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Entries from December 18th, 2009

1988 Saab 900 Aero – Bowery, NYC

December 18th, 2009 by Ian

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As if Saab’s classic 900 Aero wasn’t racy enough already. It was after all the first Saab to sport the brand’s 160 hp 16-valve turbo mill. That might not sound like much next to today’s high powered sports cars but it was pretty inspired for the time. The owner, who claims to race this baby, might have gone a little bonkers with the mods – carbon fiber hood, massive rear wing, wrap around body kit and what seems to be some engine tweaks based on the extra breathing vents positioned ahead of the front fender. And considering that only 7,000 Aeros, also known as SPGs (Special Performance Group), were built and imported to North America, it seems almost wasteful to alter it so drastically. But who are we to judge – that’s why they call it personalization.

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Audi/VW Winter Cruise – Piermont, NY

December 17th, 2009 by Stu

Audi/VW Drive - Rockland County

Who says you have to ride a HOG to travel in packs? Apparently not this group of VW/Audi enthusiasts who took their Quattro-powered sleds Winter joyriding during the season’s inaugural snowfall.  Well the GTI doesn’t have Quattro but who’s counting. The utterly dreary skies, slick road surfaces and fresh snowfall came together nicely to form the backdrop for this brigade of grey and white rides. Thanks for sharing Drew and much love to Deutschland.

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Bertone X1/9 – Great Jones and Broadway, NYC

December 16th, 2009 by Stu

Bertone X1/9We don’t pass by too many cars with a Bertone badge on the hood. While Turin’s legendary design house has skinned its fair share of production and concept cars over the last century, it was usually because they were contracted to do so by another automaker. But Fiat relinquished control of these capable little mid engine sports cars in 1982 after they decided to exit the US market – all manufacturing duties subsequently shifted to Bertone from that point forward. They even hired Malcolm Bricklin, the Yugo man himself, to distribute the X1/9 in America. However dated it may look now, the X1/9 is handsome little car in a Pontiac Fiero meets Porsche 914 sort of way. Too bad there are no affordable little mid engine sports cars like this now. That is until VW brings their hot BlueSport to market.

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Aston Martin Vanquish – Hurley, Berkshire (UK)

December 15th, 2009 by Stu

Aston Martin Vanquish

One of our field snappers from the other side of the pond spotted this exotic Vanquish outside the Olde Bell Coaching Inn. We have heard of rich guys who buy expensive sports cars to compensate for smaller things but this owner has really raised the bar. Bravo

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Custom Chopper – Montigue Street, Brooklyn Heights

December 15th, 2009 by Austin

Custom Chopper in Brooklyn Heights

This Brooklyn chopper stands out like a skinny girl at a Jenny Craig meeting. From the hand-tooled leather saddle and handmade pipes to the intricate paint scheme and hand formed tank & rear fender, the design detail is simply exquisite. Further supporting this bike’s ultra clean looks, the designer omitted the front brake and fender. Hundreds of man hours and a silly amount of cash have likely gone into its construction. And as you might be able to tell, form definitely trumps function. Your spine will pay for looks this good – the rigid tail and lack of any suspension underneath the seat mean this baby is a real buckaroo over the city streets. This custom chopper is what we call TTT – Tavern To Tavern.

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Under the hood: Monty the Land Rover

December 14th, 2009 by Stu

Pictured – Monty, a ’94 Land Rover Safari Defender, passing through the valley of the East African Rift while on a 14,000 mile adventure from London to Cape Town.

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People tend to choose vacation destinations based on how blue the water is or how pampered they will get at the spa. And for those of us bound to e-mail inboxes and office cubicles, average length of stay is usually somewhere in the week to ten day neighborhood. Ric and his girlfriend Charlie took a slightly different approach to their escape from reality this year. The Shepherds Bush, London-based couple decided to skip the Pina Coladas and all-you-can-eat buffet lines and instead spend six months roaming the earth in their ‘94 Defender affectionately known as Monty. Ric, Charlie and Monty, who left London October 1st, will have clocked an astonishing 14,000 miles when they reach Cape Town in March. That’s about 2,000 miles more than most Americans drive in a single year. As you can imagine, WIFI access is pretty hard to come by but, somewhere between the border of Ethiopia and Kenya, Ric and Charlie were good enough to share their experiences with us.

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1964 Buick LeSabre – Grand Street, NYC

December 10th, 2009 by Ian

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Buick spokesman Tiger Woods should have been driving one of these 2-ton land yachts when – fleeing from his wife – he crashed into a hydrant and a tree on his own property. The abundance of vintage Detroit steel would have easily deflected countless golf club-swinging Swedish supermodels.

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Under the hood: Brady Erickson

December 9th, 2009 by Nick

Pictured – Brady Erickson, lead singer of LA-based The Ross Sea Party, in his 1969 Porsche 912.

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When people see older cars in LA, it’s usually on a Sunday. Some old guy taking his prized possession out for a quick run to get the dust bunnies off of it. Once the ride is over, he puts it back, shuts the garage and drives his Lexus for the rest of the week. Older cars are just harder to deal with. After all, the last thing you want to worry about on the 110 is a hot engine or squealing transmission. Well, someone once told that to Brady Erickson, the singer of Los Angeles based The Ross Sea Party, but I don’t think he listened, or cared. His daily driver is a 1969 Porsche 912 and he drives it all over town… EVERYDAY. It’s his only car.

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Mini Cooper – 10 Freeway, Culver City

December 8th, 2009 by Mike

Culver City Cooper

It’s funny how Minis can make everyday vehicles around them look a bit silly. Even though it appears the car is standing still, we were actually traveling next to it at 75 mph. This super clean pre-BMW Mini is modified just enough to affirm you’re seeing something special – but your attention isn’t drawn to any one mod.

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Jeep Wrangler – West 25th Street, NYC

December 7th, 2009 by Ian

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We spotted Darth Vader’s Wrangler on W25th Street and it’s all business. Black wheels, matte black finish and enough auxiliary lighting to land a damn airplane. Overall a very dark and ominous affair to say the least. Check out the custom wheels inside those massive tires – we might like these better.

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