No, not that M5—-the 1971-1975 Leica M5. Some of my favourite excerpts from an original M5 brochure. In my opinion, the most beautiful camera ever made by Leica!
Through my love of Alpine, I have also found myself in appreciation of other French racing marques such as Matra and Panhard. There really is a huge lack of information or literature about Panhard, however luckily such is not the case with Matra.
Automobiliac posted these great Matra cutaway drawings done by Robert Roux a couple of years ago! Go there to see a blistering video of a MS650 screaming across the track!
I do love living in NYC, particularly in Brooklyn! NYC has both stayed the same and changed so much over the last 30-50 years. It is quite enjoyable listening to city old-timers tell their version of how NYC was in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Seeing photos is also great. Here are 2 fantastic photos taken by Wil Blanche in 1973 of cars entering the Manhattan side of the Battery Tunnel towards Brooklyn as part of the Documerica project. Can you recognize all the iron in these pics? I get a good number of them….but a couple here and there which are just guesses!
As much as things change—-looking at these photos remind me of my experiences driving here every day. So i guess not everything changes that much!
Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates on the IEDEI Blog lately—-i have been battling a lack of time attributed to my job (i do have another job y’know!), but have no fear—-there is plenty of content waiting to unfold here with due time. I still owe you all a big Petit Le Mans report—-which is still being curated.
The BMW M1 was specifically created for racing—–and it has to be one of the coolest production race cars built. It’s unfortunate BMW strayed from this path, and has yet to produce anything to even remotely put up a show against the mighty Audi R8. Hopefully one of these days, they’ll come to their senses—-and build ‘another’ M1 or something of the same caliber.
Meanwhile, here are some grand photos of the mighty BMW M1 in racing glory
i love this car. so unknown….perfect car for a sniper. The Maserati Kyalami.
some history (via: http://www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/alfieri102.htm)
“In 1974 after a period of financial turmoil, Citroën, the then owners of Maserati, placed the company into liquidation. By 1975, Maserati was in the hands of a partnership berween Alejandro DeTomaso and GEPI (an Italian state organisation whose sole purpose was the protection of Italian jobs). DeTomaso’s Longchamp had not proved the success he had hoped and sales were low. During this time of re-organisation, DeTomaso was desperate to produce a new flagship Maserati. Given Maserati’s financial restraints, his solution was to call in Pietro Frua’s design studio in Turin to re-style the Longchamp and so was born the Kyalami.”
I can never really decide. The design of the NSU Ro80 always leaves me feeling weird….on one side, i find its proportions to be utterly fascinating and awkward (in a good way)…..on the other side, i find it to be very dysfunctional and awkward (in a bad way).
There is no denying, however, that the Ro80 was WAY ahead when it came to design….considering it was originally launched in 1967 (wow). A very modern design….which surely influenced alot of cars after it….especially AUDI, the company that some of NSU warped into…
one of the most evil, rare, influential, and fascinating supercars ever….the DeTomaso Mangusta (1966-1971)
401 Mangustas were built, about 200 of the european version, with 4 headlamps and Ford 289 Cu.In. engine, and the rest are USA version, with 2 “pop up” headlamps and less powerful Ford 302 engines. One car was built with Chevrolet engine. There are reported to be fewer than 120 left in existence, according to the 2 available registry databases.
more information on the Mangusta: http://www.mangustainternational.com/home.php