Monthly Archives: April 2011

Top five car culture web resources

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.

Autoextremeist.com

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

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.

Centennial Events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the Ultimate Winning Car exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, which is one of the Centennial Events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This week I would like to share information on some other events of interest to auto enthusiasts.

The premier event for collectible car lovers is the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles on Saturday, May 14th. Race fans can view all of the cars on display as part of their gate admission.

Approximately 250 participants have been invited to display their vehicles in two divisions of automobiles manufactured between 1911-1961, the first 50 years of the Indianapolis 500. A good representation of automobiles representing the manufacturers that competed in the race during that time span is expected. This should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see many unique cars such as the Mormon Meteor Duesenberg. Of course, I’ll be there documenting Indiana-built autos.

Saturday, May 28th, at the Speedway is chock-full of activities for the Indy 500 aficionados. The “World’s Largest Autograph Session” is comprised of two groups. The first is from 9-10 a.m. for all 33 drivers in the starting field of the Indianapolis 500 plus most of the 27 living winners of the “500”, and the other group from noon-4 p.m. for veteran drivers of the race. If the lines at the autograph session on March 20th are any indication, it is advisable to get in line early for your favorite driver’s autograph.

My friend Charles Leerhsen will be signing his latest book: Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500 (http://www.charlesleerhsen.com/index.htm) along with other authors of new books about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its history. Other events include a racing memorabilia show, a display of vintage sprint and midget race cars. Plus, the Ultimate Winning Car exhibit continues at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

So, If you are obsessed with the Indy 500, I invite you to join me at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Centennial Events on May 14th and 28th. These activities should provide memories for a lifetime. Tell us your experiences.