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.
Executive Parking Fire lane? What fire lane?
I spotted this BMW outside a Home Depot in the Stockyards district here in Toronto.
Save the Whales
The earlier 911s develop significant aerodynamic lift at high speed. This
humpback-sized tail should help.
All Original, Some TLC Required
License Plate History
My good friend and Globe librarian Paula Wilson spotted this vintage picture of former Ontario premier Bill Davis while she was combing through the archives. Taken in November of 1972, it shows Davis with the province’s new multi-year license plate (until these came along, you had to get a new set of plates every year.) The multi-year plate also introduced the new provincial logo: “Keep it Beautiful.” Speaking of which: how about that pinstripe suit?
Back in the Day
My friend Bill
That Seventies Thing
My friend Pete Brock (the guy on the right in this picture) is one of the
world’s great gear heads. (Among his long list of accomplishments is designing
I spotted this on the autobahn during my road test of the new Porsche 911S. Does anyone know what it is? (I don’t.)
Flamed Detroit vans were a common sight on the interstate back in the 1970s.
But I shot this one on the German autobahn in 2014. Go figure.
The Woodstock Spirit Lives
As you may know, VW has killed off the
Two Classics (One Driveable)
Queen Street West in Toronto is always an interesting place (my wife teaches
at a school nearby.) This classic Ford pickup looked super cool parked in front
of the wall-mounted Elvis-mobile at the Cadillac Lounge.
Everyone has their own vision, and it is often expressed on our cars. But I
have no idea what these angry-looking bird heads are supposed to mean. They got
my attention, anyway.
The Big Wing Lotus
I just traded in my Lotus. Here are my current and previous cars, parked side
by side in front of the dealer. As you can see, the new one has a gigantic wing
on the tail. (If I decide I don’t like it, I can bolt on the smaller wing in
five minutes…. we’ll see.) I’m now working on graphic designs for the car. If
you have any great ideas on that front, please feel free to suggest.