Spotted is Globe Drive writer Peter Cheney's weekly feature that takes you behind the scenes of his life as a vehicle and engineering journalist. In coming weeks, we'll also highlight the best of your original photos and short video clips (10 seconds or less), which you should send with a short explanation. E-mail email@example.com, find him on Twitter @cheneydrive (#spotted), or join him on Facebook (no login required). All photos by Peter Cheney unless otherwise noted.
Test Drive Fail
One of my readers was on the scene this week when things went bad for this Ferrari F40 in
Giant Mystery Machine
My wife and I spotted this strange machine on
A Closer Look at the Giant
As it pulled up alongside, we got a better at the mystery machine. It looks like two car bodies grafted together, Dr. Frankenstein-style. And it sounded like a truck, suggesting that the chassis beneath came from something like a Ford F-350. The wheels don’t quite fit the wheel wells, which tends to support my theory of a one-off body dropped onto a donor frame.
The Villagers With Torches Were Right Behind
And here's a rear view of the giant. Definitely a Frankenstein job – look at the way the front section of the body aligns with the rear bodywork. Looks like Igor collected the parts for this one. Definitely interesting, though.
Creative Driving 101
The driver of this
Cue the Theme From Shaft
I noticed this Cadillac in
Fall of an Icon
If you’re a Mercedes buff, you may remember the legendary 6.3 sedan, which was built between 1968 and 1972. With a monster V8 engine wedged into a car that originally came with an inline six, the 6.3 could cruise at over 200 km/h while carrying five passengers in limousine-like comfort. My friend Ian
The Anti F-150
I’ve been noticing a rising number of tiny, Japanese-market trucks in Toronto lately. This Honda
A Wheelbarrow With a Windshield
Where Air Cooling Still Lives
I spotted this vintage Porsche 911 and
Speaking of Air Cooled…
If you look under the hood of a
The Hillbilly Corvette
If any of you can explain what the logos on this Corvette mean, please let me know. I spotted it on Highway 401 a while ago during a trip to Montreal, and have been wondering about it ever since. (In particular, I’d love to know what “
I spotted this strange-looking contraption on the back of a Hyundai last fall. At first, I thought it was a bike rack made by
The Rolling Ornament
As I got closer to the Hyundai, I could see that the tail-mounted contraption was made from wrought iron. I have no idea what its intended function might be, if any. Clothes-drying rack? Ornament?
The Art of the Homemade Repair
Rust repair is a little-understood skill. The only way to eliminate rust is to cut out the corroded section, replace the rotten metal, and seal both sides to prevent further moisture intrusion. Or you could do what this minivan owner did – slop a bunch of body filler on the outside, which will trap even more moisture inside, accelerating your car’s demise.
Duct Tape for the Titanic
Here’s a close-up of the rust repair on that minivan. Next to sticking a piece of duct tape on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg, fixes don’t get much more futile than this.