Photography: Racing through Chemnitz in the early 50s

Written by Super User | Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:46

Just imagine: it's a sunday morning in August, the sun's out, you've made yourself a proper breakfast that you'd like to eat in the garden, but oddly enough you feel there's something missing; noise and the smell of burned oil and rubber somehow. If you're like that, then you should've been living in the city of Chemnitz, Germany in the early 50s. Racing there was literally taking place on the doorstep. Just look at these somewhat inconspicuous photos and you'll see what I mean. These were taken in Chemnitz in either 1952 or 1953 during one of the racing weekends held there. There were cars, but also motorbikes partaking in various race sessions. Cars and motorbikes flew through the city at high speeds (on cobbled roads!) without any safety fences or straw bales present whatsoever. Just look at the people in the first photo, the inhabitants of the house could just go and sit in front of their home to see something of the action. In this case some single seater car flying past at probably no more than 5 metres. And what about the sportscar underneath?

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Illuminated rubber

Written by Kurt | Monday, 16 July 2012 21:15

Some inventions turn out to be great, others turn out to be not so great. The Goodyear 'Illuminated Tyre' certainly falls into the last category. It was 1961 when the engineers at Goodyear thought up a system to lit up a tyre made from a single piece of synthetic rubber by mounting various light bulbs on the inner wheel rim. The idea was that customers could choose out of a various, differently, coloured tyres (were any sold at all?). One of those colours was red, as illustrated by the photo underneath. The photo is lightened up with a Goodyear Zeppelin in the background, which makes me wonder; why didn't they illuminate that? Now that would have boosted brand awareness! Granted, the lady in the first photo probably drew quite a crowd as well back in the day..

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The Marketplace: Ghia L6.4

Written by Kurt | Friday, 13 July 2012 17:05

Carrozzeria Ghia is responsible for some of the prettiest car designs that have come out of Italy over the years. The wonderful flowing lines of the Karmann-Ghia and the pretty Renault Floride are good examples of this. The Ghia L6.4 you see here is a bit of an exception in my opinion, it drew heavily the 'Dual Ghia' that was the result of a venture between Ghia and Chrysler. This L6.4 builds upon Chrysler components as well, but containing a custom chassis and (of course) a body that was built and designed by Ghia in Italy. Definitely American-influenced in its design, it is no wonder that this car was primarily targeted at the US market. Ghia agent at the time, Paul Farago, had a big hand in realising this project together with Eugene Casaroll, boss of the Dual car manufacturing company based in Michigan (who was also behind the Dual Ghia). It was frightfully expensive ($7500) at the time, meaning that many cars were sold to well paid actors, musicians and the like. Frank Sinatra had one, while the car in this post was owned by Dean Martin (who was at the time one of the US' hottest singers/actors/comedians).

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Video: Prada Spring/Summer 2012

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:43

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Normally we wouldn't dare showing stuff related to fashion brands on here, but this time should be an exception. Above you see a video for the Spring/Summer 2012 collection by Prada, why? Well, simply because there are quite a few classic cars to behold beside the pretty models clad in retro clothes and accessories. All clearly inspired by the 1950s. To complement this whole digital fashion show Prada chose to feature the models on top and in some classic American cars at a 50s petrol station (or gas station if you are of the american-english persuasion). Some with questionable paint schemes but all decidingly projecting the American dream in the 50s. Big, heavy machines with lots of chrome and huge steering wheels. Oh yes, if you do decide to watch the video, turn off the sound, which is totally not from the 1950s!

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Corgi, Dinky, Tri-ang: collecter's dreams..

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 03 July 2012 13:26

On 12 July a large amount of vintage model cars from several private collections will go under the hammer. 'Collectable Toy Specialists' Vectis Auctions from Stockton on Tees, England will be offering many many model cars from the 40s, 50s and 60s from then reputable English model car manufacturers like Corgi, Dinky and Tri-ang. There is a huge variety of models, from cars, to tractors, lorries and even a 'Corporal guided missile on Mobile Launcher'. As you would expect from private collectors most of the models still have their original boxes (this enhances the value to collectors massively) and are in excellent condition. There are some truly intriguing models up for auction, we've picked a few and presented them here in this post, read on after the jump.

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