see, really.

In the course of my typical commute, I come across four stop signs, six traffic lights, and a roundabout, all of which have proven to be difficult for some drivers around here, but that’s another story for another day. I went to work early this morning, about an hour earlier than usual, and noticed something unusual – every traffic light was flashing red, except for two, which were flashing red on the side streets, and yellow for the main thoroughfares. It seems that Springfield has seen the light (ha!) and given drivers a little more control over their travels during very light or nonexistent traffic conditions. Thanks to the 4-way intersections, I cut several minutes out of my drive. Any time saved not commuting is a good thing, in my mind.

What about your city or town? Any innovative or time-saving traffic signals, lanes, etc?

Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Which Celebrity Has the Coolest Car?

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I make no bones about my love for Metallica, the mighty metal band from San Francisco. I first heard their music when I was a kid, and was hooked right away. Through the years, they’ve laid down some heavy tracks – not all of them exactly chart toppers – and as the members got older, their artistic interest began to expand. From classic art to horror movie props to rat rods, the aging rockers got their artistic fix by branching out beyond power chords and epic riffage.

James Hetfield, the lead singer and rhythm guitar player, has taken to custom cars (or is it kustom kars?), such as this beauty seen here, called the Black Pearl. Technically, it’s a 1948 Jaguar Mk2, but the body is almost completely handcrafted. I think it’s one of the coolest customs I’ve ever seen.

All that to ask this: which celebrity has the coolest car, and what is it? Let us know in the comments.

[Photo Courtesy Hemmings]

Roadside Attractions: 1968 Pontiac Executive

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I was making a stop at local big blue box store recently when I spotted this even bigger blue machine parked at the far end of the lot. I’ve never seen one of these before, so I hopped out and grabbed some pictures for all y’all. Check it out. … Continue Reading

Truck Thursday: 1973 Ford F-250 is a Steal at $1000

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For your Truck Thursday enjoyment, I present you the classic 6th generation F-Series pickup. … Continue Reading

V.I.S.I.T. – Hot August Nights (and Days) Edition

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For this round of V.I.S.I.T., I just wanted to share with you a roundup of the interesting machines I’ve seen this summer as I’m out and about in the Queen City. Some of them are cool, some are weird, but they’re all interesting. Check it out. … Continue Reading

Quick Take: A Very Venerable Volkswagen Van

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It was another one of those serendipitous YouTube moments that led me to this awesome video. I was looking for some homemade truck camper ideas, when this gem popped up. I don’t see myself as a Beetle guy, but having drooled over so many Westfalias, Syncros, Wolfsburgs, and Sambas, I can see the appeal of a small, simple car with a similarly efficient camper trailer in tow. Imagine pulling a trailer that you couldn’t jackknife! I’ve been to some pretty big VW shows in the past, but never seen or heard of this. How about you? Check it out.

Roadside Attractions – 2013 Ural Patrol

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On my way home the other day, I spotted something small, odd-looking, and Russian sitting in someone’s yard. No, it was not Vladimir Putin. Knowing I had never seen anything like it, I jumped on the brakes and pulled over to take a look. Check it out. … Continue Reading

Fastback Friday – 1972 Mercury Montego

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For your Fastback Friday enjoyment, I give you the 1972Mercury Montego GT. Big, brown, and beautiful, this high-performance luxury machine brings back memories of better, bygone days, with billowing big hair and blue blazers.

OK, enough alliteration already. Let’s check out this beast. … Continue Reading

417 Coffee & Cars – The Craze Hits the Queen City

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Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend my first coffee & cars event. Such events have been featured here many, many times over the years, but attending one in person was a first for me. On a sunny Saturday morning, fresh coffee in hand, I hit the parking lot to take in the sights. Take the jump below to see what all the fuss is about.  … Continue Reading

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