Music for driving: Maria Muldaur / 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix

Midnight at the Oasis, by Maria Muldaur:

1973 Pontiac Full Line-02-03

Cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway in my 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix, on a magic summer midnight. The sky is filled with stars and the windows are down, letting in the soft Pacific air that playfully fondles both her hair and mine and caresses our souls with its perfume. No need to drive fast. No need to talk. Just breathe in the moment. The Pontiac glides gracefully from one sweeping turn to another, like an inspired dancer. And the soothing burble of the big, lazy 455 V8 becomes the perfect match for that dreamy guitar solo…

SUVs are Like Jeans

Yeah, I came to that conclusion after watching the BBC 3 documentary “Secrets of the Superbrands” (Here: ). Pretty cool documentary about the fashion industry and the power of brands, etc. Anyways, they told the story of the origins of the Levis brand and how it started as a way to salvage canvas from the Civil War into work clothes for miners. 

Imagen …we are fashion trendsetters.

And thus was born the ubiquitous blue jeans.

Imagen I invented the jeans, now look at my beard!

I was encumbered by an epiphany right there and then as I realized that that’s just how the SUV started and evolved! The parallels are there: The original CJ Jeep started as a way to use the Jeep after World War 2, just like Levis jeans after the Civil War. Mind you, the Jeep didn’t start as the fun-loving off-roader it later evolved into, but rather as a work horse. In fact, they didn’t even know for sure what the Jeep was good for, so they were trying to make it into some sort of farm tractor/utility conveyance. 


In the future, we’ll plow shopping mall parking lots!

The Land Rover had such agricultural beginnings as well.

Imagen We’re not in a mall yet.

But as it so happens with many new things, The People had a different opinion, so the Jeep became first an off-roader and then, as it evolved into our beloved SUVs, it became first a means to convey an attitude and an image of rugged, active life, and then, the fashion statement it is today. The jeans followed a similar path. After being solely work clothes until somewhere around mid-20th century, suddenly a new type of human being, the teenager, began to wear them, not for work but, you guessed it, to express an attitude. 

Imagen  We used to be miners!

Imagen I used to plow the fields!

Today, $100 fashion-brand jeans are as far removed from work clothes as $70.000 luxo SUVs are from the humble farm tool origins of the 4×4.



Gorgeous White Ferrari 288 GTO

I never expected to see a white 288 GTO, and I must say it looks spectacular. Likely a custom repaint. I don’t think they originally made it in this color which is too bad, because it suits it just fine. Well, the GTO would probably look spectacular even in 1970s brown! I saw this car recently, at the 2014 Espíritu de Montjuic classic racing festival near Barcelona, Spain. I should probably devote an entire article to this fantastic annual event. Coming soon!

Anyway, this post is to celebrate and share this beautiful car. Enjoy! 


It’s the real thing!



Lotus 72 John Player Special Ex Fittipaldi, 1973 season

The Lotus 72 was raced from 1970 to 1975, which is remarkable longevity for a Grand Prix car, even in the 70s, although by 1975 it was way behind. Jochen Rindt drove it in the 1970 season and won the championship posthumously after his tragic death in practice at Monza. In the 1972 season Emerson Fittipaldi became the world’s youngest champion driving the 72 with its new, iconic John Player Special livery.


I took this picture at the 2007 Martini Legends event in Barcelona, where Fittipaldi actually drove this car again on the famous Montjuic Park circuit, albeit at a much slower pace than in 1973!

I played a bit with the color saturation, etc. and I think it came out pretty cool!

My car stuff internet guide

These are the car related webpages I currently visit most often:


1. Jalopnik : This webpage is a lot of fun! Al kinds of crazy stuff about cars and the car world, sprinkled with other interesting subjects. Definitely one of the first things I check on the internet before I begin my productive day.

2. The Truth About Cars : Similar to Jalopnik but a bit more serious and structured. There is an awesome section called «Vellum Venom» which is about car design reviews and musings by an ex car designer named Sajeev Mehta.

3. km77 : Spanish webpage devoted to new car reviews, written in a serious no nonsense style. Very informative and unbiased, but the best thing is the high quality photos and complete specs for almost every car reviewed. Very comprehensive source of euro car information.

4. Petrolicious : This site worships classic cars and youngtimers with a passion. Their videos interviewing classic car owners are superb and inspiring. Definitely a great place to hang out if you love classic cars and the classic car ethos.

5. Jean Knows About Cars : Webpage/blog by the one and only Jean Jennings, ex chief editor of Automobile magazine. Her videos are really nice and she really is a fun-loving car person.

6. Motorweek : Official Youtube channel for that dean of American car review shows. Plus, you gotta love John Davis and his signature «Well hello and welcome to Motorweek, I’m John Davis and we’re glad to have you with us». Just makes me wanna hug the guy!

7. Test Drive Junkie : An active and very much alive repository of wonderful vintage videos about test drives, comparisons, crash tests, and manufacturer promos. As the name suggests, this webpage is dangerously addictive!

8. Evo, Autocar, /Drive, Motor Trend Channel : I lump them together because I always end up watching two or three of them in a row. Evo has lost it a little bit after Harry Metcalfe left, but it’s still pretty good. Autocar is always great when the video is by Steve Sutcliffe. He may look like your typical Ryanair tourist visiting Spain, often appearing on video wearing shorts, no socks and untucked shirts but he transmits so much passion about cars in his videos that you wish you could buy him a beer or two just to talk about cars. Motor Trend has great reviewers and its annual Best Driver’s Cars feature is just awesome, especially with professional race car driver Randy Pobst giving his opinion on each car. It’s a must watch feature. /Drive is great because it now employs the great Chris Harris, in my opinion, currently the best car video host in the internet.

9. Jay Leno’s Garage : Recently got hooked on this YouTube channel. It’s of course about Jay Leno, the US late show host and his immense passion for cars, not to mention his awesome car collection. The guy is genuinely nice and passionate about cars.

10. Centro Storico Fiat : This one is for the outer edges of the car enthusiast world. It’s the official channel for the Fiat museum (Centro Storico Fiat) and it’s chock full of wonderful vintage Fiat, Lancia, Alfa, Iveco, etc, videos. If you’re a fan, like me, of all that stuff (a freak, by another name) then avoid this channel if you have to get your hours of sleep.


Well, these are a few of the car webpages I visit on an almost daily basis. Of course, there are lots of other sites I visit and also lots more I have yet to discover, but this above is a pretty comprehensive selection. Enjoy!



In my haste to publish my first post here, I totally forgot to include a welcome message.


Anyway, here it is:

Welcome to my blog! I hope this blog helps me share with the world my passion for all things automotive. There is no particular theme or subject and here I’ll ramble about car history, style, technology, fun stuff, tragic stuff, serious stuff… anything related to the most important machine of the 20th century! I’ll also include thoughts and musings about my other interests that have somehow evolved out of my fascination with cars; in particular, style, design, and architecture. Hang on for the ride!

The GMC Motorhome


Wow, who would have thought that the first entry in Car Reveries would be about a motorhome! But wait, this aint no regular motorhome I’m talking about. This is the most awesomest, grooviest, super 70s, retrofuturistic motorhome ever mass-produced. The fact that it was a product of the lumbering, malaise-era General Motors makes it even more so.

 GMC-motorhome-3 Groovy 1970’s green interior with matching female model. (Courtesy:

Oh man, I mean, look at that 70s futuristic style! When I was a small, wide-eyed kid growing up in the petro-dollar addicted Venezuela of the 70s I remember looking in awe at one of these parked a few blocks away from home. I thought it looked like it just came back from a mission in Mars. I could almost see the astronauts stepping down in slow-mo, their breathing sounds interrupted by scratchy sounding radio messages to the control base. Oh well, I used to stare at it on the way to the supermarket with my mom, so after we parked and entered the store the image quickly changed back to reality. Never underestimate the power of the produce aisle to pull you back into reality.

GMC-motorhome-1 (Courtesy

Quick notes on why I think the GMC Motorhome is so awesome:

  1. The style: Just look at it! All curvy and tapered, large windows with rounded corners, and that double axle in the back. You have to consider the context; a contemporary Winnebago looked like a construction shed by comparison.

 1972 Brave Winnebago A 1972 Winnebago… (courtesy

  1. The technology: A front-wheel drive 455CID V8 and Turbo-Hydramatic transmission lifted from an Oldsmobile Toronado allowed a low, flat floor, as did the fully independent suspension with automatic leveling via rubber air bladders. It was an amazing feat of engineering that also shows the tragedy of GM at the time, whose engineering might allowed it to produce vehicles like this, only to fail miserably in quality, execution, and definition, due to bureaucracy, and mismanagement. But let’s leave that for another conversation.

The GMC Motorhome was awesome.