Sunny Breaks salutes: The Stout Scarab

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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.

Sunny Breaks salutes: Angela Lansbury

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The Deadly Toys Affair, a second season episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E had Angela Lansbury as one of its guest stars, and she pretty much stole the show. At this stage of the Uncle series its starting to go more over the top and she was really hamming it up. That was 1965. I love the pillarless sedans of 1965. UNCLE is full of them. So was The Invaders. I was thinking Lansbury must have had a pretty good run if that was the 60s and Murder She Wrote was 80s. But after looking up her filmog on wikipedia I see that that was only part of it. Born in 1925! Even still being alive is an achievement, but actually _doing stuff_ on top of that?: Ms. Lansbury we salute you.

I don’t know what it would’ve been like growing up during the war. But that aside, 1925 would have been a pretty choice time to be born–being 25 at 1950, especially in boomtime, US. Mostly I’m thinking the west coast, Leo Fender, the Telecaster, the colour called <a href=”http://www.gbase.com/gear/fender-telecaster-custom-shop-1996-mary-kay-w”>Mary Kay</a>. I don’t know why they call it that.