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Tuesday, 13 November 2018


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Color is like music. Some people, like me, revel in it, which is why I have a large flower garden surrounding my workshop. My latest color triumph came when my brand new winter jacket from Arc'teryx, which are expensive down jackets, with nylon covers as sturdy as Kleenex, got ripped on a pine tree branch. The problem was that the down could *not* be stuffed back inside. I sewed up the jacket, but there was this white line of down on it that I could not get rid of to save my life. Then it occurred to me -- I'm a hobby painter, and I have a wide range of paints. I matched the coat color perfectly with a combination of Pthalo Green (blue shade) and neutral grey, and my coat looks like new.

Just be sure to havc a few dollars saved for the fines you will get. Red cars get stopped more than any other color.
Red sports cars top the list.

Hi Mike,

This may well be the video you are referring to:


Kind regards,


[Hi Peter, That's the current video, that I linked to in the post. There was an earlier one that showed the craftsman painting, and talked about how they mapped his movements to create the painting machines. I wasn't able to find that one.... --Mike]

My relationship with cars is almost entirely utilitarian, and I'm more of a blue-green person, but now I want a Mazda so I can have this shade of red. Wow!

Where I live all cars are black, dark grey or light grey (because of the resale value). Those wanting to stand out buy white cars. Except for Mazdas. 80% of new Mazdas are soul Red.
A while back I commented that all new Mazda models share the same design language. I guess that Soul Red is part of the vocabulary.

For leased car, keeping the colors generic (unlikely to displease many people) probably makes it easier to sell them after they are return at the end of contract.

This consideration also applies to people who intend to sell their car after a few years before buying another. One could also posit that as owners keep their cars longer, a safe color may protect them if their taste changes over the long run.

Just some ideas, don’t know really

Soul Red. There should be a Devil Blue. A friend had a Subaru Legacy in Cranberry Mousse. I had a 1996 Escort GT in Cayman Green.

I have a 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF in the $500 option Soul Red color Club Edition stick shift. It was the best car money expenditure I have ever made. I get numerous compliments practically every day I drive it besides really enjoying it myself. The car is a joy to drive as well. It's my third Miata but my first brand new one.

Mike said: "Some cars seem to have two kinds of black, three kinds of gray, a white and an off-white, and silver. It really makes me wonder." Because they're aimed at B&W mavens, like me? The brand of car we drive is pretty much like this - we have two dark grey cars in the garage with subtly different shades of grey. Pretty as a (B&W) picture. My complaint is that we need more shades of automotive grey, not less!

Nice red, but for me it's the Nissan Maxima in Deep Blue Pearl. Got that by chance on a weekly rental around Chicago (my old home town), and it was the first car I've driven that I was actually *happy* to see that the hood intruded on the front windshield visibility. Got to watch that blue change in the light while I drove in the summer on Lake Shore Drive.

IMO, GM has an even better shade of metallic red. Check out a recent Cadillac.

One of the visual delights of Havana is the rich plethora of auto colors there, as they have to maintain the vehicle's original color according to the registration even if they switch everything else out to keep those old 50's cars running.

Bit of indecision with the Huemobile? :-)

I've seen a lot of Mazdas in that colour recently, which delights me as I love red cars, and while not my favourite red it is very nice. Every car I've bought new where I had choice of colour was red. Different reds, but red. Some I've had to paint before I took possession, but it was red when I started driving it.

This summer I sold my perfectly nice dark blue older Porsche Boxster and hunted down a used one in Guards Red. Last of the non-turbos and manual. Yes, I have gotten a ticket, but I'll live with that. My more powerful, faster car is white, also bought used; somewhat rare and a bargain so I had no choice.

I'm quite sure that Guards Red was also offered in 1973. I know someone who had one, and I believe it was the original colour.

My wife likes silver and more especially, blue. I refuse to buy a silver, white or black car ever again, but sometimes I don't get to choose.

I'm still partial to Candy Apple Grey (Bob Mould's formulation).

I am glad that Mazda is paying more attention to color now. I recall the first Miatas came only in red, white and blue. The red looked like they had chosen the paint on the basis of cost rather than appearance and the blue didn't look any better to me.

I was tempted by Miatas but ended up buying another Lotus Elan, and that one was a truly brilliant red. So red, in fact, that I found it hard on my eyes when I was washing and waxing it.

In the past couple of years I've been thinking of buying a used Mercedes, CL or CLK, (but I've come to my senses after reading too many tales of woe about reliability and parts cost - I'll stick to Japanese).

Anyway, I came to realise that trying to get any colour other than black (~60%) or silver (~35%) in Australia is almost hopeless. You see an occasional white one, but almost nothing else. Black with black leather seats in our scorching summers? How well do you like to be cooked?

However, in the past few days I've been gobsmacked by an Audi in a beautiful dark, dark sea green and a local GM car in a similar dark forest green. Almost made me follow them.

My long lamented MX-5 (as the Miata is known in Oz) bought brand new in 1990 was in an absolutely lovely "Mazda blue". But I saw an "RF" in the Soul Red you refer to just last week and it was just stunning.

'There should be more orange cars' is a thought that struck me a while ago, then I noticed that I'd started photographing orange cars in the neighbourhood. And once you realise you've started doing something like this, you end up noticing more (of whatever it is). One of the best things about photography, I think. Here's the collection so far: http://neilclasperphoto.com/albums/30RAqb/orange-cars-and-bicycles-of-south-east-london

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