Category Archive: Features

May 13

More Boler Adventures: The Bargman L-400 lock

The Bargman L-400 is the lock that was originally fitted to most Boler camper trailers, along with other small campers of similar vintage. The Detroit-based Theodore Bargman Company goes way back to the early 1930s, making door locks and other RV parts from the 1940s, and L-400s from the early 1970s into the 1990s and …

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Mar 09

Going Boler!

It was a foggy, grey morning in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley. We were taking down our tent after a wet night, casting envious glances at the appealing vintage trailer across the way. It looked kind of like a lozenge, with smallish windows, a period awning, vent at the top, and according to the logo on …

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Dec 14

Monday, Monday – Test Car Secrets Revealed!

It’s early Monday morning, and winter in Canada. The eyelids of most Canadians are reluctantly fluttering into wakefulness as their clock radios come alive and the news heads straight for our national preoccupation: the weather. In Ottawa, this morning’s report is that it’s minus 10 degrees, light snow is falling, and school buses in the …

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Dec 05

Speed Demons: Boomers to the rescue

Recently I was cruising down Meadowlands Drive in Ottawa where the speed limit is a paltry 40 km/h, when I happened upon an immaculate but slow-moving Toyota Avalon whose shiny blue paint just about equalled the lustre of its driver’s bald pate. Sorry, but I sized him up as a Senior right away. Characteristically hunched …

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Apr 02

Donut Detour: Tim Horton Hamburgers

Here’s a picture of an early Tim Horton establishment that I understand was located in North Bay, Ontario. For people who like cars, it’s interesting to see an original Mini parked next to the big green Ford sedan. What is that? A Galaxie 500? 1962? And there’s what I think is a 1964 Chevrolet and …

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Feb 04

Cars, Cups and Shuttlecraft – Thomas Kellogg’s surprising designs

I must admit that I have a soft spot for the Studebaker Avanti. Do you know this car? It’s kind of a strange one. As the years go by, I’m not sure that the design is holding up very well, although it was controversial right from its introduction in 1962 as a 1963 model. But …

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