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The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub

The Woodie vs the Wooden Body Tub

'47 Ford WoodyIn today’s world of carbon fiber, steel, and aluminum auto body parts, we often forget that real wood was regularly used. In the 1930s and 1940s, American car makers used actual wood to enclose the passenger compartments in style. These lovingly named “Woodies” had an interesting history. The first Woodies were custom crafted cars with attractive wood paneling, then as World War II cause the production of automobiles to stop, carmakers turned pre-existing sedans in to station wagons by using wood paneling to extend the length and usefulness of the vehicles. Today, the Woodie is synonymous with California surfing.

Bonneville Salt Flats and MG

Bonneville Salt Flats and MG

'54 MG TFThree times per year automotive experts gather at the most iconic speed track in the world: the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The 30,000 acres of the salt flats are near the Nevada and Utah border. The space is so large that the curves of the earth are visible. When the salt is completely dry (which it is for the majority of the year), it is so hard that cars barely even leave tracks. It is such an inhospitable environment that nothing lives there. Despite the harsh conditions, it has become the perfect place to test cars, especially when looking to achieve land-speed records.