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Look What I Found: It’s Not What You Think

  Rummaging around some of my photos from earlier this year, I stumbled on images of a car that was parked outside the hotel I was staying at in Dearborn during the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. I always had a … Continue reading

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Look What I Found: 1952 Lancia Aurelia

  Lancia’s future is shrouded in uncertainty. Currently it markets its cars in just central and western Europe and offers just four models, two of which, the Thema and the Voyager, are very thinly disguised U.S. market Chryslers. Rumors circulated … Continue reading

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Tools For The Smart Car Shopper, 1934

Knowing my penchant for old maps, a friend of a friend sent me a large envelope full of midwest road maps from the 1930s that had been stashed away at the home of a relative.  Nestled amongst the Illinois and … Continue reading

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Automotive Oddities: The 2005 Nitzmobile

Some 100 years after Ransom E. Olds introduced his curved dash runabout and Waltham Manufacturing gave us the Orient Buckboard, David Nitz, a southern Wisconsin farmer, designed and built his own version of those early automobiles: the 2005 Nitzmobile, proudly … Continue reading

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Found by the Side of the Road: A Hooker in Hurley, A Town Proud of its Past

On a road trip exploring old alignments of U.S. Highway 51 in Wisconsin, some buddies and I spotted this lovely tow truck in 51’s northern terminus of Hurley, Wis.  Calling the vehicle the Hurley Hooker is funny enough, I suppose, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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