The Golden Age Of Pontiac Woodies – Wide Open Throttle – Patrick Smith

The Golden Age of Pontiac Woodies – Wide Open Throttle – Patrick Smith

Woodies came from the beginning of the auto era when train station depot hacks were used to cart luggage around from the station to people’s hotels. Later on the hack was enlarged and made into a useful carrier for commerce. Groceries, farms, produce vendors used them to carry their wares. At one point, the hack became fully enclosed and a proper station wagon complete with windows, doors, glass. At that point, the station wagon went from basic transporter to a status symbol.

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Turning 40 – Auto-wa Biography – Keith Boardman

Turning 40 – Auto-wa Biography – Keith Boardman

Turning 40 is a major milestone, one that your author celebrated a couple of weeks ago. It seems like only yesterday that I turned 30, and my twentieth birthday doesn’t even seem like it was that long ago, but my tenth birthday feels like a distant memory at this point. Yes, it’s only a number, and I personally can’t see why there is such a big fuss about it.

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There Is Gold Under That Rust – Neil Graham

There is Gold Under that Rust – Neil Graham

“When you have a dream, don’t let it slip away from you. Just go and chase your dream and make it become reality.”

Jeremy Cassidy May 2, 2018. Part of a school project.

When Jeremy was about 12 he found his dream vehicle. He would see it every time he had a trip for treatments. Jeremy shared his dream with his Dad, Tim, who made many attempts to contact the owner and endeavour to buy it. Finally they connected. Tim explained the situation to Roger the owner and made a deal. Jeremy fronted the cash and he was the proud owner of a very tired 1954 Chev stepside, 5 window pickup.

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Sam McLaughlin And Buick – Cracking The Myth – Jil McIntosh

Sam McLaughlin and Buick – Cracking The Myth – Jil McIntosh

This year marks a milestone in Canadian automotive history. A century ago, Sam McLaughlin, who’d founded his car company by building his version of a Buick in Ontario, was nearing the end of his contract with that brand. The American automaker already owned half of his firm, and with no sons to carry it on, McLaughlin sold the remainder. In 1918, the McLaughlin Motor Company became General Motors of Canada.

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1948 Playboy – Time Machines – Glen Woodcock

1948 Playboy – Time Machines – Glen Woodcock

The Playboy Motor Car Company of Buffalo, N.Y. should have been a success. It wasn’t, but not for lack of effort on behalf of company founder Lou Horwitz and his partners, engineer Charlie Thomas and car builder Norm Richardson. Horwitz, a Packard dealer, saw the need for cheaper transportation after World War II and pegged the Playboy’s price at $985.

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1963 Falcon Rescue – Alyn Edwards

1963 Falcon Rescue – Alyn Edwards

Agassiz school custodian Stephanie Eckstein went into a deep depression after her husband of 34 years died from cancer. “I didn’t think I had a reason to live apart from my two daughters,” she says candidly of her life two years ago.

She often drove by a farm where an old red car rested beside a barn. It was a sad looking car that looked abandoned. She could relate to that.

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1930 Marmon – Time Machines – Glen Woodcock

1930 Marmon – Time Machines – Glen Woodcock

If you’re a fan of the history of the Indianapolis 500 the name Marmon may mean something, because a Marmon Wasp, driven by company engineer Ray Harroun, won the first ever 500 in 1911. And in that race Marmon introduced what was to become an automotive staple – the rearview mirror.

But for many in the old car hobby the name Marmon will be meaningless. Because chances are that outside of a major American auto museum you’ve never even seen a Marmon. They are few and far between, even in the U.S., and in Canada almost non-existent.

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