“What will you be dreaming about?” Every night my father asked me the same question when he tucked me in as a small boy. My answer was the same every night. “About your car.” Like many petrolheads it all started for me with my fathers car. At the time my mind became concious of “cars” […]
The Lada of dreams
Vaztaztic. That’s how a drunk would sound, trying to pronounce “fantastic”. It’s a nice reference to AvtoVAZ. That stands for Avtomobilny Vozhsky Avtomobilny Zavod, but it’s a little too complicated. Plus, it is something of a pleonasm, because when you translate it you get “Automobile Wolga Automobile Factory”. Right. Apparently them in Togliatti, Russia, found […]
Barnfinds without a barn
Some stories remain unwritten, or in part at least. That sometimes stings a little, because they are simply too beautiful to not be told. Like this one, in Susteren in the province of Limburg. There you could find this somewhat tragic combination of a car dealership and a car graveyard. Dozens of cars, most of […]
To GTO or not to GTO?
Jim Carpenter, a Ferrari specialist from Phoenix, Arizona, put himself on the radar in the 1980’s with the way he converted Ferraris 308 and 328 to a 288 GTO. That “Grand Turismo Omologata” assumed the mantle of a legend the second it was introduced in 1984. All 272 examples were not only formidably expensive, they […]