Category Archives: vintage

onboard: Alpine A220.

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1969 Alpine A220.  1500 lbs.  310hp.  @ Circuit La Sarthe.

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one word: WICKED.

 

 

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i8.

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There are very few automobiles which capture my attention, new or old, these days.  My interest in automobiles has faded aside from a few select cars which i’m always chasing.  i am, however, BLOWN AWAY by this car.  the fact that it is a production car that looks like a concept.  The fact that is totally a current car embedded with current technologies capturing the spirit of ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ without copying anything else before it.  The fact that it’s the first hybrid sports car that is somewhat attainable  (still expensive though…at $135k USA price).  But most of all I love this car because it pushes and opens an envelope into the current times.  No retro here.  No celebration of the past.  The BMW i8 is a celebration of the future.

If i had the money…i’d order this and drive it every day!!

Forget 0-60 times (4.4 seconds here), forget curb weight (3200+ pounds here), forget cost for a second, forget the badge, forget the insane aero design features— this car is a pioneer and a real innovation in this realm.  It’s rare in these generic modern times of automotive engineering that we see a true beginning, but i have a feeling the i8 is the first of many coming in this realm.

(I don’t count cars like the Porsche 918, because of price and uber-exclusivity)

Live photos from Frankfurt (courtesy of greenCarReports)

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promo photos from BMW in Black:

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TTS.

There were prettier, faster, more glamourous, more hyped, and more revered small coupes from that era (mid 60s)—but i would argue none of them were as COOL as the NSU TTS.  rear-engined.  rear-wheel drive.  and definitely the most aggressive looking of them all.  Eat your heart out, italians!

file under: off the beaten path, away from mainstream admiration (thankfully).

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src:  littleWarrior

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if i owned a Renault 5 Turbo…

or an Alpine—–I would definitely want this entourage of hyperactive french mechanics following me around, waiting for something to happen!

(this is sort of like a ‘foto of the day’ as IEDEI used to do…..but is just not arsed to do anymore! ha)

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Eating twisties.

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This is just some unbelievable driving.  Reflexes as smooth as velvet and balls of steel.

The driver is Marcel Steiner and he is driving an Osella FA 30 Zytek V8 3.0 (whatever that is!)

 

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Wilderness.

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Been listening to this all week….can never get enough Joy Division.

 

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Watch Le Mans 2013! (updated)

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Need a place to watch Le Mans 2013?? Every year I put up the links I am using to watch Le Mans.  The greatest race in the world is back……on one side of my mind, I have an Audi Sport flag waving and on the other side I have a blue Alpine flag waving for LMP2.  Either way….this is the motor racing event of the year and definitely worth watching.

Here are some links to watch, listen, and follow (these will be updated throughout the next 24 hours).  Please feel free to make any suggestions to other good sources.

EUROSPORT <——- superb link, British Eurosport in with English commentary

EUROSPORT #2 (also British Eurosport, thank you Ricardo for the link!)

ACO Le Mans

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Listen to fantastically detailed commenting at Radio Le Mans

LIVE TIMING via WEC! the best way to follow what’s going on with the positions, as well as interviews and videos

Audi Sport, onboard the R18s with Radio Le Mans commentary

My suggestion? find a video feed you like—and turn on Radio Le Mans and mute the video.

Go Alpine! Go Audi!

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A210.

Le Mans weekend is here!  Links will be up tomorrow about where to watch the race.

After watching 21 hours last year and suffering a near-nervous-breakdown—i have decided I will only follow what happens with the Alpine A450 and the Audi R18s this year.  The Audis will most likely win as they usually do…but the A450 is starting 8th in the grid for LMP2.  Here’s hoping for a strong showing!

Here’s a beautiful photo of the Alpine A210 during its time at the Le Mans Classic this year.

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src of photo:  octane

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A450 Le Mans test day.

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I eagerly await this year’s Le Mans (June 22-23)—-and while I will be, as usual, pulling for the stunning Audi R18s to win (as expected they will), my eyes will actually be peeled out for the Alpine A450 which heralds the return of one of the greatest marques in racing back to Le Mans!  Sure this is a car that was developed primarily by Nissan originally, however its tuning and program is now joined to the hip with Dieppe and the Renaultsport/Alpine tuners.  It is such a great feeling to see the Alpine marque on the track again, and with reasonable success I am sure that in the near future we will start to see a non-Nissan Alpine race car being developed and run in future endurance events!  

Here are some photos shown by Team Signature about the current A450 race car doing Le Mans testing this weekend in France.

As usual, IEDEI will be setting up live feeds of Le Mans on this site as we do every year to help everyone to watch it!

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Pangea w/ borders.

What did the Earth look like 300 million years ago?

Well if we kept the current country borders, might it have looked like this?  Some fascinating new neighbours in this schematic!  I, personally, would love to go from Brooklyn to Morocco for dinner in the evening! ha!

Illustration by Massimo Pietrobon via bored panda

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Renault Icons: Alpine A110 videos.

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Renault TV posted these official videos in celebration of their history and the resurrection of the Alpine marque.  Car videos are mostly uninspiring, materialistic nonsense–but these Alpine A110 videos are out of this world….maybe because the car is out of this world?

Best part….it’s in English!  So my rudimentary and primitive French translation doesn’t have to be challenged like it normally does with Alpine videos.

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history of typography.

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I am in love with fonts.  In a different life, i would sit in a studio all day designing fonts.   I am perpetually looking at fonts: on signs, on websites, in films, on cars, on badging, on artwork, in books, in magazines, old, new, ugly, beautiful—they just fascinate me!

Here’s a wicked and creative video flashing the history of typography in  5 minutes, by Ben Barrett-Forest:

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1995 TT concept in B&W.

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The MK1 TT is quite simply the most beautiful German car design in…what…the last 50 years….since the original Porsche 911, in my humblest opinion.  The 80s and early 90s were pretty dark and depressing times for German car design which entered a comfort zone of drab, unimaginative, uncreative designs (except Porsche, who were always putting together interesting cars)..and the TT put an end to those dark ages.  Timeless, ageless, and pure…..and with rumours of the next-generation MK3 TT being heavily influenced by the original, the MK1 TT’s legend will continue to grow.

Here’s the original 1995 MK1 TT Concept….the automotive design equivalent of punk rock in 1995!  I have turned the original manufacturer photos in B&W to fully appreciate the geometry and design pornography!

It is astounding to me that the MK1 TT Coupe that sits in my garage (for the last 10+ years) is virtually identical to this concept, barring a few select details.

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TR6 and dog.

Came across this fantastic photo taken by Mark Thomas of a Triumph TR6 and a big dog….

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The Boulevard.

“The Boulevard” by Gino Severini (c. 1911).  A part of the glorious Futurism movement.

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src:  jacobcharleswilson

 

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A310 V6 Pack GT.

cars are boring.  but not this one.  i want it : Alpine A310 V6 Pack GT.

 

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Anatomy book re-imagined.

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This is beautiful.  I wish my Anatomy books looked like this when I was in Med. School.  A concept for a futuristic/re-imagined/beautiful anatomy/osteology book by Irene Shkarovska.

Irene: if you’re reading this.  I want a copy….or two!  Just take my money.  I’m blown away.

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beautiful abandonment.

Buzzfeed has a very cool list of the “33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World”.  Here are some of my favourites from that list.  Check out their article for the locations and the rest of the list.

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iconic.

it’s that shape….far beyond just a machine..into the realm of pure art….iconic, thought-provoking, timeless, old, new, beautiful, and always interesting.

2001 Audi TT 225 Coupe quattro, owned and driven hard by IEDEI since 2003.

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Audi and Alfa Romeo in “negotiations”.

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Has Sergio Marchionne finally buckled?  Is Audi buying Alfa Romeo?  Let’s hope so!

Ward reports:

“Alfa Romeo is at the core of top-level negotiations between Audi and Fiat and might be near to a sale, reliable sources here and in Ingolstadt, Germany, say.  Sources close to both Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirm the two are in talks over a major deal.

The top subject reportedly involves the sale of Alfa, but this time not only the brand but Fiat’s Pomigliano assembly plant also is on the table. If the discussions bear fruit, the facility would return to building Alfas under Audi. Pomigliano was built in the late 1960s specifically for Alfa production, but currently makes the Fiat Panda.”

src:  Wards

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Vortex Rikers.

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I’ve been listening to this quite a bit while I get my work done.  Really fantastic stuff.  Made even better by the fact that you can download much of their stuff quite easily (and freely most of the time at the link below).   Really love their artwork as well; entirely adds to the listening experience.  They are from Germany.

download Vortex Rikers records at their Bandcamp

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bizarre Audi TT crash.

How this lovely Amulet Red MK1 Audi TT flew into a house is beyond me….possibly launching off the side of one of the parked cars?  Definitely bizarre.  Hope all are OK.

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src:  Sun via Fourtitude

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