Last Call: Doesn't Ring a Bell Edition

This is a picture of the art installation that anchored the Newport Beach California Robinson’s department store upon its 1967 opening. Created by mural artist Tom Van Zant, the four columns of bells are notable for having entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest wind chimes, and they remain to this day, even though the store is no longer a Robinson’s.
We, of course, are far more interested in the MGB and Lincoln Continental sedan, both with snazzy white wall tires, that are parked beneath the big bells. Pretty sweet, don’t you think?
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.
Image: Newport Beach Historical Organization

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25 responses to “Last Call: Doesn't Ring a Bell Edition”

  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    I’m sorry but the picture doesn’t ring any bells for me.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar


      1. Lokki Avatar

        Er, clapper, clapper, clapper.

  2. linkpin Avatar

    Awww, you left out the Dodge Dart.

  3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Just spent 20 minutes plowing through Google video search. There are NO videos of the sound this makes??? Interwebs, I am disappoint.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      You didn’t search hard enough, apparently.

    2. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    3. Alff Avatar

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        I hate all of you.

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    Carillon my wayward son
    There will be peals when you are done
    Lay your weary crown to rest
    Don’t you chime no more…

    1. Lokki Avatar

      Alas, my dream girl, born too late, too late.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Replaces entire entry under “cool” at Wikipedia.

  5. P161911 Avatar

    Well, I might actually be purchasing the Nissan Leaf that we have been leasing. Nissan is coming close to making me an offer that I can’t refuse. They are cutting the buyout price by 50-60%. I can buy my 2 year old 24k mile Leaf for around $5k. Even if the battery only lasts another 3 years, it would be worth it. The gas savings vs. my Silverado would almost pay for it. I can’t believe how little Nissan is getting out of these things. Allegedly they were losing money on the $40k sticker price. Nissan is going to be getting less than half of that, including the $7500 they got from the Feds when I first leased it.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      The guy who owned the electric-conversion E30 I wrote about for Hooniverse has had a Leaf for about a year. He absolutely loves it. Not from a pure driving standpoint, but for the total ownership experience.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        We have leased the Leaf for about 22 months now. I originally leased it because the tax rebate made the lease cost less than $75/months, before the gas savings. Other than some range anxetity the Leaf has been fine. Overall a great car for my wife to drive around town.

    2. Lokki Avatar

      Take it and run (well, drive). What else could you get for $5K that would be as good? If it’s working for your purposes, it’s a helluva of a buy. The thing affecting resale values is the price of gasoline, not the quality of the car.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        That and the fact that there are a crap ton of them coming off lease here in Georgia. Everybody got them 2 years ago just before the tax credit ended. I have seen buy here pay here used car lots with a half dozen or more Leafs sitting on the lot.

        1. CraigSu Avatar

          So, would a collection of Leafs be called a Compost?

          1. Vairship Avatar

            Or a Blower?A Branch?

  6. outback_ute Avatar

    Before getting to the description I was wondering if this was some sort of modernist church. But a department store makes sense. Surprisingly it doesn’t look a lot different today.

    1. mseoul Avatar

      Except the road placement. What is it today?

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        A Macy’s store

      2. dukeisduke Avatar

        The way they moved the street out, you’d think it was some kind of government building.

  7. crank_case Avatar

    Someone from an Irish car forum I frequent ( put together some nice drone shots from the Achill Island rally, no crazy moments, but the audio is great, unspoiled by any needless music.

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