Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bizarre Dragsters

A selection of weird dragsters from the mid sixties. How did this madness occur with such conventional hairstyles ?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Wild Ride

Pure Hell.

Was there ever a more
appropriately named machine ?
Chaos reigned supreme whenever Pure Hell hit the dragstrip with its frenzied, tyre smoking quarter mile runs into the fires of damnation.

They just don't build 'em like they used to.

Less Is More

Here is an outstanding exercise in restraint. It is entirely possible for a hot rod to evoke a menacing presence without the addition of superstitious imagery and unnecessary frippery. Devoid of superfluous lowbrow ornamentation, this vehicle displays an absolute understanding of the hot rod aesthetic.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Standard Equipment

In 1959, fins not seatbelts, were standard equipment on American automobiles.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Brucia Pista

"Kids ! Finally your papa agrees. Sputafuoco is an irresistible toy."

"Spitfire, the giant Hot Wheels, the fastest and most perfect in the world."

For more highly entertaining translations from the world of Italian Hot Wheels visit:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Frankie The Frogman

I couldn't resist this great advertisement from Popular Mechanics. Will the scuba club ever resurface ?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Chicks Dig Dodges

Miss Deora.

Men In White

White was once the preferred colour for competitors at the dragstrip.
Jack Chrisman, devoid of interminable embroidered hype, cuts a dashing pose with his 1964 Mercury Comet.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rockabilly - The Naked Truth

" ..... where talent doesn't count as much as a good press and a C-note under the table. The acetate arena where a long-playing bum can sing gibberish and coin a fortune."

Top Secret


After reading the official manual forget everything that you have just read.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Simian Of The Stratosphere

"This is Mission Control.
Prepare for lift off."

Wagons Ho !

How did the once flamboyant station wagon decompose into the nebulous people movers that litter today's highways ? Sit back and enjoy a selection of fine images, courtesy of those clever folks at Mercury, from a time before style was eradicated completely.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Chequered Flag

Here are a pair of superb Italian auto posters from the 1950's. Obviously, the Italians were also capable of producing exquisite advertising.