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Entries from February 11th, 2010

Porsche Carrera – Oakwood Ave, Venice, CA

February 11th, 2010 by Mike

The type 964 Carrera (’89-’94) could be the perfect 911. The narrowness, simplicity and rawness of the longhoods and Impact Bumpers, but with just enough refinement to compete with the 993 and 996. It could also be the perfect car for this parking space.

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All snowed in – Teaneck, NJ

February 10th, 2010 by Stu

What do you do when it’s snowing cats and dogs outside and there’s nearly 1,600 horsepower sitting on tap in the driveway? Nothing, that’s what. Unless you want to end up eating your food through a straw or laying face down in a ditch somewhere. It seems rapper Juelz Santana was in general agreement as his flock of snow white rides sat patiently for the storm to pass outside of his Teaneck, NJ recording studio. Recognize the Corvette? He bought it after releasing his first album “From Me to U” – it is featured prominently in the opening scene for the 2006 hit single “There it Go“. Hopefully he laid down some fresh tracks to pay for all the bling.

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Diesel Mercedes Duo – Palms Blvd, Venice CA

February 9th, 2010 by Mike

These diesel luxo tanks (W126 300SD and W123 300D) may appear unremarkable at first blush but subtle charm is actually their most endearing quality. The perfect balance of utilitarianism and refinement, these range toppers feel solid, secure and planted to the road. Power and agility, not so much. But so what – I’d drive my (future) family across the states in one and feel equally as comfortable pulling up to the valet at Avalon Beverly Hills as I would cruising down a bumpy dirt road with a full load at speed. Sure, a Civic could smoke you, but as he blows by, take a gander at the indestructible MB-Tex upholstery, beautifully designed center console, and 500k odometer reading. You’ll soon realize you’ve already won.

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NY Cycle Show Wrap-Up – Javits Convention Center, NYC

February 8th, 2010 by Stu

This year’s New York Motorcycle Show may not have been all that significant from a new model introduction standpoint, but that doesn’t mean Javits wasn’t packed to the brim with eye candy. We already brought you some tastey shots of Confederate’s B120 Fighter and Wraith but Progressive Insurance also had a kick ass booth full of one-off choppers and other custom creations. Equally cool was the Sucker Punch Sally and Campagna T-Rex displays. Hell, Ducati even put on a little fashion show to highlight their new Multistrada and line of motorcycle-inspired apparel.  Check out all the goodies after the jump.

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VW Beetle – NW 19th and Hoyt, Portland

February 5th, 2010 by Stu

The rainfall averages 37.5 inches per year in downtown Portland. That equates to about 155 days with some sort of measurable precipitation on the ground. What does this mean to you? That our man on the street in Portland has a 42% chance of capturing a wet vehicle when he scours the streets each day looking for interesting and unique rides to bring you. We’re not too bothered though because cars somehow always manage to look better in the rain. It’s a phenomenon we can’t quite explain – kind of like how sesame noodles are best served cold and Cops always go bonkers for doughnuts over any other pastry.

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Life-Sized Tonka Truck – Arizona/California Border, I-10 North

February 4th, 2010 by Stu

Our loyal reader Jim holds a special place in his heart for this macho machine. When he was growing up, the Grader Tonka toy was always his favorite Tonka toy of the bunch. A car guy in the making, Jim favored the Grader because its reason for being was to make roads flat and smooth. Anyone who loves driving has to appreciate that glass-smooth curves don’t appear out of thin air – they come from awesome machines like this. The brand of this older example, spotted on an off-ramp between AZ and CA, was unclear but Jim did catch an eyeful of Detroit Diesel under the yellow sheet metal – so you know it has logged its fair share of work hours. The wood handled blade and extra chunky treads mean business.

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Ferrari 550 Maranello – Mullholland Drive, Los Angeles

February 3rd, 2010 by Ian

The gear heads at Blackhorse Motorsports are coo coo for Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Seriously, if Weber carburetors and hand-built 12 cylinder engines were a drug, these guys would be in the running for an appearance on A&E’s hit show Intervention. Anyone who has walked by their massive showroom on La Cienega knows this first hand as the place is brimming with valuable and rare Italian exotics. Good thing for you, Blackhorse is also a huge Man on the Move fan – the fellas submitted some choice pictures from their in-house collection. This black F550 Maranello, like most any other Ferrari or proper sports car, could not look more at home on the Mulholland twisties. More drooling after the jump… 

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Volvo P1800 – Pearl District, Portland

February 3rd, 2010 by Stu

Our man on the street in Portland spotted this beautiful Volvo P1800 parked in front of a loading dock in the Pearl District. The classic lines and taught profile look good enough to be displayed in one of the many high end galleries strewn about the neighborhood. For those of you too young to remember, Roger Moore drove a white one of these in the popular 1960s TV series The Saint (Val Kilmer drove a C70 in the 1997 movie). We also like the P1800ES that came out in ‘72 because of the all glass rear tailgate – it was one of the major inspirations when stylists penned the current Volvo C30.  I can’t decide which I would rather own, this or a Karmann Ghia.

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Mercedes 500 SEC – Venice Blvd – Venice, CA

February 2nd, 2010 by Mike

A 500 SEC is not the rarest sight, but like so many older Mercedes cars, most examples you come across are either beat up from neglect or very un-tastefully modified (aka molested). This owner respects the Benz, and himself, by applying no aesthetic mods—just some proper-sized AMG Monoblocks. At 11mpg it’s certainly not the most practical car in my fantasy Benz barn, but wow. Build quality, big power and safety (for its day), timeless styling. Looking clean yet mean with that battle scar on the front valance, this car strikes me as a well cared for daily driver. And it looks so good I’ve already forgiven the window tint and the four front wheels.

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Under the hood: Michael Paul Smith

February 1st, 2010 by Stu

Pictured: Professional model maker and classic American car buff Michael Paul Smith posed in front of his miniaturized winter wonderland.

No easy feat, Michael Paul Smith is in the business of recreating the past. But what makes his utterly nostalgic artwork so unique is the fact that it is fashioned in 1/24th scale. Take a look at the photos he has taken of these hand crafted, custom-designed scenes from yesteryear and you will likely have trouble telling them apart from the real thing.  Don’t worry, we did too. He is that good.

Source: Michael Paul Smith Flikr page (photos used with permission)

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