Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Old Woodies: For Enthusiasts of Wood-bodied Cars & Trucks

The town I live in, San Clemente, is known for being a good place to surf. The entire beach stereotype follows: barbecues, Beach Boys, and old Woodie cars. There are festivals displaying these cars, parades showing off these cars, it's a hobby for most enthusiasts, and it fits the beach/southern California lifestyle. Wanting to learn more about this fascination in the culture I live in, I decided to look it up.

The site Old Woodies displays many different examples of these cars. These cars aren't necessarily old, but many are. Any moveable mass covered in wood, including busses and bikecars, is addressed. The site goes to the effort to organize and describe each photograph in their collection. It also displays ownership rights, and a link to the reference where possible. At the bottom of most collections are a list of links related to the reviewed topic. There may also be print readings to reference as well. A search is available to specify results.

There are a couple of problems with the website itself. Whenever the viewer moves the mouse over a frame, the background color of that frame turns to a dark brown wood background. Very annoying with dark text links as well. Usually only one picture is available for each car, which may not provide the best documentation, but it's better than nothing.


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