<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/8839778438/” title=”scarab by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5349/8839778438_72a4dd6c37.jpg” width=”500″ height=”295″ alt=”scarab”></a>
There was actually a drivable version of this in <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.A._Noire”>LA Noire</a> but it never occurred to me that it was a real car until I recently read an article about great cars that died an early death. It’s worth reading the whole wiki <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stout_Scarab”>article</a> about it because there’s so many amazing things about the design that I won’t rewrite them all here. In 1935 it must’ve looked like what a UFO floating past would look like to us today. I’m really surprised no one has tried to revive this design in some way.
Other stuff that’s fallen by the wayside:
1. I love stumbling across websites like this -> <a href=”http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/default.htm”>Drive-ins Down Under</a>. Someone has narrowed their focus to one thing and spent a long time researching and digging up info on it. Very interesting.
2. Ford. I guess I wasn’t under any allusions that ford was anything other than an american company that made cars here but it is disappointing to see them shutting down completely here in geelong, essentially because they couldn’t give a fuck. The last innovation they came up with was the factory mass-production line back in the 1920s and since then it’s just been about keeping the status quo. Maybe if they’d started repositioning australian production 20 years ago into the smaller, more affordable/efficient car sector then maybe it’d be a different story.