Monthly Archives: August 2011

brochure of the day. Bonneville.

the original brochure for the Triumph Bonneville from 1959.  Badass.

link with waaaay too much information for a motorcycle novice such as myself! ha!

http://1959triumphbonneville.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-quest-to-prove-or-disprove-existence.html

 

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foto of the day. Cougar.

I grew up in Detroit, and was surrounded by muscle cars growing up—-but my favourite ones were the ones i did not see that often; hence my liking of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, the understated brother to the Ford Mustang.  If i had to pick a muscle car for my dream garage, this would be the one!

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Audi racing veteran.

Quattroworld has a great feature about Don Istook and his long-time Audi racing history–including Ur quattros, S4s, and TTs–culminating recently in his delivery of the 1st North American TT-RS.   Fellow Audiphiles will surely appreciate the stories about his previous race cars that he built from the ground up, as well as some of his perspectives about these cars and experiences.

“Now, what I didn’t mention was that we got the truckload of parts on Friday…and we had to race Saturday morning!  Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day…but I WAS racing at Road Atlanta in the early 80’s when Jo helped out Tom Brennan, after Tom had written off one of the Porsche factory D Production 924’s.  Jo secured a brand new 924 D Production tub for Tom…had it shipped to the track…and that car WAS literally built in one day…made the DP race and finished 2nd!!  So, with that in mind…we got all the “stuff” put on the car and just made the grid for the start of the race.”

LINK:  quattroworld

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Oldtimer GP.

my mate Christian Keller posted these great photos from the Oldtimer GP at the Nurburgring, and you can find many other great photos HERE at his Flickr link:

 

 

 

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art of the day. stratos zero.

my friend Xander Walker really does some great artwork, as previously seen on this blog—-so here is his most recent art print with the legendary Bertone Stratos Zero Concept.  Each print is $60 and ltd. edition of 50 prints.

Click here to order

 

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foto of the day. F800.

the beautiful Mercedes-Benz F800 Concept introduced in 2010, I have it on good accounts that this car will make it to production in late 2012 as a 2013.  It will slot in under the C-class Mercedes and be going up against the A3 Sedan and the next generation (painfully ugly) 1-Series.

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too tall, Tony….

the ‘new’ Fiat 500 is one ugly car……super tall, oddly out of proportion, and decorated like a child’s toy.  I only like the fact that it has a ‘Fiat’ badge on it; otherwise it sucks.   I parked next to one earlier today, and was appalled by the comparison of size.

 

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foto of the day. 300SL

Mercedes-Benz 300SL winning at Le Mans in 1952…

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On vacation….

Sorry there have been no updates, as I am away all week in California. More stuff next week. Cheers!

foto of the day. Type 64.

arguably the first Porsche developed as the VW “Aerocoupe” by Dr. Porsche shown here in 1939.

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foto of the day. Islero.

I’ve always loved the Miura  and the Espada, but the 3rd classic Lamborghini which i’ve always loved is the Islero.  Arguably rarer than the other 2 (only 225 Isleros were made), completely underappreciated, and in my opinion easily one of the coolest cars made in the 60s.  why?  because it may be the most understated Lamborghini ever made—-with classic coupe lines designed by (unknown at the time) Mario Marazzi, handsome & unique profile, one-of-a-kind taillights, and much improved driving dynamics to 350 and 400gt.   The Islero never really caught on as it was overshadowed by the Espada at the time, however I think it’s a damn shame—-as this is truly the gentleman’s Lamborghini.   Supposedly Ferrucio was more involved with this car’s development than any other Lamborghini which came out under his name…

 

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video of the day. missing the winter.

i don’t like the summer…in fact i think it sucks….people are annoying, nyc streets are filled with losers, and i don’t like sweating.   BRING BACK the winter and bring back the good times!  I can’t wait til i get the new car out onto the slopes.

here’s a video to let me daydream a bit……the big daddy version of my A3….the delicious RS3 (not sold in the US, or else it would have 100% been mine)



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1000th post.

Hard to believe that after 2 years & 11 months, this is the 1000th post for the IEDEI Blog.  I thank everyone who comes here once in a while to check out the site, and for the cool people i’ve met and spoken with over e-mail about automobiles, motoring, lifestyle, and cool stuff.

I started IEDEI because I felt i thought too much about cars and wanted to share some stuff with people—-not much has changed, and I hope to continue sharing stuff and finding more great stuff from other people.

cheers & and thanks for staying in touch,

-Syed

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foto of the day. GT.

a 1965 Gilbern GT 1800, to be precise! I love these Gilberns, recently discovered the GT after reading about the Invader.

(photo by: Patrick Jammes)

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Could F1 be coming to New Jersey?

(photo from WSJ of proposed location of track)

(thanks to Stampchez [qw] for the tip!)

Being a NYC resident, i’m hugely excited by this article.  We have heard this all before, as a couple of years ago there was some buzz about F1 coming to Liberty State Park in New Jersey—-but this time, there seems to be some positivity regarding the possibilities.

DO IT BERNIE, you sad old geeza!

linkhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903341404576484073501204538.html8

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the failed CRX resurrection.

When i was a kid i LOVED the Honda CRX.  Maybe because it was small, maybe because it looked like a pure sports car, maybe because it came in cool bright colours, maybe because it just looked badass!  I’m not sure why the CRX was discontinued.  The car Honda released as a successor was more of a rival for the Mazda Miata—-and had sort of lost the plot of the original CRX.  The Del Sol was much different, with a weird targa roof and sort of a more california beach car look….i still liked the Del Sol when it came out, but not nearly as much as i loved the CRX.

Last year, Honda introduced the CR-Z, which is clearly a hommage to the original CRX.  I have to say i am NOT a fan—the car looks more like a Prius or an Insight rather than the original CRX.  The rear is way too high, the front is way too overstyled, and the car is just too big.  What a shame…..Honda wonders why their sales are plummeting in the US market—-it’s not hard to figure out why.  They are producing bland, Honda-by-the-numbers.   Even their attempt at an ‘interesting’ CRX-redux resulted in a weird looking hybrid that doesn’t appeal to people like us who loved the CRX growing up.

MK1 CRX:

MK2 CRX:

CR-Z:

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