Author Archives: Marty Densch

Scarborough’s Tour Book, 1917

Early motorists faced many challenges – awful roads, angry farmers who detested their presence, mechanical breakdowns, a dearth of filling stations, etc. – but one of the biggest challenges was just finding one’s way.  Until 1917 there were no official, … Continue reading

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2013 Chicago Auto Show: The Tchotchkes

Press previews for this year’s Chicago Auto Show were unusually low key.  To give you an idea of just how low key it was, one of the most exciting reveals was the refreshed Toyota Avalon.  Really.  The tchotchkes, those inexpensive … Continue reading

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What You Say About Yourself Says A Lot About Yourself

Here’s a brilliant observation:  Corporate slogans are as old as corporations.  Some are classic such as “Better Living Through Chemistry” (ironic, too, I suppose) or “The Quality Goes In Before The Name Goes On”.  Not all carmakers bother with making … Continue reading

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Confusing Highway Signs: Which Way Now?

I ran across this set of confusing highway signs on a trip to Wisconsin’s Door County last November.  It would appear that once you reach the stop sign, you can’t go any further since neither right nor left turns are … Continue reading

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Playing by the Old Rules

Several weeks ago when I scored a 1925 Wisconsin highway map on ebay I thought I had struck gold.  It was in very good condition and came packaged in the folder that Gimbel’s Department Store of Milwaukee prepared as a … Continue reading

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The Holy Grail of Wisconsin Road Maps

I’m a maphead.  I became interested in old maps when I was researching older, historic alignments of U.S. Highway 51 through Wisconsin in my (successful) attempt to plot a modern day road trip on those old alignments.  The oldest such … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams

  For those of us living in northern climes that saddest of autumn tasks will soon be upon  us – putting our precious summer toys to bed for the winter.  I put my 2001 Miata in storage today, a couple … Continue reading

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Tucker Convertible Resurfaces, Heads to Barrett-Jackson in January

The controversial Tucker convertible, on which I have reported for both a local newspaper and jalopnik.com, seemed to disappear for a time after the shop which completed its restoration, Benchmark Classics of Middleton, Wis., went bankrupt.  It will be in … Continue reading

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I Drive Robocop’s Cop Car

  Last spring I had a chance to drive the Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle on the original route of the first road races at Elkhart Lake, Wis.  Several weeks ago, while working on a story for a local newspaper, … Continue reading

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Boss 302 Prototype, Revisited

In August I posted a story about a car that was displayed in Mustang Alley at the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise.  The owner, John Grafelman, a farmer from southern Illinois, said that the car had served as the design prototype … Continue reading

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