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art of the day. Beetle sculpture.

I’ve seen these wire-based car sculptures before, but I love that this VW Beetle wire sculpture is in the middle of the road!

src:  yatzer, via stipistop

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holy Donkervoort!

700 kilos. 400hp.  and a 2.5L 5-cylinder RS3/TT-RS engine under the hood.  This has all the goods—-except a superbly rubbish name!!!!  “Look at that Donkervoort go!”

“A combination of beautiful shape, the latest auto techniques and the ultimate experience. With a capacity of 340 to 400 HP and a torque of 450 Nm from about 1600 RPMs. And all this with a total weight of around 700 kilos. Without a doubt one of the fastest sports cars on the European market. And, with the first private preview for Donkervoort Ambassadors from all over Europe, received so enthusiastically that within a few hours approximately half of the first 25 specially designed GTOs were sold.”

photos and info from my friends at Fourtitude!

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Japanese A110 video.

The japanese…….they’re always trying to drift everything!  This video is from 1990.

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video of the day. GT3 Cup.

Yes it’s an advertisement, but it doesn’t make it any less cool.

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wrapping.

I’m still not sure what to think of vinyl wraps people are doing on cars—–mainly because the ‘matte’ look is such a played out, cliche look these days—–and although i was fascinated by it a couple of years ago, now i generally see either cheesy supercars with it OR rubbish 1990s japanese cars whose owners were too cheap to get a paint job, so they used grille paint to create it!

But either way I find it an interesting solution.  I have never really encountered a ‘wrapped’ car in person close enough to inspect, but i’d be interested to watch them wrap a car to see how they do it.  Also what happens if a car gets hit? does the wrap rip up/shred a bit and expose the original car underneath?

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foto of the day. D20

1953 Lancia D20 Coupe partaking in the Targa Florio

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fotos of the day. R18 qualify #1 and #2 for Le Mans.

the R18 TDI is amazing.  LE MANS is almost here!! These are fotos from the qualifying the last 2 days.

photo via Audi Sport

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foto of the day. TR6 umbrella.

Umbrella makes for a nice roofline on this Triumph TR6!

http://www.groupsracing.org.au/group_Sb_gallery.htm

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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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art of the day. Vespa 400.

Yes, there was a car made with the Vespa badge, called the 400.  rear engined and TINY.  Not much of a car i’m afraid, but this kitsch-y page from a vintage manual is worth a look for a bit of entertainment!

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“Anatomy of a pothole”

I drive a lot through New York City—-and everyday I find myself wondering HOW the potholes in the road just get bigger and bigger.  They fix them, they come back.   After several years of commuting by car through NYC city streets; I have learned areas where the road is worse than others, in my mental data bank of pothole summaries.  That being said, there are always new surprises which bubble up.

So how are potholes made!?

“It’s hard to believe those chasms in the pavement aren’t the remnants of miniature explosions. Instead, they’re carved by plain old water. The process usually starts with one little crack that fills with H2O. When water freezes, it expands, and when the water inside the crack expands, it pushes the asphalt outward and upward—a lot like when you forget a soda in the freezer and return to find a frozen volcano bursting from the bottle. “

read the rest of this interesting article here:
Anatomy of a Pothole – U.S. Roads and Infrastructure – Popular Mechanics

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oh Lancia you crack me up!

There’s no point in posting the ‘exterior’ of the new Lancia Ypsilon—because it is about as attractive as a pimple on a toad.  After seeing the photo of the interior, however—i was reminded of something.  But i couldn’t quite figure it out!  I have never seen such an awkward pattern on the seats of a car….and then i remembered what it reminded me of! Surely the target audience has now been figured out.

BTW, this horrendous little car will be coming to the US as a Chrysler soon; not much of a surprise, i suppose.  What an embarassing end stage to a great marque..

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iPad getting EVO, Octane, Top Gear magazines….

I’m a big fan of the iPad, even though i don’t own one yet.  The iPod Touch i have lost recently was one of the best little electronic devices i’ve ever owned; so versatile and useful.  I’m definitely getting an iPad, just not right now as i need a new laptop first!

The era of the ‘digital magazine’ is now upon us, and the UK magazines are coming to the iPad!

pricing @ Zinio:

EVO Magazine $4.96 ea. or subscription of 12 digital issues for $50.32
Octane Magazine $4.96 ea. or subscription of 12 digital issues for $50.32
Top Gear Magazine $5.27 per issue with no subscription available.

not a bad deal, considering that a physical subscription often runs like $90 on these imported magazines.  Plus you get to have them on your iPad for further easy access! VERY COOL! i’m sure this is just the beginning.  Still haven’t heard anything about my favourite UK car mag Car though.

original article from our friends at Fourtitude

http://forums.fourtitude.com/entry.php?262-Choice-Gear-iPad-Users-Take-Note.-British-Magazine-Invasion-on-Zinio-including-EVO-Top-Gear-and-Octane

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vintage car ads.

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foto of the day. 11222009.

CLICK FOR HI-RES

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foto(s) of the day. 11202009

One of THE most beautiful Grand Prix cars, the 1950-51 Talbot Lago T26c

(click fotos 2 times to get hi-res)


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foto of the day.

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foto of the day.

good to be back.

Mr. McQueen in his Jaguar XK-SS welcomes you back!

click twice through to get hi-res

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foto of the day.

Lancia Delta S4

(click picture 2 times to get hi-res)

Lancia Delta S4


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foto of the day.

Renault F1 cars rolling through the middle eastern desert……BRILLIANT.

renault-f1-desert.jpg

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Boom Boom Satellites and Alpine-Renaults…

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So firstly, the Boom Boom Satellites very much impressed me by using an Alpine A110 on the cover of their Debut album, “Out Loud” back in 1999 or so.  They also used an Alpine A310 in their video for “Push Eject” off that same album…fantastic.

When asked about the cars being used, they said “Yeah, we used a photo of Renault Alpine for the last album. I like sports cars from the late sixties to early seventies: I feel driving those cars is a natural extension of our hands and feet.”

check out the video to see them rollin in an A310:

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Lancia Aurelia B20 GT on Auction!

Y’know that car in the IEDEI banner up at the top of this blog? That’s what this car is.  I almost NEVER see this on auction OR on sale in the USA…..and this one has a buy-it-now of $50,000.  What a gorgeous car.  This is the car Nuvolari used to drive around in when he wasn’t racing……

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___Classic-1955-Lancia-Aurelia-B20-GT-4th-Series-Coupe_W0QQitemZ250360183652QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item250360183652&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A317%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Anyone got a spare $50,000 lying around?

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