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Big things with little cars

Happy 4th of July from Torchbug!

After hundreds of human miles and thousands of Torchbug scale miles, 3000+ shutter actuations, and somehow zero parking tickets later, we’re here: the final chapter of the Torchbug’s adventures in the Windy City.

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If you’ve been following along, the little guy’s seen a whole bunch of the city, car shows and museums, and the Indy 500! I hope you enjoy the final post, and don’t forget there’s more photos in the Flickr album.

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Gettin’ cultured at a Millennium Park performance, right before...

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It started monsooning. We got completely soaked!

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Deep thoughts on the Chicago Riverwalk...

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By the Traveling Torchbug

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He wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, but I convinced him the view’s pretty good from down here

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A quick stop at one of my favorite tuning, repair, and showroom facilities (and usually a museum), Willow Automotive, was entirely worth it!

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+1,000,000 internet points to whoever correctly guesses what’s under this cover. Points will be promptly delivered to you by the Torchbug.

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I lived near Willow Auto for about 5 years and every time I drove back from downtown, I’d take a detour and gawk through the window to see what rare works of art they were hiding. It was here where I saw my first roadgoing McLaren F1, the MP4/2 driven by Niki Lauda, and an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 with only a few thousand Km on the clock.

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I could not believe how lightweight this exhaust was, I’d say 20 lbs max using my calibrated arm scales

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Remember what I was saying about this place being a museum? This Cobra is one of the most original examples ever, and has pretty low miles on the original drivetrain.

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Despite the recent shenanigans at the Ring, they let Torchbug take a few laps

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Today was all public transit, so we asked Torchbug to navigate

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A quick chat with the Hulkbuster over dinner

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Storms were rolling in again during this outing, the sky got some crazy shades of yellow towards sunset

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Luckily this time around, we stayed dry

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Goin’ for a ride on Lower Wacker Drive

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Don’t worry, he was more than secured on the trunk lid :)

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Thanks to Brian at Willow Auto for everything, he’s always as excited about these cars as I am and it shows in how well he takes care of everything in his shop!

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I also want to thank all of you who’ve followed along throughout this adventure and for the kind words and suggestions! I had a blast wandering around the city I call home and learned a lot from pushing my boundaries in photography.

The Traveling Torchbug is already off to Roundbadge in OH, who will have a new set of photos as the journey continues.

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For all the photos from the Torchbug’s adventures in the Windy City click on this link to the Flickr album!

Thank you and farewell little guy, I hope you bring as much joy to everyone else as you did for me!

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To see previous adventures, click HERE

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