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Headquarters: Woodstock, Illinois, USA
Founded: 5 September 2006

The Crittenden Automotive Library was officially started 5 September 2006 and named for founder/owner Bill Crittenden. Orginally CarsAndRacingStuff.com (forming the acronym CARS) was registered 12 December 2005 to be an online hobby store, but it never got started. Instead, the domain was used to post car pictures, articles about collecting & NASCAR, a database of model kits & die cast cars, and an Encyclopedia was started. When the partner officially pulled out, these sections of CarsAndRacingStuff.com became the beginning of The Crittenden Automotive Library. An expanded history of the beginning of the Library is on the CarsAndRacingStuff.com page.

To learn more about current operations, read our About Us page and browse through recent issues of the Tail Lights newsletter.

Featured Images

Featured Images were originally "Photos of the Month" started in 2007. Currently they're the small background images behind the Navigation links in the upper left corner of the page and rotate randomly upon each page load.

1966 Dodge Charger 1966 Dodge Charger
This image is one of my early favorites in the Library.  Most car shows don't have great backgrounds, and most of the time the cars' hoods are up anyway.  This was taken at a car show in a field, and this car was parked off by itself a little bit, hood down, nothing behind it.  It's one of the first pictures I took that I thought really looked good.
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1966 Shelby GT350/Craig Strinich 1966 Shelby GT350
Driven by Craig Strinich at the 2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix Group 6 Race.  Photograph is by Nathan Bittinger and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License
The Zippo US Vintage Grand Prix collection by Mr. Bittinger were among the first outside sourced photographs I added to the Library.
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2000 Pontiac Trans Am 2000 Pontiac Trans Am
This picture is from The Cars Time Forgot show in Delavan in 2012.  The lake made a great background for a lot of pictures throughout the day.  At the end of the show I asked Kim Gableson if she had brought out her new Trans Am, and as the lakeside was emptying out I offered to take pictures of it down there.  She and a Streeters friend brought their cars over to the lake after the show for some nice pictures by Lake Delavan.  Both of them also posed with their cars, and since Kim is a good friend, she drove a Pontiac, and I really wanted to get a Streeters shirt into the rotation of Featured Images, this picture had to be included.
Background Image added to rotation November 2012
Dave Crittenden Dave Crittenden and a Vintage Race Car
This picture is of my father, taken by my mother, at an Indy Car race at The Milwaukee Mile in the early 1970's.  As far as I can tell, there were several vintage cars on display there that weekend in what as a precursor to what is now the Millers at Milwaukee Vintage Indy Car weekend. From the Crittenden Family Collection.
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1964 Rambler American 1964 Rambler American 440 Convertible
One of my favorite cars of all time on the side of Lake Delavan in Wisconsin for the annual The Cars Time Forgot show.  
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John Walczak 2J Number Plate Ralph DePalma & Tom Alley
Elgin Road Races, August 1912
From the United States Library of Congress
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Itasca Police Subaru Impreza STi Itasca Police Subaru Impreza STi Police Car
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Classic Chevrolet Chevrolet photo found at an estate sale, courtesy Dave Crittenden.
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2007 Buss Ford Car Show 2007 Buss Ford Car Show.
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Stevie Campbell Stevie Campbell at the 2007 National Short Track Championships.
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2009 Cars for Kids Classic & Hot Rod Show 2009 Cars for Kids Classic & Hot Rod Show from Antioch, Illinois.
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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt Intimidator Edition 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt Intimidator Edition.
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Ricky Rudd Ricky Rudd at the 1992 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
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2017 Kia Soul Alien II The 2017 Kia Soul that finally replaced our family's beloved Pontiac Vibe. Review: 2017 Kia Soul Base Model: The Best Basic Transportation (Not a Lot of) Money Can Buy
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2006-2011 Wheel Logo
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2011-2017 Wheel Logo
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2017-current Wheel Logo
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Crittenden Automotive Library Logo 2006-2011 Standard Banner
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Crittenden Automotive Library February 2011 Standard Banner
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2013 Standard Banner
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Crittenden Automotive Library 15 July 2016 Banner
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Crittenden Automotive Library 10 August 2017 Banner
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Crittenden Automotive Library January 2007
The basis of The Crittenden Automotive Library's office, saved from the trash of an office building.  As of 2013, I'm still using the desk shown at the right side.
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CarsAndRacingStuff.com Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Humble beginnings, a new office for CarsAndRacingStuff.com set up on May 23, 2009
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CarsAndRacingStuff.com Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
New office for CarsAndRacingStuff.com set up on May 23, 2009
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Crittenden Automotive Library Red Wings Logo 2009 Red Logo, Unused
Created for the Detroit Red Wings 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.  As the Red Wings didn't win the series, the logo has not yet been used.
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CarsAndRacingStuff.com Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Last day of the old desk for CarsAndRacingStuff.com on August 31, 2009
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Bill Crittenden and The Crittenden Automotive Library Lounge Working on The Crittenden Automotive Library Lounge
January 17, 2010
Photo by Heidi Walczak
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Crittenden Automotive Library 27 February 2011
HP Laptop at the 57th Illinois Plastic Kit & Toy Show

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Crittenden Automotive Library Event Photography Banner Event Photography Banner
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Crittenden Automotive Library on Car Town Car Town Garage: 10 November 2012
Cars: 1973 Ford Pinto (my first car in the game), 2005 Ford Mustang GT, 2004 Mini Cooper, 1997 Taco Truck, 1982 DeLorean Time Machine, Top Gear Indestructable 1984 Toyota Hilux, 1960 Nuova 500D, and Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger in progress.
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2005 Ford Mustang GT on Car Town Car Town 2005 Ford Mustang GT
11 November 2012 (First Car Design)
CarsAndRacingStuff.com 2005 Ford Mustang GT
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Crittenden Automotive Library on Car Town Car Town Garage: 12 November 2012
Cars: 1973 Ford Pinto, CarsAndRacingStuff.com 2005 Ford Mustang GT, 1982 DeLorean Time Machine, Top Gear Indestructable 1984 Toyota Hilux, 1960 Nuova 500D, 1934 Chrysler Airflow, 1955 Ford Thunderbird, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 from Fast Five, 2007 Cadillac Escalade, 2013 Hyundai Veloster, 2004 Mazda 3, 2011 Kyle Busch Toyota Camry, and Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger.
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2005 Ford Mustang GT on Car Town Car Town 2005 Ford Mustang GT
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CarsAndRacingStuff.com 2005 Ford Mustang GT
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Crittenden Automotive Library on Car Town Car Town Garage: 20 November 2012 Full Garage
Cars: 1973 Ford Pinto, The Crittenden Automotive Library @CarsAndRacingStuff.com 2005 Ford Mustang GT (version 2), 1982 DeLorean Time Machine, Top Gear Indestructable 1984 Toyota Hilux, 1960 Nuova 500D, 1934 Chrysler Airflow, 1955 Ford Thunderbird, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 from Fast Five, 2007 Cadillac Escalade, 2013 Hyundai Veloster, 2004 Mazda 3, 2011 Kyle Busch Toyota Camry, Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger, 2012 Black Mamba (military vehicle), 1997 Taco Truck, 1993 Acura Integra, 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro from Fast Five, 1962 Ford Thunderbird, 1994 Toyota MR2, 1995 Honda Civic Hatchback, 1950 Ford F-1, 1941 Plymouth DeLuxe Woody Wagon, 1992 Nissan 240SX, 2010 Nissan 270Z from Fast Five, 1961 Chrysler 300G, 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, 2011 Toyota Prius c Concept, 2004 Mini Cooper, 1936 Ford Pickup, 2013 Desert Adventure Support Truck, and a matte black Ecto 1 in progress.
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Crittenden Automotive Library on Car Town Car Town Garage: 20 November 2012 Reorganized Garage
In Garage Area (Lower Right), from left to right: The Crittenden Automotive Library @CarsAndRacingStuff.com 2005 Ford Mustang GT (version 2), Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger, 2011 Kyle Busch Toyota Camry, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, 2013 Hyundai Veloster, 2004 Mazda 3, 1997 Taco Truck, 2013 Desert Adventure Support Truck.
In the Shop (Lower Left): Matte Black Ecto-1 (in progress)
In the Libary, touring clockwise: custom 1973 Ford Pinto, 1955 Ford Thunderbird, 1961 Chrysler 300G, 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, 1962 Ford Thunderbird, 1982 DeLorean Time Machine, 1936 Dodge Panel Wagon, Top Gear Indestructable 1984 Toyota Hilux, 1950 Ford F-1, 1941 Plymouth DeLuxe Woody Wagon, 1936 Ford Pickup, 1960 Nuova 500D, 1934 Chrysler Airflow, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro from Fast Five, 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 from Fast Five, 2010 Nissan 270Z from Fast Five, and a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle.
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Crittenden Automotive Library 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R on Car Town Car Town 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R
27 November 2012 (Third Car Design)
CarsAndRacingStuff.com 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R
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Crittenden Automotive Library 2011 Lotus Evora GTE on Car Town Car Town 2011 Lotus Evora GTE
11 December 2012 (Fourth Car Design)
CarsAndRacingStuff.com 2011 Lotus Evora GTE
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Crittenden Automotive Library 5 April 2013
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Crittenden Automotive Library 5 April 2013
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Crittenden Automotive Library 11 April 2013
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Crittenden Automotive Library 24 July 2013
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Crittenden Automotive Library 20 September 2013
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Crittenden Automotive Library 11 April 2014
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Crittenden Automotive Library 7 May 2014
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Crittenden Automotive Library 7 May 2014
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Crittenden Automotive Library 10 October 2014
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Crittenden Automotive Library 10 October 2014
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Crittenden Automotive Library 10 October 2014
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Crittenden Automotive Library 11 April 2015
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Crittenden Automotive Library 3 October 2017
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Crittenden Automotive Library 3 October 2017
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Article Index

Tail Lights is the irregularly published "newsletter" of The Crittenden Automotive Library.

DateArticleAuthor/Source
5 September 2006The Crittenden Automotive LibraryBill Crittenden
12 September 2006The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: September 2006Bill Crittenden
9 October 2006The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: October 2006Bill Crittenden
15 November 2006The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: November 2006Bill Crittenden
18 December 2006The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: December 2006Bill Crittenden
20 January 2007The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: January 2007Bill Crittenden
26 March 2007The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: March 2007Bill Crittenden
28 April 2007The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: April 2007Bill Crittenden
31 May 2007The Crittenden Automotive Library Update: May 2007Bill Crittenden
23 March 2010Cedarville Model Car Show Images Now Online at The Crittenden Automotive LibraryBill Crittenden
14 December 2012Tail Lights: New Version: Volume 1, Number 1Bill Crittenden
23 December 2012Tail Lights: Words with the FamilyBill Crittenden
30 December 2012Tail Lights: The Wonders of a Digital WorldBill Crittenden
5 January 2013Tail Lights: Filling the Pool Deeper in 2013Bill Crittenden
12 January 2013Tail Lights: Statistics and ObservationsBill Crittenden
25 January 2013Tail Lights: Rolling With the ChangesBill Crittenden
8 February 2013Tail Lights: Making Stuff UpBill Crittenden
17 February 2013Tail Lights: 12 Lonely CarsBill Crittenden
25 February 2013Tail Lights: "Endurance" RacingBill Crittenden
11 March 2013Tail Lights: PremacyBill Crittenden
23 March 2013Tail Lights: Alfa MaleBill Crittenden
3 May 2013Tail Lights: Spring CleaningBill Crittenden
17 June 2013Tail Lights: Beyond SearchBill Crittenden
9 August 2013Tail Lights: Summertime!Bill Crittenden
19 September 2013Here's a massive automotive library for you to browseBill Crittenden
26 December 2013Tail Lights: There's Always Next Year...Bill Crittenden
3 January 2014Tail Lights: Books, Text, and A Lot More TextBill Crittenden
15 January 2014Tail Lights: A Solo Cup and an OceanBill Crittenden
1 March 2014Tail Lights: No Way to Get Bored...Bill Crittenden
26 March 2014Tail Lights: MilestonesBill Crittenden
22 April 2014Tail Lights: Russians and the MilitaryBill Crittenden
1 June 2014Tail Lights: Government MotorsBill Crittenden
9 July 2014Tail Lights: Four Wheel FeloniesBill Crittenden
6 August 2014Tail Lights: Shelf SpaceBill Crittenden
9 August 2014Tail Lights: Dok je srca, bit će i KroacijeBill Crittenden
13 September 2014Tail Lights: Replacing Horses Made them BetterBill Crittenden
2 October 2014Tail Lights: Hot Rods and Comic BooksBill Crittenden
25 October 2014Tail Lights: Digital ScissorsBill Crittenden
16 November 2014Tail Lights: U.S.A.! U.S.A.!Bill Crittenden
29 November 2014Tail Lights: Catching UpBill Crittenden
13 December 2015Tail Lights: Beyond WikipediaBill Crittenden
5 January 2015Tail Lights: Patent Motor WagensBill Crittenden
12 December 2015Tail Lights: A Happy AnniversaryBill Crittenden
6 February 2016Tail Lights: Cleaning UpBill Crittenden
6 April 2016Tail Lights: A Company CarBill Crittenden
25 May 2016Tail Lights: One Grade "A" CollectionBill Crittenden
22 July 2016Tail Lights: Going With the FlowBill Crittenden




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