Archive for October, 2008

Local Teen Rescues Microcar!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008


photo: Jim Parker, The Post and Courier

photo: Jim Parker, The Post and Courier

Club Member Connor McCann from SC recently made the hometown news in an article about his rescue of a BMW Isetta.   The article appears in the online edition of the SC Post & Courier’s CHARLESTON.NET

It is a nice little general interest piece, unfortunately “rescuing” the Isetta was a bit more involved and colorful than the story makes it out to be.  Connor’s own version is much more exciting, involving Surveillance Cameras, Drug Addiction and JAIL!
(all part of the previous owner…not Connor).  
I guess that is not what people want to read about in the Charleston SC newspapers… who knew?

Of course I can’t get Connor to let me reprint his version of the story here either. So….

Read the Charleston Article Here

Drive a Peel P50 on Top Gear! (sort of)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

For those of you that saw the episode of TOP GEAR with Jeremy Clarkson driving the Peel P50 through the offices of the BBC and wishing “Gee I wish *I* could do that”, well your wish has been granted.

The Top Gear Website has a nice Flash-base Game that allows you to “drive” a Peel P50 through the building, avoiding potted plants, lazy employees, copy machines and walls in order to get to the elevator so you can be on time for an “important meeting”.

This is probably the SLOWEST game I have ever played, but given the context I guess that is appropriate, there really is not a way to use the “turbo-boost” here because as soon as you do, you find yourself smacked into a wall or a desk.  Enjoy!

(you can find an article about this episode in Microcar News #1 2008)

The Current Economic Situation described… With Microcars

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

 In another world; Microcar Collectors and Enthusiasts have their own community.

Like Airplane Enthusiasts that can be part of a community that has a Runway as the main drag so you can park your Plane in the garage, taxi out and take off, the Microcar Community has homes with Garages as the centerpiece of the house and sleeping quarters upstairs or out back.

Vehicles that can exceed 55 mph are banned and tickets are regularly given out for vehicles that are not going slow enough or emitting enough blue smoke.


Every home has a microcar enthusiast in it.  They may own a microcar, they may own several or they may WANT to own one.  Many have tools to work on their cars, some have no tools or no mechanical expertise to do so.

But the neighborhood is friendly and what good is a friend if you cannot borrow their tools?

So a great swap goes on continuously, the same tools are loaned out to neighbors again and again, no one has to own every single special tool needed, they can just go next door or down the block and BORROW it.  As long as it is returned in a reasonable period of time, everything works out well. (more…)

Isetta featured in FLOR catalog

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

On February 14 2008, we got a call from Marcus Wiedenhoeft, the design director for FLOR, a catalog and web-based seller of upscale flooring products. They were looking for a Microcar to feature in their Summer Catalog and had contacted The Vintage Microcar Club to see if there were any local owners who might be interested in renting their cars out for a photo shoot.

This was going to happen in the dead of winter, with 2 feet of snow on the ground!  I explained it was going to be difficult to find an owner willing to let their car out with the weather conditions being what they were.  After providing them with some photo examples of what was available locally, they were immediately drawn to Jerry Zabin’s (Skokie, IL) Red Isetta Cabrio.  Even though the car is unrestored and has original paint, they said it was perfect for what they had planned. (more…)

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