or an Alpine—–I would definitely want this entourage of hyperactive french mechanics following me around, waiting for something to happen!
(this is sort of like a ‘foto of the day’ as IEDEI used to do…..but is just not arsed to do anymore! ha)
Firstly, i detest taking the NYC subway. Having said that, I will concede that it is the most efficient way to get around NYC, as well as the cheapest. But it is dirty, too congested, unpredictable, chaotic, and most of all a deposition of individuals into mass movement. I am not compatible with mass movements or mini-migrations of sorts. I will assume that either you think I am (A) looking down upon commuters or (B) am an elitist. The first is definitely not true, and the second is up for debate.
I did, however, enjoy these photographs by Daniel Zvereff taken in the subway.
Most of these are taken with the Leica M8, although picures #3-7 are taken with my new pocket Ricoh GRD-III (which is great, by the way).
lenses used: Chiyoda Kogoku Super Rokkor 50mm F1.8 and Summicron 40mm F2. The Super Rokkor is total magic, i must say.
I will be posting some M5 photos next week. The first roll was riddled with dust and scratches on the film (although they did look quite tastefully artful i must say).
I’m not a fan of Photoshop for photo modification, as i find it cumbersome and overused by people. That being said…there is something more primitively charming about photomanipulation BEFORE the advent of computer software aids. Does it make it any more acceptable? No, not really! But they are interesting to look at. Somewhere in the future…some kid is going to read (absorb?) an article like this about Photoshop and say “oh how primitive they were back then!”
I do love nice watches. These days I am less inclined to want things ‘vintage’ and more inclined to want something totally NEW—inspired by the idea of creating my own legacy and my own vintage rather than buying into somebody else’s. More about this in a later post as well…
I was in search for a truly modern, original, and unique chronograph watch. It had to be automatic, and it had to represent 2012, not 1972. It’s easy to find all sorts of ‘vintage chronographs’ on eBay and to buy into some other history—but I wanted to buy a watch that, in 30 years, someone could look at and appreciate for the time it was made in. This is a small company making low-production watches—with unique features like an ‘external’ watchband bar, chunky beautifully made case, unique dial accenting, and a simply gorgeous transparent rear housing.
Last year, I briefly remember seeing a blip about a London brand called Fitzroy launching a series of Automatic (their own, swiss made automatic movements—again, original) and a modern set of stylish watches which I found thoroughly beautiful and original. You won’t meet anyone else wearing one of these…and furthermore, it is a low-production, interesting, and creative timepiece. Fitzroy Automatic Chronographs start at $880. Their standard Automatic watches start at a touch over $500. They supposedly will have a selection of custom fit designed watchbands available for purchase—however as of yet I have not been able to procure any other bands.
I absolutely love this watch. Appreciation of the modern is the vintage of the future.
Over the past several months, i’ve really started loving these NSU Prinz/TT/TT-S models. I have seen a couple of these in the past in person and always get the feeling that these cars must be an absolute BLAST to drive around in. Lightweight, rear-engined, tossable, stiff, and epic 60s cool. These are so rare in the US, however they enjoy an enthusiastic following in Germany. I would love to have a go in one…
Thanks to Marco for sending me these pics, and you can see the full album of photos from this AutoX NSU event HERE
In all its glory. I only have one word i can say right now: WANT
I am severely biased towards anything Alpine….but honestly lately i’ve REALLY been getting into ‘futuristic’ cars meeting ‘vintage’ in their philosophy…..and THIS is just brilliant. Magical, even. Renault read my mind.
big thanks to my friend Jon for tipping me about these photos! Unfortunately they are low-resolution; however i’m sure there will be plenty of high-res pics after tomorrow. Tomorrow there should be a lot more information about the technical specs, such as exact engine (400hp V6?)—but what we can confirm is that it is mid-engined.
The Donkervoort D8 GTO is easily one of my absolute favourite cars in production right now…..just amazing to look at, and transcends the idea of the Lotus Seven straight into the 21st century. The GT4 version won the GT4 class of the 24 hours of Dubai, so it is developing a racing pedigree all of its own.
To me, in my current state of mind—-mixing modern and vintage. This may be the perfect interior. The stuff daydreams are made of…
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!
Yesterday I drove a few hours away to go to the annual Carlisle Import Auto Show for 2012. I had been tipped off there would be an Alpine A110 there, and I was quite looking forward to checking it out. I had also been told that there would be a lot of great Audis there, which there were!
The show was fantastic……I would say the largest turnout was for Saab and Audi fanatics with lots and lots of fantastic Trollhatten and Ingolstadt eye candy. I sat inside of the Alpine A110 for what felt like at least 20-25 minutes. The car FIT LIKE A GLOVE. I have never been as comfortable in a car as I was in an A110. Unbelievable….i didn’t want to leave. The A110 is pure magic…..i must have one in my life!
After leaving the Alpine, I was completely distracted by remembering the car—and honestly I had concentration difficulties. The Audi area quite brilliant though; lots of great Ur quattros, a couple nicely set up TTs and several nice 4000s and Coupes! Audi had brought the original R8 LMP car as well, and near it was also a Sport quattro! The Saab area was flourishing with “Saab Pride”; their enthusiasts knowing their marque is currently in a coma on massive amounts of life support if not dead already. There are still whispers of a Saab corporate revival floating around in China; but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
I felt the Carlisle show was a true enthusiast’s show; the people were very nice, there wasn’t much ‘snobbery’ as felt at so many car shows, and not every car was shined to perfection like at other car shows—there was room for originality, something I very much appreciate. I spent much of my day poking my head into interiors, and breathing in a large inhale of the different smells of older cars; something which fascinates me.
I didn’t take a lot of photos; in fact taking too many photos at car shows sort of annoys me these days, as it prevents you from actually paying attention. That being said, here are some of my favourite cars from the day:
loved this crazy, track ready Renault 8!
I spent 1 hour out of my 3 hours at the show with this Alpine. Honestly, I believe I am truly obsessed. HA.
i don’t smile much for photos….but i am quite happy sitting inside.
onto the Audis!
I found this sign to be entertaining, belonged to a 1969 Avenger kit car:
The photos here have been REMOVED due to their unoriginal effects as I was informed by the photographer (Anke Luckmann). The ORIGINAL PHOTOS have now been uploaded into a new post, thanks to Ms. Anke Luckmann for sending me her original versions of these photos: