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— In Alberta, Canada, a guy stole a John Deere tractor and evaded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as he crashed through fences, trees, and a discipline before rolling it on a hill. The Mounties were only ready to locate the tractor when a passing snowmobiler followed the snowy tracks. This write-up was posted on social media by way of astronaut Chris Hadfield, which can make this news story the most Canadian thing ever. Insert Bob and Doug Mackenzie reference right here.
— Jason Torchinsky drove his dream automobile. No, it is not a Citroën DS — that’;s my dream automobile. Torchinsky’;s muse is the 1941 Tatra T87, a gorgeous finned dreamboat that he known as “a misplaced relic of this wildly optimistic technological potential that by no means really occurred, and it truly is thrilling just to be around this lost orphan of that globe.” Spoiler alert: he nearly gave it a excellent score, with the only demerit currently being that he did not own it.
— Designer David Obendorfer envisions a world exactly where it truly is not just the Beetle, Mini, Fiat 500, and other cult compact classics that are worthy of retrofuturism. That’;s as well simple. If he had it his way, we would be driving about in updated Fiat 127s or Renault 4s — the cars our grandparents may possibly have owned, in the Previous Nation. The autos that place Poland on wheels! The car that invented the hatchback! All these automobiles deserve to be retro-ized, as does a BMW CS that pays homage to the slightly awkward New Class coupes — prior to providing way to the legendary E9. Obendorfer gives favor to the 500 as effectively in both coupe and spider guise, in case Fiat decided to encounter a model proliferation war with Mini. It’;d be a war that they win.
— You can’;t acquire a Mazda Cosmo. No, siree. Not except if you are the ghost of Kenichi Yamamoto or a denim-clad former talk show host with a true-existence Gran Turismo garage. But envision if you could! Imagine combining the 60s-spaceship styling with a modern day drivetrain. Picture ditching that cantankerous rotary engine for 1 whose parts virtually grow on trees. Picture a 7/8ths scale Cosmo with oversized tires that slightly resembles a Jada Toys model you purchase at a 7-Eleven, and you are going to get the Cosmo 21, a full-on Mazda idea that debuted at the 2002 Tokyo Motor Show. An RX-8 engine filled the Miata NB chassis. Inside have been houndstooth seats and more quilting than a twelve-pack of Bounty. Exciting truth: it was created by the identical folks who gave Japan the Miata Coupe — and the jury’;s still out on which 1 we would rather get.
— Lastly, we here just wanted to give you a positive existence reaffirmation: hey. It really is a fantastic day to be a car.
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