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Entries from June 30th, 2010

Designing Women: The Intersection of Art, Culture and Car Design – Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St., NYC

June 30th, 2010 by Stu

The Museum of the City of New York, in conjunction with GM, hosted a tribute to the women of automotive design on Monday night. The event featured lots of documentary-style interview clips, politically incorrect GM promotional videos from the day and, the best part, live digital sketches done on the big screen by Cadillac’s Christine Park (see design progression after the jump). You might be familiar with Christine’s exploits on Cadillac XTS, the dashing concept that precedes the brand’s next generation flagship. Pictured here, GM’s famous “Damsels of Design” posed with none other than Harley Earl, GM’s first VP of Design. Earl created the need for an Art and Color Division at GM and brought us the industry’s first concept car, the Buick Y-Job. Wise beyond his years, Earl not only ushered in a sense of style and personalization to mass produced cars but hand picked a team of female designers to impress the papers and present a unique perspective to the design process Vintage GM video and more glorious archive pics after the jump…

Photo Credit: General Motors Design Archive

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Ron Fellows Performance Driving School – Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch (Pahrump, NV)

June 29th, 2010 by Stu

Ron Fellows knows a thing or two about performance driving. So much so that Chevy has contracted the Canadian racing legend (4-time ALMS Most Popular Driver award (2004 – 07), three-time ALMS champion, two 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins, 19 SCCA Trans-Am wins, five NASCAR wins) to give Corvette owners a thorough understanding of their car’s absurd capability and how to go about harnessing it. While any Corvette owner can pay-to-participate, the 3-day education in speed is offered to ZR1 owners as a thank you for purchasing the fastest (638 hp, 604 ft-lbs of torque), most expensive ($109,800) model to bear the name. The team of instructors teach classic driving techniques, like heel and toe shifting and avoidance braking maneuvers, to students flogging a range of Vette’s around the 2.2 mile road course at Spring Mountain – everything from a Grand Sport (base Vette with ZO6-inspired performance upgrades) to a 505 hp ZO6 and, on the last day, the all powerful ZR1. The video after the jump was taken from the passenger seat of a ZR1 with none other than Ron Fellows at the helm. As you will find, he made that track his bitch and drove the ZR1 like a guided scud missile. I am the giggling fool who enters the soundtrack every 30 seconds or so. Enjoy the video and check out our new slide show feature.

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Gooch’s Garlic Run – Little Italy, NYC

June 28th, 2010 by Stu

New York area bikers flooded Little Italy last Thursday for the 23rd annual Gooch’s Garlic Run. The charity motorcycle ride, sponsored by the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle association, is a fund raiser for families with sick children and starts in Rockaway Township each year. After cruising into the city, riders parked their hogs and headed to one of the many Italian restaurants lining the street for brews, Frank Sinatra tunes and plenty of chicken parmesan. It is the only night of the year when doo-rags, leather vests and chaps are required attire for entrance.

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Ford Crown Victoria – 2nd Ave @ 26th Street

June 26th, 2010 by Stu

New Yorkers packed local watering holes in droves today to catch the USA vs. Ghana match. This clever cabbie used his trusty Crown Vic to get a better view over the crowd.

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Under the Hood: Peter Makar

June 25th, 2010 by Ian

Pictured: Detroit native, former skate rat and pro fabricator Peter Makar, making moves on his home grown cafe racer.

We stumbled into Auto Design NYC on a late Thursday evening a few weeks back. All the usual suspects typically line the street outside of this hi end auto shop in Chelsea; 911’s, DB9’s SL’s etc. Yet on this particular evening, something a little different caught our eyes. It wasn’t a shiny new supercar or even a perfectly restored classic. It was more like a a dirtbike that spoke to us in Italian. And the man behind this beautiful work in progress was happy to greet us at the door. Peter Makar is the passionate owner and talented artisan doing what he does best…fabricating cool shit from scratch during the wee hours of the night. Pete was good enough to invite us in to talk some shop and put away a few bottles of Hoegaarden. Sounds like a good time huh?

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Harley Davidson Ultra Glide Art Bike – Prince Street, NYC

June 23rd, 2010 by Ian

Apparently we have a horny, motorcycle riding collage artist on our hands. The best part…this nudie hog is for sale. From a distance, the charasmatic paint scheme appears blurry, cluttered and tacky. But as you get closer to this Dresser (thats Harley speak for touring bike), the XXX details actually start to grow on you from a “I can appreciate the skill that went into that” standpoint. There are crazy levels of detail and, dare I say it, artistic talent going on here. I think it’s safe to say that Larry Flint would be a big fan of this bike.

Best of luck to the seller.

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Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S – 2nd Avenue @ 53rd Street, NYC

June 22nd, 2010 by Stu

This beacon of wedge shaped automotive exotica lined the bedroom walls of many a youngster back in the 80s and early 90s. Many even credit Lamborghini with inventing the uber angular super car species thanks to this baby. Its sinuous lines and positively demonic stance were as controversial to talk about as they were sexy to look at. But here’s the thing…the “Countach” you see above ain’t no Countach at all. If I had to guess, I would say it’s a Pontiac Fiero. Regardless, a supremely interesting find that takes me back to a time when wallpaper consisted of Motor Trend cut outs.

Thanks for the shots Jon!

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Buick Skylark Custom – SE 49th and SE Division, Portland, OR

June 21st, 2010 by Emir

This classic Buick Skylark Custom was so insanely perfect in every way that I was almost afraid to breathe when stepping up to snap a few photos on this dreary Portland afternoon. The chrome, trim pieces and killer mag wheels all looked better than new. And while I’m usually a violent opponent of vinyl roofs, this one looks pretty damn good transposed against the Bahama Blue paint’s subtle sheen.

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Porsche Boxster Spyder – 1st Ave @ 55th Street, NYC

June 16th, 2010 by Stu

Sir Mix-A-Lot has nothing on this rump. The special edition Boxster, code name Spyder, is the latest rendition of the familiar mid engine ragtop from Stuttgart. The $61,200 Spyder is the subject of a rather flattering rear end treatment that pays homage to the hump-backed 550 Spyder popularized by none other than Mr. Cool himself, James Dean. Aside from the double bubble butt and rather primitive manual top, the Spyder is up 10 hp and down 176 pounds from sibling Boxster S (thanks largely to the removal of the automatic folding top). It also features a lower ride height and more aggressive suspension set up.

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