“Bosozoku”/Zokusha car style, a guide:


If you like Japanese cars and have a decent Internet connection, you may have ventured into the Japanese market side of the vehicles. While there, you may have soaked in some of their car culture. If you dug deeper, you may have stumbled on their undoubtedly Japan-only stuff. We’ve already covered the truck equivalent: dekotora. Now it’s the cars’ turn: “Bosozoku”/Zokusha. You may or may not have seen it in low quality, grainy/pixelated pics on errant 15+ year-old Japanese websites or a 10+ year-old Western car forum thread. Still, there’s need to clear up the understandable bewilderment such machines cause. Continue reading


GMC Canyon, Isuzu i-Series and Chevrolet Colorado (GMT355 platform)

This post appeared in CarLustBlog.com on January 8, 2015. Aside from minor editing and removal of dead hyperlinks, it’s all the same.


I’ve been noticing these more often on the streets lately. There are plenty of them on the roads around here. That’s probably because I’ve been checking out trucks. There’s another reason: the Canyon and Colorado made a comeback, and mid-size truck guys and gals are frothing at the mouth. Continue reading

1971-1973 Buick Centurion vs. 1971-1973 Buick LeSabre

Buicks fighting

“Uh-LLLLadies… and… Gen-tle-men! On the left, weighing 4,329 lbs. and standing 54 inches in height with a wheelbase of 124 inches, we have the 1973 Buick Centurion. And on the right, also weighing 4,329 lbs. and standing 54 inches and with a wheelbase of 124 inches, we have the 1973 Buick LeSabre.”

“So, from the “It Rolls” home office here in the great United States of America…”

“… Uh-Let’s get ready to rum-bullllllll!”

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The Natchez Trace Parkway at Highway 96 West

NTP Bridge aerial

Just southwest of Nashville, Tennessee, lies the Northern Terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  And about 8.7 miles down the Trace, where it crosses Highway 96 West, sits this amazing structure.  This intersection also happens to be the first exit after you enter the 444-mile-long Parkway.

Here we are looking East toward Franklin, Tennessee; Google Maps shows a nice picture of it.  And as one indication of the magnificent scenery here, the view from the bridge won me a Car and Driver10 Best Straightaways Contest Winner” sweatshirt and some ink in the January, 2000 issue. Continue reading