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Attention Car Nuts: 1930s Cord (810/812),1939 Studebaker Pickup Truck

A week ago, while in Vancouver, I went to have dinner with my friend, Vic Marks. Vic is the publisher of Hartley and Marks, and I got to know him years ago because of his elegant book Japanese Joinery: A Handbook for Joiners and Carpenters, published in 1983. Since then, Vick has developed a line of journals, or “blank books,” called Paperblanks, with beautiful covers, and it’s hugely successful.

Vic lives on a farm south of Vancouver and I got there as the sun was starting to set. Lo and behold, he’s a car collector, and here are two of his vehicles. I’d seen pictures of Cords, but never one close up, and it was a beauty. In 70 years, I don’t think there’s been a more beautiful car designed.

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Photos from Ladysmith Yesterday

A few photos yesterday in Ladysmith, a nice little town south of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Cumberland is another such nearby town. There are houses for sale for under 200K. Old mining towns. Small homes built for workers that have the appeal and aesthetics of simplicity. (The below isn’t one of those homes, it just seemed seemed like a unique doorway cut into the corner of a sort of cube.)

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A Magic Vancouver Morning

It’s a glittering Sunday morning in Vancouver. I SO lucked out in the hotel department. The 901 Beach Hotel, I found on internet, sounded good, turned out to be a few hundred yards from the water in this section of Vancouver (West End, Yaletown, Gastown) that is almost an island; 90% of the perimeter of this area water-surrounded. Totally kayakable (and SUP-able).

Yesterday afternoon I took a ferry across to Granville Island, a thriving public market, 100s of vendors, great food, fruit, nuts, wine, oysters, crabs, smoked salmon, craft beers, art, music, restaurants,food stalls, outdoor wear, kayaks — crowded, lots of tourists, yes, but vital and fun nonetheless. Going back with grown-up camera today.

PLUS a block away is The Tartine Bakery, with as-good-as-it-gets lattes, muffins, bread, and wi-fi.

I had dinner last night with my friend Vic Marks at his farm a half hour south of V. Turns out he’s a car nut: 1939 Studebaker pickup truck, possibly the most beautiful p/up truck I’ve ever seen. A sleek low black Jaguar. A purple 1930s Cord (810/812),  forchrissake’s — immaculate, I couldn’t believe I was seeing a Cord in person. Will put up pics when I get chance — you car nuts are gonna love these vehicles.

PLUS let’s hear it for Ploom stealth!

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Uber 4X4 Toyota Truck

Last night spotted this tough truck. Up higher off ground than anything I’ve seen. That’s Dan Capshaw of Mill Valley, Calif. His truck is a1985 Toyota with a steel and wood flat bed, a GM 4.3 liter V-6 motor. The shocks are huge.

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