Aunt Bee and her Studebaker

Fullscreen capture 5302018 113450 AM.bmpWe all know Aunt Bee (Beatrice) Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show.  She was a pivotal character, one that the show could not have survived without.  In fact, the show’s first episode is titled The New Housekeeper,” referring to Aunt Bee’s arrival at the Taylor home.  That episode set the stage for the show’s eight-year run, and we saw Aunt Bee in many episodes of the spinoff Mayberry RFD (1968-1971) and once on Gomer Pyle, USMC as well.  Oh, and the house used in “Mayberry RFD“?  Well, it was the same studio set used in “The Waltons,” but I’m digressing here. Continue reading

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The Cars of “The Looney Tunes Show” (2011)

This post first appeared in CarLustBlog.com on April 27, 2015, and was the author’s first ‘The Cars of____’ post. Resized pics, fresh video embedding, removal of dead hyperlinks and slightly expanded descriptions aside, it’s all the same.

The Looney Tunes Show bannerThe art style evened out as the series progressed.

How many of you were aware that there was new Looney Tunes series? Well, you do now. The half-hour series focuses mostly on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as those around them. It’s made in a sitcom-y sort of way but it’s rife with little details that eagle-eyed fans of the franchise can appreciate. Taking place in contemporary times, we see that the show’s animators went the extra mile to make it feel as familiar as one can without infringing copyright laws or unashamed product-placement. That includes cars. While many do look generic, there are many more that, as a car person, grabs your attention. The kicker here is how well some of the vehicles are paired with their owners. Continue reading

The Cars of the Golden Boy manga:

golden boy custom title card 85 percent resizeI couldn’t find a manga-specific (and appropriate) title card to my liking, so I whipped this one up.

Golden Boy tells the adventures of Oe Kintaro, a pervert with a heart of gold young man that while he may look like he’s stuck doing dead-end jobs, he’s actually fulfilling his desire to learn as much as possible while crossing the country on his bicycle. A student of life, if you will. Kintaro would pop up, eventually get to work and get really good at it, help out someone in distress –usually a pretty lady- and departs just before his good deed gets acknowledged. Despite his flaws, he’s got what it takes to someday save Japan- no, the world.

Maybe.

Now, the Golden Boy manga is only 10 volumes long (1992-1998) and is not a car-centric series, but what little it has does not disappoint! In author Tatsuya Egawa’s Wikipedia page, it says that gearhead manga artist Kosuke Fujishima was an assistant in the series so I’m convinced that he was responsible for the vehicle side of things. It never ceases to amaze me how much work manga artists have, because Kosuke-sama at the time had his hands full with his on-going Ah! My Goddess series and wrapping up You’re Under Arrest, both featuring wonderful quantities of metal.

More about the manga later. First, cars… Continue reading

The Best Trucks GM Ever Built (Also known as “The Square Bodies”)

Chevy Truck 1 When the 1973 Chevrolet and GMC half-ton pickups were introduced, they were the first truly streamlined pickup trucks on the market.  And their timing could not have been better… imagine a pickup truck that was designed in a wind tunnel and introduced just in time for the first gas crisis.

What makes these the best trucks GM ever built?  Well, they were breakthrough vehicles–the first, in my opinion, of today’s modern pickups.  No previous truck had combined rugged workability and pleasing creature comforts like this before. Continue reading