Video Comparison: Cars Driving through Boston in 1963 vs. 2015

Mat Cronin is a fellow car enthusiast, and he recently discovered a video from the early 1960’s, created by an MIT professor named Kevin Lynch.  Lynch’s video documented a car drive through Boston from a driver’s perspective. Mat saw the long term value of this video as a visual time capsule and had the forethought to recreate this drive in 2015, with the latest and greatest video technology. He then matched up his new video timing with that of Lynch’s video, to show how the cityscape, cars, trucks, and buses have evolved over time. We are all hoping that this can be recreated again in another fifty years so that we can see how the much-anticipated flying cars will compare (that was sarcasm if you missed it.)  As you can see here, what Mat has created is 100% pure, gearhead gold.  When I see the 1963 Ford Galaxie wagon at 0:13, the bright red 1964 Impala at 0:37, the 1957 Buick at 1:16, and, of course, the stunningly beautiful 1961 Impala convertible at 4:17, I want them all. Cars aside, it’s fascinating to see the lack of traffic lights compared to 2015, and on the other hand, how so many buildings have not changed at all in 50 years. There is so much beauty in this video, that watching it once is not nearly enough. Pausing every few seconds is the only way to fully comprehend it. (Pro Tip: Click on the bottom right corner of the video for full screen beauty)

Reader Questions:

1) What is your favorite car seen in this video? (Be sure to give the time stamp of when you see it!)

2) What do you think this video will look like in 2065?

Original video & blog post can be found on Wistia’s Blog:



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Watch Episode 2 of the 1A Auto Talk & Tune Show

If you follow along with the 1A Blog, our Facebook page, our Youtube channel, or you know, the internet… You might possibly have seen that we have created a short, weekly, question & answer show. We are officially done with episode 2, and we have decided to call it the “1A Auto Talk & Tune” show. Right now, it’s me and Dan.  We are typical “car-guys”. We own vehicles that go fast, and are always wondering what modification to do to our vehicles next. That being said, we may mix more people into this show over time to add a little variety. With so many automotive enthusiasts in the business, it would be a shame if you didn’t get to meet more of them right?

So how did this week’s episode go? Well. We talked about bear claws with exclamation points, destroying automatic transmissions, swapping automatics to manuals, and replacing shocks and struts. Looking back, we may have been a little too wordy this time around. Don’t worry though! We are learning incredible amounts from each episode that we shoot, and we are looking forward to answering more of your questions next week.

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Episode 1 of the 1A Auto Question & Answer Session

This past week at 1A Auto, we wanted to try something new and exciting that had never been done before.  I hopped onto the 1AAuto Facebook page and asked our Facebook friends for some hard-hitting car questions. I then grabbed my coworker Dan and set up a camera so that we could answer these questions on video.  Dan had no idea what he was getting into, and I gave him very little time to prepare, yet he handled it like an absolute pro. We were both a bit camera shy because this was our first Question & Answer Episode. If you like it, please let us know, share it with a friend, and tell us what you think about the questions in the video. If it goes over well, we’ll make more.

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Austin Dillon Sets The #3 On The Pole For Daytona 500!

When the command is given to “Fire Em Up” during this years 56th annual Daytona 500; Austin Dillon will be behind the wheel of a number that his grandfather ran, but was also made famous by Dale Earnhardt. It’s a number that since Dale’s death had unofficially been retired until the right driver came along to carry on the legacy of the #3.

As the grandson of Richard Childress,  the time seemed right to  bring the number back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and to place Austin behind the wheel. With a blessing from Dale Jr. and his sister Kelly, Austin had received a green light to run the number for the first time in over twelve years.

Someone may have been smiling down from the heavens, because during the time trials on Sunday, Austin Dillon went around Daytona International Speedway at a speed of 196.019 MPH which was landed the Dow sponsored Chevrolet smack dab on the Pole for Sunday’s race.

At the drop of the green flag on Sunday, there will certainly be cheers and tears from many race fans as they watch the number 3 lead the pack across the start/finish line for the “Great American Race”.

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One Of The Most Impressive Driving Videos On The Internet

There is no shortage of videos on the internet, especially when it comes to automotive hijinks.  This particular one is several years old now, but it still leads the pack as far as impressive driving goes.  When you combine an ultra light super 7 with a driver that knows what the heck they are doing, it is truly a sight to behold.

Got a more impressive video?  Well, I’d like to see it.

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