The wooden dashboard has been around for just about as long as the motorcar. As soon as car makers had gauges to mount, they slapped them into a nice piece of hardwood. Since then, designers and engineers have taken this concept and blasted it into the realm of high-art, creating finishes, textures and mixed-media compounds that delight the senses and seduce those with deep pockets.
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Peter is a Toronto-based auto writer and member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. Peter bought his first car when he was 15 — a ferrous 1968 Austin Mini — and learned how to swear while porting the head, installing twin SU carburetors, a header and Thrush muffler.