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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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video(s) of the day. 928 promo.

This is such a great ‘period’ documentary/commercial issued by Porsche about their new 928.  Obviously Porsche had grand hopes regarding the 928 when it was launched, and was touted within the company as the successor to the Porsche 911—–obviously we all know how that turned out!

That’s not to say that the 928 was not successful—-because it was successful as a front-engined sports car.   I have to say as a kid, i think i loved the 928 more than i loved the 911 of that era (early 80s).  The 928 had the most wicked rear end, and had a lot of presence on the road—-whereas the early 80s 911 had big bumpers and looked sort of like a cartoon.   Fast forward to 2012, I think the 911 of that era has aged quite well (maybe because it is timeless?) whereas the 928 looks like it is trapped in the time of that era.

Either way—–enjoy this video presented in 4 parts.  It has nice features, including lots of people with moustaches and/or mullet-y hair!

 

 

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foto of the day. Bonnet.

the 1962 Rene Bonnet Djet—-mid-engined (one of the first mid-engined production cars, along with the 550 spider), and essentially what would evolve into Matra Djet afterwards.  Mid engined and super cool.

Interestingly enough, Matra (plastics/industrial company) was not even involved with this car as it was developed, however supposedly bought Bonnet in 1963/1964 after Rene Bonnet (developer of the Djet and race car driver) hit financial trouble— and then Matra evolved the Djet into a street going sports car.

This beautiful photograph was taken by Dirk De Jager

src: supercars.net

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Bugatti Type 101 Antem Coupe

The last ‘original’ Bugatti (referring to the original family run company) to be produced was the Type 101 and one of these 101s went to coachbuilder Antem and was transformed into something weird and somewhat charming.  The Bugatti T101 Antem Coupe is an unusual looking design, smothered in mystery and uniqueness.  In those days, plenty of ‘one-off’ cars existed, but the significance of this being of the final 8 cars Bugatti ever built before disappearing and being resurrected by an amped-up Volkswagen make this car even more interesting than it already is, in my opinion.

Only eight Type 101s were ever built. The chassis 101 504 would then be sent to Antem of Paris and become the unique Type 101 C Antem Coupé, arguably the most striking and beautiful Type 101.

more info here: http://www.supercars.net/cars/4296.html

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foto of the day. coming ’round full circle.

BMW.  they were crappy in the 50s and early 60s…went to being cool in the late 60s, 70s, and 80s….now back to being crap again.

 

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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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Le Mans winners since 1923

(1924 Bentley 3 Litre, Le Mans winning car---via speeddoctor.net)

Year  Car                Drivers                         Driver Nationality

1923  Chenard & Walcker  A.Lagache, R.Leonard                   (F)
1924  Bentley 3 litre    J.Duff, F.Clement                      (GB)
1925  La Lorraine        G.de Courcelles, A.Rossignol           (F)
1926  La Lorraine        R.Bloch, A.Rossignol                   (F)
1927  Bentley 3 litre    D.Benjafield, S.Davis                  (GB)
1928  Bentley 4.5        W.Barnato, B.Rubin                     (GB)
1929  Bentley 6 speed    W.Barnato, Sir H.Birkin                (GB)
1930  Bentley 6 speed    W.Barnato, G.Kidston                   (GB)
1931  Alfa Romeo 8C2300  E.Howe, Sir H.Birkin                   (GB)
1932  Alfa Romeo 8C2300  R.Sommer, L.Chinetti                   (F,I)
1933  Alfa Romeo 8C2300  R.Sommer, T.Nuvolari                   (F,I)
1934  Alfa Romeo 8C2300  L.Chinetti, P.Etancelin                (I,F)
1935  Lagonda M45R       JS Hindmarsh, L.Fontes                 (GB,RA)
1936  Race cancelled
1937  Bugatti 57G        JP Wimille, R.Benoist                  (F)
1938  Delahaye 135M      E.Chaboud, J.Tremoulet                 (F)
1939  Bugatti 57G        JP Wimille, P.Veyron                   (F)
1940-48 Race cancelled
1949  Ferrari 166MM      L.Chinetti, Lord Selsdon               (USA,GB)
1950  Talbot-Lago        L.Rosier, JL Rosier                    (F)
1951  Jaguar C-Type      P.Walker, P.Whitehead                  (GB)
1952  Mercedes-B.300SL   H.Lang, F.Riess                        (D)
1953  Jaguar C-Type      T.Rolt, D.Hamilton                     (GB)
1954  Ferrari 375        F.Gonzalez, M.Trintignant              (RA,F)
1955  Jaguar D-Type      M.Hawthorn, I.Bueb                     (GB)
1956  Jaguar D-Type      R.Flockhart, N.Sanderson               (GB)
1957  Jaguar D-Type      R.Flockhart, I.Bueb                    (GB)
1958  Ferrari 250TR58    O.Gendebien, P.Hill                    (B,USA)
1959  Aston Martin DBR1  C.Shelby, R.Salvadori                  (USA,GB)
1960  Ferrari 250TR59/60 O.Gendebien, P.Frere                   (B)
1961  Ferrari 250TR61    O.Gendebien, P.Hill                    (B,USA)
1962  Ferrari 330LM/TR   O.Gendebien, P.Hill                    (B,USA)
1963  Ferrari 250P       L.Scarfiotti, L.Bandini                (I)
1964  Ferrari 275P       J.Guichet, N.Vaccarella                (F,I)
1965  Ferrari 250LM      J.Rindt, M.Gregory                     (A,USA)
1966  Ford GT40 Mk2      C.Amon, B.McLaren                      (NZ)
1967  Ford GT40 Mk4      D.Gurney, AJ Foyt                      (USA)
1968  Ford GT40          P.Rodriguez, L.Bianchi                 (Mex,B)
1969  Ford GT40          J.Ickx, J.Oliver                       (B,GB)
1970  Porsche 917        H.Herrmann, R.Attwood                  (D,GB)
1971  Porsche 917        H.Marko, G.van Lennep                  (A,NL)
1972  Matra-Simca MS670  H.Pescarolo, G.Hill                    (F,GB)
1973  Matra-Simca MS670B H.Pescarolo, G.Larrousse               (F)
1974  Matra-Simca MS670B H.Pescarolo, G.Larrousse               (F)
1975  Mirage-Ford M8     J.Ickx, D.Bell                         (B,GB)
1976  Porsche 936        J.Ickx, G.van Lennep                   (B,NL)
1977  Porsche 936        J.Ickx,J.Barth,H.Haywood               (B,D,USA)
1978  Renault Alpine     JP Jaussaud, D.Pironi                  (F)
1979  Porsche 935        K.Ludwig,B & D.Whittington             (D,USA)
1980  Rondeau Ford M379B JP Jaussaud, J.Rondeau                 (F)
1981  Porsche 936-81     J.Ickx, D.Bell 	                (B,GB)
1982  Porsche 956-82     J.Ickx, D.Bell 			(B,GB)
1983  Porsche 956-83     V.Schuppan, H.Haywood, A.Holbert   	(A,USA,USA)
1984  Porsche 956B       K.Ludwig, H.Pescarolo 			(D,F)
1985  Porsche 956B       K.Ludwig, P.Barilla, J.Winter      	(D,I,D)
1986  Porsche 962C       D.Bell, H.Stuck, A.Holbert		(GB,D,USA)
1987  Porsche 962C       D.Bell, H.Stuck, A.Holbert		(GB,D,USA)
1988  Jaguar XJR-9LM     J.Dumfries, J.Lammers, A.Wallace	(GB,NL,GB)
1989  Sauber Mercedes C9 J.Mass, S.Dickens, M.Reuter		(D,S,D)
1990  Jaguar XJR-12      M.Brundle, J.Nielsen, P.Cobb		(GB,DK,USA)
1991  Mazda 787B         J.Herbert, B.Gachot, V.Weidler		(GB,B,D)
1992  Peugeot 905        D.Warwick, Y.Dalmas, M.Blundell	(GB,F,GB)
1993  Peugeot 905B       G.Brabham, E.Helary, C.Bouchut		(AUS,F,F)
1994  Dauer Porsche962LM Y.Dalmas, H.Haywood, M.Baldi		(F,USA,I)
1995  McLaren F1 GTR     Y.Dalmas, JJ Lehto, M.Sekiya		(F,SF,J)
1996  Porsche WSC95      D.Jones, M.Reuter, A.Wurz		(USA,D,A)
1997  Porsche WSC95      M.Alboreto, S.Johansson, T.Kristensen	(I,S,DK)
1998  Porsche 911 GT1-98 A.McNish, S.Ortelli, L.Aiello		(GB,F,F)
1999  BMW V12 LMR        Y.Dalmas, J.Winkelhock, P.Martini	(F,D,I)
2000  Audi R8            F.Biela, T.Kristensen, E.Pirro		(D,DK,I)
2001  Audi R8            F.Biela, T.Kristensen, E.Pirro		(D,DK,I)
2002  Audi R8            F.Biela, T.Kristensen, E.Pirro		(D,DK,I)
2003  Bentley EXP Speed8 R.Capello, T.Kristensen, G.Smith    	(I,DK,GB)
2004  Audi R8            S.Ara, T.Kristensen, R.Capello    	(J,DK,I)
2005  Audi R8            JJ Lehto, T.Kristensen, M.Werber       (SF,DK,D)
2006  Audi R10 TDI       F.Biela, E.Pirro, M.Werner		(D,I,D)
2007  Audi R10 TDI       F.Biela, E.Pirro, M.Werner		(D,I,D)
2008  Audi R10 TDI       A.McNish, R.Capello, T.Kristensen	(GB,I,DK)
2009  Peugeot 908 HDI    A.Wurz, D.Brabham, M.Gene		(A,AUS,E)
2010  Audi R15-plus TDI  T.Bernhard, R.Dumas, M.Rockenfeller    (D,F,D)
2011  Audi R18 TDI       A. Lotterer, M. Fassler, B. Treluyer   (F,D,SU)   
 

LIST VIA (edited with removal of distance/speed) : http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/lemans.html
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Alpines at Le Mans. (videos)

These are just some amazing videos…..everytime i see the race-prepped Alpine screaming down regular streets as shown in the 1963 video, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! even though we can’t hear them, they just look epic cruising with regular traffic.   Some wonderful behind-the-scenes footage in this videos as well, of the construction and of the founder of Alpine, Jean Redele.

video heaven…for me.  my broken french skills help me understand some of these…..as they are both in french.

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Take a tour of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

As expected, MB has constructed a damn cool museum to display alot of their motorsports and production car history.  Here are some of the pics presented by the company to highlight their new museum.  You can tour the museum virtually on their website as well.  Easier than getting a flight out to Stuttgart!

Online museum tour:

http://www.mercedes-benz-classic.com/content/classic/mpc/mpc_classic_website/en/mpc_home/mbc/home/museum/virtual_tour.html

(CLICK TO ENLARGE TO GET HI-RES….for wallpaper use)


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stillborn bull: 1974 Lamborghini Bravo

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This was due to be the replacement for the Lamborghini Urraco, however it was launched to the world as a concept in 1974 by Bertone, however the global economy was slumping, fuel costs were rising, and Ferrucio Lamborghini was retiring.  From what i’ve read, there is widespread reporting that this Bravo was tested heavily prior to its introduction (40,000+ miles), but unfortunately it never made it to production.  3.0L engine pumping 300hp through a small, relatively light body and short wheelbase.  Smaller, lower, and shorter than the Countach, it definitely ‘borrowed’ some ideas from the Countach.

It looks like Lamborghini would have definitely had an amazing rival to the Ferrari Dino, had they have made this…..

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Word is, you can still see the car at the Bertone Museum in Turin, Italy.

1974 Lamborghini Bravo-a

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video: History of Volvo

Very cool 10 minute video outlining the history of Volvo motorcars.  I know that voice, just can’t remember the guy’s name—-he does alot of the old F1 narrative videos…..Some interesting classic footage in this well made company video.

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foto of the day.

Lamborghini Espada getting built in the factory (1969)!

(click 2 times to see hi-res)

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foto of the day.

Comedian Peter Sellers and his Ferrari 275 GTB. Apparently, Sellers had an obsession with cars…which makes him even more of a legend.

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Audi book: “A History of Progress”

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I picked up this book yesterday at the VW/Audi Waterfest event, directly from the booth that Bentley Publishers had.  around 300 pages, with ALOT of vintage photographs detailing the history of Audi.  Really great stuff, and alot of text outlining the history of Audi as a company; dating back to the original and early cars under separate brands.

The photos are all in monotone blue-white tint, however it adds a sense of unity between all the photos i find.  This is the 2nd edition, published in 2003 updated through the year 2000.  Definitely worth checking out if you’re an Audiphile like I am.  $39 available directly from Bentley

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/isbn/9780837610368/index.html

more page excerpts:

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bentley.gah2.excerpt.2.2004.mar.22.sd

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History of F1 Grand Prix cars 1945-65: 6 part video.

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What a fantastic video this is, going through the Formula One Grand Prix cars between 1945 and 1965 only—-where they go through a summary of the GP cars of the time…..incredible drivers and legendary cars.

what a great way to ‘waste’ an hour…

part 1.

part 2.

part 3.

click here to go to the next page for the last 3 parts!

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Bugatti poster art

the artwork in this fantastic poster was done by Yoshihiro Inomoto

(click picture 2 times for hi-res)

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Porsche Targa Florio online flipbook.

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This is one of the coolest and most beautifully made webpages on the the net….it’s nothing new, they launched this sometime in the last couple of years.  But it’s truly a great read, with lots of info about the race, the cars, and including some great photos.

LINK: http://www.porsche.com/all/targaflorio/uk.aspx

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