Posts Tagged ‘automobiles’

Holden Motorcars, 1948 — 2017

October 20, 2017

Australia’s car, the Holden. Recently reborn as a part of GM, the last Aussie-made car rolled off the assembly line on October 20th (that would be yesterday if you’re in Oz).

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Thousand Dollar Car

October 15, 2016

“Thousand Dollar Car,” written by Brian Henneman and recorded by him with his group, The Bottle Rockets in 1994.

“Replace your gaskets and paint over your rust
You still end up with something that you’ll never trust
A thousand dollar car, its life was through
‘Bout 50,000 miles ‘fore it got to you
Oh why did I ever buy a thousand dollar car”

Bottle Rockets website

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Dieselgate: Bosch Was a Co-Conspirator

September 8, 2016

Dieselgate: Bosch Was a Co-Conspirator
As we surmised, Volkswagen could not have installed emissions-test-cheating software on its 11 million diesel vehicles without the connivance of electrical engineering and manufacturing firm Robert Bosch GmbH. VW’s lawyers are claiming Bosch involvement in Dieselgate, and the Feds are investigating. Despite Bosch denials, there’s evidence the firm knew about the illegal VW cheat but didn’t alert German government regulators (or did they?). Bosch even demanded legal cover from VeeDub but the auto giant said “Nein.”

So we’ve got a mess that will cost billions to remedy, and two huge German corporations blaming each other for it. Bosch even wants people to call the scandal “VW-Gate” instead of “Dieselgate”. How do you say “Nice try!” in German?

More:

“Bosch worked ‘hand-in-glove’ with VW in emissions fraud: lawyers,” David Shepardson and Joel Schectman, Reuters

“Volkswagen Supplier Played Key Role in Cheating, Court Papers Say,” Jack Ewing, New York Times

“Bosch Knew VW Might Get Nailed For Diesel Cheating, Demanded Indemnification: Report,” Patrick George, Jalopnik

Update:

“Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in emissions scandal,”Megan Geuss, Ars Technica

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Cadillac Assembly Line

September 4, 2016

“Cadillac Assembly Line,” written by Mack Rice, performed here by guitarist Melvin Taylor (with organist Lucky Peterson, Ray Allison on drums, and Titus Williams on bass) in 1984. Albert King‘s 1976 version was more influential but sounds dated and over-produced. Sir Mack recorded his own version with the Dynatones in 1993.

Here’s what the actual Cadillac Eldorado assembly line looked like in 1976:

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Detroit City

September 4, 2016

“Detroit City,” written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis, a big Grammy-winning hit for Bobby Bare in 1963.

Here’s what the Lincoln Continental and Ford Thunderbird assembly line looked like about the time the song was written:

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Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile

September 4, 2016

“Every Woman I Know (Crazy ‘Bout Automobiles),” written and recorded by Billy “The Kid” Emerson in 1956.

Billy “The Kid” Emerson website

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Antique ’32 Studebaker Dictator Coupe

September 4, 2016

“Antique ’32 Studebaker Dictator Coupe,” written by Jerry Dean Smith, recorded by Ronny & The Daytonas in 1964.

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Daytona, 1958: Race on the Beach

September 4, 2016

” … action-packed 165-mile convertible race on the sand that lasted 1.5-hours. The cars were limited to a single four-barrel carburetor that allowed top speeds of 130 m.p.h on the straightaways and 60-70 m.p.h. in the turns.

Curtis Turner won the hard fought race while setting an average speed of 99 m.p.h. and received $4000 for his efforts piloting a 1958 Ford. Lee Petty finished in second place in his Oldsmobile, and Joe Weatherly took third in his Ford.”

“A Time of Change – The Last Daytona Race on the Beach and the First 500 on the New Speedway,” The Old Motor

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Freeway Of Love

September 3, 2016

“Freeway Of Love,” written by Jeffrey Cohen and Narada Michael Walden, recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1985. The video, directed by Brian Grant, was shot entirely in Detroit.

“City traffic’s movin’ way too slow
Drop the pedal and go, go, go

Wind’s against our back
We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love
In my pink Cadillac”

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409

September 3, 2016

“409,” written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Gary Usher for their group The Beach Boys. Mike Love sings lead. It was released in 1962 as the B-side of “Surfin’ Safari.”

Beach Boys website

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