/ 11 Sep 2015
When Rolls-Royce took the covers off its latest luxury liner, the Dawn, I was happy to see the acres of wood that adorned the cabin. Why? Rolls-Royce is one of the few who continue to outfit new cars with a bit of wood trim. As carbon fibre, aluminum, and synthetic materials (usually foil wraps) have come to dominate our vehicles, the use of real wood has become almost as niche as the manual transmission.
/ 4 Sep 2015
Sometimes, a car needs a little bit extra in order to get buyers to pay attention. Using celebrities to boost the appeal of a new model is an age-old practice. And while not as impressive as watching the car drift around a sharp hairpin, sometimes, the right celebrity can make a car more appealing. From Wilt Chamberlain to Niki Lauda, today we take a look at some of our favorite classic celebrity endorsements.
/ 28 Aug 2015
Ah, Paris. The City of Light attracts more than 20 million tourists each year, and has been a top destination for decades. There’s no city like Paris, and even Ford of Britain understood this as it decided to create a splendid film to promote its then-new Anglia 105E Deluxe. The year is 1960, and you’re one half of a young British couple traveling for a weekend—so where do you go?
/ 21 Aug 2015
Just how are you able to get people to attend an auto show? A big promotion helps, but our favorite has long been the simple event poster. Usually featuring some incredible artwork never to be seen again, we’ve recently started geeking out over vintage auto show posters from around the world.
/ 31 Jul 2015
Have you visited an automotive assembly plant? I have been to several, but sadly, we’re in the age of robotics and just-in-time delivery for everything, and even when a line is running at full tilt there doesn’t seem to be much going on. Not what you may expect from a factory, at least.
/ 24 Jul 2015
We read a lot about cars, and when reviewing historical racing books we often sink into photos of how the pits used to look. Far more casual, with—depending on the era—a number of dangerous-looking details, the pit lane used to be a place you could hang out during a race. How things have changed.
/ 17 Jul 2015
The best car stereo I’ve heard was the first version made for the Audi A8 by Bang & Olufsen. I heard the system in 2009, and it blew me away—and that’s not something I say lightly. I’m a big fan of listening to great music, loud, in the car. For people like me, however, things used to be much different.
By / 10 Jul 2015
When automotive styling studios began to prove their worth after the Second World War, every automaker tried to not only hire the best designers they could find, but also to keep future creations hidden from prying eyes. These days, decades after the curtains have been lifted on numerous old cars and concepts, we’re now able to have a look into how automaker styling studios used to look.