Classic Captions – ’74 Dodge Dart Hang Ten Edition


By 1974, the anti-establishment counterculture of the ’60s had mellowed with age, and the need to earn paychecks. Simultaneously, pro-America sentiment was rising as the Bicentennial approached. Dodge decided to split the difference and create an edition of their mid-sized Dart featuring youth-oriented, surf-themed graphics in red, white, and blue. Their ad men put a long-haired, surf-loving beauty in a stars-and-stripes swimsuit and gave her a board adorned ‘Merican colors as well. And then they put the trio in a gravel quarry, with nary a nor shining sea nor purple mountain in sight. No, I can’t explain that last part.

But I’m sure of of you can. You know the drill: post a cutting, witty or snarky comment and wait to bask in the glory of the upvotes that will follow.
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A Photo Rebus Puzzle

Peter Tanshanomi November 8, 2016 Quick Shifts


Since it’s Tuesday, and it’s also sad trombone night for at least 40% of you in America, let’s have some silly fun this afternoon. Can you figure out the meaning behind this photo rebus puzzle?

False Neutral #36: Bucket List Rides


The last couple of episodes have focused exclusively on motorcycles—the machines themselves. But the bike is only half of the magic of riding, the other part is the perfect road. Is there someplace you dream of riding to, or through, or around? Regardless if it’s the way the road curves, the scenery, or the destination, we all dream of that ride we’re going to do “someday.” Eric and Pete share theirs, and Garrett’s, too, even though he was not able to be with us.

There are no bike images this week, because they really didn’t factor into the discussion. I debated including maps of the routes we discuss, but that would make listening a bit anti-climactic, wouldn’t it? Instead, we invite you to Google some of the routes that you’re not familiar with. and are probably the only two names that present spelling challenges and — what do you know? — we’ve included them for you here.

False Neutral – Bucket List Rides

Classic Captions Contest: 1963 Devin Edition


Bill Devin was one of the original promoters of what we know as kit cars today. Starting in the mid ’50s, he built a series of fiberglass bodies that could be bolted onto a VW Beetle pan, or used to build a true front-engine sports car with full custom frame and a Triumph 4-banger—or even an American V8! By 1963, when this ad appeared, Bill was also selling complete, turn-key sports cars.

This surf-loving couple seem to be be appreciative of the Devin’s smooth shape. No actually they aren’t even looking at it. What are they looking at? And why are they holding that pose? And why do they need three surfboards? I’m sure you can give us a clever reason, so click through to the comments section and share it.
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False Neutral #35: Investment Bikes


As promised, we took reader suggestions and talk about which bikes we believe will — or in some cases, won’t — appreciate in value over the next five to ten years. Our suggestions may surprise you; we surprised each other with a couple of them. We also discuss whether there are respectable 50cc options on which a man approaching middle age could commute, and have the world’s shortest discussion of snowmobiles. Be sure to click past the jump — over 40 motorcycle pictures are waiting for you!

Note: Eric’s audio has an odd hiss at times early in the podcast, but it goes away before too long, so don’t let it deter you.

False Neutral – Investment Bikes

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Classic Captions Contest – 1948 Kaiser Edition

Autumn colors are currently on the verge of turning to snow-cover in the less temperate reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, and this week our Classic Captions Contest appropriately follows suit. Whether it’s due to salt corrosion or traction, winter weather is an issue for automotive buffs; the skiing crew in this Kaiser ad probably had good reason to be concerned about both.

Share your best caption or quip about this image, and remember that early entries tend to get more votes!
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False Neutral #34: Alternative Suspension


Eric, Garrett and I get technical this week, discussing alternative motorcycle suspension and steering technology. From springer and girder front ends to leading link forks to anti-dive devices, we talk about what worked, what didn’t work, and what the motorcycle industry has abandoned and come back to later. I kinda geek out slightly here and there.

Website links mentioned in this podcast:

False Neutral – Alternative Suspension

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Classic Captions Contest – 1962 Lincoln Continental Edition


Most of the time, our Classic Captions Contest images are full of complexity, or absurdly unlikely situations, or perhaps some overly-faddish outdated trends. But today we have an image quite stark in its simplicity: just a young lad, sitting alone on the door sill of a Lincoln Continental four-door sedan. The featureless white background and lack of context leaves the source of his dejected expression up to you. I trust all of you will make the most of that extra latitude in the comments.

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For $30K, You Can Be Your Own Automotive Magnate!

Willow kit cars

Have you ever wanted a car of your own? I don’t mean just owning one example of a particular car, I’m talking owning the whole model: tooling, design, manufacturing rights, the whole shebang. Instead of thinking, “If I’d made that car, I’d have done it this way…” you could make it be that way. If you wanted to call it the Bob Smedley Is Awesome or the Sex Gunner Stocking-Foot Martian Weasel, nobody could stop you—it’s YOUR car! You could make reality match your dreams. Okay, so your dreams can’t include being financially viable in the endeavor, but that’s a minor quibble.

Eric Seltzer designed the Willow kit car in the late ’70s, and marketed it for a couple of years before selling the project in 1984. The assets remained basically mothballed until he bought them back earlier this year. The whole ball of wax, including the two unfinished cars shows above, are currently listed on Ebay for $29,500, although he’s willing to consider offers.
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False Neutral #33: Between Something And Nothing

We didn’t have a defined theme or subject for this week’s episode, so the topic is either nothing, or everything:

  • We re-examine what reliable bikes can be had for around $2000 that are suitable for occasional two-up riding.
  • Garrett confesses the lust he has in his heart for the Aprilia Tuono V4, which leads us to wonder about evolution of the term “naked bike.”
  • We opine whether the adventure bike segment is over-saturated.
  • In between all this, we invite you to tell us what bikes you think are poised to skyrocket in value. Leave us a comment about the bikes you think are sure-thing investments right now, and we might discuss your suggestion in a couple of weeks.

False Neutral – Between Something And Nothing

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