Saturday, October 02, 2004

Pioneer Women Drivers

Alice Ramsey's Maxwell is pulled out of a ditch. [Photo: Peter Ramsey]

The idea of driving a horseless carriage across America in the beginning of the 20th century is inconceivably bold considering the lack of interstate highways, modern freeways, roadside restaurants, rest stops, AAA maps, let alone GPS. Dirt roads were still pitted with ruts left over from 19th century pioneer wagon wheels! Makeshift parts, on-the-spot repairs and tire changes were the norm. No gas stations, no mechanics, not a tow truck to be found anywhere (a block and tackle often came in handy in the muddy Midwest).

Alice and her companions checking their Maxwell. [Photo: Peter Ramsey]

Imagine the average man attempting such a road trip today, let alone a woman in the early 1900s. Twenty-two year old Alice Huyler Ramsey and three of her friends decided to do just that, starting from New York City, in a Maxwell, and nearly 2 months later arriving in San Francisco in triumph. These transcontinental drives caught on with yet more adventurous women of the day, including silent movie star Anita King. She became the first woman to make the coast-to-coast drive on her own. It was as much a sign of the burgeoning independent spirit of women as much as it was the triumph of long-distance travel via the new-fangled automobile.

[McFarland & Company]

This wonderful book by Curt McConnell which includes stories of five across-America drives, their day-by-day, mile-by-mile experiences, including archival newspaper articles and the women's own personal recollections, makes for fascinating reading.

["A Reliable Car and a Woman Who Knows It" is available at]

[Photos and reference from America on the Move, © 2004 National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution]

Friday, October 01, 2004

Abgefahren (Driven off)

The Girl Gang - Britt, Lianne, Mia and Sherin

Abgefahren is a German-produced, action/romance film, with girl racers pitted against boy racers "with full power into love!" Read the machine translation of the synopsis:
Mia is young, attractive - and not to brake, if she came only times into travel. Their dream is it to become the best Rallyefahrerin. In order to achieve this goal, she must defeat the man, that the champion of the motor races is not only - but also the man she loves!
Does it matter that the translation seems to make no sense? It's a race car movie, after all, with fast cars and fast girls!

The Girl Gang and their Dodge Challenger.

Visit the official Abgefahren web site in thr original German or in machine-translated English.

Liane, Britt and Sherin

View the trailer (in German): DSL or Dialup.

[Photos and text: Abgefahren web site]

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Paris and Nicole automotive news

A rare site - Paris alone in her car. [Photo: via]
Another sex video - this one lasting a mind-numbing 12 hours - allegedly shows the hotel heiress getting busy with ex-boyfriends.

The tape depicts Hilton making love in the back of a car with ex Nick Carter. In another scene, she greets ex Jason Shaw at her door, having forgotten to put on any clothes, according to London's News of the World.

One source tells us that, elsewhere on the tape, Paris is showing her affection for Carter in a club.

Don't believe the publicity photo - Paris and Nicole are never outta gas.

The tape is also said to include some raunchy comment from Hilton's "Simple Life" co-star Nicole Richie. According to a source, Richie tells of her, um, fondness for gay men and lesbians.

Reps for Richie and Hilton had no comment yesterday. But one insider says, "They're absolutely freaking out."

Read the full story at New York Daily News 9.28.04.
[Thanks to Tammy of Venice]

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Acme License Plates

ACME Laboratories (no, not the one in the Road Runner cartoons) - these labs are the "Purveyors of fine freeware since 1972. On the net since 1991." Their subsidiary offers you a chance to "Pretend you're in prison and make a license!"

Go to the ACME License Maker web site and start punching out virtual vanity licenses to your heart's content.

They also have a cool page dedicated to Chuck Jones, the creator of the original ACME Labs.

[Copyright © 2000 by Jef Poskanzer - ACME Laboratories.]

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

2005 Mustangs are on their way!

Ford worker Christina Slomba building the 2005 Mustang.

The 2005 Mustangs are being manufactured as you read this, and will be in Ford dealerships in a matter of weeks. There are already some 25,000 advanced orders by Mustang lovers around the country.

Worker puts finishing touches on the new Mustang.

Amazing Motor Girls predict that this generation of Mustang will have the same, if not greater, impact on the imaginations of car buyers (and Ford sales figures) as the first Mustang did back in 1964. It's also going to push retro design, not just in cars, but in other products, further into public consciousness.

2005 Ford Mustang GT

The one fly in the ointment: Oil prices hit $50 a barrel this morning - that may impact buyers from purchasing the muscle car (300-hp, 24-valve MOD V-8 or 200-hp SOHC V-6 engine.) - or it may not, because Mustang-lovers are a breed of car owners indifferent to the "trivialities" of gasoline prices.

[Via The Hollywood Extra Vince Burlapp Car Page]

[Photo Credits: Ford Motor Company]

Monday, September 27, 2004

"My woody's outside... "

[Photo: Sci-Fi's PT Cruiser Automotive]

Sun and surf, surfers and big waves, surfer girls and woodies - all come together to create the perfect California summer.
Whatever name you choose to use, vehicles with wood bodies possess style and character missing in today's robotically built steel vehicles. Once, almost every conveyance was made of wood: boats, chariots, wagons, trains, even airplanes. The wood-sided wagons, convertibles, sedans and trucks seen here all wear the vestigial tails of their wooden predecessors...
-- Old Woodies

The Beach Boys often exposed their woodies on their album covers and music videos.

[Photo: Hot Rods Down Under]
Woodies are popular all over the world, wherever surfers converge. This old "wood-paneled chariot" is from Australia.

Check out Old Woodies, the premier woody web site.


Sunday, September 26, 2004

Now Hers

When I first saw this Canadian print ad, I laughed out loud. Easy enough for me to say, I'm in no danger of getting a divorce. The creators certainly deserve their accolades and awards. Simplicity always works best. The ad makes its point effectively.
Award of Merit - Prix du Mérite
Agency/Agence: Gordon Marshall, Freelancer
Client: Sanders, Lyn & Ragonetti Associates, Trial lawyers
Ad/Pub.: Was His
Creative Director/Directeur de la création: Gordon Marshall
Art Director/Directeur artistique: Gordon Marshall
Writer/Rédacteur: Gordon Marshall
Photographer/Photographe: Philip Rostron
Production: Electric Picture
[Via Les Prix EXTRA Awards]