Car Related Oddities and Neat Stuff

Looking for something different, interesting, off-beat, and entertaining not related to Mercedes or Smart cars?

Here you'll find an odd and eclectic collection of automobile-related weblinks that just don’t fit anywhere else…

Whether you have gasoline in your veins or not, this is cool.  This website features the original factory brochures for many American cars and some parts manufacturers, going back to the early 1900's!  Simply pick the manufacturer, the year and the model.

Drivers Drivers love gas stations.  Not the self-service 'refueling depots' of today, but old time gas stations where real Attendants not only pumped the gas, but they would check the air in the tires, inspect all the fluid levels under the hood, and clean your windows - all for the cost of a tank of gas!  We get really nostalgic over old-school gas stations.  They’re just cool!  So before these automotive icons fade from memory, let's harken back to a time when an automotive driver was greeted cheerfully by a guy in (reasonably) white coveralls.

Fuelly is a site that tracks your gas mileage over time, helping you calculate fuel expenses as you drive. Fuelly was built by Matt and Paul in a little over two weeks during July 2008. The idea started with building a MPG history calculator app, but making it web-based and multi-user so you could compare cars and drivers across the system. Sign up for free, add a car or motorcycle to your profile, then either keep track of miles driven between fuel-ups (using your vehicle's tripometer) or record your odometer at each fuel-up (you can choose in your settings which way to record mileage).

How to Be a Gentleman Behind the Wheel

by Brett & Kate McKay

Bad behavior behind the wheel has its roots in the same thing that plagues internet civility: anonymity. Once we slip into the driver’s seat and close the door, we feel sealed off from the rest of the world; we’re “king of the road,” and the sense of being in a protected pod sometimes gives us license to act in ways we would be ashamed of at more public, face-to-face gatherings.

We could all use some friendly reminders on auto etiquette from time to time. It’s a set of “manners” that truly meet at the intersection of safety and civility. Being a gentleman (or a lady) behind the wheel not only makes driving less dangerous for everyone, it also makes what can be a chore at least a little more pleasant.

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