Monday, May 30, 2011
The Film Archive: Joy Ride: An Auto Theft (1976): "This cautionary tale was aimed towards young, thrill-seeking teens. " So the introduction to this film goes.
I need to spend a bit more time with this educational film, but here are some initial observations. First, those two boys need haircuts! Seriously, supposedly this film it was based on a real-life incident in which three teens were killed and one, the girl Vicki, was left paralyzed. The film's lack of realism might just have done the opposite of the writer, producer and director's intentions, however. Is it boredom and wanting girls that are the primary motives behind young people joyriding? is it opportunity? These kids were from the middle class. If the cars were not so readily availble would they still want to steal a car? Is it socioeconomic background? Do educational films work with young people? Sometimes I wonder.
Hi folks -- there are a number of sources that describe the various words taht car thieves used in the past. What follows is taken from a 1930 paper on the subject, that I found sort of amusing.
Automobile Thieves Vocabulary
Bent -- stolen
Bent one -- a stolen car.
B.I. -- a Buick.
Breezer -- an open car; a touring car.
Caddy -- a Cadillac.
Clean one -- a motor car from which thieves have (or think they have) erased all identifying numbers.
Consent job -- an automobile stolen with the consent of the owner, who will collect insurance and not prosecute the thieves.
Coop -- a coupe'.
Dauber -- a motor-car painter who does hurried jobs for thieves.
Dog-house -- a small garage rented from a householder in a residence district, used for the safe storing of a stolen car for a few days till it can be disposed of.
Ducker -- a Dodge car.
Front room -- a sedan or limousine.
Golfer -- the same as a Caddy.
Gravy -- easy profit.
Hit one -- a car stolen within the previous twenty four hours, the loss of which has perhaps been reported to the police.
Hudson pup. -- an Essex car.
Kinky, adj. -- stolen. The same as bent.
Kinky, noun. -- a stolen car. The same as bent one.
Overnight job -- a car stolen from the previous evening and probably not yet reported to the police as lost.
Owners job-- the same as consent job.
Papa -- a Lincoln car.
Right Guy -- a dealer who buys stolen cars.
Send to school -- send to the state penitentiary.
Shed -- a closed car.
Slicker -- a stolen car newly painted.
Smacker -- a dollar.
Spider -- a Ford car.
Stranger -- a car stolen at some distant point.
Studie -- a Studebaker car.
A proverb -- Never steal anything you can't sell right away.
 Atcheson L. Hench, "From the Vocabulary of Automobile Thieves," American Speech, 5(February, 1930), 236-7.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A 1950 Chevy Panel Truck. I hope you have a good set of tools!
And metric tools at that! The rear bumper was lying on the ground on this gem.
A 1956 Mercury. With motor.
This is a 1953 Buick/ Can't you tell?
I am not a truck person. As a project, it would take an entire retirement!
A 1948 Chevy in Need of Some TLC
Hi folks -- back in the groove, sort of. I went to the Semi-annual Cars and Parts Swap Meet and Show yesterday at the Springfield Fairgrounds. With all the rain we have had, there was plenty of opportunity to park in the mud. Many cars for sale, and the parts vendors were plentiful, although mostly Ford and GM parts for sale. Few foreign cars to say the least. Junk galore here. Above are some photos of car and truck projects that would surely destroy your pocketbook and soul. Do not even think about it!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Hi folks -- returned to Centerville last Monday, only to be greeted with a lawn that needed to be mowed, and lawn mower that needed servicing, rain every day, and a hailstorm on Wednesday night. I sure miss Lisa, Tony, SD and Coronado!
So I went to the Friday night Cruise-In, now at I-675 and US 35. It was a gray and chilly night, and not that many cars were there. Here are some of them, however, the ones I found most interesting.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Dash to a 1950s (?) Alfa
Several musical acts performed
Not to many of these Opel GTs around!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Runaway Match (1903)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Thunder Road (1958)
Dr. No (1962)
The Italian Job (1969)
The French Connection (1971)
Vanishing Point (1971)
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
The Gumball Rally (1976)
Mad Max (1979)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
The Fast and Furious (2001)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Die Another Day (2002)
The Italian Job (2003)
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Fast and Furious (2009)
The A-Team (2010)
Fast Five (2011)
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
A. It seems obvious that the current decline in the American automobile industry didn‘t happen during the past few years. In your own words and using what you have learned in this course; trace the decline of the American industry beginning with the 1950s, making sure to discuss key aspects and developments in chronological fashion. Do you think this decline was inevitable or not, and why?
B. Culture, past or present, high or popular, is important. Discuss the culture related to the automobile in America between 1950 and 2000, making sure to include examples from music, film, and literature (including poetry). Broadly speaking, what does post-WWII car culture tell us about how automobiles contributed to being American during the second half of the 20th century?
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Hi folks -- I had an interesting time Saturday morning at San Diego's Spanish Landing Park near the Lindbergh airport, where Italian cars were on display. One of my USD students, Nick Alessandro, had alerted me that one of his father's cars, a very rare 1967 Ferrari GTB/4 Berlinetta, would be there. This car was developed with a direct infouence from the racing Ferraris and had an innovative new chassis that incldued fully independent suspension for the first time on a production road car. With rear independent A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shocks, similar to the front design, coupled with a rear mounted five-speed greabox, this automobile's weight distribution resulted in superb handling characteristics.