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You must remember ZIS. More Cool Russian Cars!

You must remember ZIS. More Cool Russian Cars!

A few years ago I posted about a pre-war Russian roadster called the¬†ZIS 101-A Sport. I recently uncovered a few more Russian speed beauties worth sharing, but from the post-war (mainly 1950s) side of things. There is a hand-built charm and simplicity to each of these vehicles, maybe due to […]

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Nylint Hot Rods

Nylint Hot Rods

There are plenty of you on the HAMB that appreciate vintage hot rod toys, and I’ve written a few articles about these collectables from time to time. Last night I showed my young son a few of my 60s Nylint pressed metal vehicles he could play with. They are Tonka-tough, […]

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Postcards from Paradise

Postcards from Paradise

The postcard as we once knew it is totally obsolete. The idea of buying a printed picture and a stamp, and then mailing it someone back home has been completely replaced with a quick text and a phone snapshot. A little sad, isn’t it? Postcards were meant to show the […]

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An Emotional Connection

An Emotional Connection

Most of us have some sort of personal feelings for our old car(s)- We care about our jalopies enough that they means something more to us than just a financial¬†value. Maybe it’s because of certain memories you created in an old car, or what you went through just getting the […]

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A healthy perspective…

A healthy perspective…

My family and I just moved into a new home in early December and after a few weeks of living there (albeit in boxes), we hadn’t met a soul in the neighborhood yet. Right across the street was a large, dark house that seemed to be abandoned, with only an […]

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Hot Chicks and Cool Rides

Hot Chicks and Cool Rides

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005. That’s the date for the opening party for this fine gathering of automotive imagery at the now-defunct Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in Pasadena. Looking back at the iconic artists for show, an amazing 9 years in the rear view mirror, it’s clear that the sub-culture of hot […]

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Hold My Keys Again

Hold My Keys Again

Ryan hit a home run with his 2010 post on vintage keychains, waxing poetic about the look and feel being downright ‘dreamy’, and I couldn’t agree more. In fact I love old keys themselves as much as I love the fobs and chains attached. What kind of a sick mind […]

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Not-So-Old Hot Rod Shirts

Not-So-Old Hot Rod Shirts

New Years is about a fresh start, right? Out with the old and in with the new. In the spirit of ‘de-accumulating’ I was digging through some forgotten clothing boxes, and discovered a treasure trove of my old hot rod shirts, with many being 10 to 20 years old now! […]

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The Art and Allure of N.O.S.

The Art and Allure of N.O.S.

No friends, I’m not referring to the ubiquitous blue bottle of go-fast known as ‘NOS’, we’re talking about *New Old Stock*, and vintage car parts in particular… 65 year old parts that have never been installed on a vehicle for some reason. I was organizing some garage shelf treasures and […]

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