detours 🚧

Collection of interesting stories, noteworthy links, and things to browse when not on

Collection of interesting stories, noteworthy links, and things to browse when not on ;) I am working on a more compact, table-like layout and will also incorporate an expanded index near the bottom of the page for ease of navigation. -mb

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🚙 Fascinating updates from Richard Lane in Autocar, who traveled to Hambach, a former Mercedes / smart facility near Strasbourg, France—close to the border with Germany. Hambach made smart cars, now they make 4x4s thanks to Sir Jim Ratcliffe & Ineos Automotive.

“The Grenadier will even use the same lines as the Smart cars, but therein lay the problem for Ineos’s manufacturing team when it gained the keys to the place […] attempting to build one […] on lines designed for something half as long and a third as heavy would result in carnage.”
🍷 An incredible saga about a very (very) special glass bowl.

“Henry Ford and his wife Clara had very little money at the time of the race (1901) and a humble home on Hendrie Street in Detroit hardly befitting such a fine piece of glassware. Their son Edsel celebrated his eighth birthday shortly after the race was won. Soon after bringing the bowl home, Clara would express (repeatedly) concern that it would be broken.”
☠ Local Motors has a special place in my heart and it’s sad to see it go. Its founder and CEO was an early participant in #carchat on Twitter and remains a visionary doer in the mobility space. The Rally Fighter especially will go down as a turning point in a new wave of coach building. (Really.)

“The company made a big splash in the late 2000s with the release of the Rally Fighter, but never really found a footing after that.”
🎧 A wide-ranging, must listen to podcast featuring Brian Scotto and for Collecting Cars. From his upbringing to the (fantastic) 0-60 mag and Hoonigan, it’s awesome to hear Brian talk about his perspective on media and cars. Lots to learn. And yes, Brian, some of us totally remember THAT drift from Gymkhana Practice.

“So…when did you first meet Ken Block?” – Chris Harris to Brian Scotto
Collecting Cars on YouTube
🔊  KIA developed a soundboard called move.ment to stoke creativity within the company; now it’s a free download. I tried to cook something up using the OS X desktop version and wasted 10 minutes before my wife complained about the noise. That said, apparently it is a decent (free) plugin that works with more established recording software:

“This concept works surprisingly well… The instrument comes with close to 100 presets and lets you save your own creations for later use.”
Bedroom Producers Blog
🎣  A wild bit of car-related history from the Nipigong Lagoon in Canada by Grace Houghton, writing for Hagerty Media:

“Indeed, for Nipigon’s “car sinking lottery,” firefighters drove an old car onto the ice in the dead of winter. They then sold 50/50 draw tickets to Nipigonians, who bet on the time and date that the vehicle would break through the surface.”
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