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Dream Cruising For Real

I wanted a nice car that didn’t require any obvious re-habbing because I’m a story-teller and a writer, not a mechanic.

by on Aug.15, 2009

Mike Davis and his 1965 Comet Cruising

It’s pretty obvious memory and dreams “drive” the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Is there a real male out there who doesn’t dream about the car he learned to drive in, or his first car, or the car he wanted but couldn’t afford or parents wouldn’t allow?

Vinsetta Garage, Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Mich. Len Katz photo, click to enlarge

A Cruise driver minds his business. It’s stop 'n go, idling, keeping an eye on gauges, traffic and crowds.

I think that’s the basis for the love of old cars, at least the ordinary survivors, not the ultra high-priced classics.

And it’s pretty obvious memory and dreams “drive” the Woodward Dream Cruise.

I’ve been “covering” the Dream  Cruise since its inception, easy since I live only a couple of blocks off of Woodward. But it was more than four years ago that my son, a Navy doctor, said to me upon his graduation from flight surgeon school at Pensacola, “Dad, I’ve been thinking about getting a ’65 Mustang. What do you think of that?”

So I responded, “I’ve got a better idea, let’s go in together and get a ‘65 Comet convertible, like the first convertible I ever had.”

It took me nearly a year to find a good one, thanks to help from Jerry Robbins, president of the International Mercury Owners Association, for which I have been a historical consultant. I wanted a nice car that didn’t require any obvious re-habbing because I’m a story-teller and a writer, not a mechanic.
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Spy Shots: 2010? Dodge EV

Will Chrysler’s little battery-roadster be its first EV to charge into the market?

by on May.18, 2009

These are the first shots we've seen of an undisguised Dodge EV, suggesting the 2-seater could be getting readied for a launch as early as 2010.

These are the first shots we've seen of an undisguised Dodge EV, suggesting the 2-seater could be getting readied for a launch as early as 2010.

Chrysler is getting charged up about electric vehicles.  In a surprise move, last year, the ailing American automaker rolled out a trio of battery-powered vehicles that it announced would go into production during the coming decade.  Vice Chairman Jim Press has since said that one of them is set to debut as early as 2010.  But which one?

Would it be the Jeep EV, a modified version of the Dodge Wrangler?  Or perhaps the Chrysler EV, which starts out as a Town & Country minivan?  Both of these products fit into the Plug-in Hybrid – or, if you prefer, the extended-range electric – category, since they use a combination of lithium-ion batteries and an electric motor drive system paired with a conventional gasoline engine.

Well, if what we saw rolling down Woodward Ave., Detroit’s main drag, this past weekend, is any indication, the ailing automaker is getting ready to make a move with the third of its EV trio, the little Dodge EV.  The sexy little 2-seater fits into the pure battery car category.  If the basic design looks familiar, that’s because it starts out as a Lotus Europa modified to accept a lithium-ion battery pack, electric motor and computer control system. (more…)