Saturday, December 21, 2013

Found on the Move: What's That in the Rearview Mirror?

There are very few places in North America where you can drive an open topped car with no side windows in late October. Giddings, Texas, between Houston and Austin, is definitely one of them. An eagle-eyed motorist caught a glimpse of this tiny red mystery car in his rearview mirror and took some pictures of it as it passed. But what car is it and why is it so happy to see you?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Why Gasoline Alley is Gearhead Heaven

Gasoline Alley - The Happiest Place in Calgary from The Life Mechanical on Vimeo.
We've visited Gasoline Alley before quite a few times. We can't help it. Classic cars and trucks just have a gravitational pull on us! Have a look at our most recent video about Gasoline Alley and a few of the treasures inside it's neon lit halls.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Found in Captivity: Bad Ideas Come in Small Packages

Japanese cars were still jokes in North America during the mid 1960's. They were funny little foreign cars with odd designs and feeble power outputs. Though reliable and frugal, they were, for the most part, ill suited for high speed North American roads and brutal mountain passes. Highway capable Japanese cars were still a few years off. It's odd to think that Toyota's now massive presence in Canada began with this frightened looking Ford Anglia wannabe.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Want to buy a brand new 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo?

Photo: Country Hills Toyota
When it comes to unrestored preservation, there are really three different classes. Survivors are cars that live in a largely original form but still bear signs of age. Creampuffs are cars that typically have very little street mileage and are usually free of any age related flaws. And then we have mothballed cars exactly like what we've found today.