The Now Explosion

Do any of you remember a TV show called The Now Explosion? I don’t know why I suddenly have the show on my brain, but I do.

Before MTV or YouTube, The Now Explosion (which aired in 1970-71) showed what can only be called music videos with Top 40 songs as the background. The videos did not show the performers, at least I don’t recall any, but instead showed people dancing, often against special effects and outdoor backgrounds.

A Washington, DC TV station was one of a handful that aired the show across the country. In those pre-cable, pre-satellite, pre-streaming days, we could easily receive TV signals from DC at our home in Baltimore, especially after my father had a special rotating antenna (Alliance Tenna Rotor!) installed on top of our house.

I was mesmerized by the show and watched it from start to finish almost every airing. I think the show was four hours long, but I could be mistaken. Anyway, just had to write about the show today.


The 2023 Corvette Z06 will be introduced to the world on October 26th. It was believed, initially, that the car would have been unveiled this summer as a 2022 model year automobile. In case you haven’t noticed, the world has had some disruptions. From the linked Corvette Blogger article:


[VIDEO] The 2023 Corvette Z06 Will Be Revealed to the World on October 26th


Obviously, the Z06 prototype on the right is in camouflage. The car is rumored to be powered by a flat-plane crank V-8 of 5.5 liters in displacement (about 335 cubic inches) that will have the highest output of any naturally aspirated V-8 in history: 650 HP/600 LB-FT of torque. The engine redline is supposed to be 8500-9000 RPM. It is also supposed to be the first Corvette with active aero, air forms that deploy based on conditions and that do not have to be changed manually.

I think it will be a performance car bargain, but I do not think I will buy one. I have probably purchased my last Corvette and if circumstances ever allow me to do so in the future, then I will buy something like a Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk as a companion to my Z06, not as a replacement.


Some more recent photos:



These cars were valet parked in front of our hotel one day. Lots of Prancing Horses, to be sure.



The bottom photo is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J, bodied by Murphy. It is the only known surviving example of a Murphy-bodied long wheelbase Duesenberg. It sold, all in, for $2,365,000.

I have almost 5,000 photographs on my iPhone and at least 70% of them are of automobiles. Shocking! <end sarcasm>







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10 thoughts on “The Now Explosion

  1. I WANT the little black roadster with the wire wheels being pushed from the auction block.

    Thank you to Chevrolet for re-igniting the horsepower wars with the 2023 Z06.


  2. Where we lived, we didn’t get The Now Explosion. We did however get Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. IIRC, the local station had it at 11pm on both Saturday and Sunday night. There were some acts on there that were NOT on the Top 40 stations, so it was my first exposure to some that later became favorites. For someone who dreamed of being a rock guitar god (finally gave up that dream about 10 years ago 🙂 ), it was a godsend. To be able to hear, and SEE the artist was something else.

    I enjoy the car photos. Today’s batch has one of my favorites, the 1956 300B. Mine would have to be black though.

    Side note on the 300B: with the optional engine it, not the 283 fuelie of 57, was the first with 1 hp per cubic inch (354 cubes, 355 hp)


    1. Thanks, DDM. I have mentioned more than once on the blog that the optional engine for the 300B was the first American engine with 1+ HP per cubic inch. It’s one of my favorites as well.


      1. I figured you were aware of the hp figures, but the majority of folks don’t know as GM had a lot more “pull” in those days. I can’t count the number of people who have argued with me, INSISTING that Chevy was first with 1 hp per cubic inch.

        I don’t have a thing against the small block Chevy V-8, it’s one of the all time great engine designs. The same basic architecture was used for over 50 years, that in itself deserves respect. Not to mention hp levels at RPM an overhead cam engine would be proud to have. There are probably thousands of drag racers that run small block Chevy engines at 10,000 rpm regularly.


      2. “I can’t count the number of people who have argued with me”

        I can’t, either…really used to piss me off when people who didn’t know 1% as much about baseball as I did would argue with me. A couple of times I had to say, “What do you do for a living?” One of the coaches on one of the teams I worked for, a former major league player, told me I knew more about baseball than anyone he had ever met. When some nimrod who finished third in his fantasy league would argue with me, I bet my blood pressure spiked through the roof.

        Let me quickly add that my baseball knowledge has probably declined by 90%. I don’t follow it at all and one usually has to stay immersed in something to retain real knowledge.


      3. “people who didn’t know 1% as much”

        I’m reminded of a line from an old Jimmy Buffett song;

        “Don’t try to describe the ocean if you’ve never seen it.”


  3. Great photos. I’m actually reading a history of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg now (it’s a long one). Beautiful cars. Coachbuilt cars interest me so much, I sometimes wonder about the viability of such an arrangement today.
    I’m much too young for The Now Explosion. But it reminded me of the Wolfman segment on Hilarious House of Frightenstein. It was a kids comedy show, heavily syndicated (though they did 130 episodes filmed all at once in 1971). But the Wolfman (comedian Billy Van) as a groovy DJ and they’d play some psychedelic rock song and he’d dance in front of a green-screen kaleidoscope. Early introduction to me of The Doors and Strawberry Alarm Clock lol


    1. Thanks, Mark. Are you going to write about the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg book in your blog?

      I don’t think The Now Explosion aired in Canada. It’s kind of ironic that MTV doesn’t air much music-related programming.

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      1. I will be when it’s done. I’ve started the post, but it’s a dense 360 pages. I just finished the chapter ‘1928’ and that’s only up to page 185. I spend a few days with it each week before I have to switch off to something else.


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