Saturday, October 23, 2004

Nothing wrong with the rear end...

... because it's a Mitsubishi Lowrider truck.

Looks great from the front, too.

And it's got room for three.

You can see more of Ernie's cool truck at his No Regrets car club. Also check out his other toy at Ernie's Cadillac Custom Project(s) web site.

[Photo credit: No Regrets]

Friday, October 22, 2004

Have a girl? Have a Rabbit!

You get the feeling that the copywriters of this ad, and for that matter, the Fuji Company who manufactured the Rabbit, were avid readers of Playboy Magazine?
Have a girl? Have a Rabbit! Rabbit is the easiest way in the world to have fun. That's because Rabbit is the most modern two-wheel ride ever built. Tell her you are a gentleman with modern ideas. If she says she has heard those ideas before, take her for a ride on a Rabbit. Show her she hasn't lived until now. Rabbit, indeed, is made for the enjoyment of a Gentleman. And, for that matter, anyone else with modern ideas.

Q. How do you say bunny in Japanese?

A. Rabbit.

Visit the premier Fuji Rabbit web site.

[Inspired by Antoine of the Valley.]

Thursday, October 21, 2004

No wisecracks, please.

Some reasons to stop telling women driver jokes:
The greater use men make of cars may be one reason why they are more likely than women to be a casualty in a road traffic accident. In 2001 the annual casualty rate (those killed, or seriously or slightly injured) was over 44 per cent higher for men than women.

Men are more than twice as likely as women to be killed or seriously injured in a road accident: 99 per 100,000 men in 2001, compared with 44 per 100,000 women. The rates are higher for men irrespective of the mode of transport they are using.
Read the rest of the article at National Statistics Online.

[Photo: unknown]

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Hollywood Extra Girls

The Hollywood Extra's Vince Burlapp has been attending car shows for years. He likes looking at the cars, too.

Notice the same deadly flat smiles on all the models.

No way will they let you read their thoughts: what they really think of the cars, of their jobs, of being ogled at, or of you, who's doing all the ogling.

They won't give you the time of day.

They will give you that vacant, noncommittal smile that drives all guys crazy.

Visit The Hollywood Extra's Car Page for more car stuff. I've pretty much gleaned all of their girls photos.

[All photos from The Hollywood Extra]

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The original Motor Girls

The Motor Girls was a 10 volume series of books originally published between 1910 and 1917. At a time when driving an automobile captured the imagination of the public, these books offered a diversion and thrills to its young female readers. The Motor Girls encouraged freedom and independence in girls, while also reinforcing the responsibilities of hearth and home. Read an excerpt:
by Margaret Penrose


"Now you've got it, what are you going to do with it?" asked Jack Kimball, with a most significant smile at his sister Cora.

"Do with it?" repeated the girl, looking at her questioner in surprise; then she added, with a fine attempt at sarcasm: "Why, I'm going to have Jim break it up for kindling wood. It will make such a lovely blaze on the library hearth. I have always loved blazing autos."

"Now, sis," objected the tall, handsome boy, as he swung his arm about the almost equally tall, and even handsomer girl, "don't get mad."

"Oh, I'm not in the least angry."

"Um! Maybe not. Put I honestly thought--well, maybe you would like some of the boys to give you a lesson or two in driving the new car. There's Wally, you know. Ahem! I thought perhaps Wally--"

"Walter can run a machine--I'm perfectly willing to grant you that, Jack. But this is my machine, and I intend to run it."

The girl stepped over to a window and looked out. There, on the driveway, stood a new automobile. Four-cylindered, sliding-gear transmission, three speeds forward and reverse, long-wheel base, new ignition system, and all sorts of other things mentioned in the catalogue. Besides, it was a beautiful maroon color, and the leather cushions matched. Cora looked at it with admiration in her eyes.
Read the rest of the book online at the Gutenberg Project.

[The Motor Girls, Stratemeyer Syndicate Series - Copyright ©1910-1917
Cupples & Leon, Reprints: Goldsmith and Donahue.]

Monday, October 18, 2004

WMD: Pit Girls

Beautiful pit girls aren't just eye candy at car races...

... they're the sponsors' Weapons of Mass Distraction.

[Photos via Ayrton Forever.]

Sunday, October 17, 2004

For when "Check Engine" flashes

[Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, New York]

Not just for women, but for anyone who doesn't want to get their hands dirty changing their own oil or tuning up their engine, but wants to know what what to do when the oil light or the dashboard light check engine flashes.
Volpe covers the essentials: what to do and when to do it (maintenance); deciphering lights, leaks, noises, and funny smells; how to find a good mechanic; how to jump-start a battery and change a tire; and even offers tips on buying a used car, all in clear, everyday language that even you can understand. Interspersed with humor and sound advice gleaned from the author's experience as a mechanic and a teacher of auto mechanics for 10 years, this book is compact--made to fit into your glove compartment--and that's where it ought to be the next time you pull out of the driveway.
-- Mark A. Hetts,
The glove compartment-size paperback is available at

[Text quote: © 1996-2004,, Inc.]