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While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Ten Parking-Lot Finds Show Why Sometimes Parking Your Old Car is as Important as Driving It

Posted March 16, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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I’ve often bored my friends with the declaration that "I’m not much interested in any vehicle that I can’t drive to the grocery store.” Meaning something that is designed to either live the pampered life of a show-only car or the specialist existence of a pure racing machine. Likewise, I've met owners who will drive their car but won't stop anywhere on the trip—just making a big loop out of the garage. I get my joy in having an old car to use just as a car.

That’s not to say I begrudge anyone what they do with their vehicle, just that I get very excited whenever I see something similar—an old car being used as a car. Who among us hasn’t stopped to scope out an interesting old machine in a parking lot?

There’s a compelling argument that not only driving but parking these things is one of the most important ways we can educate the public on the desirability of old cars. We all spend so much time driving, it’s great to imagine doing it in something cool. Getting our cars out and about encourages non-owners to imagine that also, fanning a nascent enthusiasm.

So, special thanks to all the folks at Amelia Island this year who turned every parking lot into a cool-car scavenger hunt.

See what they found.

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03/17/2022 8:41 AM

Overtaking a 1905-built Rolls Royce Silver Ghost on a French Autoroute just north of the town of Amiens a couple of years ago was quite a revelation, and worth slowing down for while passing, as was being parked next to it on the Calais-Dover cross-Channel ferry a little while later. It had been to the south of France, reportedly, and without any strategic spare parts on board!

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03/18/2022 2:03 AM

When I was a teenager one of the local shop keepers had two of those and every year he would have one serviced and take it on a round Queensland trip. He was proud that he never had a breakdown way back in 1962 and then the goat tracks we now call highways were no better than potholes interspersed with washboard for roads.

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