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Week of March 2X, Two Thousand 14.

 

Status post watching a documentary about Big Star.  They influenced some bands i really love like Teenage Fanclub and Whiteout.   The documentary was a bit of a bore after the first 30 minutes, but I think it was made for those religiously dovoted to them.  I like some of the tunes…..like “Thirteen” which i always associated to Teenage Fanclub while ignoring the fact that it was a Big Star tune!  Yeah nice one, man.

Check out this article about microengravings onto a grain of sand!  Wicked.

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/creating-sand-castles-with-a-single-grain-of-sand

 

My delightful wife bought me a Crosley record player and i’ve been hunting down obscure and favourite records over the past few weeks; culminating in a renewed interest in findings all of those weird Elephant records released on vinyl only in the late 90s.   This is the UK band Elephant, based out of Brighton.  Yes nobody knows who they are it seems.   One day, Ingo Graham (singer wearing lipstick in every promo photo i’ve seen) will come out of hiding and me a superstar though….and i’ll have those rare old records!

On my birthday (March 1st) my wife took me to the Guggenheim to check out the magnificently huge Futurism exhibit.  It sort of bothered me to see ordinary people falling in love with Futurism, but at the same time it made me overjoyed to see SO MUCH Futurism exhibited in one location.  A spectacular show for people such as me who have been fascinated by Futurism for such a long time.  You must go see it! (on until September 2014)

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view/italian-futurism-1909-1944-reconstructing-the-universe

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What record am i most excited about!?  Well i’ve pre-ordered the Killing Sound EP on Blackest Ever Black which comes in a limited edition Double 12″.  The record is sold out now, but definitely worth hearing!  Dark, dusty, frosty dub-influenced ambient drone.  Yes please.  It’s kind of obscure…so much that i can’t even find a soundclip online; but trust me i have the EP already on MP3 and it is stunning!

http://blackesteverblack.bigcartel.com/product/killing-sound-i-killing-sound-i-blackest028-2×12

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Car culture may be ridiculously shallow and mundane; but that doesn’t stop ME from enjoying my 120 miles of driving i do every day in my, well…badass 2013 BMW 135is.  320hp and mighty, mighty quick.  Been doing donuts all winter with my snow tires on! come on!  I won’t talk about ‘other’ cars much here anymore, but i will definitely talk about what i drive…..because it’s what i live with.

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bizarre Audi TT crash.

How this lovely Amulet Red MK1 Audi TT flew into a house is beyond me….possibly launching off the side of one of the parked cars?  Definitely bizarre.  Hope all are OK.

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src:  Sun via Fourtitude

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“The Crowd”

I am intrigued by Wyndham Lewis; the founder of the Vorticism movement of the early 1910s in the UK.  It’s been less than 24 hours since I discovered the art and writings of this fine man, yet I am thoroughly fascinated.  I have always been taken by the exhuberant Italian Futurism movement of those times, and Mr. Lewis’ adventures seem like the UK’s answer to those Futurist claims.  In addition to being a superb artist, Lewis also wrote several books and literary pieces.  More on Wyndham Lewis in a future IEDEI post.

this painting is entitled “The Crowd”:

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Where to watch Le Mans online! (streaming)

I will be updating this during the course of the next 24 hours.  Unfortunately I am not able to embed any of these sources directly onto here, so the best I can do is link to some sources.  If one of them fails, use the others as alternatives!

Edit @ Noon, US EST:  I now have a great French-English Le Mans TV live video feed embedded in this post!  Just click the play button.  This feed should be reliable for 24 hours.  If you don’t like the bilingual feed, my suggestion would be to play this video feed and listen to Radio Le Mans (linked below) at the same time.

These are not scams! these are good, hopefully reliable sources to stream the best race on earth!

SOURCE 3 (Le Mans-TV, French-English, watch it on IEDEI!)

SOURCE 1 (Eurosport) (Not working)

SOURCE 2 (Eurosport)

SOURCE 4 (English, average quality)

SOURCE 5 (Eurosport, better quality)

SOURCE 6 (Eurosport, better quality)

SOURCE 7 (Eurosport, better quality)

Le Mans Live (Live timing, Multiple on-board views, thanks Serge)

Audi TV (cockpit view, intermittent other views)

Audi TV #2 (cockpit view)

Radio Le Mans (audio feed)

Baekdal Live Timing (great live timing feed! thanks Piotr)

more to come soon!

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Triumph GT6 (1966-1973).

Another week—-another car to discover and appreciate!  I’ve always had a huge soft spot for Triumphs, ever since growing up next to a neighbour who kept a very nice racing green TR6.  The Michelotti-designed Triumph GT6 had a design which was inspired by Le Mans class winning Triumph Spitfires of 1965.  The production Spitfire had been a successful road car, and this was its’ coupe variant.  In the glory days of British Leyland, of course (ahem)—-the GT6 was produced in three different generations, culminating finally in the MK3.

I’d never actually paid attention enough to distinguish the GT6 in the past from its Spitfire roadster counterpart—-but now that I take a good look at it; it really does have some classic design to it.  Somewhere in there, i see a poor man’s Aston or E-type….and a rich man’s MGB GT.  Nonetheless, i’ve added it to my short list of lustworthy british motors to roll after.

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psychedelic 1970 US promo:

a much more intellectual UK promo:

Last but not least….this glorious photo of the original racing Spitfires (which inspired the design of the GT6) at the 1965 Le Mans next to an Alpine M63! Just superb.

srcs: littletriumphs, carblueprints, motorretronecronomviia, vtr

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foto of the day. A110s.

I can never get enough…

src:  Club Renault UK

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the glorious Bac Mono.

There are a lot of these dedicated performance mini-track cars around; Ariel Atom, Caterham Seven, the recently featured fantastic Donkervoort, and plenty of others.

But I have yet to see one as beautiful, detailed, and as full lovely design as the Bac Mono. From the minimalist name to the beautiful sculpted bodywork—-i think this is the holy grail of these types of cars as far as i’m concerned.   Oh and the interior and pedals can be fitted to suit the size of the buyer.

The Bac Mono starts for around $80k GBP in the UK—however it’s been announced the car will be on sale in the US next year.  Prices for the US market have not been announced as of yet. It’s a fairly new company, started in 2009 out of the UK.  Obviously I haven’t driven one…..but take a look at the numbers:

more details at: http://bac-mono.com/

Overall width 1800mm
Overall length 3952mm
Height 1110mm
Wheelbase 2565mm
Ground clearance 100 mm (f) 110 mm (r)
Kerb weight 540kg
Power to weight 520 bhp per tonne
Weight distribution f/r 48% / 52%
Maximum speed 170 mph
0-60 mph 2.8 secs
Maximum power 280 bhp at 7700 rpm
Maximum torque 280 Nm at 6000rpm
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getting unreachable?

As you probably realise, my ‘holy grail’ dream car (in ANY price range) is the Alpine-Renault A110 1600s.  This has been the case for approximately the last 5-6 years.  However in that 5-6 years I have watched the selling price of the A110 start to soar from about $40-$50k back then to ranging from $80k to well over $150k for excellent 1600s examples these days.  I’ve been told the market for A110s really soared a couple of years ago when the Japanese started buying them up and taking them back to Japan.  Sure there are cheaper versions like the 1300s which can be had for less, and the 1100s which can be had for even less—-but it is getting harder and harder to find good A110s on sale, and i’m just hoping that by the time i get in the market for one (i hope this DOES happen), that prices haven’t soared to even more rocketing avenues.    The ‘other market’ versions of the A110 such as the mexican-built Dinalpines have also kept the market value down, as many have been unearthed and sold outside of Mexico in recent years—-adding to the total # of A110s in circulation.

My mostly ignorant, non-professional estimate is that the prices have now ‘capped’ for the A110 for the time being.  I don’t think “Alpine-Renault” rings a bell with the collector market the way “Ferrari” or “Maserati” or “Porsche” does, so i really can’t see these moving too much further upmarket.   Here’s hoping they stay in this range, or even start falling a bit when the nostalgic rally fan from the 60s starts giving up their cars.

In a brief search on carandclassic.co.uk, i found these examples:

£78500

£57500

 

this absolutely stunning 1968 1300s is selling for £52500, proof that even the smaller engine variant is building up a following.

 

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Countach road trip.

Harry Metcalfe (Evo Mag) & his Lamborghini Countach embark in this video on a 900+ road trip from Monte Carlo to the UK after an Evo Magazine feature about all the various ‘versions’ of the Countach released over the years.  Harry Metcalfe, the gentleman in the video—is one of the founding editors of Evo Magazine from the UK—–amongst other things, he owns the red Countach in the video.

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come to me, oh clean ur quattro.

4Star Classics has some great stuff, and here they present a VERY clean late-model year 1989 Audi (Ur) quattro 10v.  It is often thought that these late-model year quattros (made until 1990/91) were some of the best coupes made in this configuration.  Sales in this country had all but ended by then, but continued in Europe.  This particular one is right-hand drive, but with an immaculate interior and beautiful paint work—as well as those fantastic euro-spec bumpers and headlights.

Costs a little bit over 10,000 GBP….and well worth it.


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ad of the day. ur quattro

woman. ‘mobile phone’. high heels. weird airplane.  ur quattro.  all the makings of a classic vintage Audi commercial!

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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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hatchbacks: Suzuki Swift Sport

After my trip to Italy, I found myself with a new appreciation for ‘small’ hatchbacks one can throw around into parking spots—-one of my favourite hatchbacks i saw in Italy was the Suzuki Swift Sport.  Firstly, their interiors are very cool and little hot hatch-ish goodness—i like their boxy, functional lines, and they have a very planted look to them in person.  I didn’t see many of these during my trip—-but the 2 or 3 of them I did see convinced me I liked them.  Rumour has it that Suzuki will introduce this car to the US market this year—–hey Suzuki—-DO IT! pioneer the ‘new’ hot hatch movement in the states!

I just went to the UK Suzuki site, and found that this 125 HP, 2400 pounds….for 12,995 GBP.  If they brought this car over here for $15k, it would be absolutely stellar……hey Suzuki…..DO IT!

 

btw, here’s the latest Suzuki Swift S-Concept presented in March at the Geneva Auto Show….a little ‘overdone’ in styling, but upgraded performance likely makes the upgrades worth it.  Digging the functional and tidy interior as well.

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the USA-elusive TT quattro sport.

This is a tasty TT quattro sport on sale in the UK, tuned by Jabbasport; They’re claiming 450hp, which is quite a bit more than the 350hp that Stage 3 tuning takes it to quite predictably.  The quattro sport, was the highest end MK1 TT which was sold in Europe; stock it had a slight upgrade in power (240 vs. 225), upgraded suspension, special GT3-like seats, special wheels, special 2-tone paint schemes, different front bumper (3.2 bumper) and rear seat delete.  18,000 GBP for this 2005.  Tasty……and everso elusive here..

ad: http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/2487743.htm

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Man who has owned 400 cars.

I found this interesting—-mainly because he is not a wealthy, powerful, man—-but because he’s a regular bloke who just likes mass produced attainable cars!  Fascinating.

Mr Riddick’s least favourite models have lasted barely a week – his record was returning a car days after buying it because it didn’t fit in his garage.

Every single one has been a mass market vehicle as the retired building firm owner has no interest in luxury or sports cars and did not want to appear flash in front of clients.

‘I passed my driver’s licence in 1959 and bought an Austin A40 for £500. I was the first on the street to have a car and it just snowballed from there,’ said Mr Riddick, 67, who lives with his wife, Glen, in Shefford, Bedfordshire.

‘My wife doesn’t mind,’ he said. ‘It was just my hobby, I didn’t chase other women or drink – I just spent money on cars.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359134/Paul-Riddick-The-man-owned-400-budget-cars.html#ixzz1En9PsQ2d

 

 

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foto of the day. 3.0 CSL.

BMW 3.0 CSL @ Brands Hatch. (taken by SmintBoyUK )

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car for sale of the day. flaminia.

err, so this is 20k english quid……but it’s one of the coolest Flaminias i’ve seen, in a beautiful colour.  I’m slightly perplexed by the ‘rally’ seats, as they sort of don’t suit the car……but i will forgive it!

20k pounds….what is that? $35k?  I tell you what…if i was a 55 year old businessman, surrounded by a**holes driving around in red Ferraris—-it’d be great to show up to a meeting in sometime like this.  Timeless.

go buy it: http://www.rtcc.co.uk/index.php?do=lanciaclassics&car=093f65e080a295f8076b1c5722a46aa2

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foto(s) of the day. a MK2 TT?

Well i’m not a fan of the MK2 TT’s weird styling….in fact i think the styling sucks!  But holy hell i spotted this one linked to on QW today and i gotta say it looks great…probably the best modified MK2 i’ve seen and definitely the only NON TT-RS MK2 i’ve seen that really gets me going.  So maybe it does have potential?

……but it’s no MK1….that’s for sure…..but this one looks pretty damn good.

link to more photos here:

http://www.tt-forum.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=180735

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fw: an open letter to Lancia

Came across this interesting “letter to lancia” on a site called Petrolblog.

http://petrolblog.com/2010/06/24/an-open-letter-to-lancia/

I gotta agree with you MajorGav, Lancia has lost the plot and really needs to get back to their identity.  The stuff they have been releasing for several years is GHASTLY……and in my opinion; Lancia might be THE biggest waste of a marque i’ve witnessed….amazing how Fiat just turned that company into slop.

But i gotta remind my friends over at Petrolblog, that Lancia is now going to be shacked up very closely to Chrysler; and it seems that for the time being, the identity of Lancia will continue to be lost.  A friend of mine who works in the auto industry had told me a couple years ago that there was a good chance that Lancia was going to be shut down; but now it seems they’ve found a new use for the marque Lancia.  It’s going to serve as a channel to pass Chrysler products into Europe.  What a shame.

It’s been said that the next generation Chrysler 300C is going to become Lancia’s flagship car in Europe….but the worst part is: there are supposedly only minimal changes done to the badges and the grille before it will be sold as a Lancia…….if that’s true, Lancia will be all but dead in my opinion…if it isn’t already.  I wish VW would buy Lancia and bring it back properly……imagine a Delta Integrale based on a modified R32/R20 platform? That’d be pretty sweet.

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foto of the day: Mito GTA

specially tuned by Lester is this Lester Alfa Romeo MiTO GTA.

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lecture of the day. E12 M535i.

well this guy should teach a class on stellar german classics….not the most exciting video, but lots of information for those interested in the birth of the modern fast sedan!  One of the coolest BMWs ever, and definitely the coolest M5 ever made, the BMW E12 M535i.

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