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  • Moving and focusing: type4.zatz.us

    This site is moving to a new domain: https://type4.zatz.us/  The Allpar-specific content will stay here, temporarily. The cancer/recovery-specific content will move over to type4.zatz.us. If you’re wondering about the reason, it’s because the allpar parts of this blog are distracting from the personal parts, and are not really things that need to be kept around anyway.  

  • Pissing on the parade

    Months ago, a European Chrysler enthusiast and regular correspondent wrote to the Plymouth Owners Club (POC) and Allpar, the “Mopar” web site, to find out if we were interested in running a retrospective on the 1976 cars and corporation. Both the POC and I were very interested, and so he started the laborious process of researching the era. And a laborious process it is, too; I don’t think most people realize how much time goes into a single-year retrospective, if it’s done properly. You really need to get into the historical background and context, what competitors were doing, what was driving the company, and details which are not always easy to find. Brochures were often done well in advance and, frankly, were sometimes wrong;…

  • Behind every car show…

    On Saturday, Allpar will have its annual car show at Teterboro Chrysler, in Little Ferry. By most standards, it’s a relatively easy event; the field has been chosen, the owners take care of clearing the space, there’s power on-site, and there are volunteers to help.  In advance, there are many decisions and preparations to make. We are fortunate to have a volunteer DJ, but he’s not a professional, and so we have to gather up and test his equipment first. Trophies have to be ordered in the right numbers, with the right plaques. Gifts have to be found or purchased and readied, packing lists made. Oh, and food is a whole ’nother thing. The last two shows were good for over 50 cars…

  • How can smaller publishers compete?
    allpar facebook page

    When the Internet started up, it was fairly easy to find a following, which is probably why you can read Allpar today; we started in 1994 and got our domain name in 1998. The Web was a smaller community, with few spammers and scammers, and corporations were generally oblivious. The first major threats to independent publishers were, in my opinion: Pay per click “search engines” (GoTo.com was the leader before Google) which meant that if you had deep pockets, you could “outbid” better sites. Fortunately, Google came and wiped them out. When the Open Directory became a “must do.” Fortunately, though it went from being useful to being impossibly hard to deal with, today it’s largely forgotten because new sites just…

  • Yup, the ads should be cleaner now

    Remember these rather spicy ads that showed up all over Allpar for as long as I could take it?  Well, supposedly we now have all sorts of filters in, so we’ll clear half the money but be a bit less offensive. It took a while due to tech issues and I still can’t get Chrome to show the new ads; not sure what’s going on there. Safari seems fine and Firefox won’t show any of them. Sorry about that…

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