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Tough to crack car puzzle #171

Tough to crack car puzzle #171
Well, what have we got here? Those sharp lines certainly ooze the late 1960s / early 1970s and we like them. Iso Lele, anyone? You may also recognize other cars in it, notably Italian ones. And there is indeed a strong link to Italy, but that’s all we are giving away for this time. Well one more then: this car isn’t particularly well known and the reason for that is that it never reached production. So there we go. This is a prototype.

Do you know more about it? Then do send us your answers to be in the race for PostWarClassic car connoisseur. You know we like knowledge other than the basic facts and figures, so give us the best you can in order to score the most points. Let us know by writing your answer in the box below. First, please do read our rules. Have a good and safe weekend for now and if you solve this puzzle in a jiffy and have nothing else to do today, feel free to take a piece of paper

Saturday, 11 November 2017

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Friday Lady Instant Classic

Friday Lady Classic
We’ve wondered before how the overwhelming majority of photographs combining ladies and cars has been posed, staged and mounted. Also: a least as overwhelming majority of them shows women in their younger days. Cars and girls make great arrangements as long as the car is flashy and the lady is under 30, it often seems. Click back to Fridays as far as you can here – you’ll see.

That alone is reason to love this shot by Dutch photographer Chris Schotanus, found here. We don't think this one was posed. Taken last year during a classic car event at the Zandvoort track, this lady is there not for the racing either. Her husband may be, but she’d rather finish her needlework in the passenger seat, whether it's at a racing circuit or at the picknick place. True love? It’s an instant classic. PS: recognize the car she is in?

(Words editor, picture Chris Schotanus)

Friday, 10 November 2017

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Remembering the Rotunda

Remembering the Rotunda
When car manufacturers and the world of theme parks and entertainment collide, you can get some strange things. We told you about FerrariLand before, where overindulged people can make a ride in a plastic Ferrari 250 California Spider lookalikish bumpercar (no joke). But did you know of the Ford Rotunda? This was the project of a young Edsel Ford, which - for a change - became a grand success. The Ford Rotunda was a showroom-turned-theme park, with things to see and do for the whole family.

Originally Ford's Rotunda was located in South Side Chicago, Illinois, but later it was relocated to Dearborn, Michigan on a site directly across from the Ford Motor Company Central Office Building. At one point it became ‘the fifth most popular tourist destination in the United States in the mid-twentieth century’. In the 1950s this attraction saw more visitors than the Statue of Liberty, totalling 40 million. Yep, to come and see Ford cars. Ford made glitzy new model introductions, and used it as a backdrop to photograph its latest offerings. The Rotunda saw the introductions of the Lincoln Continental, Ford Thunderbird and of course the Edsel (above).

Highlight of the year (in visitor numbers, at least) was the annual Christmas Fantasy show held during the season's Holidays, which drew nearly half a million people to Dearborn each year. But this show also spelled the end for the Rotunda. While working on the 1962 Christmas Fantasy display on 9 November 1962 (yep, folks, that’s 55 years ago today), an employee inside noticed smoke and flames from the roof. Roof repairmen were weatherproofing the dome panels with a transparent waterproof sealer that was being heated to make it easier to spray. But when the highly flammable vapours ignited from a propane heater, within minutes the entire roof structure was on fire. The roof of the impressive building collapsed before the firemen arrived and in less than an hour, the Rotunda burned to the ground and only the foundation remained...

(Words editor, pictures FoMoCo)

 

Thursday, 09 November 2017

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It’s the inside that counts

It’s the inside that counts
It was a discovery made by pure coincidence: the X-ray to make the invisible visible that was first discovered on this day in 1895 by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. Röntgen was testing if cathode rays could pass through glass when he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically coated screen. He dubbed the rays that caused this glow X-rays because of their unknown nature as he found that they penetrate human flesh while they do not penetrate higher-density substances such as bone and metal. He also found out that they can be photographed (one of his first pictures here).

X-rays were first used on a military battlefield to find bullets and broken bones inside patients. And although the invention made Röntgen win the very first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901; he remained modest and never tried to patent his discovery. Today, X-ray technology is widely used in medicine, material analysis and of course in airport security scanners.

But what if you put a car through a giant X-Ray machine? Several people have tried just that and British artist Nick Veasey is one of them. Nick uses five X-Ray machines in his an 800-square-foot studio with concrete walls of 30 inches thick. Inside here he takes his photographs of anything mechanical. Some examples can be seen here.

(Words editor, pictures Nick Veasey)

      

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

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