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NY Auto Show: Nissan Juke – 1 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC

March 30th, 2010 by Stu

Nissan pulled the wraps off their all-new Juke in Manhattan tonight. The Rockefeller Plaza cameo coincides with Juke’s North American debut [world debut was in Geneva] scheduled to take place later this week at our very own New York International Auto Show. Love it or hate it, you have to give the mean little crossover points for being bold in its design and throwing some level of styling risk into the mix. Not just another homogeneous soft roader, Juke’s flared fenders jut out like angry nostrils and the integrated rear door handles make the 4-door’s profile almost coupe-like in appearance. Throw in a turbo four good for about 180hp and an AWD system that can shift torque from wheel to wheel and you’re in for big smiles around the twisties. Look for Juke at the Nissan display April 2-11 – it hits dealerships this Fall for about $20k.

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Mystery Ride – 17th & US1, Ft. Lauderdale

March 30th, 2010 by Stu

Our pal Eric nearly collided with a telephone pole trying to capture this exotic drop top on US1 in Ft Lauderdale. The owner wasn’t a big fan of the automotive paparazzi but Eric managed to fire off this shot of the car’s well-sculpted rear end. We know the make and model – do you? Weigh in below with your guesses. As always, there is a free Man on the Move t-shirt for the winner.

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Land Rover Defender 110 Pick-Up – Worth Street, NYC

March 29th, 2010 by Ian

Defenders are pretty common in these parts. Price be damned, their pure, utilitarian form and unadulterated simplicity really does it for New Yorkers. This current generation (2007-present) 110 caught my eye because of its bright red paint and unique pick-up truck configuration. And while the flimsy canvas top does an awful job of actually covering cargo, it does lend a military feel to the truck – as if a group of machine gun-touting mercenaries are going to jump out at any moment.

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Cars, Culture and the City – Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St., NYC

March 26th, 2010 by Stu

It seems we are not the only car-obsessed New Yorkers attempting to catalog big apple auto culture. A new exhibit, Cars, Culture and the City, opened yesterday (runs through August 1st) at the Museum of the City of New York and is said to be the first to document New York ’s role in the promotion, marketing, and proliferation of the automobile as well as its transformative effect on the city and, ultimately, the country. Not only did several early American automakers manufacture cars in NYC but the city also played home to the country’s first car show more than 100 years ago at Madison Square Garden. Add in The French Connection and a couple of world expositions and you’re looking at a seriously important player in automotive history. The Mustang was even unveiled here – it doesn’t get any more American than that folks. While there are no actual cars inside (do you know how much real estate cost here?), the exhibit is packed with rarely-seen drawings, models, historic photographs, films, advertisements, and architectural schemes to reveal the shockingly important role NYC played in jump-starting the auto industry. So jump on the 6 train and check it out.

Images courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York (used with permission)

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Lost Cause – Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA

March 25th, 2010 by Mike

So my girlfriend sees this rust bucket Porsche in a gravel parking lot on her way down Lincoln one day. She tells me about it, and instantly I’m imagining a long hood version of our buddy Mike Burroughs’ mean, rusty E28. I call Jim Bauer and, within milliseconds, he’s ready to make an offer. He’s got visions of a non-operating early body (69-73) to restore, or at least scrap body panels from. Both of our dreams were smashed upon arrival at the gravel lot. No motor, hence the SUV ride height. The interior looks like a mini garbage dump. And there’s just enough body damage and terminal rust on each panel to make it not worth the effort. But somehow, especially sitting in between a Jeep Cherokee and Honda Fit, this Porsche is still a gorgeous sight.

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Garage Queens: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti – East 54th St., NYC

March 24th, 2010 by Stu

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Spy Shot: Aston Martin Rapide – East 61st & 2nd Ave

March 23rd, 2010 by Stu

Our good pal Darren from TeamSpeed spotted this Hardly Green 4-door Aston Martin Rapide cruising East 61st Street one sunny afternoon last weekend. Yes, you read that correctly…a 4-door Aston Martin. I know what you’re thinking…since when does Aston Martin concern themselves with backseat passengers? It’s akin to a watering hole offering day care for patrons or a strip club with 401K plans for their employees. But, truth be told, Aston has actually built their fair share of sporting saloons over the years. The one you see here is actually a pre-production model, or prototype to sound more exciting, likely being used for VIP test drives and high end dealer salon shows. How do we know? Because the Rapide isn’t out yet. This probably explains the pissed off expression seen on the passenger’s face. But hey, you can’t drive around in something this sexy and not expect to be photographed. Look for the 470 HP Rapide to hit dealerships next month for about $200K.

Awesome find Darren!

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Fine Lines: BMW 507 | Rolex Submariner 55XX

March 22nd, 2010 by Ian

We live in a world where design is constantly being borrowed and then reinterpreted. And it seems there are no limits to how or where we can draw our inspiration from, as many of the freshest ideas are found in seemingly unrelated areas ranging from fashion and architecture to desk lamps and cell phones. It just takes some good old fashioned observation and imagination to bring it all together. Did BMW consider the Rolex Submariner 55XX, a classic watch that debuted in 1953, when designing their now iconic 507 sports car? Probably not…but we certainly would have.

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Nissan GT-R – Second Avenue, NYC

March 19th, 2010 by Stu

This super stealthy Nissan GT-R is what they call triple black – black paint, black wheels, black interior. Mix all that in with the night sky and you have a recipe for bad ass.

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1957 Chevy Model 3100 Pickup – W37th St & 5th Ave, NYC

March 18th, 2010 by Stu

There are a few Man on the Move rides that we have spotted more than once while walking the Isle of Manhattan. But this 1957 Chevy Model 3100 Pickup is positively everywhere. Uptown, downtown, east side, west side – I can’t seem to avoid the beautiful two-tone classic. Talk about an awesome daily driver, it’s great to see the owner gives this baby so much exercise.

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