Google Maps launched its Street View feature in 2007 as a navigational tool, but it quickly became a source of entertainment. It was inevitable that the car-mounted camera would capture funny or compromising situations.
While far from outrageous, these scenes from the Google perspective will be of interest to car enthusiasts. The Google car just happened to drive by and record about 60 collector, classic and sports cars preparing to depart on the 2012 Countryside Tour, part of the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance at Ault Park.
For more than two decades, supporters of the event have gathered at the village square in historic Mariemont, OH, for the start of the traditional tour, held mid-June on the Saturday preceding the concours car show. The half-day drive through southwest Ohio is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and routes participants to a featured site or activity. Despite the blurred faces and license plates, the images show great detail.
Remember that camera-equipped car shown at the beginning of this post? Here’s me taking that photo while Google was taking mine!