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 firstname.lastname@example.org, find him on Twitter @cheneydrive (#spotted), or join him on Facebook (no login required). All photos by Peter Cheney unless otherwise noted.
From Bohemian to Bling
In the 1960s, Toronto’s
Shine of the Times
Although there doesn’t appear to be a formal schedule, luxury car owners gather in
Slipping Through Town Unnoticed
My friend Paul also spotted this matte pink Mercedes. If you’re looking for business ideas, how about opening a car-wrap franchise in
The Yorkville Express
This is an Excalibur, a U.S.-made car designed to look like a
Meanwhile, On the Other Side of Town…
I never cease to be amazed at what car owners can do with duct tape. My friend Patrick Dell spotted this never-say-die VW convertible near Woodbine and
No, That’s Not a Crocodile Skin Roof
Here’s a close-up of that duct-taped VW convertible. It’s definitely a distinctive look - and it’s cheaper than a new top. (Good thing duct tape comes in colours other than silver now)
I saw this crashed Mercedes getting rolled into the shop at
The Sacrificial Car
Despite the massive damage caused by the crash, the Mercedes’ passenger compartment was nearly intact. It’s amazing how well modern cars can protect the humans inside – the kinetic energy of a crash is dissipated by the deformation of the metal structure.
Go Big or Go Home
If you’re going to get a pickup truck, why not make it a big one? And why not deck it out with camouflage trim, jacked-up suspension and a billet grill? I spotted this GMC here in downtown Toronto. What better machine could there be for our city’s tiny parking spots, crowded streets and sky-high fuel prices?
The GMC made my car look like a bug that was about to get stuck in its grill. Respect.
Duck Dynasty Edition
The GMC had no shortage of camouflage trim. A thought: if you wanted to hide a truck, shouldn’t you to camouflage the entire thing, instead of just the mirrors, wheels and fender flares?
Truer Words Were Never Spoken
This looks like a mount point for a snowplow. The name says it all.
The Non-Macho Pickup
My wife and I spotted this Volkswagen
A Dash of Colour
I’m noticing a lot of bright-coloured wheels lately. This Mazda with lime-green rims rolled past me last week here in Toronto. The impact of wheel colour on resale value remains to be seen.
I’ve seen at least a dozen cars with unexpected wheel colours recently. Here’s another lime-green-wheel special – I spotted this one on Queen St. West in Toronto.
The Refrigerator Motif
If you don’t care for lime green, pink or orange, you can always paint your wheels to match the rest of your car. I spotted this