Sat Sep 21 2013 02:33:02 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
We’ve all had one. A shit box. A junker. A lemon. A car that you actually hated to even look at, let alone drive. Now is the time to spill the beans on the worst car you've ever owned. Lots of BangShifters have owned a slew of cars, so just by the law of averages, there’s going to be at least one total pile among the group.
My open hatred of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica that serves duty as my wife’s daily driver and our de facto family truckster is pretty well known by regular readers of BangShift. Seduced by the utilitarian features of the thing as we were expecting kids, we broke the cardinal rule of car buying. We bought without doing a lick of research. Had I spent a tenth of a second on Google, I would have run from the dealership like my hair was on fire. The one funny thing is that I have written so much negative crap about this car that the people at Chrysler won’t even talk to me and when I go to races or meet people they always ask, “Hey does your wife still have that Pacifica thing?” Sadly yes.
So the thing really, really sucks. It eats front end parts at a clip that would amaza Baja racers. It gets the fuel economy of a Sherman tank, it is a little slower than a city transit bus, and I have invested more time and money in keeping it roadworthy than any other daily driver I have ever owned.
It has ferried the family on a couple road trips, but it now feels that with each successive trip, I am tempting the automotive gods.
In short, this thing is a steaming pile of automotive refuse.
Fri Mar 01 2013 21:27:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
No, these are not racing pajamas.
Safety Racing Nomex® Underwear provides an additional layer of comfort and safety. Nomex® underwear is highly recommended for use with all driving suits. Tops feature a waffle-weave pattern with turtle neck and long sleeves for additional protection. Nomex pants feature a waffle-weave pattern and heel straps to keep pants from sliding up over ankle.
Sat Jan 19 2013 01:46:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This series of photographs, created by the Automobile Club of Southern California in 1931, attempts to demonstrate the danger, which children playing in the streets, poses to drivers and remind them to stay alert when behind the wheel. The images were all taken in the Wilshire Boulevard and McCadden Place area of Los Angeles.
Tue Dec 11 2012 00:32:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Fantastic story coming up in the next issue of Old Cars Weekly about this car -- A TRUE BARN FIND '32 Ford that was parked in 1954 after being a drag race champion. The Deuce drove less than 1 mile and never moved again.
Sun Dec 02 2012 21:46:30 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
How many billboards did you take a look during your walk or driving in your life? You might see many of them but we can’t remember all those billboards. Let us check out the unforgettable billboards this round. Most of them will capture your attention, whether driving on the road or walking along the train station. Some will even change themselves according to weather and time! Which one do you think is the best?
Oldtimer Restaurants Tunnel.
Sun Dec 02 2012 21:55:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
City of Boston 1960 Ford F-100 wagon. I think this was the first year the city ordered them painted white with blue Scotchlite lettering and a revolving "gumball light on the roof,
with a split dome - blue in front, red in the rear.
Sat Dec 01 2012 16:16:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This classic archive footage from a car travels east along Wilshire, starting near Canon Dr. You can see the former Warner Bros. Theater marquee (and later on its tower), formerly at 9404 Wilshire, on the left, and behind it on the left, the extant Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Compare the beginning to this LA Public Library photo.
The shot continues east on Wilshire, to Robertson, where it makes a mild turn. You can see corner building, during the turn, at this LA Public Library photo.