Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
At Pittsburgh, PA, we stop in at Bicycle Heaven which is part museum and part mind-boggling showroom of vintage American bikes, parts and accessories. Avoiding the busy interstates converging on Erie, PA, we take the country roads through farm land into Jamestown, NY. There are two attractions in town dedicated to Jamestown's most famous daughter, Lucille Ball. We visit Desilu Studios where we view sets from the I Love Lucy show and learn about its technical innovations and TV breakthroughs. Next we tour the Lucy Desi Museum which focuses on the couple's personal lives and careers.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After patient searching, we find the Fuller family graves in the Mt Olivet Catholic Cemetery on the hill overlooking Charleston, WV.
We are careful to avoid the Eastern box tortoises that have a bad habit of trying to cross the road as we head north into Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
We duck into the River & Rail Bakery in the old railway station in Huntington, WV. It's pouring rain while we share a strawberry salad, fresh baked bread and cinnamon bun (above). I want to do some genealogy research so we visit the West Viginia Archive in Charleston, which is a splended facility near the Capitol Building (above). With the help of my trusty assistant (hubby) we gather quite a lot of information.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
See: Harrold's Pharmacy
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Staying at the Keuka Lakeside Inn at Hammondsport where it's comfy and quiet in an old fashioned kind of a way. During a stroll around the town square in the evening, I was captivated by the "Palettes of Keuka" art tour. Some 50 local artists have created works of art on metre tall palettes in this sixth year of the event. Below are works by Stefanie Weaver and Jeff Perrault.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Tanner Zurkoski is praying for rain.
His 6-foot-3 frame, cloaked in a polyester long-sleeved shirt, is folded in the driver’s seat of a small car that has been his home for eight days.
“Do I feel gross?” he says, touching his arm, shiny in the humidity. “Um, yes. I do. To be honest about it, it feels a little scummy.”
But this is his prize. Zurkoski, 22, competed for the privilege of living in a car for a month, in order to show Torontonians how much time they lose to commuting every year. The region’s average daily commute is 82 minutes, according to Metrolinx. Spread out over a year, it works out to almost a month in a car.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Updated 8h 34m ago
After abandoning Datsun nearly 30 years ago, Nissan is reviving the brand for economy cars sold in developing markets, according to Reuters.
The Datsun brand would return to countries like India, Russia and Indonesia on cars priced around $6,200. Nissan wants a sub-brand that will help the carmaker sell inexpensive cars in developing markets, but, at the same time, it doesn't want to damage Nissan brand's reputation. Toyota and Honda are also facing similar challenges in developing markets, according Reuters.
French carmaker Renault, which has a strong alliance with Nissan, currently builds cheaper cars under its Dacia brand, with such cars as the Dacia Logan or Nissan Aprio (for Mexico). Similar models could be considered for Datsun. Nissan hopes to sell about 300,000 vehicles a year under the Datsun brand, according to sources.
Datsuns were essentially rebadged versions of Nissan-brand cars that were mainly used for export but also for sale in the United States until the early 1980s. It's still widely remembered by Baby Boomers.
By Colin Bird/Cars.com's Kicking Tires
Saturday, February 11, 2012
LONDON — Plans have been announced to reprise a limited manufacturing run and sale of the smallest-ever production automobile, the three-wheeled, single-seater P50 from the 1960s.
The microcar had a cousin, the bubble-top two-passenger Trident [seen above], which will also be offered for sale in resurrected form.
The original little cars were two of the products of Peel Engineering, on the west coast of the Isle of Man in the town of Peel. Other products were the Peel Manxcar and Peel Viking Sport, as well as prototype Minis for BMC.
The original Peel Engineering was the producer of the only motorcars ever built on the island perhaps best known for the legendary Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle road race first held in 1907.
According to Peel Microcars, a Web site claiming to be "the site for Peel microcars built in the Isle of Man," the original designer was Cyril Cannell.
Car enthusiasts Gary Hillman and Faizal Khan have acquired the company, and the new Peel Engineering, billing itself as "Home of the World's Smallest Car — Since 1962," is accepting orders for both models.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Earlier this week, spy photographers from WorldCarFans managed to catch a glimpse of what is supposed to be the next gen of the second gen Smart Fortwo microcar. From the spy images here, we can see that the new Smart Fortwo has been installed with daylight running LED's and minor cosmetic changes. It is also believed that Smart Fortwo microcar third gen will also be available in new and exciting color choices.
Monday, January 09, 2012
By James R. Healey, USA Today
Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he grossly overestimated the degree to which Americans would embrace a super-small car. But even though the Fiat 500 fell well short of predictions, Marchionne says it won't hurt the automaker's fortunes.
Marchionne admits he was way off when he forecast that 50,000 Fiat 500s could be sold in the U.S. every year. Until the Scion iQ came along, the stylish Fiat 500 reigned as the second-smallest car on the U.S. market after the eight-foot, eight-inch Smart.
The Fiat 500 is important because it fills the gap for a small, fuel-efficient car in the otherwise Hemi and truck-heavy Chrysler Group line-up. But the brand only sold 19,769 of them last year, 2,325 in December alone.
"Blame me. I'm the guy that came up with the 50,000 forecast," he said today in a session with reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The good news? He says the Fiat 500 is made at a plant in Toluca, Mexico, that's flexible enough to make 500s for other markets and didn't cost a lot to tool-up to build the 500 in the first place.
Fresh from its win in last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, Smart has unveiled a funky electric urban pickup concept at this week’s 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Yes, this tiny concept car is an open-top pickup complete with a sturdy tray, which Smart claims is ideal for holding a pair of bikes or whatever else the vehicle’s two passengers may wish to carry--along as it’s small.
The electric drive of the For-Us Concept is based on the electric drivetrain that will feature in the latest-generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive due this spring.
It consists of an electric motor rated at 73 horsepower and 95 pound-feet of torque and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17.6 kWh. In the For-Us Concept this zero-emission drivetrain will see the vehicle reach a top speed of 75 mph.
One innovative feature is the vehicle’s charging outlet in the cargo area. Smart suggests carrying a pair of electric bikes, so that any driver of the For-Us can also reach destinations that are out of bounds for cars--for example traffic-calmed zones in the city or isolated park trails.
While we don’t expect Smart to launch a pickup model anytime soon, we can envisage the For-Us Concept’s open-top design featuring on a sporty new roadster model. Following the success MINI has enjoyed with all its variants spun-off the basic Cooper hatchback design, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Smart follow the same route using its next-generation ForTwo as the basis.