Car Beat: Not Exactly Ugly

Whenever I see a cool car around the neighborhood, I take pictures and send them to my pal Eric up in Portland who runs Other People’s Things, my favorite car blog. He responds with some knowledge and we post the results here and it’s called “Car Beat.” Here’s what Eric has to say about this oddity:

Wow.

What can I say? It’s not exactly ugly, but it isn’t pretty either. Definetly a custom job, but I couldn’t find any info on the kit or manufacturer (though this guy in Arkansas has a similar kit)

I’d say it’s a good impression of a (most likely) American built custom kit on a German car imitating a pre-war British coupe, which at the time were imitating their bigger American cousins.

Thanks, Eric!

Driving your car through a BART station

[via Mission Local]

Old black Volvos through the ages

Car Beat: A Studebaker!

Whenever I see a cool car around the neighborhood, I take pictures and send them to my pal Eric up in Portland who runs Other People’s Things, my favorite car blog. He responds with some knowledge and we post the results here and it’s called “Car Beat.” Here’s what Eric has to say about this little beauty:

That’s a nice car you found, looks to me like a Studebaker Lark Convertible. Very nice. Probably one of the most versatile designs from Studebaker, it had a ton of different variations; they even used the front end from the B-pillar forward in their pickup truck, the Champ.

Thanks, Eric!

And now:

Now THAT’S a rad stretch limo

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Parked just down the street from the illustrious Verdi Club. Perhaps if Uber drivers drove these instead of those boring grandpa town cars, I might even be inclined to try them out for once!

Actually, NOPE.

Gnarly pedestrian accident

@SFSavage, father of P.D. Bird was tangentially involved in a pedestrian car accident today downtown:

Apparently the driver took off before the police got involved. Really hoping the pedestrian is not too badly injured, but it sounds pretty rough. These streets are busy, and I’m hearing about too many pedestrian/car/bike accidents these days. No matter how you’re moving through a street, it’s everyone’s responsibility to be aware of what’s around. I like to think I’m careful as a pedestrian, on a bike and in my car, but we could all use a reminder.

In other news, Curbed reports that the large and confusing intersection at Haight-Gough-Market is getting an overhaul with regards to safety. Good to hear, I was the victim of a hit and run while walking across that street a year ago.

Sick unintentional YOLO number plate

(Pretty sure it’s unintentional.) (They call them “number plates” in Australia.) (For lots more Aussie, see my handy guide.)

[via @spraggster]

How many PBRs can a hipster BMW drink?

Well, I suppose that’s settled.

What’s the deal with all the flat pigeons recently?

If you’re sticking to the sidewalk, you may not have noticed them quite as much, but they’re tough to miss when you’re bicycling through the grimy streets of the Mission, as it behooves you to watch where you’re going lest you end up with a rat caught in your spokes and decapitated all over your unwashable jeans.  I mean, pigeons are notorious for not giving a fuck, but you can usually count on them to get out the way before getting squished, as seen in the highly-scientific video below:

My take on the situation?  Prius prevalence.  Without a loud, inefficient, gas-guzzling engine to warn of their approach, electric vehicles are difficult to detect before they get too close, unless you happen to see them directly.  Almost every pedestrian or cyclist has experienced that one time when you just assumed it was safe to cross the street or merge into a lane because you didn’t hear the whiny rumbling of an oncoming electric car, but luckily looked right before stepping into certain doom.

So think about that the next time you’re thinking of purchasing an electric car.  You may think you’re saving the environment, but you’re really pulverizing the poor pigeon population!

A brand new Ferrari parked in front of a recently-failed furniture store as a bike zips by

Welcome to the Mission.

To be fair, that furniture store was outrageously expensive, unless of course you were in the market for a $2500 couch.