Over the years, I have discovered a number of car culture web resources while doing research for my writing and website development. So, I would like to share my “Top five car culture web resources.”
Jay Leno’s Garage
Jay Leno’s Garage has to be my number one source for all things about collectible cars. I enjoy how Jay shares items from his vast antique car collection as well as other auto enthusiast topics. Weekly he produces a video about the latest happenings around his shop. Recent videos featured the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car, Lee Iacocca’s 45th Anniversary Ford Mustang, 1910 White Model O-O steam car, and 1914 Premier. He also likes to interview other auto hobbyists on topics like all about gas, the perfect paint job, and other tips and tricks. I visit this site weekly for my fix on Jay’s slant on car culture.
My second choice is Autoextremeist.com written by Peter M. De Lorenzo, a 30 plus year automotive advertising and marketing veteran. I like his unbiased take on happenings in the American auto manufacturing industry and auto racing scene. PMD pulls no-punches in analyzing how things like the rise in gas prices may affect auto manufacturing and the buying public. He presents an interesting perspective on auto industry executive decisions and how they might pan out over time. He has an interesting take on American auto racing and what might be done to improve the product on the track. There are few other places to get this insider information.
eBay Motors Blog
The eBay Motors Blog presents overviews of significant collectible cars currently offered on the popular eBay auction website. Capsule summaries discuss the significant items regarding a particular car like current price range, plusses and minuses, and why this might be a good value. Some recent cars have been a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, 1977 Fiat 500, 1965 Shelby Cobra replica, and one of my dream cars, a 1971 Jaguar E-Type coupe. This blog covers vintage cars across the automotive spectrum. Where else can you find a 1968 Chevelle Nomad wagon that could be a collectible daily driver?
Jalopnik offers a daily plethora of eclectic automotive items. Recent unusual articles had topics like a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III Continenchero pick-up truck conversion, General Motors recent recall of Chevrolet Cruze models for steering problems, Microsoft and Toyota announcing a strategic partnership on next-generation auto telematics, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Zo6 Centennial edition announcement, and auto centric wallpaper selections for your browser. If it’s wild and wacky, you might find it on Jalopnik.
The New York Times Collectible Cars
The New York Times Collectible Cars section covers a range of classic cars. One story details a 1963 Buick Wildcat coupe that is still owned by the daughter of the original purchaser, who lives in her childhood home in Brooklyn, NY, almost 50 years later. The daughter recounted how her father solicited her help in servicing the car many years ago. She goes on to describe the car’s luxurious interior features and the documentation of all service in a diary. These features paint pictures of collectible cars over the years. Celebrating 50 years of the Jaguar E-Type is featured here also.
So, there you have my picks for the “Top five car culture web resources.” Check them out, and then share your picks of car culture web resources.