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Gumball Rally Finish – Time Square, NYC

May 11th, 2010 by Austin

Time Square served as the finish line for 125 2010 Gumball Rally cars that participated in the 3,000 mile, cross-continent journey that started in London on on May 1st and ended in our very own Time Square a scant 7 days later on May 7th. Needless to say, locals and tourists alike flocked to the intersection of 42nd & Broadway to catch an eyeful of automotive exotica. Sure, there were a bunch of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins and other six figure sports cars. But perhaps the coolest arrival of all was Tony Hawk in the A-Team van.

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Man on the Move 1, Hackers 0

May 10th, 2010 by Stu

You know you’ve made it in web publishing when hackers target your blog for an attack. Well, consider us famous because Man on the Move was temporarily disabled this afternoon after the aforementioned scum crawled all up in our business. You’ll be happy to know that we [as in people way smarter than us] resolved the issue swiftly and quickly. Our apologies for the service interruption and let the car spotting continue.

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Porsche Mashup (Slantnose vs Cayman) – Meatpacking District, NYC

May 7th, 2010 by Stu

I headed down to the utterly trendy Meatpacking District for dinner at the Standard Grill and was immediately distracted by all the choice rides strewn about Washington Street.  First I peeped this tricked out Cayman S, complete with bitchin Sarona body kit, black wheels, tints and frosty Carrara White coloring. The stark white silhouette, in contrast with dark wheels, looked as if it was hovering above the asphalt. The owner gave me nasty looks from the nearby table he was sitting at as I snapped away at his baby. Maybe he thought I was an SEC auditor or something? Next up was this well-kept 911 Turbo Slantnose (aka Flatnose), “Flachbau” in German, parked around the corner. I was floored not least because of how rare these specially bodied 911s are, but because of how exotic it still manages to look more than 20 years later. Just another night in the Meatpacking District right?

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Gumball 3000 Rally – Bangor, Maine

May 6th, 2010 by Stu

Bangor residents got a heaping portion of awesome when a massive fleet of exotic automobiles passed through town yesterday as part of the Gumball 3000 currently making its way across the U.S. In case you aren’t familiar or have images of Burt Reynolds coming to mind, the Gumball 3000 is a pay-to-play ($50,000 per couple) road rally that started in London and ends in our very own Time Square tomorrow. Various B level celebrities and a host of deep-pocketed car enthusiasts are among the participants. Look no further than the Saudi/Dubai license plates on many of these colorfully wrapped supercars for clues as to where a lot of this money is coming from (I’ll give you a hint…it goes in your gas tank and comes from the ground). Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the big finish in NYC. More photos and video after the jump…

Source: Don Powers – Atlantic Photography (photos used with permission)

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Under the Hood: Bertrand Delacroix

May 5th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured: Art dealer, silk screen artisan and lover of fine Porsches Bertrand Delacroix inside his print shop in the Boerum Hill area of Brooklyn

We peeked into Bertrand’s massive Brooklyn loft with big, stupid grins plastered onto our faces. Why? Because the 16,000 square foot, mixed use building was filled with enough cool toys and hip furnishings to make any grown man blush. There is a hang glider suspended from the ceiling, vintage French mopeds displayed in the foyer, a beautiful wood-carved pool table and humidor and a bunch of over sized modern paintings hanging from the wall. Perhaps coolest of all, there is a 1:1 Porsche to Pug ratio – seriously, there are 3 of each strewn about this amazing bachelor pad. For the record, Bertrand does have a girlfriend and we’re guessing this glorious man palace didn’t hurt in cementing the relationship.

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Volvo 122S B18 – Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis

May 3rd, 2010 by Emir

The streets of Minneapolis were a hard pill for this Portland local to swallow. They were devoid of true classics short of the sunny Sunday posers. Portland on the other hand is the Mecca for classic cars that are actually used daily. I guess this makes sense considering the harsh Minneapolis winters and corrosive salt capable of destroying cars, old and new, in no time. So I was surprised and impressed to see this rusty, oil-leaking Swedish classic stationed near the Walker Art Center. B18 badge and Swedish flag proudly displayed, I wondered if this survivor belonged to one of the Scandinavian natives of Minnesota (Viking or something). It was an odd combo, Walker Art Center, the home of modern art, and a half-dead, classic 122S. Nevertheless a pretty good choice for the slippery Minneapolis roads – it was the first car with three-point seat belts, and the first to have any kind of seat belt as standard equipment. They don’t call ’em safe for nothing folks.

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