Car fun

People love to customize their cars.

SUBLIME — Taking the minivan to new heights. Perhaps this was used to navigate farm fields or taken off-road for hunting. And who knows, maybe a high-rise Chrysler minivan is the perfect duck blind. Seen at a used car lot in Forrest City, Ark.
HUNGRY? — What’s left from of the model name from this Tacoma Prerunner. Toyotas seem to be a favorite when it comes to customizing a name from the factory badging. Around town here, you can spot a couple of pickup tailgates that now read “TOY” or just plain “YO.”


Weekly photo challenge: Foreign

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge prompt was “foreign.” There were so many lovely photos of faraway lands we fretted over what to post. Then by a bit of serendipity, we were taken on a test drive while waiting on our car to be serviced. During the test drive, we were “hijacked” to a gathering of automotive enthusiasts serving up pretzels, sausages, beer and showing off their lovely driving machines. Most were German; a few were English. All were foreign. It was the most memorable test drive we’ve ever had*. Below, a handful of shots of some of the beauties on display.

LOTUS BADGING — Under the hood of a Jensen-Healey.
TAKE THE WHEEL — Steering wheel a little worse for wear in a ’66 VW bus.
LIGHT THE WAY — Headlight and part of the grille of a restored Austin Mini — complete with 10-inch wheels.

There were some lovely cars including a new BMW 1M, a 6-series shark, a Jensen-Healey ragtop, and a few tuned V-Dubs.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge mother page:  And some other intriguing interpretations of this week’s challenge:

*Why? 1) The new VW Golf R is a very hot little hatch, especially when 2) A former national SCCA champion driver is at the wheel giving it a 100 percent performance drive.

One of our visitors asked for images of the vehicles at the gathering. Here are a few:

Feathered friends

Fine feathered friends found in the photo files.

Sure like this new rectangular gallery — it certainly appeals to the Mondrian layout  person in me. And I just discovered that where the gallery robot puts the photos  is controllable by doing some renumbering under “order” when you’re in the upload box. While page design purists may “grrr” at the faces looking off the page, I decided to leave the images unflopped. That would be too much like work. So there.