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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 2

1947 Crosley CC Four Two-Door Wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Right next to the Reliant Robin was this 1947 Crosley. I’ve never seen one before. According to the sign in its window, it was made by Crosley Mfg. Co. in Cincinnati. Apparently the company manufactured over 35,000 cars between 1939 and 1952, along with appliances like fridges and TVs. They were sold through dealerships, and also through Macy’s (yes, the department store). The sign also described the car as a four cylinder, three speed which got 25-30 mpg. And that the car is NOT for sale. I suspect they get asked a lot.

1947 Crosley CC Four Two-Door Wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins
The Crosley company is still around, though obviously they no longer make cars. They actually have quite an interesting history, with a number of firsts (including the first portable television), which you can read about on their website. They do sell turntables and jukeboxes (alas, CD only), if you’re looking for an entertainment system for your garage.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 1

Bob's Antique & Classic Cars
Photo by Kate Tompkins
 We spent a few days in Lincoln, New Hampshire, earlier this fall. The town seems to exist solely for the sake of tourists who come to hike, ski, or admire the autumn leaves. They must also come to drive the winding roads through the White Mountains, because we saw lots of classics and sports cars. In fact, there was a Viper club meet up at the tourist information centre—we counted nine Vipers in the parking lot and met three or four more going back through town. Sorry, no photos, I didn’t have my camera on me at the time.


1974 Reliant Robin
Photo by Kate Tompkins
If classics are your thing, check out Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars. It’s just down the Kancamagus Highway (no, I don’t know how it’s pronounced) from Lincoln and definitely worth a visit. There are a few vehicles in the parking lot, like this bright green Reliant Robin, but the best part of the collection is inside, through a door at the back of the gift shop.


1974 Reliant Robin
Photo by Kate Tompkins


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gotham Golfcart

Photo courtesy and copyright Hammacher Schlemmer
Okay, I promise this is my last post on this year’s Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. But who could resist a golf cart that looks like the Tumbler from the Dark Knight series? I think it’s pretty cool, and I don’t even play golf. Though I think it would be even cooler if it was a lawnmower. You’d have people paying YOU to cut your grass.

Its electric motor will let you do up to 38 mph, and with six tires and a 4-link rear suspension, you can do it in comfort. Wearing a cape while driving it is not recommended.




Friday, December 4, 2015

Classic Corvette Billiards Table

Photo courtesy and copyright Hammacher Schlemmer
Another gem from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. Don’t worry, they didn’t actually make this regulation billiards table from a 1959 Corvette, but they did mold it from one. The bumpers are really chrome, tires have authentic details, and the car is in the original Roman Red and Snowcrest White livery. The table itself is felt-covered one-inch thick slate and comes with cues, balls, a mock VIN and title. Got any space in your garage?

At $25,000, it’s not cheap, but it will give you something to do on those days when the local cruise is rained out.



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Gearhead Toy for Your Girl or Boy

Photo courtesy and copyright Hammacher Schlemmer
I like to browse the Hammacher Schlemmer online catalogue this time of year. They always have such fascinating gifts. The first to catch my eye this year was the Car Lover’s Engine Repair Set pictured above. What a great idea for a toy! Kids can tackle all kinds of maintenance and repairs, including changing the oil, checking the brakes, and replacing the spark plugs. Tools are included, and the battery-operated half-a-car even has a working horn and headlights.

Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who thought it was cool. The website says demand was so high they’re currently taking orders to be shipped in January.

You can check out the details/order one HERE.