Category Archives: films

principles of geometry.

what kind of state of mind am i in these days?  this video does a good job at capturing the atmosphere!

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Cities at night…from space.

I am a city person—I want the lights, the sounds, the smells, the chaos, the industry, the cars, the madness, the neverending spirit of a big city that never relaxes.  Sure it can sometimes be extremely frustrating to live in a city like New York City—but i wouldn’t have it any other way.  I drive through insane traffic every day…and it’s never easy…but I still enjoy it.  A young gentleman should be firing his engines through the streets of a bustling city.  All of these things become extra-cool at night!

Here’s a pretty lovely video by NASA from a few years ago showing how major cities look at night, from far out in the sky and from space.  Pretty cool stuff.

here’s another great video:

src: NASA

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The Future Is Ours.

by Michael Marantz.  Excellent! 

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video of the day. GT-R.

The latest in the Depth of Speed series, and in my opinion the best video in the series by quite a margin—Eric Bauer and his KPGC10 GT-R.  Beautiful.  Eric seems genuinely gushing over his purchase, and rightfully so!

Nice video too—with no overdramatic cheeseball piano music like most of the ‘new’ car videos are inserting!

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“The Secret Life of Colin Chapman” documentary.

I like people who challenge the status-quo…in fact I most respect people who challenge the status quo.  Whether it is in science, writing, art, or motoring.  In the history of the automobile, there are several names that instantly come to mind; Colin Chapman would definitely be one of them.

This is a fantastic 5-part documentary uploaded onto YouTube, and originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK several years ago.  A pleasant way to spend 50 minutes—-even if his fall wasn’t nearly as graceful as his rise.

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video of the day. 1973 Rallye Monte Carlo.

This has to be one of THE best openings to any video i’ve seen in a long time….cryptic night time scenes with slowly evolving funkified 1970s psychedelic music makes for video perfection!  What a year for great cars in rallying as well!  That Fulvia is off-the-hook cool.

What an amazing 25 minute documentary this is! Enjoy

Thanks to Simon C for sharing this!

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NYC Premiere: Truth in 24 II

Last night I attended the debut showing of Truth In 24 II (Part 2, “Every Second Counts”) at the Audi Forum NYC.  If you haven’t been to the Audi Forum in NYC, well it’s another lovely place for Audiphiles such as myself to hang out for an hour or two for special events such as this one.  Set on Park Ave. and 47th street—it is open during the week to the public, and on the weekends for special events such as this one.  Thanks to George (who makes a striking cameo in the film!) for getting me on the list for this.

I am a huge fan of the original Truth In 24, as I think it is one of THE great motorsports documentaries ever made.  Jason Statham returns as the voice behind the action, with a slightly overdramatic tone—-however one that really does capture some of the excitement of the spectacle which is Le Mans.

So we all know the story here—-the 2011 Le Mans was one of THE greatest in the history of the La Sarthe beast…..and hence the idea behind Ti24-II was even stronger than the original.  The race was even more interesting, the car was even more stunning (the R18 TDI is just blisteringly cool), and the storyline of that race creates a total atmosphere of how one team battled fierce competition against crashes, adversity odds during the race to become the outright winners.

You don’t have to be an Audi Sport fan to love this documentary—you just have to love the idea of motorsports.  Part 2 lifts off where Part 1 closed the door—and it feels more like a continuation of the story rather than a new one.  I was captivated by the documentary—by the beauty of the race cars, the trauma of watching a stressful race which I remember watching live last summer, and by the excellent narration, cinematography, and conversations with race personnel.

This is a must watch, as was the first one.  Truth In 24 II will be made digitally and on DVD very soon, and will be showing in premieres around the country until then.  Go see it.

Audi R8 V10 Spyder parked in the Audi Forum.

 

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1973 Kyalami in silence.

There’s something very peaceful about watching silent, vintage, 8mm race footage.  This is from the 1973 9-hour race at Kyalami.  Quite beautiful.

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video of the day. Truth in 24 Part 2 official trailer!

If you haven’t seen the original “Truth In 24” you are really missing out.  There is no reason you should NOT have seen the original!  It is an amazing piece of filmmaking and a must-see for anyone into motor racing.

The exciting news is that part 2 is coming out about the R18 TDI’s dramatic win at the 2011 Le Mans.  Very exciting stuff.  That race was remarkable and now its been documented and will be released to coincide with the upcoming 2012 Le Mans!

Go here and watch the trailer for Part 2 and if you haven’t seen part 1, it is available FREE as a download through iTunes at the Audi USA site HERE

src: fourtitude

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Subaru 1966: “we call it cheap & ugly”

What an insane commercial (infomercial?)!

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launch: Drive.

The DRIVE collective have finally launched with their first full video; a tribute to the Nurburgring 24 hour race.  Fantastic stuff, and i can’t wait to see more from them!

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“L’Etoile Du Nord”

From the best international magazine in the world: Intersection.  They never fail to impress me.  More on them this week…

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video of the day. Giulia.

While i’m not a fan of ‘store the car away from the Winter’….i suppose I can understand the sentiment for cars which are (A) are proned to rust or (B) don’t get used in the winter.

Either way this is a great video with multiple views of an owner spending time with his Alfa Romeo Giulia before putting it away for the winter.  A simple, but charming video.

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video of the day. Fulvia orgy.

I have tried for many years to shake my desires to want a Lancia Fulvia—-but nothing works.  It still creeps up in my head all of the time.

This video doesn’t help my lust for one. Wow.

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“C’Etait Un Rendez-Vous”: the Mercedes that could.

I first saw “C’Etait Un Rendez-Vous” about 7 years ago, and was absolutely blown away by it.  I used to watch it every day for a while.  A couple of years later, after speaking to a ‘car guru’ friend of mine, I learned that the car in the short film was NOT a Ferrari 275 GTB, but a Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, which was later admitted in interviews by Claude Lelouch, maker of the film.  Since then, i’ve made it my duty to point this out to almost everyone who seems to think it is a Ferrari 275 GTB, the same thing I USED to think—until i was told the truth.

The sound of the engine, has been rumoured to be overdubbed from a Ferrari 275 GTB, something I feel to be consistent with the sound—unless proven otherwise by some other documentation.

I found this sweet photo of Mr. Lelouch mounting his camera kit on the SEL @ The Torrible Zone

(2nd grainy photo from IDCMB.com)

I’ve seen this clip about a million times, but I suppose for context and for people who have never seen it—-it is worth reposting here.

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“making time”

My favourite film of all time is a brilliant English film named Withnail & I.  It is not a car-related film, but for me it is just an absolutely hilarious, clever, and fantastic film about 2 strange and interesting blokes wired on chemicals.  I have watched it far too many times…

One of my favourite scenes from this film, however, DOES involve cars—-and what a great scene it is.  I suppose it is a little bit out of context when played on its own—–but it still cracks me up in every way.

For me, this is the Alpine A110 of films. It is strange….and probably not for everybody—but a ‘must see’ in my book.

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2011 Targa Tasmania begins!

Walter Rohrl is part of the team behind the Porsche 911.

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TT-RS tunnel run.

nice dark tunnel + epic Audi TT-RS + water = EPIC.

ALSO—there is a video showing some of the footage here (what a sound!):

http://www.abhd.nl/video/racen-door-de-noord-zuid-tunnel/

big thanks to Lukas for sending the tip! Apparently this was being filmed for a Dutch TV show called ‘AutoRAI’ (click to enlarge fotos)

for the full set of fotos, go here:

http://www.autoblog.nl/image-gallery?file=Audi/TT-RS_tunnelrun/

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pre-quattro.

so quattro Audis are simply sensational in inclement weather….and DAMN fun to screw around with in the snow…—but how did Audis do before quattro in the snow?  How much fun is it to screw around in the snow in a pre-quattro audi? well these people are making a bit of a mess with this pretty decent example of an Audi 100LS.

EDIT: it seems you can only watch this on youtube due to some copyright issues.

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must watch….

“Heights of Danger”.  available on DVD.  the film is from 1953.  I wanna watch it! Gotta find a DVD.

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video of the day. 1970 weird film.

from some french film called “L’Homme Orchestra”.

featuring a Lamborghini Miura and some variant of a Fiat Coupe.  I found this quite amusing!!

 

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video of the day. 510

My first ‘real’ car (not counting my lime green 1977 Buick Le Sabre i had when i was 15/16) was a 1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R which was just a fantastic car….i still miss it sometimes.  It was quite pure for its time.  That SE-R was a natural descendant of this; the 510.

I found this great 26 minute vintage film called “Against All Odds” about the 510.  Well worth a watch!

 

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