We don’t do this very often. Opening up Our Modest Car Collection to yahoos off the street, even if they’ve put on a faded Banana Republic polo and clutching a cheap notebook in some pitiful mockery of journalism, is a blessedly rare occurrence. But today, you, my friend, you are in for a treat! Because behind these…
The Dodge Dart is the sort of car Al Bundy would have driven if he didn’t mistake a Dodge for his Plymouth Duster. But take another look at it, start smiling, and get a cheap one while you still can.
Last week I had two friends from the Bay Area over to my apartment in Los Angeles. They recently moved to San Francisco from Oakland and I asked how they liked their new digs. "We love it. But I wish there was a way to get between Oakland and San Francisco easier."
Well if this isn't the most Oakland thing I've seen all day. Also, someone please get that driver off the road, before they hit, ya know, a person.
A 1927 Oakland with a Pontiac engine in the hands of a Californian who likes to make period-correct surfboards and use that car as a surf wagon. Call me crazy but I love it.
In the future, every event that takes place on or near a road will be captured on dashcam. Evidence of the rising trend is a shooting on the streets of Oakland last month, recorded by a passing driver.
New developments have emerged in the saga of the tuner cars that shut down highway traffic in Oakland last weekend so they could do some smoky donuts.
No one seemed terribly happy with the guys who stopped traffic on an Oakland highway and then posted a video of it to Facebook, least of all the real police and the Internet police, both of whom are trying to track down the people involved.
102 years ago last Thursday the newly formed GM bought an interest in Oakland Motor Car Corporation. Pontiac was introduced as a companion brand to Oakland in 1926. By 1933, Pontiac was so popular it absorbed the entire Oakland Company.
Imagine you're an AirTran pilot. You might be nervous about your job, or Southwest's corporate culture. Then you might see this video, where you're promised instruction on how to roll a 400-pound granny down the jetway. Helloooo, new corporate overlords!
Sometimes you just can't believe what you see on your way to the junkyard.
East Oakland can be a tough place, and so the Ice Cream Man must also be tough! A slot-mag-equipped Whiting truck, with broken windows and hand-scrawled ads for $1.00 root beer floats… might as well call it the Boogie Man!
We saw a few outtakes from my deservedly brief stint as a filmmaker last week, and now I've dug up a 25-year-old VHS tape of the crypto-car-centric 1984 epic The Phone Police.
Many of us have looked at a beat-to-hell sedan, then reached for the Sawzall and created an open-air summer cruiser. Then, when the weather turns cold/rainy, it gets junked. But if you're Belvedere Adrian, you keep driving it for decades!
Now that I've sorted out all the SCSI termination headaches on my 1998-vintage slide scanner, I've digitized some more of my old 35mm negatives. Here's a trio of old cars I shot in 1989.
Les Firestine Ford disappeared from Oakland's Auto Row many decades ago, but this promo film- apparently shown in theaters around the East Bay- makes the Deuce Coupe seem like a pretty good deal, even now.