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Lotus Esprit – The Quintessential 1970s Supercar

In the mid-1970s, English automaker Lotus replaced the Europa, a boxy, mid-engined pocket-racer for driving enthusiasts, with a now-classic wedge design, and called it the Esprit. With sharp ‘folded paper’ lines and flat surfaces courtesy of legendary designer Giorgetto Guigiaro, the outrageously low and wide Esprit looked like nothing before it – and nothing since. It represented Lotus’s attempt to step into the higher-end exotic...

Back To The Bricks with Flint Foto Factory
Written by Patricia Greenwood in Inspiration

Back To The Bricks with Flint Foto Factory

Every Mid-August for the past five years, Joe Dennis, creator of Flint Foto Factory, leaves his day job and his Chicago home to enjoy the week long Back To The Bricks Festival in Flint, Michigan, his hometown. Flint is best known as the prototype for the rise and fall of the American auto industry and is often cited as an example of the economic downward...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

The Cocktail Nation

Celebrity Drinks
The Cocktail Nation on September 17th, 2017

Podcast #463: Celebrity Drinks

None of These Cars is Real – Would You Believe They are Models?

It sure looks real doesn’t it? It could very well be photos from a 1950s advertisement trying to promote the latest model of a car or pristine time capsule that were just discovered. But none of what you see is actually real. Michael Paul Smith from New England, USA is a model car enthusiast and photographer and creator of these fun and highly detailed photos...

Written by Christopher in Roadtrip

Look at Life – Taxi! Taxi!

Another fun, goofy and kitschy episode of “Look at life” from The Rank Organisation. This one is dated March 1960 at takes a look at London Taxi cabs and how the drivers learn “The Knowledge”. Look at Life was a regular British series of short documentary films of which over 500 were produced between 1959 and 1968 by the Special Features Division of the Rank...


Join us as we take a look at Piccadilly Circus, London at the height of the Swinging Sixties! Picadilly Circus underwent some major changes to modernize it for a changing world at this time, which destroyed a lot of what you see here. We also take a look at the underground life of Piccadilly to experience some rare sights that few people have ever seen....

Visions of a ’57 Chevy Bel Air
Written by Patricia Greenwood in Inspiration

Visions of a ’57 Chevy Bel Air

I love cars. Let me rephrase that. I love vintage cars manufactured in America from 1955 to 1975. I love the streamlined, the finned, the hard tops, the convertibles, the muscle types, the bold colored, but mostly, I love that fabulous automobile icon, the ’57 Chevy Bel Air. My admiration for this vehicle began many years ago, when I was quite small. What started out...

Why Cads Drive Sports Cars – He’s got one and you don’t

There is something about a sports car that just reeks of sex. Let’s face it, even if we see a balding middle aged man cruising the highway we automatically know several things about him. Firstly he’s got money, secondly he probably gets a lot of action and thirdly – there is a chance he could be a complete tosser. Now I don’t automatically assume the...

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