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Last Call: Cross Breeze Edition

Peter Tanshanomi December 12, 2018 Last Call

I’ve had a vague knowledge of GM’s awning-style cargo access panels for years, but it never occurred to me how excellent they would be for a conversion van—light-blocking, secure and private one moment, nearly totally open sides the next. Genius.
Now I want one.

Source: Curbed.com

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Last Call: The Falcon’s Swan Song Edition


Suzuki has announced that it is lowering the curtain on their once all-conquering Hayabusa 1300, after 21 model years (and just one fairly mild refresh halfway through its life). The official reason is that Euro4 emission regs prohibit sales of the Hayabusa in the EU as of the end of this month. A 2019 model has been announced for North America and India, but seeing as Suzuki U.S. dealers have a fairly significant backlog of unsold ’17 and ’18 models to unload, there can’t be too many more slated to come down the pipeline. Fortunately, there are plenty of used ‘busas out there to dissect for that bike-engined-car project you’ve been scheming about.

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Last Call: Trar-cheology Edition

Peter Tanshanomi December 10, 2018 Last Call

Yeah, Grandpa had it goin’ on.

Source: Hot Rods & Rat Rods Facebook Group

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Last Call: Absurdly Silly Edition

Peter Tanshanomi December 7, 2018 Last Call

 

It all began with Big Daddy Roth’s fiberglass-bodied bubble-top hot rods, then by the late ’60s, radical TV and movie cars and full-scale, real-steel versions of popular model car kits. By the mid-’70s, and even through most of the 1980s, “hot rod show cars” grew increasingly outlandish, until a raft of fabricators were creating vehicles for the The International Show Car Association’s World of Wheels/Autorama show circuit that were virtually devoid of function. Many were practically undriveable, and some were quite literally non-runners. Few builders got more whimsically absurd than Steve Tansy, who built (among many others) Pool Hustler, this playable 1928 Brunswick pool table on wheels. Comparing the two photos above, the bottom photo is the older of the two, as the car was originally equipped with dually rear slicks and a small green windscreen that were later removed. The pool balls on the butterfly steering wheel were also removed, swapped out for pool balls that were cut in half and attached to the body in place of the original painted-on balls. As of 2010, the car was in the UK, in somewhat dilapidated shape.

I vividly recall seeing Hustler up close at a custom car show in the winter of 1977–78 and thinking, even as a 14-year-old, that it was an objectionable foisting of nonsensical stupidity, not even attractive in a day-dreamy, suspend-your-reality sort of way. As the years have passed, I have developed a more nostalgic fondness for the era in general, but not for the ridiculous cars.

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Last Call: Perhaps Memorable Isn’t The Word Edition

Peter Tanshanomi December 6, 2018 Last Call

Amazingly, in 1974 this ad enticed prospective customers into wanting to be this guy. Well, it was theoretically intended to, at least.

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Last Call: Fern Gully Edition

Peter Tanshanomi December 5, 2018 Last Call

Damn it, Doreen! You drove the Jag off the pavement and into the brambles again. You really need to watch where you’re driving.

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Last Call: Stiff Upper Lip Edition

Peter Tanshanomi December 4, 2018 Last Call

The Toyota Hilux’s new front fascia for 2020 is probably intended to look aggressive, like an angry face. In reality, it looks as though it’s trying really hard not to cry.

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Last Call: Makes Learning Fun! Edition

Peter Tanshanomi November 30, 2018 Last Call

This 7-inch tall tabletop cutaway engine is designed to teach the fundamentals of internal combustion, but I would love to have one on my desk because coolness. $349 is a bit steep for a slightly-larger-than-palm-sized toy but it seems a fair price, as it’s constructed almost completely of cast/machined alloy and includes a small electric motor that rotates the whirry bits at a speed suitable for grasping what does what when. Santa could do a lot worse for the money.

Source: Banggood.com

Last Call: Strange High Courage Edition

Peter Tanshanomi November 28, 2018 Last Call

George Weller was no penny-a-page ghostwriter’s imaginary pen name, but a serious journalist whose long and storied career would take him around the world as a respected newspaper and magazine correspondent, in both war and peacetime. In 1936, however, he was just starting out and wrote a rather avant-garde collection of short stories intended to echo American’s lives much as James Joyce’s Dubliners had for the Irish two decades earlier. Unfortunately, Random House’s famously hubristic and autocratic chief Bennett Cerf chose to forcibly jam all the stories within a strange, metaphorical framework of automotive references, which made it even more bewildering a read. At the height of the depression, few readers were eager to spend money on experimental fiction. The author, while never quite disavowing the book, readily admitted that it largely deserved the failure that resulted. But seventeen years later, and without Weller’s knowledge, the publishing rights to Clutch & Differential were sublet to pulp-fiction purveyor Royal Books. The new publisher re-titled it Highway Episode and splashed the cover with their typically sensationalized words and images, most of which had only the barest relevance to the stories within. I have to wonder exactly how many critics called this “the definitive fictional work…of the automobile age,” considering that as those words were being written, the book had sold fewer than 700 copies.

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Last Call: Jawa Doin’? Edition

The old Jawa name is now owned by Mahindra, along with BSA and Peugeot’s motorcycle brand. The first ground-up product from the reborn Jawa is this handsomely retro-styled 300cc four-stroke single. No word on whether it will ever be sold in Europe or North America, or how it will actually perform, but (other than a bit kludging around the radiator) it’s just smashing looking, in my book.

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