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Four Links – Datsun pitchman Glen Campbell, engineering the Pontiac Fiero, touring the Packard plant on foot, details on detailing

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Singer, songwriter, actor, and television host Glen Campbell died on August 8 after a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s disease. One of Campbell’s roles that few remember is Datsun pitchman; as Japanese Nostalgic Car points out, the singer’s support of the Los Angeles Open, sponsored by Datsun, saved the event and probably sold more than a few Datsun 240Zs and 510s.


*Pontiac’s mid-engine, plastic-bodied Fiero has its devotees, but from an evolutionary perspective, the platform was a dead end. Blame GM executives, who prevented the car from reaching its full potential to avoid pirating sales of more profitable two-door products with sporting intentions. As Macs Motor City Garage points out with the help of a 1984 engineering video, quite a bit of thought went into designing the Fiero, which had the potential to be so much more.


*Detroit’s abandoned Packard plant continues to see scores of visitors each year, but strolling the grounds comes with an element of risk. Decaying buildings aside, the plant isn’t in the safest of neighborhoods, but as Curbed Detroit explains, a company called Pure Detroit has a solution: for a fee of $40, the company will guide visitors on a walking tour of the vast facility, promising “a unique and enriching experience that focuses on the plant’s past, present, and future contributions to the vitality of the city.”


*Detailing a new (or newer) car is one thing, but how does one dress up an original-paint 1965 Porsche 911 that is bound for display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art? Courtesy of Porsche enthusiast site Flatsixes, detailing pro Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC talks us through the steps of buffing out the “soft” paint and touching up 52 years’ worth of rock chips on the hood. The paint pen trick was news to us, but we’ll be ordering one soon.