/ 18 Jul 2014
Even if you’d never even heard of the Gaspé Peninsula when you woke up that morning, you’d likely leave the office that day with tickets in hand after seeing a poster’s promise of maritime adventures in that far-flung corner of Quebec. That’s the magic of these vintage posters: with their striking colors and dramatic lettering, they could have made the other side of the street seem alluring.
/ 11 Jul 2014
No, the zero-to-sixty time isn't remarkable nowadays, but it wasn't back then either. And frankly, you were probably better off using a calendar to measure this little Honda's acceleration than a stop-watch. But it was fun, didn't cost a fortune, and helped introduce much of the world to Hondas as cars.
By / 4 Jul 2014
Remember summer road trips of days past to amusement parks? These postcards remind us of rides that are painted in every color of the rainbow, spin and whiz by at dizzying speed, and leave us exhilarated, wanting to hit the road or just cross town with the family piled into the car to enjoy some summer fun. See you on the Cyclone!
/ 20 Jun 2014
As shocking as it might be to my fellow Americans, we don't hold a patent on the national auto racing series. And similar to NASCAR, Japan's JTCC has been running in different iterations since the late 1960s (yes, we know NASCAR is older). Back then the series was virtually dominated by the C10 Skyline GT-Rs...
/ 13 Jun 2014
In many cases they made more sense than indoor theaters from an economic perspective as well as being more attractive to many different types of moviegoers. First of all, they were great for young families that might be less inclined to take a baby to the movies. Teens with access to a car liked dark drive-ins for the obvious reasons...
/ 6 Jun 2014
There's something so great about vintage Japanese car brochures—this one features the 1984 Starlet. Maybe it's the graphic nature of the Japanese characters that makes Japanese brochures look design-y and interesting, or maybe it's the use of lots of bright colors. Don't miss the 1981 Starlet commercials at the bottom of the article!
By / 23 May 2014
Memorial Day in the US isn't technically the beginning of summer, but it might as well be. It marks the beginning of consistent warm weather, beach days and barbecues, road trips and rallies. Here are a bunch of fun vintage postcards with cool typography, lettering, and illustrations that feature greetings from various cities. If you're traveling this weekend, pick up a few of your own.
/ 16 May 2014
As cars became more reliable in the US and people began venturing further from home, motorists' hotels—or motels—began springing up, most featuring Googie-style architecture with brightly colored paint and fun lettering on their neon signs. As with most mid-century modern architecture and signage, it's a shame that more of these lodgings weren't preserved as they were in their day.
/ 9 May 2014
This coming weekend is the biennial 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Historique. But in addition to the cars there are many other reasons to visit Monaco and beautiful Côte d'Azur, such as the fact that "The most beautiful women in the world are in Monte Carlo," and that the "Sunshine all year on the the Côte d'Azur."
/ 2 May 2014
The VW Bus may not be the most luxurious camper, it may not have invented the breed, nor is it the biggest, most spacious land-yacht. But it's a simple, flexible, and efficient home that you can take anywhere. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the VW Camper is that it looks as equally at home camping at the foot of the Alps as it does in vast, deserted American canyons.