Today’s Post by Joe Farace
In a previous post called ‘Welcome to My Garage: Video‘ I asked for reader suggestions about what would be a great project car now that my garage is partially empty since the departure of the CLA 250. Today’s vlog contains some of these suggestions along with my opinion on each of them. It may include a few cars and terms you might not be familiar with. To explain…
If you’re not familiar with the term “captive import” let me give you a quick and dirty definition: Captive import is a marketing term and strategy for a foreign-built vehicle sold under the name of an importer or a domestic automaker through its dealers. For example, rebadged versions of the Mitsubishi Starion were marketed in North America as the Conquest under Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth brands. In the 1980’s Mary and I owned a fourth-generation Mitsubishi Colt (nicknamed “rollerskate” by us) that was branded as a Plymouth Champ.
Merkur was a automobile sub-brand of Lincoln-Mercury featuring cars produced by the German division of Ford of Europe. Think Mercury Capri. It’s name came from the German pronunciation of “Mercury” and from 1985 to 1989 Merkur cars were targeted at buyers of “European executive cars” in North America. After five years, the Merkur brand disappeared, making it one of the shortest-lived automotive brands in modern American automotive history.
Here are some of the links to some of my comments in the vlog:
- Barry Staver’s website
- We’re the Home of Tortuga Racing
- Mitsubishi Starion on Wikipedia
- Merkur XR4Ti in Motor Trend
If you have five minutes and 57 seconds, please check out the video below that if nothing else gives somewhat of a behind-the-scenes peek at part of my garage.
How I shot this video: Camera was a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with G Vario 14-45mm f/33.5-4.5 lens (at 14mm.) Mic used was an audio-technica Pro 24-CM external shotgun mic. I’m tempted to purchase a Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone because it doesn’t require a battery or have an on-off switch. I am always forgetting to turn off the audio-technica mic, which then chews through its $5 batteries. Video was edited on iMovie and is hosted on Vimeo.
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