Monthly Archives: April 2009

unknown barnyard find.

I have no idea where this photo comes from, or why i have it saved.  But what i do know is that i LOVE this photograph.

click picture 2 times for ‘hi-res’ version.

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Ice + Snow Driving in a vintage Porsche 911 (video).

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Drivers Republic has posted a brilliant 2-part video, of a vintage rally Porsche 911 rally car flying through snowy paths.  It’s dreamy, and as usual—a very well done D*R* video.

Watch both parts here:

Part 1

Part 2


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foto of the day…

click 2 times through the foto for the HI-RES version.

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Balla: Speed Of The Automobile

FILE UNDER: petrolhead art.

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I’ve long been an admirer of Futurist art —it was truly punk ahead of its time.  It offended many, was overstated, full of creativity, offensive, but in many ways gorgeous in its honesty, boldness, and artistic integrity.

Balla had originally written the founding manifestos of the Futurist Movement, in which #4 out of 10 was:

“We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath … a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace”

an inspiring piece of writing for the 1920s i gotta say….accompanied by this tangential, interesting, and cryptically simple piece of art entitled “The Speed Of The Automobile” (translated into english…)

For more information about Futurism, and the rest of the 10 initial manifestos, visit:

http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/T4PM/futurist-manifesto.html

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BMW 2002 chase scene….

If the film “Vanishing Point” would have been filmed in a desolate european location, with a BMW 2002tii instead of a Dodge Challenger—-THIS is what it would have looked like…errr….maybe.  Enjoy!

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2009 Audi S4 Avant vs. Oversteer (video)

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The new Audi S4 is almost out here in the USA, and is already out in Europe. Drivers Republic have gotten their hands on a brand spankin new S4 Avant, and Chris Harris is gonna try to make it understeer….

wanna see the results? CLICK here to see the video Continue reading

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wallpaper of the day: BMW 1600.

Out in the cold mountains.  Fantastic.

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History of F1 Grand Prix cars 1945-65: 6 part video.

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What a fantastic video this is, going through the Formula One Grand Prix cars between 1945 and 1965 only—-where they go through a summary of the GP cars of the time…..incredible drivers and legendary cars.

what a great way to ‘waste’ an hour…

part 1.

part 2.

part 3.

click here to go to the next page for the last 3 parts!

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porsche generations.

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My friend Matteo from Switzerland has a great site called Swiss Car Sightings where he takes some great pictures of cars he sees at gatherings, around Switzerland, around the rest of europe—along with photos of some of his great cars.  Among his great cars is the 964 featured in these photos along with an older 911 and the newest 997 C4S.  I could analyze and look at these pics all day marking the evolution patterns….

click on photos 2 times to get hi-res versions.

click here to see more pics and get the link to ALL the photosContinue reading

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automotive t-shirts for the spring & summer.

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Been meaning to order a couple new t-shirts for this spring/summer….and this year is gonna be the year of car-related stuff……racing gear, and clever t-shirts celebrating petrolhead lifestyle.

Found the fantastic Enthusiast Apparel website with a bunch of cool t-shirts for cool prices.  The Nurburgring map might be a bit played out these days, but it’d still be quite charming for a shirt design.

check em out! https://www.enthusiastapparel.com/gear/index.php

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Mercedes progress on gullwing coupe revival

Well, it’s undoubtedly one of the great icons in automotive history, the famous Gullwing Mercedes coupes of the 50s.  We all know that Mercedes has been testing prototypes of the car very openly…and although very concealed, have provided insight into the direction MB are headed in…

Below are some ‘new’ sketches found on the Top Gear site, along with a couple original spy photos and what Top Gear claim, are the ‘actual’ interior shots of the production car.   Either way, the car looks fantastic.  Can’t wait to see the final product.

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more pictures after the push—– Continue reading

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bmw racing z4 m coupe vs. 997 rsr @ nurburgring.

raise the volume. watch. listen!

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wallpaper of the day: OSCA

click 2 times for full size wallpaper in hi-res

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Maserati introduces the Granturismo MC

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Readied for the FIA GT4 Cup, in which participants are generally privately held and run teams using lightly modified/tweaked street cars on the track, Maserati has introduced that GT MC ‘race’ version of the Granturismo S road car.

I wasn’t font of the Granturismo when it was first launched, but it’s really grown on me these days!

More info on the car with specs follow here… Continue reading

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motoring art by Andrea Del Pesco

fantastic stuff! Link to his website after these pics:

click each pic 2 times to get HI-RES version

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see more artwork, and with more information about this artist at:

http://www.andreadelpesco.it/motoring_art.htm

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F1: Malaysian GP ends in rainy shambles…


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So with no traction control, this so called “twilight racing” that F1 is doing to appeal to a wider European audience ended up in shambles at the Malaysian GP.  After 31 laps, Jenson Button took 1st place—-as the safety car came out and the race was soon stopped.  I can’t help but think that F1 really set up a race like this to be flawed from the beginning.  First of all, F1 is doing a fantastic job at alienating the rest of the world, while only catering to “europe”…..and then leading to a total rain out, and a shunted race finish.

Hey Bernie….i download this race on Torrents.  TAKE THAT!

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Audi & iTunes launch NEW “Truth In 24″ mobile game!

After the huge success of the “Truth In 24″ documentary that Audi has made, today Audi announced that iTunes has a new application/game for download on Apple’s iTunes service.  Read the official press release——-> Continue reading

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