Monthly Archives: August 2010

wants on ebay: RS2 Coupe! (conversion)

Damn you, Ebay.

I’ve been lusting after the incredible Audi RS2 for a while (it’s going to take heroic measures to prevent me from having one once that silly 25 year NHTSA rule expires on them)…..but this Audi Coupe has been beautifully converted into something very VERY close to what an Audi RS2 Coupe would have looked like if it was ever produced.  Was a RS2 Coupe ever produced?  Remains as a controversy, however I have read that internally ONE of them was produced; and i’ve also read that Porsche wouldn’t build the car for Audi, because they felt it would compete with the Porsches of the time.  The Avant version which did make it to production, clearly did not compete…..

This car is gorgeous.  On sale in Canada at the moment.   I’m so glad there are rules complicating the issue of canadian and american cars between imported between the countries; because IF THIS car were on sale in the US, i would have been SO SO SO tempted.   Seems like the best alternative for a continent which was deprived of one of the greatest Audis ever made; the RS2.

470hp Porsche tuned RS2 engine.

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Espada.

last week, i visited a classic car dealership with my mate Brad from the Automobiliac Blog.  We both scrounged through their classic cars, and both of us were fascinating by 2 cars in particular; 2 Alfa Romeo Montreals, and a Lamborghini Espada (that had a *cough* transplanted Corvette engine).  I still haven’t gotten around to making a post about that visit to Gullwing Motors in Astoria, NYC—-but i will this week with some photos.

In the meantime though, i’ve been mentally admiring the uniqueness and beauty of both of those cars; the Montreal and the Espada.

Some nicer Espadas than the one we saw….truly one of the most stunning supercars ever made.

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9 minutes of Alpine A110

I understand about 7.3% of the french vocabulary….not that it really matters when the video shows so much great footage of the greatest car ever! The Alpine A110!

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foto of the day. 510.

I’ve always loved these……Datsun 510 (photo taken by Gleomyr)

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driving gloves quest: Audi vs. BMW vs Porsche

Well i bought some superb Dunhill driving gloves last year, however i lost one of them; a true tragedy in my petrolhead bubbleworld.

So about6 months ago, being the Audi fanboy i am; i ordered a pair of Audi driving gloves through the Audi Collection.  I really like them.  Very soft and well made.  $49.00

For you BMW fanboys, BMW is selling driving gloves as well, through their BMW Lifestyle section.  They look pretty good.  $40.00

Porsche Design has also come out with a set of driving gloves; they are clearly the flashiest and pose-y out of the bunch…but they look pretty good.  $190.00

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GT5 details for Japan.

i’m not a big video game buff, but damn i gotta say i’ve HUGELY enjoyed the Gran Turismo series over the years.  So many classic cars, new cars, supercars, regular cars, modifying, some of the world’s greatest tracks, places i don’t think i’ll ever go to…..it’s like being able to enact a dream garage as realistically as possible……..

I haven’t bought a PS3, but i’m definitely ready to buy one when GT5 (Gran Turismo 5) comes out.  And now, FINALLY, after what seems like several years of rumours and gossip; it seems there are some concrete details!

November 3rd is the day it goes on sale in Japan.  What does that mean for us? I have no idea—they’ll probably try to create some cheesy holiday chaos for it, so that none of us will be able to find it…bastards.  But in Japan, they will get a special GT5 Edition PS3 bundled package.  This is the package I would buy, if they make it available here—here’s to hoping they do.  Check out the photo below for what it’ll look like.

link for more info: http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/08/18/sony.japan.to.bring.uniqeu.gt5.game.ps3.bundle

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foto of the day. 3500gt

Maserati 3500GT

(courtesy of my friend Matteo @ Swisscarsightings.com)

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the $259,000 ‘bargain’ Bugatti.

not sure of the official HP figures, but this Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport watch costs a lovely $259,000.  Perfect for the Bugatti Super Sport owner in your life.

http://www.acquiremag.com/style/watches/bugatti-super-sport-by-parmigi.php

http://www.parmigiani.ch/

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is VW trying to buy Alfa Romeo (!?)

Well this is a hell of a rumour, that has been getting louder and louder over the past few months.  Fiat has been whining about Alfa Romeo not making any money for the company for a LONG time now….and according to several articles I have been reading as of late, it seems that Walter De Silva (ex-Alfa Romeo design chief, now VW/Audi design chief) has been urging Martin Winterkorn to really go after buying Alfa Romeo should Fiat decide to sell the brand.  Walter De Silva is so excited about this all, that according to one article i found, it states: “Given what is assumingly the passion for Alfa design, de Silva has in thoughts already about 8 models for Alfa, along with designs as well as drawings.” Easy boy!

To be honest, as someone who is REALLY into Audis and their philosophy, I have been seeing Audi as the new Alfa Romeo for the past few years…..they’re making the cars that Alfa should be making….and the Volkswagen group buying Alfa Romeo could REALLY rejuvenate the brand.

Is there any truth to this? we’ll have to see!  It could just be substance-less, gossip…..or it could be the real thing.  Knowing the way Volkswagen works, i wouldn’t doubt they are after the brand.

here are some articles about it:

http://www.alfaamore.com/news/vw_aquisition

http://www.autosnewspaper.com/2010/08/01/volkswagen-to-squeeze-alfa-romeo-marchionne-to-sell-to-germans/

http://www.motobullet.com/news.php?id=10344

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rare NYC sighting: a modern Alfa Romeo GTV Spider.

Saw this little thing in Soho yesterday, a 1.8 Twin Spark Alfa Romeo GTV Spider.  Pretty lovely looking car…..and very rare to see in the US.  There was a “for sale” sign laying inside the car, with a price of $15k.  I’ve sent an email to the owner just out of curiousity to see what he says (i’m not really interested, however i am curious about the story!).  If anyone reading this is interested in buying the car, lemme know and i’ll pass along whatever info i find!

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Lancia D24.

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037 cutaway.

Lancia 037

(original modified to perfection by IEDEI, click to enlarge)


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art of the day. bugatti factory.

for sale: $2500

artist: Joe Perricone

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some information about the painting from Tom Miller Sports And Classics:

Joe Perricone has been painting since childhood and has been restoring vintage cars for over 35 years. Joe started painting cars when he had a desire to do 4 paintings of the Vanderbilt cup races and never looked back. He paints oil on canvas of cars of the 20’s and 30’s, mostly of races lost in time and long forgotten. The subject matter is of the pits, action in corners and break downs on the track. Joe’s work is in the collection of Hutchinson Co. and many other private collections, he has paintings hanging next to the great automotive painter Peter Helck amongst others. Joe’s work is an expressionist remembrance of the work done in the 1860’s through the 1890’s with abstract line for balance and perspective and a distinctive color palette.

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Alpine A110 + Michele Mouton = the coolness.

The super successful quattro pilot Michele Mouton posing supercool with her co-pilot Francoise Conconi and an Alpine A110.  What a photo!

thanks to Motoring Con Brio for the pic!

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foto of the day. DS2

the mighty Citroen DS2.

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foto(s) of the day. a MK2 TT?

Well i’m not a fan of the MK2 TT’s weird styling….in fact i think the styling sucks!  But holy hell i spotted this one linked to on QW today and i gotta say it looks great…probably the best modified MK2 i’ve seen and definitely the only NON TT-RS MK2 i’ve seen that really gets me going.  So maybe it does have potential?

……but it’s no MK1….that’s for sure…..but this one looks pretty damn good.

link to more photos here:

http://www.tt-forum.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=180735

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IEDEI vs. Alaska, part 1, “Alaskan Fool’s Gold”

Brad from Automobiliac has aptly and entertainingly chronicled the story of my attempt to secure one of my all time classic cars (BMW 2002 Turbo) recently.  Late Friday night, i recieved confirmation that this was NOT going to work out…….as the car was not what i thought it was…..

I will be posting more about this weird and awkward attempt at finding a classic car for my collection later this week….but in the mean time, read Automobiliac’s version of the story here (very entertaining):

http://www.automobiliac.com/automobiliac/2010/8/7/alaskan-fools-gold-you-heard-it-here-first.html

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creamy tea-coloured Lamborghini Espada.

Yeah, i dig weird shades of brown….and i REALLY dig the Lamborghini Espada…this thing is sweet!  Apparently these photos were taken at Lamborghini Of Houston (click to see more pics, the car is on sale there for $55k+)



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friday evening rock and roll, IEDEI style.

You may or may not know that i also play music, in a project known as The Bavarian Druglords.  Over the past few years, one of my favourite new bands to come out of the UK are a band called Exit Calm, who I was going to try to do a split 7″ single with last year—however it never came to fruition.

Anyways, i’m pleased to report that the latest Exit Calm release is a full length album, entitled “Exit Calm” was released last month, and it’s brilliant. so go listen to it.

Here’s a video from their album…for a song called “Hearts & Minds”…..but petrolheads, don’t worry! THERE is a car in the video! (an Audi Coupe GT)

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foto of the day. 504.

I love this photo.  it’s so authentic, with such beautiful colours.  i love the car too, a rare Peugeot 504 Coupe in rare rally-spec.

from the Ivory Coast Rally, 1979

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resurrection of the Lancia Stratos?

that’s what Italiaspeed is reporting, after these weird spy pics of a Stratos testing at a FIAT test track in June.  I just hope it doesn’t come to america as the Chrysler Conquest or something…

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