Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Tank on wheels

Hudson Motors began 1909, merged with Nash in 1954 to form American Motors, the Hudson name disappearing 1957. They had reputations for being tanks. A man I knew liked his booze, drove a ’49 Hudson into a telephone pole. Knocked the pole down, scratched his bumper.  

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Surprising innovator

Nash Rambler began in 1900. Responsible for many innovations, they merged with Hudson to form American Motors 1954. The Nash name disappeared about 1958, the Rambler name 1984. The Nash Metropolitan always caught my eye.

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A real luxury car

Packard made luxury cars from 1899 to 1959. In the 50s they bought out Studebaker and continued but the Packard lines was gone though it once rivaled Cadillac and Lincoln. The Packard Hawk was a sports car, and the model I recall. (name changed to Studebaker Avanti)

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This is a real car!

Duesenberg built race cars and luxury cars from 1921 to 1937. If you are lucky enough to find one for sale, be prepared to spend a million. I have never even seen one except photos.

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Cool cars

The Kaiser automobile was made from 1947 to 1955. Kaiser Motors made cars in alliance with a bewildering number of companies. Frazier Motors, Willys Cars/Jeep, Sears (Sears nameplate), even buying Studebaker assets—AM General/Hummer. I remember them because when I was small a neighbor had a Kaiser that I thought looked cool/ahead of its time.

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Crosley Motors was in business from 1939 to 1952. Produced in Marion Indiana, they were ahead of their time: subcompacts, SUVs, 4-weel disc brakes, overhead cams. I recall them because hot rod/drag racing people liked to use the bodies.

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Tucker 48 AKA Tucker Torpedo. Preston Tucker produced 51 cars in 1948 before going out of business due to bankruptcy. He blamed the Big 3 automakers for sabotaging his cars that were years ahead of their time; rear engines, roll bars, 4 wheel independent suspension. I got to see one in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.

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Why men never win!

In 1991 Suzanne, my wife, ordered me to buy a new car (my car was for trips, her rules). She warned me not get a red car—cops loved to pull them over. I went to the dealer and saw a new, dark red Escort. God help me—I bought it.

Expecting to have my ears burned, I drove the car home. She stared at it and said, “Give me the keys.” She drove it around the block and handed me her car keys, “I’m keeping this car.”

I wanted to remind her it was red but knew better. She drove automatics, but this was a 5-speed. And it had racing stripes and fake air foil—things she hated.

The next day, we went back to the dealer and bought me a new car. Boring blue but one happy salesman.

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Experiment 38 (young adult thriller, 4RV Publishing, paperback) will be released this summer.

Eighteen-year-old Emily lives with her scientist father and knows nothing about her mother. When Emily begins dating Nate, two strange men in a Lincoln Navigator follow them everywhere. After Nate discovers her mother’s identity, the two men kidnap Emily, but her father doesn’t try to save her. Nate’s rescue fails, so she tries to escape on her own.

Her father holds a deadly secret about her past. Are the two men working for her father? Will Nate give up trying to rescue her? Why do the two men want her? Can she escape and ever have a normal life?

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