Suicide Doors (And the 2019 Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition)

Fullscreen capture 12202018 123919 PM.bmpIt’s official!  A total of 80 (eighty) 2019 Lincoln Continentals will have rear suicide doors!  It may be a grand new design, or a last-ditch attempt for Lincoln to be unique.  In any event, I’ll be one of the first to check them out when they hit the showrooms, or hopefully before then at an auto show! Continue reading

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Four-Door Thunderbirds

Fullscreen capture 11262018 110319 AM.bmpIt’s certainly no secret that yours truly is in love with cars that have suicide doors.  There’s just a curiosity about them to me, especially on newer cars (Later than 1960, if you will) that catches my eyes.  This may have started with the 1960s Lincoln Continentals, but the cars that I dream about most in my driveway with center-closing doors are these four-door Thunderbirds. Continue reading

The Chandelier Tree

(A note from Chuck):  This post is dedicated to my Mother, who would have been 95 today [Sept. 22].  She loved all living things, especially plants, and would have been amazed at the sight of this magnificent tree.)

121So when’s the last time you’ve driven through a tree and did no damage whatsoever to your car, its occupants, or the tree itself?  That’s right, a tree, a big, growing, hard, wooden thing that gives you shade in the Summertime, usually drops its leaves in the Fall, and looks so grand in the Spring.

The Chandelier Tree in Leggett, California, offers just that opportunity.  There’s a small fee as you enter the grounds, where the “natural” potholes enforce a 5 mph park speed limit.  And just in case you were wondering, the Tree gets its name from its limbs that resemble an ornate chandelier. Continue reading

“The Bandit,” Burt Reynolds – (1936-2018)

Fullscreen capture 962018 81119 PM.bmpThe Bandit, aka Burt Reynolds, aka Bo Darville, star of “Smokey And The Bandit.” We also can’t forget “The Cannonball Run” and other revered car-related films.  We lost him today, September 6, 2018.

He did many other films such as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard (1974),” and “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” but we’ll always remember him best as the Trans-Am drivin’, smooth talkin’, car jumpin’ rebel from the 1977 film. Continue reading

Toyota Celica Supra (1978-1981)

Fullscreen capture 952018 60200 PM.bmpMy admiration for this car began one day, as a 21-year-old, when I saw an ad for the first Toyota Celica Supra.  The glossy presentation literally blew me away.  Here, for the first time in my automotive history, was a small car available with all the refinements of any larger machine.  It had power windows and door locks, a tilting steering wheel, a luxurious, plush interior, cruise control, a snazzy console, multi-adjustable bucket seats, and even a sunroof. Continue reading