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Wild Car Wrecks From the Golden Age of the Automobile

Monday 06.25.2012 , Posted by

For the younger generations it might be hard to imagine a time before seat belts, airbags and crumple zones were standard features in cars, but it wasn’t really that long ago. These astounding photos capture the golden age of the automobile around Boston Massachusetts in the 1920s and 1930s, showing the aftermath of car wrecks in the simple yet speedy cars of the era. At the time, cars had become affordable to the masses, but when you consider that people were not required to take a driving test of any sort, and drinking and driving was legal unless you were considered outright intoxicated, it’s not surprising that these wild wrecks happened frequently. [Read more...]

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Overtaken By Nature: Decaying Cars From the Past

Wednesday 02.22.2012 , Posted by

If you’ve ever read the book The World Without Us – an exploration of what would happen if humans one day vanished from the earth – these pictures might look a lot like how our planet would look after we were gone. Photographer Peter Lippmann has been traveling the countryside, seeking out vintage abandoned automobiles and creating some haunting, yet stunningly beautiful images. In each photograph the cars, forgotten and parked for years, are overtaken by the surrounding foliage: trees poke through fenders, leaves emerge from old chrome grills and vines make a home out of the machines interior. [Read more...]

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The Perfect Vehicle: Custom Vans From the 1970s

Tuesday 12.07.2010 , Posted by

In the era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, there were no better wheels to get your bell-bottoms around than in custom, tricked-out vans. These shaggin’ wagons had booming sound systems, captain’s chairs, refrigerators, custom windows and the all-important plush shag carpet interior to roll around in… [Read more...]

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Manly Vintage Sweaters Inspired By Classic Cars

Thursday 12.02.2010 , Posted by

Featuring leather pants, a banjo and a picnic, this vintage sampling of swinging sweaters couldn’t be better. Originally from the 1972 book Sweaters for Men To Crochet and Knit, each design is named after an iconic car of the day. We’ve included a picture of each pullover, cardigan or vest with its namesake vehicle… that should get your stylish wheels spinning!

Fury Pullover
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Shot Through the Window: People Driving

Tuesday 11.30.2010 , Posted by

For his book, 66 Drives, Andrew Bush photographed from his car while traveling 10 to 70 mph through Los Angeles and other parts of the Southwestern United States. His photos document a piece of America often seen, and often overlooked. Check out more or buy the book at andrewbush.net.

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