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Locating Missing Cars

Looking for a particular vintage or classic car, you can actually do worse than searching through local barns and under trees in some back-forty. Though they will invariably be found under a layer of muck, brush, or worse, they are there to be found. Believe it or not, people don’t always think to protect these gems in the way you might imagine. Some have been found in the oddest places.

The Dino

A Dino was reported stolen in December 1974. A Dino, for those of who don’t already know, is a real-wheel drive car that was produced by Ferrari between 1957 and 1976. The car’s name was the nickname for Alfredo Ferrari, the son of the venerable Enzo Ferrari. The Dino finally turned up when two young boys were digging in their garden. How it ended up there, no one knows.

The Bullitt Mustang

The stunt car from the original movie Bullitt disappeared not long after filming, turning up later in a scrapyard in Mexico. When found, it was hardly recognizable as a Mustang. It was riddled with holes, whether it was used for target practice or maybe as an object for someone drilling holes, it’s a mystery. Not even being in a movie was enough to keep it from being abandoned by its owner.

The Cuban Falconwing

A Mercedes Benz, a Gullwing (also known as a Falconwing due to how its doors open like wings of a bird), was reported missing in Cuba only to turn up in a lot far away. It then disappeared again, later turning up under the shade of a banana tree miles away. The most famous gullwing is probably the DeLorean, a model of car that never sold well, finally ending with hundreds of models being scrapped, sending the manufacturer into bankruptcy.

The Largest Barn-find

In another amazing barn find, over three hundred cars were found in a large barn in Europe. The collection began in the 1970s and included a Bizzarani, which was created in the 60s, a race car which had been entered in Le Mans. Created by a joint enterprise between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, this car was considered to be ahead of its time, likely being the reason why it didn’t last long.

How to Make your Own Barn-find

If you want to make your own barn-find, start with some research. Talk with people from the older generation, especially those who live out in the sticks – there’s no use looking for barn finds in the middle of Chicago, Dallas, or Seattle. It’s best to network your target area. People like mail-carriers, hairdressers, delivery drivers, and established real-estate agents may be the ones you need to get the break you’re looking for. Attending a swap meet or local holiday celebration or parade might just turn up the connection you’re looking for – putting you on the trail of the next big find.

Sometimes it’s just serendipity. You see a farm, miles from anywhere, one with a dilapidated old barn out back – maybe they have gems they don’t realize are there. Not sure where to start, pull up Google Maps, find an out-of-the-way community, and hit the open road.

Foreign Roads

Exploring foreign roads fully changes your perspective. It’s one of the best ways to expand your understanding of the different ways things we do every day can be done. The problem is navigating the things that are not the same as at home.

Every country does it differently:

What side of the road am I supposed to be on? What condition do they keep their roads in?

I bet you didn’t even thing to ask if the other drivers passed a recognized driving license test. Some countries let you buy your license which can be a surprise if you come from one that requires a test. It’s important to look into what other documents you need by law.

It’s a good idea to review the more obvious laws of the country they are driving in.

Next you have to consider what problems may affect the environment, anything from strong weather to natural disasters. Some roads in some countries flood routinely and locals hardly think to mention it.

It’s best to check and recheck the route of the journey beforehand. It’s a good idea to use a GPS it often updates with weather conditions accidents and the like. Look out too for GPS updates. It’s important that your system reacts to changes in speed limit.

If you rent a car check out everything including the headlights, tire tread, brakes, oil, water and so on. Take note of any scratches and dents you might see.

Some emergency equipment will be highly useful – everything from jump leads, the spare tire, a hazard triangle (again depending on the country), tow rope and extinguisher as well as the all-important first aid kit. In a number of countries, you can be arrested for not having the right equipment.

It’s a good idea not to speed, especially if the roads are unreliable. It’s never advisable to drive in a tired state.

Another easy to overlook item is that not all traffic police chase you in cars, some stand at the side of the road waving at you to stop. Also, not all of them are reliable – some may place a fake ticket on you-so it’s best to check it.

Look at getting fully comprehensive insurance – it may be the costlier choice, but it will be worth it.

It may be best to stay with the rest of the traffic as other drivers tend to know what they are doing. It may be wise to make a point to review what local road signs look like and mean before you go.

It should come as little surprise that most road accidents occur in countries with the lowest incomes, so road safety is important. In conjunction with the Red Cross and Red Crescent there are a number of projects out there to reduce the deaths in developing countries, whether by education, legislating or equipment.

One such enterprise is the 7% Campaign which finances motorcycle helmets for children from Thailand; only 7% of Thai motorcyclists currently wear helmets. This project is also supported by Save The Children and works with the public authorities of Thailand.

If your business involves logistics, it’s especially hard to drive a truck on more treacherous roads. It’s a good idea to become a member of the International Road Federation, a not-for-profit company which has been in operation since 1948. They provide information on roads around the world and advocate best practices. They also run a series of webinars.

Best of the Web: Car Toy Projects

Were coming out with our own story about toy cars that help you share your passion for cars with your kids. But we found this one and thought it was really good. So build a car with your kids and share something you love.

12 Self Propelled Car Projects & More

Welcome to make it move STEM challenges!  Our Summer STEM activities are all about things that go, move, fly, bounce, spin, and more. Use the materials you have on hand to invent your own simple machines designed to move in some way, shape, or form. Get ready to design, engineer, test, and re-test your own things that move with the following STEM activities for kids.

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Why You Shouldn’t Pick Your Nose While Driving

There are a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t pick your nose while driving.

First, and most obvious, if you need to slam on the breaks your finger will tickle your brain in all the wrong ways.

The second reason you shouldn’t pick you nose while driving is that literally every millennial (and gen-whatever-comes-next) out there has a cell phone and a YouTube channel and would love to make you famous for your gold mining expedition in your prodigious proboscis on your way to that job you hate which is why you are mining for gold in the first place. Not a good look for your 15 minutes of fame.

The third, and possibly most compelling reason why you shouldn’t pick your nose while driving is that when you are making your eloquent speech to the judge as to why you shouldn’t have to pay for your photo-radar or red-light-camera ticket, you don’t want to have to keep asking them to pay attention to your speech, not the 10ft by 12ft photo of your spelunking in your nasal cavity while sailing past the camera.

So, in conclusion, the reasons why you shouldn’t pick your nose while driving are many, and varied, but all harken back to the old adage: if you don’t want it on Instagram, don’t do it in public.

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Alternative Wedding Cars

The Rolls Royce may be described as overrated when it comes to the wedding car. So, what are the alternatives out there?

Bentley

Like the Rolls, a Bentley is all about luxury, especially when it is chauffeur–driven and there’s access to chilled champagne, though maybe most couples could do without items like massaging seats?

The Bentley is all about power and rapid acceleration with a pristine leather interior. Variations include the continental GT with its impressive sound system included.

The Bentley Bentayga has a large trunk, especially important if you are heading straight for the airport to catch a flight to the honeymoon destination.

Mercs

Think twice before you skip the chauffeur so you can drive yourself. Weddings are emotionally and physically draining.

Can you really say you’re able to give the road the attention it deserves?
Could you have a friend fill in if budget is a concern?
How bad would an accident on your wedding day be?

But if your mind is made up, consider a Mercedes-Benz. These cars are smooth and elegant with items such as radar cruise control will help you avoid fatigue related accidents.

His Dream Car!

McLaren

Let’s be honest. Weddings are super expensive, and the goal is to give the bride her dream day. The groom is expected to sign off on all the decisions and he’d better pretend to be excited because a lack of enthusiasm for planning is interpreted as a lack of enthusiasm for the marriage. Truth be told the lack of enthusiasm starts about the time the groom figures out that he’s going to be over-ruled on every decision, which he probably interprets as a bad sign of things will operate after the wedding.

One thing a thoughtful bride could do is rent her groom’s dream car to drive away in after the ceremony. There’s a lot of choices and this might require some careful questioning on her part. Or perhaps she could ask the best man.

Some men might want a Mustang, which has a great sense of luxury. If the budget allows, many men yearn to be behind the wheel of a McLaren or a Ferrari or even something like a Maserati. These types of vehicles tend to be at the top end of the wedding car rental market though.

If a bride is willing to put in some research it is possible to find a number of vintage cars out there in their original colors such as the cream Chevrolet Stylemaster or a scarlet Florida fire truck. Other examples include a Ford Charabanc from the 1930s with wood veneer.

Ford Charabanc

Some more information about the Charabanc: it was an early form of coach and the word comes from the French Char a bancs – literally carriage with benches. It generally wasn’t used beyond the 1920s except for special occasions.

If you are looking for the more dated version of vintage possibly you require a replica of an Oldsmobile from 1905 which unfortunately cannot travel faster than 20mph. One of the first mass produced cars, they had the original name of Olds automobiles.

Really Alternative Wedding Cars

Items such as yellow school buses and pickup trucks have been utilized in the act of getting to and from church.

Morris Minor

There’s also the bohemian VW camper van or even something like a Morris Minor or a taxi. A tractor may be too weird for most people though.

When looking for a taxi you can do worse than looking for a Checker cab and maybe the best Checker to go for is Marathon. Based on the Checker Superba’s shape it’s noteworthy for its improved interior and came in a four-door sedan or five door station wagon. A limousine version was also built, the Marathon Town Custom. Unfortunately, the last one was made in 1982 and Checker eventually folded as a company in 2010.

The Most Important Factors

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If your plate is full in making the wedding come off without a hitch, having a rental car delivered straight to location is a great way to take something off your plate. Be sure to check the car can be delivered to your location. Some rental car companies that claim to deliver actually mean to say, only if it’s a hotel or airport. There are also cars which are delivered to custom locations (like a park or church).

If planning to use a car you or a friend owns, be sure it’s reliable and that you have roadside assistance as all cars are liable to break down at the worst possible time. Peace of mind is everything.

The good news is that nearly any car is hireable and even if you can’t find a certain car online given the right amount of money there is someone who can locate it for you and allow you to hire it for a limited period. Now all you have to do is agree as a couple what to use!