Let's go on vacation to the automotive islands of paradise
Seeing as we can't go many places, might we try to visit the great automotive-named islands of paradise?!
Imagine you're rich and famous--the type where the world is your oyster. You can go anywhere and do anything in your Gulfstream G650. Might this be the time of year to jet-set to an exotic place, full of fruity drinks, and sandy beaches? Now, imagine getting to this place of paradise to find it's named after a car brand?! Somehow the affluent shores of nirvana have lost their edge when it's called Nissan, Volvo, or even Jeep?
Image via Wikipedia and NASA
Slumming through Google Maps one late night, I came across Nissan Island: a mere spec of land somewhere in Papua New Guinea. Interestingly though, it was fought over in WW2 and Richard Nixon--of all people--was a supply officer during its occupation. This looks like a sublime place to fish. I can't wait to visit and see all the wild Altimas in the woods, the soaring Maximas, and swimming Rogues.
Image via LISA AMIDEI VIA ROADSIDE AMERICA and The Drive
Weirdly enough, this is far from the only island in the world named after a car brand. My slumming brought me next to Volvo Island in the United States. This one is even better, because there is an actual Volvo stuck on it, and because I can actually visit this one without a flight. Volvo Island is an artificial island in Illinois with a 2001 Volvo S80 stuck on it?!
Hashima Island (...but built by Mitsubishi)
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Okay, so this one might not be called "Mitsubishi Island" but it was built by the conglomerate. In the late 1800s, Mitsubishi opened a coal mine on this small island after buying it; which ended up powering the shipbuilding industry of Japan. This island--and corporation--directly contributed to the naval power Japan had during the three wars she saw in the 1900s (Japanese-Sino and both World Wars). Wildly enough, this place was the most densely populated place on earth during the coal minding heyday: 5,000 people living on 16 acres of land!
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Abraham Lincoln's dying wish, presumably, was for people to name many things after him: a car company, schools of all sizes, naval ships; and most notably, a small woody island in the nowhere of southeastern Alaska. This tiny speck of land was first sighted by the crew of the HMS Discovery during its 1791-95 expedition. It was named after Honest Abe after his death in 1868 and is weirdly located in a channel known as the 'Favorite Channel'.
Screen grab from YouTube channel Pianissimofirefly
Somewhere in the Chuuk State of the Federated States of Micronesia, there is a small island dedicated to Jeep. But, don't get too excited, unless you're Japanese, you won't be going here. What type of xenophobics is this to deny the non-Japanese from worshiping the Jeep gods in their holy land?! This place actually looks like a place you might want to visit if you have always wanted to be marooned. This place looks like it require every mode of transportation known to get there, only to find out the Jeep collection is less than worthy of your connoisseurship.
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Of course, there is an island named Ford. You've seen this one in movies and documentaries. It is a famous place of infamy. This is the island in the middle of Pearl Harbor; where you can visit the Arizona Memorial and tour the USS Missouri. This island isn't named after the Ford we know (Henry), it was named after an American doctor who worked in Hawaii under the Kingdom of Hawaii. It is a natural island, but the water was dredged around it, increasing its size to allow battleships entry. The rest of the history is a bit of common knowledge.
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This one probably doesn't count either, but hey... it's on the map! This is a residential neighborhood in Fairbanks, Alaska, on an oxbow of the Chena River. Maybe at some point, it was an island? It sure doesn't look like it now. Looking at the map, there is a greenbelt just north of the area, which leads me to believe that it must have been. An island no more! There are likely no Bentley automobiles here either considering the median house price is ~$250k; it just isn't the right neighborhood for such luxuries.