Thursday, May 29, 2014

War dogs of Afghanistan

While reading the latest issue of National Geographic, I came across this neat photo. As Automobile magazine folds, I wonder, will National Geographic magazines last forever?


7 comments:

Alan said...

Automobile? Nooooo.

Might as well be dead with out Jennings. The last good American car magazine, dead.

Ripituc said...

Is terrible news when another good magazine goes. But I'm hopeful National Geographic will survive. The brand is strong, they have TV Channels and even memorabilia stores, and I don't think they really have direct competitors, do they? The world would be a worst place without National Geographic.

My father would often say that the US State Department funded National Geographic, that might help their finances too (He was suscribed anyway. That is why we have pretty much all their 80's issues!).

Maxichamp said...

@Alan: I really enjoy the writers/columnists of Automobile magazine. But when I read it recently, 85% of the content, I had already read online weeks earlier from various sources.

Maxichamp said...

@Ripituc: I would not be surprised if NatGeo had funding from USAID.

Ed Kim said...

The car dork in me is fascinated by what looks like a rear leaf spring suspension on the Corolla. Wonder if they could be equipped this way from the factory for rough road environments, or if it was retrofitted.

Maxichamp said...

@Ed: I noticed that too. I think it was a local "aftermarket" fix/modification.

http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2007/09/how-hoards-of-rhd-corollas-ended-up-in.html

Ripituc said...

@Ed Kim Toyota Corolla Vans have leaf springs from factory, acc. to Wikipedia. Japan has a tradition of making commercial vans out of popular cars like Corollas, like this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Corollavan.jpg

And they can find a second life as second hand exports, like this Nissan AD I found in Chile:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/riveranotario/6962050704/

The particular example on Nat Geo must be a used Corolla Van imported second hand to Afghanistan.