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This 1964 (I think) Ford Fairlane 500 was parked (illegally, I might add) on Cary Street heading toward downtown. This one sports the base V8 engine, if the 260 badge at the front turn signal is to be believed. It didn’t look like it had been moved in awhile. Which is a shame. I’ll bet on the right fall day here in Richmond, this’d be a sweet ride.

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The kids and I had picked a designer buddy up near Carytown and as we were heading to Manchester via Cary St, we saw this Austin-Healey Sprite. I thought it was a Mark IV but the plates say that it’s a ‘64, making it a Mark II.

The weather broke last week so it was a perfectly wonderful day to be out in this little car. I was instantly jealous. The flags on the headlights put me in mind of this silly little compilation from the Conan O’Brien show. Yeah, baby! 

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I’d bet that if you took all the badging off this (I think) 1985 Audi 5000 S, you wouldn’t guess it was an Audi. Its big, bulky design doesn’t say luxury today but back in the mid 80s when this body style was in production, it was a big deal. I remember as a kid, really loving them when I saw them though I can’t imagine they handled all that well.

Anyway, we found this one deep in Chesterfield County while we were looking for the library.

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I completely forgot we’d seen this 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in Glen Allen one night before we headed to my grandmother’s house for dinner. I’m not thrilled with the flames or the tailgate but the paint was beautiful. A K5 in this kinda shape would definitely turn heads.

Anyway, figure it’s a bonus. Happy Friday.

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My daughter was in an art camp at the Visual Arts Center in the Fan (which she loved, by the way) and my son and I were again left to our own devices. We saw this (I think) 1970 GMC Jimmy at a repair shop nearby. I was immediately smitten ‘cause I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these with this grille. He kinda thought it looked like Jean Louise, my Scout II. I explained that this was nearly as cool. It was a funny association to make since the Scout was created to compete with the Jeeps of its day and the Jimmy was designed to compete with the Scouts of its day.

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We’ve been moving and things have been really hectic for the last few weeks. Sorry for the lack of posts.

My son and I were doing some new-house related stuff and we came across this VW Type 2 parked right behind this Type 3 near Libbie and Grove. He immediately preferred the bus and I the car. His newfound opinion may have something to do with the calendar of Type 2s he got for Christmas. I’m chalking it up to raising him right.

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The kids and I were on the way to have dinner with my aunt and grandmother and we passed this on her street in Glen Allen. The kids are used to the hasty, “You guys wait here.” while I rush out and snap some pictures so it wasn’t a big deal.

I had a friend who owned a 1977 Toyota E30 (Corolla) liftback just like this, except hers was grey. I always loved the simplicity of this car. It was the third generation of cars to bear the Corolla name. It never occurred to me - though it probably should have - that there’s a place in Japan called Toyota City, and that’s where the ones sold here in the States came from.

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It’s getting hot here in Richmond and the kids are restless. My kids, anyway. They hate having a bedtime before the sun goes down so my wife and I are working harder to tire them out. This past weekend, we made them go for more mulberries.

While we were out wandering in our neighborhood, we saw this second generation Ford Thunderbird. “Haven’t I told you about it before?” she asked. ‘We see it every day on the walk to school.” She had not told me about it and I was thrilled to see it.

This one’s a 1958. Again, as with so many cars of the period, you can see the influence of the space race one the design. This is clearly what the future looked like in the late 50s. I’d be the designers would be peeved to find that we don’t have personal jetpacks these days.

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I almost drove by this second generation Mercury Capri in Woodland Heights. I’d dismissed it in my head for a Mustang and half a block later decided to circle back just to make sure. My favorite Capri is the first generation, but the second gen with the “bubbleback” is a close second.

I’m not sure, but I think this is an ‘80.

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Usually, this time of year, the kids and I go picking mulberries to make preserves. They grow wild in the alleys of Woodland Heights so it gives them a sense of purpose for an hour or two and it tires their little legs out. But they can eat as many of the icky little fruits as they like while we walk. It’s a win-win.

This time, we saw this 1958 GMC pickup that’s been converted to a camper. And once again, I was pretty sure it belonged to one of my old students. I met Andre as a 9th grader but he’s an accomplished artist in his own right and teaching at the Tyler School of Art.

Anyway, I completely forgot to leave him a card and I know he’s on his way back north with this, but it sure was cool to see it firsthand. I think the lettering on the badges is amazing.