ACCOUTRAMA | Jacky Ickx Easy-Rider

It’s not uncommon to see racing drivers promoting time pieces.  It’s far less common to find a racing-themed watch that exercises a modicum of restraint.  This “bullhead” watch, known as the Easy-Rider, was named after Jacky Ickx in the 70s.  It combines minimalist style with bold graphics and exquisite details. [..]

VIDEO LIBRARY | “The Racing Scene”

Paul Newman and Steve McQueen are the first names that come to mind when we think of actors who raced cars — and Newman was the only one to have success in the form of a championship.  While James Garner did a lot of his own driving in Grand Prix, he was careful not to underestimate the challenge of driving a race car.  Perhaps that’s what makes his 1970 documentary, The Racing Scene, so appealing.  He’s just as intimidated as we would be, and as a result, we live vicariously through him. [..]

REARVIEW | Media and Messengers

“I wanted to get below the surface and demythologize the process.”

-Bill Porter, on the touring show he helped curate and oraganize, called Designing an Icon, Creativity and the American Automobile.
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This is gonna start off all esoterically autobiographical, here, so bear with me.

In May 1998, in a bookstore in Maryland, the day before a 128-mile bike ride, I started reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.  Which was, as it turned out, a pretty big deal for me.

What does this have to do with car design?

Well, this.

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REARVIEW  |  Industrial Design Show 1944

Image credits: Wallace Kirkland, Time Life

Life Magazine’s online photo collections frequently turn up forgotten gems.  Images that are as informative as they are engaging.  Here are some amazing renderings from an industrial design show in 1944.  You can almost hear the hiss of the airbrush… [..]

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