Stretching the truth: A ’71 Volkswagen Beetle as U.S. Army staff car

California car culture expresses wit as well as beauty. One cultural subspecies, the rat rod, is perfectly suited for humor, as we see in this ’71 Beetle, in Yucca Valley, California. In distortion, the Bug reflects reality. Its parody accentuates truth. There’s plenty of the above with this faded, pockmarked peanut. Olive drab and white-stenciled, the Beetle crosses lines as a U.S.… More Stretching the truth: A ’71 Volkswagen Beetle as U.S. Army staff car

J. Augur Design meets Roland Sands Design for a Harley ride

I love my Roland Sands Design Vandal jacket. It’s my winter wear for two-wheeled travel. Anything above 70 degrees, and I’m roasting in it. Yet, for all its warmth, I find myself wanting some extra loft inside the breast when encountering the freshest, friskiest zephyrs. It seemed this deficiency could be remedied by an item… More J. Augur Design meets Roland Sands Design for a Harley ride

Edward Herrmann provided a cerebral, classy quality to Dodge ads

I find myself being asked about Edward Herrmann, who died on Dec. 31. Besides his extensive acting credits, people forget that Edward was spokesman for Dodge in the 1990s–the long-running, successful campaign with the tagline “The New Dodge. We’ve changed everything.” Fifteen years ago this month, when I was a copywriter for Dodge’s marketing communications agency, I went to Salisbury,… More Edward Herrmann provided a cerebral, classy quality to Dodge ads